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Dengeki Bunko

Bring the fight to life with Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax prize figures

Based on the hit fighting game that'll probably never be released here
Oct 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Japanese publishers love their crossover fighting games. Just in recent years we've seen games like Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match merging characters from various Aquaplus visual novels and games and J-Stars Victory Vs ...
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Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: FREEing

Summer Festival at Wonder Festival
Jul 27
// Martin Siggers
FREEing definitely know a good thing when they see it, as their booth was packed with their popular range of yukata-clad ladies. It seems like paired sets are the new hotness in FREEing's world. For me the highlight here is d...

Go for a summer dip with Kuroneko

Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Apr 26
// Emily Smalara
It's no secret that I like girls, and I like swimsuits, but even I get tired of producers churning out the same old, same old. That includes the school swimsuit look. I'm even of the mind that one pieces are seriously underra...

Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kahotan posted a gallery for the upcoming Bakemonogatari Nadeko Sengoku Nendoroid. She comes with a lot of neat arm and leg parts for some really great poses. She's up for pre-order now so go get one. AmiAmi did an early photo review of the Beach Queen's Ayase Aragaki from OreImo. She looks great, but a little simple just wearing a white bikini, but I suppose that has its own appeal. She won't be out until June so enjoy the gallery. figsoku blog posted a gallery for the FuRyu Sonico Going Out Time ver. prize figure that was released last month. I'm not much of a Sonico fan, but I might have to reconsider my negative impression of FuRyu. Piapro posted a new colaboration between Pullip dolls and Hatsune Miku with a new Sakura Miku doll. They're not a doll series that's for everyone, but they did an impressive job with the outfit. Piapro also posted a look at a new series of Vocaloid plush products from Sekiguchi. Included are stuffed dolls and dangly things of Miku, Len, and Rin. If you're a gamer then simply by saying 'George Washington with a Gatling gun' should be conjuring up images of BioShock Infinite. So here's a Motorized Patriot made out of LEGO blocks. I got the game when it came out and still haven't played it... Thanks to io9 we're getting a ride back to the obscure side of the Golden Age of comics for a look at the slightly disturbing Fantomah statue based on the works of Fletcher Hanks. She comes in three varieties, all pretty limited. Task One has a new series of seven-inch WeedBears up in his store. Available are Green Crack, Purple Kush, and Stoned Panda for US$69.99 each. There's also a limited pink Bubblegum bear for Valentine's day, but that one has gone away like so much smoke. Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for FREEing's new Asuna figure coming up in March. She's nicely sculpted and while the pose is a bit awkward at least it's something different. Good Smile Company's Mamitan was over in Japan for Wonder Festival and took the most amazing photos of figma Snow Miku out in the wilds. We've seen a lot of photos for Miku, but these are probably some of the most adorable ones yet. Pinkcheeks posted a surprisingly easy DIY tutorial for making your own Japanese-style table. I think I need to give this a try. And that's it for this week's Tomopop LinkUP. Look for the next installment next week during the craziness of Toy Fair!
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Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
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...


This new Kuroneko pre-order schools you on cuteness

Clayz - 1/7 Scale
Feb 06
// Emily Smalara
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Walking in a winter Wonder Festival

Jan 30 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
7-Eleven in Japan (yep, that's a thing) is now base to its own Gundam. A special version of the RX-93 Nu Gundam HG Gunpla is now calling the convenience store chain home. Done up in green, white, red, and yellow the kit is only running for ¥2,625. ToysREvil posted these really cool throw pillows based on game handhelds and controllers by Castella Natalia. Love the cartoonish look to them. Studio Ghibli fan Nendojin went above and beyond simple fan art to make a sculpture of the man himself: Hayao Miyazaki. RocketNews24 has posted video of the piece being made from start to finish. Job well done! Wave previewed a pair of girls from Majestic Prince being added to the Beach Queens line. Not Wave's best work and even they don't seem enthusiastic about them considering they haven't delivered their promised additional info on the girls despite being available for pre-order now. I guess they can't all be winners. And this is what it looks like when Wave tries hard. Akiba Hobby has posted a photo review for the upcoming Beach Queens Illyasviel von Einzbern from Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA. The effort they put into a figure this cute speaks for itself. In case you missed it the three figures from Hunter X Hunter are now available again for re-release. While there's nothing particularly new about them the official figma blog has posted the trio together. The real attraction is a quick three-panel comic. Check out CLayz newest Kuroneko figure from OreImo featuring a school swimsuit with cat years and tail. Oh man, she's perfect! Akiba Hobby posted a preview of Kotobukiya's Wonder Festival exclusive Kobato figure from Haganai. This is a red-dressed repaint of the figure Koto released just this past October. Looking good. Piapro posted a gallery for the upcoming Snow Miku 2014 Licca-chan doll. I kinda don't want to admit that it's growing on me... Also coming to Wonder Festival is a repaint of Orchid Seed's many Super Sonico figures. Based on a figure only just released back in December she is now sporting a chrome silver bikini. Not my kind of thing, but she does look really well made. Dark Horse has licensed the figure rights to the Powers series of comics and graphic novels. Their first piece is the impressively big Retro Girl statue which will later be followed by vinyl figures. More info can be found at the link. Kahotan posted a great gallery for Nendoroid Yoshino from Date A Live. Stiff contender for one of the cutest Nendoroids of all time! Tokidoki is collaborating Pullip on new doll Lunarosa. She's completely clad in Tokidoki fashion and even comes with a Donutella plush. She even gets her own tattoos! No price was given, but she'll be out in February. Sonico hasn't always been her full-figured self. Even she was a kid once. That's the message that Wing is sending with the prototype of their new child version of Nitro+'s digital diva. It actually is a rather cute figure in a much different way than we're used to seeing Sonico. Plum has made a new mini figure for their original character Sarah. She comes in two versions, either red or green. Both are exclusives, starting with sales at Wonder Festival for only ¥600 each. After that the red version will be sold throughout Nagano prefecture while the green one will be sold at the Lake Suwa SA (service area) for ¥700 each. Customizer Jared Flores created this really amazing Vinylmation version of the classic and iconic Dumbo ride found at Disney parks. The piece uses four Vinylmation Dumbo figures and one three-foot Vinylmation figure. Nicely done! That's all for this week! Come back next week when I'm sure we'll have another pile of Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] previews to look at among other great things.
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Welcome to the start of winter convention season
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 Fai...

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GSC Delays

Good Smile announces first delays of 2014

Time for your regularly scheduled disappointmen
Jan 20
// Martin Siggers
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...

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

Wave - 1/8 Scale
Dec 20
// Emily Smalara
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 ...
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Beach Queens Trio

Three new Beach Queens hit stores for pre-order

Well, four technically, but come on
Dec 06
// Martin Siggers
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...
Preview Griffon's Kirino photo
She is well crafted and very cute.
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 K...

Preview SL Kuroneko photo
Meow, Kuroneko overload!
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...

Preview Kuroneko photo
Preview Kuroneko

Preview Kotobukiya's Kuroneko Cu-Poche

She makes a good Cu-Poche
Nov 30
// Jon Wills
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...

Get your schoolgirl voyeur on and peep these Kirino pics

Griffon - 1/8 Scale
Nov 23
// Emily Smalara
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...

Kuroneko returns with another beach ready pre-order

Orca - 1/7 Scale
Nov 16
// Emily Smalara
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...
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Take your pick
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 toi...

Beach Queens photo
Beach Queens

Wave shows off a parade of Beach Queens

Ever seen so many in one go?
Nov 12
// Kristina Pino
The flow of Beach Queens is always pretty steady, but I'm not even kidding with my title, here. This is a parade. Check out the gallery for images of: Masuzu (Ore no Kanojo) Aoi and Wakaba (Vividred) Yukari, Darjeeling, and ...

Kirino's modeling goes naughty with this new pre-order

Griffon - 1/8 Scale
Nov 07
// Emily Smalara
The wonderful Oreimo may be finally over, but that's no reason to stop new figure releases! Everyone's favorite imouto Kirino is getting another new lease on life thanks to Griffon, showcasing a figure that should make her mo...

Pounce on this cute new Kirino pre-order

Griffon - 1/8 Scale
Oct 29
// Emily Smalara
Oreimo fans will undoubtedly recall a certain point in the series where our dear heroine Kirino fell head over heels for Kuroneko's skill at cat ear crafting, quickly requesting her own. Sadly kemonomimi lovers everywhere hav...
Cu-Poche Kuroneko photo
Cu-Poche Kuroneko

Surprise! Cu-Poche Kuroneko up for pre-order

Kirino was lonely!
Oct 22
// Kristina Pino
The adorable Cu-Poche Kirino Kousaka will be seeing her partner in crime soon! Per-orders have just surfaced for Kuroneko, and she's slated for release in April of next year. It looks like this figure flew completely under ou...
MF Kirino Kousaka photo
Better be prepared to pay the dowry though
As is the case sometimes with exclusive figures, Max Factory's rather impressive Kirino Kousaka True End ver. went up for pre-order based only on unpainted prototype shots. For those of you who were unwilling to put down a lo...

Kirino Kousaka photo
Or, you know, don't. Just don't.
We first saw Max Factory's super impressive 'True End' version of Kirino Kousaka back at WonFes and a lot of fans expressed interest in picking her up, pointing out the lovely sculpt, impressive scale and high level of d...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Penguin Parade

I think someone really likes Suguha/Leefa up in the head office!
Jul 28
// Chris Seto
If you thought that Penguin Parade just did the petanko figures, you might be glad to know that they also had a few scale figures on display as well. Aside from a closer look at the Petanko figures, the images in the gallery ...
Good Smile Company
Oreimo fans who aren't quite up to date on the light novels may want to avert their eyes now! Spoilers abound! Spotted at WonFest is this utterly gorgeous Kirino pulled straight from the series' final volume, and all I have t...

Petanko photo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Petanko

Penguin Parade shows off their latest
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Everybody loves cute figures, right? Penguin Parade knows you do and they've got their adorable Petanko line sitting in at Wonder Festival. Recently announced additions like Fate/Zero's Rin Tohsaka and Saber will be joined by...

Grab the latest Kuroneko caught off guard!

Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Jul 27
// Emily Smalara
Sculptors seem to be getting the hang of making Kuroneko's ever-present frilly dresses actually look, dare I say, flattering. Chara-Ani is bringing us yet another gothic kitty, this time in the act of getting herself properly...

Pounce on a pretty new Kuroneko pre-order

Kotobukiya - 1/7 Scale
Jul 26
// Emily Smalara
Oreimo's Kuroneko isn't usually one for dressing brightly, other than her Shironeko and Kamineko personas, but that isn't stopping Kotobukiya from showing off their upcoming "Sweet Lolita" version, dressing the dark kitty up ...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Kuroneko

Jul 04 // Emily Smalara
Figure Name: Kuroneko Figure Maker: Kotobukiya Retail/List Price: ¥6,120 Available at:  HobbyLink Japan The box, unlike Kuroneko herself, wasn't anything particularly special. A fairly barebones design, even the coloring was a bit odd, with a semi tropical theme that seemed more suited to Kirino than Kuroneko. I did like the side of the box that featured a cute paw print window though, a nice little nod to her screen name. Fortunately, flashy boxes aren't a requisite to a great figure, so let's take a look at the goods! Well, she's cute. Really cute. When I first saw this figure, it quickly ended up as one of the few that catch my eye while deviating from the original art style. While it's not a huge change, it's definitely a bit softer than the original Oreimo art. In person, she's just as adorable as I'd hoped -a real beauty from head to toe! No doubt much of the art appeal comes from her facial expression. While Kuroneko is no stranger to stern, "tsuntsun" expressions, Kotobukiya gave her a much calmer look here. While it retains the series' trademark cheek blush, otherwise she seems much more relaxed and at ease -- appropriate for a day at the beach, even if it's hard to imagine her showing off so much skin! With so much shown off however, it's a great look at just how much care Kotobukiya put into the sculpt of her figure! To be honest, I find it hard to go over Kuroneko without sounding like a Mikatan preview, but I can't help it! The attention given to her form is spot on, especially for a less large-scale release, and you can see it in the little subtleties like barely visible ribs, the slight curve of her stomach, and the careful arch of her back. Indeed, nothing was left less than perfect when it comes to her pose, especially when viewed from the side. While her marvelously done thigh is certainly eye catching on its own, those with less wandering eyes may also notice her skirt carefully fitted into her hand. It's often hit or miss whether or not accessories you're required to place yourself actually fit into their intended spots, so it's nice that this one snugly slips between her fingers. At least, after a little effort. A little effort that causes some unfortunate side effects. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a slight mark on her leg, but oh, it gets worse. Yep, that's not intentional. While you could perhaps play it off as sand given she's at the beach, it's a little hard given that it's, well, black. You see, to fit her skirt into place, you are first required to slip her left leg through, then as you raise it up, squeeze the right leg through until the foot slips out the back, then tug it into her grasp. Due to said squeezing, you'll find it's impossible to avoid scraping the skirt along her leg as well as the sole of her foot as it's forced into place. Now, I'm not sure if this is paint from her skirt left behind or paint being scraped off, but despite the color matching her skirt, no amount of careful cleaning has removed the spots yet. This may unfortunately be my first experience in touching up a figure, and it's definitely a potential problem to consider if you plan on picking her up. It would have been nice if the included sandals could have protected her feet from smudging, but alas, they're merely details. They've got no pegs to rest on either, so they'll slide around wherever you put them. Thankfully, Kotobukiya at least saw the issues with this if you ever wanted to move her or pick her up, and the base has a slight ridge around the rim. The sandals will still move about, but even at a slight tilt they won't fall off and get lost somewhere, which is a small thing I can appreciate. That said, despite the frustration of paint issues, Kuroneko is a wonderfully done figure and I'd absolutely recommend her to any fan. To me, she's still quite possibly the best Kuroneko on the market stylistically, and Kotobukiya's attention to detail can't be denied. Whether you own her partner Kirino or not, any Oreimo fan owes themselves to pick Kuroneko up as soon as possible! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this sample!]
Kotobukiya Kuroneko photo
This kitty will make you purr!
I believe at some point in the past I've stated that I missed out on a lot of "must see" big titles due to a brief hiatus away from anime. Oreimo was one such title, and again, while I'd always loved the art style it was only...


Lovely SEGA prize Kuroneko hitting UFO catchers in June

Jun 07
// Kristina Pino
The last time I was at the arcade, I caught sight of this absolutely lovely Kirino Kousaka figure in the UFO Catchers. She is big, and detailed, and just so happy and cheerful-looking; I actually tried getting her despite kno...

Let Kirino and Kuroneko model their new looks for you

Alphamax - 1/8 Scale
May 25
// Emily Smalara
Over the past month we've shown you Alphamax's upcoming pair from Oreimo, since of course, as I said, where there is one of these ladies, the other is sure to follow. It's always nice to see a series that puts effort forth in...

Take aim with this summery new Kirino

Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
May 24
// Emily Smalara
With such an inseparable pair, it's no surprise that where there is Shironeko, Kirino is close behind. Pretty much every company releases the two as a pair, and Chara-Ani is no different, pairing the breezy Shironeko with a K...

Lighten up with an adorable Shironeko pre-order

Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
May 23
// Emily Smalara
As beloved as Kuroneko is, many people have been long awaiting the appearance of Shironeko in this season's Oreimo sequel. Just in time, Chara-Ani's jumping on the figure bandwagon, showing off one of the cutest renditions of...

Pre-order AlphaMax's one-piece dress Kirino

I can't believe she is not my sister
May 10
// Jon Wills
With the second season of OreImo on the roll it's no surprise that a lot of new merchandise related to the series is popping up. One such example is AlphaMax's latest figurine of Kirino, everyone’s favorite leading lady...

cLayz's little Kirino figure can't be this terrible

But it is!
Apr 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Many more pre-orders opened today.] Sure, Kirino might be one of the most unlikable characters OreImo, but even she doesn't deserve this kind of treatment. Just look at it! How did something like this even pass the a...

Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Clayz

Clayz does cute and sexy all in one display.
Apr 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Clayz is slowly working their way through the Zodiac in the cutest way possible. Their original Eto Figure Series for the Resi-Carat line feature adorable SD girls in animal costumes. Back in 2011 they released the rabbit sui...

Pre-order Petanko Kirino and Kuroneko

My little sister can't be this cute!
Apr 05
// Jon Wills
I never saw the original series of Oreimo, otherwise known as "My Little Sister Can't be this Cute." till I heard the second season was coming out and all of my friends wanted to know if there was something wro...

Have a better look at Ayase in her Thanatos cosplay

Akiba Hobby posts an early sample review
Mar 05
// Kristina Pino
Here at Tomopop, we're fans of Kotobukiya's upcoming Ayase figure depicting her in a Stardust Witch Meruru-inspired cosplay. So when Akiba Hobby posted up a preview, I couldn't resist sharing the link. I've put a few images i...

Kotobukiya shows another side of Ayase

No, she's not wearing a tentacle.
Feb 27
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya's 1/8 scale "Thanatos Ver." Ayase Aragaki is currently available for pre-order. The usually conservative (almost prudish) Ayase is uncharacteristically depicted in a provocative outfit apparently styled after the c...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line

Say hello to Hoshii Miki and Tomoe Mami
Feb 12
// Brian Szabelski
We posted about Kotobukiya's scaled figures last night, but it wouldn't be complete coverage without mentioning their Cu-Poche figures! First, we must dive into the two new Cu-Poche on display: Idolm@ster's Hoshii Miki, who c...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Sega Prize figures

More reasons need to be found about why we can't have these nice things
Feb 10
// Andres Cerrato
The scorn of many collectors is that of the prize figure. Oh so cheap yet so much harder to reliably get. The newest collection of prize figures by Sega may just enrage you by how much you'll want them. There's the typical su...

Kotobukiya previews Kirino Kousaka, now released

Work that swimsuit!
Jan 29
// Kristina Pino
Kotobukiya's recently released 1/7-scale figure of Kirino in a swimsuit was just previewed over at their blog, and she's looking as pretty as ever. I dropped a few images in the gallery to share the excitement. Did you pre-or...

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