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Shenmue 3 capsules

Shenmue III Kickstarter includes capsule figure tiers

I should buy one... more
Jun 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
As it seems everyone has heard already (and it was only just officially announced moments ago) Shenmue III is on Kickstarter seeking US$2 million to produce the game for 2017. Fans aren't wasting time in showing their su...
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University art students create Hiragana gashapon

Gotta write them all!
Jan 08
// Soul Tsukino
A small group of art students at Musashino Art University decided to come together for a final project for a typography class. What came out of this collective were gashapon capsules (and dispensers!) on the first character i...
DBZ for the office photo
DBZ for the office

The greatest office supplies ever made feature Dragonball Z

Goodbye Tien-San, please take these files to HR
Sep 01
// Andres Cerrato
Office work sucks. There is no soul or personality in the boring cubicle of life. Now thanks to the efforts of Bandai, you can try to find some happiness in the crushing defeat that is work. This set of gashapon tries to put ...
One Piece Hasamare straps photo
One Piece Hasamare straps

Bandai squeezes out some new One Piece figures

I'd be hard pressed to find a reason to hate these
Jul 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
How's this for timing? Only a few weeks ago Adult Swim's Toonami aired the episodes of One Piece where Luffy gets wedged between two buildings and Zoro gets stuck upside down inside a chimney. And then Bandai goes and reveals...

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We need better capsule toys in America
Two weeks ago I asked readers to name their favorite capsule toys, and boy did I get a lot of responses! Readers named Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Evangelion, Gundam, Dragon Ball Z, and more. There was no wrong answer. All of this ...

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Creepy kitty figures

These are the weirdest cat gashapon yet

The bipedal cat craze reaches a whole new level
Jun 09
// Natalie Kipper
And now for something completely bizarre. Have you ever seen a cat walk on its two back feet? If you have absolutely no clue what I am talking about, give this youtube video a look. Freaky, right? They look like furry Hunchba...
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Cup no Sokoko

New Cup no Sokoko figures come up flat

Latest in the Cup no Fuchiko series end up on the wrong side of the cup
May 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Welcome back to the weird side of Japanese figures. Not the shocking or eyebrow raising side, just the weird side. Artist Katsuki Tanaka and pretty darn bizarre company in its own right Kitan Club have once again produce...
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Take your figures shopping with these gashapon shopping carts

Let's go the mall!
Apr 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
In February, I wrote about gashapon folding chairs becoming a hit in Japan. Well, now Epoch is making another gashapon accessory that could possibly be another hit; mini shopping carts. These will be baskets that measure jus...
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Gashapon canisters

Bandai counters rising taxes with larger gashapon canisters

Higher priced Gashapon canisters machines go into service March 31
Mar 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally those of us in the west don't feel the effects of Japanese sales taxes. Most stores that export from Japan don't bother to collect Japanese sales taxes which helps to keep their sales up and us buying more. You proba...
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Gashapon mini folding chairs are popular now in Japan

Because your figures need to take a load off too
Feb 25
// Vanessa Cubillo
I can never predict what will become popular. I mean, looking back can I comprehend why I wanted to collect cardboard coins? Seriously, pogs were a thing! Especially in Japan, what becomes hot is never predictable. That bri...

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!
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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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Everyone wants gashapons!
It looks like the Sailor Moon Swing Set series is doing really well. They’ve just announced that there will be a series 3 filled with more Sailor Moon gashapon figures. This time the figures included are similar to Meg...

Snow Miku prize figure photo
Snow Miku prize figure

New Snow Miku 2014 prize figure emerges

Sculpted by Bome, available at ... an airport?
Dec 17
// Brian Szabelski
Can't get enough of the new Snow Miku? Well, if a Nendo and the Licca-chan doll aren't enough, then Kaiyodo has a new Snow Miku gachapon prize figure for you! As part of Hokkaido Figure Miyage Vol. 3, which features lots...
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It's finally Tuxedo Mask's time to shine!
There has been so much Sailor Moon stuff that it’s just too much at this point. We get it, you’re the one named, Sailor Moon! What there hasn’t been enough of is toys of Tuxedo Mask. I think there’s ...

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Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon Swing Set series 2 is coming soon

This time more Sailor Scouts are joining the series
Nov 05
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Sailor Moon Swing Set series was first announced back in June. These gashapon keychains were so adorable and came in a set of six. Now Bandai already is ready with series 2 and they’re just as cute! At this point, ...
Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Premium Bandai is releasing new Sailor Moon HGIF figures

Only available for pre-order for a short period
Oct 31
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Sailor Moon love continues from Bandai with these HGIF 20th anniversary figures. Available for pre-order on Premium Bandai’s site, this will be a set that features the five Sailor Scouts, Luna and Artemis. For thos...
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SDCC13 - Gundams

SDCC 2013: Bluefin Distribution - Gundam

Let's look at things that aren't Gunpla
Jul 21
// Andres Cerrato
The bread and butter of Bandai has always been Gundam. At Bluefin's booth was the MG RX-78-2 Gundam 3.0 and the collection of new suits from Gundam Build Fighters. In addition to Gunpla were other figure lines that don't get ...

Sailor Moon Gashapon keychains are on their way

Six keychains featuring these cute Sailor Moon characters
Jun 30
// Vanessa Cubillo
While we wait for Bandai to release every Sailor Scout in their S.H. Figuarts line, there is still plenty of Sailor Moon stuff coming out. The latest Sailor Moon products seen are 20th anniversary Gashapon Keychains. These c...

Tomopop Review: Yotsuba&! Monochrome Animals Vol. 1

Apr 05 // Brian Szabelski
Figure Name: CapsuleQ Fraulein Yotsuba & Monochrome Animals Figure Maker: Kaiyodo Retail Price: ¥3,048 (8-piece box) Available at: HobbyLink Japan (8-piece box) | 24-piece box) So we start with ... the ball. Yeah, there are no boxes here, just a large pink ball with a plastic wrapper holding in all the figure goodness. Not a lot to talk about here, except that the balls were a lot larger than I expected ... and that last statement shouldn't be taken in inappropriate ways, readers. And here's what's inside. In case you're wondering where the heck the figures even come from, they draw inspiration from a picture book called ... wait for it ... "Yotsuba & Monochrome Animals." The entire book is Yotsuba playing with animals, and it was released more than six years ago in December 2006. The random assortment of 8 pieces gives us four of the five figures from the set; sadly, the Abyssinian Colobus figure is missing, so it can't be reviewed, but let's hop on in and check the other four out: First off, here's the dalmatian figure. It's basic enough: Yotsuba is reaching out with a smile on her face to shake the dog's paw. It's my favorite of the bunch because it seems like such an everyday kind of thing that you can imagine Yotsuba doing. The black spots on the dalmatian's face do obscure this a little bit, but Kaiyodo has included detailed eyes on the dog. They're small, but I can assure you they are there and in Kiyohiko Azuma's style. It's nice to see they weren't forgotten about even on a small mass-produced figure such as this one. As for our star here, Yotsuba is perhaps at her best with this figure. Kaiyodo has done a wonderful job capturing the essence of her personality with the sculpt. It's the largest of the four Yotsubas in our review, which gives Kaiyodo a bit more leeway to add in details. Next up, we have Yotsuba and the anteater. The anteater is just kind of trudging along, and Yotsuba is watching with curious wonder. Simple, yet effective. The tail of the anteater is a separate piece that fits in, and a seamline is visible there. The anteater's fur has some volume to it even on such a small sculpt and the paint on both figures here is clean. I am still puzzled, though, about why these small figures have a seamline in the hair. I'm guessing it's for assembly purposes to avoid paint issues, but you'd think on such a small figure, they'd have figured out how to get the same effect sans seam? It's not as if this is a figma or Revoltech and you'll need to swap her head out ... Speaking of the head, though, Kaiyodo has included one nice little feature: neck articulation. There's not a lot you can really do besides tilt and rotate Yotsuba's head with the ball joint, but it's actually a nice little feature. Why? What little articulation it provides can be used to create some different looks for the gashapon, depending on if you want her trying to emulate the anteater or just staring at it curiously. Nothing earth-shattering or breath-taking, but still, an option that's alright to have. Next, we move on to Yotsuba and the Holstein cow. The cow is a two-piece figure, joining just behind the front legs (you can see the seam line in the photo) and attaching to the base via holes that slot into little pegs. It took me a little bit to get on there, but it doens't tip or fall apart once the cow is on there. The one noticeable defect I found was a surface paint crack on her shoes. It is noticeable from a distance, but it doesn't appear to have any other effects besides looking like it's worse than it really is. As for Yotsuba herself, she's tiny to fit in scale with the cow and probably about the right size, too. She rests on a peg and is a little prone to falling off since it's a small peg, but again, Kaiyodo has done well getting small details included without defects being present everywhere. And of course, she's drinking a glass of milk; adorable. There's a little less detail in paint (and more in sculpt) on the cow's head. The eyes are not painted in the same manner as the dalmatian, but they are defined better with the sculpted eyelids. However, unless you're looking at it from close up, the detail can get a little lost in the monochrome color scheme. For our last figure, we find Yotsuba in an environment that suits her well: the water. Except she's with an orca. Seems kind of dangerous to let a small child play around with such a big beast, but then again, it's a manga character and I am probably on the verge of overthinking this. In any case, we have the two swimming together, Yotsuba in her wet suit, with a look of determination on her face. What impresses me most is how clean the paint is on Yotsuba for a figure her size; it would have been pretty easy to mess this one up. This is the tiniest Yotsuba of the four, slightly smaller than the one with the cow, and also has the tiniest point of attachment. If you can't see it, it's on her right hand and attaches into the fin of the orca. Needless to say, this makes her really easy to dislodge, so be careful handling the gashapon piece. Like the cow, the orca's face has some detailing for the eye but it's not easy to see. You know, just like orcas in real life, but what is here is decent enough to do the job. Also like the cow, it's a two-piece figure, assembling together near the tail with a visible seamline. The orca's peg is a bit larger, attaching on the tail, but it was also the hardest peg for me to fit into place. It just didn't want to cooperate at first and I was afraid I might snap the PVC piece in two for a bit. However, it eventually did fit in and it's sturdy as can be once you get it assembled. Kaiyodo's first crack at Yotsuba gashapon figures isn't a bad one. The figures are definitely more for Yotsuba&! fans than anyone else, and for their expected price range, they're what you'd expect to find. Kaiyodo's team has captured enough of the essence of Yotsuba — the youthful energy, innocence and curiosity that her character portrays — to make these figures worthwhile for fans of the green-haired little girl without seeming like a cheap cash-in effort. Fans who just want more Yotsuba, period, will probably enjoy this series of figures more than those just looking for something to add to their collection, but regardless of why you might pick them up, they're a good purchase if you do. [Thanks to HobbyLink Japan for sending the set along for review!]
Enjoy everything ... about this gashapon set
If any one series brought me back to anime and manga ... it was actually InuYasha, but it was Yotsuba&! that really kept my attention going when I was looking for something new to dive into. Kiyohiko Azuma's previous work...

To Aru Index chibis photo
To Aru Index chibis

Chara-Ani piles on the Index with two re-releases

All the adorably shrunken Misaka you can handle
Mar 15
// Martin Siggers
With the To Aru Majutsu no Index movie packing out cinemas, it's good times for the franchise and the perfect opportunity for Chara-Ani to release an upgraded set of its Toy's Works' super deformed trading figures.  ...

Cute SD Gundam Gashapon hitting the machines this month

Apr 16
// Kristina Pino
I don't know if we usually post about Gashapon, but these were too cute for me to resist. This month, the ¥200-a-pop machines will be releasing little SD robots of the varieties you see in the header. We've got a Sinanju,...

Super Mario 3D Enemy Collection shakes some tail

Feb 05
// Natalie Kipper
I love gashapon. I love the cleverly designed enemies of Nintendo's Super Mario 3D Land. It seems only natural to combine these two loves, right? Takara Tomy seems to think so. If you need proof, check out their Super Mario 3...

Zelda gashapon figures rolling out this summer

Dec 28
// Rio McCarthy
I am so excited for these! When these hit my inbox this morning I had just been thinking about how much I wish I could have some little figures from The Legend of Zelda. Now I've gotten my wish! Thanks to Takara Tomy A.R.T.S....

Epic Mickey Motion Collection makes for one giddy fan!

Oct 13
// Rio McCarthy
Oh man! Oh man, oh man, oh man! This absolutely has made my day, and I can't even begin to explain how happy I am to have seen these! The Epic Mickey Motion Collection gashapon harness what I love most about Mickey, but also ...

Show and Tell: Takara Tomy's Fireball gashapon collection

Dec 17
// Colette Bennett
I always wanted to buy the Drossel Figma, but somehow it came and went and I missed out on getting one reserved. I look for her at cons and such, but I rarely have gotten lucky (and when I have she's been over US$100 -- ...

Show and Tell: History of Char Collection by Megahouse

Mar 19
// Andres Cerrato
Masks make the man. When Megahouse announced a new figure set featuring the one and only Char Aznable of Mobile Suit Gundam fame, I had to have it. Soon enough, it made its way to my door, and alas, I have a lot of Char standing about my living room.Hit the jump to check out the original man behind the mask, Char Aznable.

Gurren Lagann movie means Gurren Lagann movie merchandise

Feb 02
// Andres Cerrato
With the recent DVD release of the Gurren Lagann: Lagann Hen movie, we're starting to see the Bandai merchandise machine get moving again. There are two sets of trading figures looking to catch your attention.The first set be...

Yuijin brings joy with their disappointing K-On! and Toradora! capsule toys

Oct 29
// Jonathan Tubbs
You know what I enjoy most out of life? Disappointment. Who doesn't love opening a gift to find out it's another stupid tie? Or pouring orange juice in your cereal when you really wanted milk? How about ruining another tire f...

Yujin's Vol. 2 of the summer fun-fun time K-On capsule figures

Sep 15
// Eva Duenas
It is still summer time but we all know that when school starts, summer is considered over. I know that most of us shed a tear because of school starting again but I guess the lovely ladies from K-On! can help but a smile on ...

Street Fighter IV Gashapon Seek to be Better Than S.E. Figures

May 13
// Andres Cerrato
The Street Fighter IV Special Edition figures sucked.  Ryu sucked and Crimson Viper somehow managed to suck harder.  Surely, Capcom wouldn't make the same mistake twice right?  In that spirit, not necessarily e...

HGIF Macross Frontier characters No. 2

Mar 17
// Eva Duenas
Well, I did tell you Macross Frontier was going to be receiving a lot of love. I can't complain, though, except for my wallet crying to purchase everything. Finding good pictures of these figures were a pain but Gachamoe came...

Organic serving up pint-sized portions of classic Sega arcade cabinets

Feb 17
// Brian Szabelski
I certainly miss the days when the arcade was king and not just part of a Dave and Busters. But what I miss more are those great Sega deluxe arcade cabinets. Not only were they home to some of the best games, but they stood o...

Yamitsuki Shokan! Hami Gyu Body ought to complement your Hip Parade toys nicely

Sep 03
// Colette Bennett
I don't know what's up with the collecting of body parts with no faces in Japan, but it seems Hip Parade is not the only line to cash in on this weird craze. May I introduce you to Yamitsuki Shokan! Hami Gyu Body, a collectab...

Series 2 Shmup history gashapons hit Japan, Moeyo snatches 'em up for review

Aug 02
// Topher Cantler
You might remember the Shooting Game Historica gashapons we told you about a few months ago, and if you've been waiting since then for a better look at them, Moeyo has you covered. They recently got their hands on a few from ...

Oil prices are hurting the gashapon industry?

May 13
// Dale North
[As posted on Japanator] No! My precious gashapon! You can't... hey, wait a minute. How can oil prices affect my beloved capsule toys?It turns out that the nifty bubble containers are the problem here, and not necessaril...

Brand spankin' new: Megahouse's Chara Fortune Bleach Arrancar and Summer Version Gashapon

May 08
// Brian Szabelski
Every once in a while, while searching the Internet for the newest and best figures, you come upon something you had no idea existed. Today, that happened to be the Chara Fortune Bleach Arrancar and Summer Version Gashapon se...

Good felines gone wrong: The CATS Booze Club

Apr 29
// Colette Bennett
I should rephrase that title, actually -- there's so such thing as a truly good feline. Cats always have some hidden agenda -- if you want simple, pure loyalty, that's what dogs are for. However, it's unlikely that dogs are h...

No quarters necessary: Second wave of Shooting Game Historica gashapon ready for pre-order

Apr 18
// Brian Szabelski
Here at Tomopop, you'll find that a lot of us like love are just as rabid about video games as collectibles. And for a certain few of us, there's nothing quite like a good shoot 'em up to get our fanboyism going. Isn't that r...

Death Note Real Figure Collection out this month

Feb 15
// Colette Bennett
If the Death Note Nendoroids aren't your style (this denotes a true sign of madness, by the way,) the new Death Note Real Figure Collection may appeal to you if you are a fan of the popular anime. These figs are blind box lik...

Shooting game historica Gashapons save the galaxy one pocket at a time

Feb 14
// Topher Cantler
If you love shooters as much as I do, you know that STG toys are not always easy to come by. However, when they do surface, they're always worth having. Case in point: this Shooting Game historica gashapon set from Yujin. Fea...

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