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1:00 AM on 03.28.2015

Top selling Japanese toys for week of 3/16 to 3/22

  Curious about what's the Japanese are actually buying and how they lineup with your own collecting habit? Toynes.jp has you covered with a weekly and monthly sales round up. Last week was a good week for robot fans as ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



We finally get a blue Bluestreak, so of course he's a hard to get exclusive photo
We finally get a blue Bluestreak, so of course he's a hard to get exclusive
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Takara Tomy pulls another one out of the Transformers obscurity bag, but this time it's one a lot of fans have wanted. Quick history lesson: way back before Hasbro began the Transformers franchise, Takara was deep into the Diaclone line which included three cars based on the Nissan Fairlady Z. One was a race type that would later become Smokescreen; one was a police type that would become Prowl. The third was a blue version that Hasbro would remake in all silver and name, ironically, Bluestreak. Why they would turn the figure silver and still call him Bluestreak is something of a mystery, it happened late enough in production that the character art on the box even portrays him as the blue figure. To confuse things even more the character on the cartoon had a black streak/strip running across the top of his car mode not found on the silver figure, but found on a variant of the Diaclone figure. Basically Hasbro modeled the box art off of one figure, the cartoon design off another figure, and then made their own figure to sell to kids.

So after a few years of reissues of the original figure in all silver or silver and black and even the occasional name change to Silverstreak, Takara Tomy is finally giving us a look at what might have been with MP-18B Bluestreak. Funny thing is, this is actually the MP-17 Prowl figure without the light bar. His color scheme is based entirely on the blue Fairlady Z Diaclone figure and looks fantastic. I'm not entirely sure why the extended the good color to his windows though, the original figure wasn't like that and I don't think it looks as good since it's only on the doors and not across the top like the original figure's black stripe. Maybe the real life car was like that? The missiles are a more than welcome return.

This is the third Bluestreak streak figure as Takara Tomy has don't versions in silver with and without the black strip. Unfortunately it's going to be a bit of a challenge to get your hands on him as he's exclusive to the Takara Tomy Mall and limited to only 2000. They were excepting orders under April 10 with him shipping August first for ¥7,992. But none of that matters because he sold out in his first day! I guess that's what happens when you have a major exclusive and the limit per order is 10. It's also not the first time Bluestreak has been an exclusive as the version without the stripe was an exclusive at the 2014 Tokyo Toy Show.

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9:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Make Yamcha useful by having a dead one on your shelf

All jokes aside, Yamcha used to be actually capable of something. Then the Saibamen came, blew him to bits, and it's been all downhill since then. You can now commemorate this moment thanks to Bandai, who have decided to rele...

Andres Cerrato

8:00 AM on 03.26.2015

Kotobukiya's Ikazuchi won't torpedo your bank account

Kantai Collection's anime run ended yesterday, but don't expect a reprieve from ship girl figures anytime soon! Kotobukiya has put up their 1/8-scale figure of Ikazuchi for pre-order. Ikazuchi is part of the 6th Destroyer Div...

Tianxiao Ma


1:00 AM on 03.26.2015

L.A. based Hello Kitty exhibit extends its run another month

The Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles has announced that their popular museum exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be extended for another month, letting people enjoy...

Soul Tsukino

9:30 PM on 03.23.2015

Anime Japan 2015: Max Factory

Tian rounded up Good Smile's offerings at Anime Japan 2015, but Max Factory was there, too, with a few figma to show off at the very least. Yep, that's Iron Man Mark XXI, and sure, that robot figma is Shidonia no Kishi's...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 PM on 03.22.2015

Anime Japan 2015: Good Smile Company

Anime Japan 2015 wrapped up over the weekend, which means we can see some of the goodies that figure makers brought to the event. Good Smile Company put some upcoming Nendoroids and scale figures on display. The big one for m...

Tianxiao Ma



Tsume debuts its Fist of the North Star line with Raoh photo
Tsume debuts its Fist of the North Star line with Raoh
by Brian Szabelski

Tsume's Fist of the North Star (Hokuto no Ken) HQS series is ready to roll out, and the first release is a massive 1/6-scale statue of Raoh, King of Hokuto. Raoh is 50 cm by 50 cm (or almost 20 inches by 20 inches) and is 11 kilograms (nearly 25 pounds) of resin. Of course, a big part of that size comes from the fact that Raoh is sculpted on top of a cliff, riding his steed Kakuoh.

The response seems to be positive so far: Tsume has had to up their run size to 1,000 pieces due to expected pre-order demand. Even so, he won't come cheap, priced at €499.99 (almost US$540), but with the massive size of the piece, that doesn't seem too out of the ordinary. This is, after all, most likely going to be a centerpiece for anyone who picks it up's collection. Does that group include you?

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9:00 AM on 03.19.2015

Black Butler's Grell Sutcliff smiling his way to shelves everywhere

Reap from the labors of Kotobukiya with the ARTFX J Grell Sutcliff PVC statue. Pre-orders are open now for a August delivery of the man covered in red. This static figure of the reaper from Black Butler stands at over 9 ...

Soul Tsukino

11:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Nendoroid Wooser returns in a budget-friendly light version

Back in 2013 Good Smile Company released a pair of Nendoroid Wooser figures after the popular first season of anime shorts. The sets featured Wooser with Rin and Darth Wooser with Ren and a ton of extra stuff from the&nb...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

1:30 AM on 03.13.2015

Masterpiece Tracks gets better pictures, price, and date

More photos bring more excitement as the latest addition to Takara Tomy's Transformers Masterpiece line finally enters the pre-order stage. You might remember the first colored preview we got just last week and we're already ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker



7:00 AM on 03.07.2015

Smarten up your collection with 1/10th scale Ami Mizuno

On the heels of its 1/10th scale Usagi Tsukino figure, MegaHouse is now taking pre-orders for its World Uniform Operation Ami Mizuno figure from Sailor Moon. This over 6 inch tall figure is pre-posed. She appears in her Juban...

Soul Tsukino