Due to scheduling difficulties, I wasn't able to get a question post up. My deepest apologies, dearest Tomocast listeners. To make up for it, I brought on a trio of guests that will surely entertain you. To...
In part one of this feature, I explored some of the creative process behind figure photography. Now that we know how to approach a photo shoot, it's time to start learning about the crucial piece of equipment behind it all: t...
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's Thanksgiving Day in the States and if you're anything like me you're probably bursting with great food and looking forward to a long tryptophan-induced nap. But while others were slaving over a hot stove I've been busy stuffing this week's LinkUP with all sorts of great stuff guaranteed not to put you to sleep!
This week we've got Japanese Happy Meal toys, plush Christmas ornaments, lots of handmade stuff, several teasers, and more. It's all gravy!
It felt like yesterday when Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo figures were just a nascent product line. The series has filled out quite a bit since it was first announced, and now everyone's favorite fighting Chinese schoolgirl has joined the cast.
My dream of seeing a Shunya Yamashita-designed Yoshimitsu in a skimpy outfit will probably never come true, but I'm content with the Tekken ladies getting the figure treatment. Read on to see how Xiaoyu stacks against the other gals in the line.
Within Universal Studio's catalog of monster films, there are a handful that have seemingly withstood the test of time and have contributed greatly to (or outright provided) the popular image of that particular monster. The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929), despite its fame, seems to miss that mark presumably because it's a silent film (making it less popular) but also because the excellent stage adaptations have crafted a more enduring version. That said, The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) still ranks among Universal Studio's popular monster movies and has seen a plethora of merchandise over the years, most recently in the form of a Diamond Select figure and the Retro Cloth figure that we'll be taking a look at today.
Diamond Select Toys has done some absolutely wonderful things with its Mego-inspired Retro Cloth line. The line manages to capture charm of the original type of figures while providing a nicer quality, more durable item. As such, the Retro Cloth Phantom of the Opera is something far too nice to keep behind the scenes.
Do you ever look at your collection and wish you had a couple more guys around in it? Well, if you do and you like the Tales of series, or JRPG's in general then you owe it to yourself to check out Alter's fantastic line of pretty boys and girls! The latest in this series is a fishy looking old man named Raven. He is handsome in his own right, but Alter did a fantastic job at capturing all of his charming points, good and bad alike!
Hit the jump to read our full review of Alter's "Old Man" Raven
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular vacation week you can look forward to LinkUP returning once again! News doesn't stop and neither do we.
Back to this week we've got a bunch of new prototypes, some designer figures, and some amazing photo galleries and videos!
Action figures tend to be of super heroes and men of myth and legend. Some lives are greater than legends and that can certainly apply to one Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940-45 and again in 1951-55.
Churchill is considered one of the greatest Britons of all-time, and the 1/6 figure line is born and bred of military men. Dragon In Dream has made their name in making figures of world leaders, those of the past and present including Barack Obama and John McCain.
With such a respected individual as Churchill, is DiD's effort worthy of his legacy? Also, how does the company stack up against other popular 1/6 makers? Find out in today's Tomopop Review of Dragon In Dream's 1/6 scale Winston Churchill!
Space: the final frontier to be filled up on your shelves. These are the voyages of the website Tomopop. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new toy lines, to seek out new collectibles and new companies, to boldly let you know about really cool stuff.
One such cool line is Diamond Select Toys' Star Trek Minimates series, which recreates the characters and vehicles of the iconic Star Trek TV series in Minimate form. DST has released a few different USS Enterprise sets so far and the one we'll be looking at today is specifically based on the episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles," which introduced the concept of a tribble to both Star Trek and pop culture at large.
Recently, I had a chance to wander around one of my local arcades and see what prizes were locked up inside the machines. Locked away behind a promise if you get the claw to drop in some precise way, or break the piece of toilet paper separating your waifu from freedom, or some other obstacle.
Besides the usual array of plushies (including some Pokémon X & Y ones you can see in the gallery), I saw some OreImo figures, Sonico, Miku, One Piece, Medaka Box, and more. There's usually a little bit of everything, though, so you're bound to find something that you like.
This image collection is really just a bit of the highlights, since it's impossible to take pictures of all the machines (if photos are allowed in the arcade at you're in at all) when some of them are too crowded. Either way, take a look at what I managed!
Horror isn't something that one usually associates with plush (despite a plethora of horror plushies over the years) with the nature of some material not necessarily translating well to the cuddliest of figure formats. As such, I'm always a little surprised when a character widely associated with more hardcore horror makes the jump from disturbing to disturbingly cute, as is the case with Full Moon Direct's Plush Buddy Blade, whom fans may recall as being one of the central puppets in Full Moon Features' Puppet Master franchise.
Full Moon has produced a surprising amount of merchandise for their films over the years. Then again, the subjects for their films -- evil toys, evil cookies, evil bongs, etc -- are a somewhat natural fit as collectibles. However, this is apparently the company's first ever plush toy. Blade, being perhaps the most iconic character in Full Moon's most iconic series, seems the perfect choice for this treatment.
Designer toy collectors are no doubt familiar with Schmancy Toys. The Seattle store stocks a great many of designer plushes along with toys of other mediums. It also hosts the annual Plush You! plush toy show. Kristen Rask, the owner of Schmancy Toys, shares her plush love with others by mentoring aspiring artists as well.
Earlier this month, this wonderful bastion of creativity was robbed and, adding insult to terrible injury, it was on Kristen's birthday. All the lovely toys are still intact but the thieves got away with her computer, iPad, and cash. That is not even mentioning the damage done to the front of the store. It is going to take a lot to get back to the way things were before.
So how, can you help? Seeing as those gift-giving holidays are sneaking up quickly (Hanukkah comes in less than two weeks and then there's Christmas), why not buy some toys from Schmancy Toys' online store? Every purchase paves the road back to recovery.
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you deal with a few hundred tips in a week like we do, some stuff is just bound to fall to the wayside.
Our solution is Tomopop LinkUP; taking the best of what's been left behind and rounding it all up into one big report. Unlike the daily news you see around here, LinkUP consists of a series of short blurbs and teaser images with links you can follow for more information. If the rest of the site is the main course, then consider this the dessert.
And speaking of dessert, this week we'll be talking about Japan's incredible holiday cakes, designer toys, robots, anime stuff, and even a few videos!