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Tamashii Nations 2015: Macross makes a big Splash!

believe in the sign of Delta!
Oct 29
// Chris Seto
Bandai have just held their Tamashii Nations event and started it off with a pretty big bang by giving us the first proper look at the newest entry into the Macross series in the shape of Macross Delta. In addition to showing...
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13 photo
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/7 to 9/13

So much new stuff
Sep 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is a rarity, all but one of the items ranking this week is new to the list. The only returning item is that Yo-Kai Watch watch. There's also another rare girl's toy sneaking into the top overall entries. Otherwise the...

This months magazine scans give us the Key to Victory!

Feb 21
// Chris Seto
We all knew it would happen.. nay, it MUST happen but this months magazine scans show that it truly is happening! Hot on the heels of the release of the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar, we are getting a release of Goldymarg and yo...
GaoGaiGar photo
Amiami blog posts extensive preview
After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediat...

Soul of Chogokin photo
Soul of Chogokin

New scans reveal Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar release date, price

Crushing evil and also your savings
Aug 21
// Martin Siggers
Ever since it was announced last November, I've been chomping at the bit to know more about Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. Who wouldn't be eager to see more of one of the all-time great super robots joining the undoubted king of...
Chogokin photo

Landmarks gone wild! Gallery appears for the Chogokin Tower of the Sun Robot

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into tourism
Jun 03
// Scarecroodle
Bluefin Tamashii Nations has released a photo gallery for Bandai's upcoming kinda creepy Chogokin Tower of the Sun Robot (previously seen at The Tower of the Sun was the somewhat nightmarish symbol of the 1970 World's Fair (o...

Tamashii Summer Collection: Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar

Final Fusion APPROVED!!
May 11
// Chris Seto
Just when you thought the Soul of Chogokin line had been retired, Bandai decided to resurrect the line with a couple of doozies! First up on the block is the Tower of the sun Robo from 21st Century Boys and after that, there'...
promoted post photo
promoted post

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

Promoted cblog review
Mar 10
// Greatlandstander
[editor's note: Oh hey, a cblog promotion! It's been way too long since we last did this, and if the current trend of awesome stuff being published in there continues, I feel it'll be difficult to choose what to bring up to ...
SoC GaoGaigar photo
SoC GaoGaigar

Bandai's next Soul of Chogokin will be GaoGaiGar

The ultimate King of Braves approaches
Nov 01
// Martin Siggers
At Tamashii Nations today, Bandai made a tremendously exciting announcement, namely that The King of Braves GaoGaigar will be the next robot to join the ultra high-end Soul of Chogokin line. Though no actual figures were read...
Hello Kitty photo
Hello Kitty

Tamashii Nations will make a Chogokin Hello Kitty robot

You read that right
Oct 31
// Vanessa Cubillo
I know Hello Kitty has always been popular. I think it’s safe to say that she’s been on literally everything ever made from toilet paper to adult sex toys. So nothing that I see her on should really surprise me b...
Soul of Chogokin photo
Soul of Chogokin

Under the Radar: Soul of Chogokin General Franky

His robot spirit burns from within
Oct 23
// Pedro Cortes
All Franky wants is to become the ultimate cyborg/robot. I mean, he sure is a great shipwright and he's one of the best out there. However, let's be honest: his robotic improvements show that he wants to become one with the m...
Pre-order VF-29 Isamu photo
Pre-order VF-29 Isamu

Pre-order this Tamashii Webshop exclusive VF-29 Isamu

A great tribute to Macross Plus and Frontiere.
Aug 21
// Jon Wills
I was looking around our partner stores for something interesting to write about when I found this Tamashii web shouten exclusive, Bandai Chogokin VF-29 Valkyrie over at Big in Japan. This Chogokin is based on a Valkyrie that...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin Saber

May 06 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Chogokin SaberFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥7500Available at: HobbyLink Japan Chogokin Saber comes in an overly large box designed to accommodate her sizable display base and energy effect accessory. The packaging is stark white for the most part with gold embossed logos and character images for decorations. The size makes it somewhat impractical for storage, although it's nice enough packaging for a box that doesn't feature a window. The inner packaging consists of three blisters, which hold Saber and her numerous pack-ins. The middle blister primarily held the first-run bonus, a plastic summoning circle that serves as an optional addition to the display base. The accessory/bits count is as follows: Three versions of the sword Excalibur (normal, invisible air, and an energy form) Two scabbards (one designed to peg into an alternate hand) Three alternate faces (gritted teeth, shouting, and a slight smile) Five alternate sets of hands (not all of which are matching) Two alternate hair and ribbon pieces A large energy effect A display base/stand (needs to be assembled) (First run only bonus) A thin, plastic sheet designed to look like a magic/summoning circle Bandai's Chogokin armored Saber is based on her Fate/Zero appearance which, as far as I can tell, is largely similar to her Fate/Stay Night armored incarnation (It may be worth mentioning that I have yet to watch Fate/Zero). Kaiyodo, Good Smile Company, and Enter Brain have all previously released figures of armored Saber. For comparison purposes, I've brought out GSC's figma armored Saber (right) which is often regarded as being the best among that group. The most immediate observation will likely be the size difference, as the Chogokin version is substantially taller. There's also a marked difference in color, as the Chogokin sports a lighter blue that features more color variation as well as shinier armored bits likely due to the use of die-cast parts. The third most noticeable difference (other than the breastplates) is more visible from the side. While both versions feature molded plastic dresses, the Chogokin version opts for a more rounded design. The Chogokin's skirt also differs from the figma version by being jointed to the waist (the figma's skirt pieces are mostly connected to the back portion) and features additional jointing. These joints are generally strong enough to hold the pleats in place, providing clearance for running and other action poses. Please note that while the blue and white portions of the skirt are separate in the front, the other sections are fused together as one piece. The armored portion of the skirt features the most articulation, as each segment has jointing. The armored portion and the other pleats are connected to the rest of the dress by clips, making re-attachment fairly easy and painless (unlike the nightmare of a piece sliding free on the figma version). Despite featuring die-cast bits in the legs, the Chogokin Saber's natural balance is surprisingly poor. The skirt also makes it difficult to get an idea of how the joints should be moved, as they both conceal most of the legs and shift the balance on their own. Many poses will require use of the stand. The base and stand are strong enough to support any number of poses, including leaping/flying displays. However, I wouldn't recommend leaving Saber in a flying pose for prolonged periods as she has a nasty habit of somehow coming off the stand or tipping the whole thing over. For color, I've displayed her alongside Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Juggernaut. Saber may look small, but it's only because the MS Juggernaut stands over 9-inches tall. The summoning circle can be attached to the top of the base. As far as first run bonuses go, the circle is really nothing special; it's just a thin, flimsy sheet of plastic. The circle is really only good for displaying the character standing. Otherwise, it has a tendency of getting in the way. There's an additional transparent piece of plastic that can be attached (as shown) to raise the circle a little above the rest of the base. I imagine that this is just a first-run feature designed solely to complement the summoning circle. As previously mentioned, the stand/base comes in several pieces. The two parts of the base can be attached together as shown or you could hook the stand into either piece. The latter option is useful for posing the character close to a tabletop or other surface. You'll notice that the base includes a nameplate. Despite being just a sticker, the nameplace makes the display look quite a bit classier. The energy effect is another really cool display piece. It's not large enough to fit around the display base, but it can be used to spice up any number from just an additional display piece (as shown) or for something like making a sword swing more dramatic. Speaking of dramatic, I love the alternate ribbons. When used in conjunction with the alternate hair pieces, you can either simulate the effects of the wind (by posing both in the same direction) or a quick, spinning motion like a sword stroke (by having them posed "facing" opposite directions, like above). Bandai's Chogokin Saber features the high amount of articulation that most fans expect from their higher-end lines. I should point out that Saber's shoulder pads can flip up for additional clearance (a feature missing in the figma version) and that she features a greater-than-average amount of foot pivot. And yes, I'm fully aware that I have Saber holding two copies of Excalibur which is a physical impossibility but dual-wielding is cool. Final thoughts? Bandai's Chogokin Saber is an excellent figure despite a minor issue or two. While I'm not necessarily sure that I prefer it to the figma counterpart, the Chogokin Saber is a great figure in its own right and is, at the moment, more readily available. The largest downside might simply be the price, as this is a more expensive figure. [Big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample!]
Review: Chogokin Saber photo
Hey there, pretty armored lady
It's no secret that Saber has seen a lot of merchandise in recent years. Some would even consider her a serious contender for the title of most overproduced Eastern character. Despite that, the armored version of Saber has on...


Chogokin Archer up for pre-order

figma ... what figma?
Apr 03
// Brian Szabelski
He just popped up in the latest batch of scans, but Bandai's Chogokin Archer has now reached the pre-order window. The 16-cm-tall figure comes with a metallic finish (that Chris didn't seem to care for) as well as two extra f...

Bandai sees to it that an Archer figure will be released

Didn't say which Archer though. I'd rather it be Sterling.
Mar 29
// Andres Cerrato
Remember every joke about figma Archer? Yeah, it's coming in 2010! 2011! 2012? Nope, forget it. It's never going to happen. Well, keep those hopes alive as this isn't exactly the Archer you wanted as Bandai has took to releas...

Chogokin Archer demands that you mongrels bow before it!

After all this time, I still don't understand what defines the archer class. Neither of them actually used projectiles (unless throwing swords counts)
Mar 22
// Chris Seto
Hot on the heels of the release of Chogokin Saber, Tamashii Nations has now shown off some images of Chogokin Archer/Gilgamesh in this months scans! So far, we're only shown a size comparison with Saber and we also learn that...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin RAcaseal

Feb 16 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Phantasy Star Online RAcaseal ChogokinFigure Maker: BandaiRetail/List Price: ¥6,500Available at: HobbyLink Japan We'll start quickly with the box that clearly shows RAcaseal and all of her accessories that come hidden within. I thought I had seen figures with loads of pieces before, but I quickly rethought that statement. Opening her up, you see that not only are there loads of pieces in the plastic itself ... ... but there are even decals that you'll need to put on. There are also instructions, which is probably a good thing considering how many pieces are around. I originally had taken the RAcaseal to a playground to get some fun shots, but seeing how many pieces were in the box made me rethink that as well. We had a little fun hanging out at the slide, but thought it'd be best to come back inside before we lost anything. You wouldn't want to lose a hand, or a weapon of sorts! Keep your hands inside the car, kids, we're heading back home! Before we check the pieces out individually though, get a load of this. As you can tell by looking at the packaging, there are actually TWO layers of plastic that encase all of the accessories. So, if you thought there were enough pieces on the top, you are sadly mistaken. I will flat out bow with apologies for not knowing the actual names of her items, but I'll do my best. She comes with 6 yellow crystals and each of them have a clear plastic goblet-shaped holder. The crystals themselves look pretty cool just scattered around her. We had a project ahead of us as we went through the pieces. RAcaseal and I had something to put together. What could it be? Ah ha! It turned out to be a box. It seems to be a crate that holds the weapons nicely, so that should come in handy. I told you those crystals looked cool around her, by the way. They are very small, though, so be sure not to lose any! Here, you can get an up close and personal look at all of the details on her upper body. I absolutely love the way her armor looks. The pink, white and black color scheme work so well for her and just brings her right to life. All of her pieces of armor are well manufactured and have absolutely no paint defects from what I could tell. Her backside is just as well detailed. All of those connecting pieces in her armor just blow my mind with how clean everything is. The photos above show that the bow piece on her back can actually be moved up and down to show off the hole on her back that is either for her stand, or ... ... for her little robot friend! Hello, little guy! The little robot is just as cleanly made, and I love that her expressions, even though she's a robot, shine through when you position her well. Holy moly! What do we have here?! RAcaseal! You've sprouted some wings there! These are actually one of my favorite accessories for the figure. They're so bright while still being a somewhat see-through pink plastic. They are crammed full of detail as well, and as you can tell from this underneath shot, the shoulder area has quite a bit going on as well. Here, RAcaseal is showing you that even if you have her wings on her, she can still stand up well on her own! If you get her positioned right, there is actually very little need for the stand, unless you would like to pose her up in the air. Now, she may look like a little lady, but she packs some huge artillery. This gun is just about as tall as she is, yet she handles it like a pro! Her energy sword is my favorite of her weapons. It just looks so cool while she's holding it. It comes in a couple of parts so you actually have to put the grip, the flash of energy and then the long beam of energy all together before she looks right holding it. I mentioned previously that there are decals you'll want to put on. Unfortunately, since I was pressed for time while getting this review ready, I didn't bother to put them on. There are three black discs that will need decals that can be put into the base. I think the middle disc is the only piece that has any complaints, as it just has a tiny bit of flash on it. You can somewhat see it in the picture, but it's very minimal. The base looks awesome with it's light turquoise and black detailing. I had mentioned that if you wanted to pose her in the air you could with the stand, and I wasn't kidding! The arm of the stand is STRONG and you can pose her nearly any which way you can get it to move. It holds her up in the air for this pose and more, without any problem at all. Here's a great shot to look at all of the details in her wings. It also shows you about where the stand goes into her back. I absolutely adore stands that give you freedom like this and are actually strong enough to hold the figure well. One of my favorite things I forgot to mention are actually her feet. It seems to me they're actually diecast, or something of the sort, because they have an actual metal feel to them. The figure does have some weight to it for no bigger than it is, so I'm not surprised that there'd be actual metal pieces. She IS a robot after all. Here you can see her all laid out with her goodies. I love that red handgun as well. I can 100 percent tell you that if you get a chance to get your hands on this lovely pink RAcaseal I would suggest her to you. Whether you know a lot about the Phantasy Star Online universe, or not, she will look great in your collection and is actually a wonderful piece to pose. Sometimes poseable figures and I get in quite a tussle, but she was a joy to work with. [A huge thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this as a review sample!]
Phantasy Star Online's radical pink robot lady
I will start out by saying, "Man, I wish I had gotten to play more Phantasy Star Online." This is a game that I really dug the designs for, but sadly got very little time with either it, or the current version of PSO2. Howeve...


King Robo Mickey & Friends are ready for your pre-order

Bandai's mecha project with Disney is interesting and amazing but won't come cheap.
Nov 01
// Jonathan Tubbs
I don't think I need to introduce this figure anymore. Bandai and Disney collaboration project of taking famous Disney characters and giving them their own mecha versions to pilot is really one of those amazing WTF Japan mome...

More info on Bandai's Chogokin King Robo Mickey & Friends

Release information and names now available on this unholy mess of Disney characters.
Oct 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
After a few days of sleep, I assumed it was all a dream but nope! Bandai's Chogokin King Robo Mickey & Friends is officially real. Bandai has opened a special page for the upcoming combiner of Disney characters turned rob...

The Tamashii Nation grows with Durarara!!, Another, more

Take that Max Factory! Bandai beats you to Archer. ...sort of.
Oct 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Update: Better photos have been added from Akiba Hobby also showing off additional figures coming. This includes Chieri and Nagisa from AKB0048, the AGP series of figures of the girls from Strike Witches, AGP Misaka from Toar...

Mickey and Friends combine with the power of Chogokin

I can't believe Bandai made this a real thing.
Oct 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
...what? I swear I'm looking at some kind of unlicensed product but it's legit. Bandai has lost their marbles and has transformed popular characters from Disney into robots that can combine into a giant robot. There are days ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's Chogokin Franky

Oct 16 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Chogikin FrankyFigure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥9,500Available at: HobbyLink Japan Normally, I'd make a pithy comment about the box and the packaging, but this time I'm going to have to stop and go into a bit of detail. The outside is nothing out of the ordinary. Well, besides the fact that there's a scantily clad dude posing with lightning in the background. That's pretty out of the ordinary (and awesome). What is special about the packaging is how much of it there is inside the box.  It comes in three separate pieces. While not being environmentally conscious, it does keep all of Franky's parts from bashing about. You can see Franky's casing on the right, surrounded by the safety of Styrofoam and covered with cardboard. The right is the base proper and all of Franky's hands and digits. You might notice an un-hand-like piece, but I'll go into that in a bit. Finally, there's a small cardboard box in the front that holds some extra pieces, including Franky's actual holding device that attaches to the base. So, after you rip apart all that plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam, what do you find? This guy right here! This is one hefty figure here. There's a good amount of die-cast being used here in addition to a solid set of joints. These aren't your standard ball joints. Franky's arms click into place when you move them. I figure it's the only way to keep his arms from falling down once you get them into position, as they are big, bulky and heavy. The following pictures are all taken on the base because, you guessed it, he's too heavy to pose on his own! This might make an impact on potential buyers, as this Franky here can be a bit abusive for the space environments. On the other hand... can make him do poses like this! As you can see from his rear photos, the pegs that slip in to his slots make it so that you can put him in just about any pose you want, as long as he's on his base. Unfortunately, he's not an easy guy to get into position. His bulk makes it difficult to get him in the right pose and moving everything into the right angle can be a pain. Also, beware pulling his legs out when moving them. I accidentally pulled one of them out to shift the angle over and it took me a while to get it back in. It's all in part to make him sturdy, but beware anybody that slips up like that. You'll pay for it. As I mentioned before, there was an extra piece in the plastic portion of his container. When you take it out, you attach it to Franky's back... so. You'll also note that Franky has an extra hair piece. Where did that come from? Well, like any toy worth it's salt, there's a transformation feature built into the figure itself. When you depress a button on Franky's lower back, a plastic part comes out... so. To cover the very obvious doors, the back of Franky's Hawaiian shirt closes up and the additional plastic piece has the same print. You'll still notice that something is up, but it isn't aggregious. If anything, it makes him look more like a robot. That's all good in my book! Let's get into the multitude of Franky's extras. First, this wouldn't be a figure of Franky without the source of all his power, cola. And, where else would any cola lover put their beverage of choice besides a fridge built into said cola lover's abs? Always ready, always chilled, always delicious. Moving from his robo-abs, Franky's arms have quite a few surprises in store. First, Franky's got to protect himself and the Strawhat's ship, the Thousand Sunny. To do so, he's added in a few weapons, like chained Strong Right. I'm not kidding when I say it's chained! His fist comes out with a tug and you can display it as so. If the Strong Right isn't enough to take out an opponent, Franky's got a missile ready to his left arm! You can load in one of provided larger missiles and fire it via a spring-loaded switch located on the door hinge. Careful, it goes surprisingly far and will hurt an eye! If the enemy is even stronger, more ordinance will be necessary. That's when you got to use shoulder missiles. Yep, shoulder missiles. He comes with a bunch, so you can load them in and fire them via another spring-loaded mechanisim, this time in his shoulder. Franky isn't always destroying stuff. As is the case with his position, he's going to have to fix things up. That's why he's got to have his tools on hand. In Franky's case, his tools are IN hand! Opening a door in his right forearm will reveal a tiny toolbox. Here, you can hide a tiny hammar and this pipe, which also happens to be useful in loading stubborn missiles. Looking at Franky, you might be wondering how those giant hands can do such delicate work. When the time comes for smaller repairs, all you got to do is bust out one of Franky's smaller hands for some help. This guy sticks into a hole in one of the alternate palms. It never fails to amuse me, seeing a tiny hand coming out of giant palm. He uses it to taunt an enemy during the show, but there isn't a cocky hand in this set. So when Franky's work is all done, he likes nothing more than to sit back and enjoy a cold one. Thing is, with a robot this big, there's a lot of thirst to quench. For that, look no further than your alternate hands for a solution. It's the perfect size for a big guy like Franky. With so many extra parts and features, it's hard for me to not recommend Franky. Yeah, he's a bit pricey and he will take up a lot of space, but you're getting so much for your money. Die-cast construction, transformable hair, an open set of abs, several spring-loaded missiles, several alternate hands and a bunch of tiny extras. I say he's worth every penny and fans of One Piece would do themselves well in picking up Franky! [A huge thank you to HobbyLink Japan for providing Franky for review!]
Sponsored by HobbyLink Japan. SUPAAAAH!
One of the most impressive lines of figures is Bandai's Chogokin series. Whether it's a Super Robot Chogokin or the top-tier Soul of Chogokin, Bandai usually does a fantastic job transforming a robot into a poseable...


SDCC 2012: Tamashii Nations sneaks out some previews

Jul 11
// Andres Cerrato
The gates haven't officially opened, but things are already coming across the flood gates. Right now it feels like Christmas Eve. The avalanche of toys is here and I want to open them up already. Well, thankfully, Tamashii Na...

DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z appears for pre-order

Jul 03
// Andres Cerrato
The big reveal from Bandai at the Tokyo Toy Show this year was their DX version of the Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z. While it has just about every gimmick and feature you'd ever want with a Mazinger Z figure, it certainly has ...

This Mazinger commercial is quite convincing

Jun 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
Not quite ready to take a second mortgage to get your hands on the DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger? It's amazing what a little audio and video can do to change your mind. How could I not own the king of chogokins? The...

Tokyo Toy Show 2012: DX Soul of Chogokin Mazinger Z

Jun 15
// Andres Cerrato
Since 1974, Mazinger Z has been made into hundreds of figures, the most enduring of which being the Chogokin. Constructed with die-cast and size, it became the standard bearer for such figures. With the advent of the Soul of ...

Stretch your wallet for Bandai's Chogokin Going Merry

Mar 02
// Jon Wills
Are you watching One Piece or perhaps enjoy the show from time to time? If you are, or maybe if you like to collect the occasional Sailing Boat you should look into Bandai’s Chogokin Going Merry. This boat has a lo...

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