Japanese toys

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... read feature

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
By now we should be used to Bandai owning these top lists so I won't harp on that any more. Instead we'll focus on what's actually made the lists rather than who made them. Like last week the overall list matches the boys lis... read
Top sales 4/13 to 4/19 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
I guess this is what we've been building up to. It started to look like they were losing their grip, but a steady gain in rankings lead to this point: total domination. I'll comment more down below. Overall (→) Yo-... read
Top sales 4/6 to 4/12 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
This week supported two known facts: trading card games and Gundam are insanely popular in Japan. To say it was a great week for either, especially Gundam, might be an understatement. There are only three new items this week,... read
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 ... read feature

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... read feature

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... read feature

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
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... read
Nendoroid Plus Capsules photo
Nendoroid Plus Capsules

GSC's Nendoroid Plus Miku capsules are ready for winter


BEAR MIKU IS BEST MIKU!!!
Jan 28
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... read
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
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... read
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
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... read
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
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 ... read
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 ... read feature

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
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 ... read
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
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... read
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... read feature

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
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... read
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
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... read
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
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... read
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
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... read
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... read feature

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
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... read
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

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


Shingeki no Plamo
Sep 26
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... read
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... read feature

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
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... read
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. read feature

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
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)... read
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
[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... read
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
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... read
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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
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... read
MP Exhaust photo
MP Exhaust

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust


Wheeljack gets an evil remold
Sep 02
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... read
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Takara Tomy compares new and old with MP Star Saber


Fun with scale!
Aug 30
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)... read
figma Archer photo
figma Archer

You aren't imagining things, this is really a figma Archer release gallery


The day you thought would never come
Aug 28
Not a hoax and not a dream; figma Archer is really being released. In fact you may have already received your payment request for your pre-order. I fully expected months of delays, especially when it was realized it would be ... read
MP Star Saber photo
MP Star Saber

Magazine scans show off all of MP Star Saber's features


One of the biggest robot releases for 2015
Aug 27
Once again we get another month of scans featuring the incredible looking Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber. The Dengeki Hobby scans from TAG give us our best look yet at all of the little features that have made their way ... read
Hatsune Miku photo
Hatsune Miku

Prepare for a treat with Hatsune Miku Halloween Nendoroid launch events


New York and Los Angeles host special Miku events
Aug 20
On the official Hatsune Miku Facebook page they've revealed two big east and west coast events for the USA of particular interest to us here at Tomopop. On October 11 and 12 the Los Angeles Center Studios will be hosting the ... read
Hello Kitty photo
Hello Kitty

Japan sends a Kitty into space


Specially made Hello Kitty hitches a ride on a satellite
Aug 16
There's a long tradition of space agencies around the world sending animals into space, for better or worse. But this might be a first. Reuters is reporting that a tiny, 4 cm tall Hello Kitty figure is riding along on the rec... read
Transformers Expo photo
Transformers Expo

Transformers Expo 2014 reveals MP Star Saber in color


Plus a bunch of rare prototypes from the Takara archive
Aug 13
Last Weekend in Japan was Transformers Expo, more or less the equivalent to BotCon in the US. They were a little light on the announcements this year, not giving away any real plans for upcoming figures past what's been previ... read
7-Eleven Eva photo
Kinda looks like an Unit 01 race car
[update: All 25 of the statues put up for sale sold out in two minutes at that price. Two minutes! That's insane!] Ever wonder what it would look like if NERV was funded by a major international convenient store chain? Probab... read feature

Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Nendoroid Batman, figma Leonidas and more


THIS IS FIGMA!!!
Jul 26
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer is here and Good Smile Company hit the ground running. We've got our first good look at the Nendoroid Batman that they hinted at and it looks quite good. Looks like he'll come with a Bat Signa... read
Wonder Festival photo
Wonder Festival

Take another look at GSC's exclusives before Wonder Festival


Only a few days left to go!
Jul 23
Well look at that, we're only a couple days away from Wonder Festival this weekend and Good Smile Company has another preview for their upcoming exclusives. Sure, you've already seen the figures they have in store, but thanks... read






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