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10:00 PM on 02.14.2014

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

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 ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




9:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Witness toy history with this 1983 Tokyo Toy Show video

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



Harmony Gold suit against Hasbro over exclusive dismissed photo
Harmony Gold suit against Hasbro over exclusive dismissed
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 Joe Skystriker made to look like the jet mode of TF character Jetfire. Well good news, Generals Joes is reporting that the lawsuit has been dismissed outside of court! It's believed that a settlement was reached between the two companies, though exactly what has taken place is unknown and probably never will be.

One thing is for certain, Harmony Gold made several demands of the court including the surrendering of profits and unsold figure sets, and a fine large enough to punish and make an example out of Hasbro. However, the figure set is now up for sale at HasbroToyShop.com so it's unlikely the settlement had any effect on Hasbro. It also appears that each company will be paying their own legal fees so that certainly wasn't a factor either. 

Who knows, maybe they decided it would be more beneficial to work together? I know I could go for a Jetfire reissue. 

[via Seibertron]

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5:00 PM on 10.07.2013

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

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 ...

Vanessa Cubillo

1:00 PM on 08.27.2013

Nendoroid Petit Macross set gives me an information high

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...

Andres Cerrato

9:00 AM on 07.25.2013

Harmony Gold sues Hasbro over SDCC Jetfire

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 AM on 06.19.2013

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

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...

Andres Cerrato



UPDATE: Pre-order Nendoroid Sheryl Nome photo
UPDATE: Pre-order Nendoroid Sheryl Nome
by Jon Wills

[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 despite its age. I think it will go down as one of the most enduring anime of all time. If you have not seen it yet then do check it out. If nothing else head out to YouTube and listen to some of the excellent songs, sung by their voice actresses. 

Getting back to the Nendoroids a little bit, I saw a color picture of her pop up here and there, but this is the first time I've gotten a good look at her painted prototype. I'm pleased that GSC has used my favorite Sheryl outfit for her prototype. It's obvious that a lot of work was put into this Nendoroid, if for no other reason than the fact that Sheryl is a mature woman. If she were moefied too much then she would no longer be Sheryl, so GSC had a tricky balance to maintain with her.

GSC did not skimp on the extras for Sheryl either. The most interesting of which is special stage part that is meant to look like the deck from the "battle frontier" warship in the series. She also comes with a microphone and three faces, as well as extra arms and hands for more poses. I like how her earrings, hair accessories, and mic are all painted with a metallic paint.

It's great to see that Sheryl is coming along so well, but what is also exciting is that it won't stop with just her. We can only see the backside of her unpainted prototype however our favorite green haired Cinderella girl Ranka Lee will also be returning to the spotlight for her upcoming Nendoroid as well. These are exciting figurines to me. I'm hoping to see more Macross goodies in the future from GSC.

Nendoroid Sheryl nome comes at a suggested price of  ¥3333 yen and is expected to ship out in September of this year.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List | ToysLogic | Big in Japan ]

[via Mikatan's blog]

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12:00 AM on 04.27.2013

Nendoroid Sheryl Nome, now in color

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...

Kristina Pino

2:00 PM on 03.29.2013

Bandai makes old new with 1/72 Hikaru's VF-1A/S Valkyrie

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...

Andres Cerrato

7:00 PM on 02.22.2013

See Banpresto's latest figures from the 31st Prize Fair

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...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





A look at Hobby Maker Exhibition 2013 Winter photo
A look at Hobby Maker Exhibition 2013 Winter
by Brian Szabelski

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, and with all the WonFes news, I'm trying to remember what's super new and what's not. So let's go through a full rundown of what was in Mikatan's post, just to make sure we hit on everything, which you'll find after the jump. It was a bit long.

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