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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli

I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
// Oansun
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 ...
Fate/Saty Night photo
Fate/Saty Night

Presenting Saber, spinning around a desk near you

Relive a happier Saber ending with this 1/8th scale figure!
Jan 09
// Oansun
Check out a new smiling Saber from Wing, now up for pre-order. She is the "Last Episode" version from Fate/Stay Night [Realta Nua], the PSVita port of the PS2 version of the original game. Whew. So, basically one of the "good...
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Nendoroid update: Saber, Kanbaru, Levi, Shizue, and Aegis

Pretty colors!
Nov 12
// Kristina Pino
Besides some new shots of Nendoroid Levi, we've got some photos of the now-colored Shizue (Winter ver.), Suruga Kanbaru from Bakemonogatari, and Aegis from Persona 3, who was last seen at WonFes. And to round things off, get ...

Tomopop Review: Alter's Waver Velvet

Oct 10 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: Waver Velvet Figure Maker: AlterRetail Price: ¥8000Available at: HobbyLink Japan Is this the beginning of a trend? Like Kotobukiya's Asuka, Waver abandons the traditional cardboard box in favour of a printed clear plastic box, basically making the whole packaging one big window container. It's very striking, and certainly better than a run-of-the-mill cardboard box, although it's also sometimes a little cheap looking. Your mileage may vary, but for the moment it's a pretty effective way of standing out. One thing I do like about these packages is that they tend to ensure there's less tedious small print on the box, leading to a nice clean look like we see here. The back of the pack is emblazoned with the servant summoning circle in a cool bit of iconography. Overall I like this box - it's not what you'd call minimalist but it does manage to be striking without being too cluttered. Waver's base is about as simple as you can get - it's just a circle of plastic with no logos, pegs or any other sort of distinguishing features. but Alter have embellished it with grooves to replicate a wooden floor and a excellent paintjob to complete the illusion. It manages to look great in spite of its simplicity. Let's get onto Waver himself then. As you've probably surmised from the base, he doesn't attach in any way. it's just a simple matter of sitting him on the base. However, he doesn't have a (literal) flat butt or anything - Alter have managed to sculpt him so that his sitting position has no real impact on the figure itself. You'll also notice he's very pale, almost white skin, which is something carried over from the original character design, and definitely plays up his slightly mournful look. Waver's primarily coloured in a combination of dark greens, which is pretty unusual, and the paintjob is nicely textured to avoid all over flatness. Alter bring their usual skill to the cloth as well, with little details like his clothing bunching at his sleeves and ankles helping convince you this is actual fabric. The pinstripes on Waver's trousers are actual indents in the plastic, an effect I'm not sure about. it certainly helps them stand out more but it can also look a little weird considering it's just meant to be a pattern. Though it's short, care has been taken with Waver's hair, with some nice individual strands and layering to help avoid the dreaded 'big lump of plastic' syndrome that sometimes affects bob-cut characters. For some reason I really love the one hanging suspender strap - it's the kind of pointless, but cute, detail that brings a figure to life. I like Waver's face a lot. It's somewhere between shy, resentful and embarrassed and perfectly captures the awkward, slightly melancholy air behind the character. Note also the impeccably painted tie. Paint splash, what's that? Waver comes with an alternate head that sports a far more embarrassed expression, complete with blushing cheeks. I definitely don't like this one as much, but it's another interesting choice, though perhaps a smiling or angry face would have been better rather than something so relatively similar.  The great paintwork extends all over the figure - check out the lovely lines on the shoes and laces here. It's a weird oversight that there's no texturing on the bottom of the feet though, especially given how prominently this pose displays them. One detail that is just fantastic is the Command Seal emblazoned on Waver's right hand, in another nod to show accuracy. Even though the pose means it's pretty difficult to see from most angles just having it there (in what must have been a pretty tricky bit of painting/transfer application) is a great touch. But wait, it's not over yet! To sweeten the deal, Alter have also packed in this rather fantastic super deformed version of Rider to go alongside his master. Miniature Rider is about the size of a Nendoroid Petit, includes his own base (the simple clear plastic disk you see here) and is made out of solid, expensive feeling PVC. The paint job is every bit as impressive as the main figure and absolutely up to Alter's usual high standards. In fact, it might even be more impressive since we're working at a much smaller scale and Rider's design is way more complex than Waver's. Rider comes with his own accessory - his cape, which is put on by popping off his ball jointed head and slipping it directly down round his shoulders. One thing I will say is once he's got the cape on it's pretty difficult to take it off, since the high collared design makes it hard to find any leverage to remove the head again. Still, he looks great right? I like these two a lot. Granted, Waver isn't a design that immediately leaps out and grabs you, but there's something to be said for the more understated, quiet approach his design takes, and it's nice to have that paired up with Alter's trademark attention to details and quality. The addition of mini-Rider adds some pop visually and makes for an amusing contrast. They're an odd couple but as in the show, that's what makes this partnership work. [Big thanks to our pals over at HobbyLink Japan for providing us with Waver]
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Master & Commander
While I appreciate a pretty plastic lady as much as the next person, I do think it's a shame that we don't get more male figures. That means whenever one shows up it's worth taking notice, particularly when a major manufactur...

1/7 Saber Lily photo
1/7 Saber Lily

Take a stab at pre-orders for AlphaMax's 1/7 Saber Lily

Because you haven't had enough
Jul 22
// Andres Cerrato
Saber Lily is just one of those designs that appeals. It's not flashy, bright, or overly adorned. Its beauty lies in its simplicity. Whenever a company has their take on the alternate Saber, it's hard to ignore the beauty. Al...
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RAH Saber Alter

Medicom gives Saber another go with RAH Saber Alter

Evil makes things better
Jul 18
// Andres Cerrato
Medicom has found a new audience now that it's expanded its lineup of RAH 1/6 figures beyond tokusatsu/movie properties. Saber was a step in that direction and many were impressed by the initial images. Those impressions have...
1/7 Saber Maid by Plum photo
1/7 Saber Maid by Plum

Pre-order this staircase to get a free 1/7 Saber maid

Home architecture for the win!
Jul 05
// Andres Cerrato
Home architecture isn't a subject often discussed at Tomopop. However, today is an exception as it will lead to a free figure. Plum has sculpted in great detail a 1/7 staircase. As a bonus to their meticulously crafted stairc...
RAH Sabers photo
RAH Sabers

Medicom shows off RAH Saber Alter and Saber Zero

The evil one and the prequel one
Jun 24
// Martin Siggers
Clearly riding high off of their rendition of Fate/Stay Night's Saber, Medicom Toy has gone ahead and unveiled two new Real Action Heroes of the iconic Type-Moon heroine. This time round we'll be seeing 1/6 poseable rendition...

Tomopop Review: figma Saber Bride

May 22 // Andres Cerrato
Figure Name: figma Saber Bride (packaged with Fate/Extra CCC Type-Moon Virgin White Box)Figure Maker: Max FactoryRetail Price: ¥10,479Available at: Play-Asia, Yes Asia,  In your quest to make Saber your bride, you had to pay a dowry in the form of the Fate/Extra CCC PSP game. You will conveniently ignore the game, glance through the artbook, then just rip open your prized waifu. That said ... Here she is out of the box. A couple of things will strike at you right away. One is the frayed skirt, with the edges resembling burnt fabric. Second would be the headpiece, made with clear plastic. Third is the outfit itself, decked in full white and adorned with enough buckles and zippers take confuse it with a Final Fantasy outfit. The attraction of Saber Bride is in her details. The coloring on the figma can be a bit blotchy in certain points on the figure, but it's easily forgiven given a proper distance. You can only tell these little bits when looking at the figure close up. When you look at the whole package though, it's a great job. While I would have liked for the chains to be a little bit less clunky, it's nothing I would take marks off for. Starting from the top, just admire the detail on her veil. The clear plastic isn't just a lump, but you can see the swirls and patterns etched into them. The flowers are painted without any smudges while the headpiece doesn't restrict movement.  The alternate face given to Saber is simply adorable. A slight smile and the blush under the eyes make this my preferred face. I don't really like the cold, emotionless Saber but I do enjoy that little bit of emotion. She's a bride, she should be happy! When the art for Saber Bride was released, everyone's attention gravitated around that rear view of her well, rear. Butt cleavage is nothing new, but it certainly is for a wedding dress. You don't really see it unless you're truly looking for it. As you can see, the hole for the figma stand is placed on the skirt. The skirt is also poseable, and has a nice degree of movement for poses. The only downfall is the belt can appear out of position. The best part of figma Saber Bride is definitely the frayed edges of the skirt. Usually when figures attempt it, the result isn't too pleasing. However, it's done perfectly with Saber Bride. The cuts on the plastic are done well and the blending of the burns into the white fabric are near flawless. The only thing I could wish for is that it was a bit more malleable, but its fine as it is. Saber wouldn't be Saber without her sword, so of course one is included. The sword itself is nicely detailed. Thankfully, Saber is articulated enough to give her a wide variety of poses while handling the sword. While I wouldn't suggest a top-down strike pose, you can still get off quite a bit with her. In closing, figma Saber Bride is a great figure. She's abundantly detailed and can lend itself to better presentation in your collection. However, given all of the delays, I can imagine that some let the hype continually buildup and will look for any and all flaws in it. It's a solid figure and one I wish that could have been purchased sans game. For those willing to pay the extra fee in the form of the game package, it's just the cost of purity.
Review: figma Saber Bride photo
Dressed in white to be your waifu
Getting the bride to the altar can be difficult. Max Factory had an incredibly difficult time getting Saber there. Delays and delays kept pushing back the date, but figma Saber Bride finally arrived alongside the game she delayed in the process. After all the waiting, was she worth it? Find out in the review of figma Saber Bride!


Alter's Touko Aozaki heads to pre-order

Available in July
Feb 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Touko is from TYPE-MOON's Kara no Kyoukai, which I guess is one of their earliest works. I don't really know what it is or what it's about, but hey here's a woman from it. This 1/7-scale figure from Alter is based on official...

Mikatan shows off a trio of Nendoroids

Previews of GUMI, Nodoka Haramura, and Aoko Aozaki
Jan 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Mikatan has been busy as of late, snapping sample photos of three just-released Nendoroids. First up is GUMI from Virtual Vocalist Megpoid (pre-order post), which I guess is similar to the Vocaloid voice synthesizer software....

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Alter

Just reminding you that Kongiku's still a thing
Nov 27
// Tianxiao Ma
Alter had a few figures to show at MegaHobby Expo, including a timely reminder that their Kongiku figure is still going to happen. Eventually... probably. Who knows with Alter? Among the sights to see were: Saber in probably...

Dollfie Dream Aoko Aozaki and Melty revealed by Volks

Dolls from TYPE-MOON's Mahou Tsukai no Yoru and Sega's Shining Hearts coming to the popular line by Volks.
Nov 05
// Jonathan Tubbs
Volks just keeps rolling out the Dollfie Dream news this year. We know that Xenosaga: Episode III will see KOS-MOS and M.O.M.O., Asuna from Sword Art Online will be revealed officially some time, Sakura from Sakura Taisen, an...

Nendoroid Petite Type-Moon Collection hits pre-order

Try saying THAT 10 times fast
Sep 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you were around yesterday then you probably saw Mikatan's gallery for Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Petite TYPE-MOON Collection made in honor of TYPE-MOON's 10th anniversary! This impressive set of 12 trading figures...

Good Smile previews Nendoroid Petite TYPE-MOON set

Collection celebrates 10 years of TYPE-MOON
Sep 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company is helping TYPE-MOON celebrate their 10th Anniversary in style with their latest Nendoroid Petite collection. This massive set features 12 characters (including a secret bonus character) from seven TYPE-Moo...

Preview of 1/8 Saber & Kiritsugu with pre-order info

Jul 26
// Andres Cerrato
The last time we saw this pair it was at the celebration of Type-Moon's 10th Anniversary. With their dates drawing ever near, it's time for one last preview before they're ready for your pre-order dollars. Fate/Zero has certa...

Type-Moon's 10th Anny gets more goods from Ichiban Kuji

Jul 07
// Andres Cerrato
Seeing something great can trigger reactions within you. Joy, elation, exuberance. When you look deeper into it though, a whole new set of emotions can be ignited. Dread, despair and depression. I get the feeling that many wi...

New Fate/ merch at the Type Moon 10th Anniversary Show

Jul 07
// Andres Cerrato
10 years can be a long time, but for the folks at Type-Moon and its fans, time has gone by relatively quickly. The studio which brought you Tsukihime, Melty Blood, the Fate franchise, Kara no Kyoukai and much more, is celebra...

figma Phantasmoon makes your money disappear

Dec 22
// Jonathan Tubbs
Yesterday we saw a full revealing of Max Factory's figma release of Phantasmoon from Type-Moon 10th anniversary parody title Carnival Phantasm. As noted, the figure would be going up for pre-order which would be now. As state...

Feel the magic of Carnival Phantasm's figma Phantas-Moon

Dec 21
// Jonathan Tubbs
Not that you need another reason to make this a buy but the Max Factory figma Blog updated earlier today with another look at the upcoming figma Phantas-Moon from Type-Moon parody title Carnival Phantasm. This time the compan...

Carnival Phantasm gets a phantastic Phantas-Moon phigma

Dec 15
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's always great when a title pokes fun at itself, especially one that has a serious plot line like Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. That's also why gag doujinshi are the best. Type-Moon took the idea up a notch by not having a pa...

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