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Wonder Festival 2016 photo
Saber and Yuuki are going to burn fans
If you saw Scaredroodle's report on up coming Anime Expo exclusives from Good Smile Company then you already got a preview of some of the exclusives headed to Wonder Festival 2016 Winter. Strangely enough, Nendoroid 447-b&nbs...

10th Anniv. Saber photo
Final day of pre-orders on figure due in September
Type Moon's 10th anniversary was a few years ago, but the celebration continues. Aniplex+'s Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure for Fate/stay night has been available for a limited time pre-order for a while ...

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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...
figma and figFIX photo
figma and figFIX

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma and figFIX flood

Time to check stuff off of the wish list!
Feb 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So you say you've got some figma you're just dying to see made? Well then, let's see how many of your wishes have come true this time with the first round of announcements!  figma: Kantai Collection - Yukikaze, Kitakami...

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Also known as a not-Saber
While Saber variants greatly outnumber all other figma entries from the Fate series, Max Factory is apparently still making other characters. Most recently this has come in the form of a painted figma Rin Tohsaka based on an ...

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Nothing new for this arrow nerd, he loves the future.
Archer has 'tude. And for good reason; the guy has seen some terrible things. Also done some things of which he's not entirely proud. And this may or may not turn out to be one of those things. The Real Action Heroes line has...

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Snow Miku, F/SN, KanColle figures available
With Winter WonFes 2015 less than a month away, Good Smile have stepped up to reveal the exclusive goods that they'll be selling at the event, thus saving us the agony of speculation and second guessing that used to character...

Fate/Saty Night photo
Fate/Saty Night

Presenting Saber, spinning around a desk near you

Relive a happier Saber ending with this 1/8th scale figure!
Jan 09
// Oansun
Check out a new smiling Saber from Wing, now up for pre-order. She is the "Last Episode" version from Fate/Stay Night [Realta Nua], the PSVita port of the PS2 version of the original game. Whew. So, basically one of the "good...
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Good Smile Company

Don't underestimate Nendoroid magical girl Akari Yomatsuri

Plus a bunch of other friends from Miyazawa Model Exhibition
Nov 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Although announced a few months ago, we're finally getting out first look at Nendoroid self proclaimed magical girl Akari Yomatsuri from Captain Earth at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Autumn 2014! They haven't said a wh...
Sakura Saber photo
Sakura Saber

Don't wait until the spring to view Sakura Saber

Just don't let it fall!
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Fate/stay night's Saber has had many faces, but none as Japanese as Sakura Saber. If you're not familiar with Good Smile Company's latest take on Saber (first announced nearly a year ago!) don't feel bad, she comes from a rat...
figma Archer photo
figma Archer

You aren't imagining things, this is really a figma Archer release gallery

The day you thought would never come
Aug 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Not a hoax and not a dream; figma Archer is really being released. In fact you may have already received your payment request for your pre-order. I fully expected months of delays, especially when it was realized it would be ...
Wonder Festival photo
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, ...
Aniplex+ Saber photo
Aniplex+ Saber

Take a very good look at the Aniplex+ black dress shirt Saber

International pre-orders still open
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Think you've already seen enough of this sultry Saber from Fate/Zero? It never hurts to take another look (or several). Thanks to Akiba Hobby getting their hands on a sample we're getting our best look yet at the An...
Nendoroid Rin Tohsaka photo
Tsundere Nendoroids are great
Saber gets all the attention these days, but Good Smile Company hasn't forgotten about tsundere master Rin Tohsaka of Fate/stay night! She got a gorgeous scale figure way back in the day, but now returns as a diminutive Nendo...

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Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Or why my wallet is empty
Mar 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...

Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you

Feb 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Pinkcheeks has been having a lot of fun with Mayoi Hachikuji. Here's figma Mayoi enjoying some fresh air in the great outdoors on a mountain hike... ...and here's Nendoroid Hachikuji looking platinum cute in a pink bunny costume! Right in our very own Tomopop C-Blogs, CrowMaiden did a wonderful photo review of Megahouse's G.E.M. series Yamato "Matt" Ishida from Digimon. I really need to get myself one of these and Tai. [embed]33698:37257:0[/embed] Kenneth Bolido did a great video review for the 2014 Snow Miku. Lots of nice visuals in this review. I'm sure this isn't the last time we'll see her in LinkUP. Reflective Boundary did a gallery for the very sexy Alphamax 1/8 Velvet from Shining Ark. Quite the treasure. Kixkillradio made Kaiyodo's Capsule Fortune Saber figrues look pretty darn irresistible. She also spent some quality time with Cu-Poche Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from HenNeko. This figure needs a neko mask in the worst way! Former Tomopop staffer Chag posted on his blog Hobby Hovel about his engagement this past weekend and how love effects our hobby (and vise versa). Congrats! Don't forget to check out the Tomopop Tumblr for great stuff being shared all the time like these amazing Star Wars figure photos from Avanaut shared by Archie McPhee. That's it for this week. See you next week right here on Tomopop LinkUP!
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Take a moment to enjoy other people playing with toys
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 ...

WonFes Cu-poche photo
An adorable gallery of old and new
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 e...

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...
Wonder Festival Saber 2.0 photo
Wonder Festival Saber 2.0

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: figma Saber 2.0 & Archer

The stuff of legends
Feb 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
After Hatsune Miku got a makeover into figma 2.0 you probably wondered who the next character would be to get the upgrade. Well look no further as we're given our first look at Saber 2.0 from Fate/stay night! She's looking ex...
GSC Wonfes teaser photo
GSC Wonfes teaser

Good Smile Company teases its Wonder Festival reveals

So as I pray, don't lose your way
Feb 07
// Martin Siggers
One of the most fun parts of every major event is when the various companies unveil slightly abstract teaser shots to send us into a frenzy of guessing at what they're about to unveil. Now it's the turn of the big daddy, Good...
RAH Saber Alter photo
RAH Saber Alter

Form a pre-order contract with Medicom's RAH Saber Alter

Editor realizes how often contract is used in Tomopop headlines/subheaders
Aug 01
// Scarecroodle
Medicom's Real Action Heroes (RAH) Saber Alter is currently available for pre-order. This 1/6 scale figure features two swords, two interchangeable faces, two interchangeable hair pieces, and the character's visor. Saber Alte...
WonFes Teasers photo
WonFes Teasers

Good Smile Company teases their WonFes reveals

New scales, Nendoroids set to be unveiled
Jul 26
// Martin Siggers
With Summer WonFes only two days away, Mikatan has turned her camera on the Good Smile offices to capture the bustle of preparation. And wouldn't you know it, it looks like among all the rushing around some prototypes have sn...
RAH Saber Alter photo
RAH Saber Alter

Medicom gives Saber another go with RAH Saber Alter

Evil makes things better
Jul 18
// Andres Cerrato
Medicom has found a new audience now that it's expanded its lineup of RAH 1/6 figures beyond tokusatsu/movie properties. Saber was a step in that direction and many were impressed by the initial images. Those impressions have...
1/7 Saber Maid by Plum photo
1/7 Saber Maid by Plum

Pre-order this staircase to get a free 1/7 Saber maid

Home architecture for the win!
Jul 05
// Andres Cerrato
Home architecture isn't a subject often discussed at Tomopop. However, today is an exception as it will lead to a free figure. Plum has sculpted in great detail a 1/7 staircase. As a bonus to their meticulously crafted stairc...

Primal Heart reveals a Saber garage kit for WonFes

Yes, she's in her pajamas
Jan 25
// Brian Szabelski
Primal Heart will be one of the many garage kit makers at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter, and they'll be bringing with them a slightly different Saber, featuring her in her pajamas. It's based off the illustration you see in the...

Fate/stay night's Saber is ready with her die cast armor

Bandai's blacksmiths use the fabled Chogokin material to give Saber some improved armor.
Nov 01
// Jonathan Tubbs
We've seen the many incarnations of Saber from the Fate series from PVC figures to plastic model kits to everything else under the sun including poseable figures. However, not many can make a claim that her armor is made more...

Taito brings an assortment of items to Dengeki Festival

Plush, trading figures, keychains, and Taito Kuji. ...TAITO KUJI!?
Oct 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Prize figure companies are making their mark at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival, one of them being Taito. The company didn't have much to show but did have various products on display including plush, trading figures, k...

NYCC 2012: Good Smile Company

Lots of Nendoroids and Miku
Oct 13
// Tianxiao Ma
Although typically associated with American comics, NYCC also featured an appearance by Good Smile Company. If you're a reader of this site, you must know what that means: Nendoroids. So many Nendoroids. All types of Nendos o...

Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition also has new Cu-Poche figures

Saber, Black Magician Girl, and Kirino join Koto's poseable super deformed line
Oct 11
// Jonathan Tubbs
Though not as plentiful as the PVC offerings, Kotobukiya did have some new figures for their super deformed, poseable Cu-Poche line shown at the Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition event in Akihabara. Again, just like the PVC figures...

Kotobukiya sneaks in some pixellated Cu-Poche teasers

Check out the pixels on Kirino, Saber and Dark Magician Girl!
Oct 09
// Kristina Pino
The Kotobukiya Blog was updated again today with some Cu-Poche teasers in the way of Kirino, Saber and Dark Magician Girl (see previous teaser post for this event by Brian). These have been announced, but all will be revealed...

GSC Racing, Fate/stay Night and other Nendos in new scans

Jul 23
// Natalie Kipper
Wow, was the scan jam-packed with info or what? I mean, just look at it! Well, I guess you'd have to go to the gallery to do the whole thing, so maybe wait until after the article. Good Smile Company's Nendoroids are in focus...

Saber is not done with the beach just yet

Jul 07
// Chang Su
For many of you, the summer heat has been pretty harsh in recent weeks. Asides from free air conditioning, the best thing to beat the heat is to kick off as much clothes as you can legally get away with and hit the Beach. I g...

Nendoroid Saber suits up in Mikatan's latest preview

Jun 25
// Tianxiao Ma
I think women in suits are cool, but some of that may go out the door when they're reduced to Nendoroid proportions. I like Nendoroids, but they're more about being cute than cool. Well, maybe this Saber is both. Fate/Zero dr...

Broadcast on the Nico Nico Good Smile livestream was some more glimpses at the next exclusive from GSC, the Nendoroid Saber 10th Anniversary Edition. At first glance ... well, it looks like the same Saber we've seen befo...

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 31, 2012

May 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
So another month has come to an end and it seems the figure makers want to make sure our wallets are empty before closing it. The big thing would have to be the assortment of figures from Fate/Zero from Good Smile Company and...

Good Smile re-releasing Saber, Touhou, and Madoka figures

May 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Good Smile Company wants to bring smiles to your faces. Well, if you're a fan of Fate/stay night, Touhou Project, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Recently announced on their latest Nico Nico broadcast and via Twitter, Good Smi...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 8, 2012

May 09
// Jonathan Tubbs
After the dull day yesterday for pre-orders, today's feature brings you some worthwhile products that you'll definitely want to pre-order. Probably one to more wanted products wold have to be Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Pr...

Fans bring their custom Dollfie Dreams to Hobby Round 7

Apr 08
// Natalie Kipper
Garage kits weren't the only fan made things at Volks' Hobby Round 7 in Japan. Custom Dollfie Dream dolls were also spotted at the event with fans showing off the clothes and props they designed based on some popular anime ch...

Anime Contents Expo (ACE) 2012: Good Smile Company

Mar 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
Of course Good Smile Company and its affiliates were front and center at the Anime Contents Expo, running from March 31, 2012 to April 1, 2012, showcasing several of its previous and upcoming goods from many popular titles. A...

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