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1:15 AM on 04.09.2014

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Cu-Poche Rikka Takanashi

Another season of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions has come to an end, but the characters still continue to be a hot commodity. Too bad companies are being painfully slow in catching on to this otaku cash cow. Well at lea...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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7:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Cu-poche Akemi Homura packs a lot of firepower

Way back in last October, Kotobukiya teased a Cu-Poche version of Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Akemi Homura. Providing a only silhouette, fans were left guessing what the magical girl would look like and come packaged with. We...

Natalie Kipper



Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns photo
Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka is the ultimate in pocketable railguns
by Tianxiao Ma

It's been a while since we heard about Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka, but Akiba Hobby has a grand gallery up for your viewing. The articulation of the Cu-Poche design should lead to dynamic poses, which will make up somewhat for the plain character design.

The Railgun heroine will come with two effects pieces to reflect her powers, an iron (sand) sword, teddy bear, variant hair clip, and a handful of expressions on top. It looks like a pretty good package, so I'm looking forward to see what the figure community can do with her.

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Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you photo
Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for this week's LinkUP. I'm not about to let a week slip by without something to read so I think it's time to do another special. Given that a big part of LinkUP is pointing out some of the great stuff done by fans I think now is a perfect time to turn the spotlight on all of you out there.

So join me after the jump as we check out some of the reviews, videos, photo galleries, and creative stuff made by fans, for fans!

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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche
by Natalie Kipper

Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few eyes. A good many of the figures shown had already been released, ( Dark Magician Girl, Haruka AmamiSaber, and Kirino Kousaka, for example), giving the display a feel of a museum exhibit showcasing the lines past and future.

The new prototypes draw from the anime series, Sword Art Online and Chu 2 Byo, along with an extra-special original figure. From Sword Art Online, we see an unpainted Asuna Cu-poche. From the world of Chu 2 Byo, Kotobukiya provided a painted prototype of Rikka Takanashi plus a silhouette teaser image of Sanae Dekomori. Finally, we come to the Scale Bathing Suit Body Cu-Poche. This is Cu-poche doesn't come from any game or anime series; it is just a charming little lady in her swimsuit.

Check out the gallery to see the photos Tomopop's own Kristina Pino snapped for us!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast! photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Art is a blast!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Tomopop LinkUP! I hope people enjoyed the special Transformers edition of LinkUP I did last week, but now we're back to our regular routine. There's been a lot of stuff happening as of late with the more creative among us. I like to think I'm creative, but I'm more of an idea person. When it comes to putting paint to plastic or clay to wheel it never looks as good as it does in my head. Some of us have it and some of us just write about the people who have it I guess.

This week we've got not one, but two artist interviews to pass along, as well as some designer stuff and a bunch of photo galleries. Let's get to it after the jump, shall we?

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10:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka bolts to pre-orders

I wasn't initially a huge fan of Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line, but they've done a great job of winning me over and I'm totally on board now. Their latest release is a looking great too as the company takes on the ever popular l...

Martin Siggers

10:00 PM on 12.08.2013

Ever wonder how Cu-Poche figure are made?

Good Smile Company's Mikatan gave us some insight about how Nendoroids (and PVC figures in general) are manufactured. Kotobukiya's Japanese blog is now running a similar series showing off the journey of a Cu-Poche figure fro...

Tianxiao Ma



Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara is the next Cu-Poche figure photo
Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara is the next Cu-Poche figure
by Natalie Kipper

Yesterday, Kotobukiya announced the next figure coming to their lovable Cu-Poche figure line, Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara. The aspiring pop singer will be shrunk down to chibi proportions, standing at a mere 4 and a half inches tall. Like other figures in the toy line, Yukiho will have 14 points of articulation, allowing for all manner of fun poses. That's not even mentioning her accessories. She will come packaged with a hard hat, shovel, cup of tea, drill, and microphone plus several different facial expressions.

Judging by the photos, the detail in the figure is looking lovely. Yukiho's outfit is colorful and manages to appear lacy at the bottom of the skirt. I also noticed that her hard hat has a wrap-around design on it. Nice touch! Fans of Idol M@ster will surely want to get there hands on this one when she ships in June 2014 (pricing is currently unknown).

[images via Kotobukiya's Facebook and blog]

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Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition photo
Tomopop LinkUP: the Nendoroid rage edition
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.

This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.

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8:00 AM on 11.30.2013

Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko Cu-Poche

Back in October pre-orders became available for Cu-Poche Kuroneko. Many of us were pleased with the stock factory images of her, but AmiAmi's English blog did a review of their own with some pretty nice photos to compliment t...

Jon Wills



2:00 PM on 10.28.2013

Cu-poche Akemi Homura is teased

The Madoka Magica train is picking up steam once again. We recently posted the upcoming figma and Nendoroid of the series' newest magical girl, Momoe Nagisa, and now Kotobukiya has decided to join the party with a teaser...

Natalie Kipper