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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Alter

Platinum Stars!
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
Alter is one of the bigger names when it comes to figures but their output has slowed in recent years. Having said that, I feel that they have upped their game again after a number of rather bland entries... But for this year...
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13 photo
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/7 to 9/13

So much new stuff
Sep 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is a rarity, all but one of the items ranking this week is new to the list. The only returning item is that Yo-Kai Watch watch. There's also another rare girl's toy sneaking into the top overall entries. Otherwise the...
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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2015: figma

All the figures you're still waiting on pre-orders for
Apr 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in February we got our first look at a bunch of new figma from Max Factory, Phat!, and FREEing. Since then we really haven't heard a whole lot outside of an occasional appearance here and there. While there's nothing her...
Miyazawa Model Exhibition photo
Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift show off the goods at Miyazawa Model Exhibition

Although it's a lot of stuff we've already seen in one form or another
Nov 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan made good on her promise and posted a second gallery for figures on display at Miyazawa Model Exhibition Autumn 2014. This time around the focus is on the companies of Max Factory, Phat!, FREEing, and Gift. Most ...

Idolm@ster photo
Who would have thought cowboy boots and glasses blended so well?
Kahotan has previewed Phat Company's 1/8-scale Miki Hoshii, which is also available for pre-order. This crazy adorable figure comes an interchangeable glasses piece, allowing you to display her without or without the prop (al...

figmas in latest scans photo
figmas in latest scans

More magazine scans mean more figma prototypes

Hibiki and Chariot TV animation ver. on the way
May 23
// Brian Szabelski
Another month of magazine scans means another month of figmas, including some prototypes. One of the two that showed up was  figma Ganaha Hibiki, in almost the same pose we've seen her in during some of the events e...

Volks sneaks in one more Idolm@ster announcement

One more time...
Apr 08
// Chris Seto
Volks just can't keep away from the Idolm@ster right now. Along with the news and first showings of Rin and Ranko, the Volks Dollfie Dream Twitter page has also posted up a teaser for their next release and they're going back...

Volks Revisits the Idolm@ster for their next Dollfie Dream Releases

Are you ready? I'm Lady!!
Apr 06
// Chris Seto
[EDIT - Dollfie world was kind enough to post up some scans of Volks News and they do indeed have prices for the ladies. Shibuya Rin can be yours for ¥58,000 while Kanzaki Ranko will set you back an eye watering ¥62,0...
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Kahotan previews Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver.

Too soon?
Mar 13
// Scarecroodle
Oh, Mika, I wag my finger at thee! Kahotan recently uploaded a preview for Phat Company's Mika Jougasaki: Charisma Girl Ver. (currently available for pre-order). I have to confess that I'm a little worried about Mika's career...
Phat Company Mika photo
Phat Company Mika

Mika Jougasaki demonstrates some crazy-eyed charisma

Jougasaki it to me, baby!
Feb 24
// Tianxiao Ma
Mika Jougasaki is one of the Jougasaki sisters (what, you haven't heard of them?) from Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls. I don't know what her personality is like, but I do love that grin and wild-eyed stare. You could say that I...
Idolm@ster photo

[Updated] IDOLM@STER goth lolita Ranko gets a figma

Surprise, she isn't a Wonder Festival exclusive
Jan 31
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: New pictures added to the gallery and pre-orders are now open!] Thanks to a combination of magazine images and Tweets from @2Tohei we're getting our first look at figma Kanzaki Ranko! Ranko is one of the many gi...
GSC Delays photo
GSC Delays

Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Time for your regularly scheduled disappointmen
Jan 20
// Martin Siggers
Good Smile Company has just announced their releases and their delays for January and it's a pretty regular month. Which is to say, there's a fair few delays, some of them disappointingly high profile. Probably the most notab...
Cu-Poche Yukiho Hagiwara photo
Sing (or dig) along with Yukiho!
Yesterday, Kotobukiya announced the next figure coming to their lovable Cu-Poche figure line, Idol M@ster's Yukiho Hagiwara. The aspiring pop singer will be shrunk down to chibi proportions, standing at a mere 4 and a half in...

Idol Master Beach Queens photo
Idol Master Beach Queens

Check out these three Idol Master Beach Queens

Are you ready?
Nov 25
// Jon Wills
It's been about a month since Wave's trio of Idol Master Beach Queens beauties became available for pre-order. As expected, Akibahobby recently got their hands on a sample of these three ladies, Miki, Azusa, and Takane a...
figma Chihaya Kisaragi photo
figma Chihaya Kisaragi

figma Chihaya Kisaragi pre-orders take the stage

First member of the original IDOLM@STER cast available for order now
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Prepare yourself, there's an figma IDOLM@STER flood coming. The first of many members of the original idols will be coming soon in figma form. And I'm not kidding when I say a flood; we're talking about some 16 girls for Max ...

Two more iDOLM@STER figures come to the Brilliant Stage

First colored look at new figures from Megahouse
Sep 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Another month and another batch of scans from Hobby Japan. This time around Megahouse has a pair of ladies from iDOLM@STER for us and they aren't even from the same game. First up is franchise newcomer Umi Kousaka from IDOLM@...
Cinderella Girl Uzuki photo
That's my kind of style. Wish I knew her character.
Some of you may have heard of Idol M@ster's social game Cinderella girls, however seeing how it is a Japanese only social game I doubt many of us have had much experience with it. Still we have seen a few of their designs suc...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Game Garage Kits (Part 1)

Are you ready? I'm... Lady? Who the heck wrote this IM@S song?
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we're looking at the video game garage kits and we're starting with the slightly more Japan-centric ones first. The Idolm@ster and Senran Kagura totally dominated here with a huge number of kits from both series. Hec...
WonFes Nendoroids Part 2 photo
WonFes Nendoroids Part 2

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Nendoroids Part 2

A Whole lotta Nendoroids Part 2
Jul 29
// Jon Wills
I've never seen so many Nendoroids in one place then what we saw at Wonfes this year. Okay, well maybe the Good Smile Cafe has more Nendoroids but that is an unusual exception and not a trade show per say. In addition to the ...
Pre-order Rin Shibuya photo
Pre-order Rin Shibuya

Pre-order GSC's Rin Shibuya from IdolM@ster

I don't know her well, but she is pretty.
Jul 26
// Jon Wills
Fans of Idols M@ster and those who like figurines who look like they are singing should check this pretty figure by GSC of Rin Shibuya from IdolM@ster Cinderella girls. I've not really kept up with the whole Cinderella girls ...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Haruka Amami

May 31 // Yami Casas
Figure Name: Cu-Poche Huraka AmamiFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$34.99Available at: Koto US Haruka’s box is decorated with some pastel lines that run across the front. There is a nice-sized round window that allows you to get a sneak peek at Haruka, along with some of her accessories. The back of the box features Haruka in various poses, along with close up shots of her additional facial expressions. All in all, you have a nice and compact box, great for any collector that likes to keep their boxes. Inside the plastic tray, we have Haruka, two face plates, angel wings, a halo, an extra hair piece (which allows you to attach the halo), microphone stand with its accompanying mic, and a magnetic base. Hidden underneath the base is Haruka's additional three sets of hands. Kotobukiya also includes a plastic bag, so you can easily keep all the accessories in one place, just in case you’re not fond of storing your boxes. Here’s Haruka free from her plastic confines, and placed atop her magnetic base. She has an exuberant bright smile, poised and ready to go! I decided to pose her as if she were about to blow a kiss to one of her many fans. She has great articulation thanks to those elbow joints. From behind, you can instantly spot some additional joints along the back of Haruka’s knees and her ankles; there is also a plug hole located on the top section of her back. One of my biggest concerns was how well those magnets would hold up against the weight of the figure. The magnets themselves are located at the balls of her feet, and although they might seem small they work exceptionally well at supporting Haruka. Even in a running pose or at a slight angle, there were absolutely no issues of her falling off the base.  Kotobukiya does provide an arm with an additional extended claw so you can attach to the base, but honestly, the magnetic base does a great job of holding her firmly in place. However, the arm does come in handy for some cool mid air poses. Haruka is wearing a pink vest with a white crop top underneath, and a light blue pleated skirt accentuated with a white and gold belt. To complete her outfit, she is sporting some cute pink and white boots. The paint along the gold embellishments of her outfit is very well done, particularly along the gold notches and the heart belt buckle. My one compliant though is the noticeable gap between her torso and her hip piece. I'm not sure if this is an overall design issue or maybe I just happened to receive one that had this particular flaw. However, the gap does appear a lot more pronounced in the pictures more so, then you look at her with the naked eye. Pantsu! I’m sorry; I just couldn’t resist removing her skirt to get this shot. Doesn't Haruka look absolutely adorable with the angel wings and halo on? The angel wings are easily attached via the plug hole on her back while the halo is attached to the extra hair piece. To swap out the hair piece, you remove the head from the neck joint, and simply pull along the hair seam to remove both the hair and face plates (if you’d like). This was my favorite way to pose her, but what do you say we get ready to sing? Now she’s ready to belt out some tunes in front of her mic. What do you think, Mr. Producer? Her winking face really brings out her all around cheerful personality as she grips her microphone. Haruka’s final expression captures her clumsy side. This was my favorite facial expression out of the three; it just says: “I meant to do that.” Besides, who could resist that face? I admit I had my doubts at first, but after handling Haruka, any doubt I had was put to rest. There were no glaring paint issues, which is always a plus. Of course, my favorite aspect of the figure is the articulation. You can easy re-enact a scene from the anime or take some interesting pictures, thanks to the possibility. Regardless of whether you're a fan of The iDOL@STER or not, Haruka is a welcome addition to any collection. Honestly, I can't recommend her enough!  I'm thoroughly impressed with the debut of the Cu-Poche line, and I can't wait to see the other upcoming releases in the series. I believe Kotobukiya has a hit a home run with their new line, and honestly it can only get better. Don't forget to check out the image gallery for pictures that didn't make the review. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
Ready or not, here she comes!
When Kotobukiya first announced their new Cu-Poche line, I was a bit apprehensive. I mean, when it comes to figures in their chibi-fied forms, Good Smile Company has prime time real-estate in that market. However, once I lear...

Delays, delays, delays photo
Delays, delays, delays

Good Smile, Arcadia, others announce delays

Hope you weren't waiting for Mikudayo
May 22
// Brian Szabelski
Delay time has arrived, and it's apparently hit Good Smile Company's Nendoroid line. Three Nendoroids are among those delayed, and they include both the Rin and Wooser set and the big-headed Mikudayo, destroyer of worlds. It'...
Phat Company Hibiki photo
Phat Company Hibiki

Phat Company's Hibiki is just about ready to dance

That or she's going to catch a football
May 07
// Tianxiao Ma
iDOLM@STER 2's Hibiki Ganaha is looking lively as a 1/8-scale figure thanks to Phat Company's work. This prototype was on display at a Good Smile Company exhibition in Akihabara. Hibiki is running with her hands in her pocket...

Phat Company's Minicchu Ranko gets teased

Very mini indeed
May 02
// Tianxiao Ma
This is Ranko Kanzaki from iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls from Phat Company's Minicchu line. Mikatan posted this single picture on her Twitter account. Maybe she'll be doing a preview in the near future? The tweet itself says th...
More prizes!
New hobby magazine scans showed these Ichiban Kuji prize figures based on characters one of my favorite shows, The Idol Master. If you remember, last month I sort of bashed Ichiban Kuji's designs of their K-ON! prize figures....

She can sing to me all day long
The first release in Kotobukiya's new Cu-poche line of super-deformed figures is finally almost here! Haruka Amami from The Idolm@ster is looking as cute as ever, and Danny Choo has a nice gallery up of the figure.  He t...

Tomopop Review: COSPA's Anzu Stuffed Rabbit

Mar 21 // Natalie Kipper
Plush Name: Anzu's Stuffed RabbitPlush Maker: COSPARetail: ¥3,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan Anzu's Stuffed Rabbit stands at 16 inches tall (24 inches, if you include the ears). The Rabbit fits rather nicely in your arms. And, oh God, it is so very soft and fluffy! I swear I spent a good deal of time just sitting on my couch, hugging it. The toy isn't terribly thick; in fact, it was rather flat. It sort of reminded me of Disney's Pookalooz plushes (remember those?). All the same, it was stuffed enough that it didn't feel unsubstantial when hugged.  It also comes with a gorgeous hangtag attached to its tummy pouch (more on that in a second). I am sure I don't appreciate it as much as a fan of the series would, but I still love the colorful image on it. The tag is also pretty big, about 3 and a half inches, giving the picture plenty of room for detail. The tummy pouch is a fun feature. I noticed that you can also stuff the hangtag in there without any difficulty. I am also a big fan of contrast stitching on the front of it. The grey thread goes lovely with the mild pink of the plush's body. If you have read some of my other reviews, you know I am a sucker for a good tail and Anzu's Stuffed Rabbit has a great tail! It is of a good size so it fits right into your hand if you were to grab it. It's slightly overstuffed, too, so it is an absolute joy to squeeze. The plush's little legs aren't much to speak of. They dangle when you hold the rabbit up in the air. I am guessing that is due to the seams in between the actual appendages and the body. I don't mind it exactly; it's just an odd design choice, in my opinion. The embroidery on the face is nice and thick. I couldn't find any loose threads or missed stitches. The design itself matches the picture on the hangtag. Beyond that I can't quite comment its accuracy since I have never seen the show. If a person who has never played a single minute of Cinderella Girls can appreciate Anzu's Stuffed Rabbit, then I am certain a fan of the game will fall head over heels in love with it. I bet it would make a great cosplay accessory, too. In fact, I think this plush is a great choice for plush lovers and otaku alike.  [A big thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing us with this review sample!]
Oh God, the fluffiness!
Okay, I might not be one for social games, like Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, but I know a cute plush when I see one, and Anzu's stuffed rabbit certainly fits the bill. Let me tell you, one doesn't have to know the source material inside and out to appreciate a good toy (as I am sure many of you know). Read on to see what makes this plush a winner!


Pre-order Kotobukiya's Hibiki from Idol M@ster

Cute little rascal.
Mar 19
// Jon Wills
Fans of the animal loving Hibiki Ganaha hailing from The Idol Master will pleased that pre-orders are now available for Kotobukiya's latest sculpt of her. For those of you unfamiliar with Hibiki you can watch episod...

Under the Radar: Pre-order this cute Yukiho Beach Queen

I'm not sure how I missed Yukiho. I think I will pre-order her.
Mar 07
// Jon Wills
Sometimes something cool or cute pops up and somehow it slips under the news radar. In this case I was browsing various stores' pre-orders and saw Wave's Yukiho from The IdolM@ster staring back at me. Even though re...

A look at Hobby Maker Exhibition 2013 Winter

Feb 18 // Brian Szabelski
On the Nendoroid side, there's Maou (Maoyuu Maou Yuusha); Amy (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet); Monokuma (Dangan Ronpa); Darth Wooser and Ren (Wooser no Sono Higurashi); Chariot (Black Rock Shooter); and Kotoura Haruka (Kotoura-san) as newer releases joining the scene; Definitely new are Nendoroid Kuji Alice and Takano Miyuki from Tomytec's Tetsudou Musume (Train Lady) series; A Macross Nendoroid Petit series is on the way, with Lynn Minmay, Sharon Apple, Mylene Jenius, and Sara Nome on the way! Black Rock Shooter Arcana designs for BRS and Strength are coming as Petits; Gunvarrel and Chamber from Robotics;Notes are on the way, too For pre-painted, static figures, we have Kuroyukihime (Accel World); a 1/8-scale Shinkai Shoujo version of Hatsune Miku with a crazy detailed base; Isshiki Akane (Vivirend Operation); TIsshiki Akane (Ano Natsu de Matteru); an adorable looking Nyaruko, complete with crowbar; Belldandy; Sheryl Nome; and Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls' Shibuya Rin in 1/8-scale.  Also, getting her own shoutout is Fire Emblem: Awakening's Tharja and her butt; figma #200, Hatsune Miku 2.0; Kaito; Cobra the Space Pirate's Crystal Boy; and Vivirend Operation's Kukori Rei and Isshiki Akane. FREEing is doing a 1/8-scale summer festival version of Madoka, and it appears the other girls, too And finally, headphone jack accessories featuring Miku and other Vocaloid fan favorites Phew, quite a mouthful! 
Hobby Maker Exhibition photo
Mikatan post gives us a few more close up of new announcements
Mikatan has posted a little gallery of photos from the Hobby Maker Exhibition that follows Wonder Festival 2013, and to no one's surprise, it's mostly of Good Smile and Max Factory items.  There's some new stuff in here,...

Rin Shibuya and Anzu Futaba will be available globally online and at the event.
The count down continues to the 2013 Wonder Festival (Winter) and Mikatan has turned her attention towards two of Max Factory's exclusives, figma Rin Shibuya and Anzu Futaba. Like many of the offerings this time aro...


Good Smile previews Dekacchu Kirari Moroboshi

Because you can never have too many giant figures
Jan 30
// Brian Szabelski
Phat! Company has got themselves another new line of figures in the Dekacchu series (bigger versions of their Minicchu figures), featuring Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls' Kirari Moroboshi in a rather large-scale look. ...

Wonderful Hobby Life For You!! 17 site is go!

Jan 18 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
(Puella Magi Madoka Magica) Homura Akemi: you are not alone. ¥9,000 Nendoroid Snow Miku: Strawberry White Kimono Ver. ¥4,000 Nendoroid Petite: IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls - Anzu, Kaede and Rika & Live Stage Set  ¥4,000  (IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) figma Rin Shibuya ¥3,500 (IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) figma Anzu Futaba ¥3,500 (IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls) oversized Dekacchu Kirari Moroboshi ¥4,000 threeA's WWR Hara Patrol ¥15,000 (online only) figma Egashira 2:50 - White Tights ver. ¥3,800 (online only) Tomokazu Seki: Glenfire (not available online) See anything you like? As I said I'm going for the pair of IDOLM@ASTER figma, what about the rest of you? Be sure to follow the links above for additional images as well!
Good Smile's Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter] site lauches with revealing of exclusives.
The next Wonder Festival is just over three weeks away and Good Smile Company is now ready to unveil all their plans for the big event. The website for Wonderful Hobby Life for You!! 17 has now gone live with all the show pla...


Beach Queen Miuru Azusa from Idolmaster is re-released

I prefer her with a dress
Nov 16
// Jon Wills
Azusa is every bit as photogenic as I remember her the first time she came around. While her pose may be a little showy for my taste, I can appreciate her figure. I always love seeing flowers in a girls' hair, and her red flo...

Wave's boyish Makoto Beach Queen available for pre-order

She's my favorite Beach Queen yet!
Nov 16
// Jon Wills
Makoto from The Idolm@ster is known for being a little "boyish" much to her dismay she is often not dressed in the most feminine clothes. However, this Makoto is not too boyish at all in this latest Beach Queen figurine ...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Plamo, PVC, and whatever else you like
Nov 07
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba,...

Megahouse's Hagiwara Yukiho gets a new colorway

To be released as part of Lawson Idolm@ster campaign
Oct 24
// Brian Szabelski
Megahouse's Hagiwara Yukiho figure is getting a brand new colorway thanks to Japanese convenience store chain Lawson. As part of their new Idolm@ster advertisement campaign with Kirin Beverages, which starts Oct. 30 and ...
Check out this preview of MegaHouse's newest iDOLM@STER figure
Made it through last night's pre-orders? Or passed it up to get to the other goods tonight? I briefly mentioned an iDOLM@STER-related pre-order going down tonight, but now I've got a lovely little preview for you to go with i...

Miki wants to become your star!
Our friends over at Tokyo Hunter have provided us with a lot of excellent photos from Tokyo Game Show 2012 this weekend! Thanks to them we are able to bring you previews of lots of upcoming figurines that have been displayed ...

Pre-orders open for April 2013 release
Since the surprise debut at Wonder Festival 2012 Summer, Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line has slowly had a trickle of information come out. We know they're kicking things off with Idolm@ster's Haruka Amami and there'd be some inter...

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