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8:20 PM on 02.16.2014

Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya Catalog preview

Toy Fair has returned and there's plenty to be excited over. One of our favorite companies, Kotobukiya, is trying to get a bit more of a buzz with the release of their preview catalog. From Bishoujos to ARTFX, Kotobukiya has a bit of something for everyone. Check out the catalog preview after the jump!

Andres Cerrato


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NECA, 343 Industries announce Halo licensing deal photo
NECA, 343 Industries announce Halo licensing deal
by Brian Szabelski

NECA and 343 Industries have just announced a new licensing deal, one in which the Halo franchise will get a ton of merch made by NECA. That includes 1/4-scale figures, mini-figures, prop replicas, and according to the press release, even motorcycle helmets. Probably like Master Chief's Spartan armor helmet.

The Halo franchise is not entirely new to NECA; they did release some Halo HeroClix back in the day, but this represents a huge expansion beyond that. Is there anything you're hoping to see NECA produce from the Haloverse, Tomopop readers?

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2:30 AM on 10.15.2013

NYCC 2013: Mega Bloks

Mega Blocks made their presence known at NYCC this year by filling their booth with the types of licenses that gamers look for. As you can tell from the header the game that they seemed to be pushing hardest for in block form...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:15 PM on 08.28.2013

ThreeA's Emile, Spartan Mark V EVA report for pre-order

Time to suit up, Halo fans: ThreeA has two new Spartans coming to the Bambaland store on Thursday night. To begin, there's the Emile A-239 Spartan III figure, which has fiber-optic illumination on his armor, along with magnet...

Brian Szabelski



SDCC 2013: Kotobukiya photo
SDCC 2013: Kotobukiya
by Natalie Kipper

Kotobukiya's booth at this year's San Diego Comic Con was like a four-sided gallery of beautiful new figures, peppered with teaser placards for ones that have yet to be seen. It was all very exciting! Let's start with some of the new figures on display. Star Wars was a big license at the booth, starting with the new1/10-scale Sand Trooper 2-pack as well as the Sand Sergeant, both coming in 2014. Four of the classic characters from the series will also be getting 2-packs in 2014, Luke and Leia as well as a pairing of Han Solo and Chewbacca. You can see their teaser placards in the post's gallery. Kotobukiya will be having a booth at this year's New York Comic Con and the R2-Q5 will be one of the exclusives and come with a collector's coin. It will be available for pre-order.

Another new license recently acquired by Kotobukiya was The Avengers. They even commissioned the comic artist! The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow, Ironman, Thor, and Hawkeye are part of this series. Pricing for this line has yet to be determined.  They also acquired the Halo license for Art-Fx and Art-Fx+ figures. No Bishoujo figures are planned for this series. The Batman Arkham City and Arkham Origins figures will have bases, something not seen in Art-Fx. And, the final Justice League piece was also revealed at the booth. It will be Cyborg. 

Moving onto Japanese licenses, Street Fighter's Cammi and Tekken's Jun Kazama will be getting the Bishoujo treatment. They had the prototype for Jun but only a placard for Cammi at the booth. For all of you enamored with Art-FX Gunman in Black ver. of Trigun's Vash the Stampede, the Kotobukiya US online store will have it available for pre-order "soon." No need to import! You will notice the Yu-Gi-Oh Dark Magician figure in our gallery. Well, Kotobukiya will also be releasing a flesh-tone version to match the character in the anime. 

This is a whole lot of news to take in, for sure. After you've caught your breath, stay tuned to Tomopop for more SDCC coverage!

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SDCC 2013: ThreeA - Valve, Halo and other licenses photo
SDCC 2013: ThreeA - Valve, Halo and other licenses
by Brian Szabelski

Parked inside IDW's booth for another year is ThreeA Toys, and instead of bringing a ton of figures like they did last year, the ThreeA crew have opted for the "less is more" approach. In particular, they've brought a ton of new prototypes to the show. That includes some figures that are making their big debut here in San Diego, and at least one of them is a very notable face ... or helmet.

Hit the jump for some of the details on the new licensed figure prototypes that were on display!

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Here's a fourth peek at Funko's SDCC exclusives  photo
Here's a fourth peek at Funko's SDCC exclusives
by Vanessa Cubillo

Funko is back again! This time they've announced eight more exclusives Pop! that will be with them at SDCC. This batch starts off with two exclusives from Adventure Time. There will be a Zombie Jake and a Glow-in-the-dark Finn with sword.

Next, from Halo, there will be a Green and Yellow Spartan Warrior. Moving on to Star Wars, there will be a DROIDS Boba Fett figure. Then from Plants vs. Zombies, Conehead Zombie will be available in metallic.

Moving away from Pop! figures, Funko will have two figures from My Little Pony. there will be two crystal, glitter, sparkly figures of Rainbow Dash and Derpy. I really like this exclusive batch because there is a lot of variety.

Additionally, Funko will have two special Domo DC t-shirts to go along with their exclusive Domo DC figures. These shirts will be US$25. 

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1:15 PM on 05.20.2013

ACen 2013: Play Arts Kai

In addition to Bandai's wares, Bluefin also had many of Square Enix's recent Play Arts Kai releases on display. If you've forgotten what's out there or otherwise haven't kept up, consider this a good reminder. They include bo...

Brian Szabelski



Tomopop Review: ThreeA's Commander Carter photo
Tomopop Review: ThreeA's Commander Carter
by Andres Cerrato

ThreeA has grown from a niche company making their own items to making those of fabled franchises. Metal Gear, Mobile Suit Gundam and Portal have seen their names cast into the lot of figures, but arguably, the largest franchise acquisition was Halo. It was a bit of a shock when the license was announced at the ReVenture show last year, but nonetheless felt like a perfect fit. 

The first figure of the license is a 1/6-scale figure of Commander Carter-A259, the lead of the last of Bungie's efforts in the series, Halo: Reach. While ThreeA has built its pedigree on outstanding 1/6-scale figures, it remains to see how they would handle such an established license as a six-scaled Spartan.

Hit the jump to check out the photo and video review of ThreeA's Commander Carter-A259!

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2:00 PM on 02.15.2013

Toy Fair 2013: McFarlane Toys

The McFarlane Toys booth at Toy Fair was chock full of licensed character goodies. Chief among those are new figures based on the Rabbids, all set to start coming in January 14. Figures in 4- and 8-inch varieties are in the w...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 PM on 02.12.2013

Toy Fair 2013: Square Enix

Fans of Square Enix's Play Arts Kai line probably wish they could have seen Square Enix's booth at Toy Fair 2013. It was an avalanche of Play Arts Kai figures of all shapes and sizes from a ton of different franchises. Here's...

Brian Szabelski





Sideshow Collectibles announces Halo 4 Cortana figure photo
Sideshow Collectibles announces Halo 4 Cortana figure
by Brian Szabelski

I'm sure you remember seeing the Premium Format Figure Master Chief from Sideshow Collectibles at SDCC and elsewhere, but good news, Halo fans: Sideshow's license will cover Halo 4 as well, with Cortana joining the Premium Format Figure ranks! Being a Premium Format Figure, Cortana will be 1/4-scale and based off the revamped design for her in Halo 4

As for now, we've just got this teaser page to look at, with more info perhaps to come, say, next Tuesday when Halo 4 releases? Just a little hunch. 

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