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4:00 PM on 07.11.2014

What Scarecroodle Is Up To: The Growing Terror of Parallax

Toy companies can do some odd things when it comes to movie spoilers. In the case of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, for instance, Kenner revealed the villain's secret identity when it left the figure unmasked in the packaging ...


4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we'...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 06.20.2014

What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of v...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 06.13.2014

What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT

Since I can't let Kristina and Scarecroodle have all the fun, I am getting in on this feature action. Besides writing up posts for Tomopop, I have been studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT. But I haven't been doing it alone! Like guardian angels stuffed with fiberfill, my toys are always by my side. Read on to get a glimpse of one of my semi-daily study sessions!

Natalie Kipper

4:00 PM on 06.06.2014

What Vanessa Is Up To: Mexican Cooking

For my friend, Graham’s birthday, I wanted to forgo getting him a gift, and instead just cook him an awesome meal. He introduced me to this Mexican restaurant called Juanitos Restaurant where we both love their ground ...

Vanessa Cubillo

3:00 PM on 05.30.2014

What Scarecroodle Is Up To: SQUIRREL!

Collecting is hell. Or, at least, hell disguised as heaven. There's too much stuff coming out at any one moment to really appreciate anything. No sooner are you convinced that the current big announcement is the greatest thin...


4:00 PM on 05.23.2014

What Kristina Is Up To: Sports Day

Sports Day is tomorrow, which means that the past few weeks have been intense in terms of preparing for the big event. Kids take time out of class (during school hours) to learn and practice their dances, to practice the vari...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 05.16.2014

What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Also doing some reading, etc

Taking a page out of Kristina's book, this week I'd focus on some of the things I've reading and doing while also showing off some related collectibles. Thoughts will be spoken and things will be photographed. More after the jump.


4:00 PM on 05.09.2014

What Kristina Is Up To: A cozy Golden Week holiday

Taking a cue from Scarecroodle, who came up with this column idea and kicked it off last week, I'll also be posting updates about what I am (and my toys are) up to. Last weekend, folks in Japan enjoyed the madness that is Gol...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 05.02.2014

What Scarecroodle Is Up To: Fun with a black light

Is there anything as magical as a black light? UV-A casts a whole new light on things you thought you knew, creating a technicolor world of awesome at times. I recently dug out a cheap black light rig from several Halloweens past and wound up testing various figures I own. Here are some of the better results. Full look after the jump.


4:00 PM on 11.01.2013

What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Belgium

You may recall that a few months back, eager for a project to occupy me on holiday, I took the Penguin figures that came with figma Princess of the Crystal on holiday with me to Venice, the City of Water. The result was an en...

Martin Siggers

4:00 PM on 05.24.2013

What Toys Are Up To: Penguins in Venice

I love photographing figures, especially when you get the chance to shoot them in a cool or unusual environment. Sadly, I live in perhaps the most boring suburb imaginable and memorable backdrops are few a...

Martin Siggers