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6:00 PM on 04.23.2014

Contest time: Win these Persona 4 Half-Age Characters

We’re almost in spring! The weather is definitely getting better, even if the occasional cold winds come around. So to prepare, we’re doing a little pre-spring cleaning here at Tomopop. We’re giving away o...

Vanessa Cubillo


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11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Revoltech goes small with new revolMiNi line

Revoltech hasn't held much attention lately. It's kind of saddening, but the line has failed to capture our imaginations with licenses and the actual product like figma and Figuarts have. That's not to say that Kaiyodo is any...

Andres Cerrato



Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders photo
Nendoroid Aoba bares it all in time for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Boy Nendoroids are perhaps even rarer than boy figmas, so it's always a big deal whenever one shows up. Particularly when they look as good as Aoba, protagonist of the PC game DRAMAtical Muder and now ultra-adorable deformed bishounen.

First revealed at Wonder Festival earlier this year, Kahotan's now got the scoop on the final production version, finished off in Aoba's trademark blue palette. The wizards at GSC have done their usual terrific job recreating the fine details, be it his puffy bomber jacket or extravagant boots, and that shock of cyan hair is very eye-catching. His adorable dog Ren is present and correct too and wonderfully modelled for the scale. Aside from the standard expressions, Aoba's also got a truly unique accessory - the option to drive fans wild by going shirtless, with matching alternate hair to recreate a soundtrack album cover.

It all adds up to a package that's both unique and easy on the eye, and I'm sure legions of fanboys and fangirls are racing to get their pre-orders in. You can actually do that right now, as Aoba's on sale at 3,889, with orders due to land in September. Any of you have room for a big-headed pretty boy in your life readers?

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

[ via Kahotan's blog ]

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2:00 AM on 04.22.2014

All hail new photos of Bahamut, King of Variant Play Arts Kai Dragons

Some new official photos for Square-Enix's upcoming Variant Play Arts Kai Bahamut have turned up and... he still looks great. While there had been some fears in regards to the color scheme, the tones work well enough even if ...

Scarecroodle



WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1
by Natalie Kipper

For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a very generous raffle! So much awesomeness is impossible to contain within a mere one post and thus this panel's summary has been split into two posts. The anime, Star Wars, and gaming news can be found here and the rest will be in part two. For now, don't worry so much about that. Just read on and take in the excitement.

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9:00 PM on 04.20.2014

WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock

If I told you that Pop Culture Shock's painted RoboCop statue was the first thing that caught my eye from WonderCon, would you be surprised? Or better yet, can you blame me? From the metallic finish to the tiniest details on ...

Brian Szabelski

5:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Will you pray at the Shrine of Azura?

Gaming Heads has opened pre-orders for its 1/6-scale Shrine of Azura, another awesome Elder Scrolls collectible that I'll admire but not own. Much like the previous Shrine of Talos, the Shrine of Azura will be available in bo...

Scarecroodle

9:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Kodykoala's new Princess Peach custom comes in like a wrecking ball

It had to happen sometime. Someone was going to make a custom based off the Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" video, so we should be thankful it's Kodykoala. In Miley's place, he's substituted Princess Peach, having her sit atop a ...

Brian Szabelski



Tomopop Review: Real Action Heroes Link photo
Tomopop Review: Real Action Heroes Link
by Martin Siggers

I've got a real soft spot for Real Action Heroes Link. Not only because, like many people, I dearly love The Legend of Zelda, but because he was one of the first major pieces of news I covered after I joined the site. As such, I've eagerly awaited his arrival, which has taken more than a year thanks to pesky delays.

I wasn't the only one though, as our Reviews Editor, Rio McCarthy, has also been hyped to see Link arrive on her doorstep. So now that he's here in all his really expensive glory, we figured we would sit down and talk about everything we liked and disliked about the Hero of the Sky.

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Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko photo
Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko
by Kristina Pino

The folks at Nameko Paradise blog had an opportunity to handle GSC's decomaster of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina, to adorable results. The host of the video walks us through her various signature poses with Nameko as illustrated on book and game covers.

There isn't much more to say except that it's delightful - I've been in love with this figure's design since we first started seeing her around, since she translates perfectly into Nendoroid form.

I've also included a few images in the gallery below from their blog (click through for more), with detailed looks at the figures. Enjoy!

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5:00 AM on 04.18.2014

Sneak peek at DCC's Batman B&W Joker hidden among Batman collectible recap

DC Collectibles recently took a moment to sit down and show fans that it will be producing way too many Batman collectibles each year and, as an added bonus, showed off a prototype for one more collectible: a classic-looking ...

Scarecroodle





Preview gallery appears for figma Archer, needlessly raises fans' hopes that it may actually come out photo
Preview gallery appears for figma Archer, needlessly raises fans' hopes that it may actually come out
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now open, but don't hold your breath that he'll actually be released]

Max Factory has cruelly raised fans' hopes by posting a preview gallery for figma Archer, a figure that was first used taunt fans at a convention back in 2010. The move, among other recent talk, has fooled many into believing that figma Archer will actually be produced.

Archer (identity withheld) was the only name associated with the Archer-class servant of the Fifth Grail War who appeared in Fate/Stay Night. As Rin Tohsaka's servant, Archer had a prominent supporting role in the anime and was a master of assorted weapons (many of which were inspired by other heroic weapons). figma Archer will apparently include his two iconic blades (Kanshou and Bakuya) as well as his (unnamed?) bow and spiral sword Caladbolg II (which was used as an arrow).

While pre-orders have opened for the figure, skeptical collectors assume that there will be a series of delays followed by an abrupt cancellation accompanied by a "GOTCHA!" message. If you want to hop on the emotional roller-coaster that is figma Archer, he's listed for ¥4,630 and is initially slated for a late August release.

On a more personal note, a lot of my enthusiasm has tapered off over the past three or four years that I've waited to see the character get a release. I was absolutely enamored by the figma line in general when I started collecting it five or six years but that opinion has waned in light of increasing price points, competition from other companies (like Bandai), and a general collectors' fatigue (the features I dislike about the line seem more apparent, the things I like become harder to find). As such, what seemed like incredible news when he was first unveiled almost feels like just another release today.

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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