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6:59 PM on 03.19.2010

Video: 4 anime figures on a turntable: Insanity ensues...


Hey, Tomopop community! Haven't seen you in a while. ;)

Miku, Mitsuru, Rise, and Yukiko seem to having a freaking blast on that merry-go-round of wonderness, don't they?   read

1:56 AM on 07.15.2009

Future Gurren Lagann figures

We all know Uplark's (formerly Eye Up's) great Gurren Lagann figures. I only have the Yoko one so far, and the Nia one is on preorder, but I was wondering what other Gurren Lagann figures you would also like to see from them.

I would REALLY like a Leeron Littner figure, but I pretty much KNOW that's not gonna happen.

4:56 PM on 07.10.2009

Cblog reviews: 1/8 scale Yukiko from Persona 4

A few months ago, I wrote a Cblog stating my lust for all things Persona 4, and how I was looking for someone to trade for this 1/8 scale Yukiko Amagi figure from Atlus. I had no luck in the trading department, so I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Since stingy old Atlus doesn't ship to North America, I hired a separate Japanese company to buy the figure from the Atlus D Shop for me. The whole process took about a month, and it was pretty pricey, but I don't regret it at all, the figure is amazing.

Pretty standard figure box. But keeps the figure nice and protected.

The base is very nice. I've always loved Persona 4's logo, with the whole yellow business.

Yukiko's sweater is a really cool orangy-red colour, and it sort of changes in different kinds of light. And her flipping out hair looks cool. Notice the school logo on her shirt collar.

She comes with two accessories. A fan, which she uses as a weapon in the game, and her tiny little glasses, which serve a part in the game. I'm seriously scared that I'm going to break her glasses, they're made of like the thinnest plastic ever, so I hardly ever take them off.

The skirt is probably my favourite part of her outfit. It seriously looks like it's really moving with her, and the cool retro-ish design appeals to my inner fashionista. Also, her tights feel really realistic, it's sort of like a matte paint, and feels very similar to the finishing on the Nintendo DSi.

I appologize for her slightly dusty hair. I never noticed till I uploaded the pictures.

I don't like her to constantly be holding her fan, because it's not really being held up by anything, it just sort of sits between Yukiko's fingers. I'm scared of the plastic drooping after a while.

Like most static PVC figures, she can stand fairly well without her base, but she's not necessarily the most sturdy figure in the world. I recommend using the base.

Overall, it's a really great figure. If you are a big fan of the game (and I know there are a few Persona 4 fans around here), I highly recommend going to your favourite proxy shopping service and picking her up. The paint job is great, her pose is beautiful, and she comes with some sweet ass accessories. She's just an overall amazing figure.


11:27 PM on 06.21.2009

The lack of erotic male figures

Colette's post on the latest erotic figure got me thinking. There are a lot of erotic female figures out there, but where are all the scantily clad male figures?

Would any of you guys feel comfortable with an almost naked 1:8 scale man sitting on your shelf? I know I would, but I'm not so sure there would really be that big of a market for it.

I'm just curious about what your guys' thoughts on this subject is.   read

11:13 PM on 06.14.2009

Some pictures that I took

I've been practicing my figure photography, tell me what you guys think :)

Eye Up's 1/8 scale Yoko from Gurren Lagann.

Alter's 1/8 scale Mitsuru from Persona 3: FES.

Good Smile Company's 1/8 scale Hatsune Miku.

Took this picture for one of Tomopop's contests a while ago, I really liked this shot so decided to include it.   read

12:46 AM on 05.11.2009

Looking for Teddie plush, Yukiko figure from Persona 4

I was wondering if anyone wanted to trade something for one of the Teddie Plushies that came out a while ago. I love the Tomopop community, so I thought I would use the Tomopop Cblogs as a resource for my toy lusts. I would be willing to trade any member or 2 of my plush collection (except for Link, I love him too much) shown below. I'm also really looking for Alter's 1/8 scale Yukiko Amagi figure. I would be willing to trade Eye Up's Yoko from Gurren Lagann or 2 or 3 games or something like that. I got lots of games :3 My email is so please email me if anyone is interested :) VIVA LA TOMOPOP   read

10:02 PM on 04.20.2009

Triggerheart Exelica Nendoroid pictures

Triggerheart Exelica Enhanced comes with an included Nendoroid by Good Smile Company. Is nice.

Said Nendoroid comes with a sweet ass stand/gun/turret that sticks into a hole in the figures back. Along with the 2 shooters from the game, it is probably the most complicated Nendoroid that Good Smile Company has produced.

She comes with 3 faces (happy, extremely happy, and menacing), along with 2 extra legs and a bent arm.

If you can spare $120 or so bucks needed to buy the figure, I highly recommend doing so. She will make a great addition to any Nendoroid collection. :)   read

6:27 PM on 02.20.2009

An amazing Secret Santa gift from the amazing Aiya

When I got this package in the mail yesterday, I was unbelievably excited. I immediately ran home to see what what Stella decided to send me, and boy was I overwhelmed :)

Let's start off with the box. It is probably the cutest piece of cardboard that has ever been sent to my humble abode. I feel so sad for not knowing Japanese, I want to play that little board game XD

I was definitely not ready for what I was about to receive. Inside the box were not 1 -- not 2 -- but 3 Tales of Phantasia kits. Sadly, I don't really know anything about this game, so I did a bit of research before to at least find out the characters names (Cless, Arche, and Klarth). The figures are absolutely beautiful, although it was a bit of a challenge to fit Arche's broom through the hole in her hand.

Plus, there was also 2 Final Fantasy IV Trading Arts included. One of Cecil (omg cute!), and one of Rosa (omg even cuter!). These are beautiful little guys, Square-Enix did a great job with the shading on the hair, considering how small they are. Now I want to have all of them! Thanks again, Stella!

Stella also threw in some Fate/Stay Night figurines, which makes me really excited, because I really like the new GSC 1/7 Saber Lily PVC.

Hobby Link says that it will be available of order April Fools Day. Hmmmm.

A little bear looking guy standing on a log. Is it wrong of me not to know who he is?

Just a shot of all the boxes and whatnot together.

Miss Wong must know that I am a huge fan of Wind Waker, because she made a drawing of Link and Tetra, so that made me very happy. Also, that picture of Miku is adorable ;)

And it doesn't end there, folks. Stella also included a Super Mario Galaxy launch collectors coin (which I now own 2 of -- possible regift next year), PlayStation 3 pencil case (that I will use at school), Haruhi Suzumiya picture, and some Miku and Toro stickers (which I am told Topher made, thanks again Toph!).

I can not thank you enough, Stella! The amount of stuff you sent added a significant amount of awesome to my collection. I think I am actually going to go out and eBay the GBA version of Tales of Phantasia now, and maybe import the Super Famicom version as well. <3 Aiya!

[Edit: Stupid mistake, forgot to include a picture.]

Also, I did beat P4 with the good ending. ~finally   read

11:27 PM on 01.20.2009

The Behemoth's Castle Crashers: 4 figure set review

I know that Topher did a review already of this same set, but I just thought it would be fun to post some of my own pictures.

These four cute little guys have caused my wallet quite a bit of heartache. When I found out that you could buy the set of four Crashers for $20 off the normal price ($20 each) when you buy them as a set, I immediately paid the money. Then they sent me an email with the news that they charged another $40 for shipping and taxes. I was all "okay", and then when they finally came into the post office, they informed me that I had to pay another $30 for some kind of US crossing Canadian border thing. So in all, I paid around 130 bucks for these cuties, how do they stack up? Let's see after the jump*.

*There is no jump.

One thing I really didn't like about them was the clear plastic display case. They would be absolutely beautiful if they didn't come out of the box completely scratched up. I don't know how this could have happened during shipping, because they come really well packed with little foam things and everything. You can't really notice unless you are looking kinda close though. It just kind of bugged me, because I paid a lot of money for these things, and I expect top quality care.

The figures are really well done. The only problem I have is that the paint around the belts are a little bit smudged, but hardly noticeable. The heads are one of the best parts about them. Just small details like how they sunk in the beady little eyes, and the thin black outline framing the white cross are just the icing on the cake. The Behemoth did a really great job with these little guys.

They each come with five accessories, a club, sword, axe, a matching shield, and even the fish used in the game! The sword and axe are even have little blood stains on them! The figures have holes in each hand to hold their weapens, and a hole in the left foot, to fit on a peg on the display stand.

Their posability of the Castle Crashers is somewhat limiting, due to the sheer largeness of their gigantic heads. Their arms can only move a little bit, but thier heads can swivel around, as can their hands.

All in all, if you are a fan of the game -- and why wouldn't you? -- I most definitely suggest picking these little guys up. They are kind of pricey, so if the economy is being tough on you, you could probably skip them, but they make a nice addition to any gamer's collection.

Also, this is my first try doing anything like this, so if any of you have suggestions on how to make my photography better, please don't be afraid to criticize. I only have a 7 megapixel point-and-shoot, so I don't have the best equipment for the job.   read

8:08 PM on 12.27.2008

My Tomopop intro post

Tomopop is a really interesting place, it really is different from anything that I have seen on the internet. I mean, seriously, a hardcore toy collectors blog? AWESOME!

I have been lurking the community for about 6 months ago, but I haven't really been THAT involved, until now that is. I have a fairly large collection of games, over 130 in total, that I am absolutely in love with. I am always looking for new Super Nintendo games, but that topic isn't fit for a toy blog.

As of now, really the only collectible toy is the BioShock Big Daddy I got with my Collectors Edition, and a Fallout 3 bobblehead. Ya, fail I know. I have been lurking the community since about 6 months ago, but I haven't really been THAT involved, until now that is. You see, I am much more of a gamer than a toy collector, but guys, I'll tell you that all that is about to change. The first entry in my soon to be great collection will --hopefully-- be this beautiful PVC Hatsune Miku figure. I seem to see her all over Tomopop, so I guess she will be a great start!

I have no doubt that I will meet just as many cool people on Tomopop as I did on Destructoid, see ya around!   read

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