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SDCC Mezco

SDCC 2016: Mezco

Superheroes everywhere!
Jul 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Want Hot Toys or Sideshow quality in a smaller, easier to display size? If so then Mezco has got you covered with their One:12 Collective line. These are high quality action figures with cloth outfits and life-like detailing ...
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Peter Cullen as Optimus Primes stars in hilarious Toys R US commercial

... when you realize your life is a lie
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Toys R Us has a new ad promoting the 2015 holiday shopping season that plays out like a cross between something out of Toy Story and the Twilight Zone. Simply titled Clone the ad features a talking Baby Alive doll that sound...
Sailor Moon Dolls photo
Sailor Moon Dolls

It's almost time for Sailor Pluto and Luna fashion dolls

Time IS on your side
Aug 17
// Soul Tsukino
The fine folks over at Groove are making your Sailor Moon collection look even better with their Pullip series Sailor Pluto and human Luna dolls. Both dolls are 37 x 20.5 x 11 cm in size and are fully articulated. They c...
Sailor Chibi Moon photo
Sailor Chibi Moon

Get into the Groove with the DAL Sailor Chibi Moon doll

Pink Sugar Big-headed Girl Heart attack!
Apr 05
// Soul Tsukino
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 ...

Tomopop Review: Threezero's RWBY Ruby Rose

Feb 13 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: RWBY's Ruby RoseFigure Maker: ThreezeroRetail Price: US$167.99 / ¥20,500Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | Play Asia | Plamoya | Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store Let me just cut to the chase and say this is a great looking figure! The attention to detail in Ruby's outfit is pretty great. They took some liberties with the design, but I think they make her more interesting. The number one change is replacing the red frills on her collar, cuffs, skirt, and boots with a red flower patterned lace. It's something unique you'll only find on this figure and I really like the way it turned out.  Let's start from the top and work our way down through the rest of the figure. Looking at the head the face sculpt is nice and well captured, but it's also a very neutral sculpt. Unfortunately you only get the one face which isn't necessarily the best for action poses. Maybe one of these would have been nice. However, on the flip side we might be a bit spoiled since swappable expressions aren't exactly common in a lot of figures like this. However, I do wish she had a some color in her cheeks. The hair is sculpted perfectly. They managed to get every hair right, which as figure fans we all know can be a challenge. She even has her red highlights, though just a touch on the brown side, but still look great.  Her outfit is impressive. It doesn't feel like doll clothes, it's very thick and durable feeling - more like human clothes. The corset is like a faux leather material with red ties that really pop against the black. It looks like layers, but her outfit is all one piece.  Her belt is perfect. To her right side you have her rose emblem, and to her left a row of bullets. While some features of this figure draw from elements of the RWBY "Red" Trailer I think it was smart to use the rose emblem from the series instead of the cross from the trailer on her belt. One neat little thing is a magnet that hangs off the back of the belt, but we'll talk about that later.  The skirt is big and puffy just like like on the show and looks great with all of the frills coming out from underneath. It looks great, but there's also an unavoidable problem related to it. The figure doesn't have a particularly long torso so the skirt portion pushes up on her belt which in turn covers her corset. It can take some tugging to get her skirt to cooperate and the belt where it belongs. It can be done, just be aware that you'll probably have to spend some time on this.  The leggings are faintly see through under direct light, but barely noticeable. They do have a tendency to get caught in the knee joints which wrinkles them up a bit, but give them a little pull and you're good to go. The boots are actually really cool. The frill is part of a sort of sock, though the figure doesn't really have 'feet', the foot just plugs into the boot. If you find the frills don't look right you can just remove the boot, pull on the sock and replace the boot - much better than making the frills part of the boot.  She comes with two different capes, both featuring a wire running across their bottom to give them some poseability. The first is a long cape first seen in the RWBY "Red" Trailer with a built in scarf that can be wrapped around the neck or hung from the side. There's a hook on the right inside by the neck that I can't figure out a use for. The short cape, more of a cloak I guess, was first seen in the RWBY "Yellow" Trailer finale and swaps out the scarf for a pair of crosses. Both also have some of the best cloth hoods I've used on a figure. They're stiff, heavy, and hold their position with ease like putting on a hat! They also hold on to the figure surprisingly well without any sort of fastener. Very well done Threezero! Hand options are good, but basic. Open, grasping, and closed are your options for each side. It's not a bad variety really, but something fun like a peace sign or thumb up would have been a nice touch to give the figure a little character.  Now let's take a look at her weapon because it's pretty neat and really big! First is the entirely closed mode which is identical in every way to the animation version. It's fairly lightweight for its size, but still feels solid. Remember the magnet on Ruby's belt? There's a metal plate hidden inside the weapon that lets it hang from her belt. It's surprisingly well secured and if you angle it just right you can hide it under her capes.  In RWBY her weapon can unfold into three positions. You can change it from the closed position to the rifle mode by popping the end off and and replacing it with a gun butt.  The hands don't have the greatest grip. It's not the hands' fault, they have a good grip to them being a bit flexible, but the actual handle grips are a little small and hard to grasp. If they were just a millimeter or two thicker. Also would have been nice to have hands that were shaped for a pistol grip to get her finger over the trigger. But if you do it right she can hold it securely which is what's important.  Then there's the scythe mode! As you can see it's huge! Obviously there's no way in the real world to make a weapon unfold like it does in RWBY, so this is a separate piece from the other two forms. For storage the spear portion can be popped off and the large blade can be folded down. It looks incredible, but it's far more weight than her poor arm joints can support. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of ways you can pose her with the scythe, you just aren't going to get a giant swing out of it.  Don't forget, the scythe also retains it's rifle function so you've got these removable ammo clips. One is undecorated, while the one she's holding here has a special symbol on it. These also come directly from the RWBY "Red" Trailer. Great attention to the details, someone at Threezero is really paying attention.  So let's do a quick recap, head to toe. The hair is great, the face is good, but could use more character and a little color. The outfit is really cool and feels great. The boots are neat and really well made. The capes are among the best of any figure you'll find, you can do so much with them. Her weapon(s) is just wicked and lots of fun to play around with. The entire package is pretty great! And the price? I think between the two capes and the size of the scythe the price is more than reasonable.  This is definitely a figure worth owning and I'm looking forward to her other team members, Weiss, Blake, and Yang being released, hopefully soon! [Big thanks to Threezero for the early sample!]
RWBY Ruby Rose photo
Red like roses (and just as sharp)
With the popularity of anime it's no surprise that the west would produce some imitators. There have been many failures, but some, like Totally Spies! (yeah, they still make new episodes), manage to find their legs. Othe...

Dollfie Miku photo
Dollfie Miku

Volks milks the Hatsune Miku License for yet another Dollfie Dream

what, already?
Jan 21
// Chris Seto
It has only been a few months since Volks have completed shipping their Hatsune Miku dollfie dreams to buyers, and now they are already planning the next one! We've had a couple of additional costumes already, but in a rather...
Disney Attractionistas photo
Disney Attractionistas

Disney Attractionistas and more coming to parks this year

A new set of dolls? Count me in!
Jan 09
// Rio McCarthy
I have to start off by saying I am so excited for Summer suddenly that I just can't stand it! Coming this Summer are the new Disney Attractionista dolls! From the concept images they look to be similar to Monster High dolls (...
OMG Sales photo
OMG Sales

Disney Store Online's Toy Mania Sale is ON

Upto 30% off select toys
Dec 16
// Kristina Pino
Disney's online store has just launched a big toy sale, with a bunch of items up to 30% off. I've put a little list together of some items that are now reduced in price: Large Simba plush. There's also a big Nemo one on sale...
Pullip Sailor Mercury photo
Pullip Sailor Mercury

Sailor Mercury is revealed as the next Sailor Moon series Pullip

Available for pre-order now!
Aug 29
// Natalie Kipper
The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it's the haircut. Groove also...
Matty Collector photo
Doomsday... and other things
Matty Collector's post-SDCC sale starts at noon EST on August 4th and includes, but is not limited to, the DCU containment suit Doomsday. Other non-DCU containment suit Doomsday SDCC items up for sale include the Monster High...

SDCC2014 Monster High photo
SDCC2014 Monster High

SDCC 2014: Monster High

The Ghouls are ready for new dolls
Jul 30
// Rio McCarthy
Greetings, ghouls and spooks! This year there were a ton of new Monster High dolls shown on display that you'll be able to pick up in upcoming months. After recently getting my boyfriend addicted to Monster High, I'm excited ...

SDCC 2014: Mezco

Jul 29 // Scarecroodle
Mezco photo
Mezco unleashes some extra crispy new figures
Mezco's booth once again featured a good deal of Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad collectibles, including a Gus Fring figure and a spoiler-y Gus Fring figure (so avoid the rest of that photo if you're planning on watching the...

SDCC exclusives photo
The daughter of Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf will be a con-exclusive
For Ever After High fans awaiting more news after Tuesday's teaser image, the time for the full reveal has come. As predicted, the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive is none other than Cerise Wolf (a.k.a. Cerise Hood), the daughte...

SDCC Mattel teaser photo
All signs point to a special throne-coming edition of this Ever After High doll
At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, Mattel is not only bringing Monster High exclusive dolls but an exclusive Ever After High doll as well. A teaser image of the Ever After High figure popped up on Instagram yesterd...

SDCC exclusives photo
Boy, talk about a horse-face
The badges have (hopefully) been purchased, the hotel rooms booked, now it's time to start talking about San Diego Comic-Con exclusives. Mattel revealed that one of their much-coveted con-exclusive toys will be a two-pack of ...

Disney Princess Dolls photo
Disney Princess Dolls

Doll makeovers fit for a Disney Princess

Make that 'Princesses' plural
Apr 24
// Rio McCarthy
Lulemee of deviantART has done some of the most wonderful custom doll work I've seen in a while. I'm not a huge doll person, save Monster High and MLP: Equestria Girls for the most part these days, but I can definitely say I'...
Console wars photo
Console wars

X.Bonnie is the (X-Box) One to win the war against P.Stellar

The console wars are heating up?
Apr 14
// Scarecroodle
The console wars have apparently found a new arena, as Original Effect (maker of the Army Attractive line) has produced two dolls which suspiciously look like homages to gaming systems. Meet X.Bonnie and P.Stellar, who both s...
Batman photo

Holy gender-bending, Batman! Monster High Dolls have been customized to look like Batman rogues

Rule 63 in action?
Apr 06
// Scarecroodle
Rachel Hell Haus of Dolls has produced some female versions of Batman's more popular rogues in a series of Monster High doll customs entitled "Daughters of DC villains" which, among other things, includes a "Ms." Freeze, fema...
it's a small world photo
it's a small world

Disney's 'it's a small world' collection continues with China and Mexico

Along with horse and kangaroo plushes for good measure!
Mar 31
// Natalie Kipper
As the fiftieth anniversary for Disney's iconic theme park attraction, it's a small world, looms nearer (the actual date taking place on April 22), the company has decided to release a second round of themed merchandise in ce...
Card Captor Sakura photo
Unfortunately the prices aren't
Back in the late 1990s when Cardcaptor Sakura was hitting its stride Bandai released a very popular series of dolls with bendy limbs and cloth outfits. These were so popular that when Nelvana got the TV series and rebranded i...

Disney Store dolls photo
Disney Store dolls

Avast! New LE Tinker Bell and Zarina dolls on the horizon

Insert yet another pirate pun here
Feb 03
// Natalie Kipper
To celebrate Tinker Bell's upcoming movie, The Pirate Fairy, the Disney Store has announced that they will be releasing two new Limited Edition dolls, one of Tink and another of the Pirate Fairy herself, Zarina. Each doll is ...
Disney photo

Frozen's Anna and Elsa may help thaw your winter

Or they might do nothing
Jan 07
// Scarecroodle
Winter's chill getting you down? Perhaps these limited edition Frozen Anna and Elsa dolls may fill you with a warm cheer. Both dolls will be available for pre-order in North America only, online and in select stores, startin...
Licca-chan Snow Miku photo
The clothes are kinda nice, though
Remember that kinda unusual looking Hatsune Miku version of Licca-chan by Takara Tomy that appeared earlier this year? Looks like Good Smile Company and Crypton Future Media have given their blessings on a second doll ba...

Disney's Frozen LE dolls photo
Available for purchase on November 20
I don't go to movies very often. Probably close to never, actually. But, I actually pre-ordered tickets to go see Disney's Frozen. That is how psyched I am for this movie. So, of course, I was thrilled to see that Disney...

NYCC 2013: Mattel's Monster High

Oct 13 // Rio McCarthy
NYCC Monster High photo
Frights, Camera, Action! New ghouls have arrived!
We took pictures of a lot of the new and upcoming dolls of Monster High while we were at SDCC this year, but NYCC brought the debut of at least two new ghouls for us to get acquainted with. Their names are Elissabat and Viper...

LE Disney dolls photo
Make them part of your world, err, collection
The remastered release of the Disney classic, The Little Mermaid, is almost upon us and in celebration, two limited edition dolls will be available. Images of Prince Eric and Ursula the Sea Witch washed up onto the shores of ...

Monster High photo
Monster High

Monster High's Catty Noir now on the prowl

I wasn't aware were-cats were a thing but I'll roll with it
Sep 16
// Natalie Kipper
Previously revealed at this summer's San Diego Comic Con, Mattel's Monster High Catty Noir is finally out! The doll was released on Friday the 13th, rather fitting for a monster girl resembling a black cat. According to her b...
Disney Animators' Dolls photo
Disney Animators' Dolls

Changes come to the Disney Animators' Collection dolls

And I am not pleased
Sep 14
// Natalie Kipper
We all like to think change is a good thing but sometimes it is a big disappointment. This is one of those times. The Disney Animators' Collection dolls (previously featured here and here) recently went through a reboot ...
Scary Godmother doll photo
Scary Godmother doll

Scary Godmother doll can make it Halloween all year round

This spooky-cool Kickstarter is almost funded!
Sep 08
// Natalie Kipper
Jill Thompson is a comic book artist who has lent her talents to such works as The Sandman and Wonder Woman. She also created an original comic series called The Scary Godmother starring a witchy godmother who is ac...
Army Attractive Cello photo
Army Attractive Cello

Recruit Army Attractive Cello to your collection

Ymra eht nioj
Aug 27
// Scarecroodle
Original Effect's Army Attractive Cello is currently available for pre-order. This 1/6 articulated beauty comes equipped with a rather large "reaphook" weapon and chain. Army Attractive is a line that has rather embarrassingl...
SDCC Mezco Toyz photo
SDCC Mezco Toyz

SDCC 2013: Mezco Toyz

They're all about strange bedfellows
Jul 25
// Tianxiao Ma
A lot of manufacturers focus on particular genres of TV and films when they make toys, but apparently Mezco will just do anything under the sun. It's a good thing, though. Where else are you going to find a plush of the puppe...
SDCC Monster High photo
SDCC Monster High

SDCC 2013: Mattel's Monster High

What are the Monsters up to for the upcoming year?
Jul 25
// Rio McCarthy
Have you drank the Ghoulade yet? If not, jump in now! I was so excited to see the new Monster High dolls in person, and to sit in on the panel. It was incredible! The show is now available in 30+ languages, and it's only goin...

Anime Expo 2013: Danny Choo's Culture Japan panel

Jul 05 // Natalie Kipper
A big chunk of both the press conference and the panel concerned the new Mirai Smart Doll, which actually started off as an April Fool's prank on his blog. At the time, Danny had been working on a 3D-printed ball-jointed doll and posted on his blog that there was a terminator-like robot inside. The post sparked the imagination of several robotics companies, leading to the birth of the Smart Doll prototype.  This Mirai doll is the first Android-controlled robotic doll. It has bluetooth capabilities (but lacks wifi - no room for it). You will have the opportunity to download more motions and voices via Google-Play. The Mirai Smart Doll has two power modes: "Home" and "Away/Idle." In the "Home" setting, Mirai will do more motion and voice actions. In "Away/Idle," Mirai will be able to tell you when you have new Facebook, Twitter, or other social media updates as well as email. There will also be a traditional non-robotic version of the Mirai doll made. No price has been set but they should be available by the end of the year. Danny's Mirai character will also be entering the world of anime with the upcoming 13 episode series, Mirai Millennium. An as-yet unnamed Scenario Writer famous for working on such projects as Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Eden of the East helped with the series. New characters will be joining Mirai in her exciting adventure to protect Japan, including her rival, Kizuna, Eiji, a young man, and Chitose, who was originally (and unflatteringly) referred to simply as "white-haired loli." Mirai and her friends will taking on the forces of the Genjitsu, a race of beings that appear in our world through time-halting "Millenium Gates." Only Mirai and company have the ability to battle the Genjitsu when these Gates appear, seeing as how everyone else is frozen and all. No word on when this anime will be released. Danny would like to explore the light novel route first potentially. Danny talked in the press conference about working with Good Smile Company to make his Mirai Nendoroid. He worked closely with the company when picking out the way Mirai would look as well as her accessories, like her MoeKana cards. After getting back the initial sketches, he tweaked a few details, like the eyes, and sent it back. Danny mentioned that the majority of the process is pretty automated, given that GSC has been producing Nendoroids for so long. He also said that Good Smile Company is very pro-active in globally reaching out to other countries and cultures. He is hoping other companies move in that direction. This Anime Expo is the first time Good Smile Company has had a booth in the United States, in fact.
Danny Choo visits AX photo
Plus additional information from the press conference
Danny Choo of Culture Japan was not only a Guest of Honor at this year's Anime Expo but he also had his very own panel and press conference to boot! He shared his spotlight with his original character, the lovely Mirai S...

MLP Equestria Dolls photo
MLP Equestria Dolls

Tomopop Exclusive: MLP Equestria Girls Dolls escape store

An Amazon mishap leads to them being in my home
Jun 26
// Rio McCarthy
So, I was minding my own business on June 21st late into the night, when I happened to decide to go to Amazon to look for a book. However, what happened to be on the front page when I logged in completely blew my mind. Undern...
Madoka dolls photo
Plus a new look at Licca-chan Hatsune Miku
There's no stopping Puella Magi Madoka Magica, it's here to stay. Even when it looks like things are starting to slow down something new comes along and we get all excited again. Not that you would ever actually want it to st...

Smart Doll photo
Smart Doll

Mad scientist Danny Choo is creating the first Smart Doll

Progress report shows some impressive tech
Jun 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Danny Choo is working on a a project that might make doll fans out of tech geeks. Built from the ground up his project, dubbed the Smart Doll (NSFW!), features custom software, 24 servomotors, and touch sensors. Yep, tou...
PureNeemo photo

PureNeemo Tsukiko wishes for you to pre-order her

Latest from Azone goes up for sale
Jun 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Azone's popular PureNeemo doll line has placed their latest up for pre-order. The child-like Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from the surprisingly good anime series the "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat (HENNEKO) looks really cute...
Monster High Webarella photo
Monster High Webarella

Monster High: Webarella appears for SDCC!

Wydowna Spider as Power Ghoul, Webarella
May 15
// Rio McCarthy
The daughter of Arachne has made her appearance on Monster High's Facebook! Wydowna Spider will appear as a Power Ghoul named Webarella for her SDCC exclusive doll. While I was partially correct in my previous post about...
Ouch photo

Disney Villains Designer dolls get a major price cut

Nearly 50 percent off is quite a mark down
May 14
// Natalie Kipper
If you were on the fence about buying the Disney Villains Designer dolls when they were first released way back in September and October of 2012, this may very well be your lucky day. Four of the designs (Ursula, Mother Gothe...
Miku Licca-chan photo
Miku Licca-chan

Here's our first look at Takara Tomy's Hatsune Miku doll

Doll based on Licca-chan finds its way onto another web shop
May 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Just this past weekend we got word that a Miku Hatsune dress-up doll for girls based on Takara Tomy's popular Licca-chan doll line would be coming as soon as this July. And while we still haven't received official word y...

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