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iDoll x Nendoroid photo
Finally, a Nendoroid that talks back
Is a regular Hatsune Miku Nendoroid not enough anymore? Tired of having to pose it yourself? Wish she would actually answer you when you talk to her (you know who you are)? Well Good Smile Company has come up with the perfec...

Prime 1 Studio photo
Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


More than just Transformers now
Feb 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Known for their giant sized and exceptionally expensive Transformers movie statues, Prime 1 Studio appeared at Wonder Festival 2016 Winter bigger than ever. Oh, sure, they're still pumping out Transformers statues at a surpri...
WF2016W Takara Tomy photo
WF2016W Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Takara Tomy


More than awesome robots
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy has been slowly building their presence at Wonder Festival every year and this is no different. For the 2016 winter show they've brought some of their biggest new bots to be released later this year. The big revea...
Transformers photo
At least it's a heavy remold
When Hasbro officially revealed Blaster at the tail of 2015 for the upcoming Transformers: Titans Return line everyone just knew Hasbro would find a way to turn him into Soundwave later. Later is coming sooner than expected w...


Hunter x Hunter Hisoka photo
Hunter x Hunter Hisoka

Here's a Hunter x Hunter Hisoka figure anyone can turn on


Hide the kids!
Dec 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No, that's not clever lighting used to censor Hisoka's nether regions. That is, in fact, a red LED embedded in his crotch. When Hisoka is aroused everyone knows it thanks to the bright light that emanates from his loins so wh...
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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6


Dec 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn...
3A Transformers G1 photo
3A Transformers G1

threeA teases Transformers Generation 1 for 2016


The movie's over
Dec 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
threeA made a very short and to the point post on their blog today; a simple image of the Transformers Autobot symbol with the text "Generation 1" and 2016. In what it likely a shift away from the modern movie designs it appe...
Grand Galvatron photo
Grand Galvatron

Transformers Unite Warriors introduces Grand Galvatron


Unicron makes the ultimate evil combiner
Dec 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For weeks now Takara Tomy has been teasing Transformers fans with a silhouette of their latest combiner for the Unite Warriors line as a Takara Tomy Mall exclusive. Fans right away noticed that it was made largely of molds th...
A Link Between Worlds photo
He looks happy to finally be here
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is without a doubt my favorite Zelda game and certainly one of my favorite SNES games (somewhere alongside Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid). While I haven't played its 3DS sequel A Lin...

Steiff Pikachu Plushie photo
Only sold in Japan
What happens when Nintendo, Good Smile Company, and the German teddy bear artisans at Steiff team up? You get the most amazing Pikachu plushie imaginable with a rather amazing price to match. The most famous of all of Pokemon...

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Well, I didn't vote for you
Back on November 24 Hasbro tasked Transformers fans with voting on the next big bot to get the Titan class treatment in the Generations toy line. A week later we've already gotten our results with Trypticon taking the win. We...

Nendoroid Genos photo
Your Nendo disciple is coming
Nendoroid Saitama (coming in December) wont be enjoying his alone time much longer. The One-Punch Man anime twitter account pointed out that at the November Kahotan live broadcast Tuesday announced Genos will soon b...

Top sales 11/9 to 11/15 photo
Top sales 11/9 to 11/15

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/9 to 11/15


Well, half of it anyway
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like there might have been some sort of hiccup at Toynes.jp. Their rankings for overall toys is updated even though it hasn't changed much, but some how the hobby rankings for this week are a complete copy and paste fro...
Transformers Titans photo
Transformers Titans

Hasbro tasks fans with voting for the next Transformers Titan class figure


Already planning for 2017
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good news: Hasbro still plans on doing Titan class Transformers in distant 2017 and they want our help deciding who to do next. They've chosen three big bots from the Transformers universe and are encouraging fans to go to Fa...
Transformers reveals photo
The long and the short of it
After a year of big Transformers reveals between Toy Fair, BotCon, San Diego Comic Con, and New York Comic Con Hasbro wasn't content. They couldn't help themselves and had to make one last round of reveals to end the year. It...

Top sales 11/2 to 11/8 photo
Top sales 11/2 to 11/8

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/2 to 11/8


Monsters and ghosts
Nov 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This week's overall listing is a lot like last week's, but Duel-Masters has dropped off, replaced by another Kamen Rider Ghost item. Japanese kids sure do love their supernatural stuff. No surprise the overall ranking matches...
Transformers Devastation photo
Transformers Devastation

Check out these custom Transformers Devastation figures


Hasbro, please make something like these
Nov 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey Hasbro, what gives? Transformers: War for Cybertron got a figure line, as did Fall of Cybertron, so where are our Devastation figures? Sure, you've made these characters a dozen times, but use your imagination. How about ...
Top sales 10/26 to 11/1 photo
Top sales 10/26 to 11/1

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/26 to 11/1


Up and up
Nov 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is unusual. Every single item in the overall ranking has gone up from last week. Typically we see a mix of ups and downs as pieces swap positions or get bumped by new items, but it's very rare for everything to rank h...
Masterpiece Ratchet photo
The doctor arrives in April
When Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide everyone knew that the Autobot medic Ratchet wasn't far behind. So it came as no surprise to anyone when Nippon-Yassan started taking pre-orders on the unoffi...

Top sales 10/19 to 10/25 photo
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/19 to 10/25


Just like old times
Nov 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The battle for the number one sales spot is always fierce, but this week seems to illustrate just how so. The 10 spots between the two rankings are taken up by seven different franchises, several of them older than the fans b...
Love Live! photo
No trick; all treat
Megahouse and Alter will be teaming up again with their Alpha x Omega collaboration to reveal a new Love Live! Eli Ayase figure at Megahobby Expo 2015 Autumn on November 28. The official Love Live! website reports that the fi...

GSC Halloween photo
GSC Halloween

This is how Good Smile Company says Happy Halloween


Mako and Guts want your candy
Oct 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company's Kahotan is celebrating Halloween the figure way by tweeting this great Nendoroid pic. Mako and Guts from Kill la Kill get a little extra use out of Halloween Miku's accessories to great effect! Not much else to say aside from Happy Halloween!
Top sales 10/12 to 10/18 photo
Top sales 10/12 to 10/18

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/12 to 10/18


Extra spooky overall ranking this week
Oct 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's days before Halloween so it should be no surprise that the overall ranking is dominated by two supernatural toy lines: Yo-Kai Watch and Kamen Rider Ghost. OK, it probably has less to do with Halloween and more to do with...
AAAAAHHH!! photo
AAAAAHHH!!

Peter Cullen as Optimus Primes stars in hilarious Toys R US commercial


... when you realize your life is a lie
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Toys R Us has a new ad promoting the 2015 holiday shopping season that plays out like a cross between something out of Toy Story and the Twilight Zone. Simply titled Clone the ad features a talking Baby Alive doll that sound...
Masterpiece Ramjet photo
What? Why!?
Back in September 2006 Takara Tomy released MP-3 Starscream into the fledgling Transformers Masterpiece line. In the near 10 years since the figure has been repainted and retooled more than a dozen times between Takara Tomy a...

Hitman Reborn! rings photo
Hitman Reborn! rings

Pick your spot in the family with Hitman Reborn! ring pendants


Box Weapons not included
Oct 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Fans of Hitman Reborn! don't have a whole lot to get excited about these days. After the anime ended in 2010 and the manga it was adapted from ended in 2012 it's nice to see someone remembers this series has a fairly large fa...
Build-A-Pikachu photo
Build-A-Pikachu

Pikachu is coming to Build-A-Bear in 2016


Complete with Pokemon costumes
Oct 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Build-A-Bear Workshop is no stranger to pop culture plushies these days. Having done everything from My Little Pony to Star Wars and even a zombie bear for Halloween, they're now teaming up with the Pokemon Company for a Pika...
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4 photo
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/28 to 10/4


Hey, it's LEGO again
Oct 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I always get a little excited when western toys are popular in Japan. There's no doubt that high quality Japanese toys have their following among fans outside of Japan, but western toys tend to get looked down on as not being...
S.H.F Bowser photo
Too bad their exclusives
Bandai, what are you doing to us? You put Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi up at standard retail, but we have to go to Premium Bandai for Bowser and a troop set? Hopefully Blue Fin can help us out. But that's not even the most annoyin...

Titans Return photo
Part two in a five year trilogy
As expected we got some major reveals for the ongoing Transformers Generations figure line at New York Comic Con! What wasn't expected is that the title of the follow up to Combiner Wars is not Titan Wars, but rather Titans R...

Transformers Titan Wars photo
Hasbro set to show off something BIG
Big events mean big reveals and Hasbro definitely has one planned for New York Comic Con this weekend. On their new Pulse website Hasbro quietly posted a group silhouette with Titan Wars Blaster standing front and center. Tit...

Masterpiece Transformers photo
But I want them now!
Takara Tomy is wasting no time getting their latest batch of Transformers Masterpiece figures into our hands. It was only a few weeks ago that we first saw Hot Rod and Shockwave on display in unfinished form, but now we've go...

Top sales 9/7 to 9/13 photo
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/7 to 9/13


So much new stuff
Sep 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is a rarity, all but one of the items ranking this week is new to the list. The only returning item is that Yo-Kai Watch watch. There's also another rare girl's toy sneaking into the top overall entries. Otherwise the...
Madogatari photo
It's uniform swap day
Shaft animation studio's upcoming Madogatari event mashing together Madoka Magica and the Monogatari Series has given us more to be excited about than just that super cute Shinobu figFIX. Banpresto is getting in on the festiv...

Masterpiece Shockwave photo
Oh, and Hot Rod shown, too
It's happening! It's finally happening! After years of fan demand and false rumors Takara Tomy is making the emotionless Decepticon scientist and occasional leader Shockwave as an upcoming Transformers Masterpiece! At the All...

Madogatari photo
Really the cutest way to go
Animation studio Shaft is celebrating 40 years with a Madogatari event that mashes up Madoka Magica with the Monogatari series. Among the merchandise offerings is a very interesting figFIX figure featuring the donut loving va...

Masterpiece Hot Rod photo
Now in a smaller fun-size
It looks like Hot Rod is getting a second shot in the Transformers Masterpiece line. Magazine scans are showing the unmistakable silhouette of the young Autobot speedster as an upcoming Masterpiece figure. No details yet, but...

Figure Colosseum results photo
Figure Colosseum results

Banpresto announces Figure Colosseum fan picks


Half great, half meh
Sep 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just to recap, every year Banpresto holds the Figure Colosseum, a competition where fans pick characters and sculptors are tasked to make figures out of them. There are two sides to the competition: One Piece Modeling Ki...
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6 photo
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6


Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu...
Sword Art Online photo
That's not how you use an umbrella
All things considered, Sword Art Online is pretty light on the fan service. Between the grim situation of the death game in the first act, the desperate rescue against the clock in the second and the dire situations that came...


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