At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Miku design will be used for both a new Nedoroid and a new figma! Ah, they're so great, and I'm glad we're finally getting a figma that isn't just a repaint of another Miku. Both figures will also be accompanied by their own little Yukine bunny figure.
Details are pretty light at the moment, though I'm sure we won't have to wait too long before we see and learn more about these figures. Of course they'll be available at Wonder Festival 2015 (Winter) on February 8 when we'll all have the opportunity to place an order online! As a special treat they're also adding Snow Bell Miku to the Hatsune Miku Project Diva arcade game.
The end may be upon us, as Cthulhu has not only woken up but rolled out of bed into Funko's Pop! line. Even more frightening? He's currently available for pre-order!
Cthulhu will be the third character to appear in Funko's Pop! Books series (the other two being from Where the Wild Things Are), as this version is apparently directly inspired by the good works of horror luminary H.P. Lovecraft. This cosmic horror is the centerpiece of the Cthulhu Mythos and, in terms of horror literature, almost ranks right up there with Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster. However, Cthulhu hasn't been adapted directly to film that often probably due to his lazy attitude (sure, he can bring the end times whenever he wants, but first he's going to take another nap).
Funko's Pop! Cthulhu straddles the border of being maddeningly scary and maddeningly cute in small part due to his narrowed eyes. As such, I'm not sure if he's an "awww" or an "AAAAH!" and it's driving me crazy.
Pop! Cthulhu can be pre-ordered for around US$10 and is slated for release in January/February.
Diamond Select Toys has taken quite a few stabs at the Universal Studios classic movie monsters, albeit with somewhat mixed results. Early entries often took a more statuesque approach, focusing on the sculpt rather than the articulation, a decision that didn't appeal to some fans who wanted a bit more from their figures.
The company's offerings expanded over the next few years to include things like vinyl bank busts and retro styled figures (not to mention Minimates), in addition to improving the articulation on the 7-inch Select action figures. DST had made some tremendous steps, but it had yet to go really crazy. Yes, the collectibles were certainly good, but were the best out there?
Spider-Man, Catwoman, and Iron Man will be the newest inductions to Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai line and are some of the most exciting designs to grace the line. If that wasn't enough, fans can look forward to a Final Fantasy Creatures Kai set (featuring Siren, one of the Bahumuts, etc), the recently announced PAK Hatsune Miku, many historical Batmans, and so much more.
The major highlight here might be the VPAK Spider-Man, which sports what may be a very neat armored design. That certainly doesn't take anything away from Catwoman, however, whose crazy design I didn't even recognize at first. Oh, and what's that? An awesome set of optional attachments for VPAK Iron Man? Could there really be this much want all in one place?
Be sure to check out the gallery for a closer look.
Hidemi Matsuzuka has tweeted twoimages of Square-Enix's Variant Play Arts Kai Iron Man. This marks the first Marvel character released in the Variant Play Arts Kai line.
Square-Enix has always excelled at producing armored characters/robots and the VPAK Iron Man is a neat example. Although the design isn't drastically different from versions of Iron Man that we've seen in the past, the figure sports a black deco (in addition to his usual gold/yellow and red combo) and his arc reactor is now a crystal. It's both very Iron Man and yet fairly distinct. Although I'm not as much of an Iron Man fan in recent years (the explosion of popularity combined with the inundation of merchandise has curbed much of my enthusiasm), I think I like this design.
The tweets don't list where these photos were taken, but I'm guessing (from the timing) that it was probably at NYCC so we may have our own coverage soon.
As we move into NYCC and prepare to promptly forget many of the things we wanted in previous months, we here at Tomopop have decided to reminisce about some of the things we were most excited about in September. This includes a few predictable choices and one thing you may not have seen coming.
Good Smile Company will be producing statues based on fine artist James Jean’s original rendition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The four statues' bases can be combined to create one large diorama.
Along with the already revealed Leonardo, prototypes for the remaining three turtle statues will be on display at the Good Smile Company booth (#422) during NYCC (which starts tomorrow?! Expect photos!).
Although I wasn't wowed by the art, the Leonardo sculpture looks surprisingly cool. As such, I'm looking forward to seeing the other statues (especially Donny, who has a great-looking pose in that art). No word on pricing yet (will they be cheap enough to tempt me?), but Leonardo is slated to be up for pre-order in the near future while the others will follow in 2015.
Takara Tomy's hotly anticipated Playstation Optimus Prime is now available for pre-order. The Autobot leader looks even better than the first color images had suggested and even features painted connection ports on his back.
While I'm not sure that I necessarily like Optimus more than the Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) Megatron, I find the design quite a bit more impressive the more we see of it. Like many of my colleagues, I also would have preferred that Optimus Prime's alt mode be a Super Nintendo (thus evoking the 16-bit console wars) although I suppose a SNES might work nicer with Soundwave from a logistical standpoint as Laserbeak, Rampage, and so forth could be used as cartridges.
At a ¥10,000 list price, I doubt that I'll bother picking up the Playstation Optimus Prime but I imagine that more eager (and less frugal) fans may jump on these pre-orders
The great thing about LEGO bricks is that they can be used to build as simple or complex as you want. They're a lot like clay in that sense. Sure, anyone can make a simple LEGO box, or clay flower pot, but in the hands of someone with true talent you get something amazing. Metalhide from Brick Label is that something amazing. They've gone and made something that even Hasbro has yet to do: Take a number of bricks and turn them into a very large and impressive robot that can transform into a vehicle mode without any part swapping or shellparts.
Follow me after the jump to see just what a great imagination and an excellent head for engineering can build!
Good Smile Company has released an image gallery for its recently unveiled Nendoroid Halloween Miku. Most striking among these images is a rather unexpected display option: a jack-o-lantern mask/face for the diva of all seasons. Anybody who didn't like the vampire fangs on those other faces now has another option.
However, on a more disappointing note, the character apparently isn't a vampire; GSC describes the character as being, "dressed up a cute little devil for Halloween". Wow, buzzkill! Otherwise Halloween Miku comes with an open-mouth face, a smirking face (with one exposed fang), an alternate jack-o-lantern face, that baffling candy cane, and a jack-o-lantern that can be displayed by itself or used as an alternate head for a Nendoroid Petite (as shown with the little Len figure in one of the photos; he's not listed as coming with the figure). Vampire or devil, she's still pretty neat.
Nendoroid Halloween Miku will be on sale for US$45 at a number of American conventions. She was first announced as being on sale at the NY and LA Miku Conventions, but she's apparently making her way to NYCC in October (which makes it even harder to pass her up) and will be at future events as well. If you can't get her there, GSC's online shop will have her available in limited quantities.
Funko has given MTV News an exclusive first look at some upcoming The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies, a selection that includes TWO over-sized Smaugs.
The reveals consist of a 6-inch Smaug, a chase variant of Smaug with yellow eyes (packed 1/12), Tauriel, and Lord Sauron (not shown to scale in header). While the Sauron is cute, both he and Tauriel are completely overshadowed by the "massive" (and massively awesome) Smaug. Both versions of Smaug look great, although I imagine that I might prefer the standard version (as Smaug's actual eyes look a little creepy on that otherwise adorable body). Smaug will be the third over-sized dragon we've seen recently, following the likes of the Magic: The Gathering Pop! Nicol Bolas and World of Warcraft Pop! Deathwing.
These figures are due out in October and, while pre-orders seem to be open for Smaug and Tauriel, I haven't seen any Sauron listings. Tauriel (and presumably Sauron) should run you around US$10 while the over-sized Smaug will be a slightly pricier (but worth it) US$15.
[ Pre-order Smaug (random version) | Tauriel at Entertainment Earth ]
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short.