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Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Plum

Stepping up to the plate
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Plum aren't really the kind of figure maker which one keeps their eyes on. Their figures have been decent but never particularly outstanding but sometimes, that's enough. Afterall, they have made the second best Alisa figure ...
Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Cardcaptor Sakura

Release! Pre-orders open for Cardcaptor Sakura -Angel Crown- figure

You're not dreaming, catch her while you can
Jan 15
// Lynnette Cantos
This stand-alone PVC replicates her second anime opening costume, complete with angel wings and a crown. She's sitting on her coat tails striking a playful expression that only a 10-year-old magical girl can pull off. The lig...
Plum Mushibugyo photo
An interesting design out of nowhere
I don't often see figures from random manga floating around, so it was a nice change of pace when I found out about Plum's Mushibugyo figure. The traditional-looking outfit and muted blue color scheme set her apart from most ...

Plum Nana Kazuki photo
That's how you wear hot pants
I haven't played much of any of the God Eater games, but I do enjoy the occasional figure release. The character and especially weapon designs in the series are pretty solid and translate well to PVC. Amiami has a gallery for...

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.
Tomopop LinkUP photo
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...

Tomopop LinkUP: Beach movie

Jan 23 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Evilos (Christopher Avalos) made this really neat Vinylmation Skeleton Warrior from the Disneyland Indiana Jones Adventure attraction. Amazing detail and I love the included weapons. Nitro+'s @t_santa posted FuRyu's latest Sonico figure to don a tiny bikini. What's interesting is that despite being beach themed with the clear swim tube and beach bag, she's wearing pants! Meanwhile Akiba Hobby has posted a gallery for Kotobukiya's long titled Love Live! School Idol Project - Natsuiro Egao de 1, 2, Jump! ver. Umi Sonada figure. There's a lot to like about this figure from that translucent wrap around her waist to that really neat splash base. Akiba Hobby also did a gallery for the recently released Yoshino swimsuit figure from Date A Live by Plum. Doesn't take long for the photographer to forget she has a face, but it's a cute figure nonetheless. Geek Crafts posted this great set of amigurumi Game of Thrones characters made by Kati Galusz complete with patterns. Winter is definitely here. Kahotan posted a fun gallery for the newly released Nendoroid Mayoi Hachikuji from the Monogatari series. The faces are perfect as usual! AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for these little Free! trading figures. Looks like the boys are having fun at a water park while they float around on tubes. They come six to a case of five characters with Rin Matsuoka getting a face variant. Of course there's no telling if you'll get all six possible figures in a case when they're released in February. Here's something Japanese movie goers are sure to recognize. This popular duo appear before movies to warn people against pirating. Premium Bandai has seen fit to capture their message as a series of figure straps. There are four possible figures and can be bought as a case of 10. We need something like this in American theaters! Tesselate is now selling their latest, the Metlex One: Blue Edition. The little three-inch guy is limited to only 10 pieces and still available for the super low price of £16 or US$26. He comes packaged with a special box, stickers, and even a badge pin. What a deal! Pinkcheaks was nice enough to get figma Mayoi her own pink bike and take some pictures. The pink and yellow fits her perfectly; she looks so adorable with it! That's it for this time, see you again next week for another round of Tomopop LinkUP!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Now is the time to think summer after all
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! I know I've complained at least once already about the winter, but when dealing with subzero temps as often as we have this year I think it warrants some additional complaining. They ...

Tomopop Review: Plum's Daiba Kanon

Oct 21 // Jon Wills
Figure Name: 1/7-scale Daiba KanonFigure Maker: PlumRetail: ¥8,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan My first surprise was how large and different Kanon's box is compared to a normal figurines box. As you can see it dwarfs Alter's Ohana's box and is almost totally see-through. I really like how the clear front window wraps half way around the box. I've seen this style done before, just not so impressively. The box was decorated nicely with both photos of her figurine and anime-style depictions of her character. The art is good and the colors are very stylized. If you like the green and pink color scheme you see here, then really Kanon is just more of that and in three dimensions.  Despite the large size of her box, all the contents are sealed inside with a single piece of tape. The trays that protect her figure were safeguarded by a plastic bag that was wrapped around them. Tucked carefully in the base was a set of very useful assembly instructions. One thing that worried me a little was that the paint was a little rough on Kanon's base and the bottom of one of her shoes, but once assembled these blemishes are not noticeable. Her base comes in three pieces which have to be put together. Attaching the foot mount and gun support are easy enough. The scariest part is attaching Kanon to the foot of the base. The fit is tight but secure once her foot slides in. It kind of surprised me how deep the peg went up her foot, but this does help her to be more sturdy. I doubt that Kanon has any metal parts in her. She and her gun feel very light weight, much lighter than any other figurine that I own of her size. On the plus side, she seems well supported at her foot and everything is so light she can actually hold her gun without the brace under it. I still heartily recommend anyone considering her to support her gun properly though, so it won't sag, but it is nice to know that Plum made a sturdy figure. Here is Kanon and her Blast Gun in all of their glory. Each has its own charm point, so I'll start with what I feel is the more charming of the two, Kanon. You thought I was going to say the Blast Gun didn't you? Well it was a difficult decision if that makes you feel any better. Aside from a few paint blemishes, Kanon's hair and face look good. I am charmed by her blue eyes and I have always had a thing for pink hair, so maybe I am enjoying her colors more than the sculpting work, but I see little to fault.  Kanon is a rather mature young lady by anime character standards. Her age is right at 21 years old and she has appropriately-sized bazoongas to match. Her outfit is sort of deceptive because it covers her well, but really flaunts her figure too. I have long admired artists who can pull off giving a character full clothing and still emphasize their physical appeal. You see what I mean here? Her bottom is nicely sculpted and fully covered at the same time! What a rarity these days! Sadly, her figurine reminds me that aside from my Rita Mordio and Ohana (both Alter) figurines, none of the larger scale ladies in my collection are wearing anything but a skirt to cover their lower halves... Ah, anime. Back to the topic, I like all the texture work that Plum put into the lower half of Kanon's outfit, from the little folds on her cloth boots to the creases on her tight pants that follow along her leg just right. It's obvious a bit of work was invested in these. Remember that rough paint job I mentioned earlier on her foot and base? Well as you can see here, once Kanon is attached to her base she looks just fine. Kanon's pose is really cute considering she is hefting a big gun. I really get this strong sense of innocence from her, despite the size of her weapon. Her girlish body language gives off a really youthful vibe (maybe that is part of her character) despite her age and weapon. Looking at and speculating about her makes me want to go try to play God Eater Burst right now.  Now that we have covered Kanon, allow me to introduce to you her better half, her awesomely large Blast Gun. This gun is so large that it is longer than Kanon is tall. I'm going to guess its full length is about 22cm, but because it is displayed at an angle it does not take up quite as much space as it could. This figurine was originally shown off, jokingly, as a pen holder, so I had to test it out for myself to see how many pens it can hold. I can say I would not trust the Blast Gun with more than two large pens, though you could fit as many as five small pens inside. But to keep the figurine safe and balanced in those moments when you may quickly need a pen I would not overfill it. Here we see where Kanon's hands grip the weapon. They slide on easily enough and hold it well. I like the color of the red metal band around her right wrist and the extra leather on her left arm. Everything here is very detailed and sculpted well. One of the more interesting aspects of this gun is it has a sort of biotic component to it. What it is there for is a mystery to me, but Plum put a lot of work into making it look decent as well as putting a little foam piece inside the gun to protect it. Here are the insides of her gun from the back. Pretty neat, huh? In conclusion I can say that Plum's Daiba Kanon is a fun figurine to look at and photograph. She looks great from different angles, each side showing off a different thing better than another. I'm afraid that some collectors will look at her from one side and not fully understand how cool she is and not give her a closer look. Plum did a nice job on the overall design and quality control of this figurine. In terms of paint and sculpt quality I will say that their work is not as detailed as Alter's or Good Smile Company's, however they are closer to the quality of, say, Kotobukiya. Their packaging was superior to most and instructions were some of the best I have seen. While Kanon is not a super-god-tier figurine, I would still call her upper-mid-tier and totally recommendable. So Tomopeeps, what did you think of Kanon? Let us know in the comments. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
Plum's Daiba Kanon photo
That's a big... Gun!
Ever seen a cute girl with a big gun in a game or an anime and thought to yourself, "Wow, that looks awesome." That's exactly how I felt when I first saw the prototype images of Plum's Daiba Kanon and I knew that I wanted to ...

Plum Saber maid ver. photo
Plum Saber maid ver.

Catch maid Saber slacking off in this gallery

Prototype preview from Amiami
Aug 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Saber never really seemed like the maid type to me, but I guess Plum disagrees. Their maid Saber figure went up for pre-orders last month, and Amiami has some new shots of her. I'm not the biggest Saber fan in the world, but ...
WonFes: Plum photo
WonFes: Plum

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Plum

Yoshino goes to the beach and Suwahime grows up
Jul 28
// Brian Szabelski
There are a lot of things at Plum's WonFes booth to look at. Sure, you can scope out the figures of Alisa and Daiba from God Eater: Burst, or their Date-A-Live Yoshino, 1/7-scale Maid Saber, or Okabe Rintarou from S...
Preview Plum's Kanon photo
I love her design. Those eyes are awesome
It's been a month since pre-orders were first announced for Plum's 1/7th scale Daiba Kanon collectible figurine. Also it has been a good three months since I first joked that you could use cannon as a pen holde...


Miyazawa Model Expo 31: Plum

New scale figures and support goods are on the way.
Apr 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Plum has quite a knack for a wide range of things. Scale figures; model kits; support goods; they seem to know just the right way to fill the gaps in peoples' collections, things people didn't even know they needed. Their lat...

Preview Plum's Nymph before she makes a splash

That butt!
Mar 14
// Tianxiao Ma
Normally I think about swimsuit figures about as much as snowballs think about their chances in hell. Something about this Nymph figure caught my attention, though, and if you're a subtitle reader, you'll know it was her butt...
A pretty cool idea.
Thanks to Plum's figure blog we are able to bring you images of their latest prototype of Daibu Kanon from God Eater Burst. I don't know much about the game. However I do know that a cute girl in a dr...


Okabe Rintaro pre-order is ready for the future

Plum's latest figure of the mad scientist arrives in March.
Dec 06
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I just want to put this out there: Someone needs to make a talking Okabe Rintaro figure. He's got to be the most quotable anime character in recent history. Just think about the things he could say! "El Psy Congroo" "Kristii...

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Cospa, Banpresto and the rest

PLUM, Kaitendoh, Ken Elephant/Kaiyodo and Chara Ani also featured
Nov 09
// Brian Szabelski
As the cap on our Miyazawa Model Exhibition coverage, there's a few more companies whose wares we've rounded up into one big post. The Ken Elephant booth was chock full of Kaiyodo's Revoltech figures, including the prototype ...

Volks Hobby Round 8: Plum teases two figures

Steins; Gate and Koi Kishi Purely Kiss getting new releases
Oct 28
// Natalie Kipper
Over in the Land of the Rising Sun, Volks Hobby Round 8 is taking place. Plum was in attendance and teased two new figures: Okabe Rintaro of Steins; Gate and Koi Kishi Purely Kiss' Fujimori Yu. We see a poster depicting a pic...

Plum teases Rintarou Okabe from Steins;Gate

Oct 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Are you a Steins;Gate fan or otherwise like scientists from oddly-punctuated anime? If so, you'll be pleased to know that Plum has teased a Rintarou Okabe figure. The proof is in the photo of a gray plastic hand. That's all I...

Pre-order Plum's Tanigawa Kanna

She ships out November 30th
Sep 19
// Jon Wills
Tanigawa Kanna is my favorite female character in the animated series of Ano Natsu de Matteru which aired earlier this year. I was surprised that there have not been too many figures made of her. So when I saw this figure of ...

Pre-order Plum's National Treasure Matsumoto Castle

A nice gift
Sep 14
// Jon Wills
Have you ever admired the architectural style of ancient Japanese castles? If you have, you should check out Plums latest 1/200th scale model of one of Japan's national treasures Matsumoto Castle. The castle itself will requi...

You might remember I posted about PLUM's original character Sara Genba, who is apparently all sold out. The next character in the line, Mayumi, is probably going to be just as exclusive and limited (and sell out just as quick...


PLUM update on cutie pie Sara Genba's prototype

May 16
// Kristina Pino
Though, if you look at MFC's entry on the figure, she's listed as Komatsuhime. I'm not sure what the name games are all about, but I thought I'd mention it. Anywho, there isn't much information available about this figure. PL...

Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 16, 2012

Apr 17
// Jonathan Tubbs
Buy somethin' will ya! Hmm... if that wasn't a few characters longer, maybe that would have been a better title for Reserve or Regret. That is what I'm trying to get you to do with this daily feature after all. Pre-orders hav...

Wonder Festival 2012 Winter: Plum

Feb 14
// Brian Szabelski
Plum made an appearance at Wonder Festival 2012 Winter, with a few small surprises up their sleeves. The biggest surprise is probably Plum's prototype of God Eater Burst's Alisa, complete with huge friggin' blade. I'm no...

The latest batch of scans has a ton of info on this year's Wonder Festival Winter exclusives. Besides Good Smile Company, Volks, and CM's Corporation's releases, we have Orchid Seed, who's bringing 1/7-scale Ichijou Mai,...


28th Miyazawa Exhibition: PLUM

Nov 09
// Brian Szabelski
So, new stuff from PLUM at the 28th Miyazawa Exhibition? Sure, we've got that! Beyond a new model of Ueda Castle that's coming with PLUM's little original character, Suwahime, there's a few things to be excited about. For sta...

Tomopop Review: Plum's Tamaki Kousaka kit

Apr 02 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Tamaki Kousaka model kitFigure Maker: PlumRetail/List Price: ¥3,500Available at: HLJ Tamaki's box is surprisingly nice. Not only does it have some adorable art of her on the front (seriously, guys, print up some keychains with this on it!), but it is sturdy as all hell. Like, much sturdier than any PVC box. You don't really expect such high quality packaging in a US$40 figure, so it was a nice touch! Tamaki came with a lot of pieces, which I was expecting, but what I was not expecting was this -- water decals. I've never actually made a kit with water decals, so this was like an adventure for me! I have built quite a few kits before, but they always just had stickers. In fact, this was a pretty nostalgic experience for me because I collected kits before I even started buying PVC! Back when my collection was almost vinyl-exclusive, Stephen and I would buy Gundam kits at conventions. Tamaki was a bit time-consuming to build, and it took me about 2 hours from beginning to end. For something so small, that's a lot more time than I expected to put into it! However, I find model kit building an almost meditative process, so the extra time certainly wasn't a negative factor for me. Once built, you can see that she is missing some of the details that were shown off in the promotional shots like the white lines around her skirt and top. Like most kits, she could benefit from a coat of paint and some detail work, but she looks fine without it! From the back, you can see her hair, which is much nicer than what I was expecting. However, it was by far the hardest part of the kit to get together! Her hair is also a much darker shade than usual, but as we've seen, Tamaki's hair is always different colors depending on the manufacturer. Quality on this kit is, in general, what one would expect from a model kit. There's no shading, and the seams are visible, but it's what you'd expect. The pieces fit together well, and it's easy to snap them in place, so building is not difficult, and she looks nice when put together. Tamaki's face has a pretty distinctive art style, but it keeps her signature golden eyes and cat-like smile. It's pretty damn cute, but it still manages to look like Tamaki. However, I wish there were decals for the blush in the original illustration, because that really added a lot. Her outfit is nicely done, with most of the details it usually has. I realized when building her that there has not been a figure of Tamaki in her school uniform for quite some time! I have two, but both of them are from before 2008. So this is the first release of her in this outfit in a while! Tamaki's arms have two joints, which gives her a fair amount of poseability. However, after posing her a few times the joints get a bit loose and, as you can see, the pieces get loose to and small gaps appear. From a distance it's not much of an issue when looking at her, but it does lead to one big problem ... TAMAKI MASSACRE! She falls apart at the drop of a hat. It's quite frustrating to have to put her back together, because unlike a Nendoroid or Figma you actually have to reassemble every tiny part. It only started being an issue after she was posed several different ways, so if you don't plan on playing with her a whole lot it's not a huge issue. However, be prepared for a bit of frustration. Funnily enough, Tamaki has a set of underpants that you have to put together. The legs pop into them, and they actually pose quite well. However, I can't get over how silly they look. Tiny chibi panties! Tamaki comes with an alternate set of hands that you have to build. They are for holding her schoolbag, which I will show you in just a second, but they really look like nyan nyan paws! So cute! And here she is holding her bag! You actually have to take her hand apart to get it in, which is a bit of a pain but she looks so cute with it in that it's worth it. You can also see the maximum arm movement here, her hand does not extend any higher than this but it goes back a little further. This is pretty much the maximum movement you can get out of her legs. They are a bit restricted by the skirt, but even if it was not on her (and I suppose you could take it off if you wanted!) the legs don't extend much farther than that. Then again, you don't really need much more poseability unless you wanted to have her flying through the sky kicking people. And here she is with just a few of my other Tama-nees! As you can see, her hair is a different color on every one of these figures. In fact, it's pretty much different on every Tamaki I own! And just how many do I own? Counting on-order figures, I have 31 in total of her. A Tamaki army! While Plum's Tamaki kit is not as high quality as a PVC figure, it's got the added bonus of building her yourself, which is a nice change of pace! She's cute, moderately poseable, and a good addition to any Tamaki collection if you don't mind occasionally putting her back together. Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! And for being incredibly patient as I put poor Tamaki back together a million times. This shoot actually took longer than any other we've done, even the dreaded Nendo Saber! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample]

In a surprising turn of events, I have acquired another Tamaki figure. I know, shocking. It's been almost two whole weeks since my last Tamaki review! But this time, we're going to be taking a look at a very different Tama-ne...


Get your hands on the Legend Silver Hawk Burst (2P Color)

Mar 23
// Tyler Jones
Though Darius Burst did not see a US release, it's a really great horizontal shooter and I advise any readers with a PSP to consider importing. Each game in the series has you piloting a ship called a Silver Hawk, and now you...

Assault Suits Leynos plamo stirs up some serious 16 bit nostalgia

Feb 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
I can clearly remember the day I popped in my Target Earth cartridge for the Sega Genesis (Assault Suits Leynos for Mega Drive), and being absolutely floored by its epic mecha goodness. Sigh...

More images of Plum's adorable Yuzuhara Konomi are revealed

Feb 18
// Brigitte Coovert
More images of Plum's Manaka de Ikuno!! Yuzuhara Konomi figure, which you may remember, have been revealed! All I need to know about this 1/7 scale PVC darling is that she's completely adorable. Giant adorable face alert! How...

Plum adds to the rapidly growing ToHeart2 x Dragon Chronicles figures

Jan 12
// Tomopop Staff
It seems like a lot of companies are hopping on the ToHeart2 x Dragon Chronicles bandwagon. Kotobukiya started it off with Tamaki, Manaka, Konomi, and more recently Silfa, and Volks did a Manaka and of their own and have a Ta...

ToHeart2 XRATED's Yuhara Konomi figure open for pre-order

Dec 10
// Colette Bennett
A girl, riding a spork, on top of a strawberry. With her panties showing. I mean, where else can you even get a thing like that if it's not from Japan? And people wonder why so many people are obsessed with stuff from Japan.....

The Silpheed AS-77 is coming to our rescue

Apr 22
// Cherrycat
Way back in the Dark Ages of PC gaming, circa 1986, a game named Silpheed was released. It was about the Earth being attacked by Bad Guys, and portrays the Silpheed AS-77 craft as Earth's last hope. Uh-huh. Whatever it's origin, the design of this ship is pretty cool, and thanks to Plum you can now add it to your collection.Follow me after the jump and I'll show what I mean.

New photos give us a better look at Plum's Yatabe Noa of PARA-SOL

Mar 16
// Jonathan Tubbs
Last week it was reported that upcoming eroge PARA-SOL [NSFW] would be seeing Miu's older sister, Yatabe Noa, get the figure treatment. Unfortunately the promotional image released was of poor qu...

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