Macross

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LEGO CUUSOO

LEGO's next sets up for consideration are a nerd's dream


Next LEGO set could be for Macross, Zelda, BTTF, Adventure Time, Sherlock, or Japan itself
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
LEGO CUUSOO has announced the latest round of fan-made sets up for consideration to be made into real products that anyone can buy. Previous winners include the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine with Doc and ...
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1983 Tokyo Toy Show

Witness toy history with this 1983 Tokyo Toy Show video


See the event that would help give birth to the Transformers franchise
Jan 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
There are a lot of retro nostalgia toy videos on YouTube; mostly retrospects and individuals gushing about their favorite figures. So rare is it for a video to surface that takes a slice right out of time, and even more-so wh...
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SDCC 2013 exclusive returns to Hasbro Toy Shop
You might remember back in July Harmony Gold field a lawsuit against Hasbro over their SDCC 2013 exclusive G.I. Joe and the Transformers: The Epic Conclusion figure set which, among other things, includes a repainted/remolded...


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Custom Made Monday: For the love of BMO and soy sauce


My Little Pony, Wolverine, Dragon Ball Z, and more!
Oct 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
It's Monday once again, and that means it's time for another edition of Custom Made Monday. This week's roundup features more popular characters, as well as beautiful original creations. There's some great fan creations and ...
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Nendoroid Petit Macross

Nendoroid Petit Macross set gives me an information high


Also, my boyfriend's a pilot now
Aug 27
// Andres Cerrato
If there's any franchise that's needed some more figures of its characters, its Macross. While Frontier has been getting most of the attention being the latest hot thing, the older series such as Seven or Plus have been somew...
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Harmony Gold vs Hasbro

Harmony Gold sues Hasbro over SDCC Jetfire


Harmony Gold claims use of Jetfire in SDCC exclusive G.I.Joe vs. Transformers set causes damage to their company
Jul 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well here's a lawsuit 30 years in the making. Back in 1984 when Hasbro was piecing together the start of the Transformers franchise they shopped around Japan for robot toys they could cram together into a single, cohesive sto...
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Gundam, Pokemon, Macross

Gunpla, Pokepla, and Macross fight it out in pre-orders


Yes, this is a lot of plamo
Jun 19
// Andres Cerrato
Things will be very busy for the modeler this summer. With a flurry of pre-orders today, you can already stack that backlog up even higher. Today's selections aren't just the typical Gunpla, but also selections from Macross a...
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[Updated with with pre-order links at the bottom] Mikatan just previewed GSC's latest Nendoroid of Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier. I don't know about you all, but Macross Frontier is still an enchanting show to me des...

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Nendoroid Sheryl Nome, now in color


Ah, much better
Apr 27
// Kristina Pino
Also from the current Good Smile Company event, we've got some fuzzy pictures of upcoming Nendoroid Sheryl Nome! We previously saw her unpainted at Miyazawa Model Expo, and now she's all bright and shiny. Despite the fuzzy im...
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Bandai makes old new with 1/72 Hikaru's VF-1A/S Valkyrie


Now let's get down to Focker while we're at it
Mar 29
// Andres Cerrato
The love for Macross has been a nearly 30 year affair. With Frontier receiving so much of the attention over the past couple of years, it's time to step back and look at what got us to this point. While chogokin and other fig...
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See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair


Fate/Zero, K-ON!, IDOLM@STER, and many others hit the show!
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just when you thought all of the figure shows were over for February another one sneaks in with a bunch of new things to see. Dengeki Hobby has posted their coverage of the Japan Amusement Expo 2013 31st Prize Expo showi...

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! 
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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,...

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C3 x Chara Hobby 2012: Collectage


Aug 27
// Kristina Pino
Collectage are collections of premium chibi candy toys made by Bandai (here's the link to their main page). So far, the figures they're showing off are from Nisemonogatari and Tiger & Bunny, as well as a teaser for upcomi...
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C3 x Chara Hobby 2012: Dengeki shares its exclusives!


Aug 27
// Chris Seto
Dengeki Hobby took Chara Hobby as a chance to show off the various exclusives they will be offering to buyers over the coming months and some are real doozies! We've already seen the beach queens but we now have shots of Jizu...

Tomopop Review: Figuarts Sheryl Nome: Shine of Valkyrie

Jun 20 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Figuarts ZERO Sheryl Nome - Shine of Valkyrie -Figure Maker: BandaiRetail Price: ¥4,500Available at: HobbyLink Japan The box that Sheryl comes in is small (no bigger than necessary), but bold. It has these wide pink and black diagonal stripes around it, and a few pictures wherever there is space. It has a nice big window so you can see what's inside, but who wants to keep a beautiful lady inside a box? Let's see her free of the plastic and cardboard prison: I only did this one divider image with the full turnaround because there are actually more detail shots in this review than I tend to get out of other figures. That outfit of hers is full of frills and layers, which you could already see at a glance here. This time around, we'll start with the bottom and go upwards. Her base is rather plain, just a shiny black with some pink and her name. I personally like it because it looks like an autograph and she's a total super star. The only assembly required once she's out of the box is to simply affix her foot over a peg on the base. It's rather stable and I don't think the figure will ever lean. The shoe itself is a brighter pink with a lightning bolt attachment at the heel, though the platform seems to be up by the middle of her foot. It looks super uncomfortable, but then again, I'm not the one performing in space. Maybe outrageous footwear is just easier to deal with out there. Her stockings have some rips and tears on them, which are actually carved in rather than simply blotched on with paint. I appreciate this attention to detail on the part of the molding and painting departments. The picture shows a bit of the seaming there, but this isn't apparent on the shelf. You only notice it when you're really looking up close and like this. The next layer over her stockings are a pair of red shorts, and then a black mini skirt with a red belt. The red shorts can be seen better from her left leg since the stocking ends above her knee. Her left stocking is also held up by a thin black garter on her thigh. In this instance, the molding is also rather nicely done, and even the strap that goes down to the stocking from that little belt is molded above the leg and not just a painted-on line. Here's a look at the other side of this lower-middle section and her right hand, which is clutching her ... golden ... chain. She's rocking some pink nail polish and gold bangles as well, which only ladies like herself and Lady Gaga would probably be able to pull off when it comes to this sort of ensemble. Here's her other hand, which has a blue rose corsage/detail over it and is holding the business end of that chain. The blue is a nice, small little splash (ripple?) of color to offset all of the pink and purple and gold that goes nicely with her trademark oval earrings, though they aren't too easy to see at this scale (when we get to her face, you'll see!). Back to her torso area, she has the short black skirt with little purple marks on it to match the stockings, then a red belt with gold buckles, and a tiny bit of bare skin and some gushing pink material before we get to the black corset with a gold zipper and red seaming. Everything looks solid; the paint job isn't smudged at all between layers. Her jacket has this purple color to it that is leaning toward pink (kind of like her shoes are bright pink leaning toward purple ... ), and it's got some gold details all over it. Looking at her from the back, more random material is exploding out of her skirt there, too. I have no idea how it works, but I'm going to keep using outer space as an excuse. Sheryl's hair is always pretty awesome, and I think Bandai did it justice here, too. It's well painted with that subtle cherry shading. Besides that, her hair is adorned with little red bows and a small black hat with red adornments and a veil. The veil is pearly (only vaguely transparent) and adds just that much more movement to the figure overall. I think the hat also achieves a great "seam hide." Now, before we get to her face, I want to bring her chest to your attention. Yes, it's molded nice and things look rather in place, but what I was surprised by is that little blue kiss on her left breast. I thought it was a nice touch, anyway! This picture also has a better view at the zipper pull. Finally — that face! I think this figure achieves the art style seen in Macross Frontier which is most apparent right here. Her hair and face are molded exactly right, and her eyes are (surprisingly) nicely detailed. She has also been captured at the right moment (as she is performing), so her mouth is open. Besides the pink lipstick, everything about her face is subtle which only accentuates her eyes even more. All that being said, I think that Sheryl Nome would be a happy addition to any collection! She's bold and colorful, cheerful, doesn't take up too much space and c'mon, she's a space diva! A big thanks goes to HobbyLink Japan again for sending her over and once we announce the winners for Megapixel someone might be taking her home, too!
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Our favorite Galactic Fairy songstress is back in another outfit, and a whole new song and dance (from Sayonara no Tsubasa) for the Figuarts ZERO line! I received this sample as a prize for the most recent Monthly Megapixel c...

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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 31, 2012


May 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
So another month has come to an end and it seems the figure makers want to make sure our wallets are empty before closing it. The big thing would have to be the assortment of figures from Fate/Zero from Good Smile Company and...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 15, 2012


May 15
// Jonathan Tubbs
Who is getting paid today? Hopefully many of you because that's money you'll want to put to the side for today's Reserve or Regret! Though few, there is mostly fan favorites today up for pre-order. Probably the biggest releas...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 14, 2012


May 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Oh, hey, it's a Monday. If this Monday has you down, one way to make yourself feel better is to spend some money you don't have. So how about it? Might I interest you in something in today's Reserve or Regret? Maybe something...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 16, 2012


Apr 17
// Jonathan Tubbs
Buy somethin' will ya! Hmm... if that wasn't a few characters longer, maybe that would have been a better title for Reserve or Regret. That is what I'm trying to get you to do with this daily feature after all. Pre-orders hav...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 26, 2012


Mar 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
Getting sick sucks. It also sucks to know that I have been allowing you folks to get away without spending money. That has gone on long enough. Pull out those credit cards, borrow some cash, or do what you must because it's t...
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Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Banpresto


Feb 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Seems like the events just keep coming. Just a few days ago, GA Graphic posted a look at the prize figures from Banpresto that would be on display at the AOU Amusement Expo 2012 event being held in Japan on February 18, 2012....
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Ichiban Kuji Revisit Macross F once again with Two new figures


Oct 24
// Chris Seto
You know, at this point, I'm starting to feel bad for the rest of the female cast of Macross F who don't get many figure releases, like Klein Klan. Then I see a new Sheryl Nome Figure and forget about it! Probably a good thin...

Show and Tell: Macross Frontier Ranka Lee Kumitateshiki DX Figure vol.4 by Banpresto

Oct 21 // Jonathan Tubbs
Before this figure, I've owned a couple of the Ichiban Kuji figures of Ranka because those were the only PVC figures at the time of Ranka. And then I saw this figure while browsing sales at Hobby Link Japan. I thought it was pretty and since it was on sale, how could I say "no"?   So it comes in and was surprised by its size standing at a little over 6" tall. And the size of its base? Egad, it was ginourmous! Why!? Anyhoo, here's Ranka looking lovely in her dress with an adorable pose. Another one of those poses with a face that just brings a smile to my face. I mean, seriously, look at that smile. Does it not fill you with happy thoughts? Okay, it's not the most perfect face but it's enough to make me happy. Normally, I have an issue with the way her hair is molded, most of the time looking like clumps, but I'm very pleased with how this one came out. The way it is moving and the layers. The dress is simple but the pattern on it is what attracted me. The way her hand extends with her fingers separated really adds to the animated motion that Ranka is in. Even from above, it's a lovely figure to look at. Again, the emotion that emits from her joyful movement just hits all the right spots with me. It's almost like she's spinning on the poorly constructed beach with the store bought sand. So, yes, a really pretty figure. Especially for one that is a prize figure. And one that isn't a Banpresto Ichiban Kuji exclusive! Sadly, I no longer own this figure. To keep to my rule of one figure only per character and to pay some bills, she was sold over MegaHouse's Nyan Nyan version. Can you blame me for picking that one over the prize figure? Though, I'm regretting it as I look over these photos again ... maybe I can buy a Mao figure since this is her dress. Then that can resolve my issue of duplicate figures. Plus I get the dress I like and a Mao figure! I must do this! It's a brilliant idea! ... ... ... Oh... right. She's wearing a dress. ...so, there's that ONE shot that I'm sure people are curious about. Let me save you the trouble. They are boring white. Nothing new, right? ...you still want to see? Oh come on! It's just plain underwear. ... How about you buy me some ice cream? ... Huh? You'll stop reading my posts? Cripes, you people drive a hard bargain. Fine. Here.  You're some naughty folks, you know. ... Don't give me that look! I only took these shots for you because I knew you'd be asking. ... Really! Well, if you're now interested, she's still available at Hobby Link Japan.
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Oh, hey, wasn't the latest Macross Frontier movie just released on DVD and Blu-ray? What perfect timing to talk about the little lady idol that has stolen my heart? If you've been following my ramblings on this site, you'll k...

Tomocast 32: Macross

Oct 18 // Pedro Cortes
      OP: "Macross" by Yoshiki Fukuyama, from Macross the Tribute, into "Fly Away (Taku and Teddyloid for the Club Edit)", from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt THE WORST   0:00:50 - 0:22:09 Opening, What We've Been Up To and Why We'll Be Broke   BREAK: "Totsugeki Love Heart (Duet Ver.)", by Yoshiki Fukuyama & Chie Kajiura, from Macross 7   0:22:40 - 1:12:22 Main Topic: Macross. We cover the various shows, OVAs, movies, some of the games and, of course, the figures.    BREAK: "Information High" by Melodie Sexton, from Macross Plus   1:12:56 - 1:35:20 Listener Questions  ED: "Do You Remember Love?" by Mari Iijima, from Macross: Do You Remember Love?, into "Fallen Angel (El Poko Maro Drum'n'Bass Remix)", from  Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt THE WORST
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This is one of those episodes that I've been waiting to do for a while. I love the Macross franchise, what with the typically excellent music, dramatic stories, sexy ladies and sexier planes. So for this episode, I got associ...

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Tonight I'm joined by Tomopop associate editor Andres Cerrato, Japanator associate editor Hiroko Yamamura and Chris Guanche of Mecha & Anime Headquarters fame to talk about the seminal Macross series. We'll talk abou...

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For those who weren't lucky, here's a gallery of the Macross F ~Utahime Collection~


Jun 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Oh, Banpresto's Ichiban Kuji. Your name only fills collectors with rage or tears as they empty their bank account. Especially if you're a fan of Macross Frontier. Banpresto has another set coming out called the Ichiban Kuji P...
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New Macross Frontier R-Style figures just don't do it for me


May 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Chibi Macross Frontier figures just don't do it for me. There's just something about their design that does not lend itself to the style. Now there are some exceptions to the rule, like the Macross Half Ag...
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Blow away your whole tax return on this re-release of SDF-1 Macross


Apr 18
// Hiroko Yamamura
There is absolutely nothing more iconic in anime than the majestic sight of the Super Dimensional Fortress Macross. Yamato is re-releasing their 1/3000 scale toy, and trust me, fans -- you do not...
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A closer look at the Macross Frontier Second Stage prize figures


Mar 28
// Kristina Pino
The influx of Sheryl and Ranka figures will never end! Akiba Hobby is showing off images of the Ichiban Kuji Macross Frontier ~Diva Collection~ Second Stage set of figures by Banpresto (first seen here!). Sheryl is looking go...

Show and Tell: S.O.S! (Sheryls on Stage!)

Mar 11 // Chris Seto
First, let's start at the end by looking at the (mostly) empty boxes left over. Just to give an idea of what to expect. And pay no heed to the large art panel at the back. As I said before, this is far from a comprehensive collection of all figures Sheryl But I do have at least one of pretty much every major figure release so far, save for one. Breaking it down ... Let's start off with one of the earliest and (still) best figures of the Galactic Fairy, the Alpha x Omega Sheryl in her "Admiral Stripper" costume. I even went and got the "last Frontier" version! Normally, I'm not one to go for recolours. I find them to be a waste of time but since HLJ were doing a sale on the last frontier version a little while back, I though "why not?" It also allows me to pose one with and without clothing!! Not much difference between the 2 other than the obvious different coloured costume (not pictured) and a small pearlescent sheen on the hair of the last frontier version. Next up we have the *ahem* memorable Nose Art version and Emotion Style Sheryl figures. I have to say that the Emotion style Sheryl is easily my least favourite figure in this army. The stare is just freaky and there's a serious balance issue with the figure. She just won't stand up straight without additional support, which the manufacturer provides in the shape of a rod and catch to hold her up by her waist but it's really unsightly! Oh, and if anyone has forgotten ... The NA version is castoff-able!! For round 3, we have the SQ figure Sheryl Nome which I reviewed recently and the Lucky Star X Macross Frontier cross over figure. Miyuki cosplaying as Sheryl, which was thought up purely because the 2 characters share the same voice actress, the ridiculously cute Endo Aya! Now, I must admit that I loathe Lucky Star (and K-ON! and any other moeblob show where nothing actually happens. Unless it's by Azuma Kiyohiko) but I saw Miyuki at the MCM expo a while back for a reasonable price and my "Sheryl Acquisition" mode kicked in so she found her way into the army. Sadly, she's not castoff-able. On to round 4 and here we have my (so far) only garage kit of Sheryl as well as the only prize figure Sheryl I bothered to take out of her box! Quality isn't too great but given the price, she's a decent addition. With regards to the GK, I will openly admit that she's not my best work. She's a kit from a maker who goes by the name of Hihumi. At the time, it was the only Sheryl figure which depicted her in her last concert costume, which is my favourite costume so I went and got her. The problem was that the parts were far from stellar and the kit took a considerable amount of work to get to even a passable level. Truth be told, this kit isn't actually finished yet. There are several things I want to go back and redo eventually but when I got to this stage, I just wanted to get to the stage where she was "presentable" and then move on to something else. The amount of work I had to do to clean up the parts had taken their toll. Eventually, I'll go back and finish her off properly, but it won't be for some time! And I'm still on the lookout for other good Sheryl GK. Hopefully, those will prove to be less of a pain to build. And for the interim. Here are the Sheryl figures which I have not bothered to unbox. It seems a little pointless to unbox the prize figures and you can clearly see the santa Sheryl so there's no real need to unbox her. I might do so when I get around to buying the white version though. They're sufficiently different enough to not be considered a simple recolour. Next we're onto the big stuff! Starting with the two LAFC Sheryl Nome figures from Megahouse. Now, before anyone even THINKS about mentioning the "D" word (You know which one!!), I'll just place these pics here ... Even the manufacturers call them action figures! With that out of the way, we can proceed! One could say that the army came into being when I acquired these 2 figures. The first one I ordered was the concert version, after seeing a post about her ordering requirements on Tokyo Hunter when I was browsing around. A Figure.fm community member by the name of Yunamon then posted up the details regarding both Sheryl and the Ranka figure on the site and I mentioned that I was thinking about getting the concert version of Sheryl. Yunamon then contacted me personally to ask for a favour. Turns out that Yunamon was a fan of Ranka Lee (well, nobody's perfect!) and there was a special offer whereby if you ordered both the Ranka and Sheryl figure, you got a special costume for Ranka: the "Ninjin loves you" carrot costume. So, after a little discussion, we both ordered from Tokyo Hunter and asked him to combine the order so Yunamon could get the costume. For reasons unknown, the hat for Sheryl is several sizes too small! Sufficed to say, it doesn't usually stay on her head for too long. And I know people are probably asking this question already... Yes, she strips!! Wanna see more? Tough!! The casualwear figure came around by accident. While placing an order for the concert version, he mentioned that he had one of the casualwear Sheryl in his possession (I guess it was a canceled order or something) and asked if I wanted it for the retail price. I decided to go for it! It's a little sad that very few Sheryl costumes outside of her concert dresses ever makes it into figure form. I would have rather liked to see her blue casual costume being made into a figure of some sort (the one with the Blue Beret, seen when she arrives in Frontier). And yes, you can strip this one too! Finally, we have the 2 biggest and recent arrivals for the army, the Ichiban Kuji Black and White bunny Sheryl figures! OK, that last bit was a bit of a lie. The SQ Sheryl arrived after these two but they are pretty much the centrepieces of the collection right now. I have to admit that I was very impressed by these 2 figures, especially since the first Ichiban Kuji Sheryl figure was an abomination!! but Black Bunny quickly made her way into my list of favourite figures of last year! White is good too, but Black is where it's at! The White Bunny Sheryl is one of the original releases from early last year. There have been several recolours since then, with some reaching as high as ¥100,000 for a set on the resale market! On the other hand, the Black Bunny Sheryl was part of the Encore re-release which was basically the same as the original but with brighter and more vibrant colours. The Encore White Bunny was pure white as opposed the the light green/blue shade you see above. That pretty much covers all the standard figures from the army but there are a few other little items which don't quite fit in so I'll cover those now. First up, we have the chibi bunny Sheryls and a single gashapon I was able to randomly find. I don't have anything against these types of figures, but I just don't like spending ¥5,000 or so on a set of blind box figures if I only want 2 from the entire set. If I see them separately though, then I'll snap them right up. That's what happened here. Then there's the VF-25 with Sheryl decals. It was part of a limited offer when the TV series was airing so I went for it. And I'll say this now, I HATE DECALS!!! Despite whatever measures I tried to prevent damage to the decals, they still got damaged! They should have at least packaged the decals with a non transforming kit to prevent damage from the moving parts! They're doing a similar thing with the VF-29 kit, which is a new unit that appears in the new movie. I don't really want to have to go through the pain of making something like this again but something tells me that I'm going to anyway... We also have the Sheryl Nome custom base which originally went with a special chrome VF-25 jet (non transforming) but I use it as a base for my figures instead. At the moment, Miyuki is on it. The base was a special item which was on sale at Chara Hobby, before the event folded. And last, but not least, we have the Sheryl Visual collection book. According to AmiAmi, there will also be a second visual book to be released in April! I guess that makes another item to add!! And to finish off this weeks show and tell, here's a pic of the whole collection on display. As I said before, this is a far from complete collection and I have chosen to stay away from simple recolours (for the most part) but the army is continually growing and will continue to do so until they stop producing new figures of the Galaxy Fairy ... so not for a long while then!! Well, that's fine by me! My army is always recruiting!
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It's pretty much common knowledge by now that I have effectively three major pillars in my hobby (well, two big ones and one slightly less major one). First, I love mecha. Gundams are all well and good but I have a real so...

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The next figures from the latest Ichiban Kuji Macross F set make an appearance!


Mar 08
// Chris Seto
As expected, Banpresto released another set of Macross F figures in their Ichiban Kuji line to coincide with the release of the second movie, Macross F: Sayonara no Tsubasa, or the Wings of Goodbye if you want to use ye olde ...
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Prepare to welcome spring with Banpresto's newest SQ Prize figures


Mar 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Banpresto has revealed their release schedule for their upcoming SQ Prize figure line. From what I gather, the SQ line is a premium line of UFO prize figures, featuring popular anime heroines. I'm loving the poses o...
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Buff up with Yamato's Macross armor set


Mar 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
Sigh... The good old GBP-1S armor system. It is still the standard I use to today to measure any mecha armor. It is nothing like the passe exo-suits the kids are saying are all the rage nowadays. Designed for Yamato's 1/60 Hi...
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Check out this awesomely meaty figure of Ranka Lee, just released by Banpresto


Feb 28
// Kristina Pino
Around mid-December, we saw an image of a cute-looking Ranka Lee prototype and were left with the suggestion that sometime in February we'd be seeing her again. Now, right on time (on the very last day of February) we have go...
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Bundling lovely trading figures in magazines is a conspiracy to make me read more


Feb 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
I absolutely love bonus items, and they are even sweeter when they come with things I already budget and buy. Japanese publishers are heating up the battle to sell issues with some tempting anime...
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February brings a whole load of new Macross Frontier Ichiban Kuji goods


Feb 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oh Ichiban Kuji, how you love to torture me with all your unobtainable seductions! A little while back Chris Seto gave us a look at some of the unpainted shots of these upcoming figures, and the final images have re...
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Reenact the greatest getaway in anime history!


Jan 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Can't figure how to dress up your Yamato 1/60 VF-1 on a Saturday night? How about a Zentradi officer uniform from Yamato? I was jumping out of my seat when we got a preview of this last July. Well, it's no...

Tomopop Review: SQ figure Sheryl Nome by Banpresto

Jan 23 // Chris Seto
Figure Name: SQ figures Sheryl NomeFigure Maker: BanprestoRetail: ¥3,000  (US$35)Buy here: Mandarake  Macross figures tend to be a mixed bag. There are figures which cover pretty much every spectrum of the figure line, from cheap gashapons to the full release figures. But Macross F has also taken part in a number of limited runs, notably the Ichiban Kuji premium line of figures. And, while the SQ figure line isn't quite as hard to get as the Ichiban Kuji figures, they are also a limited run. So the first hurdle will be to track one down to purchase! Once you've navigated past that problem, we can take a look at the box. The front of the box is dominated by a single shot of the figure inside to let buyers know what they are getting.However, upon inspecting the rest of the box, we find that the packaging lacks a window to see what's inside, unlike figures from other manufacturers. The cog motif is a nice touch as it's the same theme used in the movie and the other bunny Sheryl figures so there's some continuity there, but I doubt that will ease any anxiety from prospective buyers regarding what the contents look like.Once we take the figure out of the box, the best way to describe the contents is "bare bones." You get the figure and a base. That's it! But then that's all you really need!The figure itself depicts a scene from the Itsuwari no Utahume movie during the first live concert. Fans who have seen the TV series but not the movie will remember this concert as the one shown in the first episode where Sheryl débuts in the now instantly recognisable "Captain Stripper" costume. In the movie, this is where the black and white bunny costumes appear and the scene in question is a point where the white bunny is being "corrupted" into black. As a result, there are elements of both costumes in the figure, although the black bunny is most prevalent.  The hair is probably what stands out first in the figure. The designers really went out of their way to get a sense of motion from the hair more than any other part of the figure so it tends to capture your attention first before your eyes start to wander. The face, like for many Sheryl figures, will most likely be a sticking point for many people. It's not bad by any means but for whatever reason, there's no set facial design for Sheryl. Each figure looks very different from the next with no distinguishing features being kept from one figure to the next and it could be argued that this face is one of the weaker ones we have seen so far.  The costume itself is pretty close to the one you see on the black bunny Sheryl, save for the neckline and right arm. The arm still has trace elements of the white bunny costume on it (it's where the white robes are still attached, and the big collar on the neck hasn't formed yet. Paintjob is adequate but nothing that will really make people stand up and take notice. The darker areas have a slight shine to them while the light purple areas are left with a matte finish. Skintone is a bit of a mixed bag, with some areas looking fine while others contrast far too much. The base is as about as plain as one could make it, with no features to note. It's there to do a job and that's it. It does give us a chance to have a closer look at the legs though, with the scabbard on the right leg and the oddly exposed ankles. Fetishists may get it but I don't. If you look closely, you might be able to see that the painters went a little overboard with the purple paint and have left a rather thick layer of paint with small brushmarks on the shoes.   The makers even managed to fit in a few little extra details into the figure, such as the pendant swaying around her neck.As well as some strange accessories for her fingernails. Seriously, someone is going to have to explain that whole "having things dangling from your fingernail" thing to me. You can also see the point I made about the skintone earlier in the image above. There are also some small areas where the painter got a little careless.Sadly, the faults with the paintjob don't stop there. I said earlier that the paintjob for the figure was adequate and it is, but when you get in closer to the figure, it doesn't hold up to scrutiny very well. In particular, the hair can come off as having a very plastic look to it when you view it up close.  There are also other minor errors, such as a few marks on her right arm and shoulder. What this means is that, for all the pros in the initial design, the finishing touches leave the figure looking a little cheap. So I guess it's a good thing that is is!! I picked up my Sheryl from Mandarake for a measly sum of ¥3,000. Considering that this figure stands at just over 21cm tall, that puts her roughly in the 1/8 scale which normally retail for ¥5,000+ so when you factor in the price, she becomes a pretty sweet deal!Of course, I mentioned that she was a limited release, which means that you won't find her on the usual shopping sites like HLJ or amiami. A figure will appear on Mandarake from time to time but shipping costs can be a little harsh, so I would recommend that you not place an order just for this figure. ToysLogic are also taking orders for this particular Sheryl figure, although I suspect that the stock will be limited. At the end of the day, This figure of Sheryl Nome isn't what one would call a "must buy" item and the mileage will vary depending on the person. Fans of Sheryl will certainly find her to be a worthwhile addition to their collection but she's unlikely to turn as many heads of those who are not so enamoured with the character or series. Cost and availability will also be major factors in any purchase. It would be hard to justify spending the same amount on this figure when you compare her to other, more polished figures in the same scale  from other manufacturers. But for now, if you can find her, the price is good. She may not be the best rendition of Sheryl Nome (Outside of garage kits, I would say that title would belong to the Ichiban Kuji black bunny Sheryl Nome premium figure) but she's still a pretty good purchase and fans of the character won't be disappointed.    
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I'm probably at risk of sounding like a broken record at this rate but I think that most readers will be aware of my stance regarding Sheryl Nome (I like her, a LOT!). So when some images of the latest Sheryl figure started c...

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