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WonFes Union Creative photo
WonFes Union Creative

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative


All of the boys
Feb 11
// Tianxiao Ma
Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...
Prime 1 Studio photo
Prime 1 Studio

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Prime 1 Studio


More than just Transformers now
Feb 10
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Known for their giant sized and exceptionally expensive Transformers movie statues, Prime 1 Studio appeared at Wonder Festival 2016 Winter bigger than ever. Oh, sure, they're still pumping out Transformers statues at a surpri...
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Kinetiquettes teams up with Mad Catz to unleash the beast!


Just in time for Street Fighter V!
Feb 10
// Chris Seto
Well, this is one way to celebrate the end of an era and the ushering of a new one! Kinteiquettes have teamed up with Mad Catz and Capcom to create a special 1/4 scale diorama of Ryu and Evil Ryu from Street Fighter IV. ...
WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids


There was an actual tower of Nendos
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...

WonFes GSC photo
WonFes GSC

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1


I'm so sick of bunny outfits
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...
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KodyKoala is back with an interesting take on the Super Mario Powerup theory


It all makes sense now!
Feb 08
// Chris Seto
Ah, super mario. Everyone knows the basic mechanics of the game by now as well as the effects of the power ups such as the stalwart mushroom. Pick up a mushroom and it makes Mario double in size as well as provide him with an...
WonFes Aquamarine photo
WonFes Aquamarine

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine


Persona, Guilty Gear, and more
Feb 08
// Tianxiao Ma
I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked th...
Kotobukiya Forte photo
Put that one in my wish list!
Kotobukiya has only made a handful of Rage of Bahamut figures. You can kind of understand why, because they're all elaborate and super gorgeous. The one that first caught my attention was Dark Angel Olivia, which feature...

Uncharted photo
Uncharted

Nathan Drake charts way into Funko's Pop! line


Greatness from small figure lines
Jan 07
// Scarecroodle
Nathan Drake, the star of Sony's Uncharted video game series, has found his way into Funko's Pop! line and is currently available for pre-order. The figure is based on Nate's appearance in the upcoming Uncharted 4: Thief's En...
Horror photo
Too scary for my shelves
Funko has released news and images for an incredibly wide array of collectibles for the frighteningly popular survival horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy's. And they've even released a trailer for them! The select...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6


Dec 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn...
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Kinetiquettes returns to Street Fighter with Ken Masters (and a very ambitious plan)


Bow before the master!
Dec 16
// Chris Seto
When we last saw news of works from Kinetiquettes, we received info of two works, one of Lion-O from thundercats and a series of figures from Street Fighter 4, depicting Ken, Ryu, Gouken and Akuma in battle poses which could ...
A Link Between Worlds photo
He looks happy to finally be here
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is without a doubt my favorite Zelda game and certainly one of my favorite SNES games (somewhere alongside Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid). While I haven't played its 3DS sequel A Lin...

Steiff Pikachu Plushie photo
Only sold in Japan
What happens when Nintendo, Good Smile Company, and the German teddy bear artisans at Steiff team up? You get the most amazing Pikachu plushie imaginable with a rather amazing price to match. The most famous of all of Pokemon...

Top sales 11/9 to 11/15 photo
Top sales 11/9 to 11/15

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/9 to 11/15


Well, half of it anyway
Nov 23
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like there might have been some sort of hiccup at Toynes.jp. Their rankings for overall toys is updated even though it hasn't changed much, but some how the hobby rankings for this week are a complete copy and paste fro...
Transformers Devastation photo
Transformers Devastation

Check out these custom Transformers Devastation figures


Hasbro, please make something like these
Nov 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Hey Hasbro, what gives? Transformers: War for Cybertron got a figure line, as did Fall of Cybertron, so where are our Devastation figures? Sure, you've made these characters a dozen times, but use your imagination. How about ...
Build-A-Pikachu photo
Build-A-Pikachu

Pikachu is coming to Build-A-Bear in 2016


Complete with Pokemon costumes
Oct 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Build-A-Bear Workshop is no stranger to pop culture plushies these days. Having done everything from My Little Pony to Star Wars and even a zombie bear for Halloween, they're now teaming up with the Pokemon Company for a Pika...
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Upcoming gamer toys available this fall
This week Tomopop is sponsored by Halo Mega Bloks, the customizable construction set featuring popular vehicles from the games with articulated figures inside. In Fall 2015, Halo Mega Bloks is offering 5 vehicles based on the...

figma Kat photo
figma Kat

Check out figma Kat from Gravity Rush, and see how to do a collector's edition correctly


Can't sell this one as DLC
Oct 17
// Tianxiao Ma
What do you expect from a typical video game collector's edition nowadays? Some free DLC? A season pass? Stickers? How about a figma? That's what's bundled with the Gravity Rush (Gravity Daze) collector's edition in Japan. Th...
S.H.F Bowser photo
Too bad their exclusives
Bandai, what are you doing to us? You put Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi up at standard retail, but we have to go to Premium Bandai for Bowser and a troop set? Hopefully Blue Fin can help us out. But that's not even the most annoyin...

Titans Return photo
Part two in a five year trilogy
As expected we got some major reveals for the ongoing Transformers Generations figure line at New York Comic Con! What wasn't expected is that the title of the follow up to Combiner Wars is not Titan Wars, but rather Titans R...

Legend of Zelda photo
A Link between GSC and my wallet
A Link Between Worlds (reviewed) has very quickly joined the list of my favorite Legend of Zelda games and, as such, I was happy to learn that he'd join the figma line... and even happier to see a photo of an unpainted protot...

Who will sit on the Pop! Iron Throne? A look at Funko's NYCC exclusives

Oct 06 // Scarecroodle
Dorbz XL: Batman Arkham Asylum - Detective Mode Dorbz: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Black & White 4-Pack Hikari: My Little Pony - Glitter Color Storm Rainbow Dash Hikari: Star Wars - Clear Glitter Boba Fett Hikari: Star Wars - Platinum Greedo Hikari: Star Wars - Starfield Bossk Marvel Dorbz: Stealth Armor Iron Man Marvel Dorbz: Thunderbolt Punisher Pop! Books: Patina Cthulhu Pop! Disney - Cars: Mint Condition Mater Pop! Disney: Jack with Vampire Teddy Pop! Games: Fallout - Power Armor (Unmasked) Pop! Games: God of War - Poseidon's Rage Kratos Pop! Hanna Barbera: Series 2 - Ricochet Rabbit Pink Pop! Hanna Barbera: Series 2 - Ricochet Rabbit Yellow Pop! Movies: Despicable Me 2 - Glow Hula Minion Pop! Movies: Penguins of Madagascar - Rico w Mallet Pop! Rides: Deadpool's Red Chimichanga Truck Pop! Star Wars: Chrome TIE Fighter Pilot Pop! Tees: Freddy Funko - Freddyzilla NY Pop! Tees: Stan Lee - Stan on Empire State Building Pop! TV: Battlestar Classic - Commander Cylon Pop! TV: Bravest Warrior - Catbug Orange Glow Pop! TV: Doctor Who - Tenth Doctor in Spacesuit Pop! TV: Futurama - Alternate Universe Fry & Leela 2 Pack Pop! TV: Sesame Street - Flocked Cookie Monster Pop!: Stan Lee - Superhero ReAction: Terminator 2 - T1000 Frozen Patrolman ReAction: Universal Monsters - Black & White Creature from the Black Lagoon ReAction: Universal Monsters - Black & White Frankenstein ReAction: Universal Monsters - Black & White The Wolf Man Vinyl Idolz Shaun of the Dead - Bloody Shaun Vinyl Idolz: Shaun of the Dead - Bloody Alive Ed Vinyl Idolz: The Walking Dead - Bloody Daryl
NYCC photo
The real battlefield is the lines
NYCC starts later this week and, while Tomopop won't be making it to the show this year, it doesn't stop us from being excited over this year's exclusives which are nothing short of incredible. Most of the exclusives were sho...

Top sales 9/7 to 9/13 photo
Top sales 9/7 to 9/13

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 9/7 to 9/13


So much new stuff
Sep 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So this is a rarity, all but one of the items ranking this week is new to the list. The only returning item is that Yo-Kai Watch watch. There's also another rare girl's toy sneaking into the top overall entries. Otherwise the...
Max Factory Sorceress photo
Max Factory Sorceress

Max Factory's Sorceress is just magical


Magically voluptuous, that is
Sep 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Good news for Dragon's Crown fans! If you've been wanting a tasteful, utterly gorgeous Sorceress figure, then the wait is over! Max Factory may be a bit late to the party, but they certainly do make an impression when they ar...
Bethesda photo
Ready for open-world adventure
Funko has released images of its upcoming Fallout 3 and Skyrim Legacy Collection figures. The Fallout 3 offerings consist of a generic white male version of the Lone Wanderer and an individual in Power Armor (so either Brothe...

DST photo
Spooky cool
As we draw nearer to Halloween, Diamond Select Toys has quite a few spooky(ish) items that will be showing up at retail this week. The selection includes the Femme Fatales Cassie Hack (Hack/Slash), a Ghostbusters Slimer pizza...

Top sales 8/31 to 9/6 photo
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6


Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu...
Mega Man photo
Fighting robot beats up bank account
Kahotan has posted a preview gallery for Good Smile Company's upcoming Nendoroid (classic-series) Mega Man and -- SPOILER ALERT! -- he's totally adorable. Oh, and did I mention he's available for pre-order? Nendoroid Mega Man...

Pokemon photo
Regretting picking Charmander yet?
Bandai of Japan continues its line of Pokemon gym leaders with a web-exclusive Misty. Although Misty plays a prominent role in the Pokemon anime, in the original games she was just a minor roadblock who you needed to overcome...

Nendoroid Kirby photo
But can you really call it a Nendoroid?
Here's a pointless question for you: what makes this Kirby figure a Nendoroid (aside from obvious branding considerations)? Would a figma Kirby or, heck, a Hot Toys Kirby look any different? These are the kinds of things I as...

Parfom Labrys photo
Parfom Labrys

Welcome Parfom Labrys to the arena


This is one steely class president
Aug 27
// Tianxiao Ma
You know what's awesome? The Persona series. Underneath the whackiness of talking teddy bears and robot warrior maidens lie some wonderful, memorable characters. Labrys here made her debut in Persona 4 Arena, being an older g...
Legend of Zelda photo
Cheaper than the 3DS remake
While many fans greatly enjoyed the Wind Waker Nendoroid Link (double-reviewed), others wanted something in a slightly more traditional style. Their patience paid off earlier this year when a Majora's Mask version was announc...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 2)


Retro for all!!
Aug 02
// Chris Seto
Here's our second and last gallery for the video game garage kits for this Wonder Festival and we have a fair bit of retro goodness to share! From the Flameman from Megaman, to the evil minion from the Pop'n Twinbee series an...
Mega Man photo
Hopefully just the beginning
Exciting news! KidRobot has announced that its Mega Man "Capsules" (blind-boxed figures) will be released August 4th. The selection includes a line of 3-inch figurines, smaller keychains, and larger 7-inch "medium" figurines ...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Video Game Garage Kits (part 1)


In the blue sky
Jul 30
// Chris Seto
Next up, we take a look at some of the video game garage kits! Now excuse me while I stare at the Virtual On kits! The maker is clearly a fan of the first game as most of the virtualoids are based off their Operation Moongate...
WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya


A nice lineup of pretty ladies
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide...
WF2015S: Embrace Japan photo
WF2015S: Embrace Japan

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Embrace Japan


An unexpected World Warrior appears
Jul 28
// Brian Szabelski
Embrace Japan's Wonder Festival offerings had a clear highlight: the Ryu and Alex statues from Street Fighter III: Third Strike, mostly because ... well, was anyone expecting Alex? I wasn't, and Embrace's painted Alex looks p...
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'...
Bishoujo Tali photo
Hilariously un-Shunya
Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya...


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