Pokemon

Top sales 6/29 to 7/5 photo
Top sales 6/29 to 7/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/29 to 7/5


Plus June rankings
Jul 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It was a short break, but it would seem Ninninger is back again in the top five. Clearly Bandai hit a home run with the current Super Sentai incarnation. It is interesting to not see Yo-Kai watch return, or Kamen Rider Drive ...
Top sales 6/22 to 6/28 photo
Top sales 6/22 to 6/28

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/22 to 6/28


Time to max out those credit cards
Jul 08
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hope you were saving your pennies during this period because we're looking at some of the most expensive figures we've seen in these rankings. It's not often that we see this many high ticket items sell so well in one week. J...
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He's ready to Brock your world!
Bandai knows exactly what Pokemon fans want: a shirtless Brock styled after the Pewter City gym leader's appearance in Pokemon Red/Blue! One of the Pokemon anime's long-running gags involves Brock's lack of luck with the ladi...


Pikachu PUTITTO photo
Pikachu PUTITTO

Share a drink with Pikachu thanks to these PUTITTO figures


Collect all six!
Jun 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The fine folks that brought us a number of familiar characters hanging off our cups from Funassyi to Disney to Madoka Magica is at it again. This time around Kitan Club is ready to electrify your favorite drinks wit...
Pokemon Halloween plushes photo
Pokemon Halloween plushes

Halloween plush collection pops up in US Pokemon Center online shop


These toys are a real treat
Oct 08
// Natalie Kipper
The Pokemon Center is getting into the fall spirit with the release of their Halloween plush collection into their US online store. The series is admittedly smaller than the seasonal campaigns seen in Japan but, honestly, I a...
Shapeways photo
Shapeways

Nintendo says no to Shapeways while Hasbro says go for it


Pokemon no, Ponies yes
Aug 26
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Shapeways can't catch a break, or maybe it can? Shapeways has a tendency to be a bit controversial, what with its place as a 3D printing hub making use of user-created 3D renders, many of which are based on licensed character...
PokemonCenter.com opens photo
PokemonCenter.com opens

PokemonCenter.com opens its doors


Plenty of plushes and other Pokemon-themed items await
Aug 06
// Brian Szabelski
PokemonCenter.com has officially opened up, offering up several different kinds of Pokemon-branded merchandise. Apparel, iPhone cases, Pokemon Trading Card Game products and more are available, but what you're probably most c...
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Burn on, you crazy Pokemon
Bandai's upcoming S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has received an absolutely amazing preview gallery which depicts the mega evolution fighting against previous (and upcoming) S.H. Figuarts Pokemon. Highlights include a demonstrat...

Pokemon photo
Pokemon

The Pokemon Center is coming back to the US online


I knew they missed my money!
Jul 03
// Vanessa Cubillo
After losing The Pokemon Center in New York City, I thought the only way I’d be able to go to one again was if I went back to Japan. It was such a magical store! I just grabbed whatever I wanted, and didn’t care ...
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A perfect reveal for a hot Summer day?
A wild photo of a S.H. Figuarts Mega Blaziken has appeared! Mega Blaziken, of the Mega Evolutions introduced in Pokemon X/Y, will be the second Pokemon character in Bandai's merged S.H. Figuarts line (four Pokemon figures pre...

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

May 26 // Andres Cerrato
I really want to know what goes through these executives' heads. Maybe I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps this deal was signed long ago. With the next promotion being the surely everyone can enjoy How to Train Your Dragon 2 toys, McDonald's couldn't simply afford the loss of shelving a run of American Girl Happy Meal toys. Let's be honest here. This, at the root of it all, is a business decision. However, these business decisions have consequences. Will this segregation get kids to question their choices in the things they like? Probably not. I don't think that by a girl looking at the options that she's going to make the determination that Pokemon are only for boys, especially if she's playing her 3DS and catching Pokemon as her character. McDonald's only has this out because someone made a decision, and without understanding the franchises at play, that there didn't have to be this kind of segregation. I can't speak from experience of an executive and that's part of the problem. I can speak from experience as a parent today and that's part of the executives' problem. I don't fully comprehend how someone could just shovel off the idea that these toys are such a gender issue. There's a generational gap at play and our generation isn't the one in charge right now. However, it is our generation that is raising our children and we've made the determination that there shouldn't be this kind of gender discrimination any more. There probably hasn't been a toy or game that I've seen in the past two decades enjoyed by all sexes more than Pokemon. I've never thought of the game as being a "boys only" title. The game has made great strides in including all genders, being as inclusive as it possibly can. Yet, there are still people of the mindset that Pokemon is just for boys, simply for the fact that it's a video game. Clearly, as society likes to play out, video games are a boys only club with girls only acting or being embraced as a fetish point when they do play games. Instead, today's girls will be getting the newest American Girl, Isabelle. I don't have any grudges against these toys. Girls are free to enjoy dolls as any other toy. My only problem with these is that they exist merely because someone felt that girls need to have girl things. It's just asinine that this is the alternative to Pokemon. That's what makes this sting all the more. It's understandable given the social norms that many of the people making the decisions have grown up in. There is just a much bigger problem when we arbitrarily throw these social norms onto things that shouldn't exist. Even the activities pages on the Happy Meal website are segregated. Boys can color Pokemon! They can do mazes, scramble and make words out of other words! Draw! As a girl, you can put a dress on a girl! Design a costume! Hooray I'm a girl! It's just embarassing that this kind of promotion and segregation is still going on. These advertising campaigns are created by people who don't understand the current generation. This is a vestige of a time that will soon go out.  When will McDonald's actually go through with the changes to gender-specific toys? Probably when all of their existing contracts for toys run out. Unfortunately, we're going to have to see more of the same controversies continue to exist for no reason. If the company wants to controversy to go away, just start the practice now. This story will continue to come up as long as the practice continues. Besides, I'm tired of being looked down upon because I would like kawaii in my Spider-Man headband.   
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Also, these toys are so bad they shouldn't be for any gender
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...

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Pokemon

Paris will be getting a temporary Pokemon Center


Attrapez-les tous!
May 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
Pokemon fans in France will soon be very happy. A Pokemon Center will be opening up in Paris on June 4. However, this will only be for a limited time only. Very limited, because it will be gone by June 21. It seems like a b...
53rd Shizuoka - Pokepla photo
53rd Shizuoka - Pokepla

53rd Shizuoka Hobby Show: Pokemon Plamo


Catch 'em all until they make new ones
May 18
// Andres Cerrato
There is more than just Gunpla at Shizuoka. Pokepla has had a couple of good kits in the past couple of years and the line shows no sign of slowing down. With the popularity of new Mega Evolutions to take advantage of, Pokepl...
Nendoroid Red at J-List photo
Nendoroid Red at J-List

Pre-order the elusive Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red at J-List!


Our prayers have been answered
May 16
// Natalie Kipper
This is not a drill, people. Good Smile Company had previously announced that Nendoroid Pokemon Trainer Red was to be exclusive Japanese Pokemon Centers and the Amazon Japan Pokemon store. But while we were busy cursing our f...
Pokemon plush pre-orders photo
Pokemon plush pre-orders

Catch a Pumpkaboo or Pancham with these latest pre-orders


Banpresto sure knows what I like
May 15
// Natalie Kipper
For trainers aching for toys of more obscure Pokémon, NCSX has got the goods. Two new pre-order items from Banpresto recently popped up on their site, one a Pumpkaboo plush and the other a Pancham cushion. Th...
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...but I can still buy it, right?
While Tamashii was debuting their summer collection to fans, a lot of people, including myself, became enchanted by a toy from an entirely different company. That would be Good Smile Company’s Nendroid Red from Pokemon...

Nintendo charity auction photo
Nintendo charity auction

San Jose State art student charity auction is all about Nintendo


Auction currently open online
May 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This has fallen just a little under the radar, but there's still time to take part! Students in the San Jose State University Animation/Illustration program are holding Press Start: Nintendo Charity Gallery until May 16 where...
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Yes, I do choose you!
Who would have known that we would get a huge Nendoroid reveal at a Bandai event? Well, that's just what happened! Among all the new figures from Tamashii Nations' lines was a poster showing Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Red...

Pokemon plamo pre-orders photo
Pokemon plamo pre-orders

Latest Pokemon plamo kits feature Diancie


Oh, and some other legendaries too
May 09
// Natalie Kipper
If you haven't been keeping up with your Pokemon news, you may not have heard of Diancie. The rock/fairy-type monster is the star of the upcoming Pokemon movie (yes, they are still making those), Diancie and the Cocoon of Des...
C2E2 2014: PokeZombies photo
C2E2 2014: PokeZombies

C2E2 2014: PokeZombies


All your favorites, just more undead
Apr 28
// Brian Szabelski
The idea behind PokeZombies seems pretty simple: take Pokemon and zombify them. That extends to plush as well, where it seems there's been a little bit more work than simply changing a few colors here and there. The Charizard...
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Nintendo

Zelda and Pokemon monopoly sets perfect for when you're 'board' and want to game


A weird team-up, considering board games stopped being relevant when video games were invented
Apr 13
// Scarecroodle
There must be some unwritten rule asserting that if it exists then eventually it will receive its own version of Monopoly. Although it seems that just about everything has been covered, the list of whatever-is-left has shrunk...
The Jelly Empire photo
The Jelly Empire

The Jelly Empire debuts a bot and Pokemon mashup


Cute Jellybot Pokémon!
Mar 13
// Kristina Pino
Though we usually don't stray into tees, prints, and accessories territory too often here at Castle Tomopop, I felt the need to share something adorawesome today. Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire, who we frequently feature f...
Felted Pokemon photo
Felted Pokemon

xxNostalgic's felted Pokemon are little bundles of adorable


Four designs available in her shop
Mar 12
// Brian Szabelski
xxNostalgic makes handmade stamps and needle-felted dolls, but those dolls are what caught our attention. Specifically, she's made up a quartet of bite-sized felted Pokemon — Pikachu, Pachirisu, Teddiursa and Dragonite ...
The Jelly Empire photo
The Jelly Empire

The Jelly Empire is bringing new stuff to NYCBM


Come out on March 1 to see
Feb 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
This Saturday in NYC there will be a one day event called the New York Comic Book Marketplace. In attendance will be The Jelly Empire, and she’s bringing with her lots of cute new stuff. After selling out in her online...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

S.H. Figuarts Lucario opens up for pre-order


Coming to Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line, Lucario can now be yours
Feb 03
// Vanessa Cubillo
First spotted in November, and then seen again in scans a few weeks ago, it feels like S.H. Figuarts Lucario has been slinking around, for the most part, going unnoticed. I mean this is the first time I’ve seen promo s...
Pokemon Snorlax cushion photo
Pokemon Snorlax cushion

You gotta catch this Pokemon Snorlax cushion


And you don't even need a PokeFlute
Jan 27
// Natalie Kipper
What Pokemon fan hasn't dreamed of just cuddling up with a Snorlax? I mean, they just look so darn relaxed, not to mention fluffy. The good folks over at Banpresto have seen fit to make that dream a reality for gamers and nap...
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Pokemon

S.H. Figuarts Lucario pops up in scans


Real Steel Pokemon... errr, probably real PVC
Jan 22
// Scarecroodle
Bandai's upcoming Lucario figure has appeared in some magazine scans in which the Aura Pokemon is listed as being part of the S.H. Figuarts line rather than the D-Arts line as we had expected. Lucario himself looks fantastic;...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokemon evolution capsule toys will be coming in April


See your cute little Pokemon turn into a fierce warrior
Jan 16
// Vanessa Cubillo
Capsule toys are such a cute and inexpensive way to get toys from your favorite games and shows. So Pokemon fans will be happy to see that there will be more figures coming from Pokemon X/Y. There will be 12 figures altogeth...
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Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Yes, today is Tuesday


Cute Llamas, new metals, and crocheted video game characters
Nov 19
// Vanessa Cubillo
Welcome to Custom Made Monday! What? What do you mean today's Tuesday? Are you sure? Ok, fine! I admit it, today is Tuesday. This week I'm bringing you a special edition of Custom Made Tuesday. That doesn't make this edition ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's D-Arts Venusaur

Nov 08 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: D-Arts VenusaurFigure Maker: BandaiRetail: ¥3,420Available at: HobbyLink Japan D-Arts Venusaur comes in an overly large box reminiscent of D-Arts Mewtwo's (reviewed) despite the actual contents only taking up a relatively small portion. It's nice enough packaging, featuring a window that wraps around a side of the box (and a small window on the top), a character-specific cut out on the front, and a color deco evoking the Pokemon's type. Less impressive is the back of the box which clumps character photos together while leaving a good amount of white space (or black space, as it were). When the tray is removed from the box, we see that Venusaur doesn't come with much; just some interchangeable optional vine bits and a stand/base. The stand (or just base) is completely unnecessary and serves no purpose between providing a symmetry with previous D-Arts Pokemon releases which received a more functional stand. You'll notice that there's a lot of empty space in that box. It's a reminder that Bandai could have included more but, given that it's Venusaur, I think we're just lucky to get him at all so I won't quibble when it comes to accessories (or lack thereof). Bandai's D-Arts Venusaur is beautifully sculpted but the more exciting aspect might be the heavy amount of jointing that the figure received. When the possibility of a D-Arts Venusaur was tossed out there, some questioned whether he would be a good fit for the line. The mammoth level of articulation on him certainly suggests that there was some merit in doing a fully articulated version although I wouldn't say that such criticisms entirely off the mark. One of the first things you might notice is the articulation given to Venusaur's flower and palm fronds. Each petal of the flower is individually articulated and can either fold in or be extended reasonably far out. The petals fold in more than that. Check out the packaging images for a reference point. You can extend the petals outward further but it can be a little difficult arranging things since the palm tree (or tree trunk?) can move as well. It appears to be on a physical ball and can be shifted forward (to the sides, back, etc) a fair bit. The result is that things can sometimes look a little off-kilter, as seen in the shot above. That particular (ball?) joint can be annoying but it provides an additional level of customization that outweighs the aggravation. Those not distracted by the lizard money shot just now (do those warts make you randy, baby?) may have noticed that his feet appear to be somewhat hovering above the ground. It's not entirely a balance issue (as evidenced by the previous side-view) and it's not visible from other angles anyway. That's certainly not to say that the figure has real balance issues. In fact, the quadruped ironically stands better on two legs than D-Arts Metwo (which often requires the tail for balance). Hell, Venusaur doesn't even need both of those legs... The underside of the figure affords a better look at the crazy level of jointing. Many of the joints seem to exist to facilitate the movement of another joint and, as such, do relatively little on their own. Venusaur's articulation includes: an opening jaw (not a pin-joint either) multiple neck joints allowing the head to tilt to the side as well as go up and down a good ways ball-jointed hips and ankles in the legs, with a rotating segment in between which seems to cover the actual joint a mid-section joint with limited up/down a ball-joint at the "base" of the tree-flower tiny ball-joints at the stems of each palm frond and petal Although it's technically possible to rotate the petals and fronds all the way around, I'm a little worried that they may snap. By adjusting the petals (and body) a little you can kind of get a Solar Beam pose. Of course, there's no Solar Beam accessory included (or a Razor Leaf accessory, or a Leech Seed accessory, or a Sleep Powder accessory). However, Bandai has seen fit to include some vines which, as far as accessories go, are a lot cooler than a Solar Beam anyway. The vines are an optional piece which attaches into pegholes on Venusaur's sides. The vine bits are mostly interchangeable, allowing you to peg the different portions together for longer and shorter vine whips. The only parts that can't connect into a single Vine Whip are the tip and the part that stems into the body. As such, you can have one really long vine if you want. The vines are surprisingly stable at times, functioning far better than I would have expected. Sure, a segment can pop off depending on the angle and/or how many pieces are attached but I'm still amazed that they work as well as they do without some sort of support. I imagine that part of it has to do with the way that they snap into the shoulder (only allowing rotation). The fact that we can have a vine several times longer than Venusaur himself is an absolutely fantastic touch. For logistical reasons, though, they're incapable of supporting anything other than their own weight. Although Bandai's D-Arts Vensaur has a LOT going for him (far more than one might have assumed) there is one "tiny" drawback: namely that the figure is nowhere near in scale with the other characters. Venusaur is listed as being 6-foot 7-inches in the games and looks huge when he appears in the anime. However, the figure seems to be half the size of Mewtwo despite the two having the same listed game height. I know that they probably have to scale back for cost reasons, but it's still something of a disappointment. (Also photographed are Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Nami and Ace because Bandai hasn't released a Pokemon Trainer figure yet) Generation 1 is still often referred to as the Greatest Generation (making Gen 2 the Baby Boomers?) in the franchise and Bandai seemingly banked on a sure thing by starting its use of the Pokemon license with some of Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow's heaviest hitters. Venusaur and his pre-evolutions are still my favorite starter set and, as of gen six, the only grass starter Pokemon that I've ever really cared about (although I used a Torterra in Gen 4). At the risk of going wholly off-topic, I'd also say that Bulbasaur/Venusaur is the *best* starter Pokemon in Generation 1 since he has more advantages over the other gyms than his counterparts due to his typing (only having issues with Blaine's gym in Cinnibar City and Sabrina's in Saffron) and for having Razor Leaf which almost always critical hit under Gen 1 rules (bypassing both stat changes and dealing double damage as a result) as well as Sleep Powder (especially since, under Gen 1 rules, a Pokemon wasn't able to attack the same turn it woke up). While Venusaur may never be as popular as Charizard (grumble), it's great that Bandai has given the grass type some proper recognition and done a fairly great job at that. The figure has a few drawbacks (most notably the size), it's a solid effort overall that goes well beyond what may have been expected of a Venusaur figure and is likely the best Venusaur figure that we'll ever see. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing this review sample]
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Tomopop Green version
Some of the most surprising announcements in recent history have come from Bandai's corner, one of which being that the company would be producing Pokemon characters in its D-Arts line. The subset certainly started strong, co...

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D-Arts Lucario

Tamashii Nation 2013: D-Arts Lucario


Who's that Pokemon
Nov 02
// Andres Cerrato
Tamashii Nation 2013 is underway this weekend and Martin already brought the exciting news of the return of the Soul of Chogokin line with GaoGaiGar. While it's felt like it's been forgotten, the folks at Bandai have not, as ...

Tomopop Review: Pose Change Stuffed Mewtwo by Takara Tomy

Oct 25 // Natalie Kipper
Plush Name: Pose Change Stuffed MewtwoPlush Maker: Takara TomyPrice: ¥3,840Available at: HobbyLink Japan When Mewtwo first arrived and I took him out of the box he was shipped in, I was struck by how cool the toy's packaging was. It was not too intrusive and gave the opportunity to play with Mewtwo to some extent without even removing him from the display. The box's background is made to look like a blue sky filled with clouds. It even includes some of his stats, like its Pokémon type (Esper in Japanese or Psychic in English) plus its height and weight, organized just like it would be in a Pokédex.  The back of the box had a big hole in it to allow for Mewtwo's magnificent tail. The images on the back tout the Mewtwo's ability to pose. You'll notice that it only indicates movement in its arms. That could be a deal breaker for some people, but it didn't particularly bother me. What did bother me was the fact that Mewtwo didn't hold poses for very long. The shots above took a lot longer than it should have because the plush would slowly (and sometimes not so slowly) undo the pose I had placed it in. Also, some seemingly easy poses, like putting his hands (paws?) close together, wouldn't work from the get-go. If you are looking to buy this plush in hopes of posing it, you may reconsider purchasing Pose Change Stuffed Mewtwo. But, if you are simply looking for a well-done Mewtwo plush, you will find a lot to be happy about. For starters, the quality in the embroidery detail on Mewtwo's eyes and muzzle (right word?) was superb. I didn't noticed any stray strands and the work itself was very pretty to look at, especially in the eyes. They just look so intense! Mewtwo's plush design is accurate to game's character as well. It is especially impressive given that the Pokémon's face and body is more intricate than many of the other characters from the series. Takara Tomy even remembered the character's funny little ball-like paws and feet. And lastly, let's talk about Mewtwo's tail. Oh my goodness. It is like it's own separate entity. The thing is freaking huge (not to mention soft and squishy)! Plus, it works great for propping the plush up in a standing position. After the long photo shoot for this review, I let Mewtwo blow off some steam by playing some video games. Why Playstation 3? Because Mewtwo doesn't discriminate. Its just that hardcore. [A big thank-you to HobbyLink Japan for sending us this sample!]
Review Mewtwo Plush photo
Not very poseable, but still a good plush
With Pokémon X and Y being recently released, now seems like an excellent time to review a toy based on the old school legendary pocket monster, Mewtwo. Takara Tomy's Pose Change Stuffed Mewtwo had the right mix o...

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Custom Made Monday

Custom Made Monday: Getting into the Halloween Spirit


Monsters, Pokemon and Harry Potter for all!
Oct 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
The weather is getting colder, and it's starting to get dark earlier now. Yes, this is fall! Of course one of my favorite things about fall is Halloween. The pumpkins, the candy, the scary movies...it's a great time. With Hal...
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Custom Made Monday: Cuddly zombies and bunnies


Wooden toys, cross stitch, and custom plush dolls
Oct 14
// Vanessa Cubillo
Monday already? This weekend was pretty big! New York Comic Con, the release of Pokemon X/Y, and the new season of The Walking Dead premiered. All good things, especially if you're into all three. Now after such an awes...

Tomopop Original: What's next for the D-Arts Pokemon line

Sep 12 // Scarecroodle
Gyrados First up is Gyrados, a Pokemon with a very strong following yet may still lack what it takes to get into the line. Gyrados has made a number of memorable appearances in the anime and is very heavily used in the video games. Given its status as a pseudo-dragon, usefulness in the games, and cool appearance, it enjoys a fair amount of popularity among fans that could make it a serious contender for inclusion in the D-Arts line. That said, Gyrados' size (21-feet long) may count against him as he may simply be too large to make an in-scale appearance. The same issue would hold back Rayquaza. Lugia Lugia is among the most prominent legendary Pokemon and has long enjoyed a fan-favorite status. Given that the D-Arts Pokemon line has thus far consisted only of legendary Pokemon and starter final forms, it would make sense for Lugia to be incorporated if the next set follows this trend with generation 2 Pokemon. It may also be worth mentioning that Lugia ranked #4 on an IGN fan poll, following Blastoise (#3), Mewtwo (#2), and Charizard. Given that those other three have already been made, perhaps there's a chance we'll see Lugia as well. Like Gyrados, however, Lugia's size may present a problem because at 17-feet tall, he might be too large to produce in-scale. Lucario Lucario is something of a powerhouse in the Pokemon games. He features interesting typing, a solid moveset, and decent stats. If that wasn't enough, Lucario received an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl which indicates that he definitely has some pull. Besides that, he's got a body type that would work within the confines of the line and is of the proper height to work in-scale. As such, there's a very strong argument for his inclusion. The only thing that may discount him is the fact that he's not a legendary, the final form of a starter Pokemon, or from generation 1. Deoxys Deoxys is a legendary psychic Pokemon which automatically makes him somewhat popular. Given that he's the proper size for the D-Arts line and could be well-articulated, Deoxys is by no means a long-shot. Less likely, however, would be the inclusion of alternate pieces (including snap-on bits) to replicate all four modes. Regardless, Deoxys might prove a neat figure if he were to be produced but there may be worthier candidates on this list. In his favor, however, is the fact that he ranked the third most popular Pokemon on an official poll over in Japan taken prior to the release of Pokemon Black/White. Arceus If you followed the previous link, you would have noticed that Arceus was ranked number one in that same Japanese poll. The Siliconera article notes that the poll results may have been skewed by the fact that the winning entry would be available during a promo but, nonetheless, this sort of high visibility might work in the legendary's favor. The poll also listed Darkrai at #2, Pikachu at #4, and Meowth #5. Blaziken, Feraligatr, Swampert, Sceptile, and Infernape Given that three of the four figures in the line so far have been final forms of starter Pokemon, it's a safe bet that the trend may continue going forward. Although grouping the final forms by generation would make a lot of sense, some final forms (as seen here) have character designs that can make better use of the added articulation. Out of the above, the articulation would most benefit Blaziken and Infernape given that both sport longer arms and legs. Granted, Bandai might ignore such considerations and just go the generations route by producing the three starter final forms along with a legendary (such as Lugia) of a generation each time. Pokemon Trainers When people hear "Pokemon figures", the trainers themselves are often completely overlooked in favor of their monster companions. However, the trainers are as much of a vital part of this universe as the Pokemon themselves. Personally, I'd love to see Red and Blue added to the line while other staffers had some of the anime characters (specifically Team Rocket's Jesse and James) in mind. Since a Pokemon FireRed-styled Red appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, he seems the likeliest to appear. The other potential plus here is that trainers could come with in-scale (hopefully articulate) smaller Pokemon like Pikachu or Meowth. Dragonite I'll admit that I've never been a huge fan of Dragonite. Sure, I loved his Pokemon Red/Blue in-game sprite which looked pretty tough. However, subsequent appearances have given him a distinctively doofy look. That said, he has a great appeal among fans and was also the most-suggested selection among the editorial staff. He also placed fifth in that IGN fan poll. Dragonite is a something of a natural choice. After all, he's a generation 1 Pokemon (meaning he's been around forever) who has maintained a certain amount of prominence in both the games and anime between the rareness of dragon types (making them more special) and the individuals who use them (such as Lance, Claire, Drake (anime-only), and Iris). Despite a crippling weakness to ice, Dragonite still sees use in the games due to its decent stats, often solid movepool, and, most recently, the Multiscale ability. Honestly, I'd be surprised if Dragonite didn't eventually get a figure (provided that the line continue). Hopefully one with a bonus Dratini. Something from Pokemon X/Y (generation 6) With Pokemon X/Y are just around the corner, something from the new games would be a great tie-in especially considering that Mega Pokemon (or Mega Evolutions) are just alternate forms of already popular Pokemon. As such, Mewtwo's and Charizard's Mega Evolutions would probably be shoo-ins. Granted, all of this assumes that the D-Arts Pokemon line will continue which is by means a certain thing, especially considering we haven't had any new figures announced. However, erring on the side of optimism, one can't help but hope the brand will continue and that at least some of these speculations will prove correct. And, in case you were wondering, here are the Tomopop staff's favorite Pokemon: Andres ~ Dragonite Brian ~ Wigglytuff? John Wills ~ Bulbasaur Kristina ~ Serperior  Martin ~ Blastoise Natalie ~ Shiftry Rio ~ Lugia  Scarecroodle ~ Suicune Tian ~ Snorlax [ All images used were taken from Bulbapedia ]
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Survey says: Dragonite
Few things may have excited collectors as much as the announcement that Bandai would including Pokemon characters in their D-Arts line, especially when the revelation came in the form of a Mewtwo figure. Mewtwo, who proved to...

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LiLMoon creates Fancy Pikachu plush


Sir, I do believe I choose you
Sep 04
// Vanessa Cubillo
Deviantart user LiLMoon showed off their latest work, a plush Fancy Pikachu. This plush toy shows Pikachu wearing a top hat and monocle to go with his very sophisticated mustache. Now I won't get dirty looks when I bring my ...
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Pokemon

Pokemon Rumble U figures available for order


Showing that not only WiiU owners benefit from WiI U games
Aug 29
// Scarecroodle
Nintendo's Pokemon Rumble U figurines, revealed earlier this year and meant to be used in conjunction with the game, apparently officially release today according to a listing on Gamestop's website. The figurines are availabl...
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Xerneas and Yveltal come to Pokemon's model collection


Coming from Pokemon X/Y
Aug 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
The highly anticipated new Pokemon game, Pokemon X/Y is almost here. While we wait, Bandai is starting to release new Pokemon items to keep us pumped up. Coming from Pokemon X/Y, the two new mascots, Xerneas and Yveltal will...
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Live your Pokemon dreams with these Pokeball replicas


Gotta buy them all!
Aug 15
// Vanessa Cubillo
You can't be a Pokemon master without Pokemon, and you can't get Pokemon without Pokeballs. As a Pokemon fan, you know you've always wanted to have a real Pokeball and throw it at random things. Well, now you can pretend to ...

Tomopop Review: Pokepla Dragonite Evolution Set

Aug 06 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: Pokepla No. 30 - Dragonite (Kairyuu) Evolution SetFigure Maker: BandaiPrice: ¥760Available At: Hobby Link Japan Included in the package are pieces to make each stage of Dragonite's evolutionary chain, Dratini, Dragonair, and of course Dragonite. Dratini and Dragonair are really just thrown in there, as they're just three pieces each. The entire collection is 39 parts on three runners. There are Gunpla kits with that many pieces on a single runner. Enough talk, let’s start with the basic Pokemon, Dratini. Dratini is made up of three all-white pieces and a small orange base. Even in these small kits, there'a a lot of detail for you to work with. As the kits are designed with children in mind, the stickers are included to fill out these details. In the case of Dratini, blue for the body and a set for the eyes. For now, I've left it blank, as well as Dragonaire, as it's a project for another day. Dragonair is similar to Dratini in  that it’s constructed in three pieces. However, unlike Dratini, the underside is hollow. All this means is that you’ll have a lot of putty work to go through in order to have it looking like it should. Again, there’s a lot of good detail in here.  The only issue is that you’ll have to do a lot of work to make it presentable. Granted, this is only a 3 piece kit, so it’s somewhat forgivable. Featuring the main kit of this set, Dragonite gets the most features. Each of the limbs have their own pieces and do have range of motion. Dragonite’s design doesn’t really feature much in the way of articulation, but there are some great gimmicks within. The arms rotate and move up and down, the wings flap back and forth, the legs can rotate and the tail moves from left to right. The interesting gimmick in the kit is that if you move the arms up and down, Dragonite’s mouth will open with it. It’s times like this I wish I had some of the effect parts from Godzilla or even the D-Arts Charizard. It’s the kind of kit where you want something else to come with it, but you’d have more fun creating something yourself for it. It’s something I’ll consider doing in the future. Giving a look here at the back, you can see that there are definite seamline issues that need to be cleaned up. You can also see the range of movement in the tail, which merely swishes from left to right. In closing, it’s a fun way to kill an hour or less. It’s a cheap kit, but it does give you a satisfying end product. Even though I painted my Dragonite, the stickers for it would have more than sufficed if you’re worried about your painting skills. If you’re new to plamo/modeling, it’s a great kit to start with as the parts come off the runners very cleanly with little nub work to do. If you have a favorite Pokemon, track down one of the sets and grab it. For less than $10, you can have a decent hour (or more if you’re into detailing and painting) constructing your team.
Tomopop Review: Dragonite photo
Dragon, Dragon Rock the Dragon
When you think of plamo, you generally think mecha, aircraft and automobiles. You don't really think of Pokemon. Bandai is willing to make a kit out of anything, and so, we have plamo of Pokemon. From starters to legendaries,...


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