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4:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Tomopop Interview: Furry Feline Creatives

Furry Feline Creatives is a couple of wonderful people with some of the biggest hearts I've ever seen. We've written about Alvin and Cheri Ong many times in the history of Tomopop, but I wanted to catch up with Alvin and see ...

Rio McCarthy

Tomopop Feature: DC Collectibles Scribblenauts interview photo
Tomopop Feature: DC Collectibles Scribblenauts interview
by Scarecroodle

DC Collectibles' Scribblenauts Unmasked series was among the most interesting items on display at SDCC last year, partly for being a blind-boxed line. I recently had an opportunity to sit down with DC Collectibles and discuss the line (which is just hitting stores!).

Full interview after the jump.

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12:00 PM on 12.04.2013

Tomopop Interview: Good Smile Company's Maritan

Last month was MCM Comiccon, the UK's biggest convention (88,000 visitors this time) and a huge marketplace for figures, toys and collectibles of all kinds. For the first time, Good Smile Company attended in an official capac...

Martin Siggers

11:00 AM on 10.10.2013

Tomopop Interview: Argonaut Resins

Hailing from Hoboken, New Jersey, Argonaut Resins has been designing and making figures for six years. While they've created many figures in the past, they are currently known for creating the Tuttz, Pharaoh Hound and Sucio....

Vanessa Cubillo

4:00 PM on 09.26.2013

Tomopop Interview: John Merritt

Have you met Tentacle Kitty? Well, you are about to learn more the lovable plush along with her friends. You, my friend, hold the key to unlocking secrets into Tentacle Kitty's past and future, all from the mouth of her creator, John Merritt! All you have to do is hit the jump. Do it for great justice and kitty hugs!

Natalie Kipper

Tomopop Interview: Loot Crate photo
Tomopop Interview: Loot Crate
by Rio McCarthy

Put together some of my favorite things; blind boxed items, geekery, and all around fun - And you have Loot Crate! At less than a year old, they're already making their mark in the gaming, geekery and collectible world. Once a month they ship out "crates" that have an assortment of goodies inside of them. Around 2 weeks before the crates ship out they'll announce the theme, then proceed to tease you about what's inside from there!

Hit the jump to learn more about this amazing subscription idea!

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4:00 PM on 06.11.2013

Tomopop Interview: Holly Stanway

With the adorable Cavey range recently celebrating its third birthday, we figured it was high time to catch up with its creator Holly Stanway. Perhaps better known in the designer toy world as A Little Stranger, she's one of ...

Martin Siggers

Tomopop Interview: Renegadecow photo
Tomopop Interview: Renegadecow
by Rio McCarthy

Carlos, better known as renegadecow, is the creator of some of my favorite pieces of My Little Pony artwork that I have seen in recent years. These automaton creations are so incredibly creative, and so well executed, that I just can't believe my eyes. He creates them out of a beautiful Philippine mahogany, then uses Narra hardwood for the gears, levers, and other small pieces. Each piece has its own little surprises, and things you'll just have to see yourself to believe.

Hit the jump to take a closer look at all of the automaton pieces with both photos and videos, and hear from the man himself about what goes into this work!

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Tomopop Interview: Kasey Tararuj photo
Tomopop Interview: Kasey Tararuj
by Brian Szabelski

One of the up and coming artists in the designer toy world, specifically with custom figures, is Kasey Tararuj. The New Jersey-based artist is developing a reputation for her cartoonish characters, and we here at Tomopop were interested enough in her work that we decided to interview her.

Hit the jump to check out what Kasey had to say about her customs, her life and the role art plays in it, and more!

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Tomopop Interview: Tomasz Rozejowski photo
Tomopop Interview: Tomasz Rozejowski
by Brian Szabelski

Tomasz Rozejowski (also known as Zelu1984 or TRCreations) isn't just any other figure customizer. His platform of choice is Play Arts Kai, and his creations from the Final Fantasy universe (and occasionally beyond) are incredibly detailed resculpts of characters that Square Enix hasn't quite gotten to yet. His works tends to speak for itself, and we recently had the opportunity to talk to Tomasz about how he got started, his work, and a lot more.

Hit the jump to see our interview with Tomasz!

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Tomopop Original: Battle Beasts 2.0 photo
Tomopop Original: Battle Beasts 2.0
by Scarecroodle

In the late 1980s, Takara released a popular line of 2-inch anthropomorphic animals called Beastformers which, following localization by Hasbro, would later become better known in the West as Battle Beasts. The toy line was a relatively simple concept -- a battle game featuring then popular rubsigns on tiny weapon-toting, armored humanoid animals -- yet the line proved massively popular for a few years before vanishing into obscurity.

Long-time fans were overjoyed when they learned that Diamond Select Toys (DST) had picked up the Battle Beasts name, especially given that roughly two decades had passed since anything significant happened with the original brand. Of course, this new Battle Beasts would turn out to be drastically different from the original. I recently had an opportunity to talk with Zach Oat, a marketing supervisor over at Diamond Select Toys who works on the Battle Beasts brand, to discuss the new line.

Hit the jump for the full story.


What's in a name?

The major selling point for this new Battle Beasts line might largely derive its famous namesake. Many of us have fond memories of the original toy line from our childhoods and many who haven't are at least aware of the franchise. However, the name use appears to have generated some amount of confusion since at least some people are unsure as to how this line connects to the original.  For the record, Diamond Select Toys' Battle Beasts line is 100% not connected to the original line in any way, shape, or form despite taking on its name. In fact, the line itself was apparently in development even prior to the name acquisition.

"We go after new licenses all the time," said Zach Oat, "and we hold a dozen or so at any given time. But, like any toy company, we have our own ideas for toy lines, based around our own concepts. In the course of doing concept work for an animal-themed toy line, we looked up 'Battle Beasts' to see who currently held the trademark; it was a great line, and everybody knows the name 'Battle Beasts,' even if they can't tell you much else about it. To our surprise, nobody had it -- the trademark had been allowed to lapse by the previous holder. We thought the name still had a lot of value left in it, and it dovetailed nicely with the products we were thinking about, so we registered it."

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Tomopop Interview: Drew Oliver photo
Tomopop Interview: Drew Oliver
by Natalie Kipper

Here at Tomopop, we recently talked up GIANTmicrobes' exciting new holiday line-up. As a fan of the brand, I didn't think it could get any better than simply sharing my love of their work, but I was joyfully proven wrong and had the chance to interview Drew Oliver, the brains and imagination behind GIANTmicrobes. It was a great experience and one that made me appreciate the toys and their message even more. 

Hit the jump to read my interview with Drew Oliver!

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