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WonFes 2015

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: MegaHouse


I'm slightly underwhelmed
Jul 28
// Tianxiao Ma
As I comb through all this WonFes coverage, I have to say the showing from MegaHouse feels a little uninspired. Honestly, they've never been a go-to brand for me. I'm never watching my news feeds wondering what they're up to ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alter


total recalling
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
Alter had a rather eclectic mix of figures at their booth. There was quite a large focus on recent idol anime, specifically, Love Live but fans of the original idol anime, Idolm@ster have not been forgotten as there are plans...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Ques Q


Whatever floats your boat!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a figure company which basically takes garage kits and gives them a PVC release is going really heavily into the KanKolle boat. After all, if the whole community is pretty much chu...

Log Horizon Akatsuki photo
Just say wow, wow, wow, wow!
Let's take a moment and look at what Log Horizon has going for it: Nine light novel volumes and counting 11 manga volumes between four different titles, all ongoing Two anime seasons totaling 50 episodes (and a good chance f...

WonFes 2015 Summer photo
WonFes 2015 Summer

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You


Highlights from GSC and associates
Jul 27
// Tianxiao Ma
[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Durarara!! figma photo
It's finally happening!
Well, here's my favorite bit of news from Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Durarara!!x2 figma are happening! A series that has long been on my figma wishlist will finally get checked off, just as I was trying to cut down on my fi...

SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
Repaints, retools, and reissues
Hasbro didn't play all of their cards last month at BotCon, but they certainly played their best ones. Hasbro's display and presentation at San Diego Comic Con 2015 was a little lacking compared to years past. We did finally ...

SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo photo
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo

[Update] SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya's Bishoujo sketches reveal Metal Gear Bishoujo line, more


Here's your ladies from Koto
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
[Update 9:00 AM EST] Added overnight are Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen and DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2! Stay tuned for more updates as the weekend goes on! Comic-Con is here, which means Kotobukiya is bringing out the bi...

Tomopop Review: Chief Beifong Pre-Painted PVC Kit (Convention Exclusive Edition)

Jul 08 // Rio McCarthy
Figure Name: The Legend of Korra - Chief Beifong Pre-Painted PVC Kit (Convention Exclusive Edition)Figure Maker: Zwyer IndustriesPrice: $99 SRP for the original versionAvailable at: SDCC (Nickelodeon's booth) / Zwyer Industries Starting out, the box itself is actually pretty cool. It clearly shows a photo of the figure that resides within said box, as well as some landscape artwork from Korra. For those who may not know, Lin Beifong is the Chief of Police for Republic City and is pretty much a badass. As the sticker plainly tells you, this is the convention exclusive edition. Saying that, that means that this figure will have the glossy armor, as well as the gold colored nameplate on the base. She comes packaged in a few pieces that are nicely wrapped in their own individual pieces of plastic for extra protection. Everything arrived in great condition, and there wasn't a single piece of out place. Looking a bit more closely, she arrives in five pieces. Her two arms, body, head and the base of the figure are all easy to put together with pegs that hold quite well with one another, and aren't a pain to get put into place. Once she's back together we have quite the strong looking Chief Beifong. I was so excited that she was their first character to release a figure of, as she was one of my favorites in the series from the very beginning. I loved her tough attitude, and her Earthbending skills are just awesome. Taking a closer look at some of the finer details, I think she'd be pretty pleased with this figure of herself. It makes her look a bit younger in the face, which I feel most of us would take a liking to if it was us. (At least I know I would!) At first I was a little bummed you couldn't always see her cheek scars in the light, but I went back and looked at her in the show, and the colors are actually quite accurate. They weren't nearly as bold as I remembered, so they did very well. Funny enough, you wouldn't think having a gold nameplate would make that much of a difference, but I actually really prefer it to the silver. In some of the photos shown on Zwyer Industries' website it seems the original is a bit hard to read in certain lights, the gold was beautiful and easy to read. I, personally, really like the glossy armor as well, so I'm very excited to have been able to review the convention exclusive version. Though I'm sure the original version looks very nice in person as well. One small gripe I have is that I wish there were a bit more shading on her hands to make the details in the figures pop a little more. Mine seemed to suffer just slightly from PVC glob hands, but it's not a huge distraction by any means, just a little bit of whining on my end. Funny enough, when shown against the picture of the figure on the box, I actually like the way she looks in person much better. It could just be the angle, or perhaps the actual real life colors, as opposed to those in the printing, but I think she looks a good deal better in person. All in all, I'd say we have a winner! Zwyer Industries did a great job taking this 2D butt kicker and bringing her to a 3D format. Even if you can't get your hands on the convention exclusive version, the original matte version will be arriving around August, and will retail at US$99. Though if you find yourself at SDCC this weekend, I would definitely swing by the Nickelodeon booth and see if you can get your hands on this little lady. I shouldn't say little, she actually stands around 11 inches tall! You know what I mean though, go check her out! [ A huge thank you to Zwyer Industries for sending along this review sample! ]
Legend of Korra photo
Pick up this glossy version at SDCC
I bring good news your way this morning! Zwyer Industries is the new company bringing Avatar and The Legend of Korra figures our way, and it all starts at SDCC. The first figure (which is actually a pre-painted PVC kit) ...

UK Toy Fair 2016 photo
UK Toy Fair 2016

Hasbro backs out of London Toy Fair 2016


Germany, you're still good
Jul 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's no big secret that much of Europe often gets a raw deal when it comes to figure distribution. Hasbro has been especially difficult as of late with them teasing the region with an early Transformers Combiner War...
RG Astray Red Frame photo
RG Astray Red Frame

Real Grade Gundam Astray Red Frame gets promo video at AX


Gimmicks are a good thing
Jul 04
// Andres Cerrato
The Real Grade line is expanding later this year to include the found in a destroyed colony Gundam Astray Red Frame. It's been a favorite design among fans, which helps to explain why SEED is seeing yet another RG release. Th...
Nendoroid Mako 2-Star photo
I want this more than heaven will allow
Anime Expo is opening this weekend and thousands will crowd into the Los Angeles Convention Center. For many, the goal of the weekend is stride right into the dealer's room and buy more stuff than is economically responsible....

Bluefin lists out its exclusives for SDCC next week

Jun 30 // Andres Cerrato
For gunpla, we will have three exclusive models that were previously only available at events in Asia. The three kits are all in 1/144 scale and are the HGUC Zeta Plus Test Type Image Color (Amuro's) for $25.00, the RG Gundam Exia Extra Finish Version for $48.00, and the HGBF Try Burning Gundam PP Clear Version for $22.00. Perhaps the biggest draw will be the S.H. Figuarts Goku Frieza Saga version. It's the Goku you've always wanted, with an actual belt and his symbols. It's almost like the standard Goku release, just now with an extra face and gi symbols! This limited edition of Goku will be available for $45.00 alongside an 18" statue of Goku from X-Plus for $65.00. Also available will be several Action Vinyls from The Loyal Subjects. There will be a set of black/white battle damaged Ninja Turtles, a crystal MMPR Pink Ranger, and a Transformers Construction set. There's one last group of releases for comic and movie fans. Iron Man will have two items, an Iron Man MkIII Magnetic Floating figure with a chrome paint job for $139.99 and a 1/12 Shotgun Iron Man Mark XL for $160.00. In case you're wondering about those prices, they're fully poseable with LEDs throughout. If you'd like another billionaire who fights crime, on hand will be Hero Cross' Hybrid Metal Figuration Batman for $80.00. Oh, there's also an S.H. Figuarts Nise (imposter) Sailor Moon, too. She looks mean and I guess that's kinda cool.  Check out the gallery for what you can buy from Bluefin this San Diego Comic Con.
Bluefin SDCC Exclusives photo
Loan market is stable, right?
In case you haven't noticed, San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching and will be open in just over a week. That means it's time to get the full rundown of exclusives and what you can possibly stretch into your budget whether ...

Conan O'Brien photo
Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien goes POP! at San Diego Comic-Con


Offering up little Conans
Jun 25
// Soul Tsukino
The host of the late night show CONAN that airs on TBS announced that he would be hosting shows live from SDCC beginning July 8th. As part of bringing his show to the convention, Funko is producing a limited run of Conan O'Br...
BotCon 2015 photo
Maybe a first look at SDCC announcement?
Well this was unexpected. Near the Hasbro booth at BotCon was a large poster advertising Combiner Wars showing off all of the Combiners of the series including the first look at Bruticus. But hidden around the text was an une...

BotCon 2015 photo
Seeing double here...
USA Today was given the first look at Transformers combiner Victorion through a few comic panels from IDW. The results of Hasbro's Fan Built Combiner poll ended in an all-female Autobot combiner from the Sea of Rust with grav...

BotCon 2015 photo
BotCon 2015

BotCon 2015: Transformers Fan Club reveals 2016 figure lineup


Armada Ramjet and Skywarp? Yes please!
Jun 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
This past weekend at BotCon the Transformers Collectors Club laid out their plans for 2016. This year they didn't go nearly as obscure with their figure choices as they did with the 2015 selection. I don't want to join the su...
BotCon 2015 photo
Bruticus versus a swarm of Autobots
This past weekend at BotCon 2015 Hasbro at long last revealed a first look at many figures we knew were coming, but have been eagerly awaiting a chance to see. Among them are eight classic Autobot cars reimagined as combiner ...

Tokyo Toy Show 2015 photo
Combaticons get upgraded articulation
Transformers fans were given a lot to be excited about at Tokyo Toy Show 2015 this past week. Takara Tomy had done some small reveals, like letting us see a finished look at their take on the Protectobots and their three evil...

Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives


WHL4U 22 site is up now
Jun 19
// Tianxiao Ma
It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...
SDCC exclusives at B&N photo
Diamond, Funko, and Titans represented
If you've got your eye on some San Diego Comic Con exclusive figures from Diamond Select Toys, Funko, and Titan but can't make it to the show then you may not be entirely out of luck. As part of Barnes & Noble's Get Pop-C...

Combiner Hunters photo
Second Transformers box set on the way
You can't exactly have a villain without a hero to oppose them. Or in this case a trio of heroines. Last month Hasbro previewed their first Transformers exclusive for San Diego Comic Con, the massive premium Titan Devastator ...

KISS photo
Exclusive Alive II set to be offered
The Kings of the Nighttime World (and Bif Bang Pow!) are making their presence known at SDCC this year by offering up an exclusive 1:20th scale set based off the album Alive II. The set will come packed with the four iconic c...

MegaHobby Expo 2015 photo
MegaHobby Expo 2015

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Hobby Japan


For those of you looking for boobs
May 31
// Tianxiao Ma
Hobby Japan often caters to the more salacious crowd, and I'm getting a bit of that from their display at MegaHobby Expo. Unfortunately a lot of these will likely be Hobby Japan exclusives, so actually buying them can be a tr...
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MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Revolve


All Hail China!!
May 30
// Chris Seto
Revolve is a company which is still in its infancy (just one release under their belts so far) but their figures are still making small waves by looking rather good and covering titles which other companies don't really cover...
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MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Alter


All work, but there is some play!
May 30
// Chris Seto
The Spring MegaHobby Expo has just recently concluded and it looks like all the figure companies are giving a final push for their soon-to-be-released figures to make way for all new announcements at Wonder Festival but even ...
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Hobby Round rises and throws in a few surprises!


My poor wallet...
May 25
// Chris Seto
Hobby Round has grown considerably since it started up six years ago but even with the increased showing from the garage kit makers and other companies, it is still very much the Volks show so it makes sense that Volks use it...
SDCC 2015 Transformers photo
Not-so-jolly green giant gets repainted
As people suspected, one of this year's San Diego Comic Con exclusives from Hasbro is Titan class Devastator. Like with the 2013 SDCC Titan Metroplex, Titan Devastator is pretty similar to the retail version, but features add...

Take a look at BotCon 2015's complete box set

May 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
BotCon 2015 photo
Cybertron: Most Wanted
BotCon 2015 is a little over a month away so let's see what's in store for their box set, Cybertron: Most Wanted. The story takes place on Axiom Nexus, a Cybertronian hub city at the  center of the Transformers multivers...

Transformers May Mayhem photo
Transformers May Mayhem

Hasbro, IDW, and retailers team up for Transformers May Mayhem


Month long event features comics, figure reveals, and more!
Apr 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
May might be the month of flowers and warming weather, but Hasbro wants to make sure it's known for something else: Transformers! Through the entire month of May Hasbro will be combining fans with retailers and various events...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Jellykoe


Colorful and hazardous?
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
Jellykoe continued its line of Tox City plush creations at C2E2. They're colorful characters that make me think of something you'd see in a Cartoon Network show. Maybe one day... You can get a rundown of the Tox City line fro...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: House of Darkly


Sweet desserts
Apr 30
// Tianxiao Ma
You can find a plush for just about anything. Do you want plush dessert items? No problem. Plush weather phenomena? Got it covered. Plush... rocks? You bet! In fact House of Darkly's booth featured all of that stuff and more....
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: CKRTLAB Toys


Vintage meets vinyl
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
CKRTLAB's mission is to celebrate the golden age of comics. To that end they're resurrecting some comic book heroes from as far back as the 1940s! They've added on to their lineup from C2E2 last year, as a new wave of yestery...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: BeeFy & Co.


Lots of Poo
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
BeeFy & Co. was started by Menh Voong, an aspiring graphics artist who decided to go into business for himself. I'm bad at keeping tabs on who's been where, but looking through Tomopop's history, Menh has apparently been ...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Diamond Select Toys


Bringing Bruce Timm's designs to 3D
Apr 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Diamond Select Toys always brings a smorgasbord of goods to each convention covering a disparate range of properties. Of course, their comic book properties always take center stage. This time it was the Batman and Superman a...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Bluefin


Toys from the east and west
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Bluefin distributes collectibles from a bunch of companies, so their booth is usually pretty packed at conventions. Fortunately I got there just before closing so I was able to avoid the hectic experience of photographing the...
C2E2 2015 photo
C2E2 2015

C2E2 2015: Enterbay


The Chicago Bulls aren't the only ones still making money off the dynasty
Apr 28
// Tianxiao Ma
Enterbay is a lot like Hot Toys, focusing on realistic 1/6-scale poseable figures. They've done a few movie characters, but at C2E2 focus quite a lot on NBA players. Maybe it's pandering to Chicago's collective 90s nostalgia,...
figma photo
figma

Miyazawa Model Exhibition Spring 2015: figma


All the figures you're still waiting on pre-orders for
Apr 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Back in February we got our first look at a bunch of new figma from Max Factory, Phat!, and FREEing. Since then we really haven't heard a whole lot outside of an occasional appearance here and there. While there's nothing her...
Hello Kitty photo
Hello Kitty

L.A. based Hello Kitty exhibit extends its run another month


Hello Hello Kitty! Hello dear friend
Mar 26
// Soul Tsukino
The Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles has announced that their popular museum exhibit, Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, will be extended for another month, letting people enjoy...
Anime Japan: Max Factory photo
Anime Japan: Max Factory

Anime Japan 2015: Max Factory


Is that another old-school figma I spot?
Mar 23
// Brian Szabelski
Tian rounded up Good Smile's offerings at Anime Japan 2015, but Max Factory was there, too, with a few figma to show off at the very least. Yep, that's Iron Man Mark XXI, and sure, that robot figma is Shidonia no Kishi's...

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