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4:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Tomopop Review: Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Tomoko Kuroki

One day I came across this odd manga called No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guy’s Fault I’m Not Popular. Not only was the title something that reminded me of early Panic at the Disco song titles, the m...

Vanessa Cubillo


Terra Battle In-Game Giveaway

Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..

3:00 PM on 07.01.2014

Sentinel's Danboard figures are ready to blast off!

For me, the coolest thing to come out of Wonder Festival Winter was Sentinel’s Danboard. I mean, come on! It’s Danbo in space! So now we have a preview of three of these Danbo figures. None of these are from the ...

Vanessa Cubillo

7:00 AM on 05.13.2014

These Danbo figures look good enough to eat

Why is Danbo such a popular figure? I couldn’t wait to get one! Of course, I am a fan of the manga, Yotsubato, but Danbo is hardly a main character there. So, really it’s just a figure of a cardboard box, and th...

Vanessa Cubillo

5:00 PM on 04.23.2014

figma Captain America and Ninja Slayer share a preview

A preview gallery has appeared for both (as in one gallery for two unrelated characters) Max Factory's upcoming figma Captain America and Ninja Slayer. Pre-orders are expected to open tonight/tomorrow. Unfortunately the photos themselves are dark and blurry, but we should see better images of both figures when pre-orders open shortly.


1:00 PM on 04.09.2014

Kill some time with this Seki-kun desk set

Nobody knows how to kill time in class like Seki does in Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time. Be it having one sided Shogi wars, making stamps out of erasers, or playing with a  family of robots he can somehow...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

3:30 PM on 03.22.2014

Aniplex's 'very business casual' suited Saber now available for pre-order

The American comic strip Dilbert has recurring bits about business casual going too far. This would certainly seem to be the case with Aniplex's 1/6-scale Fate/Zero suited (or barely suited) Saber, if she had ever worked in a...


3:45 PM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Giant figma roundup

I'm sure it comes to no one's surprise that there were a lot of new figma on display at Wonder Festival. But could you really predict just how varied the offerings this time around would be? They really dug out some unexpecte...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Tomopop LinkUP: Robot Carnival photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Robot Carnival
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

You might have noticed last week things got a little bit quiet around these parts. Thanks to the New Year being a much bigger deal in the east than in the west, news coming out of Japan was pretty light. You might even call it nonexistent as Japan basically took all of last week off. Seeing as how this article thrives on covering the greatest news from the previous week that came in under the radar you might see why this installment came up a little starved for news.

What's a writer to do?

I probably could have just taken a week off, but instead I decided to fall back on my one true love: Transformers. I was only four-years-old when the franchise launched in 1984 and I've been a fan non-stop ever since. For 30 years I've been spending money on it, letting it take over my house and my life, sticking with it through the good times and the bad. If that doesn't sound like marriage then I don't know what it sounds like. Well, an obsession, I guess, but that doesn't sound nearly as nice.

Whatever. Welcome to the Tomopop LinkUP Transformers special!

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Tomopop LinkUP: Anime you have a happy new year! photo
Tomopop LinkUP: Anime you have a happy new year!
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Hello and welcome to the first Tomopop LinkUP of the new year! We're only two days into 2014 and there's already a lot to look forward to in the coming year. Hard to believe, but over at My Figure Collection they've already got over 1,700 figures, models, and similar items listed for this year. That's just insanity! And when the winter events like Wonder Festival start up we're really going to see that number jump. Goes without saying that there'll be no shortage of great things to come.

This week we've got a lot of anime and game figure news to go over along with one good Doctor and a Clone Trooper on a journey!

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8:00 AM on 12.25.2013

Gunpla Builder's World Cup announces champions

The Gunpla Builder's World Cup held its finals at Gundam Front Tokyo on December 22 and the contest has named its winners. First place in the Open championship went to Japan's Shunpei Yamauchi and his take on the MG...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

figma blog updates with a look at Hidamari Sketch's Sae photo
figma blog updates with a look at Hidamari Sketch's Sae
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

The official figma blog updated with a new preview of the upcoming Sae figure from Hidamari Sketch X Honeycomb. The figure itself I'm sure is a fine figure, but I'm still rather disgusted by Max Factory charging ¥4,000 for a single figure with no real accessory to speak of aside from one interchangeable expression and a pair of glasses. I refuse to consider the spare head for Nori an accessory, it should be consider a bonus item.

Once upon a time in the distant days of 2009, similar figma from Lucky Star in summer uniforms not only included extra heads to create additional characters, but the price didn't go up compared to their 2008 winter counterparts, it was a bonus as it should be. Those figma were also only ¥2,500! Seriously, they've gone up ¥1,500 in five years?

All of the Hidamari Sketch figma have fallen well below the standard set by other figma at the same price today. Miku 2.0 is actually ¥100 less and look at all of the stuff she comes with. Rintarou Okabe is a bigger figma with a bunch of little accessories and he's the same price and also coming out this month. The lab coat version of Kurisu Makise is the same and she's ¥200 less than them. All I can think of is that the Hidamari Sketch license must be some expensive for such bare bones figures to be so pricey. 

While I'm complaining, now is a good time to talk about the new figma boxes that started at 200 with Miku 2.0. What is with all of that black!? I'm not kidding, what were they thinking? figma have always had such great box art, but now there's this thick black band going entirely around the box. The emphasis is no longer about what's in the box, but rather what number they are as the number is the biggest thing printed on there. To do it once to honor their 200th figma would be one thing, but to keep doing it is a real eyesore. 

OK, no more ranting. Happy thoughts, happy thoughts. 

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To Love-Ru's Momo joins Golden Darkness in S.H.Figuarts photo
To Love-Ru's Momo joins Golden Darkness in S.H.Figuarts
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Earlier this year Bandai released Golden Darkness (or Yami if you prefer) from To Love-Ru in the S.H.Figuarts line and hasn't wasted too much time in adding a second figure. She'll soon be joined by Momo Belia Deviluke with a figure that's looking really good. I wish she was in her Deviluke outfit since we already get a lot of school girl figures, but I'll take what I can get.

Her sculpting looks great and the choice of faces are perfect. Smiling, blushing, and I guess we'll call the last one "aroused", are a great fit. She also comes with her phone, but her most eye catching accessory has got to be the rather phallic looking bendable plant tentacle. That on its own is sure to become popular with certain figure photographers.

Pre-orders haven't opened yet, but they probably aren't far away. She's priced at ¥4,725 and will be out in March 2014. Now hurry up and announce Nana!

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