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Transformers

Cybertron Con 2016: Even more Transformers reveals from Hasbro


Hasbro hasn't stopped to take a breath
Jul 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Con season is definitely in full swing right now having been kicked off by San Diego Comic Con and Wonder Festival 2016 Summer last weekend, but they're not the only events this month. Over in Shanghai, China Hasbro just held...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 2)


Welcome back Vispo!
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Back when I was a fledgling garage kit painter, one maker who always impressed me with his great works was Vispo. Initially, the most famous kits were those of the Evangelion Girls with racing motorbikes. Eventually, 3 were m...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


All hail the mobage!
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we have the first batch of video game garage kits and the first thing one will probably notice is the number of Fate/Grand Order and Gran Blue Fantasy kits. Rather unsurprisingly, the most popular games get the large...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (part 1)


Lovin' and Live-in'
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
And, after a long haul, we've reached the dealer floor for Wonder Festival. As usual, I've split up the kits into some rough categories and we start with the first lot of anime garage kits! Love Live! seems to have had a boos...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Arcadia


One trick pony
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Back when they were called Yamato, Arcadia had fingers in a few pots, with regular figure releases as well as other items in their catalogue but now, it looks like they have abandoned all that and, save for a number of small ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aoshima


MACROSS GIRL!!
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Aoshima are better known for their scale models of historical war vehicles so there might not be so much of interest for figure collectors but there were a few on display. Rather unsurprisingly, Aoshima went heavy on the KanC...
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Shiflett Bros.

SDCC 2016: Shiflett Bros.


Imaginative, original art
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
The Shiflett Brothers have made a name for themselves with their fantastical, steampunk-y sculptures. What first struck me about them was the level of detail in each sculpt. But over the years their designs have gotten more e...
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Beefy & Co.

SDCC 2016: Beefy & Co.


I love magnets in toys
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Strange and adorable animal toys are the domain of Beefy & Co. Artist Menh Voong brought some new plushies to SDCC, as well as a preview for NYCC. NYCC will be seeing the release of the plush turtle and penguin (I think i...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: GoodSmile Company


And subsidaries!
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't actually rate GoodSmile Company as that great a figure company. Their output is solid but very rarely truly impresses. Then again, their output, with help from umbrella companie...
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Weta

SDCC 2016: Weta


More robots, please
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I kicked off my tour of Weta's exhibit with their 2017 Ghost in the Shell display. It contained a life-sized replica of an android that I'm assuming will appear in the film. It was reminiscent of the robots featured in Ghost ...
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3A

SDCC 2016: 3A


Grungy mecha and original creations
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
When I asked the 3A rep what was new for this year, he basically introduced me to every single thing on display. You can see that their artistic vision is still intact, but they've tackled more and more licensed properties ov...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Nendoroids


And Parforms!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
And next, we move onto another GoodSmile Company juggernaut in the form of their Nendoroids. I have to admit that I still get the odd one or two of these from time to time and the selection is so large, I'm sure everyone will...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Megahouse


Mix and Match
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Megahouse had a very eclectic mix of items on display but the one major theme was that most were from very popular anime, both past and present. The Shonen Jump titles continue to have a strong presence with more One Piece, D...

SDCC: Diamond Select Toys

Jul 27 // Scarecroodle
DST photo
Wowzers!
DST's booth never fails to leave me with a smile. The company always has a good variety of great-looking collectibles on display. Case-in-point this year includes a very unexpected Iron Giant Vinimate, some new Batman busts, ...

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Gecco

SDCC 2016: Gecco


Video game figures and zombie models
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I wasn't expecting to see many Japanese manufacturers at SDCC due to WonFes, but Gecco was able to attend the show. They had flown under my radar until last year when they announced the Venom Snake and Quiet statues for Metal...
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Yamato USA

[NSFW] SDCC 2016: Yamato USA


Reimagining Greek mythology
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Yamato has long collaborated with fantasy artists and illustrators for their PVC and resin Fantasy Figure Gallery line. Since the last year they've been working on a series of figures inspired by Greek mythology, based on the...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Plamax


changing gears
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
I have to admit that I'm not convinced about the new plamax line from Max Factory. Initially, it looked like a good idea, a way for them to move into plamodels and sticking with mecha lines which weren't tied to sunrise, but ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figma


I'm the juggenaut, b...
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
Rather unsurprisingly, GoodSmile Company was out in full force at Wonder Festival, showing off all their associated lines with a mix of old and new as well as expected items and unexpected ones! Looking at the Figmas first, t...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Volks


Dolls festa
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
Volks have a very muted presence at Wonder Festival, no doubt holding off for their own Hobby Round event, which has been growing in recent years. But they did still display a fair bit of their recent releases and some teaser...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Vertex


hope is...
Jul 25
// Chris Seto
I think Vertex has given us the closest thing to a figure version of the "Sonic Cycle." Their figure announcements are usually interesting and the prototypes always seem to look good but the finished products always seem to f...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figurex


Go large or go home!
Jul 25
// Chris Seto
Figurex may not be all that well known as a figure maker but they definitely know how to make a splash with one of the most eye catching stalls at wonder festival, no doubt in part to their massive 1/1 scale figures on displa...
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WonFest Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Takara Tomy


A parade of robots and rubber straps
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There was a time when Takara Tomy didn't seem to really notice Wonder Festival, instead choosing to display at bigger events like the Tokyo Toy Show. But as they continue to focus more and more on the collectors market their ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Kotobukiya


Install Dream
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
With Wonder Festival happening around the same time as SDCC, it should be no surprise that a company with a booth at both events would have a lot of overlap in what they were showing off. Such is the case with Kotobukiya. Tia...
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Tamashii Nations

SDCC 2016: Tamashii Nations


Debuting a bizarre new Toy Story set
Jul 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Have you ever wished your Toy Story figures could also be Transformers? Well Tamashii Nations has you covered with a line they're calling Cho Gattai Toy Story. These figures can transform and even combine together to form a s...
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Bluefin

SDCC 2016: Bluefin


I think I found my favorite thing
Jul 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes figures from a variety of Japanese companies, so their booth featured toys catering to all corners of fandom. Their most elaborate display was for the classic Ghostbusters, featuring two scenes from the en...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Ques Q


Business as usual
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
Ques Q continue to do what they pretty much have always done, Buy up good looking garage kits and making them into decent PVC figures. But, if they give us more great figures like their Busou Shinki figures (if they work out ...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter


Platinum Stars!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year...
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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Aquamarine


Here Comes a new Daredevil!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
The main problem with having SDCC and Wonder Festival on the same week is that, particularly for the more international companies, like GoodSmile Company and Kotobukiya, there are lots of overlaps between the 2 events so a lo...

SDCC 2016: NECA

Jul 24 // Scarecroodle
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Action, action, and more action!
NECA's display featured the expected slew of movie collectibles as well as some more surprising items (like a Superman vs Muhammad Ali 2-pack!). Highlights included the amazing-looking 1/4-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...

SDCC Mezco photo
SDCC Mezco

SDCC 2016: Mezco


Superheroes everywhere!
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Want Hot Toys or Sideshow quality in a smaller, easier to display size? If so then Mezco has got you covered with their One:12 Collective line. These are high quality action figures with cloth outfits and life-like detailing ...

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