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Transformers survey

Hasbro UK asks what it's like being a Transformers fan in new survey


Less about toys, more about you
Aug 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro UK has a posted a rather interesting Transformers survey open to everyone. The survey is simply titled Modern Fan 2015 and takes a different approach in asking questions about the brand. Rather than simply asking ...
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But can you really call it a Nendoroid?
Here's a pointless question for you: what makes this Kirby figure a Nendoroid (aside from obvious branding considerations)? Would a figma Kirby or, heck, a Hot Toys Kirby look any different? These are the kinds of things I as...

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Himouto Umaru-chan

Up your Umaru count with these blind-boxed trading figures


Get some himoutos of your own
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
If you want to spruce up your dwelling in a totally adorable way with Himouto! Umaru-chan merchandise, now's your chance! Good Smile Company will be releasing a set of eight trading figures in January 2016 featuring four vari...
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Parfom Labrys

Welcome Parfom Labrys to the arena


This is one steely class president
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what's awesome? The Persona series. Underneath the whackiness of talking teddy bears and robot warrior maidens lie some wonderful, memorable characters. Labrys here made her debut in Persona 4 Arena, being an older g...

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Max Factory Hestia

Max Factory's Hestia is looking pretty bouncy


Now up for pre-order
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm sure DanMachi's Hestia is a character in her own right, but the general anime-aware public might know her more for her peculiar fashion sense. Indeed Max Factory's 1/7-scale PVC rendition goes all in on the boob string. I...
Nendoroid Sanya photo
Nendoroid Sanya

Nendoroid Sanya is ready for the night sky


This Nendo is no ghost
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Strike Witches fans can finally get their hands on a Nendoroid version of the nocturnal witch Sanya V. Litvyak! With Strike Witches 2 having aired a pretty long time ago and the Operation Victory Arrow OVAs already wrapped up...
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Probably won't turn into a plush dragon
Okay, Funko, you got me. You've released a wide mix of characters in your Fabrikations line so far, including the likes of Greedo, Rocket Racoon, and Jack Skellington, but up until now I haven't thought, "I really want this o...

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What? No Louie the Lilac?
Funko (via its Vinyl Sugar imprint) will be releasing Vinyl Idolz figures based on characters from the popular 1960s Batman tv show. Pre-orders are currently available. The line-up, which is expected to release this October, ...

Top sales 8/10 to 8/16 photo
Top sales 8/10 to 8/16

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/10 to 8/16


And we're back!
Aug 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So Toynes.jp took a break from doing their top sales lists for a few weeks, but it looks like, at least for now, they're back! There have been a lot of summer releases since the last period posted ending July 19, so there mus...
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C3X Chara Hobby 2015: We got our Super Fumina!!!


All's right with the world!
Aug 23
// Chris Seto
Rest easy everyone! The single best unit (yes, even better than Tryon 3!!) has finally been confirmed to be getting a kit release from bandai! We knew it was going to happen, it was just a matter of when! The HGBF Super Fumin...
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It's very Pop!ular
It's a little weird to think about how Funko is basically everywhere these days and just about covers everything. This realization has continued to dwell on my mind after Entertainment Week ran a flattering article on the com...

Red Bumblebee photo
Red Bumblebee

Not Cliffjumper, but red Bumblebee next Transformers Masterpiece


So close yet so far away
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like we'll have to keep waiting for that elusive Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure. To tide us over (perhaps forever?) we're getting a red Bumblebee for now. MP21R Bumblebee Red Mode is inspired by the very early days...
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Great for superpowered business meetings
Long-time Superman antagonist (and former president) Lex Luthor is joining Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ line. The bald billionaire's statue has received a preview gallery and is currently available for pre-order. Lex is depicted in hi...

100% Soft photo
100% Soft

100% Soft releases first plush Kaiju Kitty, Boomu


Hide your yarn collection!
Aug 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
If Godzilla was ever lonely and wanted to get a pet, this is the cat Godzilla would get. This Kaiju Kitty is named Boomu and it looks like a cross between a cat and a dinosaur. Boomu has a cute, cat face with a horn, claws, a...
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Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Check out Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Lady Deadpool, because why not


Coming out in February; what timing!
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's latest Facebook preview for its Marvel Bishoujo line centers around the (Other) Merc with the Mouth, Lady Deadpool. For those of you unfamiliar with Lady Deathpool, she's the alternate Earth version of Deadpool (...
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Figure Colosseum

Banpresto opens character voting for latest Figure Colosseum


Votes open on OP and DBZ characters
Aug 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For the past several years Banpresto has hosted the Figure Colosseum and this year is no different. The Colosseum is now open with Modeling Tenkaichi Budokai 6 for Dragon Ball Z character voting and Modeling King Summit ...
Monster Musume pillow photo
Monster Musume pillow

Monster Musume Mila 23-foot pillow cover sells out in an hour at Comiket


Whole lot of woman
Aug 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Sometimes a gamble pays off. When it was announced that the Monster Musume and Tokuma Shoten booth at Comiket this past weekend would offer a life sized 23-foot long hugging pillow cover (yes, just the cover) of series m...
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They grow up so fast... in Limbo
Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Magik is currently available for pre-order. X-Men comic fans will have little difficulty recognizing Illyana Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus, although cartoon fans may not recall that ...

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Cheaper than the 3DS remake
While many fans greatly enjoyed the Wind Waker Nendoroid Link (double-reviewed), others wanted something in a slightly more traditional style. Their patience paid off earlier this year when a Majora's Mask version was announc...

Nendoroid Ooyodo photo
The assistant to the secretary ship!
[ Update: Pre-order info added ] Relaying orders to the fleet, handling communications, giving mission briefings, and occasionally getting glomped by Kongou - these are all part of Ooyodo's everyday life. Doesn't that make he...

Sailor Moon Dolls photo
Sailor Moon Dolls

It's almost time for Sailor Pluto and Luna fashion dolls


Time IS on your side
Aug 17
// Soul Tsukino
The fine folks over at Groove are making your Sailor Moon collection look even better with their Pullip series Sailor Pluto and human Luna dolls. Both dolls are 37 x 20.5 x 11 cm in size and are fully articulated. They c...
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Do you cuddle with them or eat them?
After a slight delay, Inki-Drop's Saltwater Sweeties Kickstarter campaign is currently underway and will run until September 7th. The campaign seeks to raise US$26,000 to fund the creation of three food-themed animal plushies...

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And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

Sunken World photo
Sunken World

Sunken World set to release first toy, Maneki Neko


Who said black cats were bad luck?
Aug 13
// Vanessa Cubillo
Montreal artist and designer, Max Charlton recently launched a new brand called Sunken  World. Now Sunken World is releasing their very first toy called Maneki Neko, Black Edition. This resin figure shows a cute, happy, ...
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Christmas in October
Slated to come out BEFORE Christmas, Funko has an array of Nightmare Before Christmas collectibles, a selection which notably includes TWO versions of Jack's Pumpking King costume. The first of the new items are two Pop!s, on...

Crummy Gummy photo
Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy shows us the four faces of a gummy bear


Look at the gummy face of death
Aug 12
// Vanessa Cubillo
Artist, Crummy Gummy is still out there making his cute resin bear figures. They always look delicious to me, but of course I can't eat them! His latest figure is called "Four Faced Gummy Bear" Raven edition. Instead of a ful...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Mako Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.

Aug 12 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,167Available at: N/A Packaging wise, Mako is very much just another Nendoroid, even keeping the distinctive black and yellow aesthetic that all of the Kill la Kill Nendoroids. On the one hand I kind of like it that GSC doesn't make a big song and dance out of the exclusive variants - they even retain a standard number in the lineup. On the other, a little something to indicate that this Mako is a little special would be nice. Perhaps just a little flash in the corner? Regardless, this is a Nendoroid box, which means it's sturdy, smart and informative without being particularly interesting or spectacular. Out of the box, Mako is immediately striking, largely due to that distinctive overcoat. It not only provides a really nice contrast to the blue and white of her uniform, but gives the figure a lot more width than a standard Nendoroid. Combined with the big chunky hat, the net effect is of a figure which feels much bigger than is standard for the line, even though that's not actually the case. Looking from behind gives us a few more details of the coat/cape. You can see that it's hinged at the shoulder blades, a very welcome touch as it allows the coat to fit around Mako's shoulders much more easily than a single piece of plastic would. There's also jointing on the arms of the coat at the shoulders and elbows, and the overall result is a surprisingly poseable accessory. There's no clip or peg to fix the coat to Mako, it simply slips over the shoulders and is held in place by the head. However, Mako's stand does include an extra long extension peg which fits straight through the coat and into her back, and this helps hold the coat more firmly in place as a consequence.  As it is in the show, Mako's coat is lined with golden weapons, all reproduced here in loving detail. Note that they aren't removable, but are instead moulded into the surface. Nonetheless, it's a bravura touch which helps lift the overally impression of the cape as well as reinforcing GSC's attention to detail. Mako comes with quite a few different accessories, the first of which are the iconic folded arms used in many, many Studio Gainax productions, and clearly inherited by Kill la Kill's production house Trigger (which is largely made up of ex-Gainax employees). It's also worth pointing out at this stage that Mako's hat doesn't pin to her head, but instead simply sits on top like a real hat would. This means that not only can you cock it at a jaunty angle as I've done here, but that it'll fit any Nendoroid with a relatively smooth head. It wouldn't be much of a fight club without weapons, and to that end Mako comes with both a nasty looking spiked bat and her self-promoting knuckle duster. The bat fits smoothly into an alternative hand part while the knuckle duster just clips on over the existing fist part. Again, some terrific fine detail work by the sculptors over at GSC. Including the piece of grass Mako chews on (in iconic bancho style) is a nice touch, but I wish they'd moulded it as a permanent part of this face. As it is it's a tiny plug-in part and given that the grass strand is made of soft, bendy plastic, it can be incredibly frustrating to fit.  Throwing up the cutesy V signs might seem a little out of place for this figure, but it looks rather good regardless, courtesy of a pair of lower arm replacement parts. Mako's second included face is this sad face, which pairs up wonderfully with the unique 'huge gloopy tears' accessory. That's what I call it and I'm sticking to it. The tear part actually snaps onto the lower part of the face and round the neck peg, making it surprisingly secure. It's so precisely moulded to this face though that I'm uncertain if it'd work on any other Nendoroid. You get not one but two tear-related accessories with Mako, the other being this enormous fountain of tears designed to recreate the goofiness of an animated breakdown. I'm much more ambivalent on this one - it's a great idea and a pretty funny one-time visual gag, but it's big and fiddly and pretty much a one-joke item. I will note that GSC were smart enough to make the tears high enough to line up with Mako's eyes when she's on her stand. Naturally, if you own 'regular' Nendoroid Mako there's an awful lot of fun to be had swapping parts and expressions between the two. Fight Club Mako even has the small unique piece of moulding in her hairpiece that allows the sleep bubble from regular Mako to be attached, so it certainly seems this is a case of straight mould reuse. Overall, I'd say Nendoroid Mako is pretty much the platonic ideal of what a WonFes exclusive should be. She's definitely not essential by any means, especially considering a cheaper, more readily available version of Mako is out there with arguably superior acessories. But she is a lovely little extra for those who love the series, and a great treat for those who do go that extra mile to get hold of her. Keep your eyes on those convention booths! With many thanks to Good Smile Europe's Maritan, who was hugely helpful in getting hold of Mako for review.
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Packing a Punch
In the past few years, Good Smile Company has generally become much better about the way it does Wonder Festival exclusive figures. They're now available from the GSC website as well as cons around the world, and the company ...

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Pocket the rainbow
Funko has "shrunk" rainbow Batman for its Pocket Pop! keychain line. The world's greatest detective (not named Sherlock Holmes) will be available in the same six colors as the Entertainment Earth-exclusive Pop! line. Fans of ...

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Do ghosts get vacuumed up with a pop?
Guillermo del Toro's upcoming horror film Crimson Peak isn't going to hit theaters until October 16, but horror collectibles fans won't have to wait that long for the film's merchandise as Funko plans to release three Po...

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Target

Target announces its eliminating gender based signage


Retailer to phase out gender singage
Aug 09
// Soul Tsukino
In a statement on its corporate website, retailer Target announced that it will be moving away from gender-based signs in its stores. In the statement Target specifically mentioned that the Toys section will no longer be labe...

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