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Seele Danboard photo
Seele Danboard

Revoltech Mini Danboard gets new life as an Evangelion Seele monolith


Amazon Japan exclusive bundle
May 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This fall will mark the 20th anniversary of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV anime series which first premiered in October of 1995. In celebration of this major milestone the original TV series and movies are being remastered i...
Star Wars photo
Boba Fett? Where? Where?!
An unpainted prototype for Kaiyodo's Revoltech? Boba Fett was on display at Winter WonFes. Fans will recall that the character had previously been teased with a silhouette at Summer WonFes 2014 when Kaiyodo first displayed it...

Revoltech Yoko Sailor ver photo
Revoltech Yoko Sailor ver

Revoltech Yoko is back, now in a sailor uniform


Buy ALL the Yokos
Jan 02
// Andres Cerrato
It's been quite some time since Gurren Lagann had figure news. Revoltechs were great in the early run of the series and Yoko helped to usher in the Fraulein line. Being that the character was popular over several releases and...

Dragons and Kirins, oh my!

Dec 28 // Scarecroodle
Mythology photo
Somehow the word, "fantastic", seems fitting
Talk about things flying under the radar: pre-orders have opened for some spectacular dragon and kirin figures. Produced by Kaiyodo (best known for its Revoltech line), these figures are billed as being part of the "TK Projec...

Revoltech R2-D2 photo
Revoltech R2-D2

Make full use of joints with Revoltech R2-D2


Just because you can doesn't mean you should
Dec 26
// Andres Cerrato
Revoltech Star Wars should be a hit. It's hard to believe that Revoltech line has been going for nearly 9 years and this was supposed to be the breath of fresh air that the line needed. However, there are just some thing...
Revoltech Darth Vader photo
Revoltech Darth Vader

Revolve to the dark side with Revoltech Darth Vader


The first Star Wars Revoltech goes up for pre-order
Sep 18
// Tianxiao Ma
We saw quite a few Star Wars Revoltech figures at WonFes. Soon Darth Vader will be at your doorstep as he has gone up for pre-order. There aren't a ton of surprises as far as the retail version goes. You have a segmented cape...
Hello Kitty photo
On her second life now?
Kaiyodo's Revoltech Hello Kitty Black Skull ver is currently available for pre-order. This Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos, not the zombie movie or its remake) themed figure comes with Joe (the mouse), an apple, and an altern...

Star Wars photo
The Empire conquers Japan?
Not wanting to be left off the Lucas gravy train, Kaiyodo has apparently added Star Wars characters to its Revoltech line. Unpainted prototypes for Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, C-3PO, R2-D2 and a Mouse Droid were on display ...

Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi photo
Kaiyodo Mega Sofubi

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo's Mega Sofubi Advance


Amazing-est Alien ever?
Jul 28
// Kristina Pino
Did I just completely miss this whole arm of Kaiyodo's corpus? I'm always awed and amazed (sometimes not in the best way) by super-huge toys. In this case, I definitely got a good impression, though. As I turned the corner, I...
Revol Mini Date Masumune photo
Revol Mini Date Masumune

Revoltech introduces Mini Date Masamune and reintroduces Legacy figures


They're back again at modern (re: higher) prices
Jun 25
// Andres Cerrato
Revol Mini continues to be a thing. After Kinnikuman, Solid Snake, and Iron Man Mk VI, the 4th release in the line will be Date Masamune of Sengoku Basara. Just as with the other releases, Masamune got a release  in the ...
Star Wars photo
Star Wars

Star Wars finally to be mass merchandised by mass manufacturers


Not just a select few anymore
Jun 13
// Andres Cerrato
If a catalog coming out of the International Tokyo Toy Fair is to be believed, there is going to be a lot of people involved in Star Wars over the next few years. Bandai has already revealed their hand partially with S.H. Fig...
Contest Results photo
We need better capsule toys in America
Two weeks ago I asked readers to name their favorite capsule toys, and boy did I get a lot of responses! Readers named Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, and more. There was no wrong answer. All of this ...

Contest photo
Do you like surprises?
Greetings, Tomopop readers! It's time for another exciting contest where we're giving away some fun prizes. What are we offering this time? Well, one winner will get a Kaiyodo Evangelion Asuka Capsule Q Fraulein figure, but t...

Revol Mini Iron Man Mk VI photo
Revol Mini Iron Man Mk VI

Yes, there's a third Revol Mini. Yes, it's an Iron Man.


Coming up next, probably a Revol Mini EVA
May 25
// Andres Cerrato
Revol Mini is a line that isn't even out yet, but it's already starting to feel old to me. Yes, there was a new version of Snake. Then it was coupled with Kinnikuman, which while he is a great figure, it's one that has been d...
RevolMini Cyborg Ninja photo
RevolMini Cyborg Ninja

RevolMini rolls on with MGS' Cyborg Ninja


I wish this were normal sized
May 08
// Andres Cerrato
If you were hoping for more Metal Gear Solid figures, then I have good news. If you were hoping they'd be back to normal Revoltechs, well, too bad. It is extremely good news that Cyborg Ninja is getting a release, however it ...
Revol Mini Snake & Muscle photo
Revol Mini Snake & Muscle

A better look at Revol Mini Solid Snake and Kinnikuman


Also Micro Yamaguchi
Apr 24
// Andres Cerrato
This month's scans brought news of the new Revoltech line, Revol Mini. The inaugural figures of the line are none other than Solid Snake and Kinnikuman. It's not the announcement that many were expecting, but nevertheless, he...
Magazine Scans photo
Magazine Scans

Revoltech goes small with new revolMiNi line


Buy them again, just smaller
Apr 22
// Andres Cerrato
Revoltech hasn't held much attention lately. It's kind of saddening, but the line has failed to capture our imaginations with licenses and the actual product like figma and Figuarts have. That's not to say that Kaiyodo is any...
TMNT photo
TMNT

TMNT becomes TMNR: Teenage Mutant Ninja Revoltechs


Tomopop editor couldn't figure out really clever way to format the headline
Mar 31
// Scarecroodle
Say what you will about Kaiyodo's Revoltech line but it is, in fact, not dead. Despite facing stiff competition from companies like Max Factory and Bandai, the Revoltech line has continued to find niches in the marketplace wh...
Hyper Sofubi Ultraman photo
Hyper Sofubi Ultraman

Kaiyodo's Hyper Sofubi Ultraman is a big, big deal


Giant soft vinyl figure might be a little bit more in scale with your other Tokusatsu figures
Mar 06
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
You ever look at your shelf and think there's something a little off about your Kamen Rider being the same height as your Ultraman? Kaiyodo's new Hyper Sofubi Ultraman is just the thing to correct that little annoyance. Made ...
Revoltech The Bat photo
Who knew a flying machine could get a poseable figure?
The latest addition to the Tokusatsu Revoltech website is a page for the upcoming figure of The Bat. Yep, a poseable figure of Batman's craft from The Dark Knight Rises is coming in June, and it looks as odd at first gla...

Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you

Feb 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Pinkcheeks has been having a lot of fun with Mayoi Hachikuji. Here's figma Mayoi enjoying some fresh air in the great outdoors on a mountain hike... ...and here's Nendoroid Hachikuji looking platinum cute in a pink bunny costume! Right in our very own Tomopop C-Blogs, CrowMaiden did a wonderful photo review of Megahouse's G.E.M. series Yamato "Matt" Ishida from Digimon. I really need to get myself one of these and Tai. [embed]33698:37257:0[/embed] Kenneth Bolido did a great video review for the 2014 Snow Miku. Lots of nice visuals in this review. I'm sure this isn't the last time we'll see her in LinkUP. Reflective Boundary did a gallery for the very sexy Alphamax 1/8 Velvet from Shining Ark. Quite the treasure. Kixkillradio made Kaiyodo's Capsule Fortune Saber figrues look pretty darn irresistible. She also spent some quality time with Cu-Poche Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from HenNeko. This figure needs a neko mask in the worst way! Former Tomopop staffer Chag posted on his blog Hobby Hovel about his engagement this past weekend and how love effects our hobby (and vise versa). Congrats! Don't forget to check out the Tomopop Tumblr for great stuff being shared all the time like these amazing Star Wars figure photos from Avanaut shared by Archie McPhee. That's it for this week. See you next week right here on Tomopop LinkUP!
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Take a moment to enjoy other people playing with toys
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for ...

Snow Miku prize figure photo
Snow Miku prize figure

New Snow Miku 2014 prize figure emerges


Sculpted by Bome, available at ... an airport?
Dec 17
// Brian Szabelski
Can't get enough of the new Snow Miku? Well, if a Nendo and the Licca-chan doll aren't enough, then Kaiyodo has a new Snow Miku gachapon prize figure for you! As part of Hokkaido Figure Miyage Vol. 3, which features lots...
Batman photo
Batman

Kaiyodo goes Batty with the TDKR Sci-Fi Revoltech The Bat


Not as fun as the Batwing
Dec 16
// Scarecroodle
Bet you didn't see this one coming: Kaiyodo's newest addition to their line of Revoltech vehicles will be The Bat from The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in Nolan's Batman trilogy. Considering the movie was released on DVD...
Kaiyodo photo
Kaiyodo

Why, hello there, Revoltech Hello Kitty


Making your cat look boring since 1974
Dec 09
// Scarecroodle
AmiAmi has released a review for Kaiyodo's upcoming Revoltech Hello Kitty / Kitty White. While the photos are fun, the review fails to answer what was running through Kaiyodo's head(s) when the company decided to produce a Re...
Domo-kun photo
Domo-kun

Revoltech Domo-kun is real and ready for pre-order


Watch the weather channel with Domo
Dec 06
// Vanessa Cubillo
First there was Hello Kitty, now Kaiyodo has made a Revoltech Domo-kun figure. This Domo will be articulated and come with loads of accessories. I’ve seen many Domo figures, but not many with articulation. This one has...
Revoltech photo
Revoltech

Revoltech's rapid repaints/rereleases run rampant


Plus one new release, but that doesn't fit my wordplay
Nov 04
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There was a time when new Revoltech figures came as frequently as figma do today. These days Kaiyodo seems content with releasing a few new figures every month next to a pile of reissues and repaints. In October it was the th...

Tomopop Review: Revoltech Takeya Ashura Wood Grain Ver.

Oct 23 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: Revoltech Takeya Ashura Wood Grain Ver.Figure Maker: KaiyodoRetail: ¥2,534Available at: HobbyLink Japan (Other figures in the series also available)   The packaging for Ashura is nothing special, just a window on the front and then some product photos on the front and back (including other items in the series). While I'm not sure whether they were deliberately going for a subdued look, the end result is packaging that has no real display value, nor does it do a great job in cross-promoting the line's other offerings. The inner blister consists of the usual two trays associated with Revoltech releases (you can get an idea of what it looks like from the packaging's front window). Inside we have Ashura, two alternate orb-holding hands, an arrow holding right hand, a bow-holding left hand, a stand, and that orange box that comes with most Revoltech releases. The pegs on the stand seemed a little too thick for the pegholes on Ashura's feet. I managed to get one foot half on (and I tried standing him in both directions) before deciding to just skip the aggravation. Personally, I've never been much of a fan of stands although this one arguably augments the figure's display value since he's supposed to be a statue. The orbs are secured on his hands via pegs and can be removed, providing an additional display option. You'll probably notice that I went and swapped in an alternate set of hands immediately (the flat hands minus the orbs). As you'd expect, all the hand-sets are interchangeable with all the arms so despite only having two alternate sets in box you still have the appearance of having variety. The actual statues seem to commonly favor a pose where his two upper arms are displayed in a similar fashion and the middle hands are clasped together. For those unfamiliar with Ashura, an Ashura (also called an Asura; no relation to the Assyrian god Ashur) is type of deity that appears in both Buddhist and Hindu texts. Given their abnormal appearance (and often chaotic alignment within their corresponding religious mythos), they're frequently used as a monster archetype in roleplaying games. My first encounter with one was in Final Fantasy Legend II where a goblin used the power of MAGI to become a three-headed, six armed demon. Like most people, I've always thought it would be really useful to have an extra arm or two, but I imagine that there's probably a point of diminishing returns. Worse, you may literally have more arms than you know what to do with. Then you'll just start trying to find extra stuff to do just to make use of them and, well, that gets confusing. You might notice that Ashura's upper torso looks large in profile, which I think is more just an issue of having extra shoulders and loose-fitting robes. Some of the photos may also make Ashura look huge, but he's really only about 5.5-inches tall (to the top of his head). Depictions of the Ashura vary and Kaiyodo definitely went for more of a demonic look here. Ashura's faces feature a frightening amount of detail, each one contorted into a fierce expression. The right and left faces both grit their teeth and appear to be sculpted identically while the front has a more open mouth. You'll notice bulging veins across the figure (such as the one pictured on his forearm), a nice detail that emphasizes the character's raw physical power (albeit a detail that doesn't appear too often on statues). The wood grain deco has a more metallic look due to the glossy paint. Under darker lighting, the appearance is a bit more wood-like although it could also still pass for bronze or another dark metal. The white powder-like texture in places does little to dispel this ambiguity, since it resembles either sawdust or rust. The disk on Ashura's back is on a peg that's attached to the rest of his body by a ball-joint. As such, you can flip it upside down or easily remove it to get a better look at the back of Ashura's heads or if you prefer to not see it for whatever reason. The disk's detailing is pretty neat, though, with little flame-like designs on it. While you'd imagine the detail make the six-armed, three-headed deity look even more cluttered (more arms than I know what to do with!), it complements the design nicely. The upper body is pretty fun to mess around with, especially since those orbs have a rasengan feel to them. Two of the hands were also designed in a way that they can hold weapons (despite no additional weapons being included) which lets you improvise with whatever you have on hand. I just wish we had more of them so the character could hold six swords. The top arms' movement is a little restricted by the middle shoulder when trying to bring them around to the front, but the lower ones can slide under somewhat effortlessly. The lower body's movement, however, is somewhat more problematic. I've never been a huge fan of Kaiyodo's "Revolver Joints" and here they present any number of challenges because the joints on the knees, and more so the hips, are hidden behind Ashura's tunic.The tunic itself is split on the side, so it doesn't impede movement too greatly in that regard, but not being able to see the hip joint while you're trying to move it can be very inconvenient given the way that these things have to line up at times. The sculpted rings above Ashura's ankles limit the ankle joint's movement since the joint will pop off the leg (those familiar with Revoltech joints will be aware that it pops back in easily). This presents some balance issues. Time for a quick run-through of articulation: Ashura features a double-jointed neck (movement at heads and base/sternum). The shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and ankles all use Revolver Joints. The waist also features a much larger Revolver Joint (and works considerably better than the ones at the hips given the expected range of motion). The wrist joints are pegs with an additional pin in them for inward/outward movement. Overall impressions? Kaiyodo's Revoltech Takeya Ashura Wood Grain Ver. is pretty awesome. Most of it comes down to his six arms which provide an array of display options. The sculpted detail is pretty cool, and the wood grain deco gives him more of an artistic (or cultural?) feel. The figure's major drawback is might be that the leg joints which are obscured (or partly obscured) by the lower tunic although the character hardly needs dynamic leg poses in the first place. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample]
Review Revoltech Ashura photo
Handy around the house
Kaiyodo has long distinguished its Revoltech line from the competition by covering darn near everything. Even if you combined all of Bandai's -arts lines you wouldn't come close to the level of variety found within Kaiyodo's ...

Revoltech Hello Kitty photo
Revoltech Hello Kitty

Revoltech Hello Kitty up for pre-order now!


Are you ready to add more cuteness to your collection?
Oct 15
// Rio McCarthy
Ms. Kitty White is now available in her Revoltech form we showed you just yesterday! You know, the more I've looked at her, the more I decided I couldn't resist. I have to have her! She's very cheap, and is just too cute with...
Hello Kitty Revoltech photo
Kaiyodo surprises us with the release of Hello Kitty in Revoltech form
Well, there's something that caught me off guard, literally making me say, "Lul wut.." at my screen. Kaiyodo is officially turning Hello Kitty into a Revoltech. I think I'm excited about this, and will probably buy it if poss...

Revoltech Jessie photo
Revoltech Jessie

Your chance to rope a Revoltech Jessie (Toy Story)


On a plastic horse she rides
Sep 02
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Revoltech Jessie is currently available for pre-order; new photos added to gallery] Photos of Kaiyodo's upcoming Toy Story Revoltech Jessie have appeared on Cybergundam's blog. An unpainted Revoltech Jessie was first...
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Get your fortune told with Squid Girl capsule toys


My phone just isn't cute enough
Aug 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
From the anime, Squid Girl, comes the invader herself in capsule toy form. As part of the Capsule Q Fraulein line from Kaiyodo, these figures come in a set of five cellphone straps so you can add a little cuteness to your ph...
Revoltech Raiden photo
Revoltech Raiden

Revoltech Raiden sneaks in for pre-orders


!
Aug 05
// Andres Cerrato
Metal Gear Revengence has actually gotten people to like Raiden's design, which is something I didn't think was possible. Kaiyodo has already had their hand in making Revoltech Snake, but now the company will use their talent...
WF2013S: Kaiyodo photo
WF2013S: Kaiyodo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kaiyodo


If you guessed EVA Revoltechs, you're still not a real psychic
Jul 29
// Andres Cerrato
[Update] New photos have been added, including Revoltechs for Jessie of Toy Story and the collection of Iron Man. As the hosts of the show, I would've thought that Kaiyodo would have had more on display. Not diminishing what ...
Revoltech Iron Man Mk I photo
Revoltech Iron Man Mk I

Check out what Tony Stark built in a cave


With a box of scraps
Jun 06
// Tianxiao Ma
The Dude tasked one of his underlings to take an Arc Reactor and make it smaller. When told this was impossible, he shouted the immortal line, "Tony Stark was able to build this in a cave! With a box of scraps!" And so, not w...
Yotsuba & Marketing photo
Yotsuba & Marketing

Danboard gets sponsored in these Revoltech Minis


Gotta endorse 'em all!
May 24
// Martin Siggers
If the full size Danboard re-release wasn't enough cardboard box robot for you, you're in luck, as Kaiyodo are releasing a swarm of smaller Mini Revoltech versions of Danboard, this time in collaboration with famous brands. E...
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Available July 1, Takeya continues his line based on Buddhist mythology
From Revoltech's official blog, a preview for their Takeya No. 015 Gundari Myoo has been released. From Takayuki Takeya's series of figures from Buddhist mythology, Gundari Myoo is known as one of the Five Wisdom Kings ...

#Yotsuba&! photo
#Yotsuba&!

Revoltech Yotsuba and Danboard return once more


'Renewal' versions now up for pre-order
May 15
// Martin Siggers
Anybody who has a beating heart loves Yotsuba&! and that's the truth. It's backed up by the fact that Kaiyodo's Revoltech versions of Yotsuba and her famous cardboard robot friend Danboard remain hugely popular, inspiring...
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Hey look, the Mark VI is getting a re-release alongside the new Mark I
Andres posted late last week about the upcoming Iron Man Mark I Revoltech, which looks to be the hulking beast it was in Iron Man. If you agree and you want one for your collection, good news: it's up for pre-order right...

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Iron Man 3 is coming, so let's make a Revoltech IM Mark I


There's a lot to iron out here
Apr 25
// Andres Cerrato
Revoltech has been very successful in their mass production of Iron Man armors. From Mark II through VI, they've got them all. Iron Man 3 is on the horizon, and while it's a long way to Mark XLII, Kaiyodo is going back to the...
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New Monster Hunter Revoltechs are all about Zinogre


Choose the hunter or the hunted
Apr 16
// Natalie Kipper
If you are a fan of Monster Hunter's Zinogre, do I have news for you! The titanic thunder-powered beast has three new Revoltechs themed to it up for pre-order. The first of of the figures is Zinogre itself. This thing is huge...






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