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WF2016W Takara Tomy

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Takara Tomy


More than awesome robots
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy has been slowly building their presence at Wonder Festival every year and this is no different. For the 2016 winter show they've brought some of their biggest new bots to be released later this year. The big revea...
Tamashii Nations photo
Tamashii Nations

The Force is strong with this Feudal Lord Vader


Daisho Darth Vader casts imposing figure
Jan 20
// Soul Tsukino
American collectables distributor Bluefin is proud to announce the release of Bandai/Tamashii Nations latest offering in the Meisho Movie Realization Star Wars line with "Daisho" Darth Vader. The Dark Lord of the Empire is de...
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At least it's a heavy remold
When Hasbro officially revealed Blaster at the tail of 2015 for the upcoming Transformers: Titans Return line everyone just knew Hasbro would find a way to turn him into Soundwave later. Later is coming sooner than expected w...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6


Dec 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn...

Tamashii Nations photo
Tamashii Nations

Give your troops some fighting spirit with Taikoyaku Stormtrooper


Drum-roll please!
Dec 18
// Soul Tsukino
Bandai and Tamashii nations look to give your invading samurai troopers full of fight as they present the Star Wars Movie Realization Taikoyaku Stormtrooper. This newest addition to their samurai Star Wars line will join the ...
3A Transformers G1 photo
3A Transformers G1

threeA teases Transformers Generation 1 for 2016


The movie's over
Dec 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
threeA made a very short and to the point post on their blog today; a simple image of the Transformers Autobot symbol with the text "Generation 1" and 2016. In what it likely a shift away from the modern movie designs it appe...
Grand Galvatron photo
Grand Galvatron

Transformers Unite Warriors introduces Grand Galvatron


Unicron makes the ultimate evil combiner
Dec 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For weeks now Takara Tomy has been teasing Transformers fans with a silhouette of their latest combiner for the Unite Warriors line as a Takara Tomy Mall exclusive. Fans right away noticed that it was made largely of molds th...
A Link Between Worlds photo
He looks happy to finally be here
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is without a doubt my favorite Zelda game and certainly one of my favorite SNES games (somewhere alongside Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid). While I haven't played its 3DS sequel A Lin...

Tomopop Exclusive: This Sasuke figure ninja'd himself into the next Omakase box

Dec 07 // Tianxiao Ma
What is Omakase? First thing's first, just what is Omakase? It's a subscription service that sends you merchandise, kind of like Anime Bento and Loot Crate. Omakase is bi-monthly, debuting this past November with a Kill La Kill-themed box. The next box is set to ship at the end of January with merchandise for Naruto Shippuden fans. What's in the box? In the next few weeks the contents of the next Omakase box will be revealed. They've already shown off a gold Naruto figure, and now this Sasuke figure will be joining him! This is the result of a partnership between Omakase and Toynami, with the latter designing and producing the figure itself. Unfortunately we weren't able to see this one in person, but we're told it has over 25 points of articulation. There's one more reveal coming up for Omakase, so be sure to check their site on January 4 if you're curious. I subscribed for their Kill La Kill box, which had a few bonus items on top of the ones revealed on the internet. So what you see isn't necessarily all that you'll get. If you want in on this box, the deadline to subscribe is January 23. The box is scheduled to ship on January 25. When you subscribe you'll pay $29, which will be renewed bi-monthly. You can get the full details and FAQ on their site (and maybe try out the Viewster media streaming service too). [Thanks to Viewster and Omakase for the product shots!]
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Shipping at the end of January
January 2016 will be good times for Naruto fans! The folks behind the Omakase subscription service have given us an opportunity to reveal the next item in the upcoming box: a limited edition Sasuke Uchiha figure by Toynami! Read on to learn more about Omakase and what's coming in the Naruto Shippuden-themed box!

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Well, I didn't vote for you
Back on November 24 Hasbro tasked Transformers fans with voting on the next big bot to get the Titan class treatment in the Generations toy line. A week later we've already gotten our results with Trypticon taking the win. We...

Nendoroid Genos photo
Your Nendo disciple is coming
Nendoroid Saitama (coming in December) wont be enjoying his alone time much longer. The One-Punch Man anime twitter account pointed out that at the November Kahotan live broadcast Tuesday announced Genos will soon b...

Transformers Titans photo
Transformers Titans

Hasbro tasks fans with voting for the next Transformers Titan class figure


Already planning for 2017
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good news: Hasbro still plans on doing Titan class Transformers in distant 2017 and they want our help deciding who to do next. They've chosen three big bots from the Transformers universe and are encouraging fans to go to Fa...
Transformers reveals photo
The long and the short of it
After a year of big Transformers reveals between Toy Fair, BotCon, San Diego Comic Con, and New York Comic Con Hasbro wasn't content. They couldn't help themselves and had to make one last round of reveals to end the year. It...

Top sales 10/26 to 11/1 photo
Top sales 10/26 to 11/1

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/26 to 11/1


Up and up
Nov 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is unusual. Every single item in the overall ranking has gone up from last week. Typically we see a mix of ups and downs as pieces swap positions or get bumped by new items, but it's very rare for everything to rank h...
Masterpiece Ratchet photo
The doctor arrives in April
When Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-27 Ironhide everyone knew that the Autobot medic Ratchet wasn't far behind. So it came as no surprise to anyone when Nippon-Yassan started taking pre-orders on the unoffi...

Top sales 10/19 to 10/25 photo
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/19 to 10/25


Just like old times
Nov 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The battle for the number one sales spot is always fierce, but this week seems to illustrate just how so. The 10 spots between the two rankings are taken up by seven different franchises, several of them older than the fans b...
Top sales 10/12 to 10/18 photo
Top sales 10/12 to 10/18

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/12 to 10/18


Extra spooky overall ranking this week
Oct 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's days before Halloween so it should be no surprise that the overall ranking is dominated by two supernatural toy lines: Yo-Kai Watch and Kamen Rider Ghost. OK, it probably has less to do with Halloween and more to do with...
Masterpiece Ramjet photo
What? Why!?
Back in September 2006 Takara Tomy released MP-3 Starscream into the fledgling Transformers Masterpiece line. In the near 10 years since the figure has been repainted and retooled more than a dozen times between Takara Tomy a...

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Upcoming gamer toys available this fall
This week Tomopop is sponsored by Halo Mega Bloks, the customizable construction set featuring popular vehicles from the games with articulated figures inside. In Fall 2015, Halo Mega Bloks is offering 5 vehicles based on the...

Top sales 9/28 to 10/4 photo
Top sales 9/28 to 10/4

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/28 to 10/4


Hey, it's LEGO again
Oct 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I always get a little excited when western toys are popular in Japan. There's no doubt that high quality Japanese toys have their following among fans outside of Japan, but western toys tend to get looked down on as not being...
S.H.F Bowser photo
Too bad their exclusives
Bandai, what are you doing to us? You put Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi up at standard retail, but we have to go to Premium Bandai for Bowser and a troop set? Hopefully Blue Fin can help us out. But that's not even the most annoyin...

Titans Return photo
Part two in a five year trilogy
As expected we got some major reveals for the ongoing Transformers Generations figure line at New York Comic Con! What wasn't expected is that the title of the follow up to Combiner Wars is not Titan Wars, but rather Titans R...

Transformers Titan Wars photo
Hasbro set to show off something BIG
Big events mean big reveals and Hasbro definitely has one planned for New York Comic Con this weekend. On their new Pulse website Hasbro quietly posted a group silhouette with Titan Wars Blaster standing front and center. Tit...

Masterpiece Transformers photo
But I want them now!
Takara Tomy is wasting no time getting their latest batch of Transformers Masterpiece figures into our hands. It was only a few weeks ago that we first saw Hot Rod and Shockwave on display in unfinished form, but now we've go...

Top sales 9/7 to 9/13 photo
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/7 to 9/13


So much new stuff
Sep 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is a rarity, all but one of the items ranking this week is new to the list. The only returning item is that Yo-Kai Watch watch. There's also another rare girl's toy sneaking into the top overall entries. Otherwise the...
Masterpiece Shockwave photo
Oh, and Hot Rod shown, too
It's happening! It's finally happening! After years of fan demand and false rumors Takara Tomy is making the emotionless Decepticon scientist and occasional leader Shockwave as an upcoming Transformers Masterpiece! At the All...

Masterpiece Hot Rod photo
Now in a smaller fun-size
It looks like Hot Rod is getting a second shot in the Transformers Masterpiece line. Magazine scans are showing the unmistakable silhouette of the young Autobot speedster as an upcoming Masterpiece figure. No details yet, but...

Starscream Supermode photo
Starscream Supermode

This is Starscream, he only looks like Thundercracker


Another Transformers identity crisis
Sep 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
In the 2014 Transformers Generations line we saw Hasbro take a step away from G1 version of popular characters and throw the Transformers Armada TV series a bone with an Armada Starscream figure. Later that year Takara would ...
Masterpiece Clampdown photo
Who?
Takara Tomy announced Transformers Masterpiece MP-14C Clampdown today which lead to just about everyone asking, "who's Clampdown?" The latest in the MP line of really obscure characters comes right after the release of blue B...

Transformers Masterpiece photo
Transformers Masterpiece

Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide gets a price and date


Not that much and not that far away
Sep 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Takara Tomy appears to be in a rush to get their newest announced Transformers Masterpiece figure into our hands. Only announced just over two months ago, we won't be waiting all that long for MP-27 Ironhide. If a somewh...
Red Bumblebee photo
Red Bumblebee

Not Cliffjumper, but red Bumblebee next Transformers Masterpiece


So close yet so far away
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like we'll have to keep waiting for that elusive Masterpiece Cliffjumper figure. To tide us over (perhaps forever?) we're getting a red Bumblebee for now. MP21R Bumblebee Red Mode is inspired by the very early days...
Naruto S.H. Figuarts photo
And perhaps the best so far
After three fairly "meh" figures from the Naruto Shippuden S.H. Figuarts series (Naruto, Sasuke, and Kakashi) they appear to have finally hit their mark. The fourth figure in the series, the Fourth Hokage, Minato Namikaze, ha...

Mattel photo
Mattel

Mattel halts production of Hulk Hogan figures


When it comes crashing down.
Jul 29
// Soul Tsukino
After transcripts were released of former wrestling great Hulk Hogan using racial and homophobic terms in a leaked video, Mattel, toy makers for the WWE announced that all production of Hogan related toys and figures has been halted.
Transformers stuff photo
Transformers stuff

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Transformers


Yes, that's exactly what it looks like
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a multiple companies were showing off a very wide and eclectic variety of Transformers figures. But nothing was more unusual than Takara Tomy's latest addition to the Q Transformers line: Evangelion. Having already...
Durarara!! figma photo
It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

Top sales 7/6 to 7/12 photo
Top sales 7/6 to 7/12

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 7/6 to 7/12


Yo-Kai Watch returns
Jul 20
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It was a short absence, but Yo-Kai watch is back and with authority. It was only a matter of time really; a series can't be in the top five so consistently and not reappear when something new comes around. Lots of other new f...
SDCC 2015 photo
SDCC 2015

SDCC 2015: Mattel - WWE


Giving a look to the future
Jul 15
// Soul Tsukino
During Comic-Con International: San Diego, the WWE and Mattel gave us a look at what to expect from them in the near future. They showed off stars from the WWE's past, present, and future, and even tossed is a few more interesting figures into the mix.
Titan Wars photo
Hasbro's poorly guarded secret
Usually Hasbro is a little better at keeping secrets than this. Back at BotCon we got an unexpected, and perhaps unintentional, sneak peak at designs for the previously unheard of Transformers Titan Wars line as part of a lar...

SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
Repaints, retools, and reissues
Hasbro didn't play all of their cards last month at BotCon, but they certainly played their best ones. Hasbro's display and presentation at San Diego Comic Con 2015 was a little lacking compared to years past. We did finally ...

Top sales 6/15 to 6/21 photo
Top sales 6/15 to 6/21

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 6/15 to 6/21


Break time's over
Jul 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
For some reason Toynes.jp took a short break so we don't have rankings for the week of 6/8 to 6/14, but things appear to be back on track! This particular time frame has been a bit delayed, so expect the week of 6/15 to 6/21 ...

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