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

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

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

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...
figma Sakura photo
Pretty in Pink
Surprise! In what almost seems like an intentional piece of counter-programming, the figma blog decided today was the day to release the first fully painted shot of the upcoming figma Sakura Kinomot. Though we've seen he...

figma The Thinker photo
figma The Thinker

Ponder no more: figma The Thinker is up for pre-order

The new answer to "What's the oddest thing to get turned into a figma?"
Oct 17
// Brian Szabelski
Rodin's "The Thinker" being made into a figma can be described as "interesting," "a bizarre decision" or "literally figures as art." It can also now be described as up for pre-order! The first entry in Max Factory's Table Mus...
figma Sakura photo
figma Sakura

figma blog shows off Cardcaptor Sakura prototype

I'm already dreading the Hentai Woody photos
Oct 17
// Martin Siggers
As I've noted several times before, I'm a huge Cardcaptor Sakura fan and the series's recent return to the front lines of the anime toy world has filled me with unmitigated glee. We've known for a while now that Max Fact...
NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

We get up-close and personal with the GSC display
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...
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...
NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company

It's Turtle time!
Oct 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
We got the teaser just the other day, now we get to see the whole thing! It's fairly rare for Good Smile Company to tackle properties from the west (though that seems to be changing every event), but with recent efforts to gi...

DO WANT: September 2014

Oct 09 // Scarecroodle
Kristina wants... GSC's Nendoroid Halloween Miku! GSC's Halloween Miku Nendoroid, hands down, is one of the cutest things evar. I'm a little bit biased, because I like Halloween as a theme in general, but yeah. Even if it is a Nendoroid, I think it's the most adorable thing, and I wants it. It helps that the colors (orange and black with Miku's teal hair) just go well together, and the accessories and swappable parts are pretty rad, too. Great release. Scarecroodle's note: Still on the fence about this one myself. It's a really cute design. Scarecroodle wants... Max Factory's figma Sinon! It's been a long while since I've really wanted a figma. Back when I first discovered the line (and picked up Max Factory's first Saber), it seemed almost revolutionary. However, as time went on and prices went up, fewer and fewer figmas felt like must-buys. The last one(s) that I was actually excited to purchase were the figma Pits and even those have just sat in their box. As such, imagine my surprise when I first saw images of figma Sinon (Sword Art Online II) and found myself wanting this character from an anime I've had no interest in watching. Granted, I've always had something of a weakness for green hair and sniper babes, two things that the figure embodies. The character's costume is also strongly reminiscent of Motoko Kusanagi which makes it doubly strange that I was underwhelmed by figma Motoko (who comes from an anime I enjoyed... even if it's a weaker season) yet somehow wowed by figma Sinon. Granted, I'll still need to overcome my reluctance in buying figmas (as my enthusiasm often dwindles before I have them in-hand), but there's a better than average chance I may buy this one. And also cave on Motoko. Jeremy wants... Max Factory's figma and figFIX Shinobu! One of the most important characters in the Bakemonogatari series is finally getting a figma! This is one of those rare long-running figma lines that I've been able to get every character from, but there always seemed like there was a hole in the set that Shinobu should be filling. And while this is technically two figures, it's really hard to resist buying just one or the other. We've waited an extra long time for the little vampire girl to arrive and it looks like the wait has been worth it. I have absolutely no complaints about these figures, especially when the figFIX can be found for well under US$20. Now if they would just make a Black Hanekawa already. Scarecroodle's note: I *still* need to watch this series some day. Tian wants... ThreeZero's Ned Stark! I dug way back into the September archives to arrive at my Do Want: ThreeZero's Ned Stark! Although Lord Eddard is no longer with us in Westeros, he'll live on in ThreeZero's amazing sculpt. As portrayed by Sean Bean, Ned was my favorite character of the first season. It would be great to be able to put him on display, forever preserved (with head firmly attached). Scarecroodle's note: I recently tried reading the first novel and it's nowhere near as fun as the tv show. Otherwise I remain impressed with ThreeZero's work on these characters and hope that we'll see a few more before long. Chris *still* wants... Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar! My DO WANT was going to be the PG Unicorn gundam but having just finished my pre-order recently, that's pretty much in the bag. so my DO WANT reverts back to the Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar. I'm still hoping that there will be a second run pre-orders before the release date arrives as I really don't want to have to go through the overpriced local store route... Well, that's it for our September wants. Stay tuned for NYCC which may (or may not) completely blow us away. If it doesn't, I already know my Do Want! for October.
Do Want! photo
Deadline? What's that?
As we move into NYCC and prepare to promptly forget many of the things we wanted in previous months, we here at Tomopop have decided to reminisce about some of the things we were most excited about in September. This includes a few predictable choices and one thing you may not have seen coming. See our picks below.

figma Plus school sets photo
figma Plus school sets

It's fall, time to take your figmas to school

Two diorama pieces to spice up your displays
Oct 02
// Tianxiao Ma
There are an endless number of figma schoolgirls out there (I counted, they're infinite), but they've always lacked a school setting to hang out in. Max Factory is rectifying that now with the figmaPLUS line of display sets. ...
figma Amatsukaze photo
figma Amatsukaze

Give Shimakaze a friend: figma Amatsukaze goes up for pre-order

Sisters of the tiny skirt
Sep 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Amatsukaze is one of the cuter Kantai Collection designs that I've seen, and she pushes a lot of the same buttons as Shimakaze does. Their respective designs have a lot of parallels including their outrageously short skirts (...
figma Shinobu Oshino photo
figma Shinobu Oshino

Two loli vampires are ready to emerge from your shadow

She's nobody at all, though
Sep 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Shinobu, formerly a notable omission from the Monogatari series figma line, will soon get her moment in the sun. The really-old-but-looking-young vampire is getting to releases from Max Factory: the standard figma and a figFI...
Horror photo
You'd have to have a hole in your head or something to not want to see this
Max Factor has released a preview gallery for its upcoming Dawn of the Dead figma "Flyboy" (pilot Stephen Andrews) Zombie which highlights alternate parts like a blood burst for the head, an interchangeable "exploded" leg, an...

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 ...
WonFes Good Smile Company photo
WonFes Good Smile Company

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company - miscellaneous

Attack on Titan, Sonico, and more
Aug 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Continuing with Good Smile Company's (and associates) apparently near-infinite display at WonFes, we arrive at some Attack on Titan figures and a bunch of Sonicos. GSC usually does a decent job with Sonico figures in that I d...
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Good Smile Company Girls

The fairer sex out in force
Aug 01
// Martin Siggers
Though we're seeing a lot more boys making their way into figure collections these days, it's still the ladies who reign supreme. Good Smile Company were certainly doing their part, with a bevy of figures of all shapes and si...

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