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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6

Dec 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn...
Lingerie Style Fate/Stay photo
Lingerie Style Fate/Stay

Wave lets you make your own lingerie Saber harem

From the company that brought you characters in swimsuits comes...
Dec 24
// Andres Cerrato
Some ideas you could have sworn have been done before. Sure, there's plenty of Saber figures to go around. Someone has had to have made them in various states of sleeptime apparel, especially of Saber. Surprisingly, it does n...
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Epic sitting
Sega's Summer WonFes booth featured prize figures for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Vocaloid, and Terra Formars, among other properties. Among the highlights were a seated Gendo (!!!), Caster (Fate/EXTRA CCC), mini Terraforma...

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Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya gallery

There's so much more left!
Aug 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's hard to believe Kotobukiya had so much stuff with them at Wonder Festival considering just how much they brought with them to San Diego Comic Con that same weekend. While they did bring a few things to both conventions, ...

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Saber Extra remains aptly named
Kahotan has released a preview gallery for Good Smile Company's upcoming 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra). Pre-orders are expected to open on July 17. While I was at least a little interested when we first saw an unpainted ...

Tomopop Review: Phat Company's Caster EXTRA

May 18 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Caster EXTRAFigure Maker: Phat CompanyRetail Price: ¥8,381Available at: HobbyLink Japan  I wouldn't have pegged myself as a fan of kemonomimi and all that, but I guess I do have a soft spot for fox girls (and wolf girls who happen to look like fox girls). Maybe that's why I ended up requesting Caster for review. The figure doesn't require much assembly, thankfully. You just need to attach her left leg to the base, and put a little paper talisman into her right hand. I totally forgot to do that so in this review, it just kind of looks like she's doing finger guns. This rendition of Caster is... interesting. She has a gothic lolita-style outfit which shows a ton of cleavage. I'm not the biggest fan of this kind of bust. The base features a set of translucent rings forming the "CCC" logo. I'm ecstatic that Phat Company decided to do something cool with the base instead of opting for a plain disc. Caster has a wonderful face full of cheer. Phat Company did a great job making this figure lively. Her tail and hair are made of translucent plastic. The effect works fine for the hair, but is less convincing for the tail. I think it already looks big and fluffy enough. If you get up close with a camera, you'll notice a few rough spots in the finish. These flaws are difficult to see with the naked eye, though. Caster was fun to shoot. I find that sometimes, if a character design looks energetic, it gives me a little extra spark too. With a cute face and quirky design, this figure has the most important qualities that matter to me. Phat Company can improve on the build quality a bit, but overall I'm happy with Caster. The MSRP is on the high end for a 1/8-scale figure, but this one is fairly large and complex for its scale. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review sample!]
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Definitely something extra in the chest
Keeping track of the various casts of the Fate franchise is beyond my patience, so I'll just say this Caster is the one featured in Fate/Extra CCC. The original Caster in Fate/stay night was rather dour while this one is... I...

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Kotobukiya's Saber Extra doesn't involve any additional costs

Tomopop editor worries that pun may confuse readers
May 16
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale Saber Extra (Fate/Extra), previously seen unpainted at Winter WonFes, is currently available for pre-order. While I've never been fond of the clear/translucent costume elements, there's something fun ab...
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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: GSC's Saber Extra

At least a few will be "Fated" to buy another Saber
Apr 08
// Scarecroodle
It is a truth universally acknowledged that there is no such thing as too much Saber merchandise... or, at least, it's the opinion held by many companies and fans. While relatively few collectors can afford it all (assuming t...
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Fate/Extra CCC

It's not bad luck to peek at Clayz's Saber Bride early

Looks all white to me
Mar 13
// Scarecroodle
Clayz has released some in-progress photos of the prototype for its upcoming Fate/EXTRA CCC Saber Bride... and, well, she looks all white. The sculpting looks like it's coming along great. The nice thing is that Clayz has opt...
Alphamax Saber Bride photo
Alphamax Saber Bride

Curse your wedding by looking at Alphamax's Saber Bride

Who needs a prenup, right?
Feb 17
// Andres Cerrato
They say that looking at the bride's dress before the wedding is bad luck. You really can't help but a sneak a peek here with Alphamax's Saber Bride. She certainly debuted to a lot of fanfare, but it's been a little while sin...
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

New Saber and Lum prototypes, plus Chuunibyou's Rikka announced
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r...

Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event

Feb 06 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kotobukiya has posted a gallery for their latest Shining figure, Neris, on their blog. She's a great looking figure and available now for pre-order so go find yourself one. Orchid seed isn't only offering their special chrome bikini version of Sonico at Wonder Festival that we talked about last week. They've also got a special clear A5 file of the Sorceress from Dragons Crown, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt trading cards, and Seven Deadly Sins bath salts. Vertex will be offering this very special and very limited version of Noel Vermillion at Wonder Festival. The yellow repaint is limited to only 50 and sold at 8,800 each, the same prices as the regular version. Grizzry Panda will be showing off their latest garage kit, Kongou from Kantai Collection at Wonder Festival. It doesn't seem like she'll be up for sale, but they will be bringing many of their more popular kits from previous events back for sale. RocketNews24 reported on another Licca-chan doll crossover, this time with Kumamoto city mascot Kumamon. She's sporting a cute red and black dress with bear ears and comes with a little Kumamon. The real surprise is that she went up for sale exclusively at Takara Tomy Mall on February 1 and has already sold out. Toy As Object is reporting on this really cool and unconventional Crystal-Mecha by Super7 and artist Matt Allison. It's already been released in black with an orange crystal, it is now available for US$95 in red with a translucent blue crystal stand nine inches at the Super7 store. Hot Toys posted an interview with acclaimed anime director, character designer, and mecha artist Shinji Aramaki. They talk about his latest movie, the 3D CG take on Captain Harlock and the figure HT made for it. AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for Megahouse's G.E.M Series Sasuke Uchiha figure. They did a great job with posing on this figure and he even comes with special head parts so you can swap his eyes between regular, Sharingan, and Mangekyo Sharingan. Also at the same link is the latest Naruto additions to the Petit Chara Land series. The series features Naruto (Kurama Mode with baby Kurama), Sasuke (with Aoda), Orochimaru (with Manda), Hashirama Senju (with, uh, trees), Madara (with hypnotized Kurama) and ANBU Kakashi (with Bull). Cute figures, wouldn't know they were at war. Traditionally Bandai doesn't do Wonder Festival, choosing to handle their own events. That went out the window last year when we got our first look at D-Arts Sailor Moon at Wonder Festival 2013 [Summer]. This year Tamashii Nations will be representing Bandai and bringing along a bunch of their newest figures as well as some we've never seen before. We should be getting our first look at new figures from Infinite Stratos and Tiger & Bunny plus some others they haven't revealed the source for yet. quesQ will be at Wonder Festival with a number of new limited edition repaints for sale. Up for grabs will be Flandre Scarlet in pink and Kazami Yuuka in blue from Touhou Project, Elizabeth in black and pink from Persona 4: Arena, and Percival in red from Eiyuu Senki Gold. Of course they've got other things planned to debut at the event. The Japanese AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for Prince of Tennis' Shiraishi Kuranosuke from the ARTFX J line by Kotobukiya. Fans of the series will probably find very little to complain about here. Kahotan posted a gallery for Parfom Aigis which includes a very informative interview with Phat! Company's Ootani. There's also a new look Parfom Nozomi Hoshino which acted like the prototype for the series and will make an appearance at Wonder Festival this weekend. Primal Heart updated with a look at their latest Saber garage kit from Fate/EXTRA CCC. The kit features Saber in a tiny nightgown and they really captured her well! Artist Amanda Visell made this really cute 8 inch Wood Jackalope Dunny. It's available for US$400 at the Switcheroo shop. I thought the jack in jackalope stood for jackrabbit, but I guess it stands for lumberjack. [embed]33525:37254:0[/embed] Universes collide when Filmation Skeletor voice actor Alan Oppenheimer and 200X Skeletor voice Brian Dobson come together to play with Skeletor figures for this promo video for Power-Con. Man, Alan can still do the voice perfectly! Aniplex is working on another Homura figure for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Like most things these days this one is movie based and the figure title translates to something like Flame Time Regression ver. Should be really nice when it gets a limited release in September on at the Aniplex+ store. Need another reason to get Attack on Titan figma Armin this weekend? Try Akiba Hobby's advance gallery out and see if that convinces you. [embed]33525:37255:0[/embed] Friends of Tomopop Jesse DeStasio, Nicholas Fung, and Cade Hiser have joined forces to host a new weekly toy show on YouTube called ToyPizza. Every Tuesday they'll be talking about great toys for all ages past and present, doing outings, and just talking about the stuff we all love. The first vid is just over four minutes long so it's easy to jump in and watch. What have you got to lose? And that's it for this week. Not sure what we'll have to talk about next week with Wonder Festival over, but I'll be back again nextweek with another Tomopop LinkUP nonetheless!
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We're in the final days before Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter]!
Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nons...

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Fate/Extra CCC

Put a pre-order on AlphaMax's Saber Bride

If you like it then you should have put a pre-order on it
Dec 28
// Scarecroodle
AlphaMax's 1/8 scale Fate/EXTRA CCC Saber Bride is currently available for pre-order. Although I haven't exactly been a fan of the Saber Bride design, I'm seeing the appeal when the zipper is down as seen with the AlphaMax version. It still seems like an unbelievably kooky design but there's some definite fetish fuel going on here. Full info after the jump.
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GSC/Max Factory

Nendoroid Archer and other GSC/Max Factory teasers

Proudly giving fans another Archer to wait years for
Dec 19
// Scarecroodle
Exciting new images have appeared on figsoku, including a currently-being-designed Nendoroid Archer/Gilgamesh (which I fully expect to receive an unpainted prototype... then not get released). Other items on display in some f...
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Because he has a lot of nice things to say?
Kahotan has released a preview gallery for the upcoming Nendoroid Saber Bride (Fate/EXTRA CCC). Nendoroid Saber Bride comes with her sword (Aestus Estus: The Embryonic Flame) and the choice of three faces: a smiling face, a s...

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Is there really such a thing as an "extra" Saber?
Kahotan has released a preview for the upcoming Nendoroid Saber Extra which, apparently, is at least the eighth Saber we've seen in Nendoroid form. It's no great secret that Saber is mostly over-promoted but, when the result ...

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Nendoroid update: Saber, Kanbaru, Levi, Shizue, and Aegis

Pretty colors!
Nov 12
// Kristina Pino
Besides some new shots of Nendoroid Levi, we've got some photos of the now-colored Shizue (Winter ver.), Suruga Kanbaru from Bakemonogatari, and Aegis from Persona 3, who was last seen at WonFes. And to round things off, get ...
Pre-order Red Saber Nendo photo
Pre-order Red Saber Nendo

Pre-order GSC's Fate/Extra Saber Nendoroid

A Fate/Extra saber? Why not.
Jul 26
// Jon Wills
Fans of Saber and Fate series may be interested in Good Smile Company's latest Saber Nendoroid that is available for pre-order. One thing that is sure to catch your attention about her is that she is armored in red and has a ...

Treasure Festa in Ariake 9: Gift chooses its Saber Bride

Sculpted by Kagutsuchino
May 05
// Andres Cerrato
To my disappointment, Gift has held on to making more plushes than PVC. When they do get to making a PVC, it's usually a Saber. I'm not in anyway a fan of Fate, but I love this marriage of the two entities. It's fitting then ...

Fate/Extra CCC game and figma Saber Bride delayed, again

Often delayed game now pushed to March 28, 2013.
Dec 27
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
You're probably used to this by now, right? The Fate/Extra CCC Virgin White Box bundle with figma Saber Bride first went up for order in September of 2011 for a vague 'Spring 2012' release, but an increased budget g...

A while back, Brian posted about this lovely figma as she was announced to be a bundle with the upcoming Fate/Extra CCC limited edition box. Overall she looks pretty rad, but some folks were upset with either her exclusivity ...

Tomopop Review: Saber Extra by Gift

Jun 19 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure name: Saber ExtraFigure maker: GiftRetail price: ¥9,333Available at: HobbyLink Japan It looks like Gift's thing now is producing 1/8-scale Satoshi Toda-designed Saber figures; they've done the regular Saber and Saber Lily in addition to Saber Extra. Actually Good Smile Company and its affiliates seem to love pumping out Saber figures in general. This Saber, however, is a little different from the pack. The box she comes in is a cool blue, contrasting with the red in her outfit. There are windows in front and on top of the box, but they don't give you a full view of this figure's magnificence. Unpacking and assembling Saber requires minimal effort, but be careful when putting her on the base. I immediately broke off one of the ankle guards above her shoe (and then really wished I could edit->undo in real life). The mirrored base comes with a protective film. Unlike with Saber Lily, Gift included a little piece of paper reminding you to peel off the (very thin) film. Although the protective layer was very scratched up, I found the base itself to be in perfect condition. The last step is to put the blade of her sword, Aestus Estus, onto the hilt. The hilt comes attached to the hand, so all you have to do is put the blade on the peg - no fuss at all. When you're done, stand back and admire! Gift didn't shy away from sculpting an insane amount of detail into this figure. Her metallic red outfit looks brilliant as well, almost fiery. The skirt is partially translucent, with the paint job giving it a frosted look. It looks light and airy instead of outright clear like in the official art. I love the design of this outfit. Some areas don't look great up close, though. I think the various buttons in front lack definition. The gold trim on her outfit is all sculpted, which is really impressive. Saber's sleeves end in frills and they look excellent. The look is very feminine as well, with the shoulder and wrist areas accenting her slender arms. Here's a look at Aestus Estus, a crazy wavy-bladed red sword that looks like it would be as dangerous to its wielder as it would be to the enemy. The actual piece is about as long as Saber herself. Like the shirt, it has a bit of a glossy, metallic sheen. You can see here that, unlike the other incarnations of Saber, this version wears minimal armor. Her legs aren't even armored all the way up, which makes me wonder why she bothers at all. I did find one thing awkward about this figure, and that's the pose. Head-on it looks great, but if you look at its right side, the pose seems very strange. Saber has her hip bent at a strange angle, and is leaning forward just a little too much. The body language suggests she's about to charge forward and maybe attack with her sword, but the legs are just kind of awkwardly bolted in place. Toda's facial designs have been the subject of some controversy among Saber collectors. As you can see, this design isn't very faithful to the official art. I think it's okay, but maybe more of an acquired taste. Close up you can see a look of determination, but from a normal viewing distance she tends to look spaced out and vacant. The Tomopop credo is "provide a panty shot if one is available" (this might not actually be the policy, I'm not sure), and Gift conveniently provided a mirrored base for me to do just that. Yes, even her panties seem a little bit fancy. To wrap up, this is an impressive effort by Gift. For me, the color scheme stands out above all else; the glossy semi-metallic red really holds my attention. Its manufacturing quality is great, as I got through the shoot noticing nary a blemish. The price might turn off all but the most dedicated Saber fans, but if you do plunk down the cash I say she's well worth it. That said, I think I'm done with Saber figures for the time being. If Satoshi Toda and Gift have more in the pipeline, though, I'll be all over it. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample!]

This version of Saber hails from the PSP dungeon crawler Fate/Extra. Although she looks like Fate/stay night's Saber, this is apparently not the same character. Well, you could have fooled me. Aside from the color changes, th...


Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 10, 2012

May 10
// Jonathan Tubbs
Whaaaaa~t? Reserve or Regret a second time today? There's just too much awesome to not talk about! Today is a day that you will go broke! ...or so I hope because so much more was released from MegaHouse as well as Good Smile ...

Wave reveals Beach Queens Saber from Fate/EXTRA

Feb 10
// Brian Szabelski
If you happen to like Beach Queens or Saber, Wave has something for you. Popping up on GAGraphic were thee images of a prototype for a Beach Queens Saber from Fate/EXTRA, the 2010 PSP game. Sticking with the series, she'll be...

Gift's Saber Extra preview is gorgeous in every way

Nov 28
// Jonathan Tubbs
If there is one thing you can expect from Gift when there is a new Fate series Saber, it's that they will be releasing a gorgeous figure of that incarnation. And that's how it's looking based on what was previewed on Mikatan'...

28th Miyazawa Exhibition: Good Smile Company, Max Factory

Nov 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Are you curious to see what's coming down the line from the various figure manufactures as well as what new product they have up their sleeve? Look no further than the 28th Miyazawa Exhibition, an event that gathers the ...

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