#Sword Art Online

WonFes Aquamarine photo

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine

I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked them out as my tw...

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Two SAO girls get thinly veiled pole dancing figures

All things considered, Sword Art Online is pretty light on the fan service. Between the grim situation of the death game in the first act, the desperate rescue against the clock in the second and the dire situations that came later there's ...

Top sales 3/30 to 4/5 photo

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

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 even the only fi...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli

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 line of PVC add...

NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

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 so take some t...

Nendoroid SAO Sinon photo

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

[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, emotionless type, and she...

Koto SAO2 Sinon photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya SAO2 Sinon

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 likeable side t...

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Wonder Festival Summer 2014: Aniplex Plus

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 some really st...

Kotobukiya Sinon photo

Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders

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 starting up they're ba...

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Good Smile reveals its June figure delays

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 majority of the group...

Griffon - Nanoricchi photo

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

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 there were still ...

WonderCon 2014 Kotobukiya photo

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1

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 very generous r...

GSC at Sakura-Con photo

Good Smile Company to attend Sakura-Con

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 the chance to p...

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Tomopop LinkUP: Gold Medal Panic

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 Olympics are in f...

Fairy Dance Asuna photo

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

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 a gratifyingly...

WonFes Cu-poche photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche

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 eyes. A good man...

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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya scale figures

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 rundown: Horizo...

Wonder Festival Griffon photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Griffon Enterprises Roundup

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 various scale fi...

Nendo Asuna Titania ver. photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Nendo Asuna Titania ver.

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 includes a pla...

Kotobukiya Asuna photo

Kotobukiya unveils a new Fairy Dance Asuna

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 us who aren't f...

Kotobukiya Leafa photo

Kotobukiya's Leafa will brighten up your day

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 offers a conven...

Pre-order Silica photo

Pre-order FREEings Silica from Sword Art Online

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 company like FREEing...

pre-orders: Leafa photo

Kotobukiya's Leafa flies to pre-orders!

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 am missing one o...

Kotobukiya Leafa photo

Get a better look at Kotobukiya's Leafa

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 Leafa does nothing...

Review: Koto's Asuna photo

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Asuna

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 better memorie...

NYCC: Good Smile Company photo

NYCC 2013: Good Smile Company part 2

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;Gate figures, Nya...

Kotobukia Leafa photo

Kotobukiya unveils Sword Art Online's Leafa

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 going to be continu...

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Join the Knights of the Blood with GSC's Asuna

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' version, which we've...

Winged Leafa Spotted photo

New prototype of Leafa by Wing sighted. She has Wings!

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. First of all and...

Griffon Leafa photo

Try not to yawn at this Leafa gallery

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 up showing what ...

Preview Griffon SAO photo

Griffon's SAO figures, Prototype, Pre-orders and Released

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 Comiket exclus...

WonFes: Arcadia and Movic photo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Arcadia and Movic

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 little more ref...

WonFes Wing photo

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Wing

Wing got on my radar with their Shunya Yamashita-designed Fiona figure from Border Break. She turned up at WonFes alongside a handful of newer designs. The rest of their figures were in prototype stage. Sword Art Online's Leafa was there sw...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Penguin Parade

If you thought that Penguin Parade just did the petanko figures, you might be glad to know that they also had a few scale figures on display as well. Aside from a closer look at the Petanko figures, the images in the gallery also show Kirin...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Good Smile Company

With the huge deluge of Figmas and Nendoroids, not to mention their own brand of cycling gear (no, I'm not kidding!) you'd probably be forgive if you forgot that Good Smile Company also make scale figures as well! A fair number of old relea...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Griffon

Griffon went to Wonder Festival with a mix of old and new on display, with plenty of already released figures at their booth but there were some new faces as well. Haganai continues to be a main pull with new announcements of Niku and Yozor...


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