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Typhoon Yotsuba photo
Whipping up a storm
The continuing lack of figures from Yotsuba&! is a crime that Chara-Ani only partially managed to remedy a few months ago when they put up their rather lovely version of Fuuka Ayase. Now though they've gone and annou...

Chara-Ani Fuuka photo
Chara-Ani Fuuka

Chara-Ani surprises us with an adorable Fuuka Ayase

Pre-orders are open...right now!
Nov 28
// Martin Siggers
One of the figure industry's greatest crimes is that there's not more figures based on the cast of Yotsuba&!. Kiyohiko Azuma's adorable manga about the life of a five year old girl is universally beloved among people...
Chara-Ani Mikoto Misaka photo
Chara-Ani Mikoto Misaka

Skirts off and pre-orders on for new Mikoto Misaka figure

Don't get caught with your pants down, she's up for order now!
Jun 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Chara-ani is back again with a second figure from the Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S anime series, this time featuring title character Mikoto Misaka in a rather compromised position. The first figure was a rather unabashed ve...

Chara-Ani's Masazumi Honda is on the horizon

Status of pants unknown
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what can be a fun game? Making up a story to explain the poses some of these figures wind up in. Why did Masazumi's pants fall down? Why is she covering her chest with her arms? I don't know but it might be fun to sp...


Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest

PLUM, Kaitendoh, Ken Elephant/Kaiyodo and Chara Ani also featured
Nov 09
// Brian Szabelski
As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...

Choose your party with these Etrian Odyssey III figures

Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo Premium series goes dungeon crawling.
Nov 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
I really do not like it when a game gives me several party members or classes to choose from (I'm looking at you Suikoden series!) but when you ask me to choose my party for my figure collection, you're just asking for too mu...

Chara-Ani has all sorts of Haruhi-chan goodness coming up

Jul 12
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're a Haruhi fan, you'll surely appreciate these adorable trading figures from Chara-Ani. They're taken from the often-bizarre world of the Haruhi-chan and Nyoron! Churuya-san animated shorts, featuring such things as N...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 2, 2012

May 03
// Jonathan Tubbs
Another light day here for Reserve or Regret with today's offerings though it is mostly occupied by female figures if any of you were disappointed by yesterday's pre-orders. Those who have been wanting a figure of female lead...

It was summertime at Chara-Ani's Hobby Maker Exhibition booth, with plenty of girls in their swimsuits: Oreimo's Kirino and Kuroneko (1/8-scale), Maken-Ki!'s Amaya Haruko and Himegami Kodoka; and Iihara Nao from eroge novel R...


Does your heart race for Chara-Ani's Race Queen Kanu?

Dec 26
// Jonathan Tubbs
Wait. An Ikkitousen figure that we can post!? That's... unusual and rare. And even more odd? It's a modest figure! From Ikkitousen Xtreme Xecutor comes the 1/8 scale Race Queen Kanu by Chara-Ani and she's looking rather nice....

Tomopop Review: Toy'sworks Niitengo Key Memorial set

Dec 17 // Jonathan Tubbs
Figure Name: Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo Key MemorialFigure Maker: Chara-AniRetail Value: ¥7,776 (Box of 12 pieces)Available at: HobbyLink Japan As a trading figure collection, the box that converts into a retail display comes designed with a full view of all the various characters included. Just a reminder that this is the Niitengo series of figures, that word is splashed all over the box in the background, and just like the retail box, each individual box shares the similar style with the photos of the figures displayed. Most of the figures are divided into three parts: The head, the body, and the base. The head has a long stem that inserts into the top of the body which can be tight on some and loose on others. Expect yourself to have to be using some force on some of these figures.  Because of this required force, I was a bit scared that I would break one of the figures. I came close to it on one of them as one of the figure's heads detached from the stem revealing the ball joint it was on. On the same figure, because of this removal force, I detached the torso from the waist, revealing that you can in fact have them all displayed in just their underwear... but why would you want to? They're trading figures. Plus it's nothing you haven't seen before. Once you have the head attached, the feet from the body will then attach to the base. Each figure's base has two holes that the pegs on the feet connect to. Not to cause any confusion, each peg on the feet and each hole are different sizes so that you insert the character correctly to the base. Unfortunately one of the figures came with a incomplete peg on one of their feet. It looks like it may have just been from the way the mold was cut. It didn't cause any issues with the figure as the other foot peg was able to attach rather snugly into the base. Speaking of quality, how are each of the figures? First and foremost we have to remember these are trading figures. Not your top of the line PVC figures, though that can be debated based on some companies. Before we get into that though, let's take a look at each figure included in the set and gush over how cute they are because, well, they are. Ayu Tsukimiya - Kanon Nayuki Minase - Kanon Nagisa Furukawa - Clannad Kyou Fujibayashi - Clannad Misuzu Kamio - Air Minagi Tohno - Air Two things will be quite evident on these figures. The first are the lines from where the arms connect to the body. There's no smooth transition here where you would have a thin seam. Nope. You will see a full gap, or in the case of Misuzu, an arm that doesn't quite go in all the way. I can't say if this is just the set I received or if the attached appendages will vary by box. The other thing is the paint job. It's a mix bag with these figures. In some areas, it's nice and sharp. In others, as demonstrated above, it's very patchy and rough. The molds are nicely sculpted, still sharing some of the faults you would see from their PVC cousins. Well, not quite. The edges are rounder on these figures but I think that fits with the super deformed appearance. Again, the paint job is good and bad. The hair on each figure have a soft gradient starting from their base color on top and fading into a darker tone toward the end of their hair. There are also additional shades from where the hair parts and layers. The eyes on these figures are as sharp as any PVC figures you'll find on the market, along with their eyebrows and blush marks on some. The smiles are simple with no real detail but, again, it fits the style of figure that this is.  The school uniforms have very detailed lines with some have the schools emblem sharply painted onto their uniform. Though the nicely done emblem is countered by the uneven paint job on other parts of the figure. You also won't find beautiful folds and edges on these figures, but for what has been done, it looks nice. Here is one more look at the trouble with the paint job on these figures. This is rather surprising on the huge chunk of hair, but maybe I'm just unlucky and received a bad batch. Again, the figures are nice and all, cute, but still suffer the issues of figures of their size when it comes to construction and paint application. If anything, it's almost something you would expect from trading figures. At least until nano technology takes over and provides more details than we can imagine... well, so I dream. Would I recommend Chara-Ani's Toy'sworks Collection Niitengo series? If you're a casual collector who likes cute, small figures, then definitely. Especially if you're looking for characters from titles that don't normally get any love, or just want figures that are normally available, but in bite size so you can save on shelf space. Now if you're the hardcore collector who wants quality over quantity, then you probably already know that this is not for you. Again, these are trading figures. Once again, a big thank you to HobbyLink Japan for their support and for giving me the opportunity to review figure series and types that have not been touched yet on Tomopop for you, the community.

If you are ever looking for something on the cheap, has a cast of characters you want that you'll probably not see anywhere else, and like them to be cute, you can always rely on trading figures to give you what you want. The...


Durarara!! gets chibi-fied again with Chara-Ani's new set

Nov 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
The amazing title Durarara!! is not the most popular title in the figure world what with very few characters getting a standard scaled figure. It's really just been the attractive (and adorable) Celty and soon the short tempt...

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