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7:30 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Sentinel's Danboard

Sentinel have carved out quite a reputation as a maker of fantastic poseable mecha toys. Having worked their way up through lesser lights such as Gurren Lagann and Canti, they're now ready to take on the ultimate robot. Yes, ...

Martin Siggers


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Chara-Ani's Yotsuba Koiwai blows us away photo
Chara-Ani's Yotsuba Koiwai blows us away
by Martin Siggers

The continuing lack of figures from Yotsuba&! is a crime that Chara-Ani only partially managed to remedy a few months ago when they put up their rather lovely version of Fuuka Ayase. Now though they've gone and announced what we really wanted all along - a scale version of Yotsuba herself! And, surprise surprise, she's absolutely adorable.

Rather than just take the easy route and go for a standing figure though, the company has really put in the effort and produced one of the most dynamic sculpts I've seen in quite a while. It's a great look that really highlights the energy and hijinks that come through in the manga. Yotsuba's cute as a button, her face screwed up in excitement, even though she's being literally blown away!While her design isn't the most complex in the world Chara-Ani have done their best to add some detailing, giving her a cute outfit and some sharp paintwork.

Naturally, since Yotsuba's only five years old, this is a pretty small figure, clocking in at about 130mm tall. The tradeoff is an attractively low price of just ¥6,480, more than enough to tempt me before her arrival in May. Pre-orders actually begin today according to Chara-Ani's website, but since business has already closed in Japan, I'd imagine she'll be up tomorrow at all the usual places. We'll update you as soon as she's ready for buying!

[via Chara-Ani]

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6:00 AM on 11.28.2013

Chara-Ani surprises us with an adorable Fuuka Ayase

One of the figure industry's greatest crimes is that there's not more figures based on the cast of Yotsuba&!. Kiyohiko Azuma's adorable manga about the life of a five year old girl is universally beloved among people...

Martin Siggers

10:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Strap in for a Danboard Strap Charm preview gallery

Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming Yotsubato! Danboard Strap Charm.  The tiny cardboard box robot stands just under 1 inch tall and comes with both a strap attachment and an iPhone audio plug. The...

Scarecroodle

12:00 PM on 11.04.2013

Revoltech's rapid repaints/rereleases run rampant

There was a time when new Revoltech figures came as frequently as figma do today. These days Kaiyodo seems content with releasing a few new figures every month next to a pile of reissues and repaints. In October it was the th...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

5:00 PM on 10.27.2013

Take it easy with this Danbo cushion from Yotsubato!

From Yotsubato! other than Yotsuba herself, the most popular character from that manga is Danbo. Danbo, the cute cardboard robot, is now available in a more cuddlier form. Previously, I’ve mostly seen Danbo as Plamos a...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:20 AM on 07.29.2013

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kaiyodo

[Update] New photos have been added, including Revoltechs for Jessie of Toy Story and the collection of Iron Man. As the hosts of the show, I would've thought that Kaiyodo would have had more on display. Not diminishing what ...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's plamo Yotsuba photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's plamo Yotsuba
by Brian Szabelski

It sure doesn't seem like October was when we first found out about Kotobukiya's Yotsuba plastic model kit, because I feel like I've been waiting a while for her. It was, if nothing else, a total surprise for me, but one I was very excited for as a Yotsuba&! fan. 

Not long ago, she arrived at my doorstep thanks to the folks at Kotobukiya, and as such ... I geeked out and almost forgot I needed to review her. Thankfully for you, I didn't, so hit the jump to see out if this new Yotsuba lives up to the hype. Well, at least the hype in my head.

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5:00 PM on 05.24.2013

Danboard gets sponsored in these Revoltech Minis

If the full size Danboard re-release wasn't enough cardboard box robot for you, you're in luck, as Kaiyodo are releasing a swarm of smaller Mini Revoltech versions of Danboard, this time in collaboration with famous brands. E...

Martin Siggers

9:00 AM on 05.15.2013

Revoltech Yotsuba and Danboard return once more

Anybody who has a beating heart loves Yotsuba&! and that's the truth. It's backed up by the fact that Kaiyodo's Revoltech versions of Yotsuba and her famous cardboard robot friend Danboard remain hugely popular, inspiring...

Martin Siggers



Tomopop Review: Yotsuba&! Monochrome Animals Vol. 1 photo
Tomopop Review: Yotsuba&! Monochrome Animals Vol. 1
by Brian Szabelski

If any one series brought me back to anime and manga ... it was actually InuYasha, but it was Yotsuba&! that really kept my attention going when I was looking for something new to dive into. Kiyohiko Azuma's previous work Azumanga Daioh had been one I enjoyed, and when I got a hold of his series featuring a 6-year-old with green hair and endless curiosity for everything in the world, I was hooked immediately. Ever since, I've been slowly adding Yotsuba&! figures to my collection, and Kaiyodo's most recent gashapon release caught my attention. That would be the Yotsuba & Monochrome Animal series, featuring five different animals paired with Yotsuba doing various things.

Are Kaiyodo's latest CapsuleQ figures worth it for Yotsuba&! fans, though? The answer is right behind the jump; see you there.

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3:00 PM on 03.25.2013

Under the Radar: More Yotsuba& Monochrome Animal figures

Oh how I love this cute little girl! From Yotsuba&!, Yotsuba is back playing with animals in this second series of capsule toys. This time Yotsuba makes friends with a giant panda, Malayan tapir, Adelie penguin, a ze...

Vanessa Cubillo