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Figma

figma Gwendolyn photo
Prettiest figma yet but it'll cost you
Good Smile Company and Max Factory have officially opened pre-orders for figma Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere! If the Parfom version didn't tickle your fancy, this figma just might. Going by the promo shots, Gwendolyn is in the r...

WonFes 2017 Winter photo
Gaming licenses and a few classics
By my estimates there were about 17 million Nendoroids announced/shown at WonFes. The figma announcements were not as numerous but there were still some juicy ones. Just as with Nendoroids, the figma lineup has diversified ou...

Last minute gift ideas for the figure collector in your life

Dec 15 // Tianxiao Ma
Camera Gear If you really want someone to be poor for the rest of their life, get them into photography. Compared to camera gear, maintaining an anime figure collection costs a mere pittance. Indeed, you can set your loved one up for a lifetime of gear obsession and unnecessary spending by simply introducing them to this one hobby! But what if you want to help that special someone take better photos of his figures without having to take out a loan? You can check out some accessories designed to improve smartphone photography, such as this Photojojo lens set (pictured above). Smartphone cameras these days are already pretty capable, but accessories like this can give them an extra bit of flexibility and creative freedom. Amp up your figure photography, and your collection will feel that much more special! Lighting The art of photography goes hand in hand with the art of lighting. To really get those figure photos to the next level, you're going to need something better than the flash on your phone or camera. Luckily, this also presents the opportunity for some great stocking stuffers! Lighting can be done simply with some $10 clamp lamps from Home Depot. If you want something you could actually incorporate into your photos, check out the Slickforce Softlight (pictured above). They're not super bright, and work best with a camera with manual controls. But they look cool and can help you learn the principles of lighting. Storage Leaving figures in their boxes is no good. A real collector will want a specially designated area to keep his figures in view. This is where that old standby of collectors everywhere comes in: Ikea's Detolf display case. For good reason, these have been a go-to for figure collectors within range of an Ikea. They're reasonably priced and can blend into any kind of decor. The only drawback is that they weigh about as much as a small car, so make sure you have some buddies to help if you do buy one. Also, I guess these don't qualify as stocking stuffers... unless you're a frost giant and have enormous stockings. Dust Management You know what sucks? Leaving your figures out on display only to see them caked in dust a few months later. You know what your figures love? Being dust-free! It's a small thing but for a collector, proper dusting can mean the difference between a janky looking display and a lovingly curated one. For starters I'd get some kind of air blower, like a can of compressed air or an electric blower. Microfiber cloths are always good to have around. For the really intricate or hard to clean areas, you can try using a set of makeup brushes (or specially made anti-static brushes). Your figures will thank you for it. Display Stands Figure collections inevitably outgrow the shelves that hold them. This law holds as true as the laws of thermodynamics. When that happens, any collector will be glad to have a set of acrylic risers on hand. Full disclosure: I've never actually used these. But I wish I had, and my lack of foresight can turn into profit for you. Emotional profit, that is. With a good set of risers, you can make tiered displays that optimize your shelf space. They're especially good for smaller figures such as Nendoroids or Cu-Poches. Backdrops and Sets Want to take those figure displays to the next level? Why not add in some scenery? There are a host of options available, from 1/12-scale dollhouse furniture to purpose-built displays such as the figma PLUS line (pictured above). Max Factory has made a road set and a classroom set to help add a bit of flair to your figma collection. If Nendoroids are more your thing, Good Smile Company has recently put their Nendoroid-sized play sets up for order again. Booze Figure collecting can easily set someone on the path of financial ruin. Why not help them forget that fact with some good old liquid courage? Tomopop does not condone drinking as a response to life's problems. But a few sips here and there can't hurt, right? Pre-Orders Finally, if you can't actually get any of this in time for Christmas, you can always pre-order something. It's like a gift that's okay to give late! Make sure you stick to sites like Amiami or HobbyLink Japan, which both have great reputations and will make the whole buying process less scary. From all of us at Tomopop, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!
Tomopop Gift Guide photo
They're kind of affordable!
Christmas (or your winter gift-giving holiday of choice) is almost upon us! While it's fun to give and receive gifts, it can be quite stressful doing the actual planning and shopping. So what do you buy for that special figur...

Snow Miku 2017 photo
Snow Miku 2017

Kahotan shows off the 2017 Snow Mikus


Dubbed "Twinkle Snow"
Nov 22
// Tianxiao Ma
It's that time of the year when we check out the latest Snow Miku design and melt from the cuteness! Or maybe that's just my heater cranked way up. Kahotan's blog has previews up for both the figma and Nendoroid versions of n...

NYCC 2016: Good Smile Company

Oct 08 // Tianxiao Ma
NYCC 2016 GSC photo
Lots of toys for gamers!
Good Smile Company's Mamitan has been hard at work revealing their upcoming figures at NYCC. There are lots of Nendoroids and figmas but I wasn't expecting this many video game figures. The full armor Megaman X Nendoroid has ...

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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Figma


I'm the juggenaut, b...
Jul 26
// Chris Seto
Rather unsurprisingly, GoodSmile Company was out in full force at Wonder Festival, showing off all their associated lines with a mix of old and new as well as expected items and unexpected ones! Looking at the Figmas first, t...
SDCC 2016 GSC photo
SDCC 2016 GSC

SDCC 2016: Good Smile Company


Nice figures tucked into a tiny booth
Jul 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company doesn't usually do Comic Con as WonFes is usually the same weekend. However it seems like they're starting to stake out some territory at SDCC. Their booth was pretty small and tucked away - not what you'd ...
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...

figma Samus Aran photo
figma Samus Aran

Samus Aran sheds her suit for her newest figma


Now up for pre-order
Jun 14
// Tianxiao Ma
The ever-popular Samus Aran has already gotten the figma treatment, but this time around she'll be shedding that bulky suit. This is the Metroid: Other M version of Samus. I haven't played the game but it seems like we're tra...
Exclusives photo
GSC has got serious game (figures)
Good Smile Company recently announced 3 exclusive figures which will first appear at Anime Expo 2016 (July 1-4) before also appearing at SDCC and, after that, being sold GSC's official site. This includes a "Metal Blade" Mega...

Phoenix Wright photo
If you do object, you'd be overruled
Mamitan recently showed off some photos of Max Factory's upcoming figma based on Phoenix Wright, the eponymous star of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video games(who also appears in at least one Ace Attorney spinoff). The figma will include an array of expressions to help recreate some of his iconic (and dramatic) poses from the games. Be sure to check out the full image in the gallery.

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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Figmas


it never stops...
Feb 09
// Chris Seto
*inhales* OK, time to take on the elephants in the room, starting with the every popular figma releases!!  The biggest news was of figma #300! (yes, there have been 300 of these things now...) and it was announced that G...
figma Kat photo
figma Kat

Check out figma Kat from Gravity Rush, and see how to do a collector's edition correctly


Can't sell this one as DLC
Oct 17
// Tianxiao Ma
What do you expect from a typical video game collector's edition nowadays? Some free DLC? A season pass? Stickers? How about a figma? That's what's bundled with the Gravity Rush (Gravity Daze) collector's edition in Japan. Th...
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4 photo
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/28 to 10/4


Hey, it's LEGO again
Oct 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I always get a little excited when western toys are popular in Japan. There's no doubt that high quality Japanese toys have their following among fans outside of Japan, but western toys tend to get looked down on as not being...
Legend of Zelda photo
A Link between GSC and my wallet
A Link Between Worlds (reviewed) has very quickly joined the list of my favorite Legend of Zelda games and, as such, I was happy to learn that he'd join the figma line... and even happier to see a photo of an unpainted protot...

Madogatari photo
Really the cutest way to go
Animation studio Shaft is celebrating 40 years with a Madogatari event that mashes up Madoka Magica with the Monogatari series. Among the merchandise offerings is a very interesting figFIX figure featuring the donut loving va...

WonFes 2015 Summer photo
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'...
Durarara!! figma photo
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...

Kantai Collection photo
Kantai Collection

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order


Poi!
Jun 23
// Tianxiao Ma
The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...
Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives


WHL4U 22 site is up now
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7 photo
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7


Only three robots this week! Amazing!
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
figma Panzer IV photo
figma Panzer IV

Do your figmas need a ride? How about a tank?


figma-sized Panzer IV up for pre-order
Jun 06
// Tianxiao Ma
Has Max Factory lost its mind? It's very possible with the pre-order listing of this figma tank. They've provided various modes of transportation for your figmas before, such as horses and motorcycles. But this tank is some n...
Racing Miku 2015 photo
Is she a Valkyria?
Racing Miku is getting her yearly update. This time Good Smile Racing has gone with a clever sword and shield motif, which for me personally evokes the titular warriors of Valkyria Chronicles. I'm not the only one who thinks ...

Snow Miku 2016 photo
Snow Miku 2016

Snow Miku 2016 is all about the winter sports


Winter sports themed submissions are underway
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
What's this? It's finally starting to look like spring around here and I have to think about winter again!? I guess if it's for a new Snow Miku design I'll let it slide. Slide... heh. Anyway, it's time to start thinking about...
figma photo
figma

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...
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5 photo
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5


Plus monthly results for March
Apr 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e...
Anime Japan: Max Factory photo
Anime Japan: Max Factory

Anime Japan 2015: Max Factory


Is that another old-school figma I spot?
Mar 23
// Brian Szabelski
Tian rounded up Good Smile's offerings at Anime Japan 2015, but Max Factory was there, too, with a few figma to show off at the very least. Yep, that's Iron Man Mark XXI, and sure, that robot figma is Shidonia no Kishi's...
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...
Fate/Stay Night photo
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 ...

figma Hatsune Miku photo
figma Hatsune Miku

Take to the track with figma Hatsune Miku 2014 EV Mirai ver.


First look after a six month wait
Feb 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Oh, what's this? It's rare for us to have a Hatsune Miku figma dropped on us without first seeing it at an event. The first and last time we heard official mention of the new figma Racing Miku 2014 EV Mirai ver. was back at W...
figma photo
figma

Max Factory Kill la Kills it with Kiryuin Satsuki figma


The President has arrived
Jan 28
// Soul Tsukino
The popular anime series Kill la Kill can come home to you with this figma of Honnouji Academy's student council's President Kiryuin Satsuki. Max Factory along with designers Nobuhiko Asahina and Taizo bring Kiryuin...
figma Sakamichi Onoda photo
figma Sakamichi Onoda

Kahotan previews figma Sakamichi Onoda


Riding his way into your collection, perhaps?
Jan 23
// Brian Szabelski
Kahotan's latest preview happens to be a figma I'm now interested in: Sakamichi Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal. The series is about a boy, a bike and a high school cycling club, but the accessories are really what makes Onod...
figma Horse CM photo
Ads feature the founder of Livedoor talking about horses
It's the commercial you never knew you wanted: Good Smile Company has a new series of ads for figma Horse, featuring Livedoor founder and former CEO Takafumi Horie. Horie also happened to own a race horse or two before he we...

WonFes  photo
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...

figma Kirito GGO ver. photo
figma Kirito GGO ver.

Akiba Hobby takes a closer look at SAO II's figma Kirito GGO ver.


'Voom, voom' sword sound effects not included
Jan 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Recently the pre-orders went up for Max Factory's figma Sword Art Online II Kirito Trap ver. GGO ver. and Akiba Hobby has already gotten their hands on one for a gallery. Kidding aside, this is a really great likeness of the ...
Good Smile Racing photo
Not designed by Sega... I think
It's that time of year again when Good Smile Racing shows off the latest design that their Racing Miku Nendoroids and figmas will be based on. This year they seem to be going for something a little different compared to previ...

figma Horse photo
figma Horse

Pre-order these now, because a figma is nothing without its horse


Truly the greatest figma of our time
Dec 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Every hero (or moe schoolgirl) needs a trusty mount - that's beyond questioning. So it's unfortunate that the figma world has gone on so long without one. Those days will soon be over, as two figma horse variants have gone up...
Fire Emblem photo
Tomopop editor notices that he overuses the verb "swings"
Max Factory's hotly anticipated figma Lucina (Fire Emblem: Awakening) is currently available for pre-order. While franchise fans may remember the character from Fire Emblem: Awakening, the rest will undoubtedly know Lucina fr...

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 ...
Card Captor Sakura photo
Card Captor Sakura

figma Sakura is ready to be captored plus future plans revealed


Many more figures are in the cards
Nov 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The time has finally come for Card Captor Sakura fans as the title character's first figma is finally up for pre-order! Along with it comes a mountain of details and photos to satisfy us. The Sealing Wand is full of options s...

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