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4:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Tomopop Review: AmiAmi's Shinonono Houki

It has always bemused me why <IS> Infinite Stratos hasn't really seen many figures of the girls in their actual <IS> suits. We've had them in their school uniform, swimsuits, pilot suits and even the girls we...

Chris Seto


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1:15 PM on 07.27.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: AmiAmi

Amiami recently made one of the most disruptive waves in figure releases after they finally got their Shinonono Houki out the door and into the hands of the buyers! A review will be forthcoming (spoilers - she's really good!)...

Chris Seto



[Updated] Be@rbrick Optimus Prime gets painted and brings some friends photo
[Updated] Be@rbrick Optimus Prime gets painted and brings some friends
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

[Update: AmiAmi has an early listing for the impending pre-order for Optimus Prime and Megatron. They're 145 mm or 5.7 inches tall, which isn't bad, but they're breaking the bank at a suggested price of ¥5,184 each. I like them, but not that much! They're be out in late July]

It's been almost a month since we've seen Medicom and Takara Tomy's jointly made Be@rbrick Transformers Optimus Prime in scans and he's already back again. And this time he didn't come alone. AmiAmi blog posted the first colored photos of Optimus Prime along with Megatron, Starscream, and Bumblebee. Each of the fully transforming figures in robot mode have unique heads for each character featuring bear ears of their own. The likenesses are pretty good, especially loving that Megatron head, one of the best we've gotten in a while (even with the bear ears). They also have two robot body types.

The figures are nearly the same size in both modes and now we have a better idea of their height. They appear to be between four and five inches tall, much larger than the usual Be@rbrick figures. What that will mean for their price is still unknown, but I'm starting to think these won't be particularly cheap. We should be getting more info and even pre-orders pretty soon if they're already this far into production. I like them and want them all, but going to have wait to see what the price looks like. 

Don't forget to check the gallery!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nonsensical translations. In one case a line in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex talking about children being abducted by the mafia was translated as "Are you aware of the frequent occurrences of the mass naked child events within the country?" by a particularly awful fansub group. For a time the phrase "mass naked child events" became a meme referring to terrible translations.

When you think about it, Wonder Festival really is a mass naked figure event. Let's face it, most of the figures we'll be drooling over the pictures of this weekend probably won't be wearing a lot of clothes. And yes, some of them will indeed be naked, or pretty near it, especially if some of the previews in this edition of LinkUP is anything to go by. Plus we've got some other stuff to gawk at like videos, an interview, and various other things all after the jump!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! I know I've complained at least once already about the winter, but when dealing with subzero temps as often as we have this year I think it warrants some additional complaining. They say the best way to deal with the cold is to think about warm weather, but that's just something people from warm climates say.

Still, the Japanese seem to be pretty content with the warm thoughts; just look at all of the bathing suit-clad figures they've been cranking out this winter! I don't even remember the last time I went to the beach; it's been years. My parents have a pool, at least, but I only used it once last year. Man, I need to get more sun...

Anyway, this week we've got more girls in swimwear, oddball movie toys, and even some hand-knit TV toys. Follow me in to the deep end after the jump!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast! photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Tomopop LinkUP! I hope people enjoyed the special Transformers edition of LinkUP I did last week, but now we're back to our regular routine. There's been a lot of stuff happening as of late with the more creative among us. I like to think I'm creative, but I'm more of an idea person. When it comes to putting paint to plastic or clay to wheel it never looks as good as it does in my head. Some of us have it and some of us just write about the people who have it I guess.

This week we've got not one, but two artist interviews to pass along, as well as some designer stuff and a bunch of photo galleries. Let's get to it after the jump, shall we?

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Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day to act crazy? I don't see why not! After all there's a very fine line between genius and insanity and it probably takes a good amount of both to make it in the figure world. 

This week we're looking at some brilliantly warped works from a number of designers and customizers as well as a number of great looking ladies along with a few other things. 

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12:00 AM on 08.05.2013

AmiAmi gets an English blog

AmiAmi has announced that it now has an English blog. The prominent retailer, which has long had a Japanese blog, apparently launched an English-language version last week. The announcement mentions that the company is sortin...

Scarecroodle

2:40 PM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: AmiAmi

I have to admit, I thought it was a very ballsy move for AmiAmi to release something as big as Houki and Akatsubaki from Infinite Stratos AND give it a pricetag to match! Well, it seems like they're fairly confident in their ...

Chris Seto



Amiami has PayPal issues, payment deadlines extended photo
Amiami has PayPal issues, payment deadlines extended
by Brian Szabelski

It appears Amiami is having issues with receiving PayPal payments as of late, and as such, they've put out a little message letting folks know that they're trying to make sure it's fixed. Likewise, they expect an update sometime after this Monday, Jan. 28, and will be contacting customers to let them know what the news is.

In the meanwhile, they will also be extending payment deadlines for pre-orders affected by the issues, and for how long likely depends on the severity of the issue. Hopefully they can get the issue resolved, but have any of you been affected by this?

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7:00 PM on 07.29.2012

Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Rinne no Lagrange's girls

Rinne no Lagrange, the anime also known as Lagrange: The Flower of Rinne, must be pretty dang popular because the bulk of both AmiAmi's and Banpresto's Wonder Festival offerings draw from it. The three leading ladies are all ...

Natalie Kipper



7:00 PM on 06.25.2012

Use Paypal on AmiAmi and get 10x points until Saturday

If you were planning on purchasing an item using Paypal from AmiAmi, now may very well be the most opportune time to do so. From now until Saturday, June 30 at 23:59 Japan time, AmiAmi will be rewarding 10 times the usua...

Natalie Kipper