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Pre-order Kodachi Nagi

Pre-order Waves Kodachi Nagi only if you are a fan


Or maybe not
Oct 06
// Jon Wills
Some of you may be familiar with an eroge produced by August known as Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai. Well it must be fairly popular, because there have been a few figurines made of Kodachi Nagi, one of its leading ladie...
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[NSFW] Kaitendoh seduces you with Walkure Romanze's Celia


An attractive and inviting 1/8-scale prototype is previewed by Kaitendoh.
Nov 01
// Jonathan Tubbs
NSFW figures will never be in my collection but there are some that I have come across that I admire and tempt me greatly. The latest one to catch my attention is what Kaitendoh previewed in their latest blog post. The compan...
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Volks Noel Marres Ascot garage kit available for order


Apr 06
// Jon Wills
There is something about a lady in shining armor that always impresses me. So when I saw this Volks resin kit of Noel Marres Ascot from Walkure Romanze, I just had to tell everyone about her! She really does look great from t...
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Daiki Kougyou has Tamaki show off her tsun side?


Feb 16
// Jonathan Tubbs
A month without Tamaki? I know! That's just too long for this popular lady from ToHeart2, huh? Well, Daiki Kougyou is looking to fix that by... oh. ... Re-releasing a Tamaki figure with a different face. That's just lazy. Com...

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Yamato tries to blow your mind with their poseable Ignis


Dec 19
// Jonathan Tubbs
Remember how Yamato was teaming up with Cerberus Project? Probably not. It has been a while. Almost two years to be exact. Well, after so long, we are now finally seeing Yamato's Ignis from Jingai Makyo pop up and they will a...
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Rance Quest's figma Kenshin strikes again in new photos


Nov 11
// Jonathan Tubbs
Five years after its 2006 release, AliceSoft's eroge title Sengoku Rance finally saw a sequel with Rance Quest, the eighth title in the Rance series. What does adult visual novels have to do with toys? Well, Max Factory ...
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Kotobukiya's Sniper Karin aims for your heart


Aug 18
// Brian Szabelski
The ToHeart 2 figures from Kotobukiya should be no mystery to longtime Tomopeeps, so perhaps it's not a surprise that the series continues on with Sniper Karin from the ToHeart 2 Dungeon Travelers game. She's not perhaps dres...
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WF2011S: Kotobukiya crosses into the various worlds of ToHeart to bring you figures


Jul 24
// Jonathan Tubbs
One thing that Kotobukiya has that they can keep going back to for variety is the ToHeart series. There's ToHeart 2, ToHeart2 ~Another Days~, ToHeart 2 XRATED, ToHeart2 Dungeon Travelers, and Manaka de Ikuno!! Final Dragon Ch...
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Muv-Luv's Takamura Yui looking fine


Apr 25
// Tyler Jones
So we just saw Krista, and she looks amazing. But maybe you have a thing for stockings? Fully automatic assault weaponry? Enter Yui. Like Krista, she's 1/7 scale, wearing nothing but some fancy undergarments and has a pretty ...
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Volks Manaka de Ikuno!! Bishop Manaka gallery


Apr 18
// Tyler Jones
This isn't the first time we've seen Bishop Manaka, but she's so pretty that new pictures are always welcome! I gotta say, there's something sort of serene about her smiling face framed by the blue hood and giant bells. Overa...
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Beach Queens Yuki Kanade now available


Apr 15
// Tyler Jones
If you were to round up all the Beach Queens figures that Wave has made so far, I wonder how many beach balls, inner tubes, parasols, and other beach accessories they'd have between them all. Probably a lot. Adding to the pil...
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Check out a gallery full of Kotobukiya's Dancer Maaryan


Apr 11
// Tyler Jones
Last month, we heard about Maaryan being the latest addition to the hoard of Dragon Chronicle figures, and this month we have a nice gallery to show her off. Cute girls in bunnygirl outfits are always welcome, right? A bunnyg...
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Manaka de Iku no's Bard Silfa takes a new job class to cleanse the world of evil


Apr 08
// Jonathan Tubbs
Kotobukiya has been seeing a lot of success with their line of figures of the ToHeart2 spin off RPG, Manaka de Iku no!! Final Dragon Chronicle ~Guilty Requiem~. Taking the cast and throwing them in outfits from a fantasy worl...
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Volks Manaka de Ikuno!! new figures on the horizon


Mar 21
// Tyler Jones
At the upcoming Hobby Round 5 event, Volks is going to show off a few new 1/8th scale figures from the popular Manaka de Ikuno!! series spun off from ToHeart 2. This is a bandwagon that everyone seems eager to jump on these d...
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A better view at Yuki Haruna's cute pink swimsuit, ready for the Wave beach party


Mar 11
// Kristina Pino
It looks like galleries are going to keep coming in of the pretty girls of Fortune Arterial now that pre-orders have been open for a bit. So far joining the Wave party are Erika Sendou, Tougi Shiro, Kuze Kiriha and of course ...
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UPDATED: Kotobukiya's Racing Queen Alice-chan finally ready for pre-order


Mar 09
// Tomopop Staff
UPDATE: New information reveals that Alice-chan is limited to only 1,000 pieces and is already sold out at many stores, so if you were thinking of getting her act quickly! Way back in August, it was revealed that Kotobukiya w...
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Return to the pool again with Kaitendoh's Tamaki and Manaka from ToHeart2


Feb 26
// Jonathan Tubbs
There never seems to be a drought of figures from the popular eroge title ToHeart2. It's even branched out into the spin off title Manaka de Ikuno!! Final Dragon Chronicle ~Guilty Requiem~ featuring the cast members of the ti...
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Wave's Haruna joins the pool party with more gallery images


Feb 25
// Kristina Pino
Yesterday we talked about Erika Sendou with her pretty red swimsuit and alternate eyes and faces. Today, miss Haruna wants to show off. Haruna is very cute, in an "adorable cupcake ready to eat" sort of way. No, I wouldn't su...
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Erika Sendou struts her stuff, shows off in pictures


Feb 24
// Kristina Pino
Pre-orders opened just a month ago for this blond beauty, and now we've got a gallery for you Tomofolk to further entice you to Beach Queens Erika from Fortune Arterial. She'll be hitting the shelves right on time, coming out...
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Re-release of Brilliant Stage Series Kasugano Sora is up for pre-order


Feb 10
// Kristina Pino
Just in case you had missed it last time, MegaHouse has re-released this beautiful figure for pre-order. Yosugano Sora's Kasugano Sora should be in stock in May and is retailing for ¥6,800. Personally, I'm glad to see thi...
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Toys Works Collection 2.5 Little Busters! Ecstasy trading figures now up for pre-order


Jan 24
// Tyler Jones
I'm not much of an eroge player, so I'm none too familiar with Little Busters!, but these new collectible figures from Chara-ani made me wish I were. They're adorable!The set depicts four of the charactes from the game, thoug...
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Fortune Arterial's Erika swims in some color in time to be pre-ordered


Jan 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
With this weather, it's good to get news of Wave Corporation's Beach Queens mainly to remind us of warmth. And the news continues with color photos emerging for their latest Beach Queens lady, Sendou Erika of Fortune Arterial...
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Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Petit B.G.M. Festival Set not so exclusive after all?


Jan 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
Good Smile Company, you confuse me. But this is a good confusion. Last month it was announced that Good Smile Company would be producing a set of Nendoroid Petit figures for the B.G.M. Festival music event featuring music fro...
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Fortune Arterial's Erika tries out her new swimsuit for Wave's Beach Queens line


Jan 14
// Jonathan Tubbs
Recently Wave Corporation opened pre-orders on the sweetie that is Haruna Yuki from eroge turned anime Fortune Arterial as a part of their summer time fun Beach Queens line. But what about those who are not swayed by the cute...
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NSFW: Orchid Seed's Al Azif Original Color Edition


Jan 14
// Tomopop Staff
Orchid Seed's Al Azif, the embodiment of the Necronomicon from the series Demonbane, is a figure that has drawn my attention for quite some time. This being the third colorway of the figure, the first being a black and red ve...
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Lots of Kotobukiya Wonder Festival 2011 items announced


Jan 10
// Tyler Jones
UPDATE: it seems that red Tamaki is not an event exclusive. She is already available as you can see here. Some new poster scans have appeared announcing Kotobukiya's latest merchandise for sale at Wonder Festival 2011 Winter ...
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B.G.M Festival will have an exclusive Nendoroid Petit set


Dec 29
// Tomopop Staff
Ahh, Good Smile Company and exclusive figures. The two go together like chocolate and peanut butter, if chocolate and peanut butter were wildly expensive, impossible to get, and left you with massive cravings. Well, I suppose...
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Say 'Hello, good-bye' to this Yukishiro May GK by Volks!


Dec 18
// Chris Seto
In a small surprise announcement from the Volks website (though they've been hinting at something for a while now), it seems that they are going to be releasing a garage kit of Yukishiro May. She's one of the heroines from a ...
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Native walks the safer side of figures again with Hazuki Mikage of Amatsu Misora ni


Dec 03
// Jonathan Tubbs
Native (NSFW). A name synonymous with figures of the NSFW nature. Granted, they aren't as outlandish as some companies such as Giga Pulse or Okayama Figure Engineering (look up at your own risk). However, recently they took a...
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Volks jumps onto the ToHeart 2 bandwagon with Komaki Manaka (Bishop Version)


Dec 01
// Chris Seto
Looks like there is no company which can resist the lure of releasing figures of the ladies from ToHeart 2! This time, it's the turn of Volks and their MoeKore plus line to tackle the series.To their credit, they're sidestepp...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's 1/8 Noumi Kudryavka

Nov 25 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Noumi KudryavkaFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: ¥5,500 (about US$65)AmiAmi  HLJ Noumi's original release was way back in 2008, and while picking her to re-release may seem odd, I think it was a perfect choice. Kotobukiya has always been a solid company, but they have greatly improved in even the past few months. Compare the detail work and paint on a figure like Test Suit Asuka to Noumi's original release and it makes sense why they would pick an older figure to improve upon.  Noumi definitely falls under the category of moe. Her big eyes, adorable pose and oversized cape just scream cuteness. However, she isn't so sugary-sweet for me, and her character design is interesting enough to stand on its own without her moe elements. Noumi is a rather tiny figure, because ... well, Noumi is a small character. The figure stands about 7.4" tall, which would make her a tad under 5' tall in real life. Seems reasonable to me! She looks a bit petite next to the Alter version, but only because the Alter one has the proportions of a 1/7-scale figure. They did a great job on Noumi's eyes, as they have a lot of depth and vibrancy. Her face kind of reminds me of a dog or cat waiting to be petted, and considering her alternate apparel that is totally appropriate! From the back you get a big eyefull of cape. It's well sculpted, but if you want to see the details of her outfit it is sort of in the way. Thankfully, her cape is easy to remove. Pop off her head and slide off the cape and voila! She comes with an extra ribbon to put in place, which is as easy to put in as the coat is to take off.  In illustrations, Noumi's hair is a shade of silvery-blonde and Kotobukiya did a good job translating that to figure form. In most figures, she is shown just having very pale brown hair. Here it has a bit of a sheen, which is more true to her character design.  Here she is sans the cape and hat! While she looks a bit lacking without the cape, you can also get a better look at her outfit. I know a lot of people are tired of schoolgirl uniforms over and over, but I think Noumi's has a pretty unique color and design.  Noumi's outfit is well done, though you can kind of tell that the sculpting is from 2008. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but figures were less dynamic back then so you get less fwooshed-up skirts and wind-blown hair. Honestly, I have more than enough action-oriented figures in my collection, so I don't see this as a flaw at all.  Zettai ryouiki! I suppose Noumi is classified as Rank B because they aren't quite long enough, but maybe she gets bonus points for the cute ribbons? Random question: can you lovely readers think of any true Grade S zettai besides Rin from Fate/Stay Night?  I am pretty selective in my anime watching, so I can't think of any I know offhand. Maybe Shana when she has her hair in pigtails?Back to the figure! My main reason for getting Noumi was her adorable dog accessories. She has a hat with floppy dog ears and a tail that slides into the back of her shirt, turning her into inu-Noumi! S-so cute. It totally changes her appearance, and I know for sure which way I am going to display her!  Noumi's tail slides into a hidden hole on the bottom of her skirt, so it looks seamless and you cannot tell if it is there when her tail is not connected  And it's oh-so-adorable! I love how it curls around her. I suppose from a practical perspective, this was the only way you make it so she could have her coat on and still see the tail, but I still love the positioning.  Noumi's enormous hat was already painfully cute, but with the added dog ears she tips the cuteness scale to new extremes. Especially because they are big, floppy dog ears, the cutest of all the canine ear shapes. I like that they included a separate hat for them, instead of making them attach. This seems like a piece that would fall off all too easily!  Noumi is a very adorable figure and well worth owning. I suppose comparisons to the Alter version are inevitable, as they were released so closely together, but they are both solid figures and which one you pick is really a matter of personal preference. I think I like this one a tad bit more, as I adore the dog ears and she looks better with Sasami, oddly enough. Noumi seems to be selling very well, as she's already out of stock at Hobby Search and Otacute and AmiAmi only had a few the last time I checked, so if you want her hop to it!Thanks to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! As always, there are more in the gallery for your viewing pleasure. Has everyone else noticed how early it is getting dark? I think before we started shooting figures I did not notice it as much, but now I definitely pay attention. There's a big difference between being able to shoot until 8 p.m. and having to wrap it all up by 4:15!
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Though I have never played Little Busters or its spinoff, Kud Wafer (of which Noumi is the titular heroine), I find myself drawn to its character design. Most of the figures from it were released quite some time ago, but luck...

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FREEing's Sora Kasugano is looking shy and lovely


Nov 22
// Tomopop Staff
For some reason, I have a soft spot for Sora. I have yet to see Yosuga no Sora, though it's on my "to watch list," but I find her character design very endearing. I missed the MegaHouse and Kotobukiya releases of he...

Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Figma Aya Kagura

Nov 20 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Aya Kagura school uniform FigmaFigure Maker: Max FactoryRetail: ¥3,200 (about US$38)HLJ  Hobby Search OtacuteAya's box is the standard you get with Figmas, pretty bland but very small! It does have a bit of a pastel theme going on, which is a nice touch, but the box really isn't anything special.Like Yuu, Aya comes with a ton of accessories. She has 2 cups, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a violin and a case and bow to go with it and 5 cats, plus 10 hands an extra face and a stand. Not all of this fits in one layer, so Aya has 2 levels of plastic hell!Figmas in general seem to balance well on their own. Certain poses definitely need a stand, but Aya can do the basics without one. Aya's skirt also helps her balance, as the stiff material keeps her from falling over. Her skirt is a lot stiffer than Yuu's which limits her poseability a bit, but if the trade-off is balance I am fine with that! Aya's outfit has some really nice details, like the bow on top of her socks and her funky boots. At first, I thought she was identical to Yuu, but their outfits are actually quite different. Aya's embarrassed face is so damn cute! For something so small she is very well done, especially her eyes which have a lot of depth. Her hair has a bit of residue from the mold, but this is to be expected and is only visible when looking at her from a few inches away. All in all, her quality is very nice!However, Aya has one small but very noticeable problem. Her neck is waaay too long. I thought this was an issue with either the length of the peg or her actual neck piece so I sanded them down a bit, but it made no difference.  Here is a comparison of Aya and Yuu's hair pieces. Yuu's peg is correctly placed directly below where her faces slot in. Aya's peg is simply too low, and makes it so her head never really slides in properly. It's rather annoying, and this seems to be an issue with all of the Ayas produced, but it doesn't look so bad from many angles.On a side note, why do none of the Figmas have interchangeable faces? Almost all of the Nendoroids made now have swappable faces, but you can't even swap out the faces of 2 characters from the same series if they are Figmas! In any case, the neck issue is my only complaint, so let's get back to the fun stuff! I really don't know why Aya comes with these accessories, but she looks adorable with them! On the box they show her with the worried face while holding them, which seems strange to say the least. She's ... really worried about how clean her teeth are? However, she cheers right up when her toothbrush is in the pink mug! So apparently she hates white mugs. Interesting! I heard some people complain that the se.kirara Figmas don't have enough personality, but I find just the opposite to be true. Because I am not aware of their character, I can make it up as I go along. As we learned in Morning Coffee Aya's shoot, she is quite the perv and a bit of a drama queen. And Yuu, for example, is a psycho chef. Let's see what else Aya likes!  SWEETS! Aya is crazy about sugary treats of all shapes and sizes. Also, pink! So she's a total perv who snacks on cake all day long and is also a crazy cat lady. Sounds like a lot of personality to me! I am sure everyone will "imagine" their Aya differently, but when posing her this is what seemed most natural. Also, I have a lot of cake Re-ment.  Aya's horde of cats are probably my favorite accessory of all time. I'm a cat person myself, so having an entire tribe of miniature felines to play with makes my day infinitely better. S-so adorable. The detailing on them is really quite nice, much better than you'd expect on something of this size. The crouching grey one with the big yellow eyes is my favorite! Plus you can do awesome stuff like this! CAT PETTING PARTY!  Aside from the mugs and cats, Aya also comes with a violin. It actually fits into the case! However, I find this accessory kind of boring, at least with Aya. It doesn't quite seem to fit with her, though I suppose it would make more sense if I knew her character.  Because she's a generous hostess, Aya invited Yuu over for some cake and pudding! Aww how cute, they must be best friends!  Wait, what's this? Yuu stole Aya's diary, and she is getting a bit hysterical!  Poor Aya! Aww, looks like Yuu's not so bad after all. She even supplied Aya with an extra-large box of tissues! I bet you're wondering where that crying face came from. Why it belongs to the first Aya Figma! Because they are the same character, their faces are interchangeable.  Oh no, self-cest! How ... very terrible ... *ahem* Anyway, as you can probably tell by now, Aya is ridiculously fun to play around with.  So even with her funky neck, Aya is an awesome Figma and well worth the money. Heck, she's worth it for the accessories alone! I mean ... 5 cats, people. How can you resist? Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! Figmas are so much fun to shoot, especially with elaborate setups like this. Speaking of the setup, there's a shot in the gallery of the full thing! I must admit that I am quite proud of it, setting up that many small objects is not as easy as you'd think. So go check it out, along with all the other shots that didn't make it into the review, including more self-cest!
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I have to admit, when I started collecting I was originally not that enamored with Figmas. The joints bothered me, and there were none of characters I loved or ones with designs I needed to own. This all changed when King Kaz...

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Wave re-releases their Fortune Arterial figures to coincide with the new anime


Nov 18
// Jonathan Tubbs
2008 adult visual novel Fortune Arterial has just seen a new anime released this month and with fans of the title pumped, what better time to cash in than now? Wave Corporation is seeking to do just that with the re-release o...
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The 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kurushima and Kaitendoh


Nov 11
// Jonathan Tubbs
Companies Kurushima and Kaitendoh seem to have shared the same idea when it came to what goods to showcase at the 27th Annual Miyazawa Model Exhibition. That idea? Women in bikinis. That was pretty much 99% of what these comp...
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The 27th Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Rachel=Alucard of BlazBlue is a thing that's happening


Nov 10
// Jonathan Tubbs
If it's one thing that I commonly hear in conversation with friends, it's "Where are the BlazBlue figures?" It was the same case with Arc System Works' insanely popular spiritual predecessor Guilty Gear. W...
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Native's newest figure is surprisingly SFW


Nov 09
// Tomopop Staff
Native, I am disappoint. The only reason to buy a Native figure is becuase they offer ridiculously high quality ero figures that are very much worth jumping through hoops for. The only other company that produces decent ero i...

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's 1/8 Yui Inaba

Oct 29 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Yui InabaFigure Maker: Good Smile CompanyRetail Price: ¥7,800 (about US$96) Yui's box is colorful and compact. She is 1/8-scale, but because she is in such a tight pose and she is a rather small character to start with, she's a tiny figure. She's a little under 8" high, but some of that height is her base and support pole. Yui Inaba is yet another figure I've bought where I have no real knowledge of the character. She is from the eroge Flyable Heart, and that's pretty much the extent of what I know. She likes eating sweets and apparently she's very energetic, but I don't need to know a character to buy a figure of them. A lot of people need to know the character, but considering that one of the first PVC figures I bought was Fauna (who I still know nothing about), this isn't an issue for me.  Yui is an adorable little figure. Little is definitely a word that applies here, and not only because of her squished pose. Yui is definitely 1/8, but she is very petite. Her limbs are a lot thinner than a standard 1/8 figure, but it just adds to how cute she is.  Yui's face is one of the highlights of this figure. Noizi Ito's art is perfectly captured, and Yui looks nearly identical to the original illustration. Yui is cute, energetic, and exudes personality.  From the back you can see how short Yui's skirt is. In fact, if you look at her head-on from the front you get a panty shot too. Yui is meant to be viewed from slightly above, so she's best on a lower shelf. Unless, of course, you want an eyeful of underpants and her face totally blocked from view! The donut in her mouth is perfectly sculpted. Sometimes figures with things in their mouth end up looking weird, like it is kind of floating there, but it really looks like Yui is munching away on that donut. The colors of the frosting and the sprinkles also match her outfit perfectly, a small detail but one that really makes Yui pop.  The little flowers in her hair are such a cute touch. They look a bit like eggs, which is both amusing and adorable.  Yui is not without her small problems, though. I expected some minor issues when I purchased her, as she was pretty low on GSC's radar and actually made her release date, and indeed they are pretty small things. There is a seam on the side of her hair that is pretty noticeable close up, but from a distance and most angles it's very hard to see. The paint work on her hair is also a little rough, with the shading a bit all over the place, and it does not have the refined feel of figures like Black Rock Shooter. Again, this is something I expected, and it happily doesn't affect my overall appreciation for the figure.The one part of Yui that I was actually worried about was the bow. With its multiple layers, it seems like this would be a prime area for paint overlay and splotches. Thankfully, it is executed quite nicely. There is no real overlap of the pink and blue paints, and the gold in the middle is perfect!  Yui's outfit is a lot different from your usual Japanese school girl uniform. The pink is very vibrant and adds to the energy of the figure. The gold clasps pop against the matte paint, and adds some nice contrast. Yui is a very slim girl, and I like that GSC did not make her overly busty. Her body type actually seems normal for a young teenage girl, which is a rarity in the figure world. Yui's skirt has a wonderful sense of motion. It billows around her body, perfectly matching her jumping pose. Many figures look stiff and un-lifelike, but Yui has a lot of energy that makes her seem somehow more real.  Yui's accessories on the back of her skirt are perhaps my favorite part of this figure. The feathers and raccoon tail are very eclectic, and add a lot of character. They are sculpted onto the skirt, but the chain is actually a real metal chain! This was a nice, unexpected touch.  Yui's base is the Flyable Hearts logo, and it fits perfectly with her girly theme. I have heard complaints that it is "too girly" but honestly the figure itself is so damn adorable that you have to expect a cutesy base like this! Yui is connected to the base with a metal pole, and she is surprisingly well supported. Triumphant Saber is admittedly wobbly (though well supported) with an almost identical pole, but Yui does not wobble at all! Yui Inaba is admittedly not a perfect figure, but she's exactly what I had wanted and expected. Her flaws are easily overlooked, and if you're looking for an adorable figure to grace yourselves, Yui is an excellent option! You can pick her up at AmiAmi and Hobby Search. Thanks to Stephen Donaldson for taking these photos! It was the third photoshoot of the day (Makise and Xecty being the other two), and I was in charge of making a 1/8-scale leaf pile. Let me tell you, it sounds a lot more fun than it is! But for Yui, it was totally worth it! 
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There are some figures that grab the attention of the figure community. Right from the first time they are shown off, everyone is buzzing about the sculpt, the paint, the pose. Other figures tend to slip by unnoticed. Yui Ina...

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Have an official look at Movic's Azusa and Kotobukiya's Alice-chan


Oct 16
// Jonathan Tubbs
But you might as well consider Movic is Kotobukiya since those two are always working together. About a week ago, pre-orders went up for Movic's next release from all-girl band series K-On. That would be the adorabl...

Tomopop Review: Max Factory's Figma Yuu Kawamura

Sep 19 // Tomopop Staff
Figure Name: Yuu Kawamura FigmaFigure Maker: Max Factory Price: ¥3000 (about $35) Yuu comes in a standard Figma box. After getting only a few Figmas before this one, I can already tell that all the boxes are pretty identical aside from the color pallet. Yuu's is a nice shade of blue with some pink accenting. But when it comes to Figmas, no one really cares too much about the box; it's what's inside that counts! Yuu's plastic prison is pretty impressive because of all the extra parts jammed in there. As you can see, she comes with the standard extra Figma hands and stand, two extra faces, a pair of hands holding chopsticks, an apron, mittens, three knives, a pot and a pan, a spatula, a cutting board and a ladle.  Thankfully, Yuu can stand on her own. The "cuter" poses require the stand, but if you want to have her just hanging out it isn't necessary. This is a big deal for me because I really hate how Figma stands look behind them. It takes away from the figure a bit in my opinion, so having her be stands-free makes me instantly like her a lot more. Quality control on Yuu is pretty much what you expect it to be. Very good, but not perfect. Most of her paint is very well applied, but there are a few splotches. Honestly, she is a 1/12-scale poseable figure, so this is standard. The flaws aren't noticeable unless you use a macro lens, so it's nothing to worry about. In any case, when you buy a Figma, quality control isn't the main issue. Poseability and how fun they are to play with is much more important, so let's check out what Yuu can do!  First things first: Yuu's standard face looks totally psychotic. That huge open mouth, the bulging eyes ... it's just creepy! Don't see what I mean? Well take a look at this! See? PSYCHO YUU! Thankfully she comes with two other faces. That's much better! Her second face is probably my favorite of the three, and also the most useful for cooking pictures. Speaking of cooking, Yuu's accessories are based around it, so let's make some food! Yuu's apron is made of very soft plastic, and is easy to put on. Just pop off her head, unhook the clasp on the side of the apron, and put it on her! I love the little paw motif; it just adds that extra touch of adorable. Well, it's time to start cooking! Of course Yuu has extra hands for all her accessories, and they slip in quit easily.  The paint on her cooking supplies are actually better than the paint on the actual figure -- look at how the inside of the pan really looks like Teflon!  The cutting board does not come with anything to put on it, so hopefully you have some Re-ment lying around! Re-ment in general is an awesome thing to have with this Figma, as you could fit food in her pot and pan quite easily. In fact, I ordered a few boxes right after this shoot because Yuu inspired me to get more tiny props!  Delicious! Yuu is incredibly easy to pose with her accessories. They do not slide out of her hands or shift around easily, and they can be posed in pretty much any way you can imagine. Yuu's joints move very smoothly, so getting her arms into the correct position for a shot is a breeze.  The only part that is hard to work with is Yuu's mittens. They don't have any slots for holding objects, so you have to position them just right to keep the accessories from falling. It is definitely worth the trouble considering how cute she looks with them on!  Now that the food is all cooked, it's time to eat! Yuu's chopstick holding hands are my favorite accessory she comes with, so let's take a closer look! They don't move at all, so you are stuck with them in a "closed" position, but they look great regardless of this. I think an extra set that were "open" would have been a nice addition, but considering how many things she comes with, I'm not going to complain. I love that she comes with parts for during cooking, and then parts to chow down on what she made!  What's this? It seems like Yuu invited someone over for dinner and they have arrived! Who could it be? Oh, it's Yuu's friend Aya!  OH MY GOD AYA, PUT SOME PANTS ON! Well ... I guess it all worked out in the end! ^^; BONUS SHOT! Because Aya and Yuu are from the same series, they are pretty much the same size (Aya is a smidge taller). This means that you can swap their parts! I cannot wait until I get all 6 of the girls for some part-swapping adventures.  Yuu is pretty much oodles of fun to play around with, especially because of all the options her accessories give her. Even if you don't like the base figure, she is worth getting for all the extras! Imagine Saber Alter and BRS in a cook-off! Not surprisingly, she is sold out at most of the usual stores, so you will have to hunt around a bit to get her. However, Otacute has the Japanese Nendoroid Playset that we shot Yuu in (which is obviously not just for Nendoroids!) on sale for $13.50 each (A and B). Thanks to Stephen Donaldson for taking these shots! Figma shoots take a lot longer than shoots for static figures because of all the posing involved, but it's also a lot more fun! I think I am officially a Figma convert. 
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