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3:45 PM on 02.17.2013

Kanu Unchou WTF item?

Ok, so I was on Hobby Link Japan this morning, and I found this-

I'm just trying to figure out who this product is aimed at. There are no size options for the lingerie, so it can't be aimed at women... and guys who like Ikki Tousen may not necessarily have girlfriends who can wear the lingerie... Oh who am I kidding, it's probably for other special reasons isn't it?

I can only imagine :P   read

3:19 PM on 01.29.2013

What's your favourite anime studio?


I know this isn't exactly a figure-related topic and someone already asked this on MFC, but I though I'd ask it here since I'm always curious.

What's your favourite anime animation studio, and why?

Mine is definitely Madhouse. They've brought me some of my fav series, such as Death Note, Shigurui, Paranoia Agent, Black Lagoon, etc, as well as movies like Ninja Scroll and Perfect Blue. I like them because of their consistently good animation (most of the time!) and their subdued colour palette. I really like the way they do skin tones for some reason...

Another favourite studio of mine is Gonzo. Yes they've gone under, yes they have terribly integrated CGI, and yes they have some horribly confusing poorly animated shows too (Hellsing TV, anyone?)
But they gave me Last Exile, Basilisk, Gankutsuou and freakin' Afro Samurai people!

More recently, I've begun to love BONES. They are excellent. Bright colours, great fluid motion and better animation than most TV anime. They made Cowboy Bebop look as good as it still does. They gave me Soul Eater and Fullmetal Alchemist (twice!) Ouran High School Host Club and one of my fave anime movies, Sword of the Stranger.

Hell, they even improve on the manga of FMA, Soul Eater and OHSHC so much that I feel no need to read them!

I dislike Studio Pierrot's incredibly slow frame rate, DEEN's twisted faces, and Gainax's...well, Gainaxness, but the three studios I mentioned previously will always share a place in my anime-loving heart.

So tell me, what are yours, and why? What shows have the put forth?   read

3:42 PM on 01.18.2013

Disqus Not Working?


I've been trying to comment on here (especially after the awesome Vash review!) but Disqus just won't load! Usually the problem goes away but it's the next day now and it's still not here.

Does anyone else have that problem sometimes, and can it be fixed?

Providing Disqus will let you leave an answer, of course =_=

Ok, this was kinda pointless, since I can't even see the replies >_<   read

4:08 PM on 11.25.2012

Kuwabara Hallelujah!

Kuwabara is being made, Yu Yu Hakusho fans! I saw him while I was doing the rounds on MFC this morning. The man we've been waiting for has been finally announced!

I guess Kotobukiya realised that people really love Yu Yu and are willing to buy figures from the classic series.

Kuwabara will be from the same ArtFX-J 1/8 line as the other boys (Hiei, Kurama and Yusuke) so now the team will be complete!!!

My personal favourite (after Hiei, or course) is also being made....Yoko Kurama *bang*

Since the other figures came out relatively nicely, these ones should too.

I would love a Jin figure but I'm not greedy and feel that I'm lucky enough that these figures have been made already.   read

5:04 PM on 11.20.2012

The Hobbit Is Coming!

The Hobbit is premiering shortly, and my dear city of Wellington, New Zealand is being covered in 'Middle Earth' paraphernalia yet again! I thought I'd take some photos to show my fellow Tomopoppers what public Weta Workshop-related art there is around.

In a bookstore right in the heart of town is a statue of a Black Horse and Rider. It must be 1/1 scale, perhaps bigger. The effect is subdued somewhat by being in a bookstore, but oh well. I'm surprised it fits actually, the ceiling is just above it...


Yeah I dunno what's up with the tags either >_<

Down by the Embassy Movie Theatre, where the premiere for all the Lord of the Rings films and The Hobbit will be held, is a massive sculpture of Gandalf a-knocking on the door of Bag End.


It's really very big, as you can see...

And across the street from it is a big robo-tripod thing that's been there a few years and was put in to commemorate District 9 and Weta Workshop, I think.

The machines are coming!

Hopefully my photos weren't too crappy and you can get a sense of scale of the sculptures! Thanks for looking :3   read

4:20 AM on 08.25.2012

Classic Anime Figures- Name Your Choices!

Kotobukiya's awesome new ARTFX J line of figures from classic anime has got me thinking about figures I'd love to see next. So far Yu-gi-oh!, Yu Yu Hakusho and Trigun have got some much-needed figure love, but I can't help but wish and hope for more.

These are some of my personal wishes for figures from classic series. (Though I am biased towards 90s shows)

-Hellsing. It's popular enough to get an OVA reboot and many garage kits, but so far no really decent scaled figure of Alucard. This badass vampire needs a gun-pointing tattered coat-waving figure, stat!

-Revolutionary Girl Utena- A classic series that I haven't actually watched yet due to a lack of R4 DVD release, but one that would make for great figures due to that flowing, colourful art style.

-Escaflowne- Ok, I know this is beloved in the west but not Japan, but I can't help but want figures of the main trio (and Dilandau!). Since it's aimed at both boys and girls it should work as a figures series that both genders of collectors can enjoy, too.

-Death Note. I wouldn't quite call this a classic just yet, but seriously, where are the quality figures from this!? So much merchandise, and only the Nendos and RAHs are really any good.

-Fushigi Yugi- mostly just cos I just finished watching it. With the large amount of otome games and anime out there starting to get figures, I can see this working. Because bishies.

-Evangelion-Yes, I know...but there are only like three scaled Shinjis that I can find and there are actually other characters in this series too other than Rei and Auka! With the amount of Eva merch I think they can afford to chuck a couple of extra figures in there.

That's all I can think of for now. Of course I am a very 'Western' anime fan and have a limited knowledge, but I'm always looking to know more.

Please let me know which classic anime you think deserve figure love in the comments below.

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6:22 PM on 07.07.2012

Tsume has done it again! A shonen-tacular discovery.

It's time for me to stop vomiting with rage, as the wonderful Tsume-art has finally started making more figures from my favourite shows! You know, just little series like Bleach, Black Butler, may have heard of them....

Really I just saw these on MFC this morning and thought I'd share the excitement. It's about frickin' time we had decent Naruto figures, don't you think? And despite the show's enormous popularity, it still hasn't got the figures it deserves.

Tsume are making figures of the following-

-Ciel from Black Butler (or Kuroshitsuji, if you insist)
-Naruto, Sakura and Pain from Naruto Shippuden

-Ulquiorra from Bleach

-Black Star from Soul Eater

All I can say is it's sickening and confusing (yes, it's that bad) that these shows don't have decent figures of said characters. Well apart from Ciel of course. I really don't know why a European company is left to pick up these licenses, and they may not have the quality of sculpt of other companies, but godammit, someone is trying and that's what's important to me.   read

7:21 PM on 07.02.2012

Batman- Gotham High

I was just wondering if all you Batman fans had heard of this show. Batman is the best superhero of course, with many adaptations, but did you know that there was almost a high school version of the characters?

The show was never made, but that concept art is so well done.

Most reactions I've seen are either "that looks so cool! I would've watched the hell out of that!" or "what the hell is this, they thought they mess around with Batman? This show would make no sense anyway!"

While I have very limited knowledge of Batman, I can say that this cartoon looks pretty cool.

Was just wondering if anyone else had was aware of what could have been and what your thoughts on it are.


5:50 PM on 06.18.2012

Tomo Complaint!

Ok, it's not that much of a complaint (as if I'd be harsh to my beloved Tomo)

It's just that the little box containing thumbnails on the top right hand side of the main page is gone. It's just an ad space now.

It wasn't vital to reading at Tomopop, but I found it really handy to get an overview of all the figures on the page and see if I'd missed anything.

Does anyone else want it back or know why it's gone? Or am I just pedantic?

Thank you.   read

4:08 PM on 06.13.2012

Cowboy Bebop Play Arts!

It's time to stop singing the real folk blues people, because at long last more Bebop figures are being released!

I saw these on MFC this morning, just thought I'd let you know.

They are making a Spike one and a Vicious one. It's about time the greatest western-loved anime got something decent. They are only play arts kai, but I'll take what I can get.


Vicious-   read

9:44 PM on 04.05.2012

Togainu No Chi- The sexiness has finally arrived!

After waiting for several long months for his release, this hottie is finally mine! I am so glad Kotobukiya made him. I've never played Togainu No Chi, but I am a big fan of the character designs. After trying to get my hands on the 1/10 scale ones on eBay for a decent price for some time, I was thrilled to see that newer, more detailed sculpts were being created. I am one happy male figure fan. \

Just thought I'd take some photos to show you what this bishie's got.

(Sorry about the blurry portrait photos, I don't know how to stop that T-T)


2:59 PM on 02.29.2012

What figures do you want?

I'm just wondering, are there any anime series and characters that you desperately want figures of? Because there sure is for me!

One problem for me is that I watch shows that don't get a lot of figures, due to their being for an older, smaller audience. I'm tired of the same characters stealing the limelight. (These aren't necessarily less popular shows, they're just ones I think would benefit from figures)

Here are some shows/characters I would like to see in figure form-

-Ergo Proxy-an underrated anime, this would make great figures. Pino is a cute little robot girl in a fuzzy suit, c'mon! Vincent has an awesome mask and eyes! And Re-l kicks butt!

-Pandora Hearts-absolutely gorgeous costume designs, so detailed. B-rabbit would make an excellent figure, with her black hair, red coat, short skirt and tall boots. I'd rather have Gilbert, but she's the most likely figure candidate.

-Kite-some would call this a hentai, but I don't care-I love the design of the main character Sawa. Her earrings, uniform and unique gun would look great as a figure.

-Tokko-just recently discovered this anime, but Sakura would great as a figure.

-Hellsing-Rip Van Winkle and Schrodinger, people!

-Darker Than Black-besides the Hei RAH, where are the figures for this?

-Blade of the Immortal-one of the greatest manga of all time, and no decent figures? Manji, Rin and Kagehisa are epic want for me.

-Vampire Knight-I think this franchise is relatively popular (with girls) but figures of Zero, Kaname and Yuki would be lovely.

-Trinity Blood-there are some expensive figures of this, more would look very nice on my shelf.

-Mnemosyne-Rin is a sexy lady who deserves a figure. Sexily.

-Perfect Blue-Mima in her tutu would be a great way to remember my favourite late director.

-Naruto-I know more figures of this are being made, but this is an insanely popular show, so make Itachi and Deidara stuff, dammit! Orochimaru too...

-Bleach- The new Gin figure fills me with hope for Grimmjow and Ulquiorra figures. Those two are popular characters who have designs that would translate well as a figure.

-Fairy Tail-please start making figures of this show!


Well sorry that was so much, I'd like to hear what you want now.   read

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