Sword Art Online

Top sales 3/30 to 4/5 photo
Top sales 3/30 to 4/5

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5

Plus monthly results for March
Apr 11
So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e... read

Sword Art Online gets another addition to its dollfie dream family

Volks on Overdrive!
Apr 06
Ever wonder if Volks are overdoing things a little with their Dollfie Dream Releases? Not only are they prepping for a Snow Miku release as well as the two Macross F ladies, hot on the heels of the Dolls Party event in Kyoto,... read
Broccoli photo

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli

I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
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 ... read
figma Kirito GGO ver. photo
figma Kirito GGO ver.

Akiba Hobby takes a closer look at SAO II's figma Kirito GGO ver.

'Voom, voom' sword sound effects not included
Jan 08
Recently the pre-orders went up for Max Factory's figma Sword Art Online II Kirito Trap ver. GGO ver. and Akiba Hobby has already gotten their hands on one for a gallery. Kidding aside, this is a really great likeness of the ... read
NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

We get up-close and personal with the GSC display
Oct 11
Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there... read
Dengeki Bunko photo
Dengeki Bunko

Bring the fight to life with Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax prize figures

Based on the hit fighting game that'll probably never be released here
Oct 05
Japanese publishers love their crossover fighting games. Just in recent years we've seen games like Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match merging characters from various Aquaplus visual novels and games and J-Stars Victory Vs ... read
Nendoroid SAO Sinon photo
Nendoroid SAO Sinon

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery

On target for pre-orders tonight
Sep 03
[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles... read
Koto SAO2 Sinon photo
Koto SAO2 Sinon

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya SAO2 Sinon

Good eye, sniper
Jul 27
I have to admit, watching the latest episode of Sword Art Online II I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Sinon isn't quite the emotionless ice queen she seemed to be up to now. She's actually has a rather normal and ... read
Aniplex Pus photo
Aniplex Pus

Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus

Butlers, bikinis and black-clad girls
Jul 27
Though it hasn't been around long, Aniplex's exclusive plus line has already garnered an enviable reputation. It's partially due to smart pairings with established manufacturers such as Good Smile Company and partially due to... read
Kotobukiya Sinon photo
Sword Art Online II heroine in the firing line
Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is startin... read feature

GSC June delays photo
GSC June delays

Good Smile reveals its June figure delays

Knights of the Blood Asuna, swimsuit-clad Sena among those affected
Jun 16
Good Smile Company has just posted its list of delays for June, and thankfully, the delays aren't long. Everything on this month's list has been pushed back to a July release, with Penguin Parade releases making up the majori... read
Griffon - Nanoricchi photo
Griffon - Nanoricchi

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

Chibi dolls a plenty
May 08
Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th... read
WonderCon 2014 Kotobukiya photo
Covering the anime, Star Wars, and gaming portions
For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a ... read feature

GSC at Sakura-Con photo
Attendees will have a chance to grab some very special toys
Those of you planning on attending Seattle's Sakura-Con should be excited to hear that Good Smile Company will have a presence there. They will be sharing booths #423 and #332 with Ultra Tokyo Connection. Attendees will have ... read feature

Tomopop LinkUP photo
Oh, right, there are other events going on this week
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! It's been a pretty busy week in all sorts of ways. We're still plowing our way through Wonder Festival coverage with the shadow of Toy Fair looming over us. But outside of that the Ol... read feature

Fairy Dance Asuna photo
Fairy Dance Asuna

Kotobukiya's Fairy Dance Asuna is unbarred for pre-orders

A real break-out figure
Feb 13
Kotobukiya unveiled their second take on Asuna back in January, and we got to see her in all her painted glory at Wonder Festival this past week. Proving the company doesn't hang around, she's now up for pre-order, completing... read
WonFes Cu-poche photo
An adorable gallery of old and new
Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few e... read feature

WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2014W Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

New Saber and Lum prototypes, plus Chuunibyou's Rikka announced
Feb 11
We've already seen some of the new hotness that Kotobukiya brought to WonFes, but there's always room for more. Their scale figure lineup looks pretty diverse this year, which is great if you're sick of KanColle. Here's the r... read
Wonder Festival Griffon photo
Wonder Festival Griffon

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

Easily one of the most impressive displays at Wonder Festival
Feb 11
Griffon brought their A-game to Wonder Festival this past weekend. They had a very impressive number of figures on display, both new and old. They displayed several previously announced figures for the first time from their v... read
Nendo Asuna Titania ver. photo
Nendo Asuna Titania ver.

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Nendo Asuna Titania ver.

And yes, that cage is coming with her
Feb 08
Sword Art Online fans get one more thing to look forward to from the Nendoroid line: a Nendo of Asuna in her previous avatar form, Titania the Fairy Queen. Yes, Good Smile's rolling out the full package for her, and that... read
Kotobukiya Asuna photo
Kotobukiya Asuna

Kotobukiya unveils a new Fairy Dance Asuna

They've conquered Aincrad, now it's Alfheim's turn
Jan 22
With Sword Art Online being so popular there have been a huge number of figures of leading lady Asuna. Few have managed to equal Kotobukiya's take though, a gorgeous, well crafted rendition that appeals even to those of ... read
Kotobukiya Leafa photo
Don't believe me? Check out the preview gallery!
Kotobukiya's Leafa is still a ways away from release, but you can check out some lovely shots from Amiami on their blog. Her facial expression is my favorite part of this figure, although I'm sure many will like her pose. It ... read feature


Pre-order this not-so-subtle Suguha for your inner siscon

Penguin Parade - 1/8 Scale
Dec 10
As Sword Art Online's second arc rolled around, fans realized even this dramatic fantasy/sci-fi series wasn't free from the recent resurgence of anime featuring sisters with a bit more than familial intentions. Enter Suguha K... read

Free this elegant new Asuna with a pre-order

Plum - 1/7 Scale
Dec 06
The PVC world's current darling, Sword Art Online's Asuna, still isn't out of the running with yet another Alfheim related figure coming to us from Plum in March. While the arc itself may be rather hotly debated, the appeal o... read
Pre-order Silica photo
Pre-order Silica

Pre-order FREEings Silica from Sword Art Online

She is pretty, I know she is! We just need better photos to prove it!
Nov 26
Sword Art Online is a pretty popular franchise, so it is not surprising to me when a company makes a figurine of Asuna, or even Leafa, however when a collectible is made of a supporting character like Silica by a larger compa... read
pre-orders: Leafa photo
pre-orders: Leafa

Kotobukiya's Leafa flies to pre-orders!

Of all the Leafa's this one could be the best!
Nov 14
We've seen lots of different sculpts of the fairy Leafa from Sword Art Online. In no particular order there was Wing's, Griffon's, Penguin Parade's and of course this one by Kotobukiya. My instinct tells me that I a... read
Leafa photo

Don't 'leaf' this Leafa pre-order alone!

Penguin Parade - 1/8 Scale
Oct 30
Well, here's a bit of a surprise. Sword Art Online's lovely elven Leafa is getting a new figure in April, from Penguin Parade of all places. Now, I don't really recall Penguin Parade doing any SAO figures, but with how many A... read
Kotobukiya Leafa photo
The Fairy Dance goes on
We saw Kotobukiya unveil their lovely looking take on Leafa from Sword Art Online earlier this week, and now Moeyo has got their hands on a prototype and put together a more comprehensive preview. Seein a bit more of Lea... read feature

Review: Koto's Asuna photo
The Red Flash
Remember last years hit anime Sword Art Online? Many people loved it, many people raged, and then the second season came, and more people raged. Despite all the rage I enjoyed it and stuck through to the end. Of course, I had... read feature

NYCC: Good Smile Company photo
NYCC: Good Smile Company

NYCC 2013: Good Smile Company part 2

Enter the magical girls
Oct 11
In this second half of the Good Smile Company round-up, Andres caught some pictures of the magical girls of Madoka Magica fame in various formats, along with some Sword Art Online Nendoroids, the Monokuma Nendoroid, Steins;Ga... read
Kotobukia Leafa photo
Ready to take Alfheim by storm
There have been a lot of Sword Art Online figures over the past year but nearly everyone agrees that Kotobukiya's beautiful take on Asuna has been one of the best so far. So it's very exciting news that they're goin... read feature


Be on your guard for this latest Asuna pre-order

Griffon - 1/8 Scale
Sep 24
Has Griffon seen the error of their ways? After some rather questionable treatment of SAO's lovely heroine Asuna, it seems like they're not done yet. But unlike the others, could they actually have nailed it this time? Maybe!... read

Nendoroid Asuna renews her subscription for another round

Good Smile Company - Nendoroid
Sep 14
It's been a year since Nendoroid fans got their hands on Sword Art Online's honey-haired beauty Asuna, but there's probably almost as many who missed the opportunity before she disappeared in the inevitable mad rush that plag... read
Sword Art Online photo
Sword Art Online

Join the Knights of the Blood with GSC's Asuna

Sword Art Online heroine up for pre-order now
Sep 12
Had enough Asuna yet? No? Well you're in luck then, because yet another version of the Sword Art Online heroine is now up for order. It's Good Smile Company's turn to have a crack, with their 'Knights of the Blood' versi... read
Winged Leafa Spotted photo
This is more like the Leafa I know.
Word must have gotten around that people were yawning at Griffon's attempt at Leafa because Wing's latest unpainted prototype of manages to address at least a few of the issues that were present in the Griffon version. F... read feature


This latest Asuna pre-order will be gone in a flash

FREEing - 1/8 Scale
Aug 30
Originality is not the order of the day as yet another guild uniform-clad Asuna makes her arrival on the pre-order circuit, courtesy of FREEing. We saw her at WonFest last month, so if you've been eagerly waiting to grab her,... read
Griffon Leafa photo
Griffon Leafa

Try not to yawn at this Leafa gallery

Can you guess it was made by Griffon?
Aug 28
I didn't think a sample gallery would make me pontificate on the nature of figure collecting, but maybe I'm extra contemplative today. What you're looking at is Sword Art Online's Leafa by Griffon. Akiba Hobby has a gallery u... read

Say yes to getting the latest lounging Asuna

Chara-Ani 1/8 Scale
Aug 27
We've seen the lovely Asuna in many confident poses, which shouldn't be a surprise given her independent and capable attitude in the first season of Sword Art Online. We've also seen a few of her sudden new "damsel in distres... read
Preview Griffon SAO photo
Griffon has some pretty sculpts.
Griffon has been steadily making SAO figurines for a while now and there are quite a few out. Recently they published a few photos of their 1/1-scale Yui on their blog as well as a prototype for an upcoming Asuna sculpt and a... read feature

WonFes: Arcadia and Movic photo
WonFes: Arcadia and Movic

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Arcadia and Movic

Masamune Shirow and Sword Art Online fans have much to look forward to
Jul 29
Movic didn't have a ton at Wonder Festival, but if you're a Sword Art Online fan (even if you're catching it now on Toonami), their Asuna is looking beautiful. Being produced by ASCII Media, I think the face could use a ... read

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