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9:00 AM on 05.26.2014

McDonalds' toys are still gender-split, Pokemon is for boys only

McDonald's had a gold mine on its hands. The ever-popular Pokemon became the newest set of Happy Meal toys. While these are nowhere near the glory days of the Burger King promotion from the first Pokemon movie, McDonald's has...

Andres Cerrato

10:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Sports Illustrated chooses Barbie for its swimsuit issue

I never thought that in my time here at Tomopop that I would write about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, but yet here we are. The special issue, which gets people who don't have internet connections to buy print media,...

Andres Cerrato

10:30 AM on 09.08.2013

Hideo Kojima says I'll be ashamed for response to Quiet

Last week, Hideo Kojima let the world in on his design process behind the character, Quiet, for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V. I wasn't exactly thrilled with his reasoning behind making the character "more erotic" and Kojim...

Andres Cerrato

8:00 PM on 09.04.2013

Hideo Kojima opens mouth, tells secret everyone knows

You know what the figure industry is about. Consistently, the message is sent that sex sells. It doesn't surprise anyone. If you've played just about any game in the Metal Gear Solid series, it doesn't come as any shock that ...

Andres Cerrato

5:00 PM on 10.04.2011

Hot Toys decides to remake Iron Man Mk I, people blindly rage over it

When the first of the Iron Man movies was released in 2008, I loved them. What I didn't know at the time was about a company called Hot Toys. The company would go on to make numerous figures of the various armors from the mov...

Andres Cerrato

Sucklord and bootlegs as an art form photo
Sucklord and bootlegs as an art form
by Jackie Zysk

Like in every community, figure collectors don't always agree on things. Our opinions can vary on things from top coats to a face sculpt, but there is one thing we can universally agree upon: bootlegs are bad. Few people can argue against the practice, and while some do use them for custom bait, most of us would never voluntarily buy one for our collections.

But while the distaste of bootlegs isn't limited to the anime figure world, a new movement is perhaps rising in the vinyl industry that is accepting the practice ... as its own art form.

Follow me after the jump as I peel back the layers of this new, slightly confusing medium.

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11:00 PM on 09.14.2011

Nendoroid Petit Lily's controversial debut

I'm not really one to turn my head at most things. I have little qualms with some of the more risque elements of the hobby. I never thought that of all things that could possibly cross my imaginary line, that the item in ques...

Andres Cerrato

Figuratively Speaking: Growing up photo
Figuratively Speaking: Growing up
by Andres Cerrato

[The views expressed in this piece are solely those of Andres Cerrato. They do not reflect the opinions of Tomopop or its staff.]

At Tomopop, our slogan is "Refusing to grow up." It's not that toy collecting is immature or man-childish, rather far from it. Many of us got into this hobby for the passion we ourselves express, whether it's a connection with a character or a fascination with art, nothing that could certainly be rejected without inspection.

However, some still look down with scorn for what they view as mere child fantasies being played out by adults. The Internet gives enough fodder for the general public to accept that condemnation as fact. We fall into self-made traps in defining and defending our hobby, all while trying be adults about the matter.

Follow me after the jump as I delve into the issue of "growing up."

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12:00 PM on 03.22.2011

Leeke World releases Mikhaila amid a swirl of controversy

Leeke World has just released (on March 21st 2011) an unusual new ball-jointed doll named Mikhaila, but it has happened amid a maelstrom of controversy. In the past few days leading up to its release a small, handmade BJD com...

Brigitte Coovert

9:00 PM on 09.16.2010

Tomopop Opinion: Dexter toys and the marketing of violence

Toys do not often make it into mainstream news, so whenever they do we here at Tomopop get pretty excited. Toy publicity has the ability to inject new life into the hobby and bring in people who were not formerly aware of it....

Tomopop Staff

1:00 PM on 09.01.2010

NSFW Opinion: Carlos Enriquez' Hierophany

[The opinions expressed in this piece are all individual and do not reflect the opinion of as a whole.] Whether in the art toy world or the often perverse Japanese collectibles sphere, sexuality is a theme that is...

Colette Bennett