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Hey, is he glowing or am I just crazy?
How is Warpo following up its giant 12-inch Cthulhu? By offering a limited edition glow-in-the-dark variant! The GitD variant is limited to a 300 piece run and should appeal to fans of classic-styled toys of a bygone era. The...

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Equally crazy? The US$100 MSRP!
Have you ever felt that your life was incomplete? Missing, say, a 12-inch tall figure of Lovecraft's most iconic creation? Then you're in luck because Warpo has plans to release a massive 12-inch Cthulhu figure which should s...

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Pre-order madness, that is!
Dread Central has been given a sneak peek at Diamond Select Toys' upcoming Cthulhu vinyl "idol" bank. And yes, this is easily among the coolest things that DST has done all year and is certainly an insta-buy for most horror f...


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We Are Indie Toys

New book takes a look at the indie toy scene


We Are Indie Toys available now
Apr 14
// Brian Szabelski
I love a good read here and there, and it looks like I have a new book to check out in Louis Bou's We Are Indie Toys! The book is a look at the indie scene, specifically resin figures made by independent artists and studios. ...
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Portal 2

Custom Delights: Lego Junkie creates cool Portal 2 bookends


There will be Portal 2 spoilers
Mar 10
// Vanessa Cubillo
Even though Portal 2 came out in 2011, I only just recently played and finished the game. So I’m late in gushing over how amazing I think that game was. Thankfully, fans aren’t done showing how much they loved th...
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Tomopop LinkUP

Tomopop LinkUP: March madness


Or why my wallet is empty
Mar 01
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Why is March such a painful month for us? It seems like every march we get bombarded with a  bunch of cool stuff that we all want all at once. Do companies think that we've recovered from the holidays by now and can affo...
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Lego

Bookstore recreates classic lit scenes with Lego bricks


And they have a contest to boot!
Feb 18
// Pedro Cortes
How do you celebrate the release of The LEGO Movie? Well, for the Waterstones Bookstore, you go and grab your own Lego parts and have some fun! Somebody over at Waterstones' official blog grabbed their bricks and recreated so...
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Peruse the work of Redjuice with a gorgeous artbook!


You need this. Now.
Oct 15
// Emily Smalara
In case you're not one to browse our friends over at Japanator (and seriously, why aren't you?), you might want to take notice of this hot new artbook featuring the work of the always-stunning Redjuice. In case the name doesn...
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Funko POP! Disney

Funko brings more POP! Disney figures this month


POP! Disney and POP! Collectible Vinyl Figures coming soon
Sep 28
// Rio McCarthy
Welcome Disney fans! Today we have a look at Funko's new Disney POP! Collectible Vinyl Figures featuring Maleficent, Tinkerbell, Cinderella and Ariel. I won't lie - I actually like the Maleficent one, but the rest I could do ...
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Mijbil Creatures showcases itty bitty Bilbo Baggins


Hobbits get even smaller!
Jul 09
// Kristina Pino
The Mijbil Creatures blog was updated recently with a few notes about what's been going on lately, and then, surprise! Tiny Bilbo! Check out the gallery for images of the littlest Bilbo Baggins I've ever seen, and make sure t...
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Pre-orders also up and running
For such a hugely popular and anticipated Nendoroid, it's been odd that we've only seen scans and quick shots of Nendoroid Hitagi Senjougahara up until this point. That's not a problem anymore though as Mikatan has throw...

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MLP Busy Books come with 12 figurines!


Get reading, folks! There're toys to be had!
Mar 10
// Rio McCarthy
Who here likes to read? Who here likes toys? (Duh! Hopefully all of you!) Well, now you can have both at the same time. A new My Little Pony Busy Book has arrived and it includes 12 figures and a playmat in the set. The plast...
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Stretch your photo muscles and contribute to a Nendo book


Jul 24
// Kristina Pino
Nendonesia recently reported on a fan project that I can absolutely get behind. Indonesian Nendoroid aficionado pus2meong initiated this project as a way to preserve beautiful photographs of cute Nendoroids, and now is taking...

Tomopop Review: Blythe Manga Girls Inspiration Book

Jul 24 // Brigitte Coovert
Item Name: Blythe Manga Girls InspirationItem Maker: Graphic-shaRetail/List Price: ¥2,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan First things first, this book is huge! It's not some wimpy little thing that they published to get a few extra bucks. It's a serious coffee table book weighing in at 170 pages and measuring 11.75" x 8" x 1/2" printed on thick, heavy weight paper stock. It's soft cover with a satin finish dust jacket and every page is full color with nearly every page having a full bleed photo. The text is in Japanese and English with artist's names in English. The first section of the book has all of the entries in the Manga Girls Inspiration show on display with three to four dolls per page. If I had one criticism of the book it would be that I want each of these photos to be a full page like you see in the second section. The amount of detailing in the custom doll work and costuming is outstanding and this first section of the book is easily my favorite part. Doll fans will recognize community favorite customizers and designers like Team Sibley, Bubujojo, and Euro Trash. They're alongside tons of Japanese fashion brands which have dolls representing them; from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright to h. Naoto to Angelic Pretty and tons more. I for one need that *Soleil* custom (in the photo above) in my life. The Manga Girls might be the stars of the show, but the dolls of Fashion Obsession get the majority of the book to themselves. The range of fashion and photography styles are huge. Most of the photos can handle the full bleed pages, but careful observers will notice a page or two that's a touch blurry. I believe it's because they were going for a catalog of the complete collection, but they should have spared them and printed those photos a touch smaller. On the whole the book is absolutely stunning and a must-have for doll lovers, in my opinion. The printing and paper quality is outstanding and the price is much lower than I anticipated. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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When I have a hobby, like doll collecting, it's not unusual for sub-hobbies to get pulled into the collecting fray. I start wanting things like key chains, buttons, and postcards for my bulletin board. For doll stuff, these t...

SDCC 2012: Hyperactive Monkey

Jul 17 // Natalie Kipper
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Hyperactive Monkey's booth at SDCC was a rich blend of colors and mediums. I imagine what drew the most people to this rainbow booth was the two exclusives, the Deluxe Ninja Monkey vinyl figure and the Ebony Edition Monkey Ku...

Tomopop Review: "The Art of Luke Chueh"

Jun 12 // Brian Szabelski
Book Name: "The Art of Luke Chueh: Bearing the Unbearable"Publisher: Titan BooksRetail Price: US$34.95Release Date: June 12, 2012Buy at: Amazon Published by Titan Books with editing and other production work done by Gallery1988, "The Art of Luke Chueh: Bearing the Unbearable" is, as you might have guessed, your usual art book at first glance. By that, I mean it's a compilation of the artist's work, with basic details included, and a few specific pieces getting special attention with words from Luke about them. The front and back covers are very simple and clean from a design perspective, with Luke's 2006 piece "Bear in Mind" appropriately gracing the front. It's also a fairly thick book, checking in at 192 pages of art and text. Flipping open to the index will give Fall Out Boy fans something familiar to look at: the photo on the left is the piece Luke did for the cover of their 2007 album Folie à Deux. On the right side, you can see how the book is laid out: it's chronological, covering his work from 2003 to 2009. What's also great is that the very first piece in the book, "Feeling Blue," is one of the first two Luke actually sold, and it then moves forward in time from there. I like the idea that in reading the book, you feel like you're traveling along through Luke's career following his move to LA ... or at least the part up until about 3 years ago. The pages themselves are pretty large, glossy (making them a pain to photograph in any sort of light) and printed clearly. It's also limited to about one picture per page (sometimes two), letting each work fo art get its own spotlight. Again, that's a nice design call and really lets you get to check out some of the detail Luke puts into his work. From a designer toy fan's perspective, what's cool is you get to see how some of his pieces which have now been made into toys like Black in White (above) or Possessed have progressed from painting to painting and then into production. From an art fan's perspective, you can also see some of the same progression, but on a longer, more character-based scale.  Yes, some of Luke's work in the designer toy scene is included, too, but you'll find much more of his painted work here. Still, it's nice to see this acknowledged as a legitimate part of Luke's artistic history and repertoire, along with other work he's done like painted skateboard decks.  One of the things I like about the book, and perhaps what's most interesting about it, is that the chronological set-up from 2003 to 2009, along with the works selected to be highlighted, really do let you see the progression of Luke's career through the years. You also begin to see his work not just as bears and bunnies, but at times, a real extension of Luke's own self, and it makes me appreciate some of his work that much more.  Specifically, Luke's annotations to the pieces he picked serve to give you a glimpse into his life at the time, and in essence, how that is someway represented in the paintings you see before you. It's personal and feels more conversational than analytic or academic. [My favorite piece in the book. Because Dig Dug is awesome.] For the Luke Chueh fans out there, this is probably something you'll want to have in your collection, as it provides a nice anthology for the first part of Luke's career. It's also a great read if you have an interest in low-brow art culture, though the US$34.95 price is likely to keep away a lot of folks who aren't already fans of Luke's work.  "The Art of Luke Chueh" is out now and Luke will be doing a signing tour with the book. His next stop is Gallery Nucleus (210 E. Main Street. Alhambra, Calif.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pacific on June 16, followed by stops on June 17 at Gallery 1988 Venice (214 Pier Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.) from noon to 2 p.m. Pacific; and Giant Robot (2062 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 24. [Thanks to Titan Books for sending along a copy of the book!]
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Wait ... what's this madness? A book review on Tomopop? Well ... yes, as we like to do a few books reviews as long as they're relevant to the site. Notably, it's a book featuring the art of Luke Chueh, whose work you've proba...

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Spectrum Fantastic: Custom Toys and Misc. Artists


May 22
// Rio McCarthy
We've seen the Circus Posterus booth and then the incredible sculptures that were at Spectrum Fantastic, but now it's time to focus on some of the incredible artists who did more traditional work, as well as custom toys that ...
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Spectrum Fantastic: Circus Posterus


May 22
// Rio McCarthy
May 18 through 20 marked the days of the first Spectrum Fantastic Art Live convention, which housed a couple hundred artists, and was single-handedly the best "first time" convention I have ever been to. You would never have ...
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WorryWoo Wince has finally been released!


Sep 16
// Rio McCarthy
Back in July I brought news that Wince was joining the WorryWoos in September, and guess what! That time is finally here! Wince is the Monster of Worry, and pretty much sounds like he could be my best friend. He's an adorable...
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Wince is joining the WorryWoos this September


Jul 07
// Rio McCarthy
Well, now here's a book I need to get my hands on if I've ever seen one. Andi Green will be releasing his illustrated book, Don't feed the WorryBug, in September of this year. Inside the book we'll meet Wince, the Monste...
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Geek Cavey coming next week, Cavey Book available today


Jun 14
// Brian Szabelski
Another month sees another Cavey release, this time being the Geek Cavey! He's got big framed classes, a plaid color and is ready to geek up your shelves! Geek Cavey will be open for pre-order at the Cavey shop for £16 ...

This Week in Tomo: Literary figures

Mar 07 // Pedro Cortes
   
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Welcome back to This Week in Tomo! This week we cover two smaller stories. We open the show with Squid Kid's contest involving their next 10-DOH! design, followed by How2worktoys' announcement of two figures from the classic story The Little Prince. We follow it up with a quick discussion of what other literary toys we'd like to see done. Hit the jump to watch the vid!

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Vance Project Hobby Guide Book Series 3 comes with exclusive figure


Jan 10
// Tyler Jones
I love Japan and their willingness to create cute mascots for absolutely everything, then sell cute figures of said mascots with related merchandise. In this case, Vance Project is selling a new guide instructing hobbyists in...
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Motorbot's I Like to Eat customs soon to be in book form


Jan 03
// Brian Szabelski
You might remember a show from last year featuring custom Labbits made to look like food. That was motorbot's I Like to Eat show at Dragatomi, and even if you didn't make it to the show, you can own something from it. It's a ...

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