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9:00 AM on 02.12.2013

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

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...


12:00 AM on 01.17.2013

Under the Radar: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Sinbad

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 ...

Yami Casas

1:45 AM on 11.12.2012

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

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 ...

Jonathan Tubbs

9:45 AM on 10.25.2012

Tamashii Nation 2012 preview has a load of anime figures

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...

Jonathan Tubbs

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts C.C. photo
Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts C.C.
by Kristina Pino

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, and it's easy to see why. She was translated rather well into chibi form!

This figure is going to be given away for this month's contest, so if you're interested, hit the jump and check out my full review.

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11:00 AM on 10.18.2012

Tamashii Nations 2012 to debut Magi figures next week

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Perona photo
Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chibi-Arts Perona
by Pedro Cortes

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 Nendoroid and, in many cases, have come from more desirable series. Shows like Tiger & Bunny and One Piece are fat cash cows, so it's nice that the merch coming from said cows looks nice and is fulfilling.

This time around, thanks to HobbyLink Japan, I'll be taking a look at Perona, the gothic lolita with a love of sweets and ghosts. You may have seen me review her P.O.P. some time back, but I think you'll find that she works just as well in this tiny incarnation. Hit the jump to find out more!

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Tomopop Review: Chibi-Arts Princess Shirahoshi photo
Tomopop Review: Chibi-Arts Princess Shirahoshi
by Kristina Pino

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.

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[REMINDER] September Micropixel: Feelin' Blue photo
[REMINDER] September Micropixel: Feelin' Blue
by Kristina Pino

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 image. The theme this time is blue. The color blue, specifically. Besides that, anything goes, folks!

Last month's winners are: Counterpunch, Niceboat and Wilda! The three of you, please send me an email (kristina [at] tomopop [dot] com) with your prize preferences (give me your preference in order of want) and a shipping address so I can get those out to you. Congratulations! Honorable mention goes to Sailor Samus, so you go ahead and email me too, and I'll get something to ya. 

As with all my contests, anyone is welcome to join. If you are outside the US & Canada, I just need help with the shipping, but otherwise the more the merrier! If you do enter the contest, please make sure you check back and see if you happen to be the winner so you can get in contact with me for prizing. If I don't hear from you within a couple days that I announce the winners, I'm giving your prize to someone else.

This month, I'm giving away two awesome figures which you'll see reviews of as soon as I receive them: Sega Prize Princess of the Crystal and Bandai's Chibi-Arts Princess Shirahoshi. A big thank you goes out to HobbyLink Japan for sponsoring our monthly contest! You've got until Friday, September 28 to enter this month's photo contest. Good luck!

[See the gallery for pictures from last month's entries and click through the jump for links to everyone's posts]

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[REMINDER] Monthly Megapixel: A picnic with Frankenstein photo
[REMINDER] Monthly Megapixel: A picnic with Frankenstein
by Kristina Pino

[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 "Micropixel" contest was rather successful, eh? We got lots of beautiful entries, and staff had a hard time picking a winner as always. The votes are in, and it looks like the person taking away the big swimsuit figure is Pinkcheeks! Tied for second place (and behind by just 1 vote each): IshokuOsero and Israel Figueroa! Honorable Mention goes to XHatching because that's just too much. The four of you, please email me (kristina [at] tomopop [dot] com) to claim a prize! I've got a few trading figures and things I can send over to the runner ups.

As for the new contest, all the rules and guidelines are below the cut, as well as the prize info (though if you've been paying attention to our reviews lately, you should already know what those are). Your challenge themes: National Picnic Month, National Smile Week, Watermelon Day, Book Lover's Day, Tell a Joke Day, and Frankenstein Day. Feel free to go with one or several (or all?) of these themes. Both photo and video entries are allowed, and you can express yourself in as little or as many frames as you like. (holiday list)

Also, a big, hearty thanks goes out to HobbyLink Japan for sponsoring our contest! Be sure you check out the gallery for pictures of all your entries in one place. I think I got you all - if I missed your image, let me know! Finally, and this is important, of you normally skip the guidelines and such below the cut, at the very least look at the last paragraph. Thanks!

Now, for all the mumbo-jumbo (click the jump).

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9:45 AM on 08.11.2012

Tamashii Features vol. 4 brings crushed scouters & more

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...

Andres Cerrato

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

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 look at some of the ladies, namely Blue Rose and Dragon Kid, but now I get to look at one of our main men: Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, the Crusher for Justice.

Hit past the jump for my full thoughts!

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