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Martin is a cynical Brit who enjoys deep, thoughtful, surrealist anime and children's TV shows where men in rubber and spandex pose in front of explosions. Rarely at the same time though. He lives just outside London with far too many toy robots.
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5:30 PM on 12.11.2014

Go green with ARTFX J Syaoran Li pre-orders

While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece o...

Martin Siggers

4:00 PM on 12.02.2014

What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Berlin

They've been to the city of water, and the land of chocolate and beer, so where would my intrepid penguins and I end up next on our tour around Europe? Well, what better place could there be than the heart of the continent, Germany? Or more specifically, its capital Berlin. Let's see what our intrepid adventurers could find this time round.

Martin Siggers

4:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Tomopop About Town: MCM Comic Con London 2014

As I covered last time I was at the show, when it comes to anime, manga, sc-fi, fantasy and just general geek gatherings in the UK, there's no event bigger than the twice-yearly MCM Comic Con in London. Though the con scene h...

Martin Siggers

5:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Hop to it for FREEing's Yukata Mikoto Misaka.

FREEing has found big success in their recent forays into Yukata figures, and A Certain Scientific Railgun remains a perennial merchandise favourite. It's hardly surprising therefore that the two have crossed paths, with...

Martin Siggers

5:30 AM on 11.13.2014

Pre-orders begin for Kotobukiya's gorgeous Cardcaptor Sakura

I was too excited for words when Kotobukiya announced they'd be adding Sakura Kinomoto to their ARTFX J line back at Wonder Festival. Now the first part of the waiting process is over, as she's up for pre-order alongside a ba...

Martin Siggers

4:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Max Factory strikes back with painted figma Cardcaptor Sakura

Surprise! In what almost seems like an intentional piece of counter-programming, the figma blog decided today was the day to release the first fully painted shot of the upcoming figma Sakura Kinomot. Though we've seen he...

Martin Siggers

3:00 PM on 10.30.2014

S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura flies to pre-orders

Bandai certainly don't waste any time do they? Just a shade over two weeks after the company revealed the existence of S.H. Figuarts Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura, she's now up for pre-order at all your favourite int...

Martin Siggers

2:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Good Smile reveals DRAMAtical Murder's Ren

I don't know too much about DRAMAtical Murder but the visual novel (and now anime) has already made it's mark in the toy world, with several fine figures mostly of protagonist Aoba. During today's Kahotan Station stream,...

Martin Siggers

4:30 AM on 10.21.2014

Bandai reveals S.H. Figuarts Cardcaptor Sakura, goes head-to-head with Max Factory

It seems like only yesterday I was complaining about how there were no Cardcaptor Sakura figures, but now we're practically drowning in them, as Bandai have announced they'll be producing an S.H. Figuarts version of Saku...

Martin Siggers

3:00 PM on 10.20.2014

[UPDATED] Good Smile is coming to MCM London and bringing loot

Update: GSC have also confirmed they will have a very limited number of Nendoroid Halloween Miku available. Only twenty will be sold, ten on Friday and ten on Saturday. Get them before they're gone! It's still tough bein...

Martin Siggers

9:00 AM on 10.17.2014

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact...

Martin Siggers

6:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Get back to school with this Nendoroid More Classroom preview

To celebrate its release this week, the Good Smile Company Lab blog took a quick overview of the new Nendoroid More Cube #01 set. Designed to recreate the interior of your average Japanese classroom, the set comes with a blac...

Martin Siggers