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Nendoroid Kirby photo
But can you really call it a Nendoroid?
Here's a pointless question for you: what makes this Kirby figure a Nendoroid (aside from obvious branding considerations)? Would a figma Kirby or, heck, a Hot Toys Kirby look any different? These are the kinds of things I as...

Himouto Umaru-chan photo
Himouto Umaru-chan

Up your Umaru count with these blind-boxed trading figures


Get some himoutos of your own
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
If you want to spruce up your dwelling in a totally adorable way with Himouto! Umaru-chan merchandise, now's your chance! Good Smile Company will be releasing a set of eight trading figures in January 2016 featuring four vari...
Nendoroid Sanya photo
Nendoroid Sanya

Nendoroid Sanya is ready for the night sky


This Nendo is no ghost
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Strike Witches fans can finally get their hands on a Nendoroid version of the nocturnal witch Sanya V. Litvyak! With Strike Witches 2 having aired a pretty long time ago and the Operation Victory Arrow OVAs already wrapped up...
Legend of Zelda photo
Cheaper than the 3DS remake
While many fans greatly enjoyed the Wind Waker Nendoroid Link (double-reviewed), others wanted something in a slightly more traditional style. Their patience paid off earlier this year when a Majora's Mask version was announc...


Nendoroid Ooyodo photo
The assistant to the secretary ship!
[ Update: Pre-order info added ] Relaying orders to the fleet, handling communications, giving mission briefings, and occasionally getting glomped by Kongou - these are all part of Ooyodo's everyday life. Doesn't that make he...

Tomopop Review: Nendoroid Mako Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.

Aug 12 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku Fight Club Spec Two Star Goku Uniform Ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,167Available at: N/A Packaging wise, Mako is very much just another Nendoroid, even keeping the distinctive black and yellow aesthetic that all of the Kill la Kill Nendoroids. On the one hand I kind of like it that GSC doesn't make a big song and dance out of the exclusive variants - they even retain a standard number in the lineup. On the other, a little something to indicate that this Mako is a little special would be nice. Perhaps just a little flash in the corner? Regardless, this is a Nendoroid box, which means it's sturdy, smart and informative without being particularly interesting or spectacular. Out of the box, Mako is immediately striking, largely due to that distinctive overcoat. It not only provides a really nice contrast to the blue and white of her uniform, but gives the figure a lot more width than a standard Nendoroid. Combined with the big chunky hat, the net effect is of a figure which feels much bigger than is standard for the line, even though that's not actually the case. Looking from behind gives us a few more details of the coat/cape. You can see that it's hinged at the shoulder blades, a very welcome touch as it allows the coat to fit around Mako's shoulders much more easily than a single piece of plastic would. There's also jointing on the arms of the coat at the shoulders and elbows, and the overall result is a surprisingly poseable accessory. There's no clip or peg to fix the coat to Mako, it simply slips over the shoulders and is held in place by the head. However, Mako's stand does include an extra long extension peg which fits straight through the coat and into her back, and this helps hold the coat more firmly in place as a consequence.  As it is in the show, Mako's coat is lined with golden weapons, all reproduced here in loving detail. Note that they aren't removable, but are instead moulded into the surface. Nonetheless, it's a bravura touch which helps lift the overally impression of the cape as well as reinforcing GSC's attention to detail. Mako comes with quite a few different accessories, the first of which are the iconic folded arms used in many, many Studio Gainax productions, and clearly inherited by Kill la Kill's production house Trigger (which is largely made up of ex-Gainax employees). It's also worth pointing out at this stage that Mako's hat doesn't pin to her head, but instead simply sits on top like a real hat would. This means that not only can you cock it at a jaunty angle as I've done here, but that it'll fit any Nendoroid with a relatively smooth head. It wouldn't be much of a fight club without weapons, and to that end Mako comes with both a nasty looking spiked bat and her self-promoting knuckle duster. The bat fits smoothly into an alternative hand part while the knuckle duster just clips on over the existing fist part. Again, some terrific fine detail work by the sculptors over at GSC. Including the piece of grass Mako chews on (in iconic bancho style) is a nice touch, but I wish they'd moulded it as a permanent part of this face. As it is it's a tiny plug-in part and given that the grass strand is made of soft, bendy plastic, it can be incredibly frustrating to fit.  Throwing up the cutesy V signs might seem a little out of place for this figure, but it looks rather good regardless, courtesy of a pair of lower arm replacement parts. Mako's second included face is this sad face, which pairs up wonderfully with the unique 'huge gloopy tears' accessory. That's what I call it and I'm sticking to it. The tear part actually snaps onto the lower part of the face and round the neck peg, making it surprisingly secure. It's so precisely moulded to this face though that I'm uncertain if it'd work on any other Nendoroid. You get not one but two tear-related accessories with Mako, the other being this enormous fountain of tears designed to recreate the goofiness of an animated breakdown. I'm much more ambivalent on this one - it's a great idea and a pretty funny one-time visual gag, but it's big and fiddly and pretty much a one-joke item. I will note that GSC were smart enough to make the tears high enough to line up with Mako's eyes when she's on her stand. Naturally, if you own 'regular' Nendoroid Mako there's an awful lot of fun to be had swapping parts and expressions between the two. Fight Club Mako even has the small unique piece of moulding in her hairpiece that allows the sleep bubble from regular Mako to be attached, so it certainly seems this is a case of straight mould reuse. Overall, I'd say Nendoroid Mako is pretty much the platonic ideal of what a WonFes exclusive should be. She's definitely not essential by any means, especially considering a cheaper, more readily available version of Mako is out there with arguably superior acessories. But she is a lovely little extra for those who love the series, and a great treat for those who do go that extra mile to get hold of her. Keep your eyes on those convention booths! With many thanks to Good Smile Europe's Maritan, who was hugely helpful in getting hold of Mako for review.
Fight Club Mako photo
Packing a Punch
In the past few years, Good Smile Company has generally become much better about the way it does Wonder Festival exclusive figures. They're now available from the GSC website as well as cons around the world, and the company ...

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'...
Nendoroid Mako 2-Star photo
I want this more than heaven will allow
Anime Expo is opening this weekend and thousands will crowd into the Los Angeles Convention Center. For many, the goal of the weekend is stride right into the dealer's room and buy more stuff than is economically responsible....

GSC Orange Rouge photo
GSC Orange Rouge

Good Smile Company announces Orange Rouge, a brand for male figures


Spearheading the bishounen lineup
Jun 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company and Max Factory have announced a new brand dedicated to male figures called Orange Rouge (after the colors of their respective logos). The idea is basically the same as Altair is to Alter, except the GSC/Ma...
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...
GSC Kongou Bust photo
GSC Kongou Bust

Check out this pretty - and creepy - Kongou bust from Good Smile Company


Pre-orders exclusive to GSC Online Shop
Jun 16
// Tianxiao Ma
Announced long ago at some distant WonFes, Good Smile Company's Kongou bust is now up for pre-order. This is based on a sculpt by Masaichiro Usui, who certainly has an interesting style. While it's beautifully detailed (and n...
Nendoroid Kongou photo
Nendoroid Kongou

Kongou sisters assemble... for a relaxing tea time


Now I wish I had this Nendoroid set
Jun 12
// Tianxiao Ma
It looks like Good Smile Company's planning/development team also has fans of the Kongou sisters as they've posted a neato gallery showing off all four of them. I only know them from the Kantai Collection anime, but that's go...
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...
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31 photo
Top sales 5/25 to 5/31

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/25 to 5/31


So this is what variety looks like
Jun 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey, this is actually a really cool mix for this sales period. Sure, we've got the usual mix of Yo-Kai Watch, Super Sentai, and Gundam, but we've also got a Transformer, a second week of Hatsune Miku, another Kamen Rider, and...
2016 Snow Miku photo
2016 Snow Miku

The next Snow Miku will have a sportier design


Winner revealed on the GSC live stream
May 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Snow Miku has had many looks, going from a straightforward palette swap to a beautiful interpretation based on traditional Japanese dress to the fanciful designs of the last two years. For 2016 we're getting away from the whi...
GSC Kizumonogatari photo
GSC Kizumonogatari

Good Smile Company's Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is up for pre-order


Hope you're good with names
May 20
// Tianxiao Ma
The lovely vampire from the Monogatari series is back to her original form in this 1/8-scale figure from Good Smile Company! You might know her better as Shinobu Oshino, though her original name was Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion He...
GSC x MCM photo
British Invasion
The anime figure and toy scene in the UK is still pretty small in the UK compared to the USA or the Far East, but it's been slowly growing for a while now. One thing which has helped is a regular presence from Good Smile Comp...

Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo photo
Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo

Rue the coming of spring with Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo


Pink is the new color of the abyss
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
The fact that Good Smile Company has embraced the Mikudayo meme should tell you something about who they are as a company. If you thought Mikudayo would just be a one-off, though, you'd be wrong. She's back in force this year...
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...
April Fool's photo
April Fool's

Good Smile Company unleashes Nendoroid fundoshi


Why shouldn't there be a little male eye candy?
Apr 01
// Tianxiao Ma
It's that time of year again, time for the more gullible among us to become momentarily confused by ridiculous announcements! Good Smile Company's contribution this year is pretty awesome, and goes along with their recent pro...
Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Anime Japan 2015: Good Smile Company


I predict there will be Nendoroids
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Anime Japan 2015 wrapped up over the weekend, which means we can see some of the goodies that figure makers brought to the event. Good Smile Company put some upcoming Nendoroids and scale figures on display. The big one for m...
Wooser photo
Wooser

Nendoroid Wooser returns in a budget-friendly light version


Available for less than US$20? Count me in!
Mar 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in 2013 Good Smile Company released a pair of Nendoroid Wooser figures after the popular first season of anime shorts. The sets featured Wooser with Rin and Darth Wooser with Ren and a ton of extra stuff from the&nb...
GSR sponsor tiers photo
GSR sponsor tiers

2015 Good Smile Racing sponsor tiers revealed


Starting at only 8,000 yen
Mar 12
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile Racing have revealed the sponsorship tiers for their 2015 season, with every tier getting access to the new Racing Miku Nendoroid. I'm not quite sure why she's a knight now, apparently, but hey, it's still a better...
GSC Shigure Kai Ni photo
GSC Shigure Kai Ni

KanColle's Shigure sets sail


1/8-scale figure of her Kai Ni form from Good Smile Company
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Although I'm enjoying the KanColle anime, I haven't been too excited about the figures coming out. Well, count this as one more day where I won't get the Kongou figure I've been wanting. Sure, Max Factory made one, but that K...
Good Smile YouTube photo
Good Smile YouTube

Good Smile U.S. kicks off their YouTube channel with a look at WonFes


Short video gives a look at their recent booth
Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile Company's U.S. office has opened an official YouTube account, and their first video features a look at the GSC booth from last weekend's WonFes 2015 Winter. With Mamitan narrating the video, it's a brief look at t...
Nendoroid photo
Nendoroid

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Nendoroid invasion


Nintendo is taking center stage here
Feb 08
// Oansun
Good Smile Company's giant wall of reveals (they need to trademark that) has some interesting and/or exciting Nendoroid releases. We have a wide variety of stuff, so there's bound to be something for everyone. Or maybe everyt...
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...
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...
Star Wars photo
And also make you give up the name of a base
GSC's Nendoroid Storm Trooper was fully on display and in painted form at Winter WonFes. The figure was first announced on the Summer 2014 WonFes wall and had appeared my Highlight Reel for that month. The figure (full image ...

Mako Two-Star photo
Two Stars Shining
Everybody agrees that magnificent klutz Mako Mankanshoku was the breakout star of Kill la Kill, but now she's getting a bunch of attitude and a whole lot more badass. Good Smile Company revealed that Mako will be returning fo...

MF Link photo
Legend of Zelda hero appears
What with figma Link and Nendoroid Toon Link popping up in Good Smile's portfolio over the past few years, it was surely only a matter of time before a full fat scale version of the legendary hero broke ground. And here he is...

Nendoroid Snow Miku photo
Galleries from Mamitan and Akiba Hobby
The upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku (Snow Bell ver.) is a great design - one that works better as a Nendoroid than as a figma, I think. The proportions look just right as a Nendo, emphasizing her fancy head gear and cutting down...

GSC photo
We, the people, in pursuit of suggesting cooler collectibles...
Good Smile Company has released a poll for its overseas fans (ie, everybody not living in Japan or its immediate vicinity). While many of the questions are the usual "Where do you buy..." humdrum, there is a question devoted ...

Nendoroid Link photo
Nendoroid Link

Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker Re-Release


Another chance to bring home the hero
Feb 04
// Rachael Chambers
If you weren't able to snag Nendo Link when he was first released in Fall of 2014, there's good news! The Wind Waker adventurer will be re-released in June of this year with pre-orders already underway. Good Smile Company's v...

Tomopop Double Review: Nendoroid Link

Feb 03 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Nendoroid Link The Wind Waker ver.Figure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥4,000Available at: Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth  Martin: So Rio, after we had such an uneven experience with our last Link review, why did you decide you wanted to revisit the character once again? Rio: Nice to team up with you again, Martin! Well, even though the last Link figure we reviewed was rather... poopy... I couldn't leave my love for Link behind. Plus, as a bonus? - It's Toon Link, so it's much more simple. They couldn't screw that up, right? Martin: I will say that as a Toon Link lover from day one (yes, I am being a Nintendo hipster) that it's pretty great that the design has retroactively become a classic. Plus, he looks almost exactly like a Nendoroid to begin with, so that can't hurt. Rio: I will fully admit that with my younger mind when Wind Waker came out, I wasn't too happy about Toon Link originally. Granted, I also had a major crush on Adult Link, so... you can see why I wasn't thrilled we got a kid! Of course, I got over it and loved the art style after I got off my fangirl mode. Martin: I think some of that art style does bleed through to this Nendoroid. Though it's tough to make Link look explicitly cartoonish because that's pretty much how all Nendoroids look anyway, the big bold flat colours work really well here and do give a strong impression of just leaping out of the screen. Rio: Yeah, I'm definitely glad for the simple style, as it translates well and it doesn't go overbearing one way or the other with its style. Martin: I'll agree wholeheartedly with one exception - I think without the advantage of constant emotion the eyes can occasionally look a little big and dead, depending on viewing angle. Rio: Yeah, that does become a problem with certain poses. On occasion I feel like the Pokemon Banette is staring at me with soulless eyes, which can get kind of weird considering the cute package the stare is coming from. Martin: Big praise for the rest of the sculpt though. It's pretty plain and simple but with that nice crisp edge only GSC seem able to achieve on figures of this scale. Rio: Yes, the sculpt definitely looks nice, and does well for the figure with keeping it clean. Shall we move onto the accessories? Martin: I think so. Given that Nendoroids are pretty much static figures the accessories are a pretty big part of making them unique from each other. How do you think GSC did on that count? Rio: I felt there weren't very many accessories, in comparison to how many items Link uses, but maybe one day we'll see an accessory kit of some sort. What items they did include I felt were pretty well detailed and cute for the size of the figure. I will say this is one action motion accessory that I actually really like. Usually I find myself somewhat underwhelmed. Martin: Yeah, it definitely fits the more cartoonish style of the figure. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much was included, considering I feel GSC's products have been getting a little bare-bones as of late. Is there anything you wish had been included instead of or in addition to what we got? Rio: I think the only thing I would have loved to see specifically and didn't, was just a bomb accessory. I thought it'd be cute to have one he could hold as if he was going to throw it. I think I'm pretty happy with him quite honestly. It's definitely an upgrade from the last Link we reviewed in my book. Martin: I'd have liked to see a Master Sword and maybe one of the more Wind Waker unique items, the Deku Leaf perhaps. Rio: Oh! The Deku Leaf would have been adorable! Martin: The problem with any Zelda-related figure is there are always going to be WAY more potential accessories than can possibly be included! Rio: Haha isn't that the truth? Link and his many gadgets need to have 5 or so accessory packs just to keep up with the little guy! Martin: I'm sort of surprised that hasn't happened actually. Just look at Bandai and their S.H. Figuarts Mario. Rio: Yeah, I really wish it would have. The items in a Zelda-related pack would have been more interesting and fun for me. Martin: I will say of the accessories provided though I absolutely love the Wind Waker and the extra arms. it would have been near impossible to put those standard arms into a composing pose, so the little extra touch is much appreciated. Rio: Totally, it helped immensely. I also love the heart container, because when you put it behind him so you can't see the stand so much, it's really cute how you can recreate him getting one like in the game. Martin: Honestly, I found the heart container one of the most frustrating accessories. The reason why it's in front of him in the pictures is because I found it almost impossible to get it to stand up behind him. The stand was just too flimsy and loose, though I'll admit this may be sample-to-sample variation. Rio: It was definitely frustrating. I had issues with it too, but once I get it where I want it, it's not moving. Martin: Perhaps it's just a case by case thing. What did you think of the face selection? Rio: I love the side-eyed grumpy face - that thing makes me laugh so hard every time. I do wish we had an actual "cat-faced" Link, but we got a pretty good selection otherwise in my book. Wind Waker was so expressive it's hard to knock it down to just a few. Martin: My big complaint here is the absence of wide eyed shocked Link. This harks back to a recurring complain I have with Nendoroids, which is the perennial inclusion of the 'neutral' face. Is anyone really going to use bland straight-ahead Link here? I think not. Rio: Yeah, definitely not. I agree, the shocked face would have been hilarious and great for so many photoshoots! Martin: Having said that, four faces is pretty generous so I'm not too aggrieved. Also, here's a plug for you GSC - I would totally buy a scale King of Red Lions to go with this figure. Make it! Rio: I was JUST thinking this the other day actually, especially with the figma horses and all that coming about. Martin: Let's start wrapping this up then. I always find Nendoroids a little tough to review because they're pretty same-y, but in this case GSC's usual fit and finish is a boon, as is the range's unique style. Rio: Agreed! I've not been super in love with many of the newer Nendoroids, but I'm really pleased with Link. I love having his cute little self sit by me while I work. Martin: He's earned my desktop spot too, so I think we're of one mind here. Any final words before we call this one? Rio: Just one: HYYYAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! Let us know what you think about the review format in the comments! We'll be back soon with the biggest, baddest Double Review yet!
Nendo Link photo
Maestro please
Last time our reviews editor Rio McCarthy and I teamed up we talked about our collective joy and frustration over Real Action Heroes Link. It seems only appropriate then that we reunite in textual form to look at another vari...

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...
Nendoroid Plus Capsules photo
Nendoroid Plus Capsules

GSC's Nendoroid Plus Miku capsules are ready for winter


BEAR MIKU IS BEST MIKU!!!
Jan 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I hope all of my fellow New Englanders are all shoveled out and safe. Here's something cute and snowy to cheer us all up! Good Smile Company's latest line of capsule toys featuring, of course, Miku Hatsune has a long name, bu...
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...

Nendoroid Swimsuits photo
Nendoroid Swimsuits

Good Smile Company's getting a head start on summer with Nendoroid swimsuits


Will be available at Wonder Festival, and eventually via internet order
Jan 15
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company has been kicking around the idea of Nendoroid More swimsuit bodies for a while now, but just recently they've announced something for Wonder Festival. They're making two basic bodies and styles with some co...

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