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Get over your mommy issues with Clayz's Rei Ayanami


1/8-scale cold cast figure
Aug 20
// Tianxiao Ma
No you haven't fallen into a time warp, this is an Evangelion 2.0 figure in 2014. Like, a thousand years after the film's release. Why this Ayanami? And why now? I don't know, but I welcome it. The subject admittedly isn't th...
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[NSFW] Aizu Project's Gisen Yagyu goes up for pre-order


Two versions available with different expressions
Mar 27
// Tianxiao Ma
It's been a while since I last saw a big, cold cast figure, but here's one: Aizu Project's 1/6-scale Gisen Yagyu from Hyakka Ryouran. "Cold cast" refers to the materials used in the manufacturing process of this figure. There...
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1/4-scale figure up for pre-order Jan. 28
If you remember back to our last post about Pop Culture Shock, you might remember we mentioned an upcoming Shao Khan 1/4-scale figure. Well, here he is, and I am very, very impressed. The latest in their Mortal Kombat polysto...

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Aizu Project's Nadia returns


Re-release of 1/7-scale coldcast figure coming in April
Jan 17
// Brian Szabelski
Aizu Project's Nadia is back, with a re-release coming in April. The 1/7-scale figure is the third different Nadia I've seen in the past few months, and she's the biggest of the three, posed in her trademark outfit and lookin...

Tomopop Review: New Captain America Fine Art Statue

Oct 31 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: New Captain America Fine Art StatueFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$157.99 (¥24,800)Available at: HobbyLink Japan (on sale for chump change at the time of writing!) As I mentioned earlier, Cappy's box is pretty huge. Inside the box, he's protected by a block of Styrofoam and is separated into two pieces (by the way, if you see any white specks in this review, it's some of that stuff I missed when I took the statue out). The base which includes the sculpted Hydra troopers is on one side, and Cappy himself is on the other. He attaches to the base through some metal pegs that slide into the base with no issues at all. If you're wondering why the base is only half of the shield though, it's because you could pose this statue together with the previously released Winter Soldier Fine Art Statue and have both incarnations fighting back to back. There's a picture of that on the back of the box above. Bucky's pose here is basically smashing a Hydra trooper's face with his knee while he gets ready to lay down the law with his shield and fists on the rest of them. I love the power in his pose, and the statue looks great from all angles since it's so dynamic. It's best displayed with Cappy facing out toward you, though, especially if you don't have the other half of this set. Here's a look at the guy whose face is getting knee-smashed without Cappy on top. That hole there is for the peg, and it wedges in flush. I like the shattered look of the eye piece there, and he's got an appropriately angry look on his face. By far one of the better statue expressions I've seen in a while has got to be this derp over here, though: Geeze, he is having a rough day. Moving along... let's stare at some abs. This, ladies and gents, is a very well-sculpted torso. I mean, this is a Captain America I can believe in. That aside, you've got a truly solid paint job here, and some bold colors that look great in any kind of lighting. It's got a slightly metallic and matted finish to it that really gleams. His back is equally powerful-looking. The way the suit is shaped, it makes him look like he's literally bulging out of his skin. There's no decoration back here besides the one star, which is really all he needs. Further down, we've got his handy-dandy utility belt. He's got some pockets, weapons and a flask to keep him going. There's some neato work here with the sculpting and painting to make them look flexible and worn, which I appreciate despite the slightly spotty painting with the buttons. Please do note, though... those paint defects are not at all noticeable on the statue once it's on display. These are just things you notice when a camera is all zoomed up on them. One of Cap's arms is flexed back like he's ready to punch the face he just broke, and the other is hanging on to Steve Roger's shield. The straps on the shield are made of actual fabric, so it has the feel to match its look. Both of Bucky's shoulders are decorated with the star symbol as well. Here's a look at the shield, of course. If you rub your hand over it, you can feel the texture of the paint that's layered on there. What I love about his shield is that the red offsets the rest of his outfit perfectly along with the stripes at his front. It's just the right amount of splash of color that the statue needs as a whole. Yes, I know that the color scheme is a set design. I'm just appreciating what I've got in front of me. On to Cappy's head, he's decorated with little wings and an "A" on the forehead. It all has the same sort of liquid look that the rest of the statue sports so well. And even with such a small portion of his face exposed, there's plenty of expression to take in. He's angry. Seriously? Bucky is going to wreck your face. The big thing that stood out to me here are his beautiful and clear blue eyes. As for the molding, the hood is layered over his face realistically and isn't simply a blue layer over his skin. The rest of his face looks fine, of course. He's got the snarl thing going for him. So, would I recommend this statue? Absolutely. If you're a comics/Marvel fan, especially a Captain America fan, this is a great addition to any collection. Granted, it isn't a depiction of Steve Rogers, but that doesn't really sway my mind. The execution is wonderful and at 13 inches tall, he definitely makes a statement. He's a little bit on the delicate side in some areas (for example, be careful not to grip him at the belt, since those pieces may snap off), but is overall as hefty as his physique. Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sponsoring this review! If you entered our Halloween-themed contest, you're entered for a chance to win this awesome statue. If not, you can still purchase it at a great price. This is a limited release of only 1,000 pieces, so once he's gone -- he's gone.
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Bucky takes his turn in the spotlight, smashing some Hydra faces!
Of all the items I received for this month's giveaway, I was most excited for this particular review, though at the same time I was kind of dreading it the most. The dread comes from imposing size of the box Cappy here comes in, but everything else is pure excitement. Click past the jump to see my full review of this limited, hulking, 13-inch tall cold cast statue of the New Captain America!

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Sogeking kicks off Plex's Real Mask Project


Feb 17
// Brian Szabelski
Plex are launching a new line of collectibles, the Real Mask Project line, and the first addition to the line is One Piece's Sogeking. The coldcast mask is 35 by 46 by 18 cm, which is quite a large size, and comes on a plaque...
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Gaming Heads' 1/6 Medic ready for pre-order, Oktoberfest


Jan 31
// Andres Cerrato
Brian gave the heads up that Gaming Heads was preparing their assortment of Medics to see the pre-order stage. As it has now become the magic hour of 8 a.m. PST, the Medic is fully revealed and available to order. Fans of Tea...
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Gaming Heads calls for Team Fortress 2's Medic


Jan 28
// Brian Szabelski
Well, well: Gaming Heads has been quiet lately, but just recently, they posted a teaser showing off their next Team Fortress 2 statue, the Medic. The image in the gallery is the only info we have, but considering the history ...
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[NSFW] Kurushima's Mie is way, way too relaxed


Jan 22
// Brian Szabelski
2012 has gotten off to a pretty good start, but you know what we're missing? If you said "ridiculous NSFW figures," then you're right and you're also cheating, so shame on you. But yes, from Kurushima Seisakusho, we have the ...
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Aizu Project's Evangelion cold-casts back in stock


Nov 21
// Tianxiao Ma
Aizu Project's 1/6 Asuka and Mari figures are back in stock for those of you who missed out on the initial release. While Asuka looks rather pretty, I don't think they got Mari quite right. Still, how many figures of Mari in ...
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Syco Industries shows off some new gaming statues


Nov 11
// Brian Szabelski
The crew at Syco Collectibles have assembled a trio of gaming icons for their newest statue pre-orders.Two of them are 10" statues from the Mortal Kombat franchise: Raiden, limited to only 500 pieces, and Kitana, who is indee...
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Have some homemade cold cuts from Aizu Project's cold cast Ayanami Rei


May 31
// Jonathan Tubbs
If there is something that fans of Evangelion can count on, it's the never ending supply of merchandise pouring out from the widely popular title. For the figure world, Aizu Project has a new Ayanami Rei coming. The 1/6 scale...
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More Hyakka Ryouran goodness is announced in the latest Hobby Japan


May 23
// Tomopop Staff
Hidden away in the latest issue of Hobby Japan was a rather big announcement: more Hyakka Ryouran figures! Two illustrations by artist mht were shown off, one of Yagyu Jubei, the other of Sanada Yukimura, and underneath a sho...
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DC's newest Batman: Black and White figure is MAD-dening


May 18
// Brian Szabelski
Sometimes, yes, DC Direct does some stupid things. But there's one thing they definitely have yet to do wrong, and that's their Batman: Black and White line, featuring the many different looks of Batman, all beautifully craft...
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A gallery of AlphaMax's Kusanagi Motoko figure? Yes, please


May 10
// Brian Szabelski
Sure, last month, we got a gallery full of Kaitendoh's brand-new Kusanagi Motoko figure, but they aren't the only ones on the block with a new figure of her. AlphaMax has got one as well, featuring Motoko in her outfit from 2...
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Alphamax's Kusanagi Motoko is mega hot


Mar 23
// Colette Bennett
Seriously, we have posted some figures of Ghost in the Shell's Motoko before, but holy hell ... this is easily my favorite in some time. I'm not usually crazy about stuff by Alphamax, but this one earns a wow from me. This co...
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Kurushima gives you a couple of choices for which beach Holiday you want to take


Mar 09
// Jonathan Tubbs
It's been a while since we've last heard about Kurushima's latest Original Yasumi-chan figure. Back in December, the company revealed on their web site that the next release would be the Holiday ~on the Beach~ refined ver. fi...
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Cute, super deformed figures plus Ikkitousen still makes my head explode


Mar 03
// Jonathan Tubbs
I'm still trying to wrap my head around this since the first time we covered U-Art's Micro Pop Show series of adorable, super deformed Ikkitousen figures. Notice something wrong with the previous sentence? I used adorable and...
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Black Angel from Clayz is stunning


Feb 03
// Tyler Jones
Wow. Did you know about Clayz Original Black Angel? I sure didn't, but now I am totally in love with this figure. The body and pose would be beautiful on their own, but the wings and hair make this figure a real work of art. ...
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Prepare to call "call in pasta rice" with this Tamaki figure by Clayz


Jan 13
// Chris Seto
No, not that Tamaki!! This time, we're talking about Kawazoe Tamaki, one of the main heroines of the manga (and anime) Bamboo Blade.Being a kendo practitioner myself, it may come as no surprise to hear that I really like Bamb...
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Original Yasumichan Series Holiday on the Beach ~refined ver.~ quite rare, quite sexy


Dec 27
// Tyler Jones
Not much has been seen of Kurushima's Holiday on the Beach figure since it was spotted at the 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition sporting a more colorful swimsuit and a cowboy hat. The new, refined version has several subtle chan...
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DC Universe Online cold cast figures look fantastic


Dec 21
// Brian Szabelski
Okay, so I'm still not very sold on the new DC Direct Ame-Comi figures. But here's two I'm much more likely to look at buying: Zatanna and Solomon Grundy, also from DC Direct, based on their designs in the upcoming DC Univers...
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MUSASHIYA gives us a blast from the past with these Nadesico figures!


Dec 09
// Chris Seto
Nostalgia can be such a powerful thing. Back in the day I remember collecting video tapes of Martian Successor Nadesico and watching them religiously! Even now, it still rates highly as one of my favourite shows of all time. ...
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[UPDATED]Ladies, ladies; try and control yourselves while checking out some pictures of the upcoming Light figure by Griffon


Nov 18
// Kristina Pino
I wasn't even that much of a Death Note fan, but this figure looks great! A few months ago, Colette said something similar, and I find myself just as enamored with this figure as she was. I'm just as impressed with the qualit...
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Why look, it's another Ryomo fig-YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWN


Nov 09
// Pedro Cortes
Man, going into the future is going to be a sad affair. With all the trash we generate, we'll have landfills covered in paper cups, plastic bottles and Ikkitousen figures. The bloody things come out faster than a high school ...
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Alphamax's Mina Tepes figure is actually pretty hot


Oct 06
// Colette Bennett
I just posted Kotobukiya's version of Dance in the Vampire Bund's Mina Tepes a few days ago, and since I haven't seen the show, I didn't think much of it. If you had told me that I'd ignore a Kotobukiya figure but n...
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The DC Solicits are up, that means half-jackets and statues!


Sep 21
// Tomopop Staff
This is going to be the first time I ever post a full solicit text in the body of a post but honestly it's so insipid that it must be read. I'm sorry but it's quite possibly the most idiotic thing I've ever read and someone g...
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(NSFW) Alphamax's 1/6-scale Ellis features castoffable top, basket of fruit


Sep 19
// Brian Szabelski
You may remember this lovely lady from CM Corporation's figure of her, but now Alphamax has a figure of Ellis from Asobi ni Ikuyo. This time, she's in a swimsuit and ... carrying a basket of fruit on her head? Hmmmmm, okay.Ho...
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Check out some more pics of my Valentine, Nazume Mikuru!


Sep 13
// Kristina Pino
Take a look at the gallery and enjoy some more pictures of the lovely Mikuru by AlphaMax! She's looking more and more like a "DO WANT" the more I see of her ... (lots MORE)!Anywho, for those of you who are having se...
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New goodness from Bowen Designs


Sep 11
// Tomopop Staff
One thing you should know, I will take ANY, and I mean ANY excuse to use that Hercules image in a header. And the fact that I can use it in a situation that it actually fits? Well that's just a bonus. What am I looking forwar...
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Zeroin's Nazume Mikuru can be my Valentine...


Sep 06
// Kristina Pino
She's cute, she's got a gun, AND she'll never kill you (no, really - her rule). Mikuru is looking spiffy (yay, pantsu!) and she's got her good boots on for you to order her today. I said she can be my Valentine because she's ...
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Aizuproject's Makinami Mari: Pay the price for glasses and the school girl outfit


Aug 30
// Kristina Pino
Aizuproject's uniformed version of Evangelion 2.0's Illustrious Mari is complete and ready for pre-order, Tomopoppers. This figure is said to depict a parachute-jumping Mari, posing in her glasses and uniform for your enjoyme...
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Covergirls of the DC Universe gets armored with Wonder Woman


Aug 17
// Tomopop Staff
If there is one thing I love more than almost anything else, it's Wonder Woman. I think we've pretty much established this by now, I'm totally gay for Wonder Woman. You know what else I love though? Adam Hughes drawing Wonder...
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Griffon offer mouthwatering new Death Note resin statues


Aug 06
// Colette Bennett
I don't want to sound like a snob, but I don't pay attention to anything Death Note collectible related anymore. Like, ever. I think it's because the anime reached such heights of popularity that the collectibles scene was ju...
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Coming next from Bowen Designs


Jul 18
// Tomopop Staff
Great googly that's a lot of statues and busts coming up to order from Bowen Designs! I am a big proponent of checking out the next things coming and this time around it's a whopping 7 new statues and busts coming up for orde...

A Collector's Take: The Cost of Collecting

Jul 17 // Tomopop Staff
Statue collecting is far from a cheap hobby. As you can see, even at its cheapest it still manages to run anywhere from $100 to $350. What are the factors that change this? Why is a shorter 1:8 Thor more expensive than a 1:6 Iron Man? What causes this? How do you know what causes that $175 price instead of $250? Well, to tell you the truth, it's a pretty interesting topic.  Kotobukiya Fine Arts Collection Avengers Reborn Thor: $200 (originally listed at $220)Sadly, Thor is an example of when a company got it wrong. You see, while he may be detailed, this was a case of a company still being new to the market. I can't actually speak to the actual mindset of the company in pricing this but I can't help but feel that it was a lack of understanding of the U.S. market. As much as I loved this statue and even said it was worth the cost when I reviewed it, I still can't help but mention that when you compare it to similarly sized statues, this was way too expensive.  Kotobukiya Avengers Reborn Iron Man: $175  Like all things Kotobukiya though, they learned. Things became cheaper and priced in a way that is competitive with other companies and fair for what they are selling. It's an amazing thing how fast Kotobukiya is learning. They have quality control issues, they make it right. Prices too high? They adjust and learn fast. While the first statues in the line came while they were first breaking in to the statue market, the next come out and are priced in a way that makes me unable to say no with the quality of the sculpts they are putting together. Kotobukiya Deadpool Fine Arts Statue: $175 Not only did they learn, they didn't learn that adding a ton of small details actually allows you to put a higher price on it. This, this is a statue that is worth $200 or even the $220 that Thor was asking. You could easily ask that amount and get it. Yet they didn't and I applaud that. They realize it's a shorter statue so why not keep the price down a bit. I like when a company learns, it's a long term process but in the end it always comes out in a way that is fair and maximizes the amount of sales you can get.Let's get into more of the established companies now so I can talk a little about the thing that really interests me in the pricing of the figures: Bowen Designs Sandman: $200 You would think a statue with as much detail as this would be somewhere close to $250 or more, instead it's a good deal less than that. Why is this you ask? Take a look at the sturdiness of it. While there are a lot of details to this thing it's a thick and sturdy statue. It's not going to shatter in shipping and more than likely it's going to be one singular piece. The sturdiness of a figure will make it cheaper every time. It's a great sculpt with a large size, but without the extremely fragile sections that some statues have. Bowen Designs Gladiator: $250If you take a look at Gladiator here, you can see one of the main things that drives the price of a statue. No, it's not the epic base. Well, that has a little to do with it but in the end it's actually the fragility of the piece. It's odd but true: The more fragile a piece is, the more expensive it will be. It's an odd fact that is a little easier to express through the use of busts. So let's finish it off by switching to Bowen's line of busts. I use Bowen for this because DC Direct has a set price for their lines. They don't change, no matter what. But a Bowen Statue or bust's price changes based on a few factors, the most important being the fragility of the piece. Second would be the overall size of a run. Bowen Designs Enchantress Bust: $60 Bowen Designs Dormammu Bust: $60Both of these busts are pretty simple. Well, not simple but they have a sturdiness to them that busts don't always have. In return for this, they are both the same price. Let's look and see what happens when you add some of the more fragile details to them: Bowen Designs Pyro Bust: $75 Now we are getting somewhere. Look what happens when you make a smaller flaming figure and add a flame bridge. You would think Dormammu would have been a more expensive figure with it's bulk. Well he's not, you add that sweet flaming bridge effect and suddenly, $15 more please. Which, by the way, is a completely fair deal. It's intricate things like that which make me love a lot of the Bowen statues and busts. Those little extra things that make them feel so much more alive than say, the Sideshow stuff that costs hundreds more. Damian Hellstrom Bust: $90Combine a cape, fragile elements, and what will likely be a small run and suddenly you've got a figure that is being put out specifically for the fans. It's a beautiful figure with a ton of detail and yes, it probably is worth that US$90 for a bust collector. In the end, that's still far more affordable than the DC Dynamics line, which is just a glorified bust with a ridiculous price of US$200.In the end, one of the most important things to remember when you are buying a figure and looking at the price is this: if it looks fragile, it's going to be more expensive. If you combine that with a small-scale run of a lesser known character, the price is going to skyrocket. For me, it's gotten to the point where I can tell a price just by looking at the sculpt of a figure and if you look back at this you should get an idea of what to expect when you budget for something. And with that my time as your instructor comes to an end. I hope in these last few months you've learned a little and enjoyed some of what I've written, and honestly I hope it pushes some people who were either on the fence about the statue market or even had no interest into having that little spark. So I will leave you with one simple thing: Bowen Designs Tigra: $175 Bowen Designs is flat out amazing and you should safely do what I do and buy everything they put out in the full size statue department.
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Welcome one and all to my final edition of A Collector's Take. Thus far, I've brought up a lot of the important issues surrounding statue collection, including delays, sculptors, quality control, and storage. Before I get ...

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DC Direct allows you to preorder some busty goodness


Jul 05
// Tomopop Staff
DC Direct has been a target of my ire before when it comes to quality control, but I really do like the sculpts they put out. Especially when they find the right designers to do it. If I can buy a bust designed by Amanda Conn...

A Collector's Take: The Burden of Space

Jul 03 // Tomopop Staff
 We'll start with the most basic and popular method of display, the Detolf. In fact, I'll be using it's dimensions as my gauge to talk about this issue as it seems to be the most popular method of display from people on the site. You see, statues are not small. If you take a look at Captain America and the Winter Soldier here, this is only one way to display them. You could have it front to back so you can look at the face of one of them, but I don't think the wall is really very interested in staring at Captain America's face. Even so, with them both connected as they are they still just barely fit inside the case.As much as I love the Detolf, actually displaying full statues in one of them can be extremely difficult. Let's take a look at another example of this.Bowen Designs has a series of figures that are sitting in a throne of some sort. Take a look at Loki here. Does it look like I have room to display more than just the one statue on that shelf? It's a difficult conundrum as it really limits the available space you have on each shelf. Even wider display cases can be difficult to deal with on this front as well. For this reason I'm actually in the process of designing and building some showcases specifically designed for statues with adjustable shelving and a thicker base level. One of the things with statues is that sometimes you get figures that take up more space with their stance and because of that, the bases end up taking up a lot more space. Like with Loki's throne, the classic Nova has a much larger base when you compare it to those of most other 1:6 statues. I can just barely fit in the two of those in and even then I have to be extremely careful as the modern Nova just barely fits inside height wise. In fact, many of my figures are closer to the maximum height for a Detolf. Winter Soldier's gun is another example I've shown, they just barely fit, and they aren't even close to being the largest figures I own. Take a look at the 1:4 Museum Quality Wonder Woman, my prized possession. This thing barely even fit in the comic shops display and that one is huge on the bottom. I have to remove shelves from the Detolf to fit in statues of this size. Even then, I had to really be careful and put her in the case and had to maneuver her around the metal brackets leaving her with millimeters between her and the glass. She isn't even the biggest statue I own, just the only one I have on display at the moment. When it comes to most display cases, pretty much the best way to go is with the smaller sized figures like busts and 1/8 statues. Once you start getting larger in scale, it's so much more difficult to display. I want to display all of my figures but, due to having less room in my new place, I have to pick and choose what gets displayed while the rest get to sit stored in their boxes. It really is one of the tradeoffs to the larger size of statues.  The weight of some of these figures leads to even more issues, especially once you start getting into the 1:4 scales. I could never display that Wonder Woman statue on a glass shelf, it would shatter in an instant. Statues run everywhere in size and you regularly find yourself with a foot and a half or more in height and when you add the bulk that some of these have, that is a lot of weight. This means you are only going to be able to display a lot of these things on the base level of a display case. Even then you have to be extremely careful as I've seen more than a few of the larger and more fragile statues get destroyed as they are being put away by nicking an edge of a shelf. Display is only one difficulty with statues, the other is where you store these things as the boxes aren't exactly small, leaving one with limited space like myself, in a bit of a pickle.In a bit of a tease I'll bring up Gladiator here as he stands next to his box you can see a good example of how they relate in size. Gladiator the statue stands at over 15 inches tall and the box is a good few inches taller than he is.That's going to make that box pretty unwieldy for storage.You know what though, I'm not going to let you compare a figure to its box without context. So, let's do something sneaky so you can see exactly how large some of these boxes are.The nice thing about the Winter Soldier/Captain America 2 part statue from Kotobukiya is that they have the same packaging. You would think this would be something that would make things easier to store right? Well it's not, they may be the same size but when it comes to the rest of my statues no two boxes have the same dimensions. It doesn't help that there isn't really a universal logic behind sizing the boxes. It's rare to find 2 that are even close in shape to one another and that just makes it a pain when building a well balanced box storage pile. Seriously, sometimes a box has tons of extra Styrofoam around a figure and sometimes it's just an inch. It makes it a challenge when you have to figure out how the pile can go together to keep the boxes out of the way in a safe out of the way location. It seriously is just a big game of Tetris at times. Sure you can have empty boxes just piled up any way if you want to but there is still a big issue if you don't have enough space for all of your figures and have to keep some in boxes. It's not easy to manage and keep these stacked in a way that looks somewhat organized but keeps your figures safe at the same time. That's all for this round, be sure to come back in two weeks when I'll be giving my last piece on the pricing of statues and the things that cause the prices to rise and fall.
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Welcome Tomopeeps, to my second to last edition of A Collector's Take, talking you through the many things you should always know when it comes to statue collecting. Up to this point I've introduced you to some of the amazing...

Show & Tell: Bowen Designs Planet Hulk

Jul 02 // Tomopop Staff
 So here he is, the Bowen Designs Planet Hulk. Really the crux of my collection expansion. Before he came into the shop, I had limited my Marvel statue buying to the two Nova statues that Bowen had released. It was pretty simple: I buy figures of characters I like and that's it. I never really paid attention to what was coming out and really only bought the characters I loved that came through the shop. I wasn't searching online, so I didn't know what Bowen and other companies were putting out month-to-month. I just collected what I loved and didn't really care about being a collector. Then, he came into the shop and suddenly, there was something I just had to have. The only problem was really the price. At that point, I had just had my hours cut pretty extremely at work and I didn't have the money to afford this. So it sat in the comic shop, unpurchased, unloved. There was no feasible way for me to own this statue.  In the end, though, my urge to own this statue overpowered all of my logical reasoning skills. What did I do? I took advantage of the fact that yes, I can actually set up a payment plan with my comic shop! I can drop a small amount every month and end up paying this thing off over time. I could do this if I played my cards right and budgeted properly. The day I solidified my decision was also the day my collecting habits expanded. Suddenly, I started really researching the stuff that matters. I learned about the sculptors, I learned about the companies, I started paying attention to flaws that I didn't know about before. Rather than just being a fan of comics, I became a fan of being a collector of the higher end memorabilia. With the decision made, I got online to compare prices and found a ridiculous sale though. Suddenly, not only did I not have to worry about slowly paying it off at the comic shop, I was able to buy it for close to $100 less than suggested retail from a ridiculous sale I found on Amazon.  I still did go back into the shop that next day though. I went in and I picked up my copy of the Previews order book, something I hadn't picked up in a long time. I got together with one of the employees who is really into the statue collecting and we started talking about statues while flipping through that new issue. We talked about Kotobukiya, Bowen, CS Moore, DC Direct, and every other statue company you can think of. I learned more in one day than I knew before and I was more interested in this than I was in comics right then.  Suddenly, the statues became more important than the books were. I dropped all the books that I was just buying out of habit then and ordered 6 different statues from Diamond Previews. This was just right then; suddenly it's all that I wanted. I love superheroes. I loved Planet Hulk, but suddenly I found myself ordering Black Cat, The White Queen, Captain America, Thor, Winter Soldier and more statues. I was hooked.  No, I was more than hooked. I was completely obsessed. It's why I work here, it's why I try to keep statue coverage coming at a good level. I want people to feel the same way I felt after this statue came in. I want other comic fans to come here and learn that every penny you spend on a good one of these is well worth it. I collected before, but I was never a collector. It's thanks to this that I turned into the guy you see before you. It's because of this that A Collector's Take came into existence.  This statue really is why I have the passion for collecting that I do. So thank you Randy Bowen, thank you for bringing out something that turned me into a true collector with a true passion for figures whether they are cold cast or PVC. It's a small thing to try to spread your passion for something but it's something I really did want to share. I'm sure you all have similar stories about something that brought you deeper into collection and gave you the passion you have today. So do me a favor, after checking out the rest of the shots in the gallery, share your own stories. Let us know what set you off down the path of collecting. Let's get a good dialogue going, learn more about everyone and how we relate to one another in this hobby we all have such a great passion for.
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What's that? Me doing something on another comic book statue? Please, pretend to be shocked. This time around I'm going to take it a little differently from the last time I did this, though. Last time, I gave you the entire h...

Throwback Thursdays: DC Direct's Cover Girls of the DC Universe Wonder Woman

Jul 01 // Tomopop Staff
 Wonder Woman, freed from her glass cage alongside the other statues in the line. I really wanted to open by giving you a good example of how she looks in comparison to the other figures. And what better way to do that than by just taking them all together. Of all of the statues, Wonder Woman is my absolute favorite, which is saying a lot when you consider she's standing next to the only character I like more than Wonder Woman, Black Canary. With that out of the way let's just get right into the meat of the review.  I love the presentation of the boxes of these figures. The use of the cover art they were based on as well as some pretty good product shots let you know exactly what you are getting while also promoting the other figures in the line. Full credit is given to both the artist, Adam Hughes, and the Sculptor, Jack Matthews. Both do an absolutely spectacular job bringing the character to life in her most iconic look. This is everything I could want in a Wonder Woman figure.  It really is a wonderful sculpt. I love the way a lot of the details are kept simple while at the same time still being beautiful. The paint job sticks within the lines and really helps capture a bit of humanity in the figure. I also love the way the lasso snakes around like it does. But let's zoom in a little bit and take a look at some closer shots. This actually leads to one of my only problems with the figure. The eyes were painted a little too black. It makes her seem, I don't know how to describe it. A little high maybe. If you look at it from different angles it actually seems to change the expression. Sometimes it seems to feel aloof or uninterested. I get that it's probably supposed to represent the eyelashes but it really detracts from the overall presentation of the figure. Closing in on the bustier you once again see that they really did do a good job with the color and the paint. Keeping it simple can sometimes be the way to go and this time around it really worked for me. I just really like the job they did bringing the character to life. It feels tight but still like it was separate from the flesh that would be beneath it. They also did a really good job at making it feel angular rather than trying to be too sleek. I do with the guards were pushed out a little more to make them feel a bit separate but I still absolutely love what they did with it. And yes, the star spangled panties are represented on this figure. As much as I would have loved it if the writers that wanted to add an armored skirt to the character were able to, they weren't. This is the iconic representation of the character and I can live with that. Honestly, while I would prefer the addition of a skirt this is still a look I can live with and am always happy to own since it screams Wonder Woman.  I'll be honest, I absolutely love the boots, especially the way they were depicted during this era of the character's life. You know how they were depicted? Let's turn them around a bit so I can show you.   Notice what they don't have? High heels! during this era of the character she actually wore boots rather than the idiotic high heeled boots. Complain all you want about her wearing hooker boots but if you take away the heels, suddenly it adds a ton of class into the character that isn't there when she's wearing high heeled boots.We'll head the rest of the way back up by really taking a closer look at my favorite part to this figure, the lasso. This however also leads you to one other small problem area. As it is a hard wire connected inside the leg, there is a small blemish around the connection point. Not enough to really bother me but it is there and I wouldn't be doing my duty if I didn't point that out. It's still such a small issue that it doesn't really detract from the figure for me. I absolutely love the way it curls around the body and then loops at the belt point. It's so perfect that I have trouble dealing with it. I can't point out enough the marvelous job they did with a lot of the smaller aspects on the figure.   From both sides it does an excellent job at keeping a nice steady curve. Rather than having it look like a piece of bent wire it manages to look like something that really could be a rope if it were frozen in time. Although I do have to say that you do see a little bit of that on the right hand side of the figure. It's not bad, but there is some straightening of the line. Finishing off the lasso we can really get a pretty good look at the hair on the character. I love the job they did with it sweeping back as if being pushed by a strong wind. I just love it. It's also missing something I see in a lot of DC figures, messed up blemishes. There just aren't any and it really leaves me extremely happy to own this figure.   Gratuitous butt shot interlude ... mostly to point out the small blemish on the back of the belt. It's a very small issue but it is there. It's really not super noticeable unless you get right up to it. Leaving me to call it a bit of a non issue.  This is another example of why I like this figure though. Get it out in the right light and she really does look real. Just a wonderful job all around when it came to the painting of the flesh. The curves and the musculature of the character are very representative of how it would look if someone were in this pose. There are a lot of small details that this figure does an excellent job of and the musculature really is quite fantastic.  And here it is, my biggest problem with the character, a single tiny drop of red paint on the arm. The figure is so fantastic that I can pass this off as a birthmark or something like that. Still it's one of those things that sometimes happens and it falls through the cracks. All in all though it really doesn't diminish from the overall figure which is really quite a stunning piece.    Will I tell you to buy her this time around? I know I've shown trepidation about recommending DC Direct figures in the past. I know I've said you should open a box first before you buy it, but honestly, in this case it's worth the risk. I'm more than extremely happy with the figure and at $100 it's a damn good deal for a statue of this size. So yes, go out and buy it. Especially since DC Direct has been re-releasing this line over the last couple of months. You can still find it online pretty easily and I'll be sure to let you know when the re-release pops up for full order soon. Be sure before you head out be sure to hit up the gallery, where I've got even more shots of this fantastic figure.
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Welcome, my friends, to the third installment of Throwback Thursdays, where we sit down to review some older yet still accessible figures that we might have missed the first time around. This time, I'm leaving the realm of PV...


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