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Yep, Plus Kareha's Black Rock Shooter is made of paper!


Prepare to have your mind blown by the ultimate handmade custom figure!
Oct 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Let's just cut to the chase: Plus Kareha's custom Black Rock Shooter figure is said to be made 95% out of paper, the rest is probably electronics and her flame! Even the 13 ball joints and stands are made of pa...
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Mom and son steal over US$2 million in toys


Aug 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Ever go into the toy aisle of a store and find open packages with pieces missing or even toys sitting on the shelf without packaging in sight? Well this might be the ultimate example of how things got that way. WTVJ-TV 6 ...
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New ThreeA Toys, Nendoroid Petits coming for ... Linkin Park?


Aug 24
// Brian Szabelski
Sometimes in the figure world, there are some pretty strange or unexpected bedfellows. I would have to say Linkin Park and Good Smile Co. would be among the most unexpected I've seen to date. The band and the figure company a...
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Sideshow make the call and Darth Maul came in third


Aug 13
// Chris Pranger
Oh my puns are so funny! Did you get it? Because this Darth Maul is made of bronze. He came in third? Damn I'm clever! You didn't think that was funny? Well how about this one: "Knock knock." "Who's there?" "Sideshow's sellin...
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LEGO unleashes their massive Super Star Destroyer this September


Jun 24
// Brian Szabelski
LEGO's biggest models are known for, well, being big and amazingly detailed, but this one kind of blew me away when I first heard about it on Twitter. On September 1, LEGO is releasing a 3,152 piece set for the Super Star Des...
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We've all been to a dollar store and opening mocked the hideous creations coming out of China. A not-so Hello Kitty, Super Cock, the Legion of Best Friends and Sader are among our favorites, but a very special one came to my ...

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State Farm Qee: Marketing fail or clever move?


Dec 08
// Scott Kremer
The last thing I think of when I picture an insurance company is a corporation that would joke about serious injury, especially not one that would conjure up something like the creature pictured above. But lo and behold, this...
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MINDstyle making a ... Tron Bambi?


Oct 27
// Brian Szabelski
Over at MINDstyle's blog, they've posted their latest collaboration with Disney. And ... it's Tron Bambi? Yes, I'm serious: an exclusive sculpt by Edison Chen and the Clot family for their Shanghai store, Man Is In The Forest...
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Pokemon Lego creations by Filip Johannes Felberg make me want to build em' all


Oct 06
// Robert Oden
Do you ever see something so simple and perfect that you want to slap yourself for not having thought of it first? Well, that's how I'm feeling right now after seeing these amazing Pokemon lego creations by artist Filip ...

Art Asylum Boston: scammers extraordinaire?

Sep 28 // Tomopop Staff
I had a bit of a run-in with AAB a few months back, when they released a special edition of Arkiv's Instant figure. Stephen and I purchased a pre-order for a black Arkiv Instant with purple details, and we got the special edition that came with a print. Months go buy and we heard nothing, then magicaly it appears at our door. Only it's not at all what we ordered, it's jet black with no purple at all. While this might seem like a minor detail, I did not WANT a black figure and I did not pay for one. I paid for a black and purple one. Apparently they ran into production difficulties with the piece, which is understandable, but the issue here was that they did not tell anyone that they weren't shipping what we had ordered. It turned into a classic bait-and-switch, which is not only immoral but also illegal. Not even the artist was informed of the changes, and they ignored him when he asked for an explanation. When confronted about the issue, the owner/s of AAB got incredibly angry and hateful towards customers who were just concerned about the large amount of money they spend. You can read the Kidrobot forum thread here about what went down, it gets really snarky towards the end. Note that this was about four months ago, and not only has AAB glossed over the issue and refused requests for a refund, but we have yet to receive the print we paid for. I thought that perhaps they were just a bit sketchy, but it turns out that AAB is stealing money from people. How so? Well, one customer placed an order for $3,600 worth of merchandise (you read that right!) and never received it. AAB gave him false tracking info and essentially stole his money and won't mail out the things he bought. He paid through wire transfer, so he cannot lodge a complaint with Paypal or his credit card company. You can read all about the incident on the Kidrobot Boards, but it boils down to questionable actions on the part of AAB.  People have lost up to $18,000 at this store, so it would be in everyone's best interests to stop giving them business. The saddest part is that the artists see none of this money. Arkiv hasn't seen a dime from his paintings or the figure, and other artists like KAWS  actually flat-out refuse to sell to them.Hopefully people decide to take legal action, because what they are doing is clearly theft. However, rumor has it that AAB plans on "disappearing" and showing up in NYC under a different name. Tomopop highly recommends that our readers proceed with caution where this company is involved, and we will be sure to tell you if they do come to NYC. Also, be sure to thoroughly research any retailer you want to buy from to prevent things like this from happening!  Have any of you guys had run-ins with Art Asylum Boston or been screwed over by other stores?
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While the toy world is usually all fun and games, every once in a while a piece of very serious news floats by. Sadly, today is one of those days, as we have just caught wind of a massive scam going on at the relatively well-...

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Big-time Huck Gee, Coarse fan gets one heck of a Jaws custom


Sep 06
// Brian Szabelski
We all have our favorites. But for some people, they have one or two artists that they really, really love and support. Such is the case for one Huck Gee fan, who owns 12 of his customs and recently commissioned a piece from ...
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Jason Freeny's Icebat custom sells for ... holy crap, that's a lot of money


Sep 06
// Brian Szabelski
Last week, we highlighted Jason Freeny's custom Icebat and it was noted that the fellow would probably pop up on eBay. Well, it did. The auction ended this morning, and via DrilOne's Twitter, a screencap of the winning price ...
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Meet the $6000 1/1 scale Terminator you'll probably never own


Aug 28
// Brian Szabelski
I do love me some Terminator. Not the new crappy ones, mind you; the first two, or as I refer to them, "the good ones." I also happen to like merchandise from those two films (of which I am trying to collect), so pe...
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NERV to help you save the planet, one bucket at a time


Aug 20
// Tomopop Staff
I've seen quite a few tie-ins with anime, movies, and TV shows in the past, but this one takes the cake: NERV buckets. I personally don't even remember a single bucket in any of Evangelion (the TV series or any of the movies ...
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Do your Figmas need a toilet? You bet they do!


Aug 07
// Scott Kremer
Even Figmas have to use the loo from time to time, and finally can relieve themselves like normal people do! Jungle Special Collector's Shop has answered the call with their exclusive fully-articulated toilet (seat goes up, s...
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Freeing introduces ex:ride 10, Figma animal cars


Jul 15
// Andres Cerrato
The ex:Ride series of accessories has been good to Figma owners. If you've ever wanted to have Rider ride on a jetski, a motorcycle, pocket bike, Vespa scooter, Razor scooter, a Segway, a bicycle, or even go skateboarding, Fr...
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Futurama's New New York in Lego form = WIN


Jul 02
// Brian Szabelski
Futurama rocks. Legos rock. So it's only natural that anything combining the two would rock, but a Lego diorama of New New York in Lego? My heart, it may explode with joy. But that's exactly what Matt De Lanoy has done, and t...
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Custom Omega Supreme is quite supreme


Jul 02
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Good lord, would you look at the detail on that thing! What you're staring at (and most likely drooling over) is a custom Omega Supreme by Seibetron.com forum member uuser. He poured roughly a year's worth of hard toil into t...
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Not quite Dirge, iGear's Elegy


Jun 30
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Look again. That is, in fact, not a Masterpiece Dirge. No, no, dear reader, that is iGear's new third party figure, named "Elegy."Wow. Just...wow.I've often made jokes about companies like Fansproject and Crazydevy,...
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McDonald's sued over toys that make your kids fat


Jun 25
// Tomopop Staff
Happy Meal toys are a big part of one of my favorite childhood memories. I usually only got them on occasion, but every once in a while they came out with a set that I just had to collect. Probably the one that stands out the...
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New Airou figures to bring joy to.... your bathtub?


Jun 19
// Tomopop Staff
Every once in a while you see something that makes you shake your head and go "what?" Something so odd, perplexing and bizzare that you have no words to describe it. Well, Tomopeeps, that is how I felt when I first ...
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Check out these Celsius customs from Brian Colin, Amanda L. Spayd and J*RYU


Jun 16
// Brian Szabelski
With the huge roster for the upcoming Ganmetall Celsius Custom Show, the show's customs are starting to pop up like wildfire online. Chris Ryniak's was revealed last night, but now, we have three new customs to show off from ...
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Chris Ryniak's custom for the Ganmetall Celsius Custom Show revealed


Jun 15
// Brian Szabelski
Hey, what's that? Could it be? Yes, it is indeed Chris Ryniak's custom Celsius for the upcoming Ganmetall Celsius Custom Show! I'm a fan of both the platform and the artist, and both have combined to create one hella cool cus...
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Yes, that's a Lego printer, and yes, it actually works


Jun 02
// Brian Szabelski
We've all built plenty of cool things with Legos before, but a working printer? It's been done and it's a beauty. First spotted at boingboing, thecreator of this awesome "Lego Felt 110" printer is B3ta.com user squi...
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Append Miku Update, aka YOU ARE BREAKING MY HEART MIKU


May 29
// Tomopop Staff
So, Tomopeeps, I have some rather heartbreaking news I must tell you. You might want to sit down first. Wait...you are at a computer. Shouldn't you already be sitting? In any case, I am sure you all remember Append ver. Miku ...
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Lions and tigers and stolen designs, oh my!


Apr 16
// Tomopop Staff
It seems like Travis Cain isn't the only one potentially ripping off other people's designs. More stolen designs are coming out of the woodwork. A user on the Kidrobot forums dug up an image of a custom Disney Vinylmation pie...
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Tomopop Birthday Club: Brian's Haul


Apr 07
// Brian Szabelski
A while ago, in our many talks amongst staff, the idea of getting people things for their birthdays came up. From that idea sprung forth the Tomopop Birthday Club. The Birthday Club itself is something we've set up amongst th...

Tomopop Review: Masters of the Universe Classics - Trap Jaw

Mar 24 // Jason Millward
  Mattel went a very different route in their packaging of the Trap Jaw figure. The Masters of the Universe logo is nowhere to be seen. In fact, they even removed their company name entirely and used Fisher-Price's instead. This will obviously lead to some confusion to long-time fans. I find the iconography of the hearts throughout to be quite curious.  Trap Jaw's articulation is a mixed bag. You'll remember from my He-Man review that I took issue with a huge pits found on the joints throughout the figure. Happily here, they're nowhere to be found.  Not so fortunate is that the figure lacks the impressive range of movement which the He-Man figure had. The articulation here is much more limited due to fewer, less flexible joints.Also, the detail is not up to par with the rest of the series. Though an improvement upon the original figures of the 1980's, Trap Jaw doesn't hold a candle to any other figure from the Classics line.  In terms of accessories, I was expecting Skeletor's master of weaponry to have a slew of interchangeable accessories. Instead, Trap Jaw only comes with an adorable little girl. While I like that she has actual, Barbie-style hair (and who doesn't love a butterfly?), I find myself very disappointed.  Despite these insignificant gripes, my man can still do the running man like nobody's bidness!Okay, guys. I'm going to level with you. This isn't a Trap Jaw figure at all. This isn't even a review. What follows is an editorial on Mattel's mishandling of the MotUC line which has left me frustrated to my breaking point. Being unable to obtain a Trap Jaw figure for review, I gave seven dollars to Mattel's competitor for a stand-in.  Once a month, Mattel releases a new figure (or three) during the middle of a weekday morning. They cannot be bought in stores or through online retailers (with certain exceptions, and always at an a marked up rate), and preorders aren't a possibility. As these figures are geared toward an adult collector market, this strikes me as counter-intuitive. Why put these up for sale when the majority of your customer base is at work or school?  This wouldn't be a huge issue, were it not for the fact that the production runs are so limited that supplies run out in minutes. No regard has been taken to try to appease the demand. Making matters worse is that the maximum quantity that one can order is set at ten pieces per figure with a set shipping rate of $12 per order. I can't imagine what collector would need 10 Trap Jaw figures for. What is easy for me to imagine is why these toys don't last long.  Resellers are Mattel's biggest customers. They know that these figures are in high demand and that quantities are scarce. Picking up as many as they can, they're sure to bring in a huge profit on ebay. If you go on ebay right now you will find auctions on toys that haven't even been released yet. They're selling a preorder only. And if you look at the fine print, they give guarantees. A guarantee that you'll get your money back should they be unable to fulfill your order. In other words, should some other scalper beat them to the check-out button.  After missing two consecutive chances at nabbing a Skeletor figure, I ultimately had to purchase one from one of these fine proprietors. Near as I can tell, the cheapest one I could find netted the seller nearly a 50% return on their investment. Not too shabby, to say the least. Keep in mind that this was a figure that's been put up for sale of three separate occasions.  Last month when Trap Jaw, Man-at-Arms and Battle Cat all went on sale, I had Mattel's website up in my email browser the second they went on sale. I waited 10 minutes for the page to load, being promised that my place in "line" was secured. By the time I got to the check-out with my items, I discovered that I had two of Man-at-Arms and Trap Jaw in my cart.Not wanting to deprive another collector, I tried for another 5 minutes to change the amounts. Ultimately this didn't work. I had to delete them completely, then re-add them. When I deleted Trap Jaw, he was sold out, and I was unable to buy him. Nice guys do, apparently, finish last. Even when attempting to purchase bad guys.  I do not understand Mattel's rationale in all of this. By under-producing these figures, they're essentially giving away all of their potential profits to the scalpers. Is this some kind of crazy attempt to secure long-term interest in the line?  If that is the concept, I can assure them that I'm not eating it up. The Masters of the Universe Classics line is one which I would love to own every character. Instead, I am so fed up and frustrated that i can't stand the thought of them.I'd like to think that by voting with my dollars that I'm making some kind of difference, but this is obviously not the case. They sell every last figure that they produce. I'm teaching them no lesson at all.  My hope is that some day soon they will start trying to please their customers instead of frustrate them. I dream of the day when Mattel will realize that it is more profitable to appeal to their loyal fan-base instead of resellers. They've already proven the line a success. It's time to get these toys onto store shelves and into customers hands. Not in the spare bedroom of an ebay "power seller".  This working man's story continues in the upcoming Man-at-Arms review. (Which will be a real review, I promise.) Stay tuned!
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One of the things that I've always wanted to do with the review format ever since I started writing for Tomopop is to actually play with toys the way I always have. That means using figures as a vehicle to tell a story. Last ...

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Seriously? MOTUC Moss Man sells out in 3 minutes


Mar 17
// Robert Oden
In another page from the "Mattel hates me" file, this month's newest Matty Collector exclusive Masters of The Universe Classics figure, Moss-Man, sold out in an unprecedented 3 minutes. Kinda.Apparently, customers w...
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DrilOne's ET Bic Buddy is the best custom vinyl piece ever ... literally


Mar 12
// Brian Szabelski
DrilOne is by far my favorite vinyl artist, something I've personally mentioned before, and it's things like this that are the reason why. For the Bic Buddy Custom Show at Crewest, DrilOne has put together a custom Bic Buddy ...
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Life-sized TMNT Turtle Van is hotter than an oven-fresh pizza


Feb 24
// Robert Oden
If somehow fortune ever sets fit to smile upon me in a way that I become a rich man, I won't stay that way for long. Why?  Well shortly after buying this house, I'm going to the Volo Auto Museum in Chigago and throwing m...
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Jan Calleja's Formula Gan F-00 is every racing and vinyl fan's dream


Feb 22
// Brian Szabelski
The 2010 Formula 1 season kicks off in just under a month, March 14 in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain, so now's about the perfect time for an F1-inspired custom vinyl creation, isn't it? This one comes to us from Jan C...
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Alter announces a new figure line specifically for women


Feb 22
// Colette Bennett
It's official: someone at Alter reads Tomopop. There's no other explanation for this amazing new announcement. After all, we've spent tons of time and energy lamenting the lack of male figures on the market (at least, in comp...
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Custom Delights: Jin Saotome's ... Teddy Roosevelt figure?


Feb 16
// Brian Szabelski
Jin Saotome (aka John Mallamas) is a name visitors of this site should be familiar with as a well-known figure customizer. Normally, we see figures based off video game or anime characters from him, but this ... this is a bit...
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MOTUC comes to retail as He-Man and Superman tussle in Toys "R" Us exclusive two-pack


Feb 10
// Robert Oden
Yesterday, a set of mysterious possible MOTUC prototypes were discovered on Ebay via a Hong Kong seller. Throughout the day, rumors swirled as to the origins of the figures and now, thanks to Toyfare magazine, it seems we hav...
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Tamiya commissions a 1:1 scale Sand Scorcher for Nurnburg Toy Fair


Feb 04
// Brian Szabelski
Here's something you don't normally see every day on Tomopop: a post about R/C cars! Specifically, we're talking about the Sand Scorcher, a classic R/C car from Tamiya, who has been and still is the biggest name in the R/C ma...
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Custom Delights: Battletoads by G-Brand


Jan 30
// Robert Oden
Yes. These are Battletoads and you know what, they deserve some respect. When I was growing up, these toads were the stars of one of the greatest beat-em ups of all time. Nowadays however, these aggressive amphibians are litt...
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Mattel reveals that Evil-Lyn's real name is...Evelyn?


Jan 22
// Robert Oden
This week, Mattel showed off new shots of their packaged Masters of the Universe Classics Evil-Lyn figure. Nothing about the reveal was particularly of note, short of the new bio included on the back card which included the d...
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Kaws and Wonderwall collaborate on a vinyl wall with Xs and shoes


Jan 20
// Tomopop Staff
Kaws and Wonderwall have a new collaboration on the way in February: a 22cm tall vinyl wall with Xs for eyes and big goofy shoes. This design originally showed up on an Original Fake t-shirt, but a vinyl format seems highly u...
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Masters of the Universe art show reveals new MOTUC Optikk figure, other goodies


Jan 09
// Robert Oden
As if I needed any more reason to be jealous of those able to attend the Masters of The Universe art show at Gallery 1988, Mattel announced today, via Facebook, that they were showing of one of their upcoming SDCC MOTUC exclu...

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