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9:35 AM on 07.08.2014

Fight it out over S.H. Figuarts Batman and Joker

Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...

Andres Cerrato

9:30 AM on 07.03.2014

Get your preview of S.H. Figuarts Sailor Uranus and Neptune

Sailors Moon through Saturn have all either been released or announced, so the next logical step was for Neptune and Uranus to get their announcement. That news did come last month, with the two being released at the turn of ...

Andres Cerrato

Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B photo
Tomopop Review: S.H. Figuarts Super Mario + Sets A & B
by Andres Cerrato

Mario is the figure that so many have wanted a quality representation of. While there have been a few over the years, they did little more than just move arms up and down. Earlier this year, Bandai brought the news that many had waited for, an articulated Mario was on the way. Long rumored, but finally in existence. Not only were we getting Mario, but there's also the expansion parts sets to add more of the Mushroom Kingdom. 

How does S.H. Figuarts Mario and accessories sold separately fair? Find out in today's video review!

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12:00 PM on 06.24.2014

S.H. Figuarts Android 16 is revealed behind door #3

It's just a day full of surprises. Just as we thought that SHF Broly would be the beginning of the larger-sized S.H. Figuarts, here comes a sneak. Inserted into the Android 17 pre-order page on Premium Bandai is a group shot ...

Andres Cerrato

10:00 AM on 06.24.2014

S.H. Figuarts Broly is revealed, makes Goku cry

That didn't take too long. The teases were pretty obvious, but now we can see for sure that Broly is in fact the next S.H. Figuarts in the works. The legendary Super Saiyan will be the largest DBZ SHF to date as you can see i...

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11:00 PM on 06.22.2014

The next DBZ S.H. Figuarts release might be legendary

Yes, the picture you see above you has been pixelated. Oh, just what could it be? It could be just about anything! Well, it's Broly. How do I know? Look just beneath the pixels and you can see the reflection of the legendary ...

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Tamashii Nations' next SDCC exclusive is Armored Black Ranger photo
Tamashii Nations' next SDCC exclusive is Armored Black Ranger
by Andres Cerrato

I'm sure you all remember the episode of MMPR. Sure, it was 20 years ago but you remember it like it was yesterday. Zack needs to overcome the odds, Tommy lends him his shield and we get the Armored Black Ranger. It was an episode made for just the U.S. and the figure representation thereof will only be available at San Diego Comic Con.

Just as with its fellow SDCC exclusive SHF Vegeta, it's a re-deco of an existing figure. If you don't already have the standard SHF MMPR Black Ranger, here's your alternative. It's what we've come to expect for SDCC Tamashii exclusives. Heck, I even called it back in my review of the original. No word on pricing just yet, but that detail should come shortly. For now, enjoy the photos and the fact that there won't be one of these for Billy.

[Images via Bluefin Tamashii Nations]

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10:30 PM on 06.21.2014

SHF Injustice Joker appears alongside painted SHF Batman in scans

Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman had an unexpected co-star in this month's scans as he was joined by an unpainted Injustice Joker. This revelation is a little surprising given that Injustice: Gods Among ...


Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts photo
Mega Blaziken is the next Pokemon S.H. Figuarts
by Scarecroodle

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 previously appeared in the D-Arts line) and is the first Pokemon that we've seen since Lucario went up for pre-order in February.

Mega Blaziken is an interesting choice and was possibly picked because Nintendo had an early promo giving away a Torchic with Blazikenite (the item needed for Blaziken's Mega Evo) although the upcoming Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes could have influenced the decision as well. Blaziken has long been one of my favorite Pokemon (since about 2003) although I've yet to actually use its Mega form in the games... having lost interest in Pokemon Y some time after the first gym. While I would have preferred the normal Blaziken, I'll most likely wind up grabbing this version.

As noted in my speculative "What's Next for the D-Arts Pokemon Line?", Blaziken (and his Mega counterpart) have a good body type for a super-articulated figure besides being a seemingly more agile character. Mega Blaziken's large legs (or feet?) should provide great natural balancing which would allow for kicking poses without needing a stand.

Pricing is currently unknown but the SHF Mega Blaziken is apparently slated for an October release.

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First SDCC exclusive for Tamashii Nations is an SHF Orange Vegeta photo
First SDCC exclusive for Tamashii Nations is an SHF Orange Vegeta
by Andres Cerrato

You remember the episode. Vegeta and Nappa go down to an alien world before their stop on Earth. They looked a lot different, with Vegeta having brown hair not to mention orange and green armor. When Vegeta's SHF was released, the thought of having the original appearance be an event exclusive was immediately brought up. Sure enough, here it will be for San Diego Comic Con.

The figure is just a repaint, but that's the trend for SDCC. We've gotten Gohan, Goku, and Piccolo repaints in the past, so it's not surprising that Vegeta would get it as well. Everyone pretty much called it back it was released. As it is a repaint, you'll get everything you got with the original version, including the crushed scouter. As for price, that hasn't been announced just yet. That detail should come out soon, along with plenty of other announcements for SDCC. For now, enjoy the orange crush in the gallery below.

[Images via Bluefin Tamashii Nations]

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Tokyo Toy Show: Samurai Darth Vader photo
Tokyo Toy Show: Samurai Darth Vader
by Scarecroodle

Tamashii Nations has unveiled a S.H. Figuarts samurai version of Darth Vader at Tokyo Toy Show '14. An accompanying poster depicts the samurai Darth Varder in front of a group of Samurai Troopers (or Storm Samurai, both of which sound like incredible super sentei shows. I'll have to e-mail Saban later.) with the Death Star in the distant background.

While Bluefin notes that this is currently an Asian markets exclusive (and probably a Tamashii web exclusive at that), this concept looks hilariously awesome (even keeping in mind the franchise's inspirations which included some Akira Kurosawa films). I might not necessarily be able to justify dropping US$50 or US$60 for a normal S.H. Figuarts Darth Vader (well, assuming it's not a Tamashii web exclusive at which point that price goes up a bit) when Hasbro is releasing a perfectly good 6-inch version for US$20, but this is almost something of a "shut up and take my money" moment.

I'm also looking forward to seeing what else they might do with the concept. The "Movie Realization" title implies that this could be a new sub-line.

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11:30 PM on 06.11.2014

Everyone's favorite Sailor Scouts that aren't cousins get Figuarts

The announcement was inevitable, but nonetheless special. It was just last month that the duo was unveiled at the Tamashii Summer Collection, but at the dawn of the Tokyo Toy Show, the pair is shown in their full glory. The p...

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