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Phoenix Wright photo
If you do object, you'd be overruled
Mamitan recently showed off some photos of Max Factory's upcoming figma based on Phoenix Wright, the eponymous star of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video games(who also appears in at least one Ace Attorney spinoff). The figma will include an array of expressions to help recreate some of his iconic (and dramatic) poses from the games. Be sure to check out the full image in the gallery.

Pop! photo

Regular readers may have picked up on the fact that I'm a bit of a dragon fan and, as such, I'm looking forward to the arrival of Elliott in Funko's Pop! line. Elliott was the star and namesake of Disney's Pete's Dragon, a mo...

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First 4 Figures returns to basics with their next foray into the Metroid Series


With a price tag to match its size!
May 10
// Chris Seto
First 4 Figures have released some pretty amazing figures of Samus Aran from Metroid over the past 8 years. Their first being the Varia Suit release back in 2008. and now, they have decided to revisit the iconic powered suit ...

Tomopop Review: Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

May 05 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Velvet with CorneliusFigure Maker: AlterRetail Price: ¥13,800Available at: Big Bad Toy Store  I'm going to be totally honest: I really haven't been interested in Alter's releases as of late. They used to be the gold standard of the anime figure world, but have in recent years been releasing rather boring designs. Every once in a while, though, they reach for the stars. The result is a figure that ends up selling out everywhere. Velvet (and Cornelius) is the third of Alter's Odin Sphere releases. The first was Gwendolyn which came out way back in 2008. Gwendolyn came during a time when figures really were limited collectibles, and as such became a grail figure for many. Luckily she's gotten two re-releases (the latest happening just last month). Next came Mercedes in 2010, which has also gotten a recent re-release. So now, hopefully, die-hard Odin Sphere fans can have the full set of gals. Trust me when I say, you do not want to miss out on Velvet. I collect figures to keep as mementos of stories and characters that I love (or sometimes because their butts are shiny). This one is such a memento, but it's also an extraordinary piece of craftsmanship. Its design, sculpt, detailing, and paint job are all a tier above what you'd see in an average anime figure. What's crazy is that this probably isn't even the best figure Alter has ever made. But it takes you to the old days, when you knew that if you got an Alter figure you'd be getting the best. That really says a lot about its construction. It's also surprisingly user-friendly. For a figure with two bodies in leaping poses and a swinging chain, the assembly process was way easier than expected. Velvet and Cornelius attach via metal pegs to the base. Their weapons are pretty simple to attach, with Velvet's Psypher not even needing to hook or peg into anything. In the game, Velvet has a number of mid to long range attacks owing to her weapon being attached to chains. Cornelius is a more straightforward sword fighter who uses his small size and agility. Their contrasting styles are reflected in this figure, with Velvet's chains forming sweeping arcs while Cornelius is in mid-thrust with his sword. I thought Cornelius would me more of a throw-in - maybe just a cool detail on a really elaborate base. He kind of is, but you wouldn't be wrong to call him a full-fledged figure either. You're basically getting two figures for the price of, like, one and a half. You can see the same craftsmanship and attention to detail on Cornelius as you do on Velvet. His armor looks weathered. The leather parts look like leather. His Psypher is translucent just like Velvet's. Despite Velvet being the main attraction, Alter spared no effort in properly painting and detailing Cornelius. Alter has done a remarkable service for Odin Sphere fans. Yes, other manufacturers have tackled the property from time to time. But none of them ever got as ambitious or straight-up beautiful as Alter's figures. There's just something about the way they handle the translation from 2D that's uniquely pretty. It even extends to figures from other Vanillaware titles. Velvet, like her sister figures, is a centerpiece. You can put her on a shelf and even folks who are leery of anime figures will pause and admire her. It just makes me so happy that Alter didn't go with a "standard" pose. It shows that they aren't making figures just to cash in on an upcoming game. They went all out, and the result is a magnificent love letter to the fans.
Alter Velvet photo
A homeless princess and a Tiny Toon
If you're a fan of side scrolling beat-em-ups, you owe it to yourself to try out Odin Sphere. While I enjoyed the gameplay, the thing that elevates Odin Sphere far past the typical rabble of its genre is its artistry. It's kn...


Tomopop Review: Parfom Labrys by Phat Company

May 04 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Parfom LabrysFigure Maker: Phat CompanyRetail Price: ¥5,500Available at: Play-Asia | Right Stuf | Hobby Search | HobbyLink Japan Labrys is the third in Phat Company's Parfom series, following Aigis and Yuudachi. I was interested in this line because it seemed to combine the cuteness of Nendoroids with the poseability of figmas. But for reasons I can't remember right now, I didn't buy Aigis or Yuudachi. So that makes Labrys my first Parfom, and I was interested to see how good these figures are. You can see the full box shot in the gallery (it's a nice, clean design) but this weird little detail caught my eye. This is probably the first figure I've gotten with a message on the box flap. Unpacking the figure took some effort because it comes with a lot of accessories. Labrys is pretty large - measuring to the top of her ponytail she can reach up to 150mm. I don't have the figma Labrys to compare, but my figma Yu Narukami is about the same height. However due to the Parfom's proportions, it ends up being a bulkier figure overall. With these kinds of figures you have a common set of expectations in terms of how to swap parts and such. Labrys comes with four face plates and an alternate hair fringe which includes her visor. It works just like with any figma: pull off the hair fringe and you'll be able to remove her face plates. The fit of the faces felt inconsistent. Her  default face was a bit loose while some others were very tight. Speaking of her default face, it wound up surprising me in a good way. Too often with anime figures, you're locked into a boring, neutral expression for the face. Part of the appeal of Nendoroid and figma is that they offer alternative expressions that might capture the spirit of the character better. Initially, I thought Labrys would just have some boring smiling expression as her default. However, the expression on this default face can look like it changes depending on the angle you view it from. In this shot, Labrys' expression is menacing and her mouth is frowning. But look at the shots above: they're all using the same face! The expression goes from neutral to inquisitive to threatening depending on the angle. This is a rare quality in figures, and I certainly didn't expect to find it here. I love faces with some nuance to them, so this was a pleasant surprise. The package comes with several accessories revolving around Labrys' weapon. "Labrys" was the Greek word for a double-bitted axe, making her weapon her namesake as well (and there are historical examples of giant versions of such axes too). The axe head comes with a peg that lets you attach it to Labrys' back. Each blade is on a swivel, basically turning them into wings. The effects pieces you see above come in two parts and clamp around the jets on the axe. I consulted the instruction sheet to see how they should be attached, but was misled a bit. Each flame piece needs to attach to a specific spot on the axe, but the order shown in the instruction sheet seems to be reversed. It took some fiddling but eventually I figured it out. Here you can see the other accessories for the axe. You'll get a separate stand and base for it in case you want to pose it flying through the air. Unfortunately there's no way to hide that peg if the stand is attached. I guess it's not the end of the world, but it still sticks out. Other accessories include a variety of alternate hands, as well as a chain that goes between the elbow joint and forearm. It's a single, flexible piece of plastic that gives a more dynamic look than a real chain would have. Of course you'll get the shadow version of Labrys as well since it's just a face swap. I would have preferred a smirking expression over this blank one. There's also an expression for Aigis included in the package, which I found weird. Parfom Aigis already has a neutral default face, but you get another one with Labrys for some reason. I thought this figure, with its chibi aesthetic and articulation, would turn out to be like a Cu-Poche. But since I don't have any Cu-Poches, I can't really say. Having played with Labrys for a while, I do think the Parfom line is pretty close to the figma line. The articulation is more extensive than in your typical figma, and the joints are higher quality (while being less conspicuous). The fit and finish is good, though for these types of figures I don't expect perfection. Still, it held up pretty well during my photo shoot, with only one of the hair flaps falling off when I didn't expect it. Generally this is a well-designed figure with a surprising amount of articulation, but doesn't feel like it's going to break or lose its pose suddenly. The paint job's decent too, with some different finishes throughout the body and axe. Phat Company's Parfom line is fairly new, with only three figures currently in the series, and this Labrys figure already feels refined and well thought out. I'd say my experience with it has won me over to the Parfom series. It's wonderful for anyone who wants the cute chibi look but with lots of creative possibilities that you may not get with a Nendoroid or scale figure. Hopefully, Phat Company ramps up the release schedule for these. Six more have been announced, but none of them have dates set for the moment.
Parfom Labrys photo
Class president or killer robot?
Persona 4 may very well be my favorite video game of all time. Given the number of spin-offs it has received, it seems a fair amount of people out there love it too. When I first heard about Persona 4 Arena, I thought it was ...

GSC 15th anniversary photo
Nendoroid #600 hinted at
Like a typical teenager Good Smile Company wants to do everything. No longer content with just making figures, GSC is growing into quite the powerhouse these days, having their hands in TV series and video games, and even bro...

TSS 5.0 photo
Just as 4.0 begins to ship
So originally I was going to do a third BotCon report discussing the upcoming Transformers Collectors' Club exclusives, but it's taken until now for them to finally put their Figure Subscription Service 5.0 images online. But...

Cheerful Japan photo
Buy some figures for a good cause!
In 2011 Good Smile Company launched Cheerful Japan, a fundraising effort created to aid those effected by the Great East Japan Earthquake through the sales of specially designed figures. In a way it's now unfortunate that Che...

Transformers photo
Many rumors confirmed
Normally I'd try to avoid posting unconfirmed rumors and reference art as news outside a quick comment in a related report. But Transformers news sites are going crazy over a large cache of leaked images ranging from control ...

Aliens photo
Believe it or not, Funko has more stuff
Not to be left out of Alien Day, Funko showed off images of some upcoming Aliens collectibles: an incredible Pop! Alien Queen, a Pop! Ellen Ripley, and a ReAction Aliens 3-pack (featuring Ripley, a 5.5-inch power loader, and ...

Alien Day continues! Kotobukiya unveils Dog Alien ARTFX+ statue

Apr 26 // Scarecroodle
A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The 1/10th ARTFX+ Statue format has been providing collectors with high quality, medium scale figures with top notch sculpts and affordable price tags, and now there’s a new property joining the fun: Alien. Next up in the line is the hybrid xenomorph seen in Alien 3, the DOG ALIEN! As an added bonus all Alien ARTFX+ statues include a diorama-style display base system that features interchangeable parts and a mini LED light so you can illuminate your own scene in straight from the movie or your imagination! Available November 2016. Pre-order this statue now - http://store.kotous.com/artfx-1/alien/alien-3-movie-dog-alien-artfx-statue-pre-order.html
Aliens photo
Wait, dog? I thought it was a cow!
Kotobukiya has released images of an upcoming 1/10-scale "Dog Alien" ARTFX+ statue. Fans will remember this particular quadrupedal Xenomorph from Alien3 where, rather than spawning from a human's body, it instead incubated in...

Funko's upcoming Harry Potter Mystery Minis look magical

Apr 26 // Scarecroodle
Funko is proud to introduce the entire line-up of the first series of Harry Potter Mystery Minis! The Boy Who Lived is accompanied by his friends, Hermione and Ron, as well as Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Dobby the house-elf, Draco Malfoy, Professor McGonagall, and Rubeus Hagrid are part of the set, too! This set also prominently features animals from the series, including Hermione’s cat, Crookshanks, Hagrid’s over-sized boarhound, Fang, and Hedwig, Harry’s owl, among others. Beware, you may even find yourself with He Who Must Not Be Named! Who are you most excited to get?
Harry Potter photo
Figuratively magical
The figure line that lived! Funko has finally tapped into the Potterverse to bring fans of the iconic Harry Potter book series (or movie series, for non-readers!) a new series of Mystery Minis. Much like the Disney Princess s...

Aliens photo
On Alien Day, nobody can hear you scream
Did you know that April 26th is Alien Day? I sure didn't! Luckily, Diamond Select Toys has reminded fans with a "holiday card" which includes a stop-motion video featuring DST's Aliens Minimates. I don't really get this whole...

Name my Frankenjoe!

Apr 23 // Soul Tsukino
Now it's time to have a little fun. As my collection closes in on the magic number of 500- I thought it would be an interesting idea to take advantage of this site and have YOU the reader come up with a name for one of my newest custom kitbashed soldiers. The chance arrived a little while back when I bought a bunch of spare parts from a lot auction on eBay. Mixing and matching parts, I ended up with this figure. It's the head from Sci-Fi, the arms from Outback, and the chest, waist, and legs from Psyche-out. I'm really surprised and impressed how well it works out. This is where you come in. I need a name. Yes, even the custom part figures get a name in my collection. And you don't have to stop there. Give me a full bio if you want. Is this a Joe? Cobra? Oktober Guard? Amway salesman? Go hog wild and leave your ideas in the comments and let your imagination go wild!  
GI Joe photo
Give this guy a name!
If you've read some of my articles here in Tomopop, you would know that I am a big collector of G.I. Joe: Real American Hero figures from the 80's and 90's (and some from the 2000s as well). I've written about my custom "FrankenJoes" and even how I made my own version of one of the most expensive Joe figures you can buy.

Ghostbusters photo

Diamond Select Toys' Ghostbusters Select line is, without a doubt, the best collector-level Ghostbusters action figure line we've seen thus far. However, with so many releases, it's easy to lose track of what's out there and ...

Sailor Moon photo
Collecting toys by moonlight
Funko recently showed off images of its upcoming Sailor Moon Pop! figures, which are due out this July. The assortment consists of Sailor Moon (with Luna), Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus (with Artemis), and Tuxedo Mask. While ...

DST photo
Batman vs Superman vs Spider-Gwen
Pre-orders are starting to open for a wide array of Diamond Select Toys collectibles ranging from superhero statues to video game Minimates. The selection includes a Marvel Premier Collection Spider-Gwen Resin Statue (US$150 ...

UFC photo
These Pop!s don't look so tough!
Remember Ronda Rousey? Arguably one of the biggest celebrities in 2015 (and most-searched people on Google), the dominant former UFC champ made headlines thanks to title bouts short enough to be compressed into GIFs. For less...

One Piece photo
A lot of hands to keep to herself
Tsume-Art earlier this month unveiled images of its upcoming Nico Robin statue, which will be the newest entry in the company's One Piece HQS line. Robin is depicted using her Cien Fleur Wing technique, giving the crew's arch...

BotCon Reveals photo
BotCon Reveals

BotCon 2016: Transformers reveals


Time to check stuff off the wishlists
Apr 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Here we are again with Hasbro's second round of four sets of reveals they do over the year. Previously we saw a large number of new Transformers: Titans Return figures at Toy Fair in February and later we'll see more at San D...
BotCon Exclusives photo
BotCon Exclusives

BotCon 2016: Transformers exclusives


Lots of wants here!
Apr 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's a little earlier than usual, but BotCon is here once again! As usual the annual event's first day starts with the official reveal of all the exclusive goodies. They've been super ambitious with the offerings this year, t...
Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Cardcaptor Sakura

Behold, the ultimate Cardcaptor Sakura interactive line


Full interactivity doesn't come cheap
Apr 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Sure, a good looking Cardcaptor Sakura Sealing Wand makes for a nice collection centerpiece, but why not some lights and sounds while we're at it? And to go with it why not a complete run of Clow Cards the wand can interact w...
P.O.P. S.O.C. Sanji photo
Equal opportunity fanservice
Premium Bandai isn't content in letting the ladies of One Piece be the only ones that get to act sexy. Their latest figure features a open shirted Sanji designed for an entirely different set of fans. While the figure is part...

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kinetiquettes continues their capcom collaboration with a painted Devil may Cry Statue


SSStylish!
Mar 26
// Chris Seto
Kinetiquettes are at it again and this time, they're plying their trade on a title not called Street Fighter! They're still in bed with capcom though, but that's not a bad thing when they can give us a great diorama like this...
C2E2 2016 CreatuReplica photo
C2E2 2016 CreatuReplica

C2E2 2016: CreatuReplica


Highly detailed cryptid figures
Mar 24
// Tianxiao Ma
If Fox Mulder collected action figures, I think he'd love the CreatuReplica collection. CreatuReplica is a new (as in, just months old) outfit featuring toy designs by Jean St. Jean - a sculptor who also works with Diamond Se...
C2E2 2016 Metalsouls photo
C2E2 2016 Metalsouls

C2E2 2016: Metalsouls


Pretty freaking metal
Mar 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Some toys were meant to be made of metal: Iron Man, Transformers, toy cars, etc. And then you have madmen like the folks at Metalsouls, who just make everything out of metal. Despite largely working with recycled scrap metal,...
C2E2 2016 Beefy & Co photo
C2E2 2016 Beefy & Co

C2E2 2016: Beefy & Co.


Original plush creations
Mar 23
// Tianxiao Ma
It felt like there was a lot less plush at this year's C2E2 than in previous years. The most notable booth I found was Beefy & Co. with a colorful display of somewhat sleepy looking plush animals. Two plushies were new fo...
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select photo
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 2


Live action TV and movie collectibles
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Diamond Select Toys has tapped some notable live action properties in the past, and they're continuing to pick up momentum in this area for 2016. The Alien and Predator franchises will see Vinimates coming out. They're figure...
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select photo
C2E2 2016 Diamond Select

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 1


Comics and animation collectibles
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Although Diamond Select Toys has roots in comic-related collectibles, their booth gets more and more diverse every year. We'll start off our coverage with the usual comic properties you'd expect, although even here there were...
C2E2 2016 Chibi Essence photo
C2E2 2016 Chibi Essence

C2E2 2016: Chibi Essence


Polystone bobble heads and alpacas
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
One of my favorite things about cons is finding stuff that's off the beaten path of my fandom, and that's where Chibi Essence comes in. I'm not very engaged in the indie/designer toy scene, but every once in a while I'll stum...

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