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11:15 PM on 02.13.2015

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: MegaHouse

MegaHouse appears to have had one of the larger displays on the floor at Wonder Festival 2015 Winter. MH had no shortage of new figures to show alongside some figures they've been toting along for a few years now. While a lar...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

All-powerful queen of the gods receives powerful new statue, currently up for pre-order photo
All-powerful queen of the gods receives powerful new statue, currently up for pre-order
by Scarecroodle

This is the story of a time long, long ago. A time of myth and legend, when the gods were petty and cruel and plagued mankind with suffering. One such goddess was Hercule's "evil" stepmother Hera, the all-powerful queen of the gods. Yamato has paid tribute to this wicked god-queen with a 1/6 scale statue in its "Fantasy Figure Gallery" line, currently available for pre-order.

Zeus's spiteful wife has often been depicted as a villainess in both mythology and popular media, whether it's going after Heracles/Hercules (as seen throughout much of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) or providing causing roadblocks for Kratos in God of War III. However, Hera has also helped adventurers like Jason with his quest to obtain the Golden Fleece (as seen in 1963's Jason and the Argonauts) either when they meet her approval or to get back to somebody else.

Yamato has given Hera a decidedly youthful look which, while very attractive, reminds me quite a bit of Teela from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. On the whole, it's not what I might picture when I think of Hera, but it's still an absolutely stunning statue... in fact, almost too attractive. Because if Hera looks this good, Yamato may have an insurmountable job ahead of them if they try to do an Aprodite as the goddess of love and beauty was said to be far more attractive. (Interestingly enough, Hera is listed as a cast-off which I wouldn't have otherwise suspected.)

Yamato's Hera is slated for a February/March release and can be pre-ordered for around US$220. If you pre-order through Yamato, you can directly support the company (and possibly receive a copy sooner)... or, if you pre-order through Entertainment Earth, you can get free shipping. And, of course, if you don't pre-order at all you'll have an empty space on your shelf and more money in your bank.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Yamato ]

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5:00 AM on 07.27.2014

SDCC 2014: Yamato

If you enjoy figures inspired by fantasy art, Yamato is the place to look. Over the years they've quietly been expanding their Fantasy Figure Gallery lineup. Their presence at SDCC was small, and even then many of the figures...

Tianxiao Ma

6:00 PM on 09.19.2013

Yamato makes its monster grow via an upscaled Medusa

Pre-orders are now open for Yamato's 1/4 Medusa's Gaze. While the base mold is apparently based on a previous offering, this is no mere re-release as the gorgeous gorgon has gone from being an 11-inch statue to a roughly 19-i...


4:00 AM on 07.21.2013

SDCC 2013: Yamato

Yamato had a tremendous showing at SDCC this year and showed off a few prototypes. Also they had some A+ models which should be coming to stores soon. Also at the booth was last year's 50cm tall Cat woman collectible which st...

Jon Wills

Tomopop Review: Yamato's SIF EX Xiaomei photo
Tomopop Review: Yamato's SIF EX Xiaomei
by Brian Szabelski

While I've not played the Shining series games, I do like a lot of Tony Taka's character designs for the games, and that's doubly so when it comes to Shining Hearts' Xiaomei. I'm not too sure why exactly; could be the catgirl bit, could be the personality I've seen in her illustrations, but I like her as a character.

So, when Yamato announced they'd be doing a PVC figure of Xiaomei, I was naturally pretty excited. Yamato usually does good work, and I hoped their Xiaomei would be a nice companion to go with my excellent Max Factory Xiaomei. 

That was the case. Well, kind of.

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Tomopop Review: Yamato's Creators' Labo Nen-Nen photo
Tomopop Review: Yamato's Creators' Labo Nen-Nen
by Brian Szabelski

For most folks who know Shunya Yamashita, they are familiar with his work on the various Bishoujo lines for Kotobukiya. His pin-up stylings of popular characters have a lot of fans, and some definite haters, too, but he's also got his own illustrated characters that some might not know about. Yamato (now Arcadia), who Shunya has worked with before, has brought some of them to life as part of their Creators' Labo series, and one of those is the lovely miss Nen-Nen.

Does what we like about Shunya's Bishoujo designs hold up here, though? Well, mostly, yes, but there's a single little difference that makes Nen-Nen better than Kotobukiya's offerings ... or should I say, a single person.

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Tomopop Review: Neuromancer Yoko photo
Tomopop Review: Neuromancer Yoko
by Rio McCarthy

The plucky redhead that garnered our attention in figure-form several times over in the last four years is back with a vengeance. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's Yoko Littner may have been the subject of several figures, but just a handful of those have been poseable that I recall. She was, however, given the Revoltech Fräulein series treatment, which was extremely popular for her at the time.

Will this figure out do what I guess to be one of the most popular Yoko figures of all time even though it's a bit pricier? Hit the jump to find out!

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Tomopop Review: Neuromancer Ignis photo
Tomopop Review: Neuromancer Ignis
by Chris Seto

Let's face it: if you want to get your foot in the poseable figure line these days, you've got it really rough! Good Smile Company and Max Factory pretty much have a stranglehold which amounts to a near monopoly with their figma line by being cheap and overwhelming by sheer volume! In spite of their inherent flaws, people jump to them and other companies take many of their cues from the figma line.

Some try to differentiate themselves a little. Bandai has their additional armour parts for their AGP line with mixed results, Alter gave us a look at what a "max quality" figure would be like with their Almecha series and Kaiyodo are still doing their own thing with Revoltech. However, none have come close to challenging the dominance of the figma series. Alter were unable to convince buyers to spend the amount requested for their Almecha figures and the Fraulein Revoltech series, which handled female figures such as their Idolm@ster series, has disappeared into nothingness.

Now, Yamato have stepped into the ring with their Neuromancer line, which currently consists of three figures and Ignis was the first. Will she help prove that the Neuromancer line is here to stay, or will it be a flash in the pan? Only one way to find out!

Let's get it on!!

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7:15 PM on 03.05.2013

Arcadia's Sakuya shines in her own brownish way

You know that company that used to be Yamato? Now they're Arcadia! And you know that girl that used to be Maxima? Now she's Sakuya! There's a lot of name changing going on, try to keep up. As you've probably guessed, this is ...

Tianxiao Ma

10:00 AM on 01.24.2013

Yamato's Elin gets a release date and price

While we have seen TERA's Elin before as a Cerberus Project garage kit and later as an announced PVC figure by Yamato, the details on her release date and price have been ... missing, for lack of a better word. In fact, so mu...

Brian Szabelski

10:00 PM on 12.03.2012

[NSFW] Yamato's Dendrobium Sisters try on some new colors

Yamato and Cerberus Project teamed up to make the 1/6-scale Dendrobium Sisters a while ago. It seems like they were popular enough to warrant a comeback. This time they'll be in slightly different colors. The pink-haired Azal...

Tianxiao Ma