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Under the Radar: Chibi-Arts Boa can't be your valentine

Not just because she's plastic but also because she releases in March
Feb 12
// Scarecroodle
Pre-orders are already well open for Boa Hancock's second appearance in Bandai's Chibi-Arts line. This new Chibi-Arts Boa Hancock is a lot like the previous version, seeming re-using the body mold. However, the character seem...

Under the Radar: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Sinbad

Behold the fig leaf!
Jan 17
// Yami Casas
Fans of Shinobu Ohtaka’s adventure series Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic will be happy to know that Bandai has finally opened pre-orders for Chibi-Arts Sinbad. The King of Sindria comes with two different faces and some ...

[UPDATE] Prepare your wallet for these Bandai pre-orders

Figuarts Zero, chibi-arts, D-Arts, and more from Gundam, God Easter Burst, One Piece, and Code Geass.
Nov 12
// Jonathan Tubbs
Bandai recently updated their web page with a slew of products that will soon be up for pre-order, some of which I'm sure you're interested in getting your hands on. The ones that are sure to go quick are the newest Figuarts ...

Tamashii Nation 2012 preview has a load of anime figures

Magi, Strike Witches, Code Geass, To Love-ru, Another, and the kitchen sink join Bandai's many figure lines.
Oct 25
// Jonathan Tubbs
Tamashii Nation 2012 may be tomorrow officially but the preview event is already giving us and then some for figure announcements. We've seen Sailor Moon and Sol Badguy to name a couple of big announcements. Now there's a sle...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts C.C.

Oct 23 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Chibi-Arts Code Geass C.C.Figure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥3,300Available at: HobbyLink Japan C.C.'s box is just about the same as all the other Chibi-Arts and S.H.Figuarts boxes that Bandai packages figures in. You've got the big window and some pictures of the figure. It's pretty straight-forward. Once she's out of the box, her default expression and position is smiling with one arm over her knee and the other down towards the ground. Her lower body doesn't get any swaps, so she'll always be in this seated position. Since this is the case, she doesn't really need her base, either, though I've included a picture of it in the gallery. C.C. has her long green hair cut in a V in the back. It ends up resting on the ground so posing can be a little tricky (it gets in the way). Since there's also some hair in the front, her movement is a bit limited, but you can still get creative. Here I've got her with both arms swapped. The left hand there has a piece of the helmet attached, so you do have to remove an ear from it to have it in C.C.'s grip. Otherwise, the mask can be swapped with the kitty's head, here. Easy peasy. By far one of the more amusing types of super-deformed figure faces is the sly, "joke's on you" face that a lot of them come with. C.C.'s is no exception here: she looks mischievous! As for her hand, I just re-posed the one that is meant to be resting on her knee. It makes for a good, "o-ho-ho-ho!" accessory, I think. Besides the extra arms and the kitty and helmet, C.C. comes with a delicious (sadly, plastic) box of pizza and a third expression with pizza hand for the occasion. I like the look of pure enjoyment on her face, and the pizza hand is a half-arm swap that is compatible with the standard arm piece. It's the only one that is swapped from the elbow rather than the shoulder. Actually, it took me a minute to figure that one out. At first, I thought I was missing a part! Alright, so you've seen all the good stuff — all of C.C.'s expressions and some standard posing. Now let's check out the details on her outfit. The front is molded nicely and is appropriately ruffled up like it would be on anyone who is sitting down. It's plain white with some purple straps and such, which are cleanly detailed. There's also some silver paint on the buckles, down the front of the pant legs and along the side of the shirt which also are nice and clean. The back is about the same, with just a tiny bit of sloppiness with the paint there on her collar. This isn't too much of an issue though, considering her hair pretty much blocks her entire behind. I can appreciate the detail work wasn't left out here. Finally, here's a look at the various written-down expressions she comes with, as per usual with the Chibi-Arts line. There's a little stand for these, too, and you can have them up next to her with the appropriate pose for the quotation. As usual, I should mention that these speech bubbles are a nice touch. And... there you have it! Nice and easy, because C.C. is a solid entry to the Chibi-Arts line by Bandai. If you're a fan of the character, it'd make an adorable addition to your collection, but otherwise she doesn't necessarily call enough attention to herself to be purchased unless you're really into girls with green hair. The one big drawback is her limited poseability because of her hair, but she is otherwise charming and fun to play with. Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this sample, and be sure to enter our month of October contest for a chance to win this figure for yourself!
Green hair, tiny kitty, delicious pizza
Though I can't say I was a big fan of Code Geass (despite being a huge CLAMP fan), I can't deny I've always loved the character designs. C.C. is definitely one of the cuter figure girls I've had the pleasure of playing with, ...


Tamashii Nations 2012 to debut Magi figures next week

Bandai's newest collectibles to premier in one week
Oct 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Are you watching A-1 Pictures and Aniplex's new title, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic? It's being touted as this season's big shonen action series getting some pretty good early reviews for the first episodes. Bandai can certai...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Perona

Oct 03 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Chibi-Arts Perona from One PieceFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥3,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan  As per the usual, let's take a look at Perona's box. It's pretty standard fair for Chibi-Arts. It holds Perona well and displays her adorable mug to passers by. Of course, it's difficult to review a figure in a box, so let's get this cutie out into the open air. Here she is! I've always dug Perona's design, and it's clear that Oda made her to be highly marketable. She's colorful, intricately clothed and absolutely adorable. She's unlike any other character in One Piece, which is a lot to say considering the sheer amount of people that have appeared in that series. While you can't really appreciate it on an SD figure, she's also got a nice set of curves, which doesn't hurt. Like the other Chibi-Arts, Perona is held up by a peg in the back of her head connected to a solid base. It stays out of the way and does a good job keeping her standing. While some won't like the peg hole, I find that it's the best and most effective way to keep her posed. I'm sure there are some people that remember some older Nendoroids that had clunky plastic pieces that are meant to go under skirts. I always found those to be unintuitive and annoying more than helpful, so I'll take a peg over that any day. A healthy medium could be the magnets used in the Panty & Stocking Nendos (discussed), but I haven't seen that widely utilized. It's a shame; it worked quite well with those two. Here we get a look at several of Perona's accessories. Foremost, she's got her gothic lolita umbrella and one of her adorable ghosts. They're both part of her character and they look just as fantastic in chibi form as they did on her P.O.P. You can check the gallery for more detailed shots of both. They're both very well done. You can also see one of her alternate faces. Much like the other Chibi-Arts we've reviewed, there are several expressions that you can alternate between, as well as several sets of arms. For the other arms, you'll need to switch her mantle out, as the one that's already on the figure isn't shaped for anything but stiff arms. Oh, and be careful when switching out expressions when she's wearing her mantle. It was hard for my big, beefy fingers to get a grip on her head to pull it out. Here is Perona's other accessory and expression. She looks quite happy to be holding that lollipop! You can't quite tell from this angle, but her pigtails are on ball joints, so you can move them around as well. The hairclips limit her movement a bit, but you can get some amusing angles out of them. There aren't any additional legs, as they are on ball joints and move around with ease.  I zoomed in a bit so you can check out the level of detail Bandai put into this little gal. I'm impressed that the molded the buckles of her boots when they could've gotten away with making them red hunks of plastic. I'm even more impressed with her skirt and the frills on her blouse. I always appreciate it when companies go out of their way to get the little things right. Finally, this wouldn't be a Chibi-Arts release if there weren't some speech bubbles! I'm not entirely sure what all of these say, but I know for sure that the second on from the right is Perona's distinctive laugh, horohorohorohoro. I can also hazard a guess that the second from the left says "Negative Hollow," as that's the name of one of her attacks. The first on the left mentions something about a ghost and something about possession? Maybe? Anyway, they all match well with her and would look good next to Perona. All in all, Perona is an excellent addition to the Chibi-Arts line. Anybody that digs One Piece, gothic lolitas or cute girls in general would like Chibi-Arts Perona. The only thing you've got to watch out for is switching out her facial expression when she's got her mantle on. It's in there tight and I had to apply firm pressure to get it out. She's well worth the ¥3,000!  [A big thank you to the folks over at HobbyLink Japan for providing us with the figure for review!]
In the highly competitive super-deformed figure market, Bandai's Chibi-Arts have made their place at the top of the field. Previous reviews have shown that they are of a similar quality to Good Smile Company's Nendo...

Tomopop Review: Chibi-Arts Princess Shirahoshi

Sep 27 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Chibi-Arts One Piece Princess ShirahoshiFigure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥3,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan Let's just get this box and tray business out of the way. Shirahoshi's box is a little bigger than the standard Chibi-Arts because her hair and scarf thing take up a lot of space. Her box is decorated in this under water and pink combination, and it has little bubble-shaped windows on the side and top. The tray isn't especially loaded. You've got her, an extra face, her shark, one extra arm for each side, and the usual base, stand, and expressions behind it. Once you take her out, her standard expression is worried/crocodile tears with one arm propping her up and the other touching her face. She doesn't actually need her base for posing, given that she can balance just fine with her arm down and her hair, so for this review you won't see the base at all except cut off in that tray picture and again with the expression bubbles. While the side pictures don't look all that interesting, I should note that while her fin is not poseable, she can swivel her head a little to give you some better angles when you want to have this figure interacting with others on your shelf. Her hair blocks the movement somewhat, but you've got some leeway since her body is totally separated from it (see above image). The back of her hair. There's some nice shading going on here, and she's got that golden fish clip at the top to put it all together. There's a hole at the back of her head for the stand. While the hair at the back doesn't end in semi-transparent PVC, the hair at the front and her fin do. It's a nice touch. Here's a look at her body detail without the hair in the way. She's got her gold/yellow bikini top thing, and a few beaded loops around her waist and hips. It looks nice overall and I'm glad to see her back isn't botched despite being covered by hair most of the time. Here she is with her other arm accessories, shark and happy face. While I normally pose any super-deformed figures in my collection with sad or tormented expressions, I have to admit I like the happy face on Shirahoshi best. It's adorable, really, and I like the way her optional arms are posed. The shark (he is called Megalo) fits snugly under her other arm without the need for the base, too. Shirahoshi is a shy character, which is why both of her expressions have blush marks on them. She's easily scared and quick to cry, despite the fact that she's absolutely huge. If there were one complaint, and really it isn't a valid complaint on my part, about this figure, it would be that it isn't to scale. But then again, what chibi figure is? She'd have to be as big as that huge Miku Nendoroid that's being made to be remotely to scale, and that's just silly. Who would have room for it on their chibi figure shelf? You know what, just forget I said any of that. Megalo has this star tee on. The details are nice here as with Shirahoshi - no complaints. There's just a little weirdness there in the bottom picture, but seeing as how that part is usually going to be downwards, it isn't a major issue. Shirahoshi is a lovely addition to the Chibi-Arts line and I'm glad I had a chance to handle her for a little while! This figure is listed as a prize for our September Megapixel contest, so be sure to enter if you'd like a chance to own it. Otherwise, I'd recommend the purchase if you're a fan of the super-deformed type of poseable figures and/or a One Piece fan. Her big eyes are full of expression and I'm sure Megalo would make for some fabulous figure photography shenanigans. Thanks again to HobbyLink Japan for sponsoring this review and this month's contest!
Sponsored by HobbyLink Japan for September's Megapixel Contest
Princess Shirahoshi is one of those characters whose design transcends the One Piece fandom. I don't watch One Piece at all any more, but I see merchandise or figures of her character and just love the look (especially the P.O.P.). So, I was pretty excited to receive Bandai's Chibi-Arts version from HobbyLink Japan. Hit past the jump for my full review.

[REMINDER] September Micropixel: Feelin' Blue

Sep 24 // Kristina Pino
WildaNice BoatIK WongTears4DragonsCounterpunchSailor SamusMan With No Name
One shot challenge: the color blue
Woo, September! Another month has gone by, so I've got a new challenge for you. For September, rather than the full Megapixel, we're gonna do it like July's contest: drop your entries in the comments section here with one ima...

[REMINDER] Monthly Megapixel: A picnic with Frankenstein

Aug 14 // Kristina Pino
The rules are simple! You don't need to have narrative text in your story, as Scarecroodle and others have proven, in order for it to be good or acceptable. We've had folks make their entries look like comic strips as well, which is also encouraged, creative, acceptable, rad, you name it. There isn't really a minimum or maximum amount of images, although I think one of our readers figured out what the max amount of BBCode image lines are allowed in a c-blog post (it's.. a lot). Your images must be at most 620 pixels wide in order to fit in the page properly, otherwise something's going to get cut off. There isn't a limit to how many images you post, since you're hosting them anyhow. In order to get some images on your blog post, just put them up on Flickr, Photobucket or any of those free image hosting services and link to them using BBCode tags (the line with the [IMG]<text>[/IMG] tags). If you don't have a Tomopop log-in account, you won't be able to create a blog entry. If you're new to these contests, this is your first step! It's quick and easy, and once you're through, you need only click on the "create new blog" button at the top of the page, and title it with "Monthly Megapixel: <your story title here>" to be entered in the contest. Lastly, those of you who don't live in the U.S. or Canada are not excluded from this contest. The only thing we ask is that you cover the shipping if you are to be prized on something. This way, we could open the contest to everyone! I promise it won't cost you an arm and a leg, too. Remember, it doesn't have to be a photographic epic — if it's all you can come up with, you could submit entries with just a few beautiful and descriptive images and it's just fine. It's all about being creative and hitting the mark with the contest theme, by any photographic means possible! If any of you are having issues with the editor and getting your post up, just send an e-mail to me (kristina [at] tomopop [dot] com), or Brian ([at] Tomopop [dot] com), or even our tips@ mail so somebody could get to it. Sometimes a post won't show up on your end and cause some confusion, but will still be visible to everyone else; things could be a little buggy here and there. Just don't panic! I will accept all entries that were completed on time as long as we could see your post, even if we had to recover it after the due date. As I mentioned earlier, this contest is being sponsored by HobbyLink Japan (whee!). The three main prizes will be Chibi-Arts Kotetsu and Taito's Persona 4 Chie and Yukiko (separately). They're all rad, and depending on how many entries we get, I'll toss in some extra prizes on the side, so don't you worry! I also still have some Peanuts Formation Arts figures, also from HLJ, that I can give away. Let's make it another good month! Also, it's opinion poll time! Do you like the regular Megapixel format? Is it too much work, and not enough fun? Speak up! We got so many entries for the last contest, that I'm wondering whether I should condense this a little more? What I like about Monthly Megapixel is it challenges everyone to get creative and have fun with their figures, and I add prizes to sweeten the deal. Should I do more "Micropixel" style contests in between, to give y'all breaks from these bigger contests? Because I can totally do that. After all, they're my contests. I call the shots. Leave me your feedback in the comments section below!

[update: Once again, I forgot to put in the deadline! Thanks for reminding me, tears4dragons... you've got until Monday, August 27 to enter this contest! Good luck, everyone!] August already? Yeesh. So, last month's "Micropix...


Tamashii Features vol. 4 brings crushed scouters & more

Aug 11
// Andres Cerrato
Across the other, much larger pond, Tamashii Nations is showing off their goods in Hong Kong. A lot of these goods we've seen before, but we're just getting a better look at them now. All I'm saying is that I'm officially sol...

Tomopop Review: Chibi-Arts Kotetsu T. Kaburagi by Bandai

Jul 31 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Chibi-Arts Kotetsu T. KaburagiFigure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥3,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan Kotetsu's box is mostly green, with pictures all around. The size and formatting is very much like that of Bandai's S.H.Figuarts line - nice and compact. Once he's out of his box, you've got a tray stuffed with accessories. We've got Kotetsu's food bowls and a bottle of mayo, a doll, two extra faces and an extra hair piece (so you can lose the hat), and a few extra arms. Behind the tray, there's a packet with the usual sign post and little speech bubbles, along with two spare neck joints in case you get a little too excited and break one. Here's what Kotetsu looks without doing any part swapping after fixing him onto his base. He's got his confident smile on and his hands are at his hips. Of course, he's poseable, but I just left him that way for now. The arm that keeps him propped up on the base attaches to the back of his head. It's just as well, given how tiny his body is compared with it, so once you figure out how you want to pose him, he stays put. Nice and solid. Kotetsu has his signature shirt and vest on. The paint job is pretty spot-on, and looking at the back he's got some nice detail with that buckle and the pants. Even his butt is molded. He's got a few bracelets on both hands. His right has a green bracelet, and his left has a ring, a purple beaded bracelet and then his watch. They've all been molded over the skin before paint was applied, which is a plus. On to the face swaps. There are directions in the box for all the parts swapping and accessories, but it's pretty intuitive. Pull off the front hair piece to free the face after popping it out of his body, and just put it all back together how you want him to look. This is his cool hero face. You can pose him saying hero-like things, and change his right arm so he's got the cool guy gestures going on. My favorite face though, is this speaking with the eyes shut look he's got. He looks so smug and confident while he explains something related to mayonnaise. It gives the figure personality! I always love it when figures come with food accessories, because food is awesome. Well, that and, you could always use them to play around with other figures. Too bad for me though, this figure is actually going to be a prize for August's Megapixel contest, so one of you readers will have the pleasure of owning these to play around with. Overall, I really can't recommend the Chibi-Arts figures enough. Especially now that Bandai's been releasing them for a while, they're solid and well painted, and they come with enough accessories to be worth the dough. If I had just one measly complaint about this figure, it's that the alternate hair piece didn't quite snap in flush with the back piece, but it isn't that big a deal. I also didn't force it too much, so maybe this figure's next owner will get it. What I also love the Chibi-Arts figures is they come with those quote bubbles so you could display them with their catch phrases or reenact scenes from the anime. The sign pole could probably serve other purposes though, like holding your own custom quote bubbles or little toy-sized posters. Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Check out the gallery for images that didn't make it into the main body of the review, and keep an eye out for our next contest so you can try and win this figure.

With the huge popularity Tiger & Bunny has garnered by both a male and female audience, I am not surprised to see its characters have followed One Piece into Bandai's Chibi-Arts line of figures. Pedro has already taken a ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Dragon Kid

Jul 26 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Chibi-arts Dragon KidFigure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥3,300Available at HobbyLink Japan  [Once again, a big thank you goes out to HobbyLink Japan for providing the review sample.]

As I mentioned extensively in my review for Blue Rose, the chibi-arts line is comparable to Good Smile's Nendoroids. In terms of quality and character choice, Bandai is off to a great start with their line of s...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Blue Rose

Jun 25 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Chibi-Arts Blue RoseFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥3,300Available at: HobbyLink Japan  [A big thank you goes out to HobbyLink Japan for providing Blue Rose for review!]

One of the best things that Good Smile Company has going for it's Nendoroid line is the sheer amount of characters available. If there's a popular show out there, there's a good chance that at least one guy or gal will join t...


Chibi Arts C.C. up for pre-order, will eat your pizza

Jun 01
// Pedro Cortes
Originally seen during Tamashii Nation 2011 Winter, the Chibi-Arts C.C. is now ready for pre-order! The green-haired hottie sports a couple of faces, including one of the best satisfied expression I've seen on a figure. Of co...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 9, 2012

May 10
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's another sell out edition or Reserve or Regret all thanks to Bandai and MegaHouse selling their insanely popular products not made to order. So what was so popular? Well, more One Piece, Tiger & Bunny, and Kamen Rider...

Tamashii Nation Winter '11: Tiger & Bunny 1/6 figures

Nov 27
// Andres Cerrato
In the Secret Stash edition, I mentioned that Bandai was planning a "New Arts" set of figures featuring the Tiger & Bunny series. Well, we have our close-up shot of the two and they are definitely something to contend wit...

Tamashii Nation Winter '11: Chibi Arts

Nov 24
// Andres Cerrato
We've finally come to the end of the event and our coverage. Leaving on cheery note, let's look at the adorably deformed creations of Bandai in the form of their Chibi Arts line. Like many of the other lines, it's primarily d...

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