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Nakama Toys photo
Nakama Toys

Tomopop About Town: Nakama Toys retail store


A legit figure store in Chicago!
May 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I think one of the best things to inspire passion for a hobby is having a good brick and mortar retail store around. They're valuable for showing off the hobby and product, and you can get some good info from experienced coll...
GSC Kizumonogatari photo
GSC Kizumonogatari

Good Smile Company's Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is up for pre-order


Hope you're good with names
May 20
// Tianxiao Ma
The lovely vampire from the Monogatari series is back to her original form in this 1/8-scale figure from Good Smile Company! You might know her better as Shinobu Oshino, though her original name was Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion He...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura

May 20 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: ARTFX J Sakura KinomotoFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: ¥11,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Plamoya | Big in Japan  As I say in pretty much every one of my reviews, I'm a big fan of 'less is more' when it comes to box design. Sakura's box isn't exactly spartan but it's pleasingly straightforward. I particularly like the big 'wraparound' window which carries all the way round to the side of the box.  It makes the entire thing look modern and airy and gives you a great all round view of the figure. The left hand side of the box includes the original CLAMP illustration which this figure is based on. There's been some controversy over this decision to use the manga design over the far more recognized anime design, which I'll address momentarily when we get to the figure itself. I will say the box feels a little big - though Sakura isn't a small figure, I'm pretty sure smarter packaging could have at least cut the ends off of what's a pretty large package. Once out of the box, Sakura is a very nicely sized and weighted figure. She's a 1/7-scale sculpt but feels a little more like a 1/8 occasionally, probably because of the character's small stature. Regardless, it's a size which feels hefty and solid. Sakura is attached to her cloud base and can't be separated, not that you'd want to anyway considering the pose prohibits any other form of display. One thing I will point out is that the base is a hollow shell, rather than solid plastic. There's no real issue with stability but it's disappointingly cheap-feeling for what's meant to be a high end product. Sculpt quality is excellent all around, with Kotobukiya's decision to go with a massively ruffled look vindicated by the amount of life and movement they can bring to that gigantic skirt. It may be a touch over-the-top for some readers, but it definitely embraces the extravagant shoujo styling of the source material. Plastic and paint feel textured and high quality to the touch, and overall the entire product (bar the aforementioned base) feels well worth your money. Sakura's main accessory is a pair of plus-sized wings which give a huge boost in presence and impact to her overall presentation. I'd go as far to say Kotobukiya should have made these wings a permanent part of the sculpt, since I can't imagine anyone owning this figure without wanting to use them. Still, if you're tight on space, I suppose it's nice to have the option. As you can see from this picture, the bigger wings aren't actually replacement parts but instead add-ons. They plug into the top of the existing wings on the sculpt, which split at the top to allow room for pegs. This arguably doesn't look quite as good as an all-in-one sculpted piece would, but it's also less fiddly and more durable. The other, absolutely essential accessory included is a miniature version of Sakura's ever-present companion Kero-chan. He's very well detailed for his size, with a smart red bow-tie (unfortunately damaged on my example as you can see in the picture) and miniature translucent wings. He has a tiny peg on his right leg which slots neatly into a hole between the frills of Sakura's dress, thus matching the pose of the original art and making him appear to seamlessly 'fly' alongside Sakura. Let's talk a bit about that face. I've seen a lot of complaints about the hair colour and also the fact that she seems a little too 'chubby' in the cheeks, or round faced in general. I think these people are totally mad. I love this entire head sculpt to bits and I think the decision to go with the manga art style is totally justified considering the much more interesting look. Kotobukiya have done a great job with the hair, fading from a lovely brown-orange to nearly translucent at the tips. It's an important splash of colour in a figure that might otherwise be overwhelmed by pink and white, as are Sakura's trademark vivid green eyes. Though it's difficult to tell without a strong backlight, both the crystal at the base of Sakura's staff and the 'eyes' in its head are made of translucent red plastic. Note the subtle creases in the sock fabric at the knee joint, a lovely little touch. Detail sculpting is beyond reproach, with fantastic small scale work like the bow on these shoes. You can just about see where the peg attaches the shoe and base here. If there's a weakness here, then it's the same one I mentioned in the Eren review - ultra fine paint detail. You can see in the upper right hand corner of this shot that the piping on the dress band is slightly sloppy. Even if we leave aside the damaged bow tie on Kero there are a few minor examples of paint splash or slop on the figure. Though Kotobukiya are getting closer every time, I still wouldn't put them quite on the pedestal with Alter and GSC as far as razor sharpness goes. Overall though I'm scrabbling for things to criticise. It's another superb figure from Kotobukiya and without a doubt the definitive Sakura figure at this point in time. After so many years of dreaming, fans of Cardcaptor Sakura finally have a full size, top quality figure to call their own, and I'd say any collector who loves the show owes themselves this one. Now we just have to wait for Syaoran...  
ARTFX Sakura photo
Nice to see you, good to meet you
When I reviewed FuRyu's trading figure version of Sakura Kinomoto last summer, I was positive, but also still a little disappointed that we weren't getting a full-fat, big money version of the character to stand alongside the...

Funny Knights Kongou photo
Funny Knights Kongou

Aoshima's Kongou is almost ready for tea time


Wow! Congratulations!
Apr 23
// Tianxiao Ma
Let me tell you something about Kongou: she is the best. Period. The Kantai Collection anime cemented her as one of my favorite female characters in recent memory; her scenes are hilarious, and she's basically the Gaptain Gin...
Sentinel Erwin photo
Add some leadership to your survey corps
Erwin Smith, commander of our beloved Survey Corps, will be making his way to PVC form with this figure by Sentinel. As his authoritative stance indicates, Erwin is as much about leading as he is about fighting. The figure co...

Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki photo
Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki

Kotobukiya awakens Ken Kaneki


Put ghouls in my "likes" column
Apr 09
// Tianxiao Ma
An underrated part of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line is their selection of male figures. They have some nice ones, especially with the Attack on Titan boys. Now you can add Tokyo Ghoul's Ken Kaneki to the picture. This one balance...
MegaHouse Mikoto Misaka photo
MegaHouse Mikoto Misaka

MegaHouse's World Uniform Operation continues with Mikoto Misaka


Railed it!
Apr 09
// Tianxiao Ma
For those of you who enjoy the various school uniform designs in anime, MegaHouse is expanding its World Uniform Opeation lineup with A Certain Scientific Railgun's Mikoto Misaka! This is a line of 1/10-scale figures, so thin...
Kotobukiya Inazuma photo
Kotobukiya Inazuma

Kotobukiya's Inazuma is ready to sortie


Nanodesu!
Apr 02
// Tianxiao Ma
In an anime full of moe shipgirls, Inazuma is perhaps the most moe of them all. Her timid personality hasn't stopped her debut as a Kotobukiya scale figure, though! This version is based on the KanColle anime design. Her expr...
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi photo
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi

Kotobukiya's Ikazuchi won't torpedo your bank account


1/8-scale figure is up for pre-order
Mar 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Kantai Collection's anime run ended yesterday, but don't expect a reprieve from ship girl figures anytime soon! Kotobukiya has put up their 1/8-scale figure of Ikazuchi for pre-order. Ikazuchi is part of the 6th Destroyer Div...
Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Anime Japan 2015: Good Smile Company


I predict there will be Nendoroids
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Anime Japan 2015 wrapped up over the weekend, which means we can see some of the goodies that figure makers brought to the event. Good Smile Company put some upcoming Nendoroids and scale figures on display. The big one for m...
Kotobukiya Grell Sutcliff photo
Kotobukiya Grell Sutcliff

Black Butler's Grell Sutcliff smiling his way to shelves everywhere


Just for the Grell of it.
Mar 19
// Soul Tsukino
Reap from the labors of Kotobukiya with the ARTFX J Grell Sutcliff PVC statue. Pre-orders are open now for a August delivery of the man covered in red. This static figure of the reaper from Black Butler stands at over 9 ...
Lechery Ookami-san photo
Lechery Ookami-san

Lechery unveils their prototype of a big bad wolf


The eating grandma kind, not the huffing and puffing kind
Mar 17
// Tianxiao Ma
Lechery's a manufacturer that puts out a lot of original character designs - some are ero, some are less so. Recently they've been making figures based on fairy tale characters, which is where this Ookami-san design comes in....
Expelled From Paradise photo
Expelled From Paradise

Expelled from Paradise's Angela Balzac from Alphamax


DO NOT snicker at her surname
Mar 13
// Oansun
Expelled from Paradise is a big deal anime film release from this past December, so I haven't had a chance to see it (even if Aniplex was kind enough to screen it in America, I don't live in a city large enough to warrant exh...
GSC Shigure Kai Ni photo
GSC Shigure Kai Ni

KanColle's Shigure sets sail


1/8-scale figure of her Kai Ni form from Good Smile Company
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Although I'm enjoying the KanColle anime, I haven't been too excited about the figures coming out. Well, count this as one more day where I won't get the Kongou figure I've been wanting. Sure, Max Factory made one, but that K...
Bishoujo Sakura photo
Bishoujo Sakura

Get ready to go a few rounds with Bishoujo Sakura


Coming in August
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
MegaHouse Ami photo
MegaHouse Ami

Smarten up your collection with 1/10th scale Ami Mizuno


Study up on this item!
Mar 07
// Soul Tsukino
On the heels of its 1/10th scale Usagi Tsukino figure, MegaHouse is now taking pre-orders for its World Uniform Operation Ami Mizuno figure from Sailor Moon. This over 6 inch tall figure is pre-posed. She appears in her Juban...
S.H. Figuarts Super Moon photo
S.H. Figuarts Super Moon

Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon pre-orders online


For Love and Justice!
Mar 06
// Soul Tsukino
We previewed Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon just a little while back, and now they've made the figure available for pre-order as well as released details of what will come included with the order. Super Sailor Moon ...
Mobile Suit Gundam photo
Mobile Suit Gundam

Come Sayla-way with MegaHouse's Sayla Mass figure


She is more than Char's sister, thank you very much
Mar 05
// Oansun
Gundam: The Origin finally premiered on Feb. 28th, so now the merchandise tie-in's will bust through. Of course, if that means getting figures of the human characters then I'm all for this incoming bonanza. Fan-favorite ...
Nisekoi photo
Nisekoi

You don't have to pretend to love Alter's Chitoge Kirisaki


This holds the secret key to YOUR locket
Mar 05
// Oansun
Being the self-assured daughter of a yakuza leader is probably stressful, so taking time to jump around and express your inner happiness (and I guess taking off your jacket mid-leap) must not be a common occurrence. That coul...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Tamashii Buddies: Friendship on Titan


The Scout Regiment just got smaller
Mar 02
// Oansun
Tamashii Buddies are expanding faster than we can keep track, adding anime sensation Attack on Titan characters to the roster. Having only made figures of 20+ year old series, Tamashii needed to inject a little bit of th...
More League merch photo
More League merch

Riot Games adds more League collectibles to store


A bunch of new mini figures, plus some plush
Mar 02
// Brian Szabelski
The Riot Games store has just gotten a boatload of new League of Legends merchandise, most of it in figure form. Expanding upon the initial offerings, we now have the following: The newest statue collectible is Ziggs (US$15...
Kotobukiya Freesia photo
Kotobukiya Freesia

Fressia will be Kotobukiya's next Tony heroine


Following in the footsteps of Daisy and Annabel
Feb 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm always happy to see nice original character designs, though it's arguable how original this Freesia design is. She's the third in a similar series of designs for Kotobukiya's Tony Heroines Collection after Daisy and Annab...
Alter Shinobu Oshino photo
Check the preview on Alter's blog
The Monogatari series went from quirky Shaft show to a powerhouse franchise, and Alter's cashing in with a Shinobu figure! I love Shinobu not just for her moe attributes, but also because she's secretly a badass. However the ...

Shining Blade photo
Shining Blade

Flare has a new Roselinde Freyja, complete with giant triangle


That blade isn't SO shining
Feb 27
// Oansun
Someone's going out for a night on the town; and taking that enormous weapon with her. From Shining Blade (one of the more recent entries in Sega's decades long Shining franchise), the priestess with the leastless fun: R...
Embrace Japan photo
Embrace Japan

Embrace Japan's newest demon is up for pre-order


She is very, very pretty
Feb 25
// Tianxiao Ma
I've been super pumped for this pre-order, and the time has finally come! This is the second iteration of Embrace Japan's Diabolus Inclinatus, an original character design by Sousi Hirose. Unlike the first figure, this "Desde...
Vertex Yukari Takeba photo
Vertex Yukari Takeba

Vertex's Yukari is ready to join your Dark Hour shenanigans


Not too badly priced
Feb 25
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't know what it is about Yukari, but I really like her as a character. I was delighted to see that Vertex will be making a figure to go along with the Persona 3 movies coming out in theaters. The Spring of Birth was...
Megahouse Usagi photo
Megahouse Usagi

Megahouse shoots for the Moon with 1/10-scale Usagi Tsukino


In the name of the Moon!
Feb 19
// Soul Tsukino
Megahouse is bringing you more Sailor Moon kawaiiness with its 1/10 World Uniform Operation Usagi Tsukino statue. This preposed figure stands at nearly 10 inches tall and features Usagi in her Juban Jr. High School uniform. I...
Max Factory Aoi Sakurai photo
Kahotan previews the upcoming figure
I've been feeling rather uninspired by 2015's pre-order outlook so far. It looks like Max Factory will come to my rescue with Rail Wars' Aoi Sakurai. Kahotan has a preview up of the 1/7-scale figure, and it's a cool design. T...

S.H. Figuarts Super Moon photo
S.H. Figuarts Super Moon

Bandai announces S.H. Figuarts Super Sailor Moon for 2015


Make this the Holy Grail of your collection
Feb 17
// Soul Tsukino
During the Wonder Festival Winter 2015, Bandai previewed the newest addition to its Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts collection by showing off Super Sailor Moon. By popular demand, the second manifestation of Sailor Moon will debut ...
Bishoujo Sakura photo
Spunky Street Fighter stalwart fully unveiled
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what? I think she looks pretty darn great. Sure, there's the contentious face which is com...

Broccoli photo
Broccoli

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli


I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
// Oansun
Broccoli doesn't exactly have a banner year of super-popular characters on their slate (save for one), but it's not like they care. In the gallery, you'll see their bread-and-butter. Emphasis on the butt(er). Their 1/8 scale ...
WonFes 2015 Alphamax photo
WonFes 2015 Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alphamax


The most voluptuous booth?
Feb 14
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're into more developed women, Alphamax is a good manufacturer to look at. They mostly make borderline ecchi figures, although their SkyTube label has more explicit stuff. They had a handful of figures on display for Wo...
WonFes Embrace Japan photo
WonFes Embrace Japan

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Embrace Japan


Very nice demon designs
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm often taken by Embrace Japan's original character designs. The build quality of their figures, though, tends to be pretty rough. But once again, they're showing off some great designs at WonFes and I'm itching to get my h...
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's anime and video game ladies


There are some familiar faces
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya isn't only about their Shunya Yamashita-designed Bishoujo series figures, in case you've forgotten. They also make, well, bishoujo figures... in the traditional sense. Kristina was able to get a load of photos from...
WonFes 2015: GSC photo
WonFes 2015: GSC

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures


Good stuff from the WonHobby 21 site
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...
MF Link photo
Legend of Zelda hero appears
What with figma Link and Nendoroid Toon Link popping up in Good Smile's portfolio over the past few years, it was surely only a matter of time before a full fat scale version of the legendary hero broke ground. And here he is...

Vertex Yukari Takeba photo
Vertex Yukari Takeba

Vertex teases a figure for WonFes


Far too easy - they didn't even try to pixelate it
Feb 05
// Tianxiao Ma
Unlike Good Smile Company, Vertex does not give you a 3x3 grid of colored squares and ask you to divine the figure being teased. This one's clearly Yukari Takeba from Persona 3. I'd recognize that pink cardigan and bow a...
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool photo
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

From left field, it's Marvel Bishoujo Lady Deadpool


This is a thing
Feb 04
// Andres Cerrato
Well, this is something I didn't expect whatsoever. Kotobukiya has had its weird concepts for its popular Bishoujo line. Sure, there's the oddball, at least to me, of Freddy and Jason, not to mention the MiB Agent. The latest...
S.H. Figuarts photo
S.H. Figuarts

S.H. Figuarts Sailor Venus coming back at ya


Love will find its way back to you
Feb 04
// Soul Tsukino
In case you missed it the first time, Bandai will be restocking their S.H. Figuarts Sailor Venus figure. The pvc figure stands at 140 mm (aprox. 5 1/2 inches) and is fully poseable. The Guardian of Love comes with 3 different...
Nendoroid Link photo
Nendoroid Link

Nendoroid Link: The Wind Waker Re-Release


Another chance to bring home the hero
Feb 04
// Rachael Chambers
If you weren't able to snag Nendo Link when he was first released in Fall of 2014, there's good news! The Wind Waker adventurer will be re-released in June of this year with pre-orders already underway. Good Smile Company's v...






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