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HQS Renji Abarai photo
HQS Renji Abarai

Tsume-Art's HQS Renji Abarai is ready for a fight

Coming 1st quarter of 2015
Sep 18
// Brian Szabelski
Tsume-Art have sent us word that their HQS Renji Abarai figure is up for pre-order ... and it is rather impressive. Featuring the 6th Division lieutenant from Bleach and his Hihio Zabimaru bankai, the 1/6-scale resin sta...
SDCC 2014: Yes Anime photo
SDCC 2014: Yes Anime

SDCC 2014: Yes Anime

Bringing some real Turtle Power to the show floor
Jul 29
// Brian Szabelski
If you saw our Yes Anime coverage from Anime Expo, a lot of what was at their booth might look the same. The licensed Trexis are close to release (around September), with a few minor changes to be made to some (for example, t...
AX 2014: Yes Anime photo
AX 2014: Yes Anime

Anime Expo 2014: Yes Anime

Fluffy friends and a bunch of new licensed Trexis
Jul 06
// Brian Szabelski
Yes Anime's Anime Expo booth was home to a few new prototypes including ... 12-inch Tiger and Bunny plushes based on the popular characters as alpacas? Yes: the plushes are designed to look like alpaca-fied versions...

Tomopop LinkUP: Anime you have a happy new year!

Jan 02 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
AmiAmi blog gave us a closeup look at Takara Tomy's Puella Magi Madoka Magica Koedarize figures. We first saw these previewed way back in June so they've been a long time coming. Over at the figma blog we got a release gallery for the new Guts Hawk soldier figma from the Berserk movies. Great looking figure, I'm surprised they've taken this series as far as they have. Think Geek got themselves a very timely exclusive in the form of Doctor Who's 9th Doctor figure from Titan Vinyl. He's 6.5 inches tall and comes with a removable Sonic Screwdriver. I know a lot of people prefer modern Doctors David Tennant and Matt Smith, but Christopher Eccleston will always be the one that got me into the series. Over at the Kotobukiya blog they've got a preview for the prototype of their 1/6 scale Ikaros from Sora no Otoshimono. She's from their 4-Leaves line and that's about all we know about her. Good Smile Company posted the results from their Nendoroid After Parts face contest. The five winners are a love face, a crying face, a dollar sign face, a robot face, and a skull face. There also seems to be a secret face in the works! Tsume sent along info on a pair of new figures coming out soon. First up is this outstanding HQS statue of Usopp from One Piece looking incredibly cool! You're basically getting two Usopp figures in this as well as that amazing Impact Wolf. He isn't cheap though, running about 369€ or just over US$500. He looks worth it! For Bleach fans Tsume wants you to get your hands on this great looking HQS statue of Ulquiorra Schiffer. The base and backdrop all look good. He's a major fan favorite so I wouldn't be surprised if he sold out soon. He's running 289€ or just under US$400. Plex has posted a gallery for one of their latest Ultimate Modeling Collection Figures: Duke Vampire Lord from Puzzle & Dragons. This is a great looking figure with lots of detail and super sharp colors. It'll be out in March for ¥ 10,290 or about US$98. Pinkcheeks got a little LEGO Clone Trooper from Star Wars for Christmas and felt inspired to take the little guy on a trip. Check out the gallery to see the mini trooper out on the beach and enjoying some tasty looking pizza! And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP! Due to the extended holiday in Japan news from the east has been a little hard to come by. Don't be surprised if LinkUP next week is a little on the short side. Maybe I'll do something a little different next week.
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Celebrating the new year with lots of anime figure news
Hello and welcome to the first Tomopop LinkUP of the new year! We're only two days into 2014 and there's already a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Hard to believe, but over at My Figure Collection they've already g...

Toynami photo

Toynami ends Naruto & Bleach lines, brings back Voltron

Go Lion, Stop Naruto and Bleach
Oct 03
// Scarecroodle
Toynami has announced that it will stop making Naruto and Bleach collectibles, following what it deems a "long and mutually beneficial relationship". The company, which recently reclaimed the Voltron license (last held by Mat...

HobbyLink Japan is having a figure sale, up to 95% off!

There are some gems here if you hunt for them.
Aug 16
// Jon Wills
There are sales and there are bargains. Often items posted on sale are not always marked at a low price but rather at their regular low price. Still within any sale there are always some alluring bargains to be found.  H...

SDCC 2012: Toynami

Jul 14
// Philip Lee
Our SDCC 2012 coverage continues with the company that showcased one of the most fluffiest and cuddliest displays, Toynami! The most prominent reveal was their Street Fighter Hello Kitty plushes, in which we'll be getting the...

Banpaku Event Coverage: Pikachu! Colors and many more!

Mar 05
// Jon Wills
Earlier as part of our continuing coverage of Banpaku we looked at several shounen series figurines as well as Tiger and Bunny figurines. Now we are going to get a sneak peek of figurines from other series which include, but ...

Tsume-Art has just sent us a news update on the Zaraki Kenpachi high-quality statue ... which gives us the perfect opportunity to talk about him for the first time! The 42-cm-tall resin Kenpachi, limited to 300 pieces, looks ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Figuarts Zero Sousuke Aizen

Mar 03 // Brian Szabelski
Figure name: Figuarts Zero Sousuke Aizen Hogyoku Fusion ver.Figure maker: BandaiRetail price: ¥3,300Available at: HobbyLink Japan So here, we have our box. The outside is rather spectacular looking, featuring a heavily white and black motif with a shattered pattern, as if the box was hatching. That is, hatching like Aizen was out of his initial, chrysalis-like state once he had fused with his hogyoku. It honestly takes what would otherwise be a boring, plain box with a corner window and print oversetting part of the clear plastic, and turns it into something much more eye-catching ... though it is a bit large. On the inside, there's the illustration the figure is based off of. Aizen with blonde hair is ... weird. Out of the box and fully assembled, Aizen looks rather impressive at first glance. His pose is one of power, one hand forward, the other drawn back holding his zanpakuto. His hair and robes flow around him, as if being blown about by some unknown force or power. His eyes look sunken and dark, his suit of white taught against his slightly muscular frame. There's enough detail in certain parts to really draw your eye to those parts alone, like the fringes of his robes or his outstretched hand. I must note at this point that he is very reflective in light, just as a heads up should you choose to display him somewhere well lit. It actually caused me to spend a lot more time shooting him than I expected. From the other angles at a distance, Aizen looks very powerful and intimidating. He doesn't really have much of an active pose outside of his robes and hair blowing in the wind, but he's intended to give off a feeling of ultimate power, and I think the way he's sculpted, it sort of does that. You can also see the cross pattern on the chest of his outfit, which looks nice but not too fancy or anything. Like the box, the base has a black and white shattered motif to it. It also has Aizen's name across the front of it in the bottom. The hexagonal shape looks nice and different from the normal round base. Aizen fits snugly on it, so no worries about him falling off. The tattered edges of Aizen's wind-swept robes have this rough look to them, which looks good ... except some of the roughness is from the actual cut of the mold. Taken as a whole, it's not as smooth as it could have been presentation-wise, but it's not a bad look. Unfortunately, Aizen is not without seams running down his arms and legs, as well as at his shoulders. I might joke that the blinding glare from how reflective his white clothing is will blind you to them, but up close, you can definitely see them. To say it's a tad bit disappointing is about right. It's not a deal killer, per se, but something that Bandai should have done a better job of masking. Can you guess where his zanpakuto goes? It fits into his right hand, slotting in pretty easily, and stays there without much of a problem. It does add a bit of width to Aizen, though, so keep that in mind when displaying him. Or shooting him. Aizen's long, blonde hair is probably going to be a point of contention. I know, the illustration has him blonde ... but come on, in the anime series and other artwork I've seen of him, his hair stayed brown. None the less, the wind-whipped look of his long flowing locks does look cool, and each of the strands has its own definition without paint slopping issues. If you thought his hair as a bit controversial, the face sculpt may be even more so. Aizen's gaze has a distinct evil look to it, but only from a select few angles. In all other angles, it just doesn't look that great. I think it's because of the way his mouth is sculpted to have a slight sinister smile to it, but that's not visible from every angle, so it just looks off at times. So how do I feel about the final version? To be honest ... underwhelmed. It's a serviceable figure and Bleach fans should be able to enjoy that someone has actually made a damn Aizen figure for once, but I can't walk away from this saying it's anything more than a bigger-scale, better sculpted prize figure. OR that's what it feels like to me. With Aizen, I love the pose but find disappointment with some of the details. It's a perfectly fine, middle-of-the-road figure, but maybe that was the goal all along considering his price. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending along a review sample!]

For a series as long-running as Bleach has been, I've always been surprised there haven't been a ton more figures. That's especially the case when talking about the series' first antagonist, Sousuke Aizen. The Soul Reaper-tur...


Toy Fair 2012: Toynami

Feb 20
// Brian Szabelski
Toynami's Toy Fair booth happened to be all the way up on the fourth floor of the Javits Convention Center, but there was quite a bit on display! Naruto Shippuden, Bleach and Robotech/Macross figures were on display...

Figuarts Zero Matsumoto Rangiku has nice ... detail

Feb 01
// Brian Szabelski
Byakuya Kuchiki isn't the only Soul Reaper appearing on Tomopop today. That's because Bandai's let loose the pre-order hounds on their new Figuarts Zero Matsumoto Rangiku figure this morning, featuring the 10th Division's lie...

Tsume-Art's Byakuya statue open for pre-order

Feb 01
// Brian Szabelski
Luxembourg-based Tsume-Art is proving that Europe can turn out some darn fine figures and statues as well. As evidence, I bring forth their newest High Quality Statue pre-order, Bleach's Byakuya Kuchiki. Standing 34 cm (13 in...

Promoted Review: GEM Series Ichigo Kurosaki

Nov 09
// Kristina Pino
I figured it was about time I got back to promoting stories from the c-blogs when BeckyHolly contributed her lovely review of Megahouse's GEM Series Ichigo Kurosaki figure (Bleach). It had to wait a little since we're beta te...

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