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1:00 AM on 12.05.2014

Amiibo gets its first crazy auction buy with US$2,500 Samus

Some people say factory error figures are worthless. Be it a figure with screwy paint apps, the wrong backer card, or only one leg, the general consensus is that they're a nice novelty, but worth less than a normal carded fig...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling photo
SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling
by Pedro Cortes

At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their shelf, table, desk, etc.

Walking around on the San Diego Comic Con floor, we happened to bump into J*RYU and got a chance to ask him a couple of questions about his winning figures, as well as the mini-Hatchlings he had on hand for purchase.

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5:00 AM on 06.06.2014

Who's got one thumb and getting her third figma release?

Still haven't gotten your hands on Max Factory's figma Samus Aran even after it was reissued last year? Maybe you're feeling a little regretful that you don't have one to go with all of the great Nintendo figures coming out o...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:55 PM on 02.08.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Planned figma and Nendoroids

If you're tuned in here, you just want to know what Good Smile Company and its army of subsidiaries have ready for you to start pre-ordering and drooling over. They've decided to make things a bit easier and just gone ahead a...

Andres Cerrato

NYCC 2013: J*RYU's 'The Baby' Metroid resin figure photo
NYCC 2013: J*RYU's 'The Baby' Metroid resin figure
by Brian Szabelski

J*RYU has outdone himself. The guy's a master at sculpting, and his artwork is almost always beautiful ... but this is a new piece called The Baby that's obviously a Metroid. I mean, what else can it be? Done in collaboration with the talented cosplayer Linda Le (who has lended some of her crafting skills to the mix), it's a resin figure in both regular and frozen variations that just looks awesome.

Seriously, just go look through the gallery. This thing looks gorgeous.

J*RYU was taking pre-orders for this at NYCC; no word yet on when to expect pre-orders after the show. We'll keep you in the loop.

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9:00 AM on 09.17.2013

GSC announces a raft of delays for September

By now, Good Smile Company's monthly release schedule post has become a regular source of frustration as the firm announces which figures will miss their shipping dates. This month is no different, except maybe for a higher t...

Martin Siggers

6:00 PM on 05.24.2013

figma Link and figma Samus now available everywhere

Ever since Link and Samus popped up for pre-orders at Big Bad Toy Store we've been wondering why they haven't appeared on other sites. Wonder no more however as all the big hitters now have the pair up for pre-order. We've go...

Martin Siggers

9:00 PM on 05.06.2013

[UPDATED] Max Factory's Zero Suit Samus may be back, too

[Update: Pre-orders have also opened at Anime Island, making it look pretty likely this re-issue is legitimate. Link added below] Martin already posted about the figma Link and Samus news earlier today, but they're ...

Brian Szabelski

Custom Delights: Jin Saotome's figma Samus Aran photo
Custom Delights: Jin Saotome's figma Samus Aran
by Brian Szabelski

You probably remember seeing Chris' review of figma Samus Aran, and if you did, you probably were wondering what could have been done to make her a bit better. Well, Jin Saotome has you covered; he's put together a new figma Samus custom that features her with a her face! Those of you who are eagle-eyed and fans of Hasbro's Marvel Legends line will probably recognize the head as a modified Black Widow head, and it's not a bad match. He's also done some additional paint detailing and sculpted out an ice beam accessory that looks radical. Yes, I just said radical for the first time anywhere in the world since 1987.

Want to pick this one up? Jin's put it on eBay and the current price is US$128. The auction ends Sunday, Dec. 23, at around 10:30 p.m. Eastern (7:30 p.m. Pacific)

[via toycutter]

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12:00 PM on 11.28.2012

Pixel Samus is ready for your cuddles

The lovely folks at Geeks Are Sexy are great at spotting (or in this case, receiving from rad readers) cool stuff I want to throw my money at. The latest in such things is this adorable handmade Samus mini amigurumi (4 inches...

Kristina Pino

Tomopop Review: figma Samus Aran photo
Tomopop Review: figma Samus Aran
by Chris Seto

Kept you waiting, huh?

If you're like me, the original announcement of figures from Nintendo series caught you off-guard. It's more common now, since we're waiting on the release of Link from the Legend of Zelda and we've recently had announcements of the D-Arts Pokemon figures so it's easy to forget that, until recently, Nintendo were very protective of their characters and series mascots. Perhaps that's why they tried testing out the waters by releasing figures of a character who is, while well known, not as popular as others in their stables. That's when Samus Aran comes in. We've already reviewed the fixed pose Zero Suit Samus figure from Max Factory but now (after a bit of a delay) we're now looking at the other release from Metroid; figma Samus Aran!

Let's get it on!

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Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Zero Suit Samus Aran photo
Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Zero Suit Samus Aran
by Chris Seto

Hurrah for globalisation! With figure companies now noticing the size of the markets outside of Japan, we have started to get figures which are distinctly aimed for western buyers. The Bishoujo figures from Kotobukiya are a good example of this and Max Factory also decided to give it a shot with two figures of Samus Aran from Metroid. The Metroid series isn't particularly popular over in the land of the rising sun. Historically, the series has always sold much better in the west so it's unlikely that Max factory had their local market at the front of their minds when they announced these two figures at the winter Wonder Festival.

Figma Samus will be getting her own review later on but for now, we're going to focus on the fixed pose Zero suit Samus. Is she worth adding to your collection? Only one way to find out.

Let's get it on!!!

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