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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...
Good Smile Company photo
Good Smile Company

Anime Japan 2015: Good Smile Company


I predict there will be Nendoroids
Mar 22
// Tianxiao Ma
Anime Japan 2015 wrapped up over the weekend, which means we can see some of the goodies that figure makers brought to the event. Good Smile Company put some upcoming Nendoroids and scale figures on display. The big one for m...
Transformers: RID photo
Transformers: RID

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers: Robots in Disguise


More figures planned for 2015 animated series
Feb 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro's latest Transformers animated series, Robots in Disguise, is set to start on Cartoon Network in March and Hasbro continues to pump out even more figures. The toy line has already launched and while they only showed of...
Transformers Generations photo
Transformers Generations

Toy Fair 2015: Transformers Generations


Party in the Scramble City tonight
Feb 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro promised to deliver to Transformers fans and collectors at Toy Fair 2015 and they sure didn't let people down. There have been a lot of rumors over the years, but the big surprises weren't in who they showed, but what ...
New York Toy Fair photo
New York Toy Fair

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro gives us a look to the future


Hasbro rolls out their big guns for 2015
Feb 15
// Soul Tsukino
To coincide with its appearance at the 2015 New York Toy Fair, Hasbro was nice enough to show some pictures on its official news Twitter. It is giving us who aren't fortunate enough to be there a look into its plans for the n...
Broccoli photo
Broccoli

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Broccoli


I'm sure you can find a waifu here...
Feb 14
// Oansun
Broccoli doesn't exactly have a banner year of super-popular characters on their slate (save for one), but it's not like they care. In the gallery, you'll see their bread-and-butter. Emphasis on the butt(er). Their 1/8 scale ...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Misc Garage Kits (part 2)


That's all folks! Hope you're hungry
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
And so, as tradition demands, we end our coverage of the garage kits at wonder festival with our final miscellaneous gallery. And boy, are there some weird things in this one! Before we begin, I should warn you that some of t...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Anime Garage Kits (part 5)


The Final Frontier!
Feb 14
// Chris Seto
We've saved the best for last folks... Well, the best of the new stuff anyway and top of that list for me would be the Mari on Eva bike by Vispo! He's done a few Rei and Asuka kits before and they've been very well received b...
Transformers Generations photo
Transformers Generations

Toy Fair 2015: Hasbro reveals some of their Transformers Generations plans


Combiner Wars Devastator revealed in full at last!
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hasbro is offering a sneak peek at their plans for the Transformers Generations Combiner Wars line to be shown this weekend at New York Toy Fair. Many figures that have been long rumored have finally been confirm, though we'r...
WonFes 2015 Alphamax photo
WonFes 2015 Alphamax

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alphamax


The most voluptuous booth?
Feb 14
// Tianxiao Ma
If you're into more developed women, Alphamax is a good manufacturer to look at. They mostly make borderline ecchi figures, although their SkyTube label has more explicit stuff. They had a handful of figures on display for Wo...
Prime 1 Studio photo
Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


Official statue line of the Michael Bay fan club
Feb 14
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
No matter what you think of Michael Bay's treatment of the Transformers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles you have to admit that Prime 1 Studio knows how to make a killer statue. I'm guessing they use actual CGI renders fr...

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