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11:00 PM on 12.02.2014

The Naruto manga ends as MegaHouse adds more figures

If you're like me then your week feels a little less complete after years of getting a weekly dose of the Naruto manga ended in November. Sure, I was satisfied with the ending (got my pairings!), but I still want more. Thankf...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots photo
S.H.Figuarts Sasuke Uchiha gets some new shots
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

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 something to do with Sasuke here being a Tamashii Web exclusive. But don't fret, Bluefin has us covered.

Over at the S.H.Figuarts blog they've posted a few more photos of Sasuke that, let's be honest, aren't incredibly flattering. Compared to the early photos his face and hair have lost some details. His hair isn't as pointy and now hangs over his eyes more. His facial features have gotten softer and in some shots almost translucent when compared to what was certainly a hand-painted prototype. Body sculpting still looks nice and despite the challenging legs they appear to be very well articulated so that's a big plus. 

He won't be out for a few more months, late January/early February depending on where you go. Tamashii Web prices him at ¥5,184, but you won't be able to get it without some help if you aren't in Japan. On the other hand Bluefin has him priced at US$52.99 and if you go with, say, Amazon you might be able to get free shipping so that may be one of the better routs to take. 

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8:30 PM on 07.06.2014

Anime Expo 2014: Yes Anime

Yes Anime's Anime Expo booth was home to a few new prototypes including ... 12-inch Tiger and Bunny plushes based on the popular characters as alpacas? Yes: the plushes are designed to look like alpaca-fied versions...

Brian Szabelski

1:00 AM on 05.24.2014

This Edo Tensei Itachi Uchiha statue is no genjutsu

Itachi is a character that knows how to play with your emotions. You spend such a large chunk of the Naruto story line loathing the guy, then you feel sympathetic towards him when he dies because of all the terrible things he...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

1:00 PM on 05.16.2014

Tsume's DXtra Marada Uchiha fans the pre-order flames

Tsume-Art's latest Naruto figure has arrived, the DXtra Marada Uchiha. Note that it's not Xtra like the other figures in the line, but DXtra. The difference isn't just the extra letter: Marada comes with a second head featuri...

Brian Szabelski



Viz joins in on the SDCC 2014 figure exclusive fun with this 1/6 Naruto statue photo
Viz joins in on the SDCC 2014 figure exclusive fun with this 1/6 Naruto statue
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

It's that time of year again! San Diego Comic Con 2014 is right around the corner so that means time to start showing off exclusives. This year we've got Viz Media, best known for their anime and manga distribution, trying their hand at SDCC exclusive collectibles with their Naruto Shippuden 1/6 scale Naruto Uzumaki statue. 

The statue, produced by fairly new Japanese company Gecco, will measure in at 27 cm (10.6 inches) tall and shows him wearing his father's, the Fourth Hokage's, jacket. The sculpting really is top notch with lots of textures and they did a perfect job of capturing the young ninja's face. It's a statue worthy of being an SDCC exclusive, but that kind of quality comes at a price. He'll be sold at the the Viz booth with Gecco present for US$150. It's a lot of money, but this is one of the better Naruto statues out there and it's designed to stand out on a shelf. You can get yours when the conventions opens from July 23 to 27. 

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8:00 PM on 04.02.2014

S.H. Figuarts Naruto starts a hurricane of pre-orders

Bandai has quietly started taking pre-orders on their upcoming Naruto Uzumaki figure from Naruto Shippuden. I say quietly because the figure hasn't gotten much in the way of fanfare since it made a surprise debut at New York ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

12:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Tsume-Art pretty much confirms HQS Itachi Uchiha

Tsume-Art's Facebook page was updated just this morning with a teaser image for a new piece they're working on. Tsume's description of the translucent red resin arm is asking fans to share the photo "to give us the Stren...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Toy Fair 2014: Bluefin/Tamashii Nations

Bandai's Tamashii Nations has been doing its best to bring about new properties to its lineup of figures. We've already seen a few of their surprises, including the S.H. Figuarts Michael Jackson and new Alien release. We fina...

Andres Cerrato

11:00 PM on 02.17.2014

Toy Fair 2014: Tamashii - S.H. Figuarts Naruto

No, it's not Genjutsu you're seeing, Naruto is actually getting a figure in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line (although if you're seeing something *other* than this then you're mostly likely under the effects of Genjutsu). The oran...

Scarecroodle

3:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: G.E.M. Kakashi Anbu Ver.

For some reason, people used to really dig Anbu Kakashi. Maybe it was because of the stripped down design. Perhaps it was because it was part of mysterious character's even more mysterious past. Either way, I remember seeing ...

Pedro Cortes





Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nonsensical translations. In one case a line in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex talking about children being abducted by the mafia was translated as "Are you aware of the frequent occurrences of the mass naked child events within the country?" by a particularly awful fansub group. For a time the phrase "mass naked child events" became a meme referring to terrible translations.

When you think about it, Wonder Festival really is a mass naked figure event. Let's face it, most of the figures we'll be drooling over the pictures of this weekend probably won't be wearing a lot of clothes. And yes, some of them will indeed be naked, or pretty near it, especially if some of the previews in this edition of LinkUP is anything to go by. Plus we've got some other stuff to gawk at like videos, an interview, and various other things all after the jump!

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