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Make some toy rainbows
Jun 29
// Kristina Pino
We at Tomopop are so very happy with the recent ruling on same-sex marriage (that it's a constitutional right) that we're celebrating the way we know best: with toys! There've been book rainbows and cookies and all kinds of colorful goodness spreading around the internet, so here are our own contributions to the lovefest.
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 ...
Avengers photo
Took a few double-takes (or quadruple-takes?)
[UPDATE: Pre-orders have opened] Is it possible for a figure to look too much like its movie counterpart? Hot Toys just now released a photo gallery for its upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron Ultron Prime (not to be confused wi...

X-Plus: Erza Scarlet photo
X-Plus: Erza Scarlet

X-Plus' Battle-damaged Erza is aptly named

Get it? Because it looks like damaged plastic
Dec 16
// Kristina Pino
Just had a look at Akiba Hobby's photos of X-Plus' Erza Scarlet: Battle ver. and... yeah. As far as designs go, you can't go wrong with most of Erza's wardrobe; that isn't in question, here. It's the execution: hideous seam l...

Combiner Wars photo
Combiner Wars

Hasbro shows off Transformers: Combiner Wars figures in package

New pictures, new mistransformations
Nov 16
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
We're getting a little closer to the launch of the 2015 Transformers: Combiner Wars line with the first look at the finished figures in an all-new package style. These photos are of the international packaging and are a littl...
Card Captor Sakura photo
Card Captor Sakura

figma Sakura is ready to be captored plus future plans revealed

Many more figures are in the cards
Nov 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The time has finally come for Card Captor Sakura fans as the title character's first figma is finally up for pre-order! Along with it comes a mountain of details and photos to satisfy us. The Sealing Wand is full of options s...
figma Solid Snake photo
One of the best Good Smile shop exclusives yet!
Metal Gear fans are finally getting the Solid Snake figure they've waited nearly 30 years for. Sure, there have been other Snake action figures, but figma Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 2 is certainly aiming to be the best...

NYCC 2014 GSC photo

NYCC 2014: Good Smile Company Up-close

We get up-close and personal with the GSC display
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Good Smile Company is awesome for getting us right up close with their latest display pieces at New York Comic Con! You can practically smell the fresh paint on the figures! This is as close as you can get without being there...
Sakura Saber photo
Sakura Saber

Don't wait until the spring to view Sakura Saber

Just don't let it fall!
Oct 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Fate/stay night's Saber has had many faces, but none as Japanese as Sakura Saber. If you're not familiar with Good Smile Company's latest take on Saber (first announced nearly a year ago!) don't feel bad, she comes from a rat...
NYCC 2014 Transformers photo
NYCC 2014 Transformers

NYCC 2014: More new Transformers from Hasbro

Generations, RID, Kre-O, and Angry Birds, but no TF4
Oct 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
New York Comic Con, the first major convention of the fall, kicked off with Hasbro showing off a number of new figures spanning multiple Transformers lines. We've got official images for new figures from Generations, new anim...
D-Style Optimus Prime photo
D-Style Optimus Prime

D-Style Optimus Prime assembles its pre-orders

Model kit finally wants my money
Sep 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It was way back in February at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter that Kotobukiya made a small announcement that Optimus Prime would be joining their D-Style line of super deformed robot model kits. It was only a matter of time as t...
RAH Sebastian Michaelis photo
Available for pre-order soon
Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various pos...

Nendoroid SAO Sinon photo
Nendoroid SAO Sinon

[Updated] Take aim at this new SAO Sinon Nendoroid gallery

On target for pre-orders tonight
Sep 03
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Hey, look, pre-orders are up. Find them down below.] Coming into the Sword Art Online 2 anime I wasn't really sure what to expect from series newcomer Sinon. The early previews made her look like the cold, emotionles...
figma Archer photo
figma Archer

You aren't imagining things, this is really a figma Archer release gallery

The day you thought would never come
Aug 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Not a hoax and not a dream; figma Archer is really being released. In fact you may have already received your payment request for your pre-order. I fully expected months of delays, especially when it was realized it would be ...
WonFes photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: MegaHouse's Tieria Erde

Smokin' hot
Jul 28
// Kristina Pino
MegaHouse's Tieria is just one of those figures that demanded more pictures than just the one or two. I might be wrong, but I think this is the first time we're seeing it in color, too. I was a little bit dubious of this figu...
WonFes photo

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya shows Black Butler

Holy Moley
Jul 28
// Kristina Pino
I was rather impressed with the Black Butler display over at Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival featuring Ciel and Sebastian. They're still unpainted prototypes, but man do those figures look amazing, especially with the f...
SHF Luigi photo
Best Luigi ever
Tamashii Nations have finally unveiled shots of the upcoming SHF Luigi, who is slated for release this December along with a brand new play set (Super Mario Play Set C). Let's just say that, if I were to receive one or three ...

Kotobukiya Mikasa photo
Although it does look like she slipped and is falling from some angles
I've been impressed by what I've seen of Kotobukiya's Mikasa figure so far. Amiami recently uploaded a preview gallery, and their shots made me feel even better about the figure. In the gallery you can get a great look at the...

Plum Mushibugyo photo
An interesting design out of nowhere
I don't often see figures from random manga floating around, so it was a nice change of pace when I found out about Plum's Mushibugyo figure. The traditional-looking outfit and muted blue color scheme set her apart from most ...

figma Cappy photo
figma Cappy

Another look at figma Captain America

Awesome action poses ahoy
Jun 11
// Kristina Pino
The folks over at Akiba Hobby had a look at figma Captain America, and I thought I'd share a few images here - just a small selection, really, so check them out for the full look. If you can block the extravagant asking price...
FiguartsZERO Sailor Venus photo
Swing that Venus Love-Me Chain attack!
One of my favorite Sailor Scouts is finally live, in color, and fully detailed! Sailor Venus is here with her swirling Venus Love-Me Chain attack, and I can't wait to get her into my collection. She's the third in the line af...

Vertex Super Pochaco photo
Fans of plus sized women, what do you think?
There's a lot to unpack here so let me just run down the list of items. Why is Pochaco's head so tiny? Why does she have a cowboy hat that's fitted for cats? How is it staying on her head? Why is she trying to take off her ve...

Plum Nana Kazuki photo
That's how you wear hot pants
I haven't played much of any of the God Eater games, but I do enjoy the occasional figure release. The character and especially weapon designs in the series are pretty solid and translate well to PVC. Amiami has a gallery for...

Erio Towa gallery photo
Erio Towa gallery

Have a glance at Erio Towa before she goes in for a bath

Swimsuit bath time
May 20
// Kristina Pino
AmiAmi recently posted up a review of Orca Toys' 1/7-scale Erio Towa, which is currently slated for release in August. It looks like this figure might have fallen under our radar when it went up for order back in March, but t...
Pulchra Mikasa Ackerman photo
Will this one rival Good Smile Company's figure?
There are a number of Mikasa Ackerman figures coming out, and I was feeling pretty good about saying Good Smile Company's version would be the definitive one. Now that Pulchra has released a preview of their own Mikasa painte...

Griffon - Nanoricchi photo
Griffon - Nanoricchi

Treasure Festa in Ariake 11: Griffon - Nanoricchi gallery

Chibi dolls a plenty
May 08
// Natalie Kipper
Griffon Enterprises' Nanoricchi line is fairly new but the chibi figures were still a major presence at Japan's Treasure Festa in Ariake 11. The majority of the figures were revealed back at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter but th...
Nendoroid Rina Ozawa photo
Nendoroid Rina Ozawa

Under the Radar: Clue in on Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko pre-orders

Kahotan provides us with a lovely gallery
May 05
// Natalie Kipper
Man, I haven't thought about those Touch Detective games in so long. I freaking loved the first one on the Nintendo DS and now it turns out there is a third installment in Japan! I have no clue whether or not English-speakers...
GodHand Tools Nipa-ko photo
Let's add flush-cut nippers to the list of weird things turned into girls
Yay for random and unexpected figures of questionable origin! GodHand Tools, makers of a popular line of flush-cut nippers used for model building, is showing off photos of a Cu-Poche of their mascot character Nipa-ko. The fi...

figma Stephen the zombie photo
figma Stephen the zombie

Stephen the figma zombie gets a gallery with some very close 'friends'

Killing zombies never looked so good
Apr 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
[Update: Pre-orders are up!] It's been well over a year since Stephen, the figma zombie from Dawn of the Dead shuffled his way into Wonder Festival 2013 [Winter]. And he's getting ever closer to his August release now th...
RAH Ultimate Madoka photo
Get a gander at Godoka
First seen live only last week we're now getting some official images straight from Medicom of Ultimate Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She's looking mighty impressive under the right lighting. Her flowing dress i...

Cu-poche Akemi Homura photo
Cu-poche Akemi Homura

Cu-poche Akemi Homura packs a lot of firepower

Exactly how many guns and explosives does a girl need?
Apr 01
// Natalie Kipper
Way back in last October, Kotobukiya teased a Cu-Poche version of Puella Magi Madoka Magica's Akemi Homura. Providing a only silhouette, fans were left guessing what the magical girl would look like and come packaged with. We...
Masterpiece Wheeljack photo
Getting more excited
After some fuzzy magazine scans last week we're now getting some nice high quality images for Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack from! I've been kinda hard on the guy since we first saw him and while I'm sti...

RAH Ryuko Matoi photo
RAH Ryuko Matoi

RAH Ryuko is ready for poseable action!

Ryuko's ready to show how limber she is
Mar 09
// Rio McCarthy
The Medicom Toy Blog gave me a nice little gallery to lust over this week, and of course it stars Ms. Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill. I'm so excited to get my hands on the Real Action Heroes Ryuko, but even more so after seein...
Akane Isshiki photo
Akane Isshiki

Aquamarine's Akane Isshiki is her best rendition

She's ready for ignition
Mar 03
// Kristina Pino
We'd been following the production of this figure back when Grizzry Panda started working on it and she was just another garage kit. And somewhere down the line, Aquamarine picked her up for a production run, and she looks ab...
Ryuko Matoi Nendoroid photo
Ryuko Matoi Nendoroid

Kill la Kill's Ryuko Matoi Nendoroid and a special guest!

What could be cuter than a surprise Mako appearance?
Feb 27
// Rio McCarthy
Ryuuuuuuuko-chaaaaaaaan~! When you hear that scream, you know Mako's on her way for a cuteness attack, right Ryuko? Yep, that's right; Spoiler alert: Today's special guest of adorableness is none other than the Mako Nendoroid...
ARTFX J Prince of Tennis photo
ARTFX J Prince of Tennis

New Prince of Tennis ARTFX J Shiraishi Kuranosuke Gallery

Some pretty pictures for a pretty man
Feb 27
// Rio McCarthy
Shiraishi Kuranosuke, remember that name. Why? He's hot, and he plays tennis. No further questions needed. This young man is featured in Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line they've been doing for New Prince of Tennis, and is looking mi...
Beach Queens Ryuko Matoi photo
Who wouldn't want to go to the beach with Ryuko and Senketsu?
Wave has posted a blog featuring their upcoming Beach Queens Ryuko Matoi of Kill la Kill fame. This will be the first Beach Queens figures I'll be buying, and I'm so excited! I can't wait to own a figure version of one of my ...

RAH Levi photo
Medicom looking for a clean sweep of your money
Medicom is spoiling us with Real Action Heroes recently. Rio took a look at the lovely Ryuko Matoi earlier today, so it's only fair I level the battle of the sexes by presenting this equally stunning rendition of Levi from At...

RAH Ryuko Matoi photo
Senketsu does a body good
Why hello there, Ryuko - if it isn't my favorite butt kicker in a current anime series! Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes Ryuko Matoi Senketsu ver. was a huge hit at Wonder Festival 2014 Winter this year, as it should have bee...

Tomopop LinkUP: From viewers like you

Feb 20 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Pinkcheeks has been having a lot of fun with Mayoi Hachikuji. Here's figma Mayoi enjoying some fresh air in the great outdoors on a mountain hike... ...and here's Nendoroid Hachikuji looking platinum cute in a pink bunny costume! Right in our very own Tomopop C-Blogs, CrowMaiden did a wonderful photo review of Megahouse's G.E.M. series Yamato "Matt" Ishida from Digimon. I really need to get myself one of these and Tai. [embed]33698:37257:0[/embed] Kenneth Bolido did a great video review for the 2014 Snow Miku. Lots of nice visuals in this review. I'm sure this isn't the last time we'll see her in LinkUP. Reflective Boundary did a gallery for the very sexy Alphamax 1/8 Velvet from Shining Ark. Quite the treasure. Kixkillradio made Kaiyodo's Capsule Fortune Saber figrues look pretty darn irresistible. She also spent some quality time with Cu-Poche Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi from HenNeko. This figure needs a neko mask in the worst way! Former Tomopop staffer Chag posted on his blog Hobby Hovel about his engagement this past weekend and how love effects our hobby (and vise versa). Congrats! Don't forget to check out the Tomopop Tumblr for great stuff being shared all the time like these amazing Star Wars figure photos from Avanaut shared by Archie McPhee. That's it for this week. See you next week right here on Tomopop LinkUP!
Tomopop LinkUP photo
Take a moment to enjoy other people playing with toys
Hello and welcome back to Tomopop LinkUP! This week we're doing something entirely different from the normal LinkUP. Last week we took no prisoners when reporting on Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] which doesn't leave much for ...

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