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GSC 15th anniversary photo
Nendoroid #600 hinted at
Like a typical teenager Good Smile Company wants to do everything. No longer content with just making figures, GSC is growing into quite the powerhouse these days, having their hands in TV series and video games, and even bro...

BotCon Reveals photo
BotCon Reveals

BotCon 2016: Transformers reveals


Time to check stuff off the wishlists
Apr 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Here we are again with Hasbro's second round of four sets of reveals they do over the year. Previously we saw a large number of new Transformers: Titans Return figures at Toy Fair in February and later we'll see more at San D...
Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Cardcaptor Sakura

Behold, the ultimate Cardcaptor Sakura interactive line


Full interactivity doesn't come cheap
Apr 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Sure, a good looking Cardcaptor Sakura Sealing Wand makes for a nice collection centerpiece, but why not some lights and sounds while we're at it? And to go with it why not a complete run of Clow Cards the wand can interact w...
P.O.P. S.O.C. Sanji photo
Equal opportunity fanservice
Premium Bandai isn't content in letting the ladies of One Piece be the only ones that get to act sexy. Their latest figure features a open shirted Sanji designed for an entirely different set of fans. While the figure is part...


C2E2 2016 Bluefin photo
C2E2 2016 Bluefin

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 2


Anime figures and lots of Gundam
Mar 19
// Tianxiao Ma
Star Wars mash-ups aren't the only thing Tamashii Nations brought to the table; they had plenty of anime figures from their various Figuarts lines as well. Dragon Ball Z continues to have a large presence, featuring prom...
HG Vegeta photo
Premium Bandai is at it again
Say what you will about Krillin, nobody in Dragon Ball Z is better at being frozen with fear and becoming completely useless than Vegeta. Sure, there's nobody cockier than him either when he thinks a win is certain, but when ...

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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 4)


One more for the road!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we have reached the final garage kit gallery for this Wonder Festival and we've saved some pretty damn cool kits such as the hyper detailed Titan busts from Shingeki no Kyojin and a pretty cool Ushio & Tora kit. T...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 3)


Half way there!
Feb 13
// Chris Seto
And now we reach the third gallery of anime garage kits and this one is a bit of a doozy. I mean, check out those weird evangelion kits and the zombie Stocking from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt! Pretty messed up! We als...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 2)


Even war isn't safe from moefication!
Feb 12
// Chris Seto
We now return to our regularly scheduled anime garage kit showings where various (superior) non-KanColle shipgirls and tank crews argue over which is the best branch of the armed forces. Rori also brings over some of the othe...
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Wonder Festival Winter 2016: Anime Garage Kits (Part 1)


Buckle up!
Feb 11
// Chris Seto
And here we go! A bit later than usual but lets dive into the contents of the dealer floor at this years winter Wonder Festival! On the plus side, there's quite a good balance from various shows this time around and while Kan...
WonFes Union Creative photo
WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative


All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...
WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids


There was an actual tower of Nendos
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...
WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1


I'm so sick of bunny outfits
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...
WonFes X-Plus photo
WonFes X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus


Dragon Ball Z, kaiju, and Harry Potter
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball ...
WonFes Embrace Japan photo
WonFes Embrace Japan

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Embrace Japan/Milestone


Some great stuff for Street Fighter fans
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Man, Embrace Japan has really put out some lovely designs as of late. They're looking to continue that roll with the Diabolus Angelite figure shown at WonFes. Fun fact: this line of original designs has been titled Black Arts...
WonFes Alphamax photo
WonFes Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alphamax


T2 Art Girls and... Transformers?
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Alphamax is usually all about girls with clothes falling off their bodies. Well they took it to a literal extent this WonFes with some of the figures from their SkyTube label. I won't focus on the NSFW stuff but Amiami a...
WonFes Arcadia photo
WonFes Arcadia

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Arcadia


A big dose of Katanagatari
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
Arcadia's showing at Wonder Festival featured a whole lot of Katanagatari. If you've waited this long for Katanagatari figures, hopefully you like what you see. These look like 3D printed prototypes, with the grainy finish an...
WonFes Aquamarine photo
WonFes Aquamarine

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine


Persona, Guilty Gear, and more
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked th...
WonFes Aoshima photo
WonFes Aoshima

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aoshima


Going all-in on Kantai Collection
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
It looks like more Kantai Collection stuff is coming from Aoshima, who showed off a few prototypes at Wonder Festival. The biggest crowd pleasers will probably be Shoukaku and her tsundere sister ship Zuikaku. Although it's t...
Hunter x Hunter Hisoka photo
Hunter x Hunter Hisoka

Here's a Hunter x Hunter Hisoka figure anyone can turn on


Hide the kids!
Dec 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No, that's not clever lighting used to censor Hisoka's nether regions. That is, in fact, a red LED embedded in his crotch. When Hisoka is aroused everyone knows it thanks to the bright light that emanates from his loins so wh...
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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...
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...
Steiff Pikachu Plushie photo
Only sold in Japan
What happens when Nintendo, Good Smile Company, and the German teddy bear artisans at Steiff team up? You get the most amazing Pikachu plushie imaginable with a rather amazing price to match. The most famous of all of Pokemon...

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!]
Viewster Omakase photo
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!

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...

Top sales 11/9 to 11/15 photo
Top sales 11/9 to 11/15

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/9 to 11/15


Well, half of it anyway
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like there might have been some sort of hiccup at Toynes.jp. Their rankings for overall toys is updated even though it hasn't changed much, but some how the hobby rankings for this week are a complete copy and paste fro...
Top sales 11/2 to 11/8 photo
Top sales 11/2 to 11/8

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/2 to 11/8


Monsters and ghosts
Nov 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This week's overall listing is a lot like last week's, but Duel-Masters has dropped off, replaced by another Kamen Rider Ghost item. Japanese kids sure do love their supernatural stuff. No surprise the overall ranking matches...
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...
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...
Buffaloman photo
Buffaloman

CCP Muscular Collection Buffaloman comes stampeding through


2 versions of the big guy!
Nov 04
// Soul Tsukino
One of the big men of Kinnikuman's intergalactic wrestling roster can now come home to you with the CCP Muscular Collection Buffaloman version 2.0. This pre-posed PVC figure comes in both regular and special orange colored fi...
Love Live! photo
No trick; all treat
Megahouse and Alter will be teaming up again with their Alpha x Omega collaboration to reveal a new Love Live! Eli Ayase figure at Megahobby Expo 2015 Autumn on November 28. The official Love Live! website reports that the fi...

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Tamashii Nations 2015: Super Robot Showdown!


Godly!
Oct 29
// Chris Seto
Gundams weren't the only mecha which were getting some love at Tamashii Nations! Along with some non-gundam Robot Damashii releases, there were also some new entries in the Super Robot Chogokin line! Aura Battler Dunbine and&...
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...

Hitman Reborn! rings photo
Hitman Reborn! rings

Pick your spot in the family with Hitman Reborn! ring pendants


Box Weapons not included
Oct 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Fans of Hitman Reborn! don't have a whole lot to get excited about these days. After the anime ended in 2010 and the manga it was adapted from ended in 2012 it's nice to see someone remembers this series has a fairly large fa...
Kinnikuman photo
Kinnikuman

Give your shelves lots of fighting spirit with Kinnikuman Super Phoenix


A new meaning of Strong Style
Oct 21
// Soul Tsukino
The rough and tumble world of Kinnikuman is filled with a lot of big, angry, intergalactic wrestlers, but they all pale in comparison to the being known as Kinniuman Super Phoenix. Now you can bring some of his all mighty wre...
Max Factory Atago photo
Max Factory Atago

Panpakapan! Check out Max Factory's Atago prototype


Beautiful, buxom, and blonde
Oct 17
// Tianxiao Ma
At the 55th All Japan Model Hobby Show, Max Factory put their next KanColle ship girl on display: the heavy cruiser Atago! This 1/8-scale figure is stunning, capturing Atago's lighthearted personality and beauty. I love the w...

Pop! Voltron is a thing

Oct 14 // Scarecroodle
80s photo
A thing that I badly want
Funko has released a new image for its upcoming Pop! Voltron, which is due out this December. If you lived in the 80s, you'll probably recall Voltron as being the giant robot "star" of Voltron: Defender of the Universe, a pop...

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...

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...


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