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[NSFW] Get two times the Tamaki with Clayz and Beat!


Aug 09
// Emily Smalara
Because you really, really can't get enough Tamaki, we've got word of not one, but two upcoming versions of everyone's favorite To Heart redhead. Fortunately if both of these lovelies catch your fancy you'll have some time to...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for April 6, 2012


Apr 07
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's all about VOLKS' Hobby Round 7 today for Reserve or Regret though there is almost no time left since the event is happening today in Japan. There are several exclusives from VOLKS that have people pawing at their monitor...
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[NSFW] Tsun Face Tamaki is the derpiest Tamaki


Mar 29
// Emily Smalara
Much as I love the normally pretty face of To Heart, even a fan like me knows when to take a step back and say "No, sir, I will not partake!" In this case, such measures are needed in the face--no pun intended--of Daiki Kougy...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 28, 2012


Mar 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
I'll let you know now, this is going to be a disappointing day for Reserve or Regret. You might as well just leave your wallet in your pants. ...if you're wearing pants. We tend to go pantless around here at Tomopop. And if y...
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[NSFW] Pre-order Griffon's latest sexy Tamaki


Mar 28
// Emily Smalara
Near the end of last year, we took a look at a Tamaki from Griffon that was definitely on the racier side of things--as Tamaki usually tends to be. Unlike many, though, this one tended to lean on the classier side of things t...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 26, 2012


Mar 27
// Jonathan Tubbs
Getting sick sucks. It also sucks to know that I have been allowing you folks to get away without spending money. That has gone on long enough. Pull out those credit cards, borrow some cash, or do what you must because it's t...
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This Tamaki gallery is sweet!


Mar 15
// Emily Smalara
Last month we brought word of Kotobukiya's towering new Tamaki figure, though it received surprisingly little fanfare for such a startlingly huge figure of such an infamous character. In case you missed it and actually do sti...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 13, 2012


Mar 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Consider your money safe today and not needing to ask yourself "reserve or regret?" Yesterday brought us more exclusives and some re-releases from Griffon Enterprises. None of which are anything special. Griffon Enterprises h...
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Volks USA brings you the Dollfies of Dolpa 26 and Kyoto 9


Mar 13
// Jonathan Tubbs
For those who have been wanting to get their hands on Volks' Dollfie clothes from Dolpa 26 and the exclusives from Home Town Dolpa Kyoto 9, your chance is now available. Volks is taking orders on the clothes and lottery entri...
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Pre-order this tasty new Tamaki


Feb 20
// Emily Smalara
Can't get enough of the ever-present Tamaki? Kotobukiya's got you covered with yet another upcoming figure, scantily clad as ever in a barely-there bikini. Of course, if that isn't suggestive enough on its own, Koto's making ...
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Daiki Kougyou has Tamaki show off her tsun side?


Feb 16
// Jonathan Tubbs
A month without Tamaki? I know! That's just too long for this popular lady from ToHeart2, huh? Well, Daiki Kougyou is looking to fix that by... oh. ... Re-releasing a Tamaki figure with a different face. That's just lazy. Com...
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PhotoKano and ToHeart2's schoolgirls hit Home Town Dolpa


Feb 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
So, yeah, I'm still into that doll thing. Doesn't help that I now own my second doll with Volks' Dollfie Dream Saber given to me by my awesome best friend who spoils me. So my interest has been captured with Volks revealing t...
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Now you can pre-order a really big Tamaki


Jan 19
// Tianxiao Ma
I didn't know Kotobukiya had even made this, but now you can pre-order their gigantic 1/4-scale Tamaki from To Heart2 DX Plus. That is a lot of Tamaki (270 mm tall!), and at 1/4-scale I'm sure her other... qualities... will b...
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Vacation Tamaki is caught in the act with this gallery


Dec 31
// Emily Smalara
No matter how many Tamaki figures are released, I'll always stay true to the thought that you can never have too many! That's rarely been more apt a sentiment than with this new release from Griffon, showing off a particularl...
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Get the full Sasara Kusugawa experience in this gallery


Dec 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Here's the deal: if you want to see plastic boobies of anime girls, check out Moeyo's gallery of Daiki Kougyou's Sasara Kusugawa figure. I'll leave the NSFW stuff for them as they do it so well. Otherwise I've grabbed a few s...
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ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers' Sasara strikes again


Dec 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Just a little over three months ago, Daiki Kougyou released the samurai version of Sasara Kusugawa from PlayStation Portable title ToHeart2: Dungeon Travelers. Just like Daiki Kougyou (and many others), Sasara is back again, ...
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To Heart's Sasara earns your vote with these pre-orders


Oct 31
// Emily Smalara
Silly me, thinking the infamous Tamaki was "bad" as To Heart got with its character designs. Apparently, FREEing is making me second guess things with this upcoming release of student council president Sasara Kusugawa. With a...

Tomopop Review: Ilfa Kunoichi ver. 1/8-scale figure by Kotobukiya

Oct 24 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Ilfa Kunoichi ver.Figure Maker: KotobukiyaOriginal Release: June, 2011Retail Value: ¥8,800Available at: AmiAmi | Kid Nemo | BigBadToyStore Let's start with the box, as usual. I was actually a little bit confused with this box since there are so many windows on it, but on the other hand, it's great to just showcase the figure instead of having empty print space all over the package. We've just got the figure name, game logo and some illustrations besides all the other usual stuff. The box isn't bigger than it needs to be, which is great, and I really like this thing Kotobukiya does where they cut a hole for the figures' faces while the rest of it is wrapped in clingy plastic. I'm skipping the tray this time around since she required very little assembly, just getting the weapons on which was a simple task (they pull apart, the come together over her hands). She's already attached to the base, which is simple, round and white. I'm not sure why this choice was made, cause it doesn't do much of anything for the figure. At least make it a clear plastic or black base? Besides the weapons, she comes with one optional part being a piece of her turban which could be either how you see above or covering half of her face like in the box art. Both are nice, but I'm not one for covering figure's faces, so most of the review does show with the original set up. Above is the turn-around, so you get a view of her body from the back and both sides. We'll go more into detail later, but I do really like the overall look here. I did complain about the base, but on the side shots, you could barely tell the foot peg is there in the images, and I really like the effect. Why yes, that is under-boob. I wonder how that works? Those straps in the middle there can't be comfortable, but she doesn't seem too phased by the discomfort so much as shy, she's been caught in the act of ... slicing up some evil-doers? Whatever she's doing, she looks cute doing it. Scarecroodle also mentioned previously that her eyes seemed a bit misplaced (back in the pre-order stage), but I think they look alright in terms of being true to the style. If you consider the style of the anime, similar to ToHeart2's Summer Memories Silfa (reviewed), it matches. What gets me with this style is the ultra-detailed hair, which is faithfully reproduced in the figure, but to me doesn't look right even in the animation. It's just a personal preference on my part, in other words. The belt and sash she has got on there are of simple design as well. She's got her skirts bunched up under a purple belt and then a different shade of purple is layered over it (same color as the straps and cape/scarf), then a pretty little bow to tie it all together. Nice ensemble! Here's a look at her lower body now, front and back. She's got this loincloth thing going on in a material that makes it look very thin and silky with the shading and molding job. It's a neat effect and as usual I like to point out when the figure depicts character movement really well. This doesn't look stiff to me at all, and while her ultra-light skin might usually be a stark contrast to such a colorful figure, somehow it matches perfectly when I look at her like this. Though, I'm sure if she were more tanned she'd look just as great. May as well go all the way down while I'm working my way there. Here's a view of her feet and the base again. It's very simple in pose and style, and she's got these dark sandals on which match her outfit. I noticed no paint splotching issues here. You also have got a better view of the base without me hiding the peg in the other images. Let's check her out from a different angle ... Like I said in the introduction, I absolutely love this figure's color palette. It photographed so beautifully and I had a great time looking through all my images afterward (I actually took closer to 70 pictures of her and had to cut it down immensely for this review). In the image above, you've got a good view of the side of her turban with some flowers and ribbons coming out of it, as well as some billowing fabric she's got on both sides. Is it a cape, which looks like it comes together like a scarf around her neck? Whatever it is, I like the tassels. These two shots are of the other side. I couldn't trash one or the other, so I decided to just combine them like this. I liked the shape that the cape had on her right side (outlined to the left), but I also wanted to show off the molding with the folds and all that (shown at the right). It turned out really great! Sticking with the right side, we see more of the detail on her hair, as well as her left arm, and those flowers and ribbons from the other side. I suppose you also have a good view of her weapon here, but I'll have a better image for you soon. At this angle, you just see her nose and a little bit of a blush mark peeking out from the side of her hair. I really enjoyed this image because I like mystery! I did mention I don't like things covering the face, but this doesn't really count, ok? Let's take a brief look at the back before I go into her pointy objects. Her top hangs loosely in the front and back, apparently, so while you can't see it from this angle, once you get past the obi and sash you could see some of her back in the flesh. The real point of this image, looking back, is the ribbon coming out from the side of her head, there. I liked the shape and pattern on it, so there it is. Here are her weapons installed on her hand. The way they work, and you can see the seams is the hilt separates from the rest of the blade and then can be put back together again over her hand. It matches her wrist bracelets, and it also looks really pointy, sharp and painful. Geeze, I wouldn't want her on my bad side ... The last bit of detail to mention of course, is the alternate fabric for her turban. It's just that small piece at the front, which took a bit of effort to pull out and replace. It covers her mouth, giving her a more serious look. Let's check out the alternate fabric from the side: And, there you have it. It goes in seamlessly and you can't even tell it's a separate piece. I love that, but of course it goes into what I said before about it being a bit hard to swap. This concludes my review! Like I mentioned before, this figure was a joy to photograph, and like others I've handled lately, she isn't as fragile as she might seem with all the thin pieces all around her. Her price point, though, is a bit high for what you're getting, though compared with the other figures in this grouping, I think she's a bit more detailed and is probably worth it. This isn't the sort of figure I would have gone after on my own, but I'm glad I got the sample and could share it with you all! I'll also probably be giving it away, so if you were deterred by the price but still think you'd really love her in your collection, be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Since I'm not too avid a fan of the ToHeart series or collect its figures, be sure to leave your comments below with your thoughts and feedback! Since there wasn't such a great reaction to this figure previously, but I am giving it a great review, I definitely am interested in knowing what the community thinks. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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Ilfa here (Manaka de Ikuno!!) is one of the more beautifully colored figures I've ever had the pleasure to handle. I really love it when they use nice pastel blues, purples and reds cause it gives well-molded fabric such a gr...

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Take first place with Circuit Angel Tamaki


Oct 23
// Emily Smalara
Ah, Tamaki. Everyone's favorite curvy ToHeart lass. She of a million figure variations in any number of poses. This latest comes to us from Kaitendo, and features Miss Kosaka decked out in the garb of the oh-so-Japanese "race...

Tomopop Review: 1/6-scale Silfa, Summer Memories Version by Kotobukiya

Oct 12 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: Silfa Summer Memories VersionFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Value: ¥8,200Available at: AmiAmi | Hobby Search | HLJ Here's the box. It's as plain as can be, but very efficient and not any bigger than necessary, which I can definitely appreciate now that I'm starting to play the "Closet Tetris" game on medium to hard mode lately. The sides just have the production company logo and no more, so I only really photographed the front and back, which contain some illustrations and all the other usual stuff. Once you take her out, here's the tray holding her in some sticky plastic and already assembled for you. Her foot is already attached to the peg when you're unboxing her, but the peg slides out of the base if you want it to (not like you'd do anything with it, anyway). I couldn't keep her in there for too long, so here's the frontal view! She's adorable, and dang those are some nice legs. I can appreciate the extra meat, and while the figure may look a little plain at first, a lot of sculpting detail went into the building of this shy robot. Here's the turn around of the figure. The way the hair and legs are posed give her a more dynamic look than the usual swimsuit figure. I don't think I've seen one lately where the character is trying to be modest with her chest while tugging at her bottom, either, but it's a look that I am enjoying here. She's also on a vivid blue base, which didn't make too much sense to me since it doesn't really complement her palette, but I suppose if you try posing her in the water it'll blend in nicely. It makes good contrast with her feet, which I'll show you later. Since I mentioned the hair, here's a closer look at the braid. Her hair has this blond with strawberry color that came out really nice, and the braid itself is not as fragile as it looks. It's a bit bendy and gives if you need to move the figure around, or maneuver it in or out of plastic wrappings, etc. It won't break as easily as I thought it might when I was first taking it out of the box. Moving down, we've got her chest. This is kind of unique for me, cause I don't usually see figures trying to cover up. I like the simple pink striped design with the bow, and the molding is very nice. The molding with her hands, particularly, is fantastic; including what looks like a little gloss on her fingernails. There's just one sort of minor goof visible here (but seen better in another image in the gallery) of a seam issue with her locks there, but not enough to "ruin" the figure for me. Since there are some nice shadows in this image, you could also see how even her arm has a bit of extra attention to molding. What stood out to me the most when I took her out was the abdominal area, though. It's great, and her body has all the right proportions in general. Here's a shot from below, so you can see the "under-boob" area  and how her posing works with that arm, as well as a better look at her bottom and other hand! The figure is outlined really well here so you can really see how her overall body sculpt looks - I love it. I should get to the back, right? I'm getting there. First, a view from this side so you can see the way her swimsuit digs into her body and her hand tugging on the side at the bow. Overall very clean. Okay, now for the back!: Here's that booty you've been waiting for. The swimsuit bottom has some frills to match the top, and it has a great fabric-y look to it where it's white. She's got a bit of cheek hanging out the bottom there, which is fine by me, and if you look just below, here's another picture showing more of her back: The contours are nice, and you get a view of the bow from her top, which is clean and simple. A bit more with the "digging in" with the strap for the swimsuit top, and a fuzzy look at the robot parts she's got at the side of her head, which there's a better view of in the gallery. Lastly, here's a look at her feet on the base. The color contrast is quite nice, as I mentioned before, but the pose looks weird depending on how you're viewing the figure. Like this, it looks just fine, but some of the full body shots (especially from behind) might be confusing since she's kind of stumbling or something. Her shoes are cute and nicely done, and I'm glad that she's wearing them rather than being full-on barefoot. There's one minor scrape there at the side of her angle that's showing on the top half, but only noticeable when I point it out like this. I really enjoyed shooting her a lot more than I thought I would. When I look at a swimsuit figure, I just see girl in a swim suit, but this one has some charm to it that a lot of others miss. I like the shy expression on her face, the chest cover-up and the slamming body mold that she features. She's also quite tall, clocking in at the 1/6-scale height which, to give you an idea, makes her a bit taller than the D.P.C.F. Luffy (reviewed), who is kind of a monster compared with other figures around him at 8" tall and 1/7 scale. Overall, Silfa's design is simple and satisfying without losing any attention to sculpt and toning detail. She's practical in terms of saving space and all, so I really have no negative things to say about her. As usual, be sure to check out the gallery for additional images which didn't appear in the main body of this review! [Thanks again to Kotobukiya for providing us with this review sample!]
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While I'm not so much a fan of eroge, and I am definitely wary of any anime adapted from a game (especially if that that game has multiple outcomes), I can't deny that I'm drawn to the ToHeart 2 character designs. Silfa is ap...

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Take aim at this gallery of Kotobukiya's Sniper Karin


Sep 29
// Emily Smalara
Still on the fence with Kotobukiya's latest ToHeart 2 offering? Perhaps not holding quite the same appeal as long-time favorite Tamaki, Karin certainly has her own appeal — particularly in this rather revealing sniper g...
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Kusugawa Sasara rocks the samurai look for her latest figure


Sep 06
// Pedro Cortes
Normally, the very sight or mention of To Heart puts me into a coma. I don't know what it is about that series in all of its forms, but its never been able to hook me. A couple of the girls are pretty cute, but moé doe...
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AlphaMax's Tamaki ready for mopping duties


Aug 26
// Brian Szabelski
Buried in this month's latest round of scans was this new Tamaki from AlphaMax, and yep, she's kind of a bit suggestive. Dressed in a little maid outfit, Tamaki's got a mop and is ready to clean, though I don't think you clea...
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Kotobukiya's Sniper Karin aims for your heart


Aug 18
// Brian Szabelski
The ToHeart 2 figures from Kotobukiya should be no mystery to longtime Tomopeeps, so perhaps it's not a surprise that the series continues on with Sniper Karin from the ToHeart 2 Dungeon Travelers game. She's not perhaps dres...
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It's time for Silfa to show off her summer look in a gallery


Aug 11
// Kristina Pino
Oh hey, it's another gallery post! This morning, I bring you images of Kotobukiya's upcoming Silfa from ToHeart2: Another Days. This is her Summer Version, and she's already due for release next month. I don't really know muc...
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WF2011S: Griffon


Jul 25
// Tyler Jones
Griffon is a company that seems to wear many hats. Most of you know them as those dudes who make all those Touhou figures and make no mistake, Touhou was there at Griffon's booth. Most of it was stuff they've already shown or...
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WF2011S: Kotobukiya crosses into the various worlds of ToHeart to bring you figures


Jul 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
One thing that Kotobukiya has that they can keep going back to for variety is the ToHeart series. There's ToHeart 2, ToHeart2 ~Another Days~, ToHeart 2 XRATED, ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers, and Manaka de Ikuno!! Final Dragon Ch...
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Waterproof your robots with To Heart 2's Summer Silfa


Jun 29
// Emily Smalara
With summer in full swing, no company is safe from the allure of the ever popular "swimsuit cheesecake" figure. Kotobukiya is, of course, no exception, and simultaneously brings us this lovely To Heart 2 figure and answers th...
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ToHeart 2's Maryan-senpai makes a splash


Jun 21
// Emily Smalara
It seems like amongst the deluge of Tamaki figures, Harumi isn't the only To Heart character that hasn't been forgotten. Manufacturer Beat goes right past the line of heroines in general, picking up the choice of ex-student c...
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Chara-Ani makes tiny adorable To Heart 2 trading figures


Jun 06
// Tyler Jones
To Heart 2 figures have made a big splash recently and now Chara-Ani is micro-sizing their whole line into adorable little trading figures! Tamaki, Harumi, Manaka, and others appear in both schoolgirl outfits and Manake de Ik...

Tomopop Review: Orchid Seed's Nanako

Jun 05 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: NanakoFigure Maker: Orchid SeedRetail: 6,400Available now at KidNemo Nanako comes in one of the smallest boxes I have ever seen. She is listed as non-scale, but I'd put her at about 1/8 -- and keep in mind that she is sitting (and also quite small when she is "full sized"), so she comes out to about 4" in total. That makes for a wildly small box! The design is pretty cute, with little cat paws all over and windows in the shape of cat faces. Out of the box, Nanako just oozes cuteness. I think she was a bit controversial upon announcement because of her loli status, and the fact that she's only in elementary school, but she does not seem overtly sexual to me. She's just a cute figure! I'm sure you COULD see her in a perverted way if you wanted to, but I think she's actually quite innocent and tame looking. I mean, just look at that face! So cute! The purple eye and hair combo is also quite unusual, even in anime. There's not a lot of detailed paintwork on Nanako because of her simple coloration, but her hair is nicely shaded and painted. Her ears, too, have some nice shading, which does a lot to make up for the simplicity of her color scheme. Nanako is wearing the odd-but-adorable school swimsuit and stockings combo. I have another figure in this getup, and she's also a catgirl ... and a loli! Maybe those things just go particularly well together? My main problem with the original shots of Nanako was that her outfit was see-through around the bust. It wasn't a feature I was particularly looking forward to, and it edged her into NSFW territory. Thankfully, at least in my eyes, they fixed this for the final release and her top is solid. It makes her a lot more work-friendly! I think Orchid Seed really nailed Nanako's proportions. Her frame is very childish, with no real curves and slightly plump legs. Sometimes young characters are portrayed with figures far too mature-looking for them, and I appreciate that Orchid kept Nanako looking her age. Nanako's nekomimi are clearly on a headband, but it looks the the tail is actually a part of her. Odd, no? Her backpack comes as a separate piece and attaches to her by removing her head and sliding it onto her back. It's a simple procedure, but it would be easy to get paint transfer onto her so be careful! You can of course display her without her backpack, and thankfully Orchid didn't skimp on the details here. There are wrinkles in her swimsuit and she has a nicely detailed back. Nanako's sculpt is far from complicated, but it's well done and contains enough small details to keep the eye interested. We didn't take any shots of Nanako's base because, in all honestly, it's the most dull base I have ever seen. A flat clear plastic circle with no cute shapes, not even her name! She doesn't need the base though, so it's not a huge issue, but I feel like they could have made a very cute one for her. Maybe in the shape of a cat face? Orchid Seed's Nanako is a simple but adorable figure. Her quality control is excellent, with no paint smudges, scratches, or overlap. She's not incredibly intricate, but she makes up for it with buckets of cuteness. It seems that a lot of people wanted her, because she was sold out at every store that I checked except for KidNemo! So if you want her, I'd order her asap, because this little cutie is all set to completely vanish from store shelves. Thanks to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! I should have busted out my 1/5 scale Nanako to do a funny size-comparison shot, but sadly she is sitting under a pile of boxes. Ah, what I'd give for more shelf space!
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There are lots of reasons to buy a figure. Sometimes you like the character or the sculptor, or maybe the design and sculpt are just too awesome to pass out. However, every once in a while, something comes along that doesn't ...

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Race Queen Tamaki jumps the gun


May 30
// Emily Smalara
With a figure so all-encompassing as ToHeart's Tamaki, loved by but a few of us at this point, it stands to reason that not every release can be a winner. Unintentional racing puns aside, it seems like the most recently misse...
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Enjoy some new shots of Volks' Manaka de Ikuno!! Tamaki Valkyrie figure


May 30
// Brian Szabelski
If you remember back to last month, we brought you some news about the upcoming Manaka de Ikuno!! Kousaka Tamaki Valkyrie ver. figure. Well, now there's a whole bunch of lovely shots of this Tamaki to share, and while she's n...
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Volks Manaka de Ikuno!! Bishop Manaka gallery


Apr 18
// Tyler Jones
This isn't the first time we've seen Bishop Manaka, but she's so pretty that new pictures are always welcome! I gotta say, there's something sort of serene about her smiling face framed by the blue hood and giant bells. Overa...
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Check out a gallery full of Kotobukiya's Dancer Maaryan


Apr 11
// Tyler Jones
Last month, we heard about Maaryan being the latest addition to the hoard of Dragon Chronicle figures, and this month we have a nice gallery to show her off. Cute girls in bunnygirl outfits are always welcome, right? A bunnyg...
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Manaka de Iku no's Bard Silfa takes a new job class to cleanse the world of evil


Apr 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Kotobukiya has been seeing a lot of success with their line of figures of the ToHeart2 spin off RPG, Manaka de Iku no!! Final Dragon Chronicle ~Guilty Requiem~. Taking the cast and throwing them in outfits from a fantasy worl...

Tomopop Review: Plum's Tamaki Kousaka kit

Apr 02 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Tamaki Kousaka model kitFigure Maker: PlumRetail/List Price: ¥3,500Available at: HLJ Tamaki's box is surprisingly nice. Not only does it have some adorable art of her on the front (seriously, guys, print up some keychains with this on it!), but it is sturdy as all hell. Like, much sturdier than any PVC box. You don't really expect such high quality packaging in a US$40 figure, so it was a nice touch! Tamaki came with a lot of pieces, which I was expecting, but what I was not expecting was this -- water decals. I've never actually made a kit with water decals, so this was like an adventure for me! I have built quite a few kits before, but they always just had stickers. In fact, this was a pretty nostalgic experience for me because I collected kits before I even started buying PVC! Back when my collection was almost vinyl-exclusive, Stephen and I would buy Gundam kits at conventions. Tamaki was a bit time-consuming to build, and it took me about 2 hours from beginning to end. For something so small, that's a lot more time than I expected to put into it! However, I find model kit building an almost meditative process, so the extra time certainly wasn't a negative factor for me. Once built, you can see that she is missing some of the details that were shown off in the promotional shots like the white lines around her skirt and top. Like most kits, she could benefit from a coat of paint and some detail work, but she looks fine without it! From the back, you can see her hair, which is much nicer than what I was expecting. However, it was by far the hardest part of the kit to get together! Her hair is also a much darker shade than usual, but as we've seen, Tamaki's hair is always different colors depending on the manufacturer. Quality on this kit is, in general, what one would expect from a model kit. There's no shading, and the seams are visible, but it's what you'd expect. The pieces fit together well, and it's easy to snap them in place, so building is not difficult, and she looks nice when put together. Tamaki's face has a pretty distinctive art style, but it keeps her signature golden eyes and cat-like smile. It's pretty damn cute, but it still manages to look like Tamaki. However, I wish there were decals for the blush in the original illustration, because that really added a lot. Her outfit is nicely done, with most of the details it usually has. I realized when building her that there has not been a figure of Tamaki in her school uniform for quite some time! I have two, but both of them are from before 2008. So this is the first release of her in this outfit in a while! Tamaki's arms have two joints, which gives her a fair amount of poseability. However, after posing her a few times the joints get a bit loose and, as you can see, the pieces get loose to and small gaps appear. From a distance it's not much of an issue when looking at her, but it does lead to one big problem ... TAMAKI MASSACRE! She falls apart at the drop of a hat. It's quite frustrating to have to put her back together, because unlike a Nendoroid or Figma you actually have to reassemble every tiny part. It only started being an issue after she was posed several different ways, so if you don't plan on playing with her a whole lot it's not a huge issue. However, be prepared for a bit of frustration. Funnily enough, Tamaki has a set of underpants that you have to put together. The legs pop into them, and they actually pose quite well. However, I can't get over how silly they look. Tiny chibi panties! Tamaki comes with an alternate set of hands that you have to build. They are for holding her schoolbag, which I will show you in just a second, but they really look like nyan nyan paws! So cute! And here she is holding her bag! You actually have to take her hand apart to get it in, which is a bit of a pain but she looks so cute with it in that it's worth it. You can also see the maximum arm movement here, her hand does not extend any higher than this but it goes back a little further. This is pretty much the maximum movement you can get out of her legs. They are a bit restricted by the skirt, but even if it was not on her (and I suppose you could take it off if you wanted!) the legs don't extend much farther than that. Then again, you don't really need much more poseability unless you wanted to have her flying through the sky kicking people. And here she is with just a few of my other Tama-nees! As you can see, her hair is a different color on every one of these figures. In fact, it's pretty much different on every Tamaki I own! And just how many do I own? Counting on-order figures, I have 31 in total of her. A Tamaki army! While Plum's Tamaki kit is not as high quality as a PVC figure, it's got the added bonus of building her yourself, which is a nice change of pace! She's cute, moderately poseable, and a good addition to any Tamaki collection if you don't mind occasionally putting her back together. Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! And for being incredibly patient as I put poor Tamaki back together a million times. This shoot actually took longer than any other we've done, even the dreaded Nendo Saber! [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample]
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In a surprising turn of events, I have acquired another Tamaki figure. I know, shocking. It's been almost two whole weeks since my last Tamaki review! But this time, we're going to be taking a look at a very different Tama-ne...

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To Heart2's Kono Haruma seems to be losing her clothing


Mar 29
// Colette Bennett
I'm sure it's a dream of many of the world's men that they would meet more women whose clothing would simply just fall off. While said women look sweet and giggle about it, in fact. Enter Miss Kono Haruma from To Heart2 Anoth...
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Lotion up with beach-ready Tamaki Kosaka


Mar 25
// Emily Smalara
There are a lot of Tamaki figures out there. A lot. So you know when someone actually manages to come up with an idea that still seems a bit unique, that's not exactly a small feat. Yet, somehow, New Line manages to do the im...
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Volks Manaka de Ikuno!! new figures on the horizon


Mar 21
// Tyler Jones
At the upcoming Hobby Round 5 event, Volks is going to show off a few new 1/8th scale figures from the popular Manaka de Ikuno!! series spun off from ToHeart 2. This is a bandwagon that everyone seems eager to jump on these d...

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