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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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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya announces ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura

Those of you who've followed the blog will know of my near continuous requests for scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures. Well, good news has come out of Wonder Festival - it's finally happening!  Surprisingly, though, th...   more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya announces ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura photo

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus

Though it hasn't been around long, Aniplex's exclusive plus line has already garnered an enviable reputation. It's partially due to smart pairings with established manufacturers such as Good Smile Company and partially due to...   more

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo


Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo
Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo
Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo
Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo
Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo
Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus photo



Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

FREEing definitely know a good thing when they see it, as their booth was packed with their popular range of yukata-clad ladies. It seems like paired sets are the new hotness in FREEing's world. For me the highlight here is d...   more

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo


Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing photo



No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba

It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...   more

No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo


No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo
No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo
No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo
No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo
No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo
No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba photo



Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka

I was very excited after Kotobukiya showed off their prototype for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!'s Rikka Takanashi, and now the final painted version has showed up that excitement hasn't diminished one bit. In fact, col...   more

Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo


Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo



Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura

The drought of Cardcaptor Sakura figures has long been a source of incredible frustration to me. The series has everything you need to make an army of great collectibles - cute girls, handsome boys, annoying mascots and ...   more

Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo


Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Tomopop Review: FuRyu's Cardcaptor Sakura photo



Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders

Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is startin...   more

Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo


Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo



figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him

We'd already known Nendoroid Solid Snake was coming thanks to an announcement at Wonder Festival. Now though it seems Good Smile Company have gone deeper into Kojima territory, as on livestream today it was revealed Max Facto...   more

figma Solid Snake sneaks out of the shadows, brings Nendoroid version with him photo

Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders

Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class is without a doubt one of the most striking designs from Kantai Collection and in fact one of the most striking character designs we've seen in quite a while period. Whereas most of her compatri...   more

Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo


Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo
Walk on water to these Aircraft Carrier Wo-Class pre-orders photo



Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby

OK, it might not be as delightfully continuity-baiting as Be@rbrick Dandy, but there's good news for Space Dandy fans who prefer their figures a little more traditionally styled. After popping up at MegaHobby Expo a few ...   more

Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo


Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo
Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo
Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo
Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo
Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo
Megahouse's Space Dandy and Honey are up for pre-order baby photo



Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order

We saw a pretty good glimpse of Nendoroid Satsuki in the Kahotan Station stream a few days back, but now Good Smile Company's resident blogger has taken the wraps off completely for a comprehensive preview. As with Ryuko and ...   more

Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo


Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo
Nendoroid Satsuki Kiryuuin demands you bow down and pre-order photo



All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani

It's a good time to be a fan of Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, what with Kotobukiya and Amakuni both recently unveiling figures from the series. Now Kyoto Animation, the studio responsible for making the show in the first pl...   more

All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo


All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo
All You Need is Love with Kyoto Animation's Shinka Nibutani photo