Gunpla

Top sales 5/4 to 5/10

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/4 to 5/10


Well this looks familiar
May 18
Well this is a little odd. For the first time since we started reporting these Japanese sales ranking we've got absolutely nothing new for the overall and hobby lists. In fact none of the rankings reported by Toynes.jp h... read
Top sales 4/27 to 5/3

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3


Is that a drone I see?
May 11
Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for th... read
Top sales 4/20 to 4/26

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/20 to 4/26


Lots of new arrivals
May 04
By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis... read
Top sales 4/13 to 4/19

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/13 to 4/19


Welp, Bandai wins
Apr 25
I guess this is what we've been building up to. It started to look like they were losing their grip, but a steady gain in rankings lead to this point: total domination. I'll comment more down below. Overall (→) Yo-... read
Top sales 4/6 to 4/12

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/6 to 4/12


Also known as the top 5 Gundam of the week
Apr 19
This week supported two known facts: trading card games and Gundam are insanely popular in Japan. To say it was a great week for either, especially Gundam, might be an understatement. There are only three new items this week,... read
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
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... read
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29


Bandai continues to dominate
Apr 09
Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u... read
Top sales 3/16 to 3/22

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22


Good week for Transformers, Gundam, and Super Sentai
Mar 28
  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? Toynes.jp has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ... read
Bandai

Anime Japan 2015: Bandai


Are YOU a Newtype?
Mar 24
Following our Max Factory and Good Smile Company coverage from Anime Japan, Bandai had a few Gundam kits to show. 1/144 High Grade Gunplas were on display, spanning the more recent entries: current series Gunda... read
Gunpla

Don't be fooled, this is an amazing custom Gundum kit


Yeah, I still can't always adjust my eyes to see it as 3D
Dec 05
One of the most exciting things about this hobby is seeing others thinking outside the box. Sure, anyone can slap paint on a model kit, and some do an amazing job at it, but then you get pieces like this that are just too epi... read
London Calling
As I covered last time I was at the show, when it comes to anime, manga, sc-fi, fantasy and just general geek gatherings in the UK, there's no event bigger than the twice-yearly MCM Comic Con in London. Though the con scene h... read feature

PG Gundam Unicorn

Perfect Grade Gundam Unicorn coming this December


Fully transformable with optional LEDs
Sep 25
It's the kit that everyone said they wanted when they learned what they could do. The gimmicks for the Perfect Grade line made people dream of what the Unicorn could be if they were to do it. Yes, it's finally coming this Dec... read
They're gonna Try it this time
Gundam Build Fighters was amazing. It didn't have a great plot, but it was at least enjoyable if just for all of the cameos. It certainly surpassed expectations in the west and now season 2, Gundam Build Fighters Try is on th... read feature

MG Hi-Nu HWS ver. Ka

MG Hi-Nu Gundam ver Ka's Heavy Weapons are ready for battle


Heavy weapons will equal a light wallet
Jul 16
The Hi-Nu Gundam ver. Ka is simply a beautiful mobile suit. While the first MG Hi-Nu had its detractors because it wasn't like the original design by Izubuchi, the new kit follows his design aesthetics much more faithfully. A... read
HG Reconguista in G

Here's the first Gunpla from the new Gundam series


But first, let me build the G-Self
Jun 22
The late summer of 2014 will see the entry of the latest Gundam television series, Reconguista in G. Being the brainchild of original Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, I'm looking very much toward this series. As the series wi... read
It's actually happening!
Bandai usually saves their big announcement for Shizuoka and this year they did not disappoint. While the show actually opens tomorrow, someone sneaked in and spoiled us all with this glorious announcement: 1/100 Nightingale.... read feature

HGUC Neo Zeong

Let's take another giant look at the giant HGUC Neo Zeong


Also fake Char trains and fake Char cars
Apr 26
In case you missed it this week, Japan is going crazy with Gundam promotions again. The airport in Osaka now features the Red Comet Express, a bullet train decorated in the motiff of Neo Zeon and Full Frontal, the not Char of... read
Magazine Scans - Gundam

This month's scans feature tons of new Gunpla


Build Fighters, MG Turn X, and HGAW Airmaster
Apr 23
I don't think there's ever been a time where I've been more excited by monthly scans. Not only is the Master Grade Turn X now in color, but there's also 4 new kits from Gunpla Build Fighters. On top of that, the new Real Grade Char's Z'Gok has its prototype, and a pair of new HGUCs from Unicorn. Get the full rundown of this month's Gunpla scans after the jump. read
5 live events plus 1 online competition
You've built your Gunpla and now you want something to do with it. You've painted, sculpted new parts by hand, added armor by cutting many, many small pieces of plaplate. If you'd like the chance to show off your Gunpla, you ... read feature

Magazine Scans - Gundam

More new Gunpla including HGUC Neo Zeong with an equally large price


June is going to be BIG. Also expensive
Mar 21
When the Neo Zeong was revealed, no one thought it would actually get a HGUC release. Things get crazy and sure enough, it does. This month's hobby scans give a glimpse of what to expect from the monstrosity, along with a few... read

Gunpla returns to retail sales at over 400 Barnes and Noble stores


Buy the old-fashioned way, from an actual live person
Mar 11
For years, people have clamored for the return of Gundam models to retail stores. While the internet has more than supplied the need, there's still something nice about buying something in person at a store. Beginning next mo... read
Magazine Scans - Gundam

This month's scans feature Bandai's largest Gunpla yet


Prepare yourself a shrine to Neo Zeong
Feb 22
If you haven't already viewed the two Gundam Unicorn episode 7 trailers, you're going to need to. (Don't worry, they're after the jump!) Featured in the new trailer is the newest mobile armor, the NZ-999 Neo Zeong. Upon seein... read
Custom Beargguy

Your Beargguy San isn't this adorable


Gunpla has gotten flocked up
Feb 15
Gunpla is a hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone. Beargguy has had its hand in getting people to be especially creative with their Gunpla and the third edition from Gundam Build Fighters has been no exception. A crop of custom... read
HGCC Turn A Gundam

Destroy your world with HGCC Turn A's Moonlight Butterfly


Century Color Million Color
Feb 07
The Moonlight Butterfly is the most destructive attack in all of the Gundam metaverse. Those beautiful wings of energy will make every piece of technology useless from here to Jupiter. Since their debut, people have asked for... read
GBWC

Gunpla Builder's World Cup announces champions


Japan and Hong Kong take top honors
Dec 25
The Gunpla Builder's World Cup held its finals at Gundam Front Tokyo on December 22 and the contest has named its winners. First place in the Open championship went to Japan's Shunpei Yamauchi and his take on the MG... read
MG Sazabi Unboxing

Tomopop Unboxes - Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka


My most anticipated kit is finally in my hands
Dec 17
I've waited for quite some time, but my most anticipated plamo of the year is finally at my doorstep. Arriving today was the Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka. After substantial shipping fees and trying to fit the box through my doorway, I got to take a look inside and see what Gunpla madness I have ahead of me. Hit the jump for my unboxing of the Master Grade Sazabi Ver Ka! read
Seems to have been the week for handmade and limited editions
Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day t... read feature

Gunpla

Amazing finished Gundam model sells for ¥926,001


And yet it's still not the highest selling Gunpla at auction
Dec 07
How's this for a good investment? Gunpla builder Amethyst (aka Zazi_8385) took a  ¥7,000 Nu Gundam kit along with some supplies and a lot of hard work and turned it into a work of art that sold for &ye... read
Maybe not 'rage', but wow, there's a lot of Nendoroid stuff this week
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there w... read feature

GBWC

Japan chooses 10-year-old girl for GBWC Junior Division


Her model is almost as big as she is!
Nov 27
Japan has picked their representatives for the Gunpla Builder's World Cup Junior Division and it's not what you would normally expect from a Gunpla builder. 10-year-old Mei, a fourth grader, took the win in Japan's 14-and-und... read
Magazine Scans

Metal Gear Ray leads off this month's hobby scans


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Nov 23
At the very end of last year, Kotobukiya released their 1/100 scale model of Metal Gear Rex. That immediately prompted questions of when Metal Gear Ray would be put into production plans. With this month's scans, the year 201... read
Gunpla Expo 2013

Gunpla Expo 2013 still has a few more surprises


Sniper Rifle + Dog = GunDog
Nov 21
Although a lot of the big stuff has been shown off in our post last night, there's still a few new things that have made their way to display at the Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013. A majority of the display are prototypes of thi... read
Gunpla Expo 2013

Gunpla Expo 2013 kicks off with numerous announcements


OH GOD MG TURN X
Nov 20
It's that time of the year where the latest and greatest new Gunpla are revealed to the world. Even with the new series Gundam Build Fighters, there is still Episode 7 of Gundam Unicorn and plenty of momentum for the HG All G... read
GBWC

Gunpla Builders World Cup chooses NA representative


North American region representative comes from the United States
Nov 07
Bluefin Distribution has announced their pick for the North American regional finals that will be heading to Japan in December to compete against builders from around the world. The winner is Kevin Yi Zhang of Conne... read
NYCC 2013

NYCC 2013: Exclusive look at Master Grade Sazabi ver Ka


Something's been Katoki'd and it's a good thing
Oct 14
December has become the month for the featured Master Grade Gunpla. Past years have seen the Unicorn Gundam, Nu Gundam, and now the Sazabi. Each of these kits has been released under the "ver. Ka" banner, with the process bei... read
NYCC 2013

NYCC 2013: Bandai's Gunpla Builders World Cup Semi-Finals


I should really do this at one point
Oct 14
The final qualifier for the Gunpla Builders World Cup took place this past weekend at New York Comic-Con. The competition featured some impressive kits, but only a few could walk home with awards in hand.  Taking home th... read
NYCC 2013

Bluefin Tamashii Nations previews its offerings for NYCC


Soon NYCC. SOON.
Oct 09
While the doors of the Javitz Center won't open until 3 PM tomorrow, some things are casually slipping out. Bluefin has let out a couple of images of what it has on hand at the show. As you see above, the S.H.Figuarts Batman ... read
MG Sazabi ver Ka

MG Sazabi ver Ka has its first color prototype shown


This is the Sazabi we should have had all along
Oct 08
One of the most anticipated kits of the year has finally been fully unveiled at the Gunpla Expo in the Philippines. While the kit has had its lineart and rough prototypes displayed previously, we finally get to look at the fu... read
HG Astray Gold Frame

Another day, another web-exclusive Astray Frame Gunpla


I love gooooooooollllllddddd
Sep 30
You have the HG Astray Gold Frame Amatu. The Mina custom version. The Astray Red Frame. Red Frame with Flight Pack. Astray Blue Frame. Astray Blue Frame Second L. Limited edition Astray metallic coating. I think you get the p... read
Retailers

Tamashii Nations figures and Gunpla now at Barnes & Noble


Just like the good ol' days
Sep 29
I miss the days where you could stroll into a Toys R Us, walk about the isles and pick up a Gundam kit. Those days haven't been around for a decade but they may just be back again. Barnes & Noble stores have begun to stoc... read






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