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6:00 PM on 10.08.2011

Tomopop Review: Uplark Rei Ayanami with Entry Plug

One of my favorite figure companies is Uplark. They were the same folks that made the excellent Yoko (reviewed) and Kamina (reviewed) PVC figures a couple of years back, though back then they were known as Eye-Up. As a freshm...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 AM on 09.28.2010

Don't miss the big sale on Hobby Link Japan

As per a recent post (yesterday, actually), HLJ is making a few changes with their pricing system. Before the big change happens, though, there's a huge sale going on (until Friday, 6PM JST) and I'm writing this up to share w...

Kristina Pino

5:00 PM on 01.06.2010

HLJ slashes prices on Uplark PVC figures

Uplark has put up some amazing pieces in what's been a short amount of time. Since changing their name from EyeUp, we haven't found a reason to hate on any of their figures. Color me shocked when Hobby Link Japan announced a ...

Andres Cerrato

12:25 AM on 12.04.2009

Latest pre-orders starting make me dash for my wallet

Cripes, thebobness. You're a quick fellow. As you know, I've been yakking about the upcoming Good Smile Company's Bakemonogatari Nendoroid Petit set and UpLark's Akiyama Mio figure. Looks like the two previous discussed items...

Jonathan Tubbs

9:00 AM on 12.03.2009

New photos of UpLark's Akiyama Mio from K-On! make her more desirable

I've been a bit iffy on UpLark's upcoming 1/8 scale Akiyama Mio from K-On! Even when UpLark finally released color photos of the figure, I just couldn't make up my mind. It looks like the deal has been sealed now though thank...

Jonathan Tubbs

11:00 AM on 11.18.2009

UpLark reveals full color pics of their K-ON! Mio PVC

I was already praising UpLark when they were called Eye Up and making figures like Gurren Lagann's Kamina, but I realized with the unveiling of this Mio figure from K-ON! that they are well on the way to becoming masters of t...

Colette Bennett

3:00 AM on 11.18.2009

UpLark is such a tease with their upcoming 1/8 scale Akiyama Mio from K-On!

I think UpLark must read Tomopop as they have just updated their blog answering my question on the status of their 1/8 scale Akiyama Mio from K-On! Granted the answer is a teaser image but it's an answer nonetheless. The phot...

Jonathan Tubbs

Tomopop Review: Uplark's Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann photo
Tomopop Review: Uplark's Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
by Pedro Cortes

People don't know how to appreciate wear-and-tear on a figure. Now, I'm not talking about the ravages that time rains on all things PVC and plush, but the conscious decision to sculpt and paint a statue that has seen better days. There is a subset of PlaMo wizards who can make their models look like they've taken battle damage, but that's a very small minority and even then that is rarely done in a mass-produced PVC statue.

Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you have your socks on tight because you're about to get blown away by Uplark's Viral. I would hazard to say it is a masterpiece of detail and nuance that all, and I mean ALL, companies should strive for.  Hit the jump to see how this is no mere bit of hyperbole.

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Tomopop Review: UpLark's Nia from Gurren Lagann photo
Tomopop Review: UpLark's Nia from Gurren Lagann
by Jonathan Tubbs

As many who have read my comments or posts know, I am a huge sucker for cute. There is nothing that defines cute better than Gurren Lagann's little sweetheart, Nia Teppelin. I was bouncing off the walls and kissing co-workers when I saw UpLark's announcement and photos for a 1/8 scale Nia figure. I claimed my stake immediately when pre-orders were available and here we are about 3 months later with Nia in my hands.

Did UpLark's photos tell the truth of this cutie or was she hit with the ugly stick of mass production? Hit the jump, folks, to see with your own eyes.

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9:19 AM on 09.14.2009

UpLark's K-On Mio prototype looks a little pale

By now, it seems like Kyoto Animation has created a holy trifecta of otaku-adored anime: First they brought us Haruhi, then Lucky Star, and now the musically inclined K-On. Even as much of an audiophile as I am, I've never qu...

Emily Smalara