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Nendoroid Genos photo
Your Nendo disciple is coming
Nendoroid Saitama (coming in December) wont be enjoying his alone time much longer. The One-Punch Man anime twitter account pointed out that at the November Kahotan live broadcast Tuesday announced Genos will soon b...

Top sales 11/9 to 11/15 photo
Top sales 11/9 to 11/15

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/9 to 11/15

Well, half of it anyway
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like there might have been some sort of hiccup at Their rankings for overall toys is updated even though it hasn't changed much, but some how the hobby rankings for this week are a complete copy and paste fro...
Top sales 11/2 to 11/8 photo
Top sales 11/2 to 11/8

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/2 to 11/8

Monsters and ghosts
Nov 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This week's overall listing is a lot like last week's, but Duel-Masters has dropped off, replaced by another Kamen Rider Ghost item. Japanese kids sure do love their supernatural stuff. No surprise the overall ranking matches...
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25 photo
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/19 to 10/25

Just like old times
Nov 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The battle for the number one sales spot is always fierce, but this week seems to illustrate just how so. The 10 spots between the two rankings are taken up by seven different franchises, several of them older than the fans b...

Masterpiece Ramjet photo
What? Why!?
Back in September 2006 Takara Tomy released MP-3 Starscream into the fledgling Transformers Masterpiece line. In the near 10 years since the figure has been repainted and retooled more than a dozen times between Takara Tomy a...

Madogatari photo
It's uniform swap day
Shaft animation studio's upcoming Madogatari event mashing together Madoka Magica and the Monogatari Series has given us more to be excited about than just that super cute Shinobu figFIX. Banpresto is getting in on the festiv...

Masterpiece Hot Rod photo
Now in a smaller fun-size
It looks like Hot Rod is getting a second shot in the Transformers Masterpiece line. Magazine scans are showing the unmistakable silhouette of the young Autobot speedster as an upcoming Masterpiece figure. No details yet, but...

Sword Art Online photo
That's not how you use an umbrella
All things considered, Sword Art Online is pretty light on the fan service. Between the grim situation of the death game in the first act, the desperate rescue against the clock in the second and the dire situations that came...

Masterpiece Clampdown photo
Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-14C Clampdown today which lead to just about everyone asking, "who's Clampdown?" The latest in the MP line of really obscure characters comes right after the release of blue B...

Nendoroid Hestia photo
Nendoroid Hestia

Is it wrong to try to pick up Nendoroid Hestia in a dun- er, shop?

No. The answer is no
Sep 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon  (shortened to Danmachi in Japanese) might have one of the most misleading titles in recent history. Sure, there are a lot of girls running around in this series, all with...
Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide gets a price and date

Not that much and not that far away
Sep 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy appears to be in a rush to get their newest announced Transformers Masterpiece figure into our hands. Only announced just over two months ago, we won't be waiting all that long for MP-27 Ironhide. If a somewh...
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

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

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

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...

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