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4:00 PM on 08.18.2014

Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento

Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here. [a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!]

Natalie Kipper




Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy
by Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers.

When a 2D design gets translated to 3D, you'd expect some slight differences. With Cammy, I think there has been a significant shift in style thanks to the sculpt. Whether that's good or bad depends on your tastes, but read on to see what I'm talking about.

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SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling photo
SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling
by Pedro Cortes

At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their shelf, table, desk, etc.

Walking around on the San Diego Comic Con floor, we happened to bump into J*RYU and got a chance to ask him a couple of questions about his winning figures, as well as the mini-Hatchlings he had on hand for purchase.

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What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP photo
What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP
by Pedro Cortes

Looking back, when I first saw the Funko POP series a few years back, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were cute, but I didn't expect for the line to last very long. Well, needless to say that I was wrong. Dead wrong. Multiple lines, a ton of exclusives and dozens of figures later, it's safe to say that the POPs are a success.

However, it took me a long time to start picking up POPs of my own. Despite their cheap price, I didn't want to start dropping money on yet another series of figures. There are just too many that I'd want and if I got started, who knows where I'd stop. Leave it to the Mass Effect series to drag me kicking and screaming into this line, with Funko's first series of toys based on Bioware's space opera RPG.

Now with about ten or so POPs around me room, it's clear that I'm finally a convert to the irresistibly cute collectables. Hit the jump to see which ones have made it into my abode!

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Tomocast 48: Pre-SDCC Madness photo
Tomocast 48: Pre-SDCC Madness
by Pedro Cortes

At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates. Everything from Power Rangers to Funko POPs to Transformers and more Funko POPs keep getting announced day by day. Did I mention that Funko has some new POPs that'll be exclusive at the show?

Anyway, I'm joined by Andres Cerrato and (a returning!) Rio McCarthy to talk about all those exclusives, as well as a couple other news stories that snuck in between the cracks. As usual, you can download the episode here, follow us on iTunes or hit the jump to get the show notes and stream it all. Enjoy!

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What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical
by Kristina Pino

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we're only a couple of weeks away from the end of the term, and they're just plain uncomfortable.

My schedule has been kind of hectic this school year, a big difference from last year's easy going, perfectly evened-out roster. So I've been getting home more mentally exhausted than anything else, and my usual downtime activity (reading) hasn't been relaxing me all that much during the on hours.

The solution? I turned to music.

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DO WANT: June 2014 photo
DO WANT: June 2014
by Pedro Cortes

The world has shot through space for another 77 million kilometers, which means it's time yet again for DO WANT. For those who might not be familiar, the DO WANT is the feature where your favorite editors let you, the marvelously gorgeous reader, know what they want the most. Call it a snap-shot into our wishes and dreams. Some of those dreams include:

  • a girl who wants to be a prince
  • a giant robot with a punny name
  • a pony
  • and more!

Hit the jump to find out more.

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What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer photo
What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer
by Kristina Pino

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of vacation.

It's a small consolation, but students at the school I work at will be getting some handmade bookmarks and other things during the summer session, and a huge chunk of those are made by yours truly. Check out some of my designs below.

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman
by Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'm trying to say.

This time we go back to the first property to get the Bishoujo treatment: Marvel Comics. I'm sure you're all aware of Bishoujo Spider-Woman by now. From the promo shots, the figure looks like it has a lot going for it. Naturally I was excited to have a sample in my hands.

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What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT photo
What Natalie Is Up To: Studying for the JLPT
by Natalie Kipper

Since I can't let Kristina and Scarecroodle have all the fun, I am getting in on this feature action. Besides writing up posts for Tomopop, I have been studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test or JLPT. But I haven't been doing it alone! Like guardian angels stuffed with fiberfill, my toys are always by my side.

Read on to get a glimpse of one of my semi-daily study sessions!

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Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver. photo
Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Hatsune Miku Deep Sea Girl ver.
by Tianxiao Ma

The wait for Good Smile Company's Deep Sea Girl Hatsune Miku has been lengthy, but Good Smile Company at long last has shipped her out. And you know what? I'm not bitter.

I think we all know (more or less) what we'll be getting with this figure. Even after tons of preview galleries and pre-release coverage, this figure still manages to capture my imagination. It really is special, so read on to see why.

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Tomocast 47: Megahobby Expo photo
Tomocast 47: Megahobby Expo
by Pedro Cortes

Hot damn, you've got to love the summer months. All of you favorite companies are ganging up to show you the toys that you're going to drool over during the summer months. Then, of course, try to figure out how to pay for said toys when they release late this year or early next year.

I say this because the latest event is the main subject of the latest episode of the Tomocast. I'm joined once again by Andres and Tian to talk about Megahobby Expo, as well as the top news stories that have hit our glorious site. So go ahead and follow us on iTunes, directly download the episode here or hit the jump to stream it and get the show notes. Enjoy!

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