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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 14, 2012


May 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Oh, hey, it's a Monday. If this Monday has you down, one way to make yourself feel better is to spend some money you don't have. So how about it? Might I interest you in something in today's Reserve or Regret? Maybe something...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 19, 2012


Apr 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
There's an assortment of goodies you an pre-order from today's Reserve or Regret list. The biggie having to be Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn. Speaking of big, FREEing has another bunny girl with big boobs from their 1...
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Castle of Cagliostro Fujiko appears via Dive


Dec 22
// Rio McCarthy
I have previously reviewed one of Dive's Lupin the Third figures, and was relatively happy with how it came out upon seeing it in person. They're now continuing their line of figures with their newest showing of Fujiko Mine a...

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Dive releasing a bobbing head figure of Portgas D. Ace


Nov 11
// Kristina Pino
This has to be one of the most dynamic bobbing head figures I've seen. Rather, I don't usually keep track of these, but hey, it's a cute topless guy (I love those freckles like whoa) with his dukes up, ready to pick a fight w...
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Lupin the 3rd has a Wild Ride via Dive and Blum


Oct 13
// Rio McCarthy
It's always a joy to see a new Lupin the 3rd figure on the horizon, and today we get our wish with not just one, but two! Both Dive and Blum are releasing adorable pieces having to do with Lupin and his little yellow car. Div...

Tomopop Review: Dive's Lum Lightning ver.

Oct 10 // Brian Szabelski
Figure Name: Lum Lightning ver.Figure Maker: DiveRetail Price: ¥7,800Available at  HobbyLink Japan  Where else do we begin but with the box? I think Dive's put together what may absolutely be my favorite box ever ... at least so far. So what's to love about it? Well, not so much the front, which features a nice window, lightning bolts, the Urusei Yatsura logo and Lum's name and picture. It's the other three sides in fact that are the best, starting with the right side of the box. That side features a smaller window on it, but it also features Lum leaping into the air, angry pout on her face, hands back like she's about to do some pounding. What's more, this is actually from the manga itself, and I almost squealed with delight upon seeing it. I really, really wish this had been what the sculpt turned out to be because it'd be even better than what's already inside, but I'm not a figure company so I can't complain. On the other side of the box are some larger stars and another window, with the color scheme very much the same as the anime series' first intro and ending credits scenes. The back is dominated by a very, very angry Lum, who appears to be upset with something her poor "darling" has done again. Oh, Ataru, when will you ever learn how to not piss Lum off ... Anyways, let's get her on out of the box, shall we? Out of the box, you can see Lum's pose is one of aggression as she leaps through the air, her hands in fists, ready to inflict some pain! The actual lightning bit around her hands is a separate piece that attaches on, which you'll see in a little bit. As for the sculpt's pose, it does look eye-catching and natural, as in she doesn't seem to be bending in ways that aren't humanly possible. Even though Lum is an alien. From the sides, you get a nice view of how her proportions are, and the good news is that everything looks the right size. Her arms aren't too long, her legs too short, or anything like that. Dive's also done a masterful job masking the seams from casting Lum, because they are, for the most part, completely invisible. It's a very clean sculpt and at first glance a gorgeous paint job, but the devil is always in the details, so why don't we take a look? Give Dive credit for getting the one thing right that needed to be absolutely right: Lum's tiger-striped bikini is spot on. The colors are correct, there's no smearing on the stripes and there's nothing to complain about in regards to paint bleed. Her torso as a whole looks appropriately sculpted (i.e. she's not an hourglass) and there's even a little belly button, just for good measure. You can see the seams on her legs a tiny little bit, but thankfully, it's not very distracting. And yes, obligatory butt shot. You won't see this too much if you have her displayed facing forward, mind you, but there's a lovely level of sculpted detail here as well. Also, it's worth noting that there's no paint issues hiding back here, either! Lum's base is a very drab and boring white circle, save for the portion that rises from it to meet Lum's foot. She's screwed in and awfully secure, so I'm not too worried about her being a leaner, but I really wish they'd done something more with the base. There's so many possibilities, and this can't be the best Dive could have done. Of course, attached to that base is one of Lum's feet, and her boots have been faithfully recreated, tiger stripes and all. What's nice about these isn't so much the level of detail (other than the little bit of fringing on the tops, there isn't much to speak of) but that the hue and striping look proper, without any sort of bleed or smearing or anything of the like. But what's really going to make or break Dive's Lum is how her face looks, so why not take a look at that? From the outset, everything looks pretty good. Her bangs and hair are sculpted precisely as they should be, and there isn't any paint bleed from the hair down onto her face. Her horns are up on her head, tiny as they are, and they've remembered to include her fangs in her mouth. My only complaint, perhaps, is that the mouth's a little too round to look really, really angry (like on the back of the box), but it otherwise does look like an upset Lum. Her eyes are indeed yellow in this version, which might seem odd, but is correct (they've actually been colored as both yellow and blue in official artwork, but the anime series simply went with blue) and her stare is very angry. I'm not quite sure if the yellow shading above her eyes is supposed to be eyeliner or is just a mistake from the decaling process, but it's not terribly noticeable except up close. You can, however, see a splotch on her hair, front and center, of yellow in a sea of green. Would I say it's distracting? Yes, and it's something that probably should have been caught before it left the factory. From behind, Lum's hair is rather nicely sculpted, especially considering that for the most part, it always keeps this same shape. Each of the individual "strands" are well defined, to boot. Again, like many of the other figures I've seen, they've gone with the manga-style shading here, and the paint color for heir hair is indeed the correct hue. However, you can probably see the issue here: the paint application is actually a little too thin, to the point you can see the base plastic a bit underneath (and yep, it's yellow!). There's also a little paint chip off to the right side, but it's not the first time I've seen paint applied too thinly on a figure. It's a bit of a disappointment, really, not to mention that the hue on top of her head doesn't quite match the hue of her bangs. And up on top of the whole thing are Lum's hands, balled into little fists as she's about to pummel her poor, helpless victim (probably Ataru getting into trouble again). Each of the fingers are individually sculpted as best as you can possibly expect, and take a look at her right hand: there's actually a little space underneath where her fist isn't curled up all the way, not just some filled in spot that looks bad. That's an awesome little bit of detail. The lightning bit is a translucent plastic that fits pretty snugly around her hands, allowing you to display Lum with or without it. Really, though, why wouldn't you? It makes the whole thing a lot better. Having thought this over for a while, I am indeed inclined to lean toward saying it's a gorgeous figure, though not without a few flaws. It's certainly better (and much, much less expensive) than some of the other Lum figures I've seen before, and sculpt-wise, it's pretty much on par with Kotobukiya's much smaller Lum. However, the paint's not quite to the same level as Koto's Lum, and I'll specifically narrow that down to the hair issues I pointed out. With all that being said, I'd say she's definitely worth a purchase for Urusei Yatsura fans because we don't get too many large-scale Lum figures, period. As for everyone else? If you can live with the paint issues on her hair, she might be worth it to you, but I know that's gonna be a dealbreaker for some. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing the review sample!]
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My love for old-school anime and manga series is quite large, and those of you who know me happen to know I have a spot in my heart for Urusei Yatsura. Rumiko Takahashi's debut manga (all the way back in 1978!) was one of the...

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Dive tries to take more of my money with their Ten-chan figure


Oct 03
// Brian Szabelski
I have a love of Urusei Yatsura. My ever-growing collection of figures from the series prove that, and after Dive tried to ding my wallet with their impressive Lum figure, they're going straight for it again with their soft v...

Tomopop Review: Dive's Lupin the Third

Sep 24 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Lupin the Third PVC 1st TV Series VersionFigure Maker: DiveRetail/List Price: ¥6,500Available at: HobbyLink Japan We'll start by checking out the packing Mr. Lupin came in. A nice touch that, I admit, I like very much is that the window box has a protective sheet of clear plastic wrap on it. Not that it's specifically needed, but it is nice that the window box didn't get scratched up if it was something you wanted to keep in the box. The rest of the box includes some neat black and white shots of the figure. Inside the box is the clear packaging that houses the figure, which is nicely wrapped in clear plastic itself. Underneath the actual figure is another bit of clear plastic that has the base in it. It is also wrapped individually, which should hopefully keep it from most damage it could receive in shipping. As you can see the figure was wrapped tightly with the plastic wrapping, while as the base was wrapped as well, but the wrapping was taped inside the clear plastic packaging and easily removed. Now to get this figure looking like it should, we'll get it put on the base. There are two pegs on the base that hold him into place. The one on the left side is a little bit smaller than the one on the right, and it's a pretty tight fit, so it should definitely stay in place nicely. Now that we take a good look at the figure, you can see Dive did a nice job of bringing Lupin to life. It really looks like they brought him straight out of the show, and I love the characteristics in the figure. The colors are also nice and I love that they nailed the contrast between his tie and his jacket. The folds and details in Lupin clothing look remarkable as well, with everything falling into place as it should. It just kind of makes me laugh that they included all the little details, including the hair on the back of his hands. I mean, they definitely should have! It's just the little things that make me giggle. This figure is really tall, in fact on the base it measures almost 11" tall. I'd say the figure itself is about 10" tall, with the base being 3/4" tall. He's very thin, but it's quite a hefty weighted ATBC-PVC figure. His shoes fit very nicely onto the base making it a very smooth transition without the pegs showing. The base also has the Lupin the Third logo nicely marked on it. It's a very simple base, which isn't too distracting. Quite honestly, that's my favorite way to go a lot of times. The back side of the figure looks just as nice, especially with the lines in the clothing. The only problem here, is where you'll notice a few flaws that ended up in my figure. I doubt that all of the pieces made were like this, but mine arrived with a few flaws. There were some white spots in certain areas of the figure. They were namely on the back of the base, and the back of Lupin's head. The bigger spot on the base actually seems like a bit got knocked out of it, like it actually has depth. The rest I'm not sure if they're paint flaws or what, but they don't just rub off, that's for sure. This is one of my favorite views of Lupin, as you just know he's up to something and planning his next heist. Seeing him from this angle on my shelf just makes my day. It also brings back Toy Story memories, where you wonder what your toys get up to while you're away. As you can see I thoroughly enjoy this figure, and hope to get my hands on the rest of the gang since Jigen, Goemon and Fujiko were all re-released as well. Lupin sells for ¥6,500 over on HobbyLink Japan and is currently still in stock, so be sure to head on over and get one for yourself if you're a fellow Lupin the Third fan! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample.]
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Who doesn't love a good throwback show, especially one as hilarious and fun to just sit back and enjoy as Lupin the Third? I know I do, and that's why we're here today! Dive had released several amazing Lupin the Third figure...

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Fujiko Mine gets her own collection via Dive


Jun 30
// Rio McCarthy
Any Lupin III fans out there? Yes? No? Maybe so? Well, you've got one right here and I'm super excited to see a new figure of Fujiko Mine in the works. Of course, she's had several over the years, but can you blame her? Anywh...
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Dive's Tiger Mask figure takes my breath away, then elbow drops me


Jun 27
// Brian Szabelski
I'm a huge proponent of seeing older characters get their due, and Dive has been really been doing a great job of that in recent months. So could they somehow top their Lupin and Lum figures? Of course ... by surprising me wi...
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Dive's Goemon figures will have you seeing double


Nov 17
// Emily Smalara
Amongst all the glitter and shiny CG effects of modern anime, there's still something to be said for the classics. Especially classics like Lupin III, hands down one of the most enduring series I've ever seen or read. It's ea...
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The 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Many more companies


Nov 11
// Jonathan Tubbs
So many manufacturers at the 27th Annual Miyazawa Model Exhibition as you may have seen in the past two days. And the list continues with Art Storm, Azone International, Dive, Media Factory, New Line, Plum, Uart, and Zigz Toy...

Tomopop Review: Dive's Tetsuo the Bullet Man

Sep 17 // Scott Kremer
Figure name: Tetsuo: The Bullet ManFigure maker: Dive/KotobukiyaRetail price: US$69.99 I'd like to start this review with an unboxing video -- my first try, and an embarrassing one, as I hate watching myself on video (and yes, the goofy voice was intentional ... I'm not that bad). Still, I figured this figure was special and deserved something different.   function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf", "mplayer", "550", "333", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true"); so.addParam("allowscriptaccess", "always"); so.addParam("allowfullscreen", "true"); so.addVariable("pid", "tomo001"); so.addVariable("siteId", "383"); so.addVariable("videoId", "183201"); so.addVariable("autostart", "false"); so.addVariable("file", "http://cms.springboard.gorillanation.com/xml_feeds_advanced/index/383/3/183201/"); so.addVariable("pageUrl", document.location); so.write("flashcontent_383_tomo001_single_183201"); } getVideo();  The first thing I noticed when looking at the (admittedly boring) box was that figure seems to have been manufactured by Dive, but distributed by Kotobukiya in the U.S. No big deal, but interesting to note. Like I mentioned in the video you probably skipped, Kotobukiya doesn't normally manufacture resin figures (outside of their Fine Art Statues, which are based on comic book characters), so this makes sense. Just to add a little more background to the figure, it's based on the third film in the Tetsuo series, entitled Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, which stars Eric Bossick (as Anthony -- not "Tetsuo" as I referred to him as in the unboxing -- do we even know whom Tetsuo refers to anymore?!), a Pennsylvanian who trained as an actor in Canada to eventually move to Japan, becoming somewhat of a star there. This is also Shinya Tsukamoto's first English-language film, and although I haven't seen it yet, there has been a bit of a backlash among his fans, as it apparently barely resembles the first two films (and is somewhat of a reboot rather than a sequel). I knew this full well when I purchased the figure, however, and still did so because from the pictures I saw it seemed to do a great job of capturing Tetsuo's style.The Tetsuo films deal with the merging of man and machine, and paved the way for recent movies such as Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police. Tetsuo is a little more cerebral, though, and leaves its message up to the viewer to interpret. In other words, there is plenty of gore, but there's also a message in there somewhere. What the message is is another matter of discussion altogether, so I'll leave it at that. Okay, on to the review!The first thing I noticed is that the sculpt is not nearly as smooth as those I'm used to, especially around detailed areas such as the face. I'm not sure if this is simply part of what sculpting in resin results in, or an intentional design choice by the sculptors, but it doesn't really detract from the figure, just gives it a different look.Still, the skin could use a little work, specifically that of his hand. Anthony's face is mostly transformed, and the part of it that isn't looks pretty good. Up close, you can see a few flaws, but in person it actually comes across as fairly well detailed. It's really the machinery making up the rightmost portion of his face that impresses. In this case, the rough sculpt really makes a positive difference. It looks like something straight out of one of Tsukamoto's films. Speaking of that, let's take a closer look at some of Anthony's mechanical protrusions: The guns coming out of his side look great, and the twisted metal surrounding them is believable. There is actually a very nice transition from his organic to mechanical parts that really needs to be seen up close to be admired, but I'll try to capture that in some of the pictures.Again, here is a great look at one of the guns protruding from his body, in this case from his hand. There's not much more to elaborate on, but like I said, it captures Tsukamoto's style very well.Taking a step back, you can get a good view of Anthony in his madness-induced state. I really love the look on his face head-on. It looks like at this point he's about to give in to his mechanical state despite the suit he's still wearing. And speaking of the suit ...The entire suit is rendered very realistically. It might be your standard-fair Japanese salaryman suit, but at least it's flawless, down to the striped tie.In fact, take a look at those shiny shoes. Even the laces are modeled nicely! This shot should segue nicely into another part I would like to touch on -- the base. As you can see, there are wisps of smoke rising from his feet. I definitely dig the look of them, despite their opacity. I'm glad to see the detail in the base, when so often it's neglected. If you take a closer look at the wall behind Anthony, you can see the bullet holes up close. Look even closer (bottom left) and you'll see what was surely unintentional, but now a part of the piece -- what I'm assuming to be some Japanese guy's fingerprint. Should this be considered a bonus? Overall, I'm very happy with the piece and glad to have a unique part of Tsukamoto's history in my collection. As far as I can tell, there are still some available at Kotobukiya's US site, so if you have US$70 to spare and are as big of a fan as I am, I suggest picking one up. As usual, check the gallery. There are a number of additional images on there, so feel free to browse, especially if you're still unsure of taking the plunge on this figure.
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While most of you know me as a toy fan, I've also got a number of other hobbies. While I love toys, I'd consider myself first and foremost a movie geek, one particularly interested in films of the foreign persuasion. A few mo...

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Add a bit of cool to your collection with Lupin the III's Daisuke Jigen


Jun 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
I'm a sucker for crime and mystery series thus is why I'm a sucker for Lupin the III. Not only the mystery portion but for the characters themselves, especially title character Lupin and his cool partner Jigen. So it makes me...

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