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Madogatari photo
It's uniform swap day
Shaft animation studio's upcoming Madogatari event mashing together Madoka Magica and the Monogatari Series has given us more to be excited about than just that super cute Shinobu figFIX. Banpresto is getting in on the festiv...

Madogatari photo
Really the cutest way to go
Animation studio Shaft is celebrating 40 years with a Madogatari event that mashes up Madoka Magica with the Monogatari series. Among the merchandise offerings is a very interesting figFIX figure featuring the donut loving va...

GSC Kizumonogatari photo
GSC Kizumonogatari

Good Smile Company's Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is up for pre-order

Hope you're good with names
May 20
// Tianxiao Ma
The lovely vampire from the Monogatari series is back to her original form in this 1/8-scale figure from Good Smile Company! You might know her better as Shinobu Oshino, though her original name was Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion He...
Alter Shinobu Oshino photo
Check the preview on Alter's blog
The Monogatari series went from quirky Shaft show to a powerhouse franchise, and Alter's cashing in with a Shinobu figure! I love Shinobu not just for her moe attributes, but also because she's secretly a badass. However the ...

NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

We get up-close and personal with the GSC display
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...
figma Shinobu Oshino photo
figma Shinobu Oshino

Two loli vampires are ready to emerge from your shadow

She's nobody at all, though
Sep 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Shinobu, formerly a notable omission from the Monogatari series figma line, will soon get her moment in the sun. The really-old-but-looking-young vampire is getting to releases from Max Factory: the standard figma and a figFI...
Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino photo
Just keep saying "Panaino!" to yourself
The Monogatari series' Shinobu is many things, but I think "adorable loli" would be her chief descriptor. Although she isn't really played for her moe attributes, Nisemonogatari does highlight her love of donuts. Kotobukiya c...

Nendoroid Koyomi Araragi photo
Oh it's Ararararararagi-san!
If you've been collecting the Bakemonogatari Nendoroids, there has been one crucial character missing until now. And it's not Deishuu Kaiki, you smart-alecs. It's Koyomi Araragi! I've collected most of the Bakemonogatari figm...

Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino photo
She had me at the smiling face
Since the initial reveal of Nendoroid Shinobu in magazine scans, she has gone on to get a coat of paint and a few option parts. Kahotan's blog has now revealed a third expression piece as well as a new accessory: her sword Ko...

Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino photo
Nendoroid Shinobu Oshino

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: A little donut-loving Nendoroid vampire

Sadly she does not live in my shadow
Apr 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Nendoroid Shinobu has been on my radar for a while, and looks to be a winner. Her more animated, post-Bakemonogatari form is perfect for Nendo-fication (disregarding a certain uncomfortable bathing scene). The version at Miyazawa Model Expo is still unpainted, but she still has that melts-your-heart cuteness. This is one Kahotan preview I'm really looking forward to! [via Hobby Search's Twitter]
Nendo Tsubasa pre-order photo
Nendo Tsubasa pre-order

Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa up for pre-order

One step closer to completing your Bakemonogatari collection
Mar 18
// Brian Szabelski
Remember when a preview of Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa popped up on Kahotan's blog? Tian said she'd be up for pre-order "next week" ... and well, it's next week. That means you can grab yourself a little Hanekawa, though you'l...
Nendoroid Hanekawa photo
Nendoroid Hanekawa

Nendoroid Tsubasa's big head symbolizes her know-it-all-ness

But she really only knows what she knows
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
I would share with you what Kristina thinks about Hanekawa, but we try to keep the language PG-ish around here. In case you don't already know, this is Nendoroid Tsubasa Hanekawa, the ever-helpful class representative from th...
Nendoroid Shinobu photo
Nendoroid Shinobu

Sink your teeth into these Nendoroid Shinobu scans

Hats off to Good Smile Company
Mar 02
// Martin Siggers
She popped up briefly at Wonder Festival, but these scans give us our first close look at the next entry in the ever growing Monogatari line of Nendoroids. This time it'll be the loli (looking) vampire Shinobu Oshino who...
Koto Senjougahara photo
Koto Senjougahara

Grab your coat and Kotobukiya's winter Senjougahara too

Warm your heart this winter
Feb 20
// Martin Siggers
We saw her just a few weeks ago at WonFes, but it's already time for you to get your pre-orders in for Kotobukiya's wonderful take on Hitagi Senjougahara from the evergreen Monogatari franchise. Shops started advertising...

Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you

Feb 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Pinkcheeks has been having a lot of fun with Mayoi Hachikuji. Here's figma Mayoi enjoying some fresh air in the great outdoors on a mountain hike... ...and here's Nendoroid Hachikuji looking platinum cute in a pink bunny costume! Right in our very own Tomopop C-Blogs, CrowMaiden did a wonderful photo review of Megahouse's G.E.M. series Yamato "Matt" Ishida from Digimon. I really need to get myself one of these and Tai. [embed]33698:37257:0[/embed] Kenneth Bolido did a great video review for the 2014 Snow Miku. Lots of nice visuals in this review. I'm sure this isn't the last time we'll see her in LinkUP. Reflective Boundary did a gallery for the very sexy Alphamax 1/8 Velvet from Shining Ark. Quite the treasure. Kixkillradio made Kaiyodo's Capsule Fortune Saber figrues look pretty darn irresistible. She also spent some quality time with Cu-Poche Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from HenNeko. This figure needs a neko mask in the worst way! Former Tomopop staffer Chag posted on his blog Hobby Hovel about his engagement this past weekend and how love effects our hobby (and vise versa). Congrats! Don't forget to check out the Tomopop Tumblr for great stuff being shared all the time like these amazing Star Wars figure photos from Avanaut shared by Archie McPhee. That's it for this week. See you next week right here on Tomopop LinkUP!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Take a moment to enjoy other people playing with toys
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for ...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Ol...

WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

New Saber and Lum prototypes, plus Chuunibyou's Rikka announced
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r...
Kotobukiya Senjougahara photo
Kotobukiya Senjougahara

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Koto's Winter Senjougahara

Heavy coat, short skirt
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
The ever popular Monogatari series is getting some more attention from Kotobukiya, who will be releasing yet another HItagi Senjougahara figure. The Nisemonogatari one came out late January, but this version (based on Monogat...

Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie

Jan 23 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Evilos (Christopher Avalos) made this really neat Vinylmation Skeleton Warrior from the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Amazing detail and I love the included weapons. Nitro+'s @t_santa posted FuRyu's latest Sonico figure to don a tiny bikini. What's interesting is that despite being beach themed with the clear swim tube and beach bag, she's wearing pants! Meanwhile Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for Kotobukiya's long titled Love Live! School Idol Project - Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump! ver. Umi Sonada figure. There's a lot to like about this figure from that translucent wrap around her waist to that really neat splash base. Akiba Hobby also did a gallery for the recently released Yoshino swimsuit figure from Date A Live by Plum. Doesn't take long for the photographer to forget she has a face, but it's a cute figure nonetheless. Geek Crafts posted this great set of amigurumi Game of Thrones characters made by Kati Galusz complete with patterns. Winter is definitely here. Kahotan posted a fun gallery for the newly released Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji from the Monogatari series. The faces are perfect as usual! AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for these little Free! trading figures. Looks like the boys are having fun at a water park while they float around on tubes. They come six to a case of five characters with Rin Matsuoka getting a face variant. Of course there's no telling if you'll get all six possible figures in a case when they're released in February. Here's something Japanese movie goers are sure to recognize. This popular duo appear before movies to warn people against pirating. Premium Bandai has seen fit to capture their message as a series of figure straps. There are four possible figures and can be bought as a case of 10. We need something like this in American theaters! Tesselate is now selling their latest, the Metlex One: Blue Edition. The little three-inch guy is limited to only 10 pieces and still available for the super low price of £16 or US$26. He comes packaged with a special box, stickers, and even a badge pin. What a deal! Pinkcheaks was nice enough to get figma Mayoi her own pink bike and take some pictures. The pink and yellow fits her perfectly; she looks so adorable with it! That's it for this time, see you again next week for another round of Tomopop LinkUP!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Now is the time to think summer after all
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 ...

AnimeJapan 2014 photo
AnimeJapan 2014

It'll be crossover-palooza at AnimeJapan 2014

Three major cross promotions to see a number of goods sold at the new Japanese event
Jan 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you love seeing two entirely different anime series mashed together then have we got news for you! Apparently in honor of the merging of Tokyo International Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo, the newly named AnimeJapan 20...
GSC Shinobu photo
GSC Shinobu

Pre-orders are up for Good Smile's Shinobu re-release

However, it's Good Smile Online Store exclusive
Jan 21
// Martin Siggers
As we talked about yesterday, the fact that Good Smile Company is re-releasing their lovely Shinobu Oshino from the Monogatari series is fantastic news for collectors, since it allows fans to get their hands on a figure ...
GSC Shinobu photo
Monogatari heroine returns for a second serving
It's been more than two years since we originally had a chance to pre-order Good Smile Company's rather adorable take on the Monogatari series's resident vampire loli, Shinobu Oshino. As with all things Monogatari s...

Nendoroid Suruga Kanbaru photo
You'll never pry that boys' love away from her, though
In a show full of memorable characters, Suruga Kanbaru always stood out as one of the most memorable. Maybe it's because she's a nod and a wink toward what some viewers would rather not admit they like. None of that really pl...

Kotobukiya Senjougahara photo
Kotobukiya's 1/8-scale Hitagi Senjougahara, due later this month
If you woke up today wanting an enormous gallery of Kotobukiya's upcoming Hitagi Senjougahara figure, then you're in for a treat! If not, I offer my sincere apologies. The figure is due for release later this month, so Akiba ...

Monogatari photo

Nendoroid Nadeko not looking so cute-eko

Give the girl a shade of paint already!
Jan 12
// Scarecroodle
Some prototype photos of Nendoroid Nadeko Sengoku (Bakemonogatari) have surfaced. I was pretty hyped when I first saw the prototype in magazine scans a few weeks ago, but now I'm not as taken by it. Find out why after the jump.
Monogatari photo

Nadeko goes Nendo-ko in latest scans

Snake expectations
Dec 26
// Scarecroodle
Back when concept art for a Nendoroid Suruga and an unpainted Mayoi were shown at WonFes, only one thought ran though my mind: where the heck is my Nadeko?! Apparently Nadeko has been hiding in these magazine scans, which sho...
Nendoroid Suruga Kanbaru photo
Nendoroid Suruga Kanbaru

Prepare for monkey business with Nendoroid Kanbaru

Pre-orders available at Good Smile's online shop and retailers
Nov 19
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: added pre-order links] Everyone's favorite monkey paw bearing, basketball playing, masochistic fujoshi is ready to debut as a Nendoroid. Bakemonogatari's Suruga Kanbaru is notable for being quite depraved, though the...
Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino photo
Kotobukiya Shinobu Oshino

Kotobukiya's Shinobu emerges from Araragi's shadow

Shinobu's 1/8-scale figure goes up for pre-order
Nov 19
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: added more pre-order links] This figure either slipped under my radar or I just forgot about it. Both sound like plausible explanations for why I didn't even know Kotobukiya was making a Shinobu figure. Now that I se...
Nendoroids photo

Nendoroid update: Saber, Kanbaru, Levi, Shizue, and Aegis

Pretty colors!
Nov 12
// Kristina Pino
Besides some new shots of Nendoroid Levi, we've got some photos of the now-colored Shizue (Winter ver.), Suruga Kanbaru from Bakemonogatari, and Aegis from Persona 3, who was last seen at WonFes. And to round things off, get ...
Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji photo
Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji

Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji pre-orders are live

Don't go at a snail's pace for this one
Oct 17
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: added more pre-order links] Our favorite snail-motif grade schooler has gone up for pre-order, and looks delightful as always. She has no Nendoroid Araragi to mispronounce (and, uh, get molested by) but I'm sure she'...
Nendoroid Mayoi photo
Help her keep an eye out for Ararararararagi
Kahotan snuck out some shots last month but now we've finally got a proper full-on preview of the next little lady in the Bakemonogatari line of Nendoroids, the adorable grade-schooler Mayoi Hachikuji. Compared to s...

Preview Hachikuji photo
Sneaky sneaky sneaky
Recently, on September 6th Kahotan blogged about a lot of seemingly random stuff such as how GSC is decorating for Halloween already and details about the 2013 International Manga fair.  What drinks and figures will GSC ...

Senjougahara photo

Kotobukiya's Senjougahara tempts you into pre-orders

What a waste of good drink
Aug 29
// Martin Siggers
We saw a rather lovely preview of her just a few days ago, and now Kotobukiya's take on Hitagi Senjougahara from Nisemonogatari is up for pre-orders everywhere. She clocks in at a not-inconsiderable ¥9,000,...
Senjougahara photo
I'm sure those handcuffs are perfectly innocent
We saw a quick teaser shot the other day, but now Kotobukiya have graced us with a full preview gallery of their take on the Monogatari series's leading lady, Hitagi Senjougahara. Having not seen Nisemonogatari, from whi...

Kotobukiya Senjougahara photo
Kotobukiya Senjougahara

Kotobukiya's new Senjougahara wants to hurl sweet abuse

So... thirsty...
Aug 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Anime figures these days... I don't understand most of them because I don't watch as much anime as I'd like. It makes me feel like an old timer when I do see a character I recognize. There are few characters as beloved to me ...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 1

Monogatari, Muv-Luv and more!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
Kotobukiya are a company in fine fettle and that was reflected in their booth, with a vast array of figures spread out across a variety of different ranges, franchises and styles.  The biggest news out of the booth was p...

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Bakemonogatari Nendoroids

If you like a little supernatural in your Nendoroids
Jul 28
// Martin Siggers
Never let it be said Good Smile will leave you hanging. Nendoroid Hitagi was clearly just the beginning of the company's miniature Bakemonogatari offerings as two more of the supernatural girls have popped up.  Firstly w...
Pink or Green? photo
Get pink everywhere, green from GSC Online Store
As promised in yesterday's post we've got more pictures of Good Smile Company's Tsukihi Araragi here for you, along with a full set of pre-order links. This second preview gallery from Mikatan focuses in on some of the f...

Nisemonogatari photo
Two separate variations available from tomorrow
It's been a while since we saw Good Smile's take on Nisemonogatari heroine Tsukihi Araragi at Winter WonFes. But finally she's popped up again in the form of a comprehensive Mikatan preview, complete with gorgeous c...

A peek at prize figures in Japanese arcades
I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't wa...

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