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Tomopop Review: Aoshima Haganai NEXT Sena Kashiwazaki

Jun 11 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT Sena KashiwazakiFigure Manufacturer: Aoshima / FunnyKnightsRetail Price: ¥7,600Previously Available At: HobbyLink Japan Here we have a quick look at the box. That's really all there is to it. It's a box, and there are a few windows on it. You can see the most from the front window, but there are also windows on the side and top. The images of the box are of the figure itself with and without the shirt you can put on her. Here we see her plastic packaging. She comes with an extra face, as well as her shirt accessory you can have her wear. The first thing Sena wanted to do was go for a swim. Well... I live in Missouri, we don't exactly have beaches in the part I live in. We went for the next best thing; the bathtub. I mean... the REALLY cool porcelain swimming pool. -cough- In the picture above you can see the seam in her hair where it is able to be removed to change her face. It definitely bugs me when viewed from the wrong angle, but it's usually not nearly so visible. She has.. really big boobies for being a school student. I won't lie, I'm kinda jealous! She also has a super cute light blue bikini that has a couple flowers here and there. It also has golden yellow ties and accents along the edges. Here she is from behind, and there is not much to that bikini at all. Granted, it's a bikini so I guess there wouldn't be. However what IS there, is my favorite term I've coined, the butt cleavage. As in previous Sena figures, the butt cleavage is definitely present. Sena finally decided to get out of the bath--er.. 'swimming pool' and hang out on a towel for a while. She didn't do a very good job of drying herself off, but you can get a good look at how well her tummy is sculpted and shaded. You can also see the gold bracelets she's wearing on her left arm. Her feet are really well sculpted with the individual toes, as well as the different areas of her feet. You can also see the wrinkles and folds in her bikini in this shot as well, and you can see how nice the ties on the side of her bottoms  look. Uh oh.. It looks like we have a visitor to our towel. Well, hello! It's my cat, Mija! After jumping into the water in the bathtub he wanted to dry his paws off as well. Then he got comfy and glared at me like, "Why aren't you moving off my towel, mom? Jeez..." Needless to say, we scooted over a bit, because Mija's definitely the boss of the house, even if he is the sweetest cat I know. I think what bothers me most about the figure is the hair. I really like how well everything else is detailed, but the hair just seems a little blobby to me. It's really apparent in angles like this where the hair is removed for changing the face. This may just be my actual copy not pushing in as far as it should or something, but I'm not sure. Going a bit lower you can see her well sculpted midsection, as well as her legs. I actually really like how her legs look. The fold where her leg bends looks really nice and looks pretty realistic to me. Here you get it all, side boob, butt cleavage and blobby hair. I do like how the hair is sculpted with the strand texture at the top, but this is one of the first figures I haven't been super thrilled with the hair yet. Usually I'm pretty forgiving on it. It's definitely not the worst I've seen, but I'm also not completely feeling it. Though you can see her little dimples on her lower back in this shot, which is a nice touch. I love her butterfly hair clip though! I'd love to have one like that. It's really pretty and brings a smile to my face. Well, here's an awkward shot. Are you going to stare at her boobs, or at her half hexagon head once her bangs are taken off? You decide! You can also see the seam on her shoulder, which isn't visible when her hair is there. This is Sena's alternate face, and she almost looks like she's going, "Who, me?" with the way her hand is on her chest. However, I don't like this face as much as I do the one with the slight smile. She already looked older than she is in the figure to begin with, but she looks even a couple years older still with this face. Then again, she also looks a little soulless at the wrong angles too. This is one of the more soulless angles, but you get a look at the button-up shirt you can put on her. Let me tell you... This takes some holding your mouth just right to get it on there. It's a tight fit, and I sure didn't notice anything to take apart to make it any easier, so you kind of work your way around her with it. You'll start with one arm and get it wrapped around and then move around to the back and then the other arm. Her hair does seem to fit better with this face than the other one though, so that's a plus! Yeah, so your butt shot is pretty awkward, I won't lie, but I wanted to show that the detail didn't just stop with what you can see. Her legs look great, and they included the muscles to the butt from her thighs, which is sculpted very nicely. Her bikini bottoms even have folds on the bottom of the figure as well. This is how I will be displaying Sena, and I wonder how the rest of you would be as well. In addition to my first Sena figure, this was my first experience with Aoshima and FunnyKnights figures as well. It was a great first impression, honestly! I hope to see more figures in person of theirs again in the future. [ A huge thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending us this review sample! ]
Aoshima's Haganai Sena photo
Life's a splash, let's go to beach!
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (or Haganai for short) is an anime series I've actually wanted to watch for quite a while, and after finally having a Sena Kashiwazaki figure in my own hands, I think it's darn near time. This spl...

Tomopop Review: AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver.

Jun 07 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver.Figure Maker: AlphaMaxRetail Price: ¥8,550Available at: HobbyLink Japan AlphaMax's cow suit Sena comes in a relatively large box with windows on the front, sides, and top. While there's a lot of empty space, it provides a buffer should the package suffer impacts. The box design is... well, plain. AlphaMax would have done well to just own the camp associated with this kind of a design by having a white box with black spots. Something like that would have looked absolutely bovine. Included with the figure is a white base with a fabric lining on the top. I imagine the color was chosen to contrast the black black nylons as well as to match the white portions of the outfit (contributing to the overall white & black color scheme). AlphaMax's figure seems to take a few liberties from the original artwork, including lengthening the cow ears and changing the facial expression to make it less of an embarrassed pout. I don't see the same level of emotion in the figure's face as in the artwork. Don't get me wrong, it's a good-looking face. However, I'm not sure what the character is feeling right now. It wasn't something that necessarily bothered me as much before going back to the artwork. It's probably my biggest beef with this figure. Not that many people will be looking at her eyes or lips (or cheeks or nose... well, maybe the cheeks, just not those cheeks), as they'll likely be distracted by a falling bikini top. The material used for a top looks a bit on the thick side depending on the angle (thicker than the fabric should be, at any rate), but there's a good amount of detail sculpted into it between the ripples, folds, and carved in bits to accommodate the paint (preventing bleed). Sena's right arm delicately holds the the top in place. The way her wrist and arm are turned, it seems like more of a deliberate coquettish pose rather than a wardrobe malfunction. I'm a little surprised that it would stay up the way it does, but that might just be anime/manga physics at work. At any rate, those are some magnificently-sculpted mammaries. More cowbell? Yes, please! You'll notice that Sena wears a fairly large bell around her tiny, delicate neck. I can only imagine that's to find her in case she wanders off from a photo shoot (at which point she'd need to be prodded back in front of the camera?). The choker sports a checkered white & black pattern in keeping with the other elements of her outfit. Her hair is sculpted in a fairly vibrant manner and lends some personality to the figure. The hair sports what appears to be a glossier sheen which may give it a reflective quality. The side view provides a better look at the rump. Given that Sena is wearing an incredibly short skirt (or apparently a bikini bottom with a frilled... skirt(?) around the edges), there's a LOT to see. I should probably also just take a quick moment to object to the idea that Sena is wearing a swim suit (as AlphaMax describes) given the nylons and non-beach-friendly shoes. I have yet to find a pool or beach where that could be considered a swim suit (and believe me, I've definitely tried to find one...). I like the outfit, but it's really not what I would consider a swim suit (although I'd love to check out the beach where it would be normal attire). I imagine once people get over the "bikini" top, the next thing that captures their attention would be the nylons. Part of the problem is that the two features basically conceal Sena's entire mid-section which is a shame considering that it's a really nicely sculpted belly. Likewise you can't get a great look at her swim bottom so if you were just looking at this with no idea it was supposed to be a swim suit it would just look like a skirt from the remaining angles. I suppose that brings us around to the rear view. As noted, the swim bottom (or bikini bottom?) just looks like a skirt from all other angles... plus there's that cow tail. However, let's start by talking about the most eye-catching part: the butt cleavage. Yes, the way that swim bottom / skirt is angled, there's a healthy amount of butt cleavage. You might have even noticed the overhead two photos ago if our darn logo wasn't blocking it. Are copyrights and trademarks evil or what? You get a so-so look at that same butt cleavage as we skip forward to taking a look at the cow tail. (More cow tail? Yes, please!) It's some pretty good-looking tail... and the costume tail is nice as well (nyuk, nyuk). Seriously, though, the sculpting (and paint) on the skirt and tail is nice. While I might question the durability of the tail, that shouldn't be an issue if you leave Sena on her base. Finally, we have... more cow bell! Yes, I'm well are that these are just *normal* bells on a cow girl but don't take that pop culture reference away from me because I'm running short on gags. The sculpting and paint on the tiny bells impresses me a good deal more than their larger counterpart. The close-up also provides a better look at how the nylons interact with the sculpting underneath. All things considered, AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver. is certainly different and could easily spice up an otherwise dull shelf. A lot of the charm (and virtually all the camp) comes from the seemingly odd choice of attire (which could covertly be making a social statement or two). Cow suit Sena is a neat collectible on at least a few levels. [Mooo-ny thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample]
Review: Cow Suit Sena photo
Was this what you had in mind when you heard the words, 'cow girl'?
Mooooo-ve aside, cat girls! There's a new (and oddly appropriate) animal-themed outfit in town. AlphaMax's Sena Kashiwazaki Cow Design Swimsuit Ver. may seem an udderly wacky outfit at first glance, but the costume is well-suited to the fetishism of mammary glands. So how many cow-related puns can I milk out of one review? Find out after the jump!

Kirino Kousaka photo
Kirino Kousaka

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Super Figure Kirino

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Spring 2014
Apr 08
// Kristina Pino
My Little Sister Can't Be This... Huge? At the Miyazawa Model Exhibition, folks at Hobby Search snapped a quick shot of a poster Griffon Enterprises had up showing a "Super Figure." It's a swimsuit- and cat parts-clad Kirino ...

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival

Jan 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
7-Eleven in Japan (yep, that's a thing) is now base to its own Gundam. A special version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam HG Gunpla is now calling the convenience store chain home. Done up in green, white, red, and yellow the kit is only running for ¥2,625. ToysREvil posted these really cool throw pillows based on game handhelds and controllers by Castella Natalia. Love the cartoonish look to them. Studio Ghibli fan Nendojin went above and beyond simple fan art to make a sculpture of the man himself: Hayao Miyazaki. RocketNews24 has posted video of the piece being made from start to finish. Job well done! Wave previewed a pair of girls from Majestic Prince being added to the Beach Queens line. Not Wave's best work and even they don't seem enthusiastic about them considering they haven't delivered their promised additional info on the girls despite being available for pre-order now. I guess they can't all be winners. And this is what it looks like when Wave tries hard. Akiba Hobby has posted a photo review for the upcoming Beach Queens Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The effort they put into a figure this cute speaks for itself. In case you missed it the three figures from Hunter X Hunter are now available again for re-release. While there's nothing particularly new about them the official figma blog has posted the trio together. The real attraction is a quick three-panel comic. Check out CLayz newest Kuroneko figure from OreImo featuring a school swimsuit with cat years and tail. Oh man, she's perfect! Akiba Hobby posted a preview of Kotobukiya's Wonder Festival exclusive Kobato figure from Haganai. This is a red-dressed repaint of the figure Koto released just this past October. Looking good. Piapro posted a gallery for the upcoming Snow Miku 2014 Licca-chan doll. I kinda don't want to admit that it's growing on me... Also coming to Wonder Festival is a repaint of Orchid Seed's many Super Sonico figures. Based on a figure only just released back in December she is now sporting a chrome silver bikini. Not my kind of thing, but she does look really well made. Dark Horse has licensed the figure rights to the Powers series of comics and graphic novels. Their first piece is the impressively big Retro Girl statue which will later be followed by vinyl figures. More info can be found at the link. Kahotan posted a great gallery for Nendoroid Yoshino from Date A Live. Stiff contender for one of the cutest Nendoroids of all time! Tokidoki is collaborating Pullip on new doll Lunarosa. She's completely clad in Tokidoki fashion and even comes with a Donutella plush. She even gets her own tattoos! No price was given, but she'll be out in February. Sonico hasn't always been her full-figured self. Even she was a kid once. That's the message that Wing is sending with the prototype of their new child version of Nitro+'s digital diva. It actually is a rather cute figure in a much different way than we're used to seeing Sonico. Plum has made a new mini figure for their original character Sarah. She comes in two versions, either red or green. Both are exclusives, starting with sales at Wonder Festival for only ¥600 each. After that the red version will be sold throughout Nagano prefecture while the green one will be sold at the Lake Suwa SA (service area) for ¥700 each. Customizer Jared Flores created this really amazing Vinylmation version of the classic and iconic Dumbo ride found at Disney parks. The piece uses four Vinylmation Dumbo figures and one three-foot Vinylmation figure. Nicely done! That's all for this week! Come back next week when I'm sure we'll have another pile of Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] previews to look at among other great things.
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Welcome to the start of winter convention season
Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fai...

Haganai NEXT photo
Deliciously cat-flavored
The only way to make the attractive designs of Haganai better is to have those characters appear in different costumes. This includes your typical cat-girl get up, and Max Factory has that fetish fully covered. The latest gal...

Haganai photo

Cat costumed Sena and Yozora are not quite meowsome

Less than purrrrfect but far better than meowdiocre
Nov 26
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Now available for pre-order] Meow. Meow meow meow meow... or, to put in English, Kahotan has previewed Max Factory's upcoming 1/7 scale Sena and Yozora cat costume ver. (Haganai) and another photo gallery has been re...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Puzzle & Dougrams edition

Nov 21 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Max Factory has updated their blog with a gallery for their Dougram model kit. It's very impressive looking with just having the canopy frame painted and stickers applied. Have you seen Good Smile Company's new Picktam line of face changing rubber straps? Of course their first series is for Attack of Titan. They're about the size of a Nendoroid Petit and like a Nendoroid all of the parts are interchangeable. Plus they're making bonus expressions as well. Been to the Good Smile Company website recently? It's been completely overhauled and Kahotan has posted a guide to all of its new features and there are a lot! Speaking of the GSC website, they've got a preview up of the upcoming Nendoroid Neptune from Hyperdimension Neptunia. She's being bundled with the seventh volume of the anime DVD and Blu-ray in Japan. She's a full figure that comes with two expressions, a bunch of arms, and a game controller to hold. Now make a figma! Bandai has put up a video for their new Sailor Moon Moon Stick prop replica, or what they're calling a "Proplica". I don't know if the quality is enough that I would call it a prop, but it is shiny. AMINIMAL Studio has started a Kickstarter project called Inkimals which allows users to customize their own 3D printed designer figures. They're still a long ways from their goal so show them some support. I'm really impressed with what 3D printers can do with color these days. Hobby Search Tweeted an updated prototype shot of KanColle's Yukikaze figure from Aoshima. She's looking cute! Hobby Search also Tweeted this pair of super cool Ghibli 3D puzzles from Ensky. I want them! wieselhead posted a great photo review of Kobato Hasekawa from Haganai by Kotobukiya. So cute and love the backdrops! Hevesh5 uploaded this great video of domino tricks. With over 10 million views and counting there's some really cool stuff to see in here. AmiAmi blog has posted a feature on the upcoming IDOLM@STER Umi Kouaska figure from MegaHouse. We got our first good look at her in magazine scans back in September and she's looking even better now. Tentacle Armada did an extensive photo gallery of Meiya Mitsurugi from Muv-Luv Alternative by Kotobukiya. Looks amazing! Argonaut Resins is doing some experiments with metal cold cast Tutz. First up are these great looking aluminum casts with more tests coming soon. GSC's Shinsotsu (New Recruits) blog updated with a neat post showing how Nendoroid package layouts are decided. Here I thought it was just magic. The Animate Osaka Nipponbashi store has an employee that's causing quite the buzz among female customers. Crunchyroll has a post with lots of pictures and videos about Yuya Uchida, a real otaku with a thing for fighting games and older women. He says he works nearly everyday so if you happen to be touring Osaka... Neath Grim has done a review of Max Factory's 25th Anniversary Belldandy and Holy Bell figure from Oh, My Goddess! Those are some really great photos! And that's it for another week. Be sure to come back next week for more small servings of all the things you love.
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Come play with these!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular...

Haganai NEXT photo
Haganai NEXT

Griffon's Witch Yozora gets another gallery

Burn this witch
Nov 04
// Pedro Cortes
Man, there's just something about Griffon that's just wrong. They keep making figures of characters I want to own in costumes I desire, but the final products keep looking like hot street-trash. Take their latest Haganai rele...
Media Factory's Kobato photo
Media Factory's Kobato

Check out Media Factory's Kobato Hasegawa

Pretty "Moe" if I don't say so myself!
Oct 15
// Jon Wills
Akibahobby recently reviewed Media Factory's excellent Kobato Hasegawa and posted some photos up on their blog of her. When I saw her I just couldn't help but to think of how moe she was and now here I am, sharing some of the...
Beach Queens Haganai NEXT photo
AmiAmi Blog shares some shots of the lovelies
Sena and Kobato (of Haganai, Haganai NEXT) already had entries in the Beach Queens line a while back, but with the second season of the anime, Wave gave them an encore. Sena sports a nice, relaxed expression and hairdo as she...

Tomopop Review: Griffon Dancer Sena

Aug 14 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: Sena Kashiwazaki Dance Girl Ver.Figure Maker: Griffon EnterpriseRetail Price: ¥7,600Available at: Hobby Link Japan Sena's box looks great. It's bright and colorful, which I feel goes well with the promotional images on the sides and front of the package. The plastic she's held in does it's job as well, keeping her safe. Nothing new there. Let's take her out and... ...oh. That's not quite what I was expecting. I thought she was going to be more substantive. Solid. Not quite so waifish. After all, Sena is known for being curvy and meaty. Here, she looks like she's ready to flop over due to her disproportional ample chest. While she's quite busty, at least it goes along with a certain thickness, which is what I love about her design. This kind of misses the point. I also find that the way her bust is put together doesn't look all that good. The obvious seam-lines across her cleavage and along the sides of her top are distracting. When you consider that her chest is where a lot of eyes would be going, I expected better. I'm also not too thrilled with how her face and neck were sculpted. Her neck looks too long and it gives her a kind of bobble-headed look. Again, it throws her body out of proportion. I'm also not too thrilled with their choice of expression. While Sena is a bit of a ditz and is constantly being trolled by Yozora on Haganai, I can't image her lifelessly staring off into the abyss. One of my favorite parts of Megahouse's High Priestess Sena (review) was the happy look on her face, you can imagine my disappointment with Griffon's effort. My favorite part by far is the butterfly clip in her hair. That clip is what drew me to Sena in the first place, so it's important to me that it look good. Luckily, it's been given a lovely translucent plastic that accents her hair and improves the figure over all. I'm also pretty happy with her hair, though the seam-line on the top of her head is fairly atrocious. Moving down, we see the Sena's bikini bottom and the attached skirt. While there isn't much to the outfit, it is molded and painted well and the draping plastic has a nice sheen to it. It's a nice accent, but I wonder if it would've looked better if she were wearing a full belly dancing skirt. It would've hidden the merely decent sculpting and painting on her stick legs. Finally, let's end on Sena's shoes and the base. I actually like how her feet and sandals are painted and sculpted. The straps are separated from her foot, her toes don't look like a hunk of plastic, it's more detail than a lot of figures manage to get. However, those sandals are then attached to one of the worst bases I've had to deal with. Atop a cheap plastic base, with an equally cheap nameplate, a pair of short pegs are supposed to keep this top-heavy lass from falling over. Needless to say, they do a poor job of keeping Sena vertical. This was straight out of the box. Given any amount of time and/or heat, you can expect to have a fallen figure. I unfortunately cannot recommend Dancer Sena. A multitude of problems that include problematic sculpting, poor painting and an awful base overwhelm any positive attributes she may have. Some of these excuses may be excusable in a cheaper prize figure, but from one that costs ¥7,600. For that price, I expect quality and Griffon unfortunately continues with their reputation of sub-par product. [Thanks goes out to Hobby Link Japan for providing us with Dancer Sena for review!]
Review: Griffon's Sena photo
Not a very good dancer
Having collected figures for years, I've learned to expect a certain amount of quality from particular companies. In general, the holy trifecta of figure labels are Alter, Max Factory and Good Smile. Right below that are Mega...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)

Who needs an apple iPhone stand when you have these?
Jul 31
// Chris Seto
And now we return to the anime garage kits to have a look at another batch of kits on display on the dealer floor at Wonder Festival. For me, the standouts of this batch were the quartet of Saki Side A busts and the iPhone ho...
WonFes Nendoroids Part 1 photo
WonFes Nendoroids Part 1

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Nendoroids Part 1

A whole lotta Nendoroids
Jul 29
// Jon Wills
Good Smile Company had so many Nendoroids on display this year at Wonfes that I couldn't pack all of them into one gallery post. Many of the ones on display are ones we have already written up pre-order notices for, such as&n...

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Griffon

Lots of useless meat around here...
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
Griffon went to Wonder Festival with a mix of old and new on display, with plenty of already released figures at their booth but there were some new faces as well. Haganai continues to be a main pull with new announcements of...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Yozora Mikazuki

Jul 10 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Yozora Mikazuki (1/8-scale)Figure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: ¥6,800 (US$69.99)Original release: October, 2012Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Koto US Yozora's box is pretty small! Since she's seated and doesn't have any complicated extras, wings, crazy octopus appendages, or anything else that takes up space, things are relatively compact here. In all other respects, this is your standard Kotobukiya box with a nice window to view the goods before taking home.  Once you free her from the tray, Yozora is pretty much ready to go. All you need to do is wedge her book into her hand and set her down wherever you like. She comes with a rectangular base that has the anime series name on it, if you really need that extra touch (image in gallery), but I found she looks great pretty much anywhere you could balance her.  Looking at her from the front, she's got her full uniform on. The details here are nice and clean, with only minor bleeding with the pale lines on the jacket. These goofs aren't really noticeable on the shelf though, partially because she looks way tiny despite her 1/8-scale. She's not a big girl, and of course, she's all bent up in a seated position. Generally, I think she looks best posed a bit sideways since her face is turned.  From the side we've got her sleeved arms and her skirt lightly resting on the ground. Yozora looks like she's been disturbed mid-read and is about to get up to berate someone. Her skirt has the right molding and movement to it to look like it's really hanging. I also like the shading and the plaid detail. I always liked the uniforms in this anime - it's kind of rare to see green and yellow (or just any departure from the usual navy blue), so this is a welcome change of pace for uniformed designs.   Here's a look at what it looks like when you disassemble Yozora. Alternatively, I'm sure some folks may display her put-together but without her skirt, but I'm not really planning on it. Either way, there's no need when I could get a great view of the panties whenever I like with her skirt on. I tried to make this picture look extra glow-y and creepy, just to put a spin on our usual panty shot, but alas. I couldn't punch the effect up any further than this without completely ruining the shot altogether. Her socks and shoes have the level of detail I'd expect. Nothing extraordinary, but everything is nice and smooth - all I ask for. Her loafers look pretty comfortable, actually...  Yozora is sporting her shorter hair at this point, so we don't have to worry about long hair going all over the place with this figure. I like the overall effect of the sculpt, particularly from the top. It looks more animated and liquid, and frames Yozora's face nicely.   If I had to name one complaint about this figure, and really, a lot of figures these days are guilty of this, it's this kind of thing right above - where there's one bit of hair that looks like it was just glued on at the last minute. I wonder why that happens? Because the rest of the strand looks like it's united with the rest.  But anyway, that's kind of a minor complaint. Let's take a look at Yozora's face and wrap this thing up.  Yozora has this awesome annoyed look on her face. She doesn't look all sly or mischievous like when she's bullying someone, or embarrassed like when she's called out. She looks straight-up mad, like she's about to smack someone. And of course, it's probably because whoever interrupted her did so while she was ogling Kodaka in some book.  I like the little touch here with detailing what Yozora is looking at. She's usually looking at literature, so I was a little surprised to see this. But it just made me burst out laughing, and that's an appropriate reaction to Haganai in general since it deals in parody and commentary. Though I quite like this figure, I'm going to put her in the same sort of category as the Yozora (short hair ver.) Beach Queens figure as one that you'd buy as a fan of the character rather than for design. She isn't stunning or striking, but she's a well-made figure that shows off her character nicely and is put together with lovely details. She's pretty small, so she'll make a nice accent to any figure shelf, or in my case, a book shelf since she's holding a book in her hand. I plan on having her there as a sort of warning to anyone who thinks it's OK to interrupt me while reading.  Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Check out the gallery for more shots which didn't make it into the main body of my review, and be sure to leave your comments in the section below. 
Kotobukiya's Yozora photo
Can't you see that I'm busy reading?
Yozora, a kindred spirit in her bookishness (though not so much in her lousy attitude), as interpreted by the folks at Kotobukiya, has been on my wish list for a while simply because of the fact that it looks like she's about...

Media Factory's Sena photo
Media Factory's Sena

See more of Media Factory's Sena in her maid outfit

Double the fun
Jul 03
// Kristina Pino
Both Akiba Hobby and Moeyo have gotten their mitts on Media Factory's lovely new Sena figure, so I've included some of their images in our own gallery. It's only a selection from what they've posted, so be sure to click throu...

Tomopop Review: Beach Queens Yozora, Short Hair ver.

Jun 24 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Beach Queens Yozora Mikazuki, Short Hair ver.Figure Maker: Wave (1/10-scale)Retail: ¥3,990Available at: HobbyLink Japan  Yozora's box matches that of any other Beach Queens figure I've seen. The inside is an attractive shade of blue, and there's a nice, big window through which you can view the figure, which is well-protected in her plastic tray.  Once she's out, you need only plug her into the base, which is the standard Beach Queens fare. She's got this confident pose working for her as she casually tosses her now-shortened hair. Though I was a fan of her long tresses, I like this newer look, too.  There are only two (albeit minor) drawbacks with this figure when I think about my very first impressions. The first is that she isn't wearing her swimsuit from the anime's beach episode - the full body striped suit - and instead wears the fan service swimsuit. It isn't a huge problem, but honestly, the other one suits her personality more. The second problem is that her face is slightly down-turned. I'm not a fan of that in general, but looking on the bright side - she can be placed on a high shelf to look down over the rest of your collection in disdain. Sounds like something right up Yozora's alley.  All things considered, I feel like the Beach Queens line has come quite a way. There's some decent sculpt-work here, right down to Yozora's torso and belly button under that swimsuit. It actually looks like a layer on top rather than painted on, and the finish gives it a nice shimmer. From the back, she's just as nice. There's some clean work here, which is always praise-worthy when it comes to a strong color meeting at the seams with lighter or fleshier tones. There isn't a smudge or sign of transfer in sight. I couldn't ask for a cleaner execution. And do you see the sculpting on that booty? Her nails on both hands and feet have this light pink or peach coloring to them. It's cute - a nice touch. In case you haven't seen a Beach Queens base before, the above picture of her feet will also serve the purpose of showing you - they're a light yellow color designed to look a bit like sand. Yozora's hair is overall good-looking, unless you happen to be looking from the top. This is the one area where the quality really falls short in comparison to the solid execution everywhere else. The dreaded seam! But, I have good news. It looks way worse in this close-up image than it does in real life. It's actually not all that bad, and either way, you wouldn't be looking at it once she's joined your collection.  As usual, I leave the faces for last. Again, there's some nice, clean work here. She's got a coy little smile on, and plenty of detail in her eyes. Everything here is executed perfectly according to her design.  Should this figure be a part of your collection? If you're into swimsuit figures and you like Yozora, then yes. She isn't remarkable in terms of design if you're the type of collector that just goes for pretty things, but she's rather great if you're familiar with the material (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai). The price point isn't bad, and she's got some solid work put into her. This figure is only 1/10-scale, and with a not-huge base, should be a good fit on most shelves.  As usual, make sure you mosey through the gallery to see images that didn't make it into the body of this review. [Thank you to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
Yozora Beach Queens photo
Bold hair cut, bold swimsuit
Though we report on the goings of Wave and their Beach Queens line all the time, it's actually been quite a while since we've reviewed any of them. Looking back at our archives, I didn't find a review more recent than one fro...

Media Factory Kobato photo
Scheduled for a September release
Haganai NEXT may be over, but I have a feeling Kobato's popularity is just getting started. Media Factory will be making a 1/8-scale figure of her in September, and Akiba Hobby has a big preview gallery up. I like what M...


Kotobukiya's brilliant Kobato Hasegawa is up for order

Now painted, and looking better than ever
May 01
// Kristina Pino
Back when we saw her at this year's Winter Wonder Festival, Kobato was still unpainted - but now she's looking absolutely beautiful and her pre-orders have begun!  Her retail is set to ¥8,400, but with good reason: s...
Media Factory's Kobato photo
Media Factory's Kobato

Consider pre-ordering Media Factory's Kobato Hasegawa

Another seated figure for Haganai NEXT!
Apr 19
// Kristina Pino
When I saw that the seated Cow Swimsuit ver. Sena figure (Haganai NEXT) was up for pre-order, I failed to notice that another cast member was also listed: a beautiful seated rendition of Kobato Hasegawa playing with her bunny...

How appropriate, Sena. You look like a cow

Get it?
Apr 19
// Kristina Pino
[update: Added an image to the gallery that is probably the source artwork for this figure! It also appears that this originates from something in the manga. I don't know anything else beyond that at the time of writing~][upd...
Magical breasts aside, I still like what I'm seeing
I gushed about this figure when it went up for pre-order, but some folks were entirely unimpressed with what I consider a lovely figure of Haganai/Haganai NEXT's Sena as a dancer. Since the last time we saw her, it doesn't lo...

Tomopop Review: High Priestess Sena Kashiwazaki

Apr 02 // Pedro Cortes
Figure Name: High Priestess Sena KashiwazakiFigure Maker: MegahouseRetail Price: ¥7,600Available at: Hobby Link Japan As per the usual, we start with Sena's box. It's bright and colorful, which reflects the lady held within the confines of cardboard and plastic. Besides that, there's nothing really special to it.  The plastic clamshell houses Sena, her base, and alternate face and an alternate hand. As she's vertically oriented, this saves a lot on space. If you're inclined to save your packages, you should be able to find a place to keep everything. Let's take Sena out, shall we? Here she is! Right out of the box, I was impressed with how the sculptor captured Sena's personality. One of the things I like so much about her is the pure, happy energy that she seems to exert. It's what made me interested in her when I saw the first promotional images of Haganai and it carries over to Megahouse's figure. I mean, look at that face. This girl looks so happy! You'll notice that I switched faces. I prefer this one over the stock face, as it does an even better job of catching Sena's saucy nature. Switching faces is an easy thing, requiring the removal of her bangs followed by the head proper. Fairly standard stuff. Sena's butterfly hair clip is my favorite part of her design. It does a surprisingly good job of making her stand out and it matches with her eyes. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing. Here, a blue-green clear plastic is used for her hair clip, which I'm quite pleased with. It looks great against the shade of green used for her uniform and her blonde hair. I'm also pleased with the darker green used for Sena's uniform. It compliments her skin tone and the color of her eyes and hair. On top of that, the actual paint job is great, with some nice green tonal shifts moving along the wrinkles of her shirt and the pleats of her skirt. Speaking of her skirt, I love the addition of the frosted plastic lace trim. It's a nice touch that accents the uniform. I figured now was as good a time as any to include some cheesecake. I'll also include a transition about her socks, shoes and the base, but who are we kidding? No need to excuse the obvious fanservice! On a more serious note, Sena's shoes and loafers have been sculpted and painted nicely. Her base is a light, transparant blue with her butterfly etched onto it. This is where my only problem with the figure comes in. As you can see, she's happily jutting her hand in the air whilst standing on one foot. While that looks great and communicates her zest for life, it also makes her a candidate for a bad case of the leans. Considering this is Megahouse, I'm pretty sure that her legs are made of sturdier materials, but be aware that you might have this lady toppling over at some point. I mentioned earlier that Sena had an alternate hand. Her standard hand simply has her extending her fingers. However, when you remove that one and put the other one in... Sena now holds a PSP! She's probably playing one of her dozens of galge on that thing. While the sculpt on thing is nice, I'm not too thrilled with the paint job on it. Especially when you consider how well the rest of the figure was done, the PSP looks sloppy and hastily painted. Despite those problems, I still have this one displayed, as it just looks nice to have something in her other hand. All in all, I found Megahouse's take on Sena to be a delightful figure that captures the best parts of the character. It's bright, happy, colorful and full of personality and movement. My only real complaint is that she's standing on one foot and could suffer from the dreaded figure lean over time. If you can look past that, then I'd whole-heartedly recommend getting the High Priestess Sena Kashiwazaki. [A big thanks to Hobby Link Japan for providing Sena for review!]
High Priestess Sena photo
It's alright, I'll be your friend
When Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai, or Hagani for short, debuted in October of 2011, I don't think anybody expected it to be as successful as it was. Typically for a show like Haganai, most companies would have had a ton of me...


Beautiful Sena Kashiwazaki Dancer ver. up for pre-order!

I'll dance with you any day, babe!
Feb 26
// Kristina Pino
[updated: added more pre-order links.] Well, this figure completely flew under my radar, and has now gone up for pre-order! A surprise by Griffon Enterprises, this figure depicts Sena from Haganai NEXT as a dancer. She looks....

Nendoroid 300 is Miku, but overshadowed by better things

GSC announces a total of nine new figures and only three of them are Vocaloids.
Dec 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For a few weeks now Good Smile Company has been pushing hard to get you excited for Nendoroid 300. But as expected, it's Miku Hatsune once again. And not even a really interesting Miku from one of her popular ...

Dengeki Festival brings out the warrior in Haganai's Sena

Griffon Enterprises prepares Sena for battle along side Yozora
Oct 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Little seems to be coming from Griffon Enterprises at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival but that doesn't meant they don't have anything swanky. Fans who have seen Yozora from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai dressed...

Griffon release Yozora Monster Hunter ver. for pre-order

Aug 21
// Kristina Pino
During Wonder Festival, we previewed the beautiful Yozora as she appears in the Monster Hunter-esque game on her show Haganai, and now she is not only all painted up, but set for pre-orders to be released in just over a month...

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Spring: Miscellaneous

May 27
// Natalie Kipper
There's so much stuff going on at Japan's MegaHobby Expo that, sometimes, a toy won't fit into a major grouping, like One Piece or Alter. That doesn't mean that toy isn't worthy of love though, and I am here to prove it with ...

Beach Queens Maria and Rika of Haganai up for pre-order

Apr 06
// Kristina Pino
Yup, both of these girls came out absolutely adorable! Maria looks appropriate, playful, and her inner tube actually has little flowers and things painted on it. Her arms looks like she could be holding onto anything, though....

Have a closer look at Kotobukiya's Sena Kashiwazaki

Apr 02
// Kristina Pino
Kotobukiya's Sena (Haganai) only went up for pre-order a few days ago, but it looks like we've already got a lovely sample to look at and entice us even more. Check out the gallery for several detail images on this lovely Mon...

Quadruple the Haganai cuteness available for pre-order

Mar 02
// Jonathan Tubbs
Have you had enough of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai? If not, then you'll be happy to know that even more figures are available for pre-order from both Penguin Parade and Phat! Company and both are filled with adorableness. Pe...

Take Kobato's bunny for your own

Feb 27
// Natalie Kipper
Spotted earlier at Cospa's booth at Wonder Festival Winter 2012, the bunny plush belonging to Haganai's Kobato is now available for pre-order. The plush is life-size at 51 centimeters long (with its ears folded over), making ...

Azone's Yozora doll is spot on and up for pre-order

Feb 27
// Kristina Pino
I'm not really into dolls or anything, but I just had to take a peek when I saw there is a Yozora (Haganai) Pure Neemo fashion doll up for pre-order. I was pleasantly surprised by how great she looks! The face is perfect, and...

Penguin Parade's 2012 Winter Hobby Maker Expo booth was the place to be if you like to sit. Yes, there was a figure of Sonico, but the spotlight was on their Petanko series of figures! At Hobby Maker Expo, Penguin Parade...


Volks, Wave, Bandai and Konami all about mecha and musume

Feb 23
// Jonathan Tubbs
If you like your machines with your ladies, then you can definitely rely on such companies like Bandai and Konami to deliver these goods. Revealed in the latest magazine scans are the products featuring said combination from ...

Mikatan previews Good Smile Company's 1/7-scale Yozora

Feb 21
// Kristina Pino
This rendition of Yozora Mikazuki (Haganai) is already up for pre-order, but Mikatan's update on the figure just came to my attention so I thought I'd share some additional information and images. In the earlier post I was a ...

Good Smile's grumpy Mikazuki Yozora now up for pre-order

Feb 15
// Kristina Pino
When I saw this figure come up in our WonFes coverage and all that, it already looked like a great release. Now that I'm looking at the pre-order listings I notice that she's not a regular 1/8-scale figure, but an impressive ...

Wave's newest Beach Queens on pre-order parade

Feb 14
// Brian Szabelski
Do you like Beach Queens and/or Haganai, Infinite Stratos or YuruYuri? If you guessed I'm asking because of pre-orders, give yourself a pat on the back. We have four simultaneous 1/10-scale Beach Queens pre-order opening...

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter: Cospa

Feb 13 // Natalie Kipper

Compared to other booths, it would seem that Cospa had slim pickings at this winter's Wonder Festival 2012. That does not mean that their offering wasn't awesome, though. Cospa brought Kobato's plush bunny! We have been ...


Wonder Festival 2012 Winter: Good Smile/Max Factory

Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Have you been waiting for Good Smile Company and Max Factory's wares to appear on Tomopop? Well, sorry to have kept you waiting so long, but here they are! And let's jump right into it: we have the Pixiv-winning Cheerful Miku...

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