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WonFes X-Plus

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus

Dragon Ball Z, kaiju, and Harry Potter
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball ...
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100% Soft

100% Soft releases first plush Kaiju Kitty, Boomu

Hide your yarn collection!
Aug 20
// Vanessa Cubillo
If Godzilla was ever lonely and wanted to get a pet, this is the cat Godzilla would get. This Kaiju Kitty is named Boomu and it looks like a cross between a cat and a dinosaur. Boomu has a cute, cat face with a horn, claws, a...
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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: X-Plus

Kaiju and anime; classic and modern; crazy and cool
Feb 10
// Oansun
X-Plus drops some new and old figures, making a great impression this year. Some wacky stuff here, folks. Let's break the diverse range down a bit. The vinyl masters are offering another chance for some high demand figures in...
New Super7 stuff photo
New Super7 stuff

Supe7 lines up new Micros, Zombie Fighter

Don't try and eat the Micros, though; not actually peanut butter
Jan 27
// Brian Szabelski
The fine folks at Super7 are readying up some new releases, one of whici is a new colorway of their kaiju Micros! This time around, Mummy Boy and Rose Vampire are cast in a peanut butter brown hue and will be on the Super7 st...

Scarecroodle's massive EXPLOSION of AWESOME recap

Oct 08 // Scarecroodle
The first (and perhaps most) explosively awesome item is Bandai's Tamashii Effect Explosion, which comes in both a fiery "Red Ver." as well as a boring "Gray Ver." which looks like all smoke and no fire. The set comes with three explosion parts which can be combined into one larger explosion. If nothing else, you might have a total blast. These sets can be pre-ordered for around US$23 each. [ Pre-order Red ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] [ Pre-order Gray ver. at Entertainment Earth | HobbyLink Japan ] In other very exciting news, Bluefin has released images of its currently available for pre-order S.H. MonsterArts Gamera (1996). Gamera has long been among my favorite Kaiju but, up until this point, I had to satisfy myself with Kaiyodo's Revoltech version which, quite frankly, just wasn't enough. Given that it's based on the 1996 version (Gamera: Guardian of the Universe or Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion?), Gamera will lack his "rocket shell" display options (which I'm *pretty* sure he didn't have in Guardian of the Universe but it's been forever). However, he'll have the usual breath attack and features an opening chest to reveal his core. The only downside is that he's US$81, so I'll have to see what my budget looks like by that point. [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Entertainment Earth ] For the Bishoujo crowd, Kotobukiya released a teaser image for its upcoming She-Hulk last week. After realizing that we were a few days late on it, I figured we could maybe just float things until Kotobukiya revealed the whole thing... but apparently they're holding off until NYCC. So for everybody who can't wait until, well, tomorrow, here's a teaser. I will say that it's certainly one very fine arm. Pre-orders also recently opened for Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Master Asia and the Master Gundam. Apparently Master Asia was shown some years ago but never released so he's been a long time coming. Given that G Gundam ranks among my favorites (and is somewhat ostracized among purists), I'm always happy to see it receive more merchandise... even if Master Asia was one of my least favorite characters. Master Asia can be pre-ordered for US$39 while the Master Gundam will run you US$44. [ Pre-order Master Asia | Master Gundam at Entertainment Earth ] And finally we have the Kaiju cutie, Sunrise's Ultra Monster Girl Gomora-chan. She's an anthropomorphic version of Gomora (not to be confused with Gamera! ...although now I kinda want to see Gamera receive the same treatment) from the Ultraman franchise. Weird? Yes. Very weird? Still yes. However, the figure kind of looks like a cosplayer in half of a monster suit
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More awesome than most minds can take
Sometimes there's more awesome than there is time and humble Tomopop editors can't get around to everything. As such, an explosively awesome recap is needed. Click the jump to see explosions, Gamera, more explosions, Bishoujo She-Hulk, explosions, a monster anthropomorphized into a young girl, and, oh yeah, explosions. Plus Gamera!

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New and improved?
Bandai of Japan's S.H. MonsterArts Mecha King Ghidorah, which recently received a preview gallery, is currently available for pre-order. Standing roughly 25-centimeters tall (9.8-inches), this mighty Godzilla rogue is sure to...

New Konatsu figures photo
New Konatsu figures

New Konatsu figures arrive at Q Pop

Includes Kyubiros, which debuted in May
Aug 25
// Brian Szabelski
Q Pop has a few new Konatsu pieces up in their shop, with one standing out above the others. Of course, there are some new Negora and Migora figures, featuring a calico pattern to them, available. Calico Negora is US$35 and t...
SDCC 2014: Gargamel photo
SDCC 2014: Gargamel

SDCC 2014: Gargamel

It came from Japan
Jul 30
// Brian Szabelski
Gargamel returned to San Diego for SDCC 2014, bringing with them the army of kaiju and sofubi we've become accustomed to. There were plenty of one-offs of their various larger pieces, but the show also saw a new set of Nazoga...
Konatsu exhibition photo
Konatsu exhibition

Konatsu's first U.S. exhibition opens June 28

Coming to Q Pop shop with custom Negoras, new releases, more
Jun 09
// Brian Szabelski
Q Pop is bringing Konatsu's work to the U.S. for her first stateside exhibition on June 28, which means that those of you who like her Negoras and happen to live in southern California will get a chance to meet her. And I'm r...
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Protect your garden from random kaiju with Gardenzilla

Those pesky gnomes had this coming!
Jun 04
// Vanessa Cubillo
Garden decorations have needed to improve, in my opinion. What’s mostly out there? Gnomes, pink flamingos, creepy children, animals, a lot of boring stuff. So that’s why I welcome garden decorations that add a l...
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Kibunadon rises from the depths to invade the U.S.

New kaiju from Teresa Chiba and Max Toy Co.
May 30
// Brian Szabelski
So we've had cat kaiju, and dog kaiju ... how about some fish kaiju? That's what's new from Max Toy Co., as they've put together the mighty Kibunadon, based off of Teresa Chiba's character. Teresa won the Kaiju Gals Design-a-...
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Love Godzilla? Soko Cat has custom figures for you

I'm happy I don't have to wait 40 minutes to see these
May 29
// Vanessa Cubillo
Since Godzilla is back in the spotlight, many are remembering how much they loved this mighty kaiju. So artist, Soko Cat has taken a few Godzilla figures and customized them by hand to her liking. There are three figures ava...
WonderCon x Super7 photo
WonderCon x Super7

WonderCon 2014: Super7

Still loving the translucent Mellow Yellow Pocket Rose Vampire
Apr 25
// Kristina Pino
Our gal on the show floor, Natalie, passed by Super7's booth and grabbed some shots of what they were showing off. The key items on display were their exclusives for the event, the Toxic Garbage Dump Fossilla, Spring Training...

Super7 is ready for WonderCon

Apr 17 // Kristina Pino
Super7 photo
No Little Prick colorway?!
WonderCon at Anaheim is just around the corner. It's this weekend (Friday, April 18th - Sunday, April 20th), actually, and Super7 updated their blog with what they're taking to the show. Check them out at Booth #1453 if you'r...

Konatsu colorways photo
Konatsu colorways

Konatsu's kaiju creatures are back with new colorways

More Negora and Shibara for your hoarding pleasure
Mar 19
// Brian Szabelski
Konatsu's Negora and Shibara sofubi figures have been favorites for some time now; I think it's just seeing pets transformed into gigantic kaiju that makes me smile a bit. But as with all sofubi, a collector's work is never d...
Super7 Spring Foster photo
Super7 Spring Foster

Super7's Foster gets ready for spring

New variant arrives Thursday
Mar 10
// Brian Szabelski
Super7 brings us a new colorway of my favorite kaiju cookie, Foster, just in time for spring. The bright green Spring Forward Foster is cast in a sparkly translucent vinyl, and features buttercup yellow and silver accents for...
GODAI Guardians photo
GODAI Guardians

GODAI Guardians crosses Kaiju with collectable USB figures

Choose among four powerful beasts to guard your data
Mar 07
// Natalie Kipper
I will admit it: Kaiju figures and USB drives were a combination that I hadn't considered. But when the Kickstarter campaign for Kaiju USB: GODAI Guardians was brought to my attention, I realized that it was a match made...
Plaseebo's Atomic Chicken photo
Plaseebo's Atomic Chicken

Plaseebo's Atomic Chicken is nightmare fuel cast in resin

The chicken of the end of days
Mar 03
// Kristina Pino
Plaseebo has sent along some pictures of his latest gruesome creation, the Atomic Chicken, which is a part of The Total Atomic Meltdown show at Clutter Gallery. The event is opening on March 8th, and the pieces will be on dis...
Spring Green Rose Vampire photo
Spring Green Rose Vampire

Think spring with the newest Pocket Rose Vampire

Super7's next release could make some green with envy
Feb 24
// Brian Szabelski
Super7's next Rose Vampire takes root this week, and all plant puns aside, the S7 crew are teasing us with a Spring Green Pocket Rose Vampire. As you can guess, he'll be a green machine, cast in glittery green soft vinyl with...
Sabertooth Kaiju Negora photo
Sabertooth Kaiju Negora

Max Toy Co. drops a new Kaiju Negora colorway

Sabertooth version available in limited run
Feb 14
// Brian Szabelski
Max Toy Co. has rolled out a new colorway of their Kaiju Negora sofubi figure, and this one is a slightly darker tone. The brown-and-yellow Sabertooth version does feature some metallic paint accents, especially around the ey...
 Superfestival 64 recap photo
Superfestival 64 recap

A look at the wares of Superfestival 64

New works from RESTORE and more
Jan 13
// Brian Szabelski
It might be a national holiday in Japan, but there's a tiny bit of news trickling out in the form of a Superfestival 64 recap! Andy from Kaiju Korner was there as he always seems to be, and he brought back some interesting ph...
Cojica Toys' Monoclon photo
Cojica Toys' Monoclon

Cojica Toys' Monoclon surfaces from the vinyl depths

Coming to Lulubell on Dec. 1
Nov 26
// Brian Szabelski
Need some new kaiju in your life? Step right up: Lulubell has got a new figure from Cojica Toys called Monoclon that's coming next week! The Nara, Japan-based Cojica Toys is a flesh-tone piece, about 7.5 inches tall and paint...
DCon: Super7 photo
DCon: Super7

DesignerCon 2013: Super7

I hunger for more sofubi
Nov 10
// Brian Szabelski
Kicking off our DesignerCon 2013 coverage is Super7, which had a brand new sculpt at the show! And it's something I really want! That would be the new Pie Guy, cast in his orange Pumpkin Pie Guy variation. I love, love, love ...
NYCC 2013: Lulubell photo
NYCC 2013: Lulubell

NYCC 2013: Lulubell and Velocitron

Oct 16
// Brian Szabelski
Lulubell Toys and Velocitron shared a NYCC booth, offering up a sampling of their wares. There were the usual selection of Japanese sofubi and kaiju figures, along with a few exclusives, including a cherry red Bones and Lucky from Mike Egan. They look a little more pinkish to me, but hey, I guess that's splitting hairs at this point. Check out the gallery for photos from the Lulubell booth!
NYCC 2013: Grass Hut photo
NYCC 2013: Grass Hut

NYCC 2013: Grass Hut and friends

Works from Rampage Toys, Yaki-mon, Zack Soto and more
Oct 16
// Brian Szabelski
Bwana Spoons and Grass Hut Corp. made the trip out to New York Comic Con, but they weren't alone this year. Along with Grass Hut's own variant figures, I've spotted figures from Rampage Toys, Yaki-mon and Zack Soto, among others. It's also a reminder, at least to me, about how small those Gachapon Goblins from Rampage Toys are. Check out the gallery for photos from the booth!
NYCC: The Jelly Empire photo
NYCC: The Jelly Empire

Jellyzilla to terrorize NYCC with cuteness

Not as deadly as the real thing
Oct 10
// Kristina Pino
The Jelly Empire has revealed yet another release for NYCC, this time in the form of the cutest little kaiju NYC has ever seen (at least this week), Jellyzilla. This resin figure will be available at Argonaut Resins' booth (#...
Galaxy People sofubi photo
Galaxy People sofubi

Galaxy People to debut sofubi figures at Superfestival 63

A trio of characters from the Galaxy People universe
Sep 19
// Brian Szabelski
Superfestival 63 in Tokyo flew under our radar a bit, but it's coming up fast (Sept. 29, to be precise), and Galaxy People have sent along some info on their sofubi releases for the event. There will be three at the event:&nb...
TAG Anniversary Show IV photo
TAG Anniversary Show IV

Toy Art Galley's Anniversary Show IV opens Saturday

Features custom Pollen Kaisers from a ton of artists
Sep 13
// Brian Szabelski
Toy Art Gallery's Anniversary Show IV opens on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Pacific, and this year's "platform du jour" happens to be Paul Kaiju's Pollen Kaiser. It's appropriate, too; Pollen Kaiser is one of TA...

Obscure unleashes the Pollen Kaiser for TAG's anniversary

Show opens on September 14
Sep 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
After Super Cooper's "Music To My Ears" custom art show, Obscure is back again with another custom for a Toy Art Gallery event. This time, Obscure is participating in Toy Art Gallery's anniversary show. The anniversary show ...

Soko Cat releases Angel Micro Negora with Mark Nagata

These are Soko Cat's second release of custom Negora figures
Aug 29
// Vanessa Cubillo
SoKo Cat is back again with more custom Negora figures with Mark Nagata of Max Toy Company. The cat kaijus available now are custom Angel Micro Negora figures. This is Soko Cat's second collaboration with Mark Nagata after r...
WonFes: Sofubi photo
One-day licenses are the best thing ever
Kaiju Korner has a ton of photos up of the kaiju, sofubi and indie figures that were at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer. Among the highlights are: Cometdebris' new colorways of Sametan and Ace Robo; I know I'll end up with both ...

SDCC 2013: Lulubell Toys photo
SDCC 2013: Lulubell Toys

SDCC 2013: Lulubell Toys

More kaiju, more indie figures, more fun
Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
Lulubell Toys arrived at SDCC with a full army of sofubi, kaiju and indie toys. It looked a little bit like something we might in fact see this weekend at Wonder Festival 2013 Summer. Works from Velocitron were present all ov...
SDCC: Gargamel/Grasshut photo
SDCC: Gargamel/Grasshut

SDCC 2013: Gargamel and Grasshut Corp.

Now you can begin building your pelican army
Jul 23
// Brian Szabelski
Gargamel and Grasshut Corp. shared a booth once again at San Diego Comic Con, bringing some new surprises with them. The Grasshut side of things saw Bwana Spoons and Le Merde manning the booth, and each had a new piece on dis...
SDCC 2013: Rotofugi photo
SDCC 2013: Rotofugi

SDCC 2013: Rotofugi

Chicago has been overrun by kaiju ... and owls
Jul 21
// Brian Szabelski
Rotofugi's booth at SDCC again played host to a wide range of designer toys, as well as some new surprises. The biggest of those are the new Eyezon sculpt from Max Toy Co.; and the Mark Nagata/Javier Jimenez collaboration, Ga...
SDCC '13: Nagata/Jimenez photo
SDCC '13: Nagata/Jimenez

SDCC 2013: Mark Nagata/Javier Jimenez signing at Rotofugi

Not just sketches, but a sneak peek, too
Jul 19
// Brian Szabelski
Thursday marks the traditional beginning of the signing sessions at San Diego Comic Con, and one of the first over in the designer toy corner of the show floor was Rotofugi's signing with Mark Nagata and Javier Jimenez. The t...

Soko Cat collaborates with Mark Nagata on Demon Negora

Limited to 5 pieces
Jul 18
// Vanessa Cubillo
Hello Kitty's not the only cute cat around. Soko Cat has collaborated with Mark Nagata on these custom Demon Micro Negoras. Measuring 2.25 inches tall, these figures were hand painted with acrylic paint and hand signed and n...

Super7's full SDCC haul unveiled

Jul 09 // Brian Szabelski
Super7 SDCC exclusives: First Strike Crystal Mecha; US$95 Glitter Grape Foster; US$25 Mixed-Up Massacre Zombie Fighter; US$65 Orange Fizz Doku Duo; US$35 Late Night Little Prick; US$35 Raids Again Fossilla; US$95 Nightfire Honoo; US$35 Super Misty Bros. Zagaturd; US$35 Pink Passion Leroy C; US$35 Prehistoric Punch Caveman Dinosaur; US$35 Creamy Filling Mummy Gator DX; US$50 Underworld Monoghost; US$65 Micro Mummy Boy and Rose Vampire; US$20 per set Tangerine Terror Rose Vampire; US$25
Super7 at SDCC photo
How about 15 exclusives?
Super7 is rolling into San Diego Comic Con booth #5245 with some more exclusives this year ... and to be honest, it's overwhelming to see what they've got. There are 15 exclusives they have on hand this year, from new pieces ...

Tomopop Review: Bandai's S.H.MonsterArts King Kong

Jul 08 // Scarecroodle
Figure Name: S.H.MonsterArts King Kong "King Kong 2005"Figure Maker: BandaiRetail: US$65Available at: Amazon | Big Bad Toy Store | Entertainment Earth S.H.MonsterArts King Kong differs from previous MonsterArts releases, like Godzilla (reviewed), in that his packaging features a taller, more narrow design; a choice that no doubt reflects the fact that Kong Kong is the first entry in the line to feature neither wings nor a tail. The packaging otherwise has the same solid display value and adheres to many of the usual conventions. SHM King Kong comes with two alternate faces, three alternate sets of hands, a hand holding a tiny Ann Darrow, a tree limb, and a stand. The hand sets are closed fists (default, as seen on the figure), open hands, grasping hands (for holding the tree), and extended midknuckles (for standing on four "legs"). King Kong's default head (seen left) features a neutral, gruff expression where one tooth adorably sticks out from his lower lip. The next one sports an angry, roaring face (which can double as getting ready to eat something --- or someone!). The final head features a somewhat indiscernible yet playful expression (one that I don't necessarily recall from the film). It somewhat looks like he might be hooting and makes for a fun design. Rather than just get a ball-joint at the neck, the head fits onto a central peg while being partially anchored by two additional bumps. The bumps seem to help keep the face on straight while providing additional clearance if you want the head to turn up or down a little. Most of the movement is rooted at the base of the neck, which features a spectacular range of movement; it allows King Kong to turn his head a good deal sideways as well as fully up for his quadripedal stance. You'll also notice a lot of trademark information on the underside, which is probably the most unobtrusive place for it. There's another logo on the underside of his left foot. S.H.MonsterArts King Kong's body sculpt features some superb craftsmanship. The torso and limbs all look solid, with some really cool, distinct fur matting on the forearms, and similarly strong pattern on the thighs. The upper torso is well-shaped, and the articulation doesn't really stick out except for the elbows. The paint is somewhat less impressive, given that it seems to be a lot of solid color, although it's an issue true to the original character design. In the film, this was compensated for by lighting effects which gave the appearance of differing hues; an advantage that SHM King Kong unfortunately lacks. This obscures some of the finer detail when viewed from a distance. However, it's worth noting that King Kong's battle scars (which are sculpted in) will stick out at least somewhat given the glossier paint used. One of the coolest aspects of the SHM King Kong is its ability to alternate between bipedal and quadripedal stances, just like in the film. This option is one of the reasons why the Peter Jackson King Kong is superior to other incarnations. This transition is accomplished largely by a generous range of movement on the torso joint as well as the hips' ability to swing a good deal up. Naturally this means he can also sit, like when he might need a rest between shots. While he's still seated, I want you to note the two pin-joints in his feet as well as the previously mentioned logo on his left foot. As much as I dislike having a logo there, it's a pretty neat design. Between the hips, toe joints, foot joint (which features rotation and a pivot), upper torso joint, and lower torso (waist) joint, you can get a good range of movement from King Kong which can facilitate some fun poses. The included stand (partly seen on the side) is pretty much unnecessary. The S.H.MonsterArts King Kong stands roughly 6.5-inches tall on two legs, about 4-inches on four. This means he scales in a somewhat interesting way against the other S.H.MonsterArts figures, especially considering that the Peter Jackson King Kong is supposedly only 25-feet tall on his hind legs while Godzilla is generally depicted as being considerably larger (although it's worth noting that King Kong was "upscaled" to fight Godzilla in the movies as well). On his hind legs, the SHM King Kong is a little taller than the SHM Godzilla, while being a good deal shorter on all fours. Bandai's S.H.MonsterArts King Kong might be the most interesting entry in the line thus far, offering a wide array of poses which replicate that of his movie counterpart. The alternate heads provide great display options which further accentuate the figure's already strong poseability and helps to cement SHM King Kong's position as being among the best that the S.H.MonsterArts line has to offer. [ A kong-sized thanks to Bluefin Tamashii Nations for providing this review sample. ]
SHM King Kong photo
The eighth wonder of the S.H.MonsterArts line
When people think "kaiju", quite often Godzilla and his ilk are the first things to come to mind. As such, some might be surprised by the "American kaiju", King Kong, breaking into the S.H.MonsterArts line which, up until thi...

Locals Only photo
Locals Only

Monster Kolor's Locals Only show opens Saturday

Features work of Guumon, Mechavirus, Will Long
Jun 27
// Brian Szabelski
Monster Kolor owner Matt Walker has recently opened the Monster Kolor Studios venue (located at 54 Center St. Middleborough, Mass.), and they're kicking things off with their first show called Locals Only. The show features n...
Max Toy releases photo
Max Toy releases

Lots of new releases emerge from Max Toy Co.

Include the adorable little Usa-Ringo
Jun 25
// Brian Szabelski
Max Toy Co. has just released several new colorways and figures, and some are looking downright adorable. Those include cotton candy pink colorways of new figures Nyancocco (US$12) and Usa-Ringo (US$12); a classic-styled colo...

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