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11:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Build a team of Ryus with Pop Culture Shock's latest

Pop Culture Shock's polystone Ryu is coming next year in not one, but three different versions. All three are planned for the first quarter of 2015, are 1/4-scale to fit with their other Street Fighter figures, are up fo...

Brian Szabelski




A look at the works of ToyCon UK 2014 (Part 1) photo
A look at the works of ToyCon UK 2014 (Part 1)
by Brian Szabelski

ToyCon UK arrives on Saturday, and there's plenty of new things to gawk over before the show. So much so, in fact, that we haven't been able to keep up with it all! To make amends, we're rounding up as many of the ToyCon UK releases and news tidbits as we can, starting off with works from five of the artists in attendance.

Hit the jump to see some of what you'll find at ToyCon UK!

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Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Nendoroid Link photo
Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2014: Nendoroid Link
by Brian Szabelski

It was nearly a year ago that I first talked about how much I'd like to see a Nendoroid of Wind Waker Link, and at the past two WonFes events, we've seen the green-clad warrior in his chibi form. While February's event brought us the deco master, complete with Wind Waker, the Miyazawa Model Exhibition set-up shows us Link with sword and shield. 

I can imagine this little fellow is going to be super-popular come August (the sound of crashing websites is on the horizon) and he'll be at ¥4,000, slightly higher than some of the other Nendos I've bought in the past. But hey, at least it's not Ocarina of Time Link with a motion-activated Navi base as it's accessory, right?

[via Kahotan's Twitter]

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Hot Toys gets Revengeance with their new 1/6-scale Raiden photo
Hot Toys gets Revengeance with their new 1/6-scale Raiden
by Brian Szabelski

Hot Toys are back at it again, making yet another awesome 1/6-scale figure. This time, they've picked Raiden in his Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance form, and from the photos they've sent us, no detail has been left overlooked. Even the boss himself, Hideo Kojima, is fanboying over Hot Toys' work. I sure don't blame him.

So what does Raiden come with, besides dashing good robot looks? Well, you get his full arsenal of weaponry, including his dagger and long blade; an optional visor part; a pair of interchangeable chest armor pieces; and four different sets of hands, among other parts. There's also a special edition that'll come with a to-scale version of Raiden's Muramasa blade.

You can expect Raiden in the fourth quarter of 2014 or first quarter of 2015; a price is to be announced but I expect to see pre-orders soon. 

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Custom Delights: Artmymind's Akuma PAW photo
Custom Delights: Artmymind's Akuma PAW
by Brian Szabelski

Artmymind have completed a new private commission, and this one is a rather big one. I mean that literally; they've taken their tools to a Coarse Toys Paw, which is already a foot tall, and turned it into a hulking brute named Akuma.

Maybe the dark palette of colors makes him look ominous, or the sculpted, armor-like skin he wears. Or maybe it's those piercing, wild green eyes and the sharp row of teeth. It could even be the horn-like protrustions on the top of his head. But whatever the case, Akuma looks like he's ready to unleash hell upon the entire world, and Artmymind have yet another great custom work on some lucky collector's shelves. I sure wish it was mine.

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Gaming Heads debuts a new Doom diorama photo
Gaming Heads debuts a new Doom diorama
by Brian Szabelski

Sure, Gaming Heads put their Doom license to use with some cuddly plushes ... but if that's not your thing, then you might love the new Knee Deep in the Dead diorama. Based on the original game's box cover art, the diorama featured a lone space marine blasting away at the minions of hell. It's cast in polystone (so it won't be cheap) and stands 12.5 inches tall by 17 inches wide. The bullet effects are also removable, should you not want your demons being ripped apart by gunfire.

Like Gaming Heads' other works, there's two versions of this diorama available: a regular, US$374.99 version (750 piece run), and the exclusive, US$399.99 version that comes with a LED-illuminated base (350 piece run). Both versions are planned for a third quarter 2014 release. 

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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Look at my figma Horse photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Look at my figma Horse
by Brian Szabelski

Of the many figma we've seen from Wonder Festival so far, but the most interesting might be ... a horse? Yes, there's a figma Horse now, or rather, figma PLUS Horse. The source material is Attack on Titan, but it's safe to say that there are going to be a ton of figures that could make use of it. Why not figma Link as a stand-in for Epona, for one example? The Tomopop staff already hates that I brought that idea up because a lot of them are feeling compelled to buy it ...

So yes, there's a figma-scale horse on the way. What are your plans for it?

[via Amiami_figure Twitter page]

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Another quick peek at McFarlane's Undertaker statue photo
Another quick peek at McFarlane's Undertaker statue
by Brian Szabelski

Back in October, news broke that McFarlane Toys were finally doing something that should have been done ages ago: making collectible statues of WWE superstars. The Undertaker was a logical choice for number one, and today, we're getting a little more of a look at The Phenom in his statue form, with Todd McFarlane himself providing a few more details on the piece. Those include the texturing on the hat and Taker's beard.

Todd also mentions that three other designs are coming out next year ... I have to imagine at least two of them are "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock. The third one ... well, could be a number of choices, but as long as it's not John Cena, I'll be alright with it.

... It's probably Cena, isn't it? (Please be Bret Hart.)

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First 4 Figures reveals Sonic City Escape diorama photo
First 4 Figures reveals Sonic City Escape diorama
by Brian Szabelski

First 4 Figures is back with a new Sonic-licensed collectible, this time being their first Sonic Generations-licensed piece, the City Escape diorama. The 12-inch-tall diorama will include both Modern Sonic and Best Sonic (a.k.a. Genesis-era Sonic), sculpted as they board down the streets of the City Escape level from Sonic Generations (as originally seen in Sonic Adventure 2; you've got the level's song stuck in your head now, too, right?). There's two versions — regular and exclusive — with the exclusive version including LED illumination.

The regular edition is limited to 1,000 pieces at US$299.99, while the exclusive edition is only 450 pieces at US$329.99. Both are set to ship in the second quarter of 2014.

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Be prepared for Gaming Heads' Vault Boy bobbleheads photo
Be prepared for Gaming Heads' Vault Boy bobbleheads
by Brian Szabelski

You don't need to survival nuclear apocalypse anymore to get your hands on some Vault Boy bobbleheads, thanks to Gaming Heads. Seven different bobbleheads, based on the ones you can collect in Fallout 3, are available, each 5 inches tall: Strength, Melee Weapons, Energy Weapons, Perception, Endurance, Lock Pick and Repair. No, they will not boost your stats; you're on your own for that.

Planned to release around Christmas, a full set of the seven bobbleheads in Series One will set you back US$79.99, should you choose to pre-order them. You can also pre-order each individual one (Strength, Melee Weapons, Energy Weapons, Perception, Endurance, Lock Pick and Repair) for US$14.99 each.

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DesignerCon 2013: Scott Tolleson and friends photo
DesignerCon 2013: Scott Tolleson and friends
by Brian Szabelski

A lot of artists had shared booths at DesignerCon, like they do at larger conventions, but Scott Tolleson might have taken the cake in this regard. Not only was he manning a booth this year, but Leecifer, Lana Crooks and Carson Catlin were all along for the ride, metaphorically speaking.

As such, it made a good spot for Scott and Lana to show off their Plush Deadbeet, which looks pretty cute. More so, in fact, than Scott's vinyl ones. Carson also brought along a ton of his reticulated customs, while Leecifer had an army of Pickle Babies on hand. Check out the gallery for photos from the booth!

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NECA, 343 Industries announce Halo licensing deal photo
NECA, 343 Industries announce Halo licensing deal
by Brian Szabelski

NECA and 343 Industries have just announced a new licensing deal, one in which the Halo franchise will get a ton of merch made by NECA. That includes 1/4-scale figures, mini-figures, prop replicas, and according to the press release, even motorcycle helmets. Probably like Master Chief's Spartan armor helmet.

The Halo franchise is not entirely new to NECA; they did release some Halo HeroClix back in the day, but this represents a huge expansion beyond that. Is there anything you're hoping to see NECA produce from the Haloverse, Tomopop readers?

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