Taito

New CuteRody Miku photo
New CuteRody Miku

Taito is back with more CuteRody Miku


This time, she's a solar-powered collectible
Sep 02
// Brian Szabelski
Earlier this year, we brought you news of Taito's lethally cute CuteRody Miku plushes. Well, CuteRody Miku is back, and she's looking as adorable as ever. The solar-powered figure basically just sways her head back and forth ...
CuteRody Miku plushes photo
CuteRody Miku plushes

Taito's CuteRody Miku plushes are lethally adorable


Warning: May contain cute
Feb 03
// Brian Szabelski
I've somehow missed out on the Hatsune Miku x CuteRody plushes that Taito is producing, but my goodness ... they are adorable. Featuring Miku wearing a little hat that resembles the ear of a Rody horse, it's just too cute for...
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Taito P4A figures

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


Includes Naoto and Kanji, too
Jul 01
// Brian Szabelski
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...
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A peek at prize figures in Japanese arcades
I make it a point to visit one of my local arcades at least once every couple of weeks to see what figures are in the UFO catchers, and I figure I may as well share it with you all. Pardon the image quality — I don't wa...


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Who is coming to Animate Girls Festival 2012?


Which companies will be there on November 17, 2012 to display their latest boy figures?
Oct 30
// Jonathan Tubbs
Otome games, anime, cosplay, and especially Boys' Love are all the things you're going to find at the upcoming Animate Girls Festival 2012 event in Tokyo. But what about figures of boys, boys, and more boys? Who is coming alo...
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Taito brings an assortment of items to Dengeki Festival


Plush, trading figures, keychains, and Taito Kuji. ...TAITO KUJI!?
Oct 20
// Jonathan Tubbs
Prize figure companies are making their mark at the Dengeki 20th Anniversary Festival, one of them being Taito. The company didn't have much to show but did have various products on display including plush, trading figures, k...

[REMINDER] Monthly Megapixel: A picnic with Frankenstein

Aug 14 // Kristina Pino
The rules are simple! You don't need to have narrative text in your story, as Scarecroodle and others have proven, in order for it to be good or acceptable. We've had folks make their entries look like comic strips as well, which is also encouraged, creative, acceptable, rad, you name it. There isn't really a minimum or maximum amount of images, although I think one of our readers figured out what the max amount of BBCode image lines are allowed in a c-blog post (it's.. a lot). Your images must be at most 620 pixels wide in order to fit in the page properly, otherwise something's going to get cut off. There isn't a limit to how many images you post, since you're hosting them anyhow. In order to get some images on your blog post, just put them up on Flickr, Photobucket or any of those free image hosting services and link to them using BBCode tags (the line with the [IMG]<text>[/IMG] tags). If you don't have a Tomopop log-in account, you won't be able to create a blog entry. If you're new to these contests, this is your first step! It's quick and easy, and once you're through, you need only click on the "create new blog" button at the top of the page, and title it with "Monthly Megapixel: <your story title here>" to be entered in the contest. Lastly, those of you who don't live in the U.S. or Canada are not excluded from this contest. The only thing we ask is that you cover the shipping if you are to be prized on something. This way, we could open the contest to everyone! I promise it won't cost you an arm and a leg, too. Remember, it doesn't have to be a photographic epic — if it's all you can come up with, you could submit entries with just a few beautiful and descriptive images and it's just fine. It's all about being creative and hitting the mark with the contest theme, by any photographic means possible! If any of you are having issues with the editor and getting your post up, just send an e-mail to me (kristina [at] tomopop [dot] com), or Brian ([at] Tomopop [dot] com), or even our tips@ mail so somebody could get to it. Sometimes a post won't show up on your end and cause some confusion, but will still be visible to everyone else; things could be a little buggy here and there. Just don't panic! I will accept all entries that were completed on time as long as we could see your post, even if we had to recover it after the due date. As I mentioned earlier, this contest is being sponsored by HobbyLink Japan (whee!). The three main prizes will be Chibi-Arts Kotetsu and Taito's Persona 4 Chie and Yukiko (separately). They're all rad, and depending on how many entries we get, I'll toss in some extra prizes on the side, so don't you worry! I also still have some Peanuts Formation Arts figures, also from HLJ, that I can give away. Let's make it another good month! Also, it's opinion poll time! Do you like the regular Megapixel format? Is it too much work, and not enough fun? Speak up! We got so many entries for the last contest, that I'm wondering whether I should condense this a little more? What I like about Monthly Megapixel is it challenges everyone to get creative and have fun with their figures, and I add prizes to sweeten the deal. Should I do more "Micropixel" style contests in between, to give y'all breaks from these bigger contests? Because I can totally do that. After all, they're my contests. I call the shots. Leave me your feedback in the comments section below!
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[update: Once again, I forgot to put in the deadline! Thanks for reminding me, tears4dragons... you've got until Monday, August 27 to enter this contest! Good luck, everyone!] August already? Yeesh. So, last month's "Micropix...

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Taito's Fairy Tail prizes come up in better photos


Aug 03
// Kristina Pino
When I wrote about Taito's plans to create several plushies and figures of Fairy Tail characters, we only had this small graphic to look at with pictures of everything. Thanks to eagle-eyed Natalie with her constant scouring ...

Tomopop Review: Persona 4's Yukiko and Chie by Taito

Jul 30 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Persona 4: The Animation Yukiko Amagi and Chie SatonakaFigure Maker: TaitoRetail: ¥1,500 - released in JuneAvailable at: HobbyLink Japan (Yukiko | Chie) As I mentioned in the introduction, both figures come in the same exact box. It made things fun for photographing, but otherwise what we've got here is some colorful packaging in the Persona 4 style and full illustrations of Yukiko and Chie on either side. Once you open up the boxes, they're just sitting in their trays ready to be assembled (by "assembled" here, I mean just plugging them into their respective bases). We'll start with Yukiko. Yukiko is a bit on the plain side with her molding and posing, but it's probably just as well. These figures don't have too much detail to them, and sometimes less is more. This pose, for instance, has some movement to it and gives off this relaxing feel to it, as she pauses mid-step to turn her face and the wind blows at her hair. She has that extra little flip with her skirt to complete that "breeze" look, and you can see her base is just a simple yellow circle. She's wearing her plain school loafers that are missing just a little paint at the bottom, but otherwise looking nice and worn. Here's a look at Yukiko's pleated skirt, her hand and the detail with her sweater. I like the mold job here, and appreciate that the colors are so simple so paint goofs are less likely. Her hand is nicely molded, even if her arm is a little stiff-looking under that pointy shoulder. Besides that, we've got her yellow tie and her red hair band to match the sweater. Simple works for her. Unfortunately, Yukiko's face suffers just a little bit from the "plastic look." It's a little on the shiny side, though it's less apparent on a shelf with indoor lighting. There's a little bit of splotching there with her hair and the red hair band, but nothing deal-breaking. Let's move on to Miss Chie. Chie has a much more dynamic pose that gives more life to the figure. Unfortunately for her though, I see a lean coming on. I really think she should have had a step built into the base to support her back foot or something. Here's a look at her from the side. Is it unreasonable for me to fear the lean? I haven't had enough experience with Taito's more recent releases, so I couldn't say whether Chie really is in the clear. If you do pick this figure up, I personally suggest putting her at a spot that she has some support to avoid the worst case.  Her base is the same as Yukiko's, but with a raised foot peg area (which is splotchy with the paint job, by the way). Looking at her legs, the molding is all there, but the paint is all over the place. They're pretty dirty, and I shot this review before attempting to remove any stains. Chie's color design is as dynamic as her pose, so there were a few issues here and there with the paint job, though as with Yukiko's they're not so apparent once she's up on a shelf. These are both pretty small, about 1/10-scale like a Beach Queens, so the little goofs aren't as noticeable as they would be on a bigger figure. Finally, we've got Chie's face. She's got this lovely smile on and the details are generally clean. There's a little bit of flakey-looking stuff around her mouth there, but this is another case where zooming in with a camera is picking up stuff you wouldn't normally notice. I like the expression and everything; I just wish her head weren't turned down. So, are these the figures for you? If you're looking to add these gals to your collection based on your love of the character, but on a budget, they might be. The quality isn't super high, but they still look nice. If I had one big complaint, it's that Chie's pose has her head turned down, so she'd generally have to be placed on a shelf which is at or above eye-level. Yukiko on the other hand can fit in anywhere and she can be made to look as if she were interacting with other figures in your collection. Once again, a big thanks goes out to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with these samples, and be sure to look out for our next Megapixel contest in August for a chance to win either of these girls or other prizes! Check out the gallery for more images which didn't make it into the body of this review, and be sure to let us know what you think. Do you have any suggestions for future contest prizes? Feel free to give me your feedback on that, too!
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Normally I would do two reviews for two separate figures, despite them being part of the same series, but Chie and Yukiko here are meant to be together. They even come packaged in the same exact box. Taito is one of those "si...

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Fairy Tail prize figures, more on the horizon from Taito


Jun 11
// Kristina Pino
< insert squeal of delight, here. > Check out a scan in the gallery for a look at plush Happy, prize figures Lucy and Erza (I'm not sure why Erza is so nakie-like, but I'm loving that Lucy), Celestial Spirit Gate Key ke...
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Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Taito


Feb 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Taito is not just about plush at the AOU Amusement Expo 2012 / Prize Fair 2012 Summer event. The company did have prize figures on display from a few series as well as some interesting and cute odds and ends. Two kinds of To ...
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Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Taito - Plush


Feb 18
// Brian Szabelski
Prize Fair was an invasion of plushes this year, it seems, and Taito helped lead the assault with a ton of new ones! Whether you're a fan of Gloomy Bear, Doraemon or those crazy cats Toro and Kuro from Doko Demo Issho, you're...
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Prize Fair 2012 Summer: Taito - Persona 4


Feb 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Hey, guys. There are Persona 4 prize figures coming. ...pretend to act surprised, okay? At the AOU Amusement Expo 2012 / Prize Fair 2012 Summer event, Taito revealed a few Persona 4 prize figures coming of the ladies. Prototy...
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Sugar, spice, and Vocaloid with my Powerpuff Girls?


Dec 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
An interesting announcement appeared today on Taito Prize's homepage involving those three girls made from sugar, spice, and everything nice (and some Chemical X) and the synthesized vocal talents of a popular group. The...
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Taito's latest Ika Musume prize figure


Jun 15
// Tyler Jones
Taito has a new prize figure of everyone's favorite squid girl. Their previous offering was of her deformed version, but this one has standard proportions. Based on the slew of figures coming out based on this character it se...
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24th Annual Prize Fair: Wrap yourself in Denpa Onna and Bakemonogatari figures


Jun 01
// Jonathan Tubbs
We've seen many prize figures come out of the 24th Annual Prize Fair with a few titles and characters getting figures to please fans. Taito continues that trend as we saw earlier with their Ika Musume figure. Though the compa...
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24th Annual Prize Fair: Taito shrinks Ika Musume with their newest prize figure


May 28
// Brian Szabelski
Taito's got a new prize figure on the way with a familiar face: Ika Musume! Except she's been shrunk down to a Nendoroid-like super-deformed state! We don't have much more than the prototype to tell you about, though you can ...
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24th Annual Prize Fair: Taito and Sega clone the cast of the To Aru series for more figures


May 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
Recently we've been seeing a little more of the cast from the To Aru series with some of the lesser characters getting standard scaled figures. However, the cast has always been readily available in the world of prize figures...

Tomopop Review: Taito's Bakemonogatari Nendoroid Petit set of four

Mar 04 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Bakemonogatari Nendoroid Petit figures (set of four)Figure Maker: TaitoRetail Price: ¥800 ea, ¥3,000 for the setAvailable at: AmiAmi (Temp. sold out) | Mandarake The boxes are empty, because it's just plain wrong to keep something so cute locked away inside for too very long. Hitagi and Araragi-kun were longing to be with each other, and I feared for the hands of whoever dare open the box a moment too late. The image above is of the front of the boxes, as you could assume. This is what the rest of the box looks like. I am so clever. We don't hear about Taito very often on Tomopop, and I didn't really expect that to be the name on the box when I was told about these little guys. Well, mostly girls. Okay, these ladies. Sorry, Araragi. This is a shot of all four of them together (same as up in the header, actually). He doesn't look all that upset to be surrounded by crazy women, either. We'll start with Nadeko Sengoku, because she's the one I feel least attached to. She's just kinda ... standing there and doing her own thing. She looks pretty happy to be doing nothing, though. Also, her hat is huge compared to the rest of her, so that's the highlight image I chose for her figure (specific image of the hat in the gallery). It's so huge that you can't even see her eyes unless you pick the figure up to look, or lie down on the floor like I did to take these pictures. I actually do have nice things to say about her, though. I like her hair. It's sculpted and painted better than I expected it to be. I say painted, in the sense that it isn't smudged everywhere. Actually, on all the figures the paint job is pretty much an even job. The eyes are beautifully painted on all four of these as well. Next is miss Suruga Kanbaru. She's got the usual bandaged arm and a book in her other hand. No doubt, it's a steamy boy love novel. She's just wearing her uniform and a smile. The bandages are the highlight of this figure, with their slightly textured look. On a slightly negative note, her face isn't that cute when it's so chubby-looking. She looks like she's got some food in her mouth. Maybe that's why she looks happy rather than snarky. I bet she has some awesome taiyaki in there. Here is Senjyogahara Hitagi, our resident show-stopper. She's got her cute dress from the end of the series and a total lack of stationery. Her hair has two styles, a loose look (seen below and in the gallery) and tied-behind pigtails. I personally like the hair tied, and the scrunchies are molded prettily on. Her hand is ready to receive something; Araragi's hand, specifically. He fits perfectly with her, as you can see above. He's looking rather smug, isn't he? He's probably just really happy to see Hitagi wearing such a pretty polka-dot dress. I really, really like polka-dots. I think I would too if I went through as much trouble as he did to be with this crazy girl. Here he is with his paper airplane. I thought this was a nifty addition to his chibi, and of course he wouldn't be complete without a big ahoge. Together they make a great set, and for being petit toys they are well painted. With the exception of Hitagi (in my brief experience handling these) none of them fell apart or easily fell off the base, which you have seen in images above is the typical Petit ball-in-the-back torture arm base. If I were to buy any of these, I'd just get Hitagi and Araragi since they come with interchangeable parts and are meant to be together. They can be posed separately, but they'll always have a waiting hand/arm for the other one, which looks a little odd. To me it does, anyway. The other two didn't do much for me, as characters or as chibi figures. Unfortunately for you (maybe), it's sold as a set of four. The flip-side is they aren't that expensive anyway. If you're into Bakemonogatari and like all four characters (or at least three), this is a very good buy if you're into the chibi thing (even if they look a bit milky-pale). Buying all four comes out to a nice deal compared with just purchasing two at ¥800. These are game prizes, so you may see them pop up here and there if you look at this review and feel like you need to have them. As I wrote this, there were several up for sale up at Mandarake (linked at the top of this review). I mean, they're cute. Very cute. Are any of you Tomofolk tempted? These figures pretty much missed our radar when they went up for pre-order last year and were released to the wild in January. Had you known of these previously (that is, if this is the first you're seeing of them), would you have insta-ordered?
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They aren't just chibi, they're very super-duper chibi. Included in this set are Araragi, Hitagi, Nadeko and Suruga. While there are four of them, you understand, they're really, really tiny (65mm, slightly taller than two in...

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Kotobukiya and Taito give previews of their upcoming Bakemonogatari figures


Mar 21
// Chris Seto
You would think that with a popular show like Bakemonogatari, the figure companies would be faster off the block when it comes to releasing figures for it! In any case, Kotobukiya have shown off their full colour preview of S...
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Sega Prize, Taito, and Eikoh show their upcoming releases at the AOU 2010 Expo


Feb 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
Banpresto showed off their new K-On! merchandise at the Arcade Operators Union 2010 Expo and now we have a look at what Sega Prize, Taito, Eikoh have to offer. Eikoh has the most interesting product of all: the Entrails Anima...

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