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4:00 PM on 04.18.2015

Tomopop Review: Super Action Noriaki Kakyoin Second

One of my (many) favorite things about JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the fact that the creator, Araki Hirohiko, allows for multiple color schemes for different characters. This is the second color scheme for Noriaki Kakyoin, and features much more subdued colors. Let's take a look at this cherry lovin' lad shall we? Hit the jump to see how Kakyoin's figure turned out! 

Rio McCarthy



Aniplex+ video gives 10th Anniv. Saber figure one last pre-order push photo
Aniplex+ video gives 10th Anniv. Saber figure one last pre-order push
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Type Moon's 10th anniversary was a few years ago, but the celebration continues. Aniplex+'s Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure for Fate/stay night has been available for a limited time pre-order for a while now with April 15 (today) being the final day to get an order in. I guess they figured it was now or never to give those orders one last push with this new video (with English subtitles) promoting the figure. 

It's a great looking figure and a much more fitting image of a bride than the Saber Bride figure that came from Fate/Extra CCC. Although, if you want her in something a little more revealing this figure is able to accommodate with an alternate short skirt. The flowers are nice, too, I'm pretty sure most of them are lilies. Very fitting. 

She's got a normal price of US$149.98, but has been discounted to US$118.98. She's only available officially at three English language retailers: Right Stuf, Tokyo Otaku Mode, and Akiba Anime. But there's still a variation in the prices, particularly at Right Stuf where they've added a US$20 surcharge, but also free shipping. I suspect that after April 15 you'll still be able to order her like with other Aniplex+ exclusives, but there's no telling what the price will look like after so I wouldn't put this off too much longer!

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12:00 AM on 04.11.2015

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/30 to 4/5

So last time I lamented a bit that figma Sinon from Sword Art Online II didn't rank during her release week. Well it seems she received a delayed reaction as she ranked pretty high in the first week of April. And she wasn't e...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 AM on 04.09.2015

Kotobukiya awakens Ken Kaneki

An underrated part of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line is their selection of male figures. They have some nice ones, especially with the Attack on Titan boys. Now you can add Tokyo Ghoul's Ken Kaneki to the picture. This one balance...

Tianxiao Ma


8:00 AM on 04.09.2015

MegaHouse's World Uniform Operation continues with Mikoto Misaka

For those of you who enjoy the various school uniform designs in anime, MegaHouse is expanding its World Uniform Opeation lineup with A Certain Scientific Railgun's Mikoto Misaka! This is a line of 1/10-scale figures, so thin...

Tianxiao Ma

1:00 AM on 04.09.2015

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29

Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 AM on 04.05.2015

Get into the Groove with the DAL Sailor Chibi Moon doll

Groove has opened pre-orders for the newest installment of their DAL line with Sailor Chibi Moon from the monumental anime Sailor Moon. The future daughter of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask comes in her Sailor Scout uniform and ...

Soul Tsukino

7:00 PM on 04.02.2015

Kotobukiya's Inazuma is ready to sortie

In an anime full of moe shipgirls, Inazuma is perhaps the most moe of them all. Her timid personality hasn't stopped her debut as a Kotobukiya scale figure, though! This version is based on the KanColle anime design. Her expr...

Tianxiao Ma

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