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Transformers stuff

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Transformers


Yes, that's exactly what it looks like
Jul 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Once again a multiple companies were showing off a very wide and eclectic variety of Transformers figures. But nothing was more unusual than Takara Tomy's latest addition to the Q Transformers line: Evangelion. Having already...

Tomopop Review: SDCC exclusive Transformers Kreon Class of 1985

Jul 05 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: Transformers Kre-O Kreon Class of 1985Figure Maker: HasbroRetail Price: US$59.99Available at: San Diego Comic Con Hasbrotoyshop.com booth #3329 This is a very big box set, I'd say it's roughly the size of an Xbox One, or one of those big coffee table books. It looks a bit blurry because the outside of the box as sort of lenticular wrapping to make it sparkle so it's hard to get a good focus on it. If you haven't guessed by now the box is made to look like a high school yearbook. The front cover features Grimlock, while the back cover features... Devastator! Not surprising since they're also offering the massive Titan class Devastator at SDCC this year as well. The top and spine of the box/book also has yearbook stuff on it.  And there's the inside, 30 figures line the inside of the box, all representing figures released in 1985. There's also a little section on the bottom right full of neat little trinkets that fans of 1980s movies will certainly recognize. This is also a really great way to display the set if you have the space for it. Some of these figures have had Kreons before, but changes have been made to give them a unique look.  Let's take a look at all 30 figures! Yes, all of them, but it'll be brief I promise. First up is Alpha Trion. He didn't have a figure in 1985, but he did make his first appearance in the cartoon that year. The figure isn't bad, but he really needs his long beard, otherwise he's just some guy with a lot of white around his mouth. A cape or something would have been good, too. Personally I find him the weakest of the bunch so it can only get better from here! Astrotrain is looking good in his cartoon colors. When the Triplechanger was released by Hasbro he was mainly in white and looked nothing like his animated self. This is strangely one of the most accurate representations of Astrotrain that Hasbro has released.  Beachcomber is looking really good here, modeled mainly on his original figure. The upside down and split Autobot symbol is a neat touch, though you'll see it soon enough on other figures. Kinda funny giving him a gun when he's a nature loving pacifist.  Blaster is pretty near perfect. My only real complaint is that he doesn't have the gray patch on his forehead. Looks a bit more like the Marvel Comics version this way.  Blitzwing looks just about perfect. Not crazy about the wings wince they were a minor detail on the figure in bot mode. Should have found a way to stick a gun on his back instead. Not entirely sold on Bombshell here. Body looks great and the face is nice, but the helmet is a no-go. Bombshell had a really distinct head with a gun sticking out and this is not it. This is one of those "if you can't do it right, then don't do it at all" moments. Especially when they didn't do Shrapnel in this set and his head would have been easily imitated. Cosmos looks pretty good. I do question the helmet choice since he has a head shaped like a really tall flan pudding. A dome helmet would have been better than this. Otherwise, it's good enough. I'll overlook that he doesn't look like a balloon with arms and legs.  Ah, here's our back cover model, Devastator. Not a bad attempt at trying to make a single Kreon figure look like a combiner. Scavenger and Bonecrusher are only represented by yellow marks on the arms, but still nice.  Dirge looks great, though he's supposed to have brown wings. If they gave him brown wings, he'd be perfect.  Grapple is pretty awesome looking. I can do without the leg wheels and wish they could come up with a smaller gun hand.  Front cover model Grimlock appears! Great representation and glad he comes with his double barreled gun. I do wish you could see his face details a little better with that helmet.  Hoist is really nice, though he does have that gun hand again, and I wish he didn't have something as identifiable and Soundwave's helmet.  Inferno is much like Grapple, just in red. He does have a different face so that's good. The annoying gun hand comes back again as well.  Jetfire is really great. He's based on his figure version and not the cartoon version where he was known as Skyfire. Not sure about the black helmet, since the original had an entirely white head with black antennae. I think I'd have preferred a while helmet instead.  Kickback looks like Kickback. It's one of the best likenesses in the set.  Omega Supreme is a very nice attempt. I don't know if sticking a scuba mask and tank on him is something I would have done, but it works, mostly. The white things are supposed to be tank tracks and they're completely pointless since they weren't on the original figure or any media like this. Instead, he had large quarter circle wings on his back. Claw hand is good enough, but this figure actually gets the gun hand right. I wish the others had this gun.  Powerglide is pretty good. Head's a little tall, but it's a nice attempt.  Ramjet is nice, but he's the only jet missing wings for some reason. I know he had some unusual wings on the original figure, but they could have still faked it.  No complaints here with Red Alert. I do wonder how long they debated giving him a red head like the cartoon or the black head like the figure.  Seaspray turned out nice, though the yellow on the blue legs turned green which is too bad.  Skids is probably my favorite from the set. He's colorful with lots of painted detail, doors on his back, and big guns on his arms. I really have no complaints; I think someone put a lot of care into making him look right.  Here's Dinobot number two, Slog. Actually, it's Sludge the brontosaurus, but Hasbro lost the name rights. Going by this set, it seems they've lost three of the Dinobot names for future figures. We got a hint of that during the fourth movie, and it wasn't just Michael Bay being strange about names.  Most disappointing of the Dinobot renames is Slag now being Slug since slag is now a Transformers curse word. Couldn't they just stop saying it and let poor Slag keep his name? Figure is nice enough anyway. Smokescreen is also a great one; check out the windows on his legs. Like with Skids, it's hard to go wrong with the doors.  Hey, Snarl gets to keep his name! He's got a decent likeness in the head and body. They tried to imitate the plates on his legs with gold lines; it works well enough.  Swoop wasn't as lucky as Snarl and has now been renamed Strafe. That's too bad because we've already got a character named Strafe and now things are getting confusing. Ignoring the name, it's a fair likeness to the original toy rather than the blue cartoon model. What I don't get is why they gave him the bird helmet when this figure doesn't transform. Would have been great with a different helmet.  There's Thrust, the last of our Conehead team. Probably the best of the group since his wings are basically the right color.  Topspin is kinda hard to do wrong since his figure didn't have a ton of details to begin with. I do like the chest art. Too bad his partner Twin Twist is missing from the set. Tracks looks pretty great with really cool body art. He also has wings, so the attention to detail is a good fit.  And the last figure is Warpath! No real complaints here; he even has his chest canon. I do think painting his feet gray like tank treads would have been a good idea. So that's the figures, let's take a look at the little bonus trinkets in the set.  Here's Grimlock in a letterman jacket with the Dinobot team. I figure the Autobot cover model would wear this. Meanwhile the Decepticon cover model gets a denim jacket. The jocks wore letterman jackets while the bad boys wear denim. That's just the way things worked in the '80s. Guess the movie! OK, it's probably not that hard; there aren't a lot of movies where a sports almanac is important. The three Back to the Future references here include the almanac, a Doc Brown wig, and a page of the newspaper featuring the clock tower.  Also a reference to BTTF is this "JetFire be good" album that at first had me wondering why there was a CD in the set until I made the connection.  How about some Goonies references? Here's not-Chunk with the treasure map and not-Sloth with a not-Baby Ruth bar.  I'm going to guess this detention notice is from the Breakfast Club because I can't think of any other movies from 1985 where that would be a thing.  I haven't yet figured out what these coins go with. They're numbered 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50. They might be treasure from Goonies or could be arcade tokens. I have no idea.  Last piece is a box of Unicron Crunch cereal. Probably just a fun '80s prop.  So that's the set of 30 figures with a bunch of fun little parodies of different '80s movies. It's a good set, but great if you're a Kreon collector. US$59.99 is a lot of money for a set of Kreons, but it comes to only US$2 per figure which is a heck of a deal. I think if I was a teacher giving Hasbro's art project here a grade, it would be an easy A-.  [Massive thanks to Hasbro for the review sample!]
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Top of the class
Back in 2011 Hasbro had this novel idea to take on LEGO head to head in the toy aisles by making their own brand of building blocks. Kre-O ended up being a somewhat notorious building system. It premiered as a line ...

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LEGO

Fundraiser aims to bring Spaceballs to LEGO


May the Shwartz be with you!
Jun 28
// Soul Tsukino
A member of the LEGO Ideas website named NvdK has been raising funds for over a year now to try and bring part of the classic Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs to your shelves by designing two LEGO vehicles sets from the movie.&nbs...
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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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Minifigures

Boldly go where Lego minifigures have not gone before


Set phasers to fun!
Jun 10
// Soul Tsukino
The crew over at Minifigures.com have announced their newest offering of famous faces in mini figure form with four of the crew members of the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek's main players Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and Sulu are no...
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Pikachu PUTITTO

Share a drink with Pikachu thanks to these PUTITTO figures


Collect all six!
Jun 02
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The fine folks that brought us a number of familiar characters hanging off our cups from Funassyi to Disney to Madoka Magica is at it again. This time around Kitan Club is ready to electrify your favorite drinks wit...
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Schick Evangelion

Achieve "Shave Impact" with Schick and Evangelion


Yes, this is figure related
May 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Japan gets the best stuff. In the west Gillette doesn't make Batman shaving accessories for adults, but in Japan Schick makes Evangelion razor holders and a bunch of other cool stuff. Schick once again brings back clean shave...
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Minifigures.com offerings

Minifigures.com scares up its newest offering in The Pumpkin King


All hail the king
Feb 19
// Soul Tsukino
Minifigures.com -- a site specializing in custom Lego minifigures of celebrities, TV show characters, and entertainers -- has dug up its latest figure offering in The Pumpkin King/Jack Skellington from The Nightmare...
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Lego Super Heroes

Lego S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier images crash onto the scene


Nick Fury doesn't come with a Lego bazooka
Feb 02
// Oansun
After months of rumors, Lego has finally shown the world its Marvel Super Heroes Helicarrier. Though, I have to say I'm on the disappointed side. It certainly looks big, and at nearly 3000 pieces is a hefty set; but including...

Tomopop Review: Minifigures.com Freddie Mercury

Jan 29 // Soul Tsukino
Figure Name: Freddie MercuryFigure Maker: Minifigures.comMSRP: £14.95 (US$22.68)Buy it at: Minifigures.com Have I mentioned just how much of a fan of Queen I am? It is like a gift from the Gods (or my bosses). Already just getting it out of the shipping box I'm pleased with how professional this is done. The blister package is nice and secure, the card looks amazing and has a bio of Freddie on the back. And they even included a "Care Guide" for taking care of your minifigure. Looks like I'm going to need more pizza! Opening up the package, I looked over the figure and just as the company claims, it is a full 360 design of the costume he wore for the 1986 live concert at Wembley Stadium (look it up, it's a powerful show). The joints are nice and tight and the parts are firmly set in place. However I was in for another pleasant surprise when breaking him down I found hidden under his hair that he had a second "singing" face! Bonus points to Minifigures for that. He comes with a mic (of course!) so you can pose him belting out notes to your hearts delight. Wait. This isn't right. There we go! BTW: You don't want to mess with the security he hired. As you can see, I love this little figure. It is very well made, the art design of both the figure, the card, and the guide that came with it are great! If you are big into LEGO, I recommend giving Minifigures a look and pick up some famous faces for your collection. You will not be disappointed. [A huge thank you to Minifigures for providing us with this review sample!]
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DAAAAAH Di Dah Dah!
A few weeks ago I was able to do a story on Minifigures, an England-based website where you could buy celebrity LEGO figures. I was happy to see that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was one of the figures you could buy. I beca...

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Nendoroid Plus Capsules

GSC's Nendoroid Plus Miku capsules are ready for winter


BEAR MIKU IS BEST MIKU!!!
Jan 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
I hope all of my fellow New Englanders are all shoveled out and safe. Here's something cute and snowy to cheer us all up! Good Smile Company's latest line of capsule toys featuring, of course, Miku Hatsune has a long name, bu...

Tomopop Review: MegaHouse's Natsume Yuujinchou Petit Chara Land

Jan 10 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Figure Name: Natsume Yuujinchou Petit Chara LandFigure Maker: MegaHouseRetail Price: ¥4,200Available at: HobbyLink Japan Starting things off let's take a look at the box. Actually, these being trading figures meant to be sold individually this is a display carton that most people in Japan normally wouldn't buy. I really like the art on the front that was made for the set. On the sides are some really nicely arranged photos of some of the figures taken outside. A lot of these trading figure cartons are either plain with just text or printed in single color scale so as these things go this is one of the better ones I've seen. The individual boxes share the same art as the display carton, but the sides only have stock photos of the figures. The more creative shots seen on the sides of the carton can be found under the flaps hidden inside the top and bottom of the box. Not sure why they did this, seems like these photos would do a lot more good selling the figures if they were used on the outside instead of the stock photos. OK, enough critiquing the boxes, let's take a look at the figures! Of the five figures and one secret (though probably not especially rare) figures only one doesn't represent a season; more on that figure a little later. This is the first figure I opened so it's as good of place as any to start. Here we have Natsume and Nyanko Sensei representing winter with Nyanko as a snowman. And... On no! What's wrong with his face!? Seems what little paint there is on his face got quite the smear on it, and it's in too delicate of a place to remove it. So much for being a lucky cat, I'm not feeling lucky at all. Not the best way to start. Smudge aside I like the looks of the figures. They certainly live up to the word petit, they're very small, roughly two inches tall. Price to size ratio isn't exactly optimal, about ¥700 each at retail, for the size I'd rather they were closer to ¥500, but they're nice for what they are and the current exchange rate helps a lot. Sculpting is nice and I like the themes so I can live with it. Spring is up next with Nyanko Sensei and Natsume all ready for some cherry blossom viewing. This figure is more elaborate than the winter figure featuring Natsume in a dark blue and green haori holding a cherry tree branch while Nyanko has his beloved sake bottle. Two things I really love about this figure is going the extra length to make the bottle clear and that they painted on all of Nyanko's paw pads. Very nicely done. For the Summer figure it's a little hard to see Natsume, but check out Nyanko Sensei. This is such a cute figure for him, complete with grilled squid in his mouth. Here's a better shot from different angle. Natsume is wearing a summer kimono complete with a little blue fan tucked in his back and geta on his feet. It's a great figure, I love the way Natsume is holding Nyanko up. Autumn is my favorite figure of all. Yeah, it's a little simple, but it's very Natsume Yuujinchou with the way Nyanko Sensei is sitting on Natsume's head. The expression on Nyanko's face is just perfect with the fallen leaf on his head. I also like that of the seasonal figures this is the only one that isn't standing in place. Natsume is holding a bundle of wheat in his right hand to represent the fall harvest, but I'm more interested in what's on his left hand. Check out the dragonfly! Keep in mind that little thing is smaller than a pencil eraser head and they still got some great detail in it. Yeah, definitely my favorite figure in the series. The fifth figure in the set is a little more unusual. It's hard to tell, but it's actually Nyanko Sensei transformed into Natsume. It's based on episode six of Natsume Yuujinchou Shi, the Other Side of the Glass. In the episode Natsume is trapped inside a glass jar and Nyanko changes into him to take his place while he searches for the one that stuck Natsume in there. You can see the jar behind, but unfortunately it seems they couldn't find a way to stick a tiny Natsume in there so it's left empty. It almost feels like half of a concept and if you weren't familiar with the figure's story it would just seem like Natsume is doing a strange pose. For me this is the least successful of the series and from what I can gather it's the least popular among fans. And here's the secret figure, a redeco of the spring figure. Now sporting a more cherry blossom appropriate pink, it's a nice alternative, but not quite as nicely executed as the blue and green of the original. I wish they would have changed up the pattern or something to really set it apart. Meanwhile Nyanko Sensei is looking kinda cherry in the face himself.  And that's our six. They're a an exceptionally cute series of figures based on the Natsume Yuujinchou duo and look great displayed. The paint is OK, but could be much better. If you're a fan then they're worth having, but you might want to buy them second hand to assure you get the best looking figures. Still, the cheapest and most efficient way to get them is in a case. Were I to do it again I'd probably still go with the case.  [Huge thanks to HobbyLink Japan for the review samples!]
Natsume Yuujinchou photo
Insert Scarface "little friend" joke here
Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends) will probably always rank as one of my favorite top anime series of all time. For four seasons I laughed and cried with this series like few others. I was pretty sad when the fin...

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LEGO

New website lets you make customized and famous Lego minifigs


Minifigures.com has your hook up
Jan 02
// Soul Tsukino
A new website has launched dedicated to custom LEGO Minifigures called, well, Minifigures. Minifigures prides itself on the fact they don’t use stickers or vinyl decals and all of their designs stay true to the LEGO Min...
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Amiibo

Nintendo says some Amiibos will only get one release


Better get Marth while you still can
Dec 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Have you noticed some Amiibos are starting to get harder to find than others? That's all according to plan says Nintendo. While it's not unusual for figure lines to have uneven case ratios in order to make sure there's an abu...
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Amiibo

Amiibo gets its first crazy auction buy with US$2,500 Samus


Time to sell that figure with two left feet you hate
Dec 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Some people say factory error figures are worthless. Be it a figure with screwy paint apps, the wrong backer card, or only one leg, the general consensus is that they're a nice novelty, but worth less than a normal carded fig...
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Transformers Go!

Mag scans show off Kabaya Transformers Go! Samurai Team candy toys


They actually look better than the full size figures
Aug 21
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been a while since Transformers Go! ended, both the figure line and the anime series, so everyone is a little surprise to see that Kabaya is planning a series of candy toys based on the toy line's Swordbot Samurai team. ...
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SDCC 2014: October Toys

SDCC 2014: October Toys


Rise, rise from your grave of 1990s cartoon history
Jul 27
// Brian Szabelski
Sure, October Toys' SDCC booth had a new Deadbeet and Cavey vinyl colorway. Sure, it had a lovely purple Calaverita from the Beast Brothers. We also can't overlook the OMFG figures that were available, but none of those were ...
SDCC: Tamashii Buddies photo
Tamashii Nations enters the mini-figure realm
Bluefin and Tamashii Nations set aside a corner display at their booth to show off the new Tamashii Buddies line. It's a series of 3.5-inch trading figures, each coming with a unique backdrop and base to display them on, whic...

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SDCC 2014: Minecraft

SDCC 2014: Mattel's Minecraft mini-figures


Sadly, no Herobrine lurking about
Jul 25
// Brian Szabelski
If you have a slightly uncontrollable love of Minecraft, as I sometimes think I do, then it was perhaps interesting to see a little Minecraft section at Mattel's SDCC booth. Inside that section was a little "chest" you c...
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Space Dandy Be@rbrick

Space Dandy episode 14 spawns a real life Be@rbrick, baby


He's going to need some friends, though
Jul 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you caught the premiere episode of the second season of Space Dandy over the weekend then no doubt you noticed a cameo by a certain Japanese toy line. Never a stranger to self parody, episode 14 features the gang jumping f...
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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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Kamen Rider

Watch the vacuum around these extra tiny Kamen Rider figures


Banpresto to release a handful throughout the year, which is a lot
May 13
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Banpresto is out to prove that you really can get big things in small packages. Their new Micro line of figures intend to take the super-sized cast of Kamen Rider and shrink them down to a mere 1.5 cm. That's just a little mo...
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Excellent!
After seeing LEGO’s version of The Simpsons’ house, I was excited to see what else would come out in this line. Now we have a look at their latest Simpsons minifigure series. Posted on their Facebook, there are 1...

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Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy and Manny X release Icla bear for charity


All proceeds will go to the Icla da Silva Foundation
Mar 21
// Vanessa Cubillo
It feels like I was just writing about Crummy Gummy and Manny X releasing their first gummy bear figure, Purple Rain. I was initially intrigued because they said the first person to order their very first figure would get a ...
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LEGO

Fan recreates dozen of awesome bands using LEGO minifigures


We need more music toys
Mar 19
// Vanessa Cubillo
Lately the LEGO creations I’ve been seeing have really been amazing me. My favorite this week comes from Adly Syairi Ramly who has been taking LEGO figures and turning them into iconic musical groups. His recreations a...
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New S.U.C.K.L.E. colorway

New S.U.C.K.L.E. colorway invades Toy Art Gallery


Clearly, it's a shiny red variant
Feb 24
// Brian Szabelski
Toy Art Gallery's newest release thinks you're a jerk, because it's the Sucklord's S.U.C.K.L.E. set in a new clear red colorway! Yes, the same 10 figures are available in a new colorway, and really, that's about all that's new here. Isn't that the case with most colorways, though?  The TAG-exclusive set will be US$25 and on sale Wednesday at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. GMT).
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This will be part of SubUrban Vinyl's Valentine show
Crummy Gummy and Manny X will be releasing an exclusive figure for SubUrban Vinyl’s art show this Saturday. The show, titled “Heart Strings,” is a Valentine’s Day themed event and will feature pieces ...

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Atomic Uchuujin

The Atomic Uchuujin rises from The Disarticulators' lab


Based off character from banned Ultraseven episode
Feb 05
// Brian Szabelski
The Disarticulators have a new keshi (rubber) figure that they'll be releasing on Friday: the Atomic Uchuujin. If you're a big enough Ultraman fan, then the design will look familiar to you, because it's based off of the char...
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Final Fantasy

Now is your time to get Theatrhythm Final Fantasy figures


Jan 30
// Vanessa Cubillo
It feels like a long time since I first saw Square Enix’s Theatrhythm Final Fantasy figures painted. That was only in October, but now there’s no need for waiting because these mini figures are finally open for p...
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Kidrobot will be releasing a Mega Man figure line


Keychains, full figures, and mini figures
Jan 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
Kidrobot sure has been busy! It’s only January and already we know that they’re working on a TMNT line, and now we’re seeing that they will be releasing a Mega Man line. A few hours ago they’ve releas...
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Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy channels TMNT with new release


This time you can get a TMNT trading card with your gummy bear
Jan 23
// Vanessa Cubillo
Another double release will be coming from Crummy Gummy and Manny X. As always, they’ll be releasing colorful gummy bear figures. Their first release will be called Turtle Ooze. It’s a neon green and unlike thei...
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Aliens

In space nobody can hear you scream about Minimate Aliens


On Tomopop, not all titles fit so commas need to be dropped
Jan 18
// Scarecroodle
A product image of Diamond Select Toys' Aliens Minimates has shown up on io9. We saw some concept art during a panel at SDCC '13 and the figures themselves were on display at NYCC that same year. The first series of 2-packs i...
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The Walking Dead

There will be more Walking Dead Mystery Minis from Funko


More Mystery Minis and Wacky Wobblers
Jan 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
The Walking Dead Mystery Minis will be getting a second series from Funko. The first series of blind boxed figures featured only Daryl and Merle with other notable zombies from the TV show. I wasn’t too happy that this...
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Alto's Micro Skelevex

Alto shrinks his Skelevex down to a miniature size


Also works as a head for your Lego mini-figures
Dec 16
// Brian Szabelski
You might remember seeing Alto and DMS' Skelevex from ToyCon UK, but a new version of it has arrived and it's looking quite small. The Micro Skelevex is a scaled-down version, about 1.5 inches in size, that features the same ...

Tomopop LinkUP: The Girls und Painter edition

Dec 12 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Wooser is almost here again! Season two returns in January so that means a big product push for all things Wooser. Kahotan has posted this Belle Maison oshiruko soup set that features rubber straps of mascot Shirukuma and Wooser. They also have a pair of Wooser talking pens. Wing gave a very cryptic hint for one of their next figures. The hint is just an offset black and white image of a fleur-de-lis. They'll be doing their official reveal at Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter] in February. Disney has posted on their Insider blog a look at the creation of their Infinity game figures from sketch to final product. The post talks pretty extensively with Art Director Jeff Bunker and Lead Character Designer Jon Diesta of Avalanche Software and their roles in making the game and figures a reality. Chauskoskis appears to be in a Greasebat kind of mood as he's made two of them. Based on Jeff Lamm's characters the first is Dunny baby Greasebat that he has Jeff's OK to make a few resin castings of. The other is an evil Greasebat that is only one of a kind that he put up for auction.  Check out this amazing Iron Samurai kitbash bade by Ken Lee. Reminds me of one of those samurai from Sucker Punch. I thought that movie was kinda awful, but this is very cool! It's 1/6 scale and a nominee for the 3A Customs and Kitbashes 2013 Awards. Good luck! No, I didn't embed an ad into LinkUP. Well, I mean I did, but not for advertising purposes. Matt Hopkins of Custom Papertoys sent along this really cool commercial he worked on for the SPCA. You think stuff like this is done with CG, but it's really stop motion. Matt says he built the models and much of the stop motion.  Tenacious Toys is offering Nerviswrek's Nibirian Drone resin figures by We Are Not Toys. The terrifying little things are hand painted and sold in set of 12 for US$350. Reflective Boundary did a great gallery for Alter's 1/8 Chitanda Eru from Hyouka. I'm glad this show is still getting some great figures, it gives me hope that a second season could be on the horizon! The AmiAmi blog posted a review for the latest Vocaloid GUMI figure. The Megpoid Whisper version made by Aquamarine is in a cute outfit and the bright colors fit her perfectly. She'll be out in February. VISEone displayed six new 16 inch Qee customs at a charity event in Germany recently. His work was a big hit and he even sold one right at the event with all proceeds going to the charity.  Funko is showing off a new series of Uglydoll x DC Comics vinyl figures. Featured are Ice-Bat as Batman, Wedgehead as Robin, and Babo as Superman. They'll be out on February 11.  Ron English has a special Metallic Purple Heart Skull in his PoPaganda store just in time for Christmas gift giving. They're going for US$150 and limited to only 20.  If you've ever wanted to try your hand at building Gunpla with no idea where to start then check out this handy ebook. Mecha Model Guide for Beginners looks to be a very comprehensive guide judging from its preview were it goes deep into all sorts of terminology and even deciphers the little symbols found in the instructions. There's even modeling history in there which could make it a good read even for advanced modelers. The ever-manly Black Star from Soul Eater has gotten the HQS treatment from Tsume with this fantastic looking statue. He's only limited to 250 printed on a metal serial plate and priced at 259€ (about US$356).  Akiba Hobby has posted a review (in Japanese) of Wave's new Beach Queens Chiho from The Devil is a Part-Timer! She'll be out in 2014. Hopefully if she sells really well they'll make a second season of the anime! Tentacle Armada posted a lengthy review of Pop Culture Shock's Katana statue from Mortal Kombat. They've got an awful lot to say about this enormous figure and it sounds like it isn't without its fair share of problems.  And that brings us to the end of another Tomopop LinkUP. See you next week where we'll have another batch of great things to talk about. 
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Seems to have been the week for handmade and limited editions
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Crummy Gummy photo
Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy releases two figures for Black Friday


Available on Friday at 12pm PST
Nov 27
// Vanessa Cubillo
For Black Friday, Crummy Gummy will be dropping two of their custom bear figures online. These gummy bears have appealing names; Raw Meat and Urinal Cake. Raw Meat is the shiny red figure that actually looks tasty if I forge...
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Series 12 features 16 figures from the upcoming movie
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Crummy Gummy photo
Crummy Gummy

Crummy Gummy releases some spooky themed bears


On sale today at 12pm PST
Oct 18
// Vanessa Cubillo
The gummy bears are starting to crave human flesh! From Crummy Gummy and Manny X's gummy bear custom figure series comes another new set of bears. This time the bears have a sinister twist. The first bear is slime green and ...
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One Piece

Straw Hats sail again with new Punk Hazard series


New Anime Chara Heroes set is in "Shambles"
Oct 17
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
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NYCC 2013: Onell/Uamou photo
NYCC 2013: Onell/Uamou

NYCC 2013: Onell Design, Real x Head and Uamou


Is that a giant Callgrim, or are you just ... yeah, it's a giant Callgrim
Oct 16
// Brian Szabelski
Like last year, Onell Design partnered up with Real x Head and Uamou for their New York Comic Con booth. Also like last year, their booth was full of Callgrims and Glyos figures, Uamou and Boo sets and Real x Head's larg...

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