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10:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Good Smile Company announces release (and delay) dates for April

It's that time again. Good Smile Company have posted up a release schedule for April, including some delays. As more dates are announced, we'll be sure to update. Delays first: GSC's Asuna, Knights of the Blood ver. (delayed...

Kristina Pino


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6:30 AM on 03.17.2014

Good Smile Company announces it's delaying (almost) everything

OK, not quite everything but man, there are a LOT of delays this month. In fact, there are so many delays that GSC took the rare step of not bundling the announcement in with its upcoming release schedule. Instead, we go...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Olympics are in full swing once again and Valentine's Day is tomorrow, probably the two best events for precious metals. Man, why is the shortest month of the year also the busiest?

This week we've got more galleries, customs, LEGO pieces, and plushies. Follow me after the jump to see it all! Incidentally, I've tried to watch Full Metal Panic twice and still haven't finished the first season...

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3:45 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

I'm sure it comes to no one's surprise that there were a lot of new figma on display at Wonder Festival. But could you really predict just how varied the offerings this time around would be? They really dug out some unexpecte...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Be an angel and pre-order FREEing's new Kaworu

It's been a little time since we've covered FREEing's take on Kaworu Nagisa - last Summer Wonfes in fact. The company seems to have used the time well however, as he's gone up for pre-order now and the resident Evangelion&nbs...

Martin Siggers



[UPDATED] Senbonzakura Miku is looking pretty in purple photo
[UPDATED] Senbonzakura Miku is looking pretty in purple
by Martin Siggers

[Update: Pre-orders are up! Check below for links]

It's been a while since we last saw FREEing's striking take on Hatsune Miku. She popped up last year, then went dark for a considerable period of time. Now though she's re-emerged in a Kahotan preview, and is looking damn good to boot.

Based on her appearance in the 'Senbonzakura' music video, this is a radically different Miku than we're used to seeing. If there's one distinguishing feature here, it's those massive sleeves, which FREEing have done really well to incorporate into the pose. Combined with her whirling hair, itself way longer than normal, there's a fantastic sense of flow and life to this pose. having not seen the music video, I was also struck by her unusual colouring. The muted maroon/purple looks a little underwhelming at first, but the more I see it the more I like it, especially since they complemented it by making her hair greener than usual.

Overall, it's another ace looking Miku. Pre-orders are open right now, anyone planning on getting her?

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

[via Kahotan's blog]

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5:00 PM on 01.26.2014

GSC launches new distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection in LA

In an attempt to bombard North America with all things otaku, Good Smile Company has launched new distribution company Ultra Tokyo Connection in Los Angeles, California. The service is being produced through a partnership wit...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 AM on 01.10.2014

It's a pre-order festival for FREEing's yukata Inori

Although Guilty Crown is a couple of years old now, its leading lady Inori Yuzuriha continues to be popular enough to inspire some big companies to turn out figures of her. This time roun it's FREEing's turn, and they've...

Martin Siggers

11:59 PM on 12.20.2013

Pick up your last gift with Mana Tendou

I've been following the gradual progression of FREEing's gift-wrapped Nakaimo girls since the first releases, and sadly we've come to the end of our sisterly harem. Fittingly they've saved one of the best for last, with the c...

Emily Smalara

5:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

We should have known it was too good to be true. When Good Smile Company announced a very slim roster of delays just a few days ago, it looked like the company was on track for a remarkably punctual December. Turns out not so...

Martin Siggers

11:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Get tied up in pre-ordering Nakaimo's Mei

It was only a matter of time, but the last of FREEing's gift-wrapped Nakaimo ladies is here, with mysteries meganekko Mei Sagara. Not my favorite of the girls for a multitude of reasons, but it's still sad to see such a serie...

Emily Smalara



7:00 PM on 12.10.2013

Pick up this Tsukiko for a private striptease

Despite being super moe, the lovely girls of Henneko are far from any strangers to fanservice. The masterful Kantoku's designs are just too perfect, and FREEing has jumped on the chance to capitalize on the lack of naughtines...

Emily Smalara