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3:02 PM on 09.08.2011

Megahouse Persona 2 keychains

Just went searching on Amiami to see any miscellaneous Persona merchandise and saw these!

I prefer saving up for scale figures, but I think they look as good as the P3/P4 sets, which should be nice for those that want them. All the characters are solely from P2 and are going for about 3200 yen (with Amiami discount). Anyone planning to purchase them? Did anyone else pre-order the PSP port of the first game coming out this month?   read

3:46 PM on 08.28.2011

Anyone else going to Librari-Con?

Probably just Kyrie, but you never know :)

It's a mini-anime convention at the Headquarters Library (Fayetteville, NC) this Saturday. No figures for sale, but there's an artist gallery, cosplay runaway, and different events/panels around the entire library.

I'm just volunteering as usual. It'd be pretty neat to have a Tomopop meet-up, no matter how small!   read

4:53 PM on 07.29.2011

Bits of vinyl

<b>This post is about a month old because I couldn't find my camera USB cord, just so everyone knows</b>

I recently got back from Portland, ME. A couple of months ago, and then spurred on again by Jax's post, I began looking more in-depth into the vinyl scene. I found a couple of series that looked nice, particularly Kathie Olivas' <i>Scavengers</i> and Travis Lampe's <i>Tear Drips</i>. After some Googling, I found a store called Newbury Comics was going to have Dunny 2011 in stock with a release party.

I got there the day it was supposed to happen, but got sidetracked and was unable to make it :( I did however go the next day to buy some blind boxes, since there was really only one common design I wanted. I will say, those that live near a Newbury Comics location are very lucky people! I don't have any equivalent nearby (at least any that I know of), so seeing a wall of vinyl in the flesh was very exciting. Sadly no Tear Drips, but I managed to buy two of the Dunny 2011 from a case near the cash register and my younger sister has been getting into them, so she bought one as well.

Anyone, what exactly is the correct plural form of a Dunny? Dunnies? Dunnys?

The boxes aren't looking so good from being crammed in luggage...Luckily, the figures themselves are fine.

First box- a Betso! The card was nice. I've never bought a Dunny before this, so I was amazed that the teeth and eyes actually stuck out and weren't simply a design printed on.

Second box was my sister's- a Huck Gee! His card makes me think of the title for High School of the Dead. My little brothers really liked this design. I guess because it was a zombie?

Third box- a Squink!...Sort of cute, didn't expect the writing on the back.

A few days later, I went back to the store to get <i>one more</i> box. A forum for case layouts was underway and it seemed the highest probability was in one spot that didn't look shuffled around. Would it be the one I wanted?

It's...a Wingnut. Back was interesting, but it wasn't my Travis Lampe. A bit disappointed overall, but not a bad experience. Each of my siblings have claimed a design, so I'm left to do something with this Betso.

But there was one package I received after my return. What could it be?

A <i>Scavengers</i> series 1 box found on eBay for a decent price! And such nice packaging.

The box is smooth and the top is magnetic, though I would have preferred only the top to open rather than have two connected sections.

I bought a white Masao, which is common but still cute. One tiny issue is that he looks down when he's sitting, but it's impossible to lean him back by himself because his tail is partly underneath him. Eventually, I might buy a couple more but for now it's enough. But it would be nice if there was a Scavengers series 3!   read

9:29 AM on 07.16.2011

Alter Yui re-re-release

I was looking through the Otacute sale and found out they opened pre-orders for more Alter Yui! I've never heard of Alter doing a re-release twice, but it's nice for anyone who wants another chance to buy her.   read

3:28 PM on 06.23.2011


I don't really know how to start. I do wish I took the opportunity to chat with you more often but I'm really awkward when it comes to those types of things (there is Twitter, but I don't use it).

But honestly, thank you for creating Tomopop. Before I came here, I merely had a passing interest in figures. That all changed around a year or so ago; Resinya had the prototype for their Aegis and I was pretty desperate for more information. While I was Googling around, I came upon an article about it, which was actually written by you, here! At first I really only wanted to know about Aegis but I started looking around and decided to come back every once in a while.

That once in a while turned out to be every day! There's so many things I'm grateful for because of Tomopop: I wouldn't have bought Gift's Hakurei Reimu without Jonathan's approving review, wouldn't be planning to attend a Dunny party tonight without all the news by Stephen, Leah, and others, wouldn't have so much fun looking at photos and discussing them with members like Kyrie or personaspace, etc.

You're always so cheerful and just plain ecstatic about your favorite things like Persona. Reading your posts were never a bad thing. Like personaspace said, you're like the Team Mom so reading that you'll be leaving just seems unreal. I don't know anything besides that, but I will miss you tons along with many others; this S-Link is maxed out forever.

No matter what you're doing, I hope that you'll be happy, you'll pop by once in a blue moon, and that a Junpei Iori figure will someday be made just for you!

(Just wondering, will you still be on Destructoid? If you are, I'll make it my mission to check there as much as I check here.)   read

1:20 PM on 03.25.2011

How is the store NCSX?

Is it reliable? Do they keep their stock on their website up-to-date? Any experiences?

've never ordered from them, but I'm planning on using them as a back-up. They and the store I'm planning on ordering from first have the same price; I missed out on an Amazon sale so I don't know if the first store still has the figure. I am planning on sending an email and asking the first store but I would like some feedback on NCSX in case I do need to use them.   read

9:10 PM on 03.16.2011

Mitsuru is no longer mint in box!

Hello! My comments are sparse, but I've been visiting Tomopop almost everyday for a little bit over a year. Truthfully, there's nothing too interesting about me; reading, drawing, and browsing the internet is what I mainly do. I live in North Carolina and only started collecting in 2009 after I bought an issue of Replicant with a beautiful garage kit of Rozen Maiden's Barasuishou on the cover. Currently, I have:

Banpresto Jessica and Maria Ushiromiya Deformation
Figma Aegis
GIFT Reimu Hakurei

And Alter Mitsuru Kirijo, as mentioned in the title. I hope I won't become a hindrance to people with my rambling.

Here I go!

This isn't really a review, at least I wouldn't call it that. It's basically amateur pictures of my unboxing with comments of mine.

Persona 3:FES is one game I will never regret playing; I spent so many hours and I truly enjoy everything about it. The only thing I regret is picking it up so late. I have a memory of seeing the original in Best Buy packaged with an art book. With that included, I considered buying it, but never did. Years later, a friend was having fun with Persona 4 and FES happened to be only $20 at GameStop. After I started playing, I went searching for figures but they weren't available at their original prices at regular sellers. I like everyone in the game, so I wasn't picky about which character to buy

I managed to get Mitsuru at a good price on eBay around a month ago. There were no problems; the seller was very kind (she 'hoped I would enjoy Mitsuru-senpai') and while I found the price a bit high since it was only coming from Georgia, the package came in a day! It was not the estimate given on eBay at all, so it was a pleasant surprise. A picture I took the day it arrived:

Previously, I had a large bookcase/desk I displayed my figures, but after I moved (down the street and around the corner), it was replaced with a smaller one. I suppose I could arrange them on my dresser, but I don't feel it would be safe enough long-term. I hadn't unboxed Mitsuru at all until today, and got the idea to make a post during it.

I don't have many figures, but my Reimu is 1/8 so I expected Mitsuru's box to be around the same size. It was shocking to compare their box sizes once I got her!

People have said that Alter's boxes are pretty plain and just throw them away, but I think they did a good job with her box. It's simple and is similar to the original opening video of the game, covered with Latin phrases and lines of color. Having only three pictures of the figure overall was a nice move (one of each pose on the sides and something I'm not sure what to call on the back)

When I went to take out Mitsuru, I saw she truly was mint-in-box. There was yellowed tape around the key edges that wasn't hard to take off, but they left a bit of sticky residue. Not too much of a problem. There was also tape on the sides of the plastic blister.

Another surprise! Once Mitsuru was out, I noticed a silhouette of her persona inside the box! What a nice touch. I wonder what it looks like for the other P3:FES figures. I'm sure Aegis has a silhouette of her persona, but what of Elizabeth? If anyone would be so kind to comment and tell me, I would greatly appreciate it!

Finally, Mitsuru is free! She seems to be pretty popular both in-game and real life. A lot of people refer to her as Marin-Karin but I never had a problem with her AI in FES (but that could be because I stuck with Junpei, Yukari, and Akihiko as my main team).

The hair's pretty pointy when you hold her. Her base looked like wood when I saw some photos online, but it's just a red disk. A little disappointing... I find putting figures on their bases or balancing them with their displays to be nerve-wracking. Mitsuru's right foot was a bit stubborn and I got a little paint on the pegs from the inside of a hole, but I managed to get her on. It wasn't as bad when I had to put Reimu on and take her off. I thought I would really break Reimu's leg! A similar problem was with Mitsuru's evoker. At first the jewel on her belt seemed too big, but I somehow got it to fit without a problem.

Someone wrote that her face came out nicer than the prototype since she looks like she's smiling a bit rather than having a stony face. I have to agree It's small, but when you compare the face with the prototype pictures, there really is a difference but she looks pretty regardless.

She can certainly afford a prosthetic arm. But it should have a hook for a hand to match her dad!

The distinctive pose of a S.E.E.S. member.

This is really a nice figure.

I wish I could keep out her some more, but I'm not prepared to wake up to Mitsuru's torso broken apart from her legs on my bedroom floor :| Regardless, I actually had a lot of fun setting up a character from my favorite game and writing about her here! I hope this wasn't too TL;DR for anyone reading this. Hopefully, if I make another post, it might be with either Yukiko or Rise!   read

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