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9:00 AM on 01.08.2015

Batman Keychain strikes fear into Joker goons everywhere!

Own a piece of Batman film history, with a steel-alloy representation of the 1989 Batmobile from Tim Burton's hit Batman. This is one of the most suped-up of all Batman's rides, loaded with enough explosives to take out as ma...


1:30 AM on 06.20.2014

Cu-Poche Extra gym body up for pre-order

Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Extra Short Sleeved Gym Uniform Body is now available for pre-order. Like the Swim Suit Body, this release only comes with the body itself (ie, no head) and is cheaper than a normal Cu-Poche. While I pre...


Cu-Poche: The Swimsuit Edition, because EVERYTHING needs a swimsuit edition photo
Cu-Poche: The Swimsuit Edition, because EVERYTHING needs a swimsuit edition
by Scarecroodle

The AmiAmi Blog has released a preview for Kotobukiya's upcoming Cu-poche Extra School Swim Wear Body. Don't expect to see these photos in Sports-Figure Illustrated, however, because swimsuits seen here are based on the traditional Japanese school swimsuits (also called a Sukumizu). This also means that if you want a calendar you'll probably need to make your own.

The Swimsuit pack is the first entry in Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Extra line which, as the name might suggest, supports the Cu-Poche line by providing additional parts such as alternate bodies and accessories (see some of the other upcoming stuff here). The set notably doesn't include a head (one of the heads shown is purportedly that of the Cu-Poche mascot, Pokko-chan/Kari, while the other is the upcoming Cu-Poche Mikoto Misaka) which presumably helps keep the cost down compared to the normal release (ie, a ¥2,000 list price instead of ¥3,800).

Kotobukiya's Cu-poche Extra School Swim Wear Body can currently be pre-ordered for around ¥2,000 and is slated for a July release. While it's a cute set, I think I'll probably just wait for the gym pack.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan  | Hobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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11:00 AM on 04.30.2014

Good Smile Company Lab reminds us Nendoroid play sets are still a thing

It's been a while since a proper Nendoroid play set blipped my radar. Play Future just put one up for pre-order under the Nendoroid More label developed by GSC Lab, and though the design isn't too crazy or inventive, with so ...

Kristina Pino

3:00 AM on 04.24.2014

WonderCon 2014: Squid Kids Ink

Squid Kids Ink was located at booth #1145 at this year's WonderCon. They're one of my favorite booths to check out to see what adorable goodies they've got. I loved getting to see them at SDCC last year. This time they were s...

Rio McCarthy

1:00 PM on 04.09.2014

Kill some time with this Seki-kun desk set

Nobody knows how to kill time in class like Seki does in Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time. Be it having one sided Shogi wars, making stamps out of erasers, or playing with a  family of robots he can somehow...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Take your figures shopping with these gashapon shopping carts

In February, I wrote about gashapon folding chairs becoming a hit in Japan. Well, now Epoch is making another gashapon accessory that could possibly be another hit; mini shopping carts. These will be baskets that measure jus...

Vanessa Cubillo

8:00 AM on 03.20.2014

In case of fire break glass and use Hello Kitty fire extinguisher

The number of places you wouldn't expect to find Hello Kitty has now become a little shorter. The Kousaka Disaster Prevention Company has begun selling officially licensed Hello Kitty fire extinguishers in Joetsu, N...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 AM on 02.25.2014

Gashapon mini folding chairs are popular now in Japan

I can never predict what will become popular. I mean, looking back can I comprehend why I wanted to collect cardboard coins? Seriously, pogs were a thing! Especially in Japan, what becomes hot is never predictable. That bri...

Vanessa Cubillo

6:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Hello Kitty is now Hello Tiger and Hello Bunny

Hello Kitty continues to cosplay as pop culture icons, this time playing the hero as both Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. for the latest film Tiger & Bunny the Movie -The Rising-. The movie opens in Japan on February 8 ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

BMOG adds stretch goal images to Kickstarter project photo
BMOG adds stretch goal images to Kickstarter project
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The BMOG Kickstarter project website updated recently with new CAD rendered images of their stretch goal sets. If the Kickstarter can reach an additional US$12,000 (for a total of US$31,000) then Featherblight and the Non-Dino team will be added to the campaign for an additional purchase.

Featherblight is a Paraxxoid eagle counterpart to the Augmentoid Ursenal figure that launched the Kickstarter. It can be disassembled into multiple weapons including swords, guns, and rocket launchers. The Non-Dino team consists of members ax Slashback the dimetrodon, ray gun Splashpoint the icthyosour, and "multi purpose" Pterattactyle the pterodactyl. 

The project is down to 12 days with only US$6419 remaining before reaching its funding goal keeping it still well within sight of success. 

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11:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Knock your figures through walls or into the ground

Have you ever been worried that your figures aren't tough enough? That they can't take or dish out the punishment? Bluefin Tamashii Nations wants to bring the pain with these new Tamashii Effect Impact accessories geared to g...