By now the regular Good Smile Company delay post is a warm familiar friend. OK, that's a lie. It's still a crushing disappointment, but at least Good Smile is prompt and consistent about notifying us when our eagerly awaited ...
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 many of the figures shown had already been released, ( Dark Magician Girl, Haruka Amami, Saber, and Kirino Kousaka, for example), giving the display a feel of a museum exhibit showcasing the lines past and future.
The new prototypes draw from the anime series, Sword Art Online and Chu 2 Byo, along with an extra-special original figure. From Sword Art Online, we see an unpainted Asuna Cu-poche. From the world of Chu 2 Byo, Kotobukiya provided a painted prototype of Rikka Takanashi plus a silhouette teaser image of Sanae Dekomori. Finally, we come to the Scale Bathing Suit Body Cu-Poche. This is Cu-poche doesn't come from any game or anime series; it is just a charming little lady in her swimsuit.
Check out the gallery to see the photos Tomopop's own Kristina Pino snapped for us!
Armed with photos taken by our very own Kristina Pino along with supplemental ones from AkibaHobby, we now take a look at the scale figures Good Smile Company brought with them to Wonder Festival. The majority of figures appe...
Ranko Kanzaki has had a lot going for her recently. First we saw the new figma version go up for pre-order last week, the first of the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls to be sold at standard retail, and now Ranko fans get to add a Beach Queens figure to their collections. And what a figure it is!
The way I see it there are two types of BQ figures: The ones they put a ton of effort into and the ones they do by the numbers. Sure, they could have taken Ranko and just stuck her standing on her feet in a black bikini, but they went way above expectations here. First and foremost she's sitting with her legs curled up beside her, a rare pose for BQ figures and something that scores major bonus points with me every time it's done. However, even if she was standing I think this would be a phenomenal figure just because of the detail work.
This might just be the most detail-laden BQ figures to date. The parasol alone has some truly amazing work in the the rose pattern, trim, whatever the structural parts are called, and fantastic curved 'wood' handle. There's more neat stuff going on with the pattern in her one glove, too. I only wish they carried that over to her stockings as well. Then there's the bikini. With this much lacy detail, which is really nicely sculpted, paired with the stockings it's kinda hard to tell the difference between this being a swimsuit or underwear. I think the sandy base she's sitting on is about the only indicator here. Whatever the case it's very fitting of her gothic lolita persona.
I really can't think of another BQ that had this level of work put into it. She'll be out way off in September for ¥6,500 making her the second most expensive single BQ just behind the voluminous Mitotsudaira Neito. Hey, you get what you pay for, she totally looks worth it!
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! In one week from today we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving here in America and I for one am looking forward to getting stuffed on some turkey! Even though it's a popular vacation week you can look forward to LinkUP returning once again! News doesn't stop and neither do we.
Back to this week we've got a bunch of new prototypes, some designer figures, and some amazing photo galleries and videos!
Hello and welcome, Tomopeeps, to the first ever Tomopop LinkUP! A lot of news comes out in any given week and there just isn't enough time in a day to get it out. It's not bad news, in fact it's quite good news, but when you deal with a few hundred tips in a week like we do, some stuff is just bound to fall to the wayside.
Our solution is Tomopop LinkUP; taking the best of what's been left behind and rounding it all up into one big report. Unlike the daily news you see around here, LinkUP consists of a series of short blurbs and teaser images with links you can follow for more information. If the rest of the site is the main course, then consider this the dessert.
And speaking of dessert, this week we'll be talking about Japan's incredible holiday cakes, designer toys, robots, anime stuff, and even a few videos!
Megahouse are heading back to the iDOLM@STER well again, but at least this time it's for one of the more charming figures they've released from the range. They'll be re-releasing their 'Brilliant Stage' version of Miki H...
Another Japanese figure show means another crop of figma being put on display by Max Factory. While nothing shown at Miyazawa Model Expo Autumn 2013 was entirely new we are getting an updated look at some figures that we haven't yet seen at this stage.
One of the upcoming figma I hear a lot of people asking about is Guyver. When we last saw him at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter he looked like a nearly complete and colored figure. But the latest look is an unpainted prototype with some different articulation. In reality the original prototype was probably a reworked Bio Fighter Collection figure also from MF. The updated sculpt is very detail-heavy and looks to be using the figma 2.0 body.
Another update goes to Casca from Berserk, shown here for the first time in color. The figure looks exceptional and may be worth getting even if you aren't a big Berserk fan. Indiana Jones is also making his first public appearance which is kinda strange when the figure has already gone up for pre-order.
Other things of note are the new figmaPLUS display sets featuring street and classroom scenes, Space Adventure Cobra's Golden Boy showing off his golden skeleton, and of course you can't talk about figma right now without mentioning Attack on Titan.
Still a lot of stuff left unseen, but I'm sure they're holding the best for the next Wonder Festival 2014 Winter in February.
If there's any producer that I'm sad over owning a lack of figures from, it'd almost definitely be Phat Company. Almost every product they release seems to be just gorgeous, with a very soft style of both sculpting and painti...
I have long been a fan of The IdolMaster animated series (which you can watch over at Crunchyroll by the way). So when I saw that Wave had unleashed version 2.0 sculpts of Miki, Azusa and Takane, all at the same time, I did a...
Another month and another batch of scans from Hobby Japan. This time around Megahouse has a pair of ladies from iDOLM@STER for us and they aren't even from the same game.
First up is franchise newcomer Umi Kousaka from IDOLM@...
Kahotan recently previewed this set of lovely Idol Master Petit's by Good Smile Company, and they are now available for pre-order! These minis look awfully familiar don't they? Well they are a repainted version of The Idol Master Nendoroid Petit's that GSC released late last year. This is not just any repaint though, their costume paint scheme is called "Million Dreams" and is based on the last costume release that the Idols got in Idol Master 2.
I'm kind of excited about this release because I, sadly missed my payment notice for the last set of Nendoroid petit's and lost my chance of buying them. Now not only will I have a good chance of catching these ladies but they should hopefully be released in a timely manner.
Something else that was cool, Kahotan teased on her blog that set two is coming along shortly as well so there should be a full re-release of all 16 idols. Pretty cool eh?
Well if you are excited about GSC's Nendoroid Petit Idol Master 2 "Million Dreams" box set then you will be glad to know that they come priced at an affordable price of ¥4400 and should ship out in late Febuary of next year.