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10:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Keep your eyes on the prize for these Gundam Unicorn figures

With the final episode of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn ready to hit theaters May 16, the promotional rush is building up into a marketing frenzy. Of course, this being a Sunrise production, there are a ton of mecha that'll be p...

Pedro Cortes


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8:00 AM on 03.05.2014

A glance at FuRyu's feisty Eren Jaeger

The parade of Attack on Titan goodies continues with this FuRyu Prize rendition of Eren Jaeger, who is leaping into action in two photos they've shared on their blog. There's a third image with a look at details of his utilit...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness

Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 AM on 02.23.2014

All of the things for Good Smile's Spring lottery

We've mentioned Good Smile's Spring Kuji items briefly before, but there's finally a nice collection of retail shots of all of the new items for us to drool at. Starting March 8th, they'll be stocked at the shelves of Family ...

Kristina Pino



Sailor Moon Official announces new prizes from Banpresto photo
Sailor Moon Official announces new prizes from Banpresto
by Vanessa Cubillo

It was announced last night that Sailor Moon would be getting new figures. I know, by now you’re probably used to hearing that now. It’s true, there has been an abundance of new figures from a number of companies and lines.

This time it’s new UFO crane game figures from Banpresto. So now part of the Girls Memories line from Craneking comes a new Sailor Moon figure and a series of mini figures. The Sailor Moon Girls Memories figure is over six inches tall and shows Sailor Moon standing in one of her lecture poses.

Looking very happy, she also will come on a white stand with a pink design. This figure will be available in June. Now the new mini figures announced will actually be the second series in that line.

Previously covered in November, the Sailor Moon Figure Gathering for Girls 2 figures will be close to three inches tall. There will be four different characters available; Sailor Moon, Sailor Jupiter, Sailor Venus, and Artemis. These will be available in crane games in mid September.

[via Sailor Moon Official]

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

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

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

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

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9:00 AM on 11.07.2013

Someone finally got around to making Cardcaptor Sakura

For years I've dreamed of someone making scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures and allowing me to own a piece of my childhood. I even nominated Sakura herself for our Fantasy Figurine article earlier this year, and while ...

Martin Siggers



NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play photo
NYCC 2013: Tamashii Nations - misc. figures and role play
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Trying to collect figures on a shoestring budget? It's hard to do unless you're willing to set your sights a little smaller. But that doesn't mean you have to settle for something cheap. Bluefin Distribution and Tamashii Nations are bringing over a bunch of the latest gashapon, prize figures, scale figures, blind boxes and other small-scale collectibles along with an ample number of role play items from a wide range of anime. 

When it comes to the Dragon Ball stuff it's hard to tell what's more popular; the figures or the role play stuff. Aside from their S.H. Figuarts and Figuarts ZERO offerings they also displayed their new line of of Shodo articulated mini figures. They're 80mm tall (just over 3 inches) fully articulated, painted like their big brothers, and features a Goku based on his appearance in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. They also had prototypes of some new prize figures on display that will certainly see released soon. 

Fun as those are it's hard to not be impressed by the number of role play items on display. Goku's pole and disk-firing wristbands look good, plus there's Trunk's sword, the Dragon Radar, and glowing Dragon Balls. But the best choice is the variety of Scouters in red, blue, and green. They even have an exclusive three-pack  with NYCC stickers on the sides. They can scan cards to read out power levels and make a bunch of noises. I remember seeing a lot of people walking around Otakon with these on this year so they're definitely popular even among non-cosplayers. 

If Dragon Ball isn't your thing then maybe you're interested in the huge variety of figures being released for One Piece? Portraits of Pirates? Check! Movie Z figures? Check! Costume figures? Check! Super deformed, mini, and trading figures? Check, check, and check! Looks like most of the cast of characters are well represented, even some of the lesser villains look to have multiple figures. 

Perhaps you're more of an Evangelion movie fan? There was no shortage of figures for the third movie; ranging from a number of figures for the pilots (including two figures of Shinji, imagine that!) to the Evangelion Mechanics line featuring little Eva Units in complex display sets. 

Probably the franchise taking up the most space is Gundam. There was so much Gundam stuff that wasn't Gunpla it would take far too long to try to name it all. There's Gundam STANDart, Gundam Converge, Assault Kingdom, and so very much more. Just go look at the gallery, it's all there.

Too a lesser extent they also had a number of different Saint Seiya figures on display for various characters in different forms. They also had the highly detailed figures from Monster Hunter Encyclopedia XI and XII on display. 

This is a great effort from Bluefin. It's nice to see so much stuff from Bandai made available outside of Japan without the need for customers to import. 

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3:00 AM on 07.31.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Toy's Works

Toy's Works doesn't pump out the large scale PVC figures, but they had a few items that I personally liked. Much of the display was devoted to their small-scale trading figures, but they did have some larger scale products. T...

Tianxiao Ma

1:50 AM on 07.31.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Sega prize figures

Sega always has a diverse assortment of prize figures to peddle. Their booth at WonFes reached all the way across the ocean for some Pixar and Disney figures to go alongside the licensed Japanese ones. Toy Story, Monsters Uni...

Tianxiao Ma

5:25 AM on 07.28.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Banpresto Super Sonico

Super Sonico continues to prove her popularity is anything but short lived with even more offerings coming our way through Banpresto. Starting with three mini figures I was actually surprised to learn that there are actu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



12:30 PM on 07.01.2013

Here are all of Taito's Persona 4 Arena prize figures

As Kristina noted in her What's in UFO Catchers? feature, Taito had been stocking their machines with Persona 4 Arena merchandise, but two of them eluded my sight until now because they were just released last week. One of th...

Brian Szabelski