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WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
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It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2015: figma

All the figures you're still waiting on pre-orders for
Apr 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in February we got our first look at a bunch of new figma from Max Factory, Phat!, and FREEing. Since then we really haven't heard a whole lot outside of an occasional appearance here and there. While there's nothing her...
WonFes 2015: GSC photo
WonFes 2015: GSC

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures

Good stuff from the WonHobby 21 site
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...

FREEing TTGL Bunny Yoko photo
FREEing TTGL Bunny Yoko

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Relax with FREEing's 1/4 Bunny Yoko

1/4 scale Gurren Lagann gal will take up some serious shelf space
Feb 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There's really no shortage of Yoko figures from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann so it's always a welcome sight to see something a little different. Wait, did I say little? FREEing is ready to take up some massive shelf real estate...
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Kyoko Sakura is festival ready

Pre-order this magical girl today
Jan 15
// Rachael Chambers
Eventually, all anime figures end up in a yukata. Kyoko, professional snacker and reluctant magical girl, is no exception. Standing at just under 8 inches, this PVC figure features the magical girl in a red yukata accented wi...
Miyazawa Model Exhibition photo
Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift show off the goods at Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Although it's a lot of stuff we've already seen in one form or another
Nov 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan made good on her promise and posted a second gallery for figures on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition Autumn 2014. This time around the focus is on the companies of Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift. Most ...
Yukata Misaka photo
Yukata Misaka

Hop to it for FREEing's Yukata Mikoto Misaka.

Electric Orange
Nov 19
// Martin Siggers
FREEing has found big success in their recent forays into Yukata figures, and A Certain Scientific Railgun remains a perennial merchandise favourite. It's hardly surprising therefore that the two have crossed paths, with...
figma the Thinker photo
figma the Thinker

figma the Thinker can't sit still for this gallery

Most articulated statue you'll ever find
Oct 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Statues aren't supposed to move, but don't tell FREEing that. Their new figma based on Rodin's 1902 masterpiece is all about the ROM (range of motion). Being essentially a naked figma (and I do mean naked), and of the 2.0 var...
FREEing Houki Shinonono photo
FREEing Houki Shinonono

FREEing's Houki Shinonono is pretty foxy

Also in a massive 1/4-scale
Sep 11
// Tianxiao Ma
I've not kept up with Infinite Stratos but its cast sure has gotten a lot of figures. I rather like FREEing's 1/4-scale Houki, mostly because of the way her expression works with those fox ears. Very cute indeed. If you want ...
Kahotan Racing Miku photo
Kahotan Racing Miku

Kahotan's newest preview is Racing Miku Sepang ver.

Maybe the tan makes her go faster?
Aug 12
// Brian Szabelski
Kahotan's newest preview happens to be a face we've seen before: FREEing's Racing Miku Sepang version. There aren't a ton of revelations in her preview, but we do get at least a nice shot of her torso, showing off some of the...
WonFes GSC girls photo
WonFes GSC girls

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company girls part 2

Now with 75% less clothing!
Aug 06
// Tianxiao Ma
Partial nudity and figure collecting go hand in hand. If it makes you uncomfortable, you may want to avoid this gallery. However it makes me very comfortable, so I'll tell you a little about what's going on! These figures are...
WonFes Vocaloids photo
WonFes Vocaloids

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - Vocaloids

Not a WonFes without some Mikus
Aug 01
// Tianxiao Ma
Now that we're seeing more and more creative takes on Vocaloid designs, I'm actually enjoying their presence. It looks like the days of the same boring Miku design being made over and over again are done with. Good Smile Comp...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

Summer Festival at Wonder Festival
Jul 27
// Martin Siggers
FREEing definitely know a good thing when they see it, as their booth was packed with their popular range of yukata-clad ladies. It seems like paired sets are the new hotness in FREEing's world. For me the highlight here is d...
Miku photo
Although you may be hearing the starting pistol a little late
FREEing's 1/8-scale Racing Miku Sepang Version is currently available for pre-order. The figure features Vocaloid mascot Hatsune Miku in what might be her oddest racing attire thus far, although I'm sure it's a bar others may...

Tomopop Review: FREEing's μ-12

Jun 26 // Chris Seto
Figure Name: Blazblue's μ-12 1/8th Scale FigureFigure Maker: FREEingPrice: ¥15,222Available At: Amiami | Hobbylink Japan OK, lets get this out of the way first... Noel Vermillion is my go-to character for easily my favourite fighting game series right now. She's served me through all four retail games and all five releases of the series thus far so seeing as Noel is intrinsically linked to μ-12, this figure will be hit with a finer comb than usual! First up, we'll take a look at the rather obvious, μ-12 is pretty damn big, and her box hits the point home. It reminds me of the Alter of old and I kinda like it. The box itself is very plain with four windows to look inside at the figure. However, FREEing have done enough to distinguish it as a Blazblue item with the colour scheme and copious use of the crest logo. And here's how she looks outside the box. FREEing went a little over on the fanservice for the design and shrunk down her costume a fair bit. The design is still the same, but she doesn't show off as much skin in the game. The pose also comes off as incredibly odd. The overall pose suggests that it's based off the pre-battle artwork seen before the start of a fight but it deviates by quite a large margin. The blades are held in place by metal rods with a clear plastic pillar extending down to the base.  The blades themselves are rigidly stuck together so don't expect to get any flexibility from them. The two parts are also quite different in positioning so you'll likely only be able to place a specific one on each of the pillars, which heavily restricts how you can make the whole package look.  The base is mostly a plain, clear blue plastic disc but the central part which holds μ-12 up is given a swirling effect, similar to what you see in many shounen mangas when the character powers up and looks pretty cool, unless you look at it from the back... At which point, it makes it look as though μ-12 is embedded in some kind of slime monster... The legs were painted rather sparingly, but done rather well. There are no details which spring out, but it does the job. The sculptor also made an effort to make it appear as armour, and not mechanical appendages, so the joints look far more round than the angular parts surrounding it though, from the look of the thigh, I think the armour piece may be a size or two smaller than it needs to be. One thing that did disappoint without a doubt, however, is the very obvious seam line between the right leg and body. It really stands out from the rest of the figure... And, as Mori-san once said, "What's important is her back!" or in this case, her butt! It might just be me but it does look like FREEing took some extra care and attention on the backside of μ-12! Another oddity in the figure is the hair. From the front, μ-12 looks fine but the back looks more like a yellow rag more than hair. Normally, this would be a point against the figure but in this case, I'll allow it because it's actually game-sprite accurate! It really does look like that in-game!! Moving onto the upper area, I have to say that the face doesn't really look like noel, but this is mitigated by a considerable amount by the fact that the headpiece is placed so low down, much of the face is obscured unless you look up at the figure. On the plus side, the eyes have a certain glossed-over look which is consistent with the character. She doesn't have much of a personality or will of her own after all. Arguments will rage among hardcore fans about whether or not the makers gave μ-12 an upgrade in the chest department though... Overall, μ-12 is a pretty solid figure with only a few caveats. The build quality is decent, the painting is solid, if uninspired, and the character looks the part. The three biggest problems I have with the kit are the massive seam line on her hip, the fact that she actually looks better without the floating blades and the overall pose itself. The first two points are variable, and can be ignored by some, but the pose is just plain weird. It doesn't really seem to serve any purpose other than to make it appear dynamic. It's not based off any known game artwork nor is it a move used by the character in the game. And I checked! She has a weird jab where she sticks her hands out while arching her back (6A for the fighting game aficionados) but nothing like what the figure is doing here. This is just a weird pose. And just to hammer the point home... I just have no idea what she's trying to do here.. Still, as one of the FREEing Blazblue offerings, μ-12 is definitely the strongest so far. At full price though, I'd say that only the most ardent fans would really bite, but since you can find her on sale at various sites right now, she's a pretty decent offering. The only question mark left is the version which Alter recently announced. Even in unpainted form, she's looking better than the FREEing offering so if you're only in the market for one μ-12 figure, you may want to wait a bit... [ Many thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample! ]
Third Time's the charm?
In a relatively short space of time, FREEing have established themselves as a solid middle ground manufacturer of figures. They may not be able to match the big boys like Alter, Kotobukiya or their parent, GoodSmile Company, ...

Nendo Madoka Yukata Ver. photo
Nendo Madoka Yukata Ver.

Madoka dons a yukata once more, now in Nendoroid form

The festive magical girl is now up for pre-order
Jun 19
// Natalie Kipper
Madoka of the popular Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime series is once again breaking out her yukata. We saw her appear in this outfit for a figure by FREEing last year but the whole ensemble suits a cutesy Nendoroid ...
FREEing Laura Bodewig photo
I'm sensing a theme with FREEing's releases...
The thought of a sexy 1/4-scale figure is appealing to me, but in practice very few of them have designs that I like. FREEing will be releasing this 1/4-scale Laura Bodewig this December, and I'm on the fence about it. Laura'...

FREEing Tsukiko photo
It's amusing when someone's trying to take off two articles of clothing at the same time
FREEing's Tsukiko has shipped out, prompting Kahotan to make a little release gallery for the figure. She especially likes the strawberry pattern on her panties, and the fact that the skirt isn't fixed in place. You can ...

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

Oh no!
Apr 14
// Kristina Pino
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...
GSC delays photo
GSC delays

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

Over twenty figures hit by setbacks
Mar 17
// Martin Siggers
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
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Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
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 Ol...

Wonder Festival figma photo
Wonder Festival figma

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

Giant as in lots of cool stuff, not over sized figma
Feb 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
FREEing Kaworu photo
FREEing Kaworu

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

This time he'll make you happy
Feb 06
// Martin Siggers
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...
Senbonzakura Miku photo
Shot through the heart
[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-em...

Ultra Tokyo Connection photo
Ultra Tokyo Connection

GSC launches new distributor Ultra Tokyo Connection in LA

Good Smile Company and UTC to appear at Toy Fair in February
Jan 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Yukata INori photo
Yukata INori

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

Sing it out
Jan 10
// Martin Siggers
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...

Pick up your last gift with Mana Tendou

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Dec 20
// Emily Smalara
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...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile unleashes a torrent of further delays

There'll be some space under the tree at Christmas
Dec 16
// Martin Siggers
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...

Get tied up in pre-ordering Nakaimo's Mei

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Dec 13
// Emily Smalara
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...

Pick up this Tsukiko for a private striptease

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Dec 10
// Emily Smalara
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...

Genderbending goes West with this Billy the Kid pre-order

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Dec 05
// Emily Smalara
With Japan's penchant for turning historical figures into cuties, it's a wonder we haven't seen more focus on American personalities. Plenty of European and Japanese figures have been given the "moefication" treatment, but as...

Keep practicing your gift wrapping with Nakaimo's Rinka

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Nov 19
// Emily Smalara
Finally! It seems like FREEing is indeed giving the entire Nakaimo cast the trussed-up treatment with the addition of one of my favorite harem ladies, Rinka Kunitachi. Suitable for her blonde hair, her ribbon is a bit differe...

Get your Christmas all wrapped up with a new Miyabi

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Nov 12
// Emily Smalara
It's not quite Mana or Rinka yet, but with FREEing continuing their line of neatly gift wrapped Nakaimo cast members at all, it's hard to complain. It's certainly a more interesting use of their talents than more generic bunn...

Mashiro struggles with a yukata in this new pre-order

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Oct 30
// Emily Smalara
I'm not usually used to FREEing going a bit off the grid when it comes to character design, but while I got pretty excited over hearing they were making a new Mashiro figure, the reality appears to be quite different. I can't...

Treat yourself to unwrapping these Nakaimo ladies

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Oct 25
// Emily Smalara
Ever since we've seen harem comedy Nakaimo's Miyabi shown off, I've longed to see the rest of the cast get the same treatment. Thankfully I'll be waiting no longer, as FREEing has produced some incredibly sexy figures of sort...
FREEing Sora Takanashi photo
FREEing Sora Takanashi

FREEing's Sora caters to fans of gigantic bikini figures

That is a hell of a beach body, though
Oct 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Generally I buy figures of characters that I like, or figures that have really amazing and detailed sculpts. I do have a handful of figures that I bought solely for the quality of the butt. It seems like FREEing's Sora Takana...

This Seraphim figure is three times the fetish!

FREEing - 1/4 Scale
Oct 17
// Emily Smalara
Kore wa Zombie desu ka? has always been an over the top series, and "vampire ninja" Seraphim is certainly no exception to the rules. With her sword-slinging, girl-kissing ways, it only stands to reason that FREEing had only o...

Don't be unlucky and miss out on this Momiji pre-order

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Oct 12
// Emily Smalara
Apparently despite the misfortune, poverty-ridden series Binbougami ga is still going strong as far as figures go. FREEing has decided to take advantage of misfortune deity Momiji's penchant for cosplaying and dressed her up ...

Make the tactical choice, get these Border Break beauties

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Oct 08
// Emily Smalara
If the lovely operator Fiona wasn't enough Border Break for your collections, wait no more! FREEing is ready to drop a sizable bomb on collectors' wallets with this BB Girls Collection four pack. Featuring the three operators...

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