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Whatever your interest, we're interested
Nov 03
// Brian Szabelski
Hey, you! Yes, you, reading this. Do you love collectibles? (I'd guess so, right?) Enjoy writing? If so, then you might be interested in knowing that Tomopop is looking for a few new writers! If you're interested, send an app...
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Happy Five Years, Tomopop!


Cognratulations, we've survived another orbit around the Sun!
Feb 01
// Brian Szabelski
Today is a rather important day here at Tomopop; it's our birthday as a site, and more importantly, it's our five year anniversary of the day we popped into existence on the Internet. In Internet time, five years is like a de...
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As you might remember from our earlier post, voting for the 2012 Designer Toy Awards is underway. This year, though, Tomopop has been selected as a finalist for the Best Blog category, and we even got a shiny little finalist ...


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Today we celebrate four years of being super stars, and since we couldn't have done it without you awesome readers, we're going to give something away! Enter this here contest for a chance to win Master Chief Play Arts Kai (c...

Tomopop turns four

Feb 01 // Brian Szabelski
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Today's a special day here on Tomopop. It marks the site's birthday, of course! Hard to believe that it's been four years already ... it was only yesterday that it felt like we were rounding up our first articles and wonderin...

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We'd like to take a time out from the usual stream of posting news about toys and other cool collectibles to bring you this little announcement. As part of the effort to protest against SOPA and its sister bill in the U....

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Tomopop shirts on sale; get 'em while you can!


Jan 14
// Brian Szabelski
We just got the word from our junior assistant T-shirt sales coordinator: Tomopop T-shirts at SplitReason have gone on sale! While they've been available for some time, we won't be rushing back to print another batch of these...

Happy holidays from Tomopop!

Dec 26 // Brian Szabelski
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The entire Tomocrew wants to wish each and every one of you a very happy holiday season! The year comes to a close on Saturday night, but all that means is 2012 and all its collectibles are just around the corner! We've sa...

A letter from the editor

Dec 01 // Brian Szabelski
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[Questions, comments, concerns? Come at me, bro. Or girl. Hit me up at brian@tomopop.com.] As we get close to closing out 2011, I decided to take the opportunity to sit down and look back at the year that was. To say it was h...

The Tomopop Toy Retailer Map and Events Calendar

Nov 18 // Brian Szabelski
Tomopop Toy Retailer Map View Tomopop's Toy Retailer List in a larger map The Tomopop Toy Retailer Map has been around for more than a year now, created as a handy way to find out what specialty stores are around you at any given point that might be selling toys! While it was at one point heavy on places to find designer vinyl toys, the map will be changing over the next several months to better reflect the toy and collectibles market as a whole. To that end, we are looking for brick-and-mortar stores that sell all kinds of collectibles: plush, anime/PVC figures, vinyl, action figures, etc. Our goal is to provide for you the most comprehensive list of places to find toys and collectibles in an easily searchable map form that you can read on the go. We're also looking to expand the map to cover areas we don't have much information on: Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, South America, etc. If there's a shop that's missing from the list that you'd like to add, please e-mail me at brian (at) tomopop (dot) com with the name of the shop, what they sell there and its address, and we'll add it as soon as we can! Please no major chains like Urban Outfitters, GameStop, Toys 'R' Us, etc.; regional chains or national chains in smaller countries (Forbidden Planet, for example) are OK. Also, if any of the shop markers are in the wrong spots on the map, please let us know as well! We like being accurate with these things.   Tomopop Events Calendar New to Tomopop is our brand-new events calendar! It's a regularly updated calendar with a list of all the upcoming toy events, both big and small (All times Eastern Time Zone because Google only lets you put it in one time zone. Booooo.). It started originally as just a way to keep track of what was going on (and where), but the thought popped Yes, you'll see a lot of vinyl-related events, but there are many more show openings and the like than there are hobby shows and conventions, where the majority of the new anime/PVC news comes from. Don't worry, though; we'll be adding all events of note, no matter what part of the collectibles world they cover, as we get news on when they'll be happening! If something's missing from the calendar ... well, let us know! Send in an e-mail to tips (at) tomopop (dot) com with the relevant event info and we'll get to adding it to our calendar. [Questions? Comments? Possible improvements? Let us know: brian (at) tomopop (dot) com!]
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For a while now, we've been working on a few small projects at Tomopop to help make it easier for you, the reader, to know what events are going on and where to find collectibles without a.) having to work on big time-consumi...

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Tomopop Forums: The first month


Sep 21
// Brian Szabelski
About a month ago, we here at Tomopop officially launched our forums, and if you haven't been there yet, you're missing out on quite a few things. We're up to around 100 people (and 1,400 or so spambots who tried to crash the...
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Tomopop Forums now live, go play!


Aug 17
// Brian Szabelski
Well, folks, it's finally here. After a long wait and a little beta testing period (if you're a C-Blog reader, you probably already saw it), we're happy to announce that the Tomopop Forums are open for business! Yes, another ...
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Want to write about toys? Apply to write for Tomopop!


Jul 30
// Brian Szabelski
Hey, you! Yes, you, with the face. Do you love toys? (I assume so.) Have you ever wanted the opportunity or ever had the dream to write passionately about toys and collectibles for a large audience of readers? Well, you're in...
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Good news: Editing Tomopop profile pages is back up and working!


Jul 26
// Brian Szabelski
Good news, everyone! Finally, after what seems like forever, our profile editing page has been fixed! That means you can now edit your signatures, avatars, profile page info, and the foreground and background colors for your C-Blog posts. Apologies for it taking so long to fix, but everything should be set. Go here to make any changes, especially you guys and gals without avatars of your own!
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NSFW: What is Tomohhhyeah?


Apr 01
// Colette Bennett
Thanks for joining us of three years of toy coverage, ladies and gentleman. It's been a lot of fun. In fact, it's taught us a lot about ourselves. And the thing that we've learned that's stuck out the most has been more or le...
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Updates on the Tomopop RSS feed


Mar 17
// Colette Bennett
Thanks to the keen eyes of some of our community members, we've learned that the Feedburner system is not functioning properly for all of you. We are going to investigate the issue, but for the time being, if you want to make...

Happy three years, Tomopop!

Feb 01 // Colette Bennett
  
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It seems like such a long time ago that I sat down and wrote our mission statement about creating a toy blog, and yet, another part of me feels like it hasn't been long at all. When you embark on an endeavor such as crea...

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Merry Christmas, Tomopop readers!


Dec 24
// Colette Bennett
I dearly hope none of you are actually reading this. I hope, instead, that you are sitting in front of your christmas trees and fireplaces, opening gifts with your family and friends, drinking warm things, eating great food, ...
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Pardon our dust while we build a better Tomopop


Oct 10
// Brian Szabelski
This week, Tomopop is going through that awkward period where things are starting to change. No, not puberty ... a site update! The new Tomopop will be launching with a bunch of new features and a slightly different look and ...
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ToysREvil interviews Tomopop about our Comic Con experience!


Aug 04
// Colette Bennett
Toy blogging is a small world. You can either cross your arms and huff every time someone beats you to a scoop, or befriend the few bloggers who are foraging bravely into the same territory. I've always found the latter appro...
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Tomopop makes a special guest appearance on the Otaku in Review podcast!


Aug 02
// Brian Szabelski
With half the staff off at Comic Con, last week, I was perhaps a little bored. So what was I to do? Well, as it turns out, make a guest appearance on the Otaku in Review podcast! Hosts Scott Spaziani and Jon of JanaiBlog invi...
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Otakon 2010: Tomopop panel, free figures and more!


Jul 27
// Colette Bennett
What happened at San Diego Comic-Con this year? Well, as you can clearly see, Leah, Stephen, Jake and I wasted no time getting suited up for a pajama party on our first night. We're a fun bunch, as you can clearly see (lucky ...
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Tomopopular Opinion: Unfit to print


Jul 15
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Happy Thursday, everybody! Once more, it's time for Tomopopular Opinion, and boy, are you getting an inside look this time. Ever wonder what happens to those news stories that nobody wants to touch? Those things that come int...
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Tomopopular Opinion: Commercial break


Jul 01
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Happy Thursday, folks! I managed to throw together yet another episode of Tomopopular Opinion for you guys, this time I'm making light of the recent Tomocast Episode 10. You haven't listened to it yet? Shame! You're missing o...
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Tomopopular Opinion: the hits keep on coming


Jun 24
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Being the new guy here at Tomopop means I have a unique outlook on the inner workings of the site. Don't get me wrong, the other writers have been nothing but accommodating and the higher ups have been wonderful about showing...

What is Tomopup?

Apr 01 // Colette Bennett
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It's been a little over two years since I penned my original state of the union address for modern toy collecting, and a lot has changed since then. We've certainly expanded the type of content we present, hired a bunch of ne...

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What do you want more of on Tomopop?


Mar 10
// Colette Bennett
If you've been reading Tomopop for a while, you may already be aware that I am the kind of editor that likes to keep my readers happy. After all, I better or I have no job anymore ... Anyway, we've been expanding the types of...
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Happy New Year, Tomopop and friends!


Jan 01
// Colette Bennett
Wow, it's kind of surreal to write this and realize it's going to go live on the first day of the year 2010. As a kid, 2010 was a sci-flick that sounded like it was an infinite number of years into the future where we'd all h...
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Wishing you a happy Halloween, Tomopop-style


Oct 31
// Jason Millward
Okay, so here's the deal. Just an hour ago, I ventured over to my best friend and photographer Tom Ruffo's joint to play some Rock Band (Queen track pack, yo!) before heading out to my Halloween festivities. Greeting me at th...
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Please pardon our dust as we transfer to a new server


Sep 17
// Colette Bennett
If you read the site every day and you're looking at it right now, you probably look a bit like Itoshiki up there. I apologize -- it isn't looking so good right now. We're actually in the middle of migrating to a new server s...
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Hey! Tomopop looks different! Site changes and more


Aug 28
// Colette Bennett
Sorry to unveil this on your guys all sudden-like .. but hey, look at that! We now follow the same format as our sister websites Destructoid and Japanator in that big important stories will now be docked up at the top of the ...
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Introducing a shiny new feature: Browsing by gallery!


Aug 17
// Colette Bennett
Since launching Tomopop back in February 2008, we spend a lot of time over here looking at the numbers and trying to learn what you guys like best. It was really helpful to find out what was most popular with readers from the...

Tomopop poll: What do you like to read about on the site?

Aug 13 // Colette Bennett
<a href="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1872465/" mce_href="http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/1872465/">What do you come to Tomopop to read about?</a><span style="font-size:9px;">(<a href="http://www.polldaddy.com" mce_href="http://www.polldaddy.com">online surveys</a>)</span>
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Sister site Japanator asked its readers today what it is that makes them come back to the site time and time again, and we thought this would be an excellent time to ask Tomopop readers the same question. After all, we like t...

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Tomopop gets a server upgrade this weekend, please pardon our dust


Jul 31
// Topher Cantler
It's not just any dust, it's magical pixie dust. It's the stuff we use to make the site faster. Better. Stronger. Capable of lifting heavy objects and growing chest hair at an alarming rate. We apologize, however, if you shou...
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What do you want the Tomopop of the future to look like?


Apr 03
// Colette Bennett
Tomopop has changed quite a bit from what I originally envisioned it as back in December of 2007. Even though I like to think we still stick by the heart of our original mission statement, I always try to consider what's best...
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Split Reason proudly presents Tomopop apparel!


Feb 18
// Colette Bennett
I've been working on this little project ever since I realized that Tomopop's one year birthday was quickly approaching, and I'm pleased as punch to finally announce that if you are a big fan of what we do here at Tomopop, yo...
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Tomopop's 2008 Toy of the Year


Dec 31
// Topher Cantler
It's time! Oh, the excitement! The votes are in, the math is done, and the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. We are now proud to announce our first annual Toy of the Year!The race was incredibly close, but one toy has risen above the competition to become crowned the winner. Hit the jump to find out who! Kuro, the envelope, please ...
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Reminder: Cast your vote for Tomopop's 2008 Toy of the Year


Dec 30
// Topher Cantler
[Reminder: Voting ends tonight at midnight, so if you missed this one yesterday, be sure to make your pick in the comments!]It's the end of the year, and that means it's time to booze it up and kick 2008 out the door like the...
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Happy Holidays from Tomopop!


Dec 24
// Topher Cantler
T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a blogger was blogging, because they were all too busy unwrapping their new toys! From the entire staff here at Tomopop, we'd like to wish all our readers a ver...
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Tomopop community Secret Santa: better than you'll do at your office party


Dec 21
// Topher Cantler
The holiday season is upon us, and for many of you, that means a totally lame party with all the doofuses at your job. That can make for a lot of different experiences depending on where you work -- makeout sessions in the br...

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