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4:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Ol...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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11:00 AM on 02.06.2014

This new Kuroneko pre-order schools you on cuteness

Oreimo continues to show off its everlasting popularity long after its completion with collectible after collectible showing up, and of course the figure world is no different. Clayz is aiming right for the pervs with their l...

Emily Smalara



Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome back to an action packed Tomopop LinkUP. Packed is definitely the right word for this edition as we're looking at probably our biggest LinkUP yet! And no wonder, it's the winter convention season! UK Toy Fair was last week though it was kind of a meh event. In just over a week we've got the first Wonder Festival of the year on February 9 followed by New York Toy Fair launching the following weekend on Feb 16 to 19. I'm sure there's like a dozen more before spring.

And thanks to all of these big toy shows there has been an email tidal wave in our inbox, far more than we've been able to post and there's still more coming in every day. And this is just the stuff leftover from last week! Crazy stuff and there's still tons more coming in every day. It isn't all stuff being prepared for the big events; we've also got some great custom and designer stuff that I'm actually a little sad we haven't had time to post because it's so good! See it all after the jump!

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6:00 AM on 01.20.2014

Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Good Smile Company has just announced their releases and their delays for January and it's a pretty regular month. Which is to say, there's a fair few delays, some of them disappointingly high profile. Probably the most notab...

Martin Siggers

9:00 PM on 12.20.2013

Get a glimpse at Kirino's younger days in this pre-order

Oreimo figures are certainly a dime a dozen, but Wave is mixing it up with their latest! Not only have they broken away from their Beach Queens line to provide a larger 1/8-scale figure, but they've turned back the clock for ...

Emily Smalara

12:00 PM on 12.06.2013

Three new Beach Queens hit stores for pre-order

If there's one thing you can say about Wave, it's that they certainly know how to keep that train of bikini clad girls a-rollin'. Today we've got three very different ladies from three very different shows appearing on virtua...

Martin Siggers



Griffon's Kirino can't be this cute in a swimsuit! photo
Griffon's Kirino can't be this cute in a swimsuit!
by Jon Wills

Remember that lovely, but showy swimsuit figure of Griffon's Kirino that showed up for pre-orders earlier this month? Akibahobby recently got their hands on her and posted a preview gallery on their blog.

At a casual glance Kirino may look like your typical swimsuit figure, but Griffon went the extra mile by capturing the look of her hair by sculpting it to puff out and billow just right to be pretty. They got her eyes and blush spot on and did a good job bringing out the moe with that fang in her mouth. Her knees and feet are poised in a way that make her look a little bit vulnerable, further bringing out that moe vibe. I also like the way her colors are balanced between the baby blue swimsuit, pink towel, and orange colored hair.

While Kirino is usually playful and even quite flirty I think the amount that she tugs on her swimsuit here to show off her thigh is a little bit excessive and leads little to the imagination. However this kind of craziness is part of what made her a popular character right? 

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Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko, Sweet Lolita version photo
Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko, Sweet Lolita version
by Jon Wills

Kuroneko has been getting a lot of love in the figurine world lately. It's about darn time that someone cared for her too! Next month Kotobukiya is releasing this sweet lolita dressed kitten girl to the masses. However if you ordered her and want to check her out ahead of time, or if you are on the fence then you should check out Akibahobby's gallery of her.

Kotobukiya did a great job on the overall sculpt and color scheme of this figure. The ruffles and fine details approach Alter levels of quality. The white and red checkered base with brown rim adds an additional level of class to the appearance which I did not expect. Really, there are lots of cool details all over from the shiny slippers on her feet to the tips of her ear which are practically begging to be examined.

While I am not a big enough fan to buy this version of Kuroneko at her full price, I definitely will be keeping an eye out for sales to perhaps snag her later. What do you think tomopeeps? Have any of you ordered this sweet lolita?

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8:00 AM on 11.30.2013

Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko Cu-Poche

Back in October pre-orders became available for Cu-Poche Kuroneko. Many of us were pleased with the stock factory images of her, but AmiAmi's English blog did a review of their own with some pretty nice photos to compliment t...

Jon Wills

12:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Get your schoolgirl voyeur on and peep these Kirino pics

Last month's kitty-eared Kirino is almost certainly a must have for fans, and right alongside her arrival we've got a lovely new gallery thanks to Akiba Hobby. It does feel a little stalkery to get such images of a schoolgirl...

Emily Smalara

2:00 PM on 11.16.2013

Kuroneko returns with another beach ready pre-order

Kuroneko isn't quite down and out either, fighting the good fight past Oreimo's end! Thanks to Orca, we've got another figure featuring the same swimsuit Kotobukiya gave us a look at, though as much as I loved that one Orca m...

Emily Smalara





What's in UFO Catchers? Sonico, schoolgirls, and more photo
What's in UFO Catchers? Sonico, schoolgirls, and more
by Kristina Pino

Recently, I had a chance to wander around one of my local arcades and see what prizes were locked up inside the machines. Locked away behind a promise if you get the claw to drop in some precise way, or break the piece of toilet paper separating your waifu from freedom, or some other obstacle.

Besides the usual array of plushies (including some Pokémon X & Y ones you can see in the gallery), I saw some OreImo figures, Sonico, Miku, One Piece, Medaka Box, and more. There's usually a little bit of everything, though, so you're bound to find something that you like.

This image collection is really just a bit of the highlights, since it's impossible to take pictures of all the machines (if photos are allowed in the arcade at you're in at all) when some of them are too crowded. Either way, take a look at what I managed!

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