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9:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Takara Tomy reveals hidden secret in MP Star Saber's Shield

Just when you think there's nothing left to say about Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber, Takara Tomy gives us something new. We've known for a while that Star Saber would come with a shield as it showed up in a few scans an...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker


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Terra Battle In-Game Giveaway

Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..




11:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Stare in awe at this Attack on Titan custom diorama by Team Revolver

Japanese competitive modeling group Team Revolver is making waves with their latest completed diorama based on Attack on Titan. The the full scratch built piece includes multiple 1/35 scale figures taking on a pair of hu...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

12:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Tsume-Art adds Dragonball Z to its stable

Tsume-Art's roster of licenses has been pretty impressive, and their resin-cast collectibles have been rather high quality ... so imagine the excitement that comes with Dragonball Z being the latest license they've acqui...

Brian Szabelski

8:00 AM on 09.13.2014

Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber and Exhaust get full color galleries

I hope you aren't tired of listening to me ramble on about how amazing these figures are because I'm sure not tired of doing it. Thanks to a combination of official galleries and photos from Takara Tomy designer TFYuki on Twi...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

FREEing's Houki Shinonono is pretty foxy

I've not kept up with Infinite Stratos but its cast sure has gotten a lot of figures. I rather like FREEing's 1/4-scale Houki, mostly because of the way her expression works with those fox ears. Very cute indeed. If you want ...

Tianxiao Ma

2:00 AM on 09.05.2014

Got a Railgun messing up your plans? Pre-order these two ITEMs.

A Certain Scientific Railgun S introduced me to the mercenary team ITEM, and its two most prominent members (Mugino and Frenda) quickly became two of my favorite characters in the show. I was hoping to see some figures m...

Tianxiao Ma



SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition photo
SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Tian Ma edition
by Tianxiao Ma

Now that we've had a while to unpack the information assault from the Wonder Festival/SDCC tandem (both happened on the same weekend!), the Tomopop crew thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of our personal favorite things from both events.

It would take too long to cover everything I want, so it looks like a top 10 list is in order. Read on to see what tickled my fancy!

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1:00 AM on 09.04.2014

The DigiWorld just got more adorable with G.E.M. TK and Kari

Well this is a great surprise! It was only about a month ago that MegaHouse announced they were following up their G.E.M. series Digimon figures of Tai (Taichi) and Matt (Yamato) with their younger siblings Kari (Hikari)...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 09.03.2014

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery

[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

7:00 PM on 09.02.2014

MP Star Saber gets a surprisingly low price and distant release date

It took long enough, but Takara Tomy has finally given us all of the details we've been begging for over the last few months. Transformers Masterpiece Star Saber has finally been officially designated number MP-24 in the line...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

4:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Transformers Masterpiece 23 announced as Decepticon Exhaust

When Takara Tomy or Hasbro come out with a new Transformers figure one of the first things they do in development is figure out how to make the most out of the figure's sculpt. For the more expensive to make Masterpiece figur...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker





Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long photo
Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar pre-orders begin, don't last long
by Martin Siggers

After appearing in scans a few weeks back, Bandai's Soul of Chogokin GaoGaiGar went up for pre-order yesterday. Despite the wallet-battering ¥32,400 price tag customers weren't deterred as several stores sold out immediately. As of writing Amiami, Hobby Search and Hobbylink Japan have closed orders (though there's still a chance a second wave will become available). He's still up at several of the smaller stores however.

Stoking the frenzy, the Amiami Blog also released a full hands-on preview that confirms several tantalising facts like size (big!), level of detail (high!) and transformation ability (show accurate!). As ever for the Soul of Chogokin line there's minute attention to show accuracy, with little stuff like having full rolling tracks on DrillGao or a sculpted cockpit in LinerGao. Disappointingly, the preview also confirms that accessories will be limited to replacement hands, although you do get hands for both GaiGar and GaoGaiGar, including specific hands for the Hell & Heaven attack. The Dividing Driver is also present and correct, but there's no sign of a Goldion Hammer, which suggests to me an extremely lucrative add-on coming at a later date. There's also no sign of the traditionally fabulous SoC base, though I'm sure that'll be in there somewhere.

Despite the incredibly high cost, this really does look to be the ultimate toy for any fan of the show, and I can tell you I buckled almost immediately and put in an order. Most stores are offering hefty discounts on that list price, which makes the whole affair slightly less insane. It's a tough call, but I'd make it soon - I don't think he's going to hang around for long.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big Bad Toy Store | Nippon-Yasan ]

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