Japanese toys

Red Bumblebee photo
Red Bumblebee

Not Cliffjumper, but red Bumblebee next Transformers Masterpiece


So close yet so far away
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like we'll have to keep waiting for that elusive Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure. To tide us over (perhaps forever?) we're getting a red Bumblebee for now. MP21R Bumblebee Red Mode is inspired by the very early days...
Figure Colosseum photo
Figure Colosseum

Banpresto opens character voting for latest Figure Colosseum


Votes open on OP and DBZ characters
Aug 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For the past several years Banpresto has hosted the Figure Colosseum and this year is no different. The Colosseum is now open with Modeling Tenkaichi Budokai 6 for Dragon Ball Z character voting and Modeling King Summit ...
Naruto S.H. Figuarts photo
And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

Transformers Legends photo
Your move, Hasbro
[Update: The three were shown at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 earlier this week fully painted. They were only shown in bot mode and pics can be found in the gallery. Plus pre-orders are still available in a number of places. (via Daim...


Top sales 6/1 to 6/7 photo
Top sales 6/1 to 6/7

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/1 to 6/7


Only three robots this week! Amazing!
Jun 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally the majority of toys we see make the rankings every week are robots. But this week things are a little different with only three bots on the list, and only two of those are Gundam. Plus we've got two girls on the lis...
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...
Pikachu PUTITTO photo
Pikachu PUTITTO

Share a drink with Pikachu thanks to these PUTITTO figures


Collect all six!
Jun 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The fine folks that brought us a number of familiar characters hanging off our cups from Funassyi to Disney to Madoka Magica is at it again. This time around Kitan Club is ready to electrify your favorite drinks wit...
Top sales 5/11 to 5/17 photo
Top sales 5/11 to 5/17

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/11 to 5/17


Go, go Super Sentai
May 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Not sure why, but apparently during this period there was a surge in toy sales from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Japan's current big Super Sentai series claimed the bottom four overall slots. Meanwhile all of the hobby slo...
Masterpiece Road Rage photo
Masterpiece gets its first fembot
Back in January the ol' Transformers rumor mill claimed to know the next three Masterpiece figures coming to Japan. The first was said to be MP-25 Tracks which turned out to be true. The second was long shot MP-26 Road Rage w...

Top sales 4/20 to 4/26 photo
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
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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...
Top sales 4/13 to 4/19 photo
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
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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-...
Top sales 4/6 to 4/12 photo
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
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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,...
10th Anniv. Saber photo
Final day of pre-orders on figure due in September
Type Moon's 10th anniversary was a few years ago, but the celebration continues. Aniplex+'s Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure for Fate/stay night has been available for a limited time pre-order for a while ...

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Should have named him Silverstreak
Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Di...

Masterpiece Tracks photo
Narcissistic Transformer gets a figure to be proud of
It's been less than two weeks since we got our first look at Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece Tracks and things appear to be moving along quickly. Already we're being treated to some full color images of the A...

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...
life-like 3D figure scans photo
life-like 3D figure scans

Universal Studios Japan can turn you into an Evangelion figure


Full body 3D scan makes for a surprisingly realistic figure
Jan 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
3D scanners aren't anything new, Gentle Giant used them over a decade ago to make Jakks Pacific's WWF/WWE Real Scan figures. But with time comes innovation and now anyone can have a figure made of themselves if they know wher...
Transformers photo
Transformers

Takara Tomy adds Aerialbots, obscure repaints to Japanese Transformers lines


Robots in Disguise character repainted into another RID character is more unusual than it sounds.
Jan 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Recently Takara Tomy teased an image of Superion's silhouette announcing their plans for Hasbro's Transformers Generations: Combiner Wars figures. This past week they released images of the Aerialbots including Slingshot...
figma Kirito GGO ver. photo
figma Kirito GGO ver.

Akiba Hobby takes a closer look at SAO II's figma Kirito GGO ver.


'Voom, voom' sword sound effects not included
Jan 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Recently the pre-orders went up for Max Factory's figma Sword Art Online II Kirito Trap ver. GGO ver. and Akiba Hobby has already gotten their hands on one for a gallery. Kidding aside, this is a really great likeness of the ...

Mega Drive Megatron gets a Genesis makeover

Dec 08 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Mega Drive Megatron photo
And a gold one, too
Everyone's favorite video game-console-turned-killer-robot Mega Drive Megatron from Takara Tomy is getting a limited makeover. Soon Megatron will be getting redesigned as a Sega Genesis and come complete with a matching mini ...

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 ...
Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Don't underestimate Nendoroid magical girl Akari Yomatsuri


Plus a bunch of other friends from Miyazawa Model Exhibition
Nov 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Although announced a few months ago, we're finally getting out first look at Nendoroid self proclaimed magical girl Akari Yomatsuri from Captain Earth at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Autumn 2014! They haven't said a wh...
Snow Miku  photo
Yay, a figma Snow Miku that isn't just a repaint!
Snow Miku Snow Bell ver. is cute. Like, beyond belief adorably cute. Way too cute to be left as just a single figure so Good Smile Company and Max Factory are spreading the love. 2015 will be the first year were a new Snow Mi...

Card Captor Sakura photo
Card Captor Sakura

figma Sakura is ready to be captored plus future plans revealed


Many more figures are in the cards
Nov 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The time has finally come for Card Captor Sakura fans as the title character's first figma is finally up for pre-order! Along with it comes a mountain of details and photos to satisfy us. The Sealing Wand is full of options s...
Card Captor Sakura photo
Card Captor Sakura

FuRyu wants to win you over with more Card Captor Sakura prize figures


Looking good with them cat ears!
Nov 06
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hope you aren't tired of all the Card Captor Sakura figures coming from all corners of the Japanese toy collecting world because I'm sure there's a lot more on the way. FuRyu sure doesn't look to be stopping any time soon wit...
TF4 Optimus Prime photo
TF4 Optimus Prime

AD-31 Optimus Prime is the figure we should have started with


Still a shellformer, but at least it's a pretty one
Oct 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
At this point Transformers fans have come to learn one constant when it comes movie figures: never by the launch releases. I mean, we buy them anyway, we can't help ourselves, but we do so knowing that at some point an even b...
figma the Thinker photo
figma the Thinker

figma the Thinker can't sit still for this gallery


Most articulated statue you'll ever find
Oct 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Statues aren't supposed to move, but don't tell FREEing that. Their new figma based on Rodin's 1902 masterpiece is all about the ROM (range of motion). Being essentially a naked figma (and I do mean naked), and of the 2.0 var...
S.H.Figuarts Sasuke photo
But what will you be reading when it's released?
You've probably already heard by now, but the Naruto manga is now in it's final weeks, set to end at the beginning of November. Seems like bad timing for Bandai to be releasing Naruto figures, that might have a little somethi...

Figuarts Zero Sabo photo
Figuarts Zero Sabo

Spark a revolution with Figuarts ZERO Sabo from One Piece


Wish I could say it was a great looking figure, but...
Oct 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
One of the worst kept secrets in the One Piece anime has finally made his debut in this past weekend's episode and it would seem a figure debut wasn't far behind. Even though the anime refuses thus far to show his face and ca...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Kotobukiya has a titan of an Eren Yeager model on the way


Shingeki no Plamo
Sep 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Plastic models aren't just for giant robots. Giant humanoid monsters need a little plamo loving, too. Kotobukiya is showing off an updated look at their upcoming tian form Eren Yeager model kit from Attack on Titan at All Jap...
Madoka Magica Mami photo
She'll be keeping Madoka and Homura company in April
Aniplex+ is back again with another Madoka Magica girl clad in their best kimono. Joining Madoka and Homura is figure number three, Mami (Maiko edition) in a very cute pink kimono. The detail is quite exceptional with lots of...

Masterpiece Star Saber photo
Masterpiece Star Saber

Takara Tomy reveals hidden secret in MP Star Saber's Shield


Not bad for only being used in one episode
Sep 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you think there's nothing left to say about Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber, Takara Tomy gives us something new. We've known for a while that Star Saber would come with a shield as it showed up in a few scans an...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

Sep 09 // Scarecroodle
While I find myself unable to do a top ten list, I figure I should at least try to order these things in terms of preference. Spider-Man 2099 has long been one of my favorite superheroes. Unfortunately, the character hasn't seen that much great merchandise over the years. Yes, he has a Bowen statue I can't afford and WizKids did a few decent Heroclix figurines, but the more conventional offerings have been a little lackluster. ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics Spidey 2099 was a somewhat lame redeco of a normal Spider-Man figure (from that same line) which featured a cloth cape and lacked the character's iconic arm-spikes (besides having those out-of-character webshooter-posed hands). Hasbro took a stab at the character with a less articulate figure in the Spider-Man Origins line but, once again, it lacked those arm-spikes and featured a cheap cloth cape. Finally, Hasbro gave us a Spidey 2099 in the Marvel Universe line and, while it recycled the standard body, the figure at least had the arm-spikes (positioned a little oddly?) and a plastic cape. It looked like that would be the best we'd ever get... then SDCC 2014 rolled around and Hasbro unveiled its Spider-Man Legends Spidey 2099. Hasbro's new Spider-Man 2099 is almost everything I could have hoped for: it features an accurate build, it has Spidey's ironic outstretched fingers (although it lacks the talons, but hey, they could be retracted!), there's a lot of articulation, and it's in the 6-inch scale. It's more or less everything I wanted (sans a glossy paint job). I look forward to picking it up and, with any luck, seeing Diamond Select Toys produce an even better version of the character in its Marvel Select line. My second most-wanted item is Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics Tung Lashor. Matty Collector had previously announced that Tung Lashor and Squeeze, the two last Snakemen from the original vintage line, would be included in the final two Club Eternia subscriptions. The catch? Only one would appear per year and Matty wasn't saying which would appear when. Those fiendish devils! Thankfully, however, Matty Collector unveiled my favorite, Tung Lashor, at SDCC and announced that he was conveniently scheduled for November (alongside Galactic Protector She-Ra!). I had been looking forward to Tung Lashor for a while, especially because the original vintage figure was one of the few He-Man figures that managed to stay with me over the years despite several moves and Hurricane Andrew (which was responsible for two of those moves). The MOTUC Tung Lashor is a great update of the vintage figure, capturing and (slightly) improving on the original's look. Although (like most MOTUCs) it lacks the original gimmick, MOTUC has replicated the tongue-lashing feature with an alternate extended-tongue head. I'm fortunate that he came out this year, since there are no guarantees that the 2015 Club Eternia will hit its minimum number of subs. Of course, the downside is that we probably won't ever see a really articulated 200x series Tung Lashor but at least there's NECA's staction version available which, in this instance, is better than nothing. Another bit of particularly exciting news is Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Carnage. Back when Hasbro produced a pretty good ML Carnage in its Spider-Man Legends line, I (just barely) held off buying it because I saw what incredible work DST had done with its MS Venom (which I still want to pick up at some point). The problem with basically every Carnage so far has been a lack of interchangeable parts, something that the MS Carnage should correct. We can already see that it includes a version of the axe-arm which is one of those absolute staples missing from most releases. If it was just that, the MS Carnage (with its great sculpting and paint) would stand quite a bit taller than most (if not all) other Carnage action figures. However, DST intends to give fans far more than that which should make the MS Carnage the definitive Carnage action figure. It completely justifies not picking up the latest ML version. Of course, the Marvel Select wasn't the only thing Carnage fans had to look forward to, as Kotobukiya unveiled the rest of its Fine Arts Carnage. The statue notably features multiple tendrils extending from his body and includes an interchangeable arm (I believe the weapon arm is exchanged with a normal hand). If I was more of a statues fan, I would be all over this one. In what shaped up to be a pretty good convention for evil, Hasbro announced (and showed off) its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Bossk. Prior to Bossk, Boba Fett was the only real bounty hunter (ie, not some Rodian punk who gets shot while sitting down in a cantina)  that we'd seen and I was starting to get a little worried that the line would be canceled before it got into producing them.  Bossk looks a lot better than his also-great Saga Legends counterpart (who was among the first modern Star Wars figures I picked up) and hopefully this trend will continue long enough to get me a Dengar. On the subject of both improvements and redemption, the Marvel Legends line will *finally* get a half-decent Scarlet Witch (the previous version, released in ToyBiz's Legendary Riders series, was so bad that the company originally didn't intend to release it in the US... or so the rumor goes). This pretty cool wave (dubbed "Avengers Legends"?) features Odin (!!!) as a BAF, with alternate parts for a King Thor variant. While I really don't care for most of the wave, I doubt that I'll be able to pass on a decent-looking Odin. Other pretty neat Marvel Legends coming out (that don't rank on my favorites list) are Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, and a Thanos BAF, as well as Machine Man and Captain Marvel. Plus the ML Sentry (originally intended as a running change in the Hit Monkey wave) is finally getting a release. Jumping over the Summer Wonder Festival side of things for a moment, the biggest thing to grab my attention was the announcement of a figma Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Although we've seen a decent DMG figure or two over the years, such as the Cu-Poche version, never has there been a great normal, articulated figure for the character. While a Dark Magician may be a bit more apropos, I think I'd rather have the DMG first. Another exciting set of announcements were for Nendoroids Rider and Archer (Fate/Stay Night). Although we saw some great mini Nendoroids for Rider (at least one of which I own), it's going to be nice to get a full-sized (or full Nendo-sized...) version of the character as well; especially because she should come with a bunch of props. The only thing keeping me in my seat is a nagging suspicion that Kotobukiya may eventually cover the character in the Cu-Poche line, which I'd probably prefer. Other adorable small figures included NECA's Mogwai Series 5, which features three more concept characters (Patches, Zoe, and Gary). Although I know that at least two of them are basically straight-up repaints, I'll still be excited to pick those up (I'm less sure about wanting the all-white, weird-faced Gary). Due out in November (not October), the ones that I grab should look pretty neat next to my other concept-series Mogwai (which I mostly picked up to get Penny). I'm still not sure why the Gremlins part of the line has basically stalled (with a few figures in limbo) while we keep getting Mogwais who didn't even appear in the movies. I'm even less sure why I keep getting so excited to see new ones. Mattel will be adding the Yvonne Craig Batgirl to its Batman classic TV series line. While I had hoped to see the character (especially when the line looked canceled once or twice), she's unfortunately part of a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. I suppose it's not a huge hurdle, since Batman and Robin were two of the only figures I didn't buy when the line first came out. The head-sculpt and body-work is pretty neat, but those arms look unusually long or something. The figures were designed by Mattel's in-house crew (rather than the Four Horsemen who handled a lot of the other DC collectibles in the past) so I guess things are bound to be a little iffy in places. Another cool babe that I'm really happy to see is Mattel's Galactic Protector She-Ra. This New Adventures-styled figure is one of the Four Horsemen's original creations and mixes some of NA He-Man's elements with She-Ra's design, giving the character an updated look. Given that she's due out in November alongside Tung Lashor, I'll likely buy both characters directly from Matty Collector this time around (rather than hitting up eBay for a better price). And, jumping back to the classic Batman TV series, Diamond Select Toys showed off a number of resin busts and vinyl bank busts, both at its booth and during a panel. My favorite item was naturally a Burgess Meredith Penguin bust. While the TV series had some great villains, few seemed as fun as Burgess Meredith's take on the Penguin. Will he some day be followed by an eggsellent Vincent Price Eggman bust? Only time will tell. Although the Four Horsemen won't be doing much for Mattel going forward, the company is hardly sitting on its hands these days. The company's latest endeavor is a fantasy-themed line of figures entitled "Mythic Legions" which features dwarfs, orcs, vampires, and more. The sculpting and paint-work on these is incredible, absolutely top-notch stuff. The only drawback is that you usually have to buy these sorts of things directly from the Four Horsemen's site which costs you a bit more on shipping (as opposed to buying from Entertainment Earth, which offers free shipping on larger orders). Ranking a bit lower on my list is a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Hoth frost-bitten, bloodied Luke and wampa 2-pack. The pack is ostentatiously based on that famous cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, but will likely not include a removable, bloodied arm option for the wampa. However, I'm still impressed that Hasbro will be making a wampa that much larger than Luke. Although fans were never given a great look at the wampa's size in the films, the one Luke encountered was implied to be huge (something that didn't really carry over to Shadow of the Empire on the Nintendo 64). Another neat Star Wars announcement came at WonFes where Good Smile Company showed plans to make a Nendoroid Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Oh, plus Kaiyodo showed off its Star Wars Revoltechs which could be promising. Honestly, there were so many cool things I should have made two Highlight Reels. Here are a few more really exciting items:   The MOTU Minis Snake Mountain is incredibly adorable. It's also neat because Matty's Scott Neitlich previously revealed that a MOTUC Snake Mountain is unlikely given how things went for Castle Grayskull, which makes this the only official Mattel Snake Mountain that we'll ever see. While the diorama is a massive want, it's bundled as part of a subscription which is a massive Don't Want To Pay For. As such, I'll only be nabbing it if I can find it cheaply on the aftermarket. The Spider-Man Legends line discussed earlier also includes a May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity) and a Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-a-Figure. Although I've stayed away from the MC2 continuity (which, as far as I'm aware, has never been adapted into a cartoon or film) but I've been aware of the May Parker Spider-Girl and wanted a decent figure. As previously mentioned, I only know Phil Urich from his heroic Green Goblin run (and even then, I only owned one or two issues) so the fact that he's a murderous, villainous Hobgoblin came as something of a surprise. Granted, the new design makes for a cool figure. It's just a shame that it's a BAF when I'm trying to move away from buying full waves. The final item on the Hasbro front is the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Infinite) 3.75-inch Sandman figure, which brings me a step closer to completing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six. The figure is cool for coming in both a standard version (seen here) and an all-sand deco. The figure looks like he recycles some parts from the MU Absorbing Man (first released in a Secret Wars 2-pack before getting a single-card release alongside a variant) although it's hard to be sure. I was excited to see a Jim Lee-styled Beast as well. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kotobukiya will be producing a Fine Arts Rogue based on the character's appearance around the '90s. The sculpting so far looks great and I can't wait to see the statue painted. In addition to Carnage, Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing a Marvel Select Cable. This guy would be a lot higher on my list if I was more of a Cable fan, but other than the Marvel vs. Capcom games, I've never really gotten into the character. I do like that DST went with his bulkier look which is usually how I've envisioned Cable. The other pretty neat remaining DST item is the MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank. I wasn't sure what to make of the first two banks, but this one is absolutely adorable. It recently went up for pre-order and was among DST's items featured in the latest issue of Previews. DC Collectibles had a lot of new designs on display for its Batman: The Animated Series line. Killer Croc and Batgirl had sculpted prototypes on display, although the jointing hadn't been implemented yet (Killer Croc's pack-in, Baby Doll, presumably won't feature articulation). Several other designs were shown on the backdrop, including Penguin and Riddler. While I like a lot of the work that I've seen on the line thus far, I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be buying. I'm assuming that I'll probably at least get the Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and maybe the Riddler. Even if DCC wasn't releasing several at a time, it's just too much for me to collect at this point given the US$25 price point. Speaking of affordability, Mattel will be expanding its 4-inch DC Multiverse line with oversized figures from Rocksteady's Arkham series. The figures are going to be pretty large but, unlike DC Collectibles' versions (which ran from something like US$50 to US$100), they're going to be a more affordable US$25. It's great because I wanted a Grundy but I didn't want to spring US$80 for the DCC version. On the subject of pricey, over-sized figures, Matty Collector will be releasing 12-inch remakes of the vintage MotUs. While it's a neat concept, I can't see myself paying US$75 (before Canadian shipping...) for these. It didn't occur to me at the time, but this is basically the same approach that Gentle Giant has taken with the giant-sized remakes of the old Kenner Star Wars figures. However, unlike those Star Wars figures, some of these actually look tempting. I've probably mentioned this a few times, but I've never been able to get into She-Ra: Princess of Power. I like the fact that there seems to be more of a story to the series than the original Masters of the Universe (of which I rewatched a few episodes earlier this year, mostly for nostalgia), but the episodes that I've watched have felt a little dry (and the character voices can be annoying). As such, I'm always surprised by how many POP character designs I find appealing. Mermista, for instance, sports a neat aquatic theme but, more importantly, she comes with an alternate mermaid lower body. Of course, I'm also excited over the Real Ghostbusters line announcement. Finally, DC Collectibles had its recently unveiled Batman: Arkham Knight figures on display. These were unveiled shortly before SDCC but it was still great to see them out in the field rather than in stock photography. I'm really looking forward to the Scarecrow although I'm not that fond of the character's broken leg. Of course, given that Batman: Arkham Knight is on the PS4/Xbone, I'm not sure when I'll actually play the game itself since I'm not planning on getting either system in the near future (nor do I own a gaming-quality pc).
Top toys photo
Now in Low Definition
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short. See many of my favorites after the jump.

G.E.M. Digimon photo
G.E.M. Digimon

The DigiWorld just got more adorable with G.E.M. TK and Kari


Plus Demidevimon drops by to torment TK
Sep 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well this is a great surprise! It was only about a month ago that MegaHouse announced they were following up their G.E.M. series Digimon figures of Tai (Taichi) and Matt (Yamato) with their younger siblings Kari (Hikari)...
Nendoroid SAO Sinon photo
Nendoroid SAO Sinon

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery


On target for pre-orders tonight
Sep 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

MP Star Saber gets a surprisingly low price and distant release date


Plus more comparison shots with the G1 figure
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It took long enough, but Takara Tomy has finally given us all of the details we've been begging for over the last few months. Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber has finally been officially designated number MP-24 in the line...
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Samurai Darth Vader is ready to put a Force Grip on your wallet


I guess you could call it a Force "Lightening" of your bank account
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Think back to Tokyo Toy Show in June and you might remember Bandai's surprise Star Wars announcement along with the reveal of Movie Realization Samurai Darth Vader. It's not exactly a well guarded secret that George Lucas got...
MP Exhaust photo
MP Exhaust

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust


Wheeljack gets an evil remold
Sep 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber


Fun with scale!
Aug 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Thanks to Takara Tomy's attempt at being screen accurate with their upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber we're seeing them take an interesting slant on bot mode scale. Starting with the Brain of Courage (the tiny bot)...

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