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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


8:00 AM on 03.28.2014

Volpin Props creates perfect model of the Planet Express from Futurama

Harrison Krix of Volpin Props recently shared an in-depth look into how he created his latest project, a model replica of The Planet Express from Futurama. The finished project looks phenomenal! This model looks like it came...

Vanessa Cubillo

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

9:00 AM on 11.27.2013

Japan chooses 10-year-old girl for GBWC Junior Division

Japan has picked their representatives for the Gunpla Builder's World Cup Junior Division and it's not what you would normally expect from a Gunpla builder. 10-year-old Mei, a fourth grader, took the win in Japan's 14-and-und...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Gunpla Builders World Cup chooses NA representative

Bluefin Distribution has announced their pick for the North American regional finals that will be heading to Japan in December to compete against builders from around the world. The winner is Kevin Yi Zhang of Conne...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

9:00 PM on 08.23.2013

Optimus Prime FJ is two very innovative things

I love being right. Excuse me while I stroke my ego for just one moment. Last week a Japanese store started taking orders on a mysterious figure called 'Optimus Prime FJ'. Everyone quickly pointed out that the upcoming s...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

11:00 AM on 05.21.2013

ACen 2013: Gunpla Builders World Cup

The Gunpla Builders World Cup, descrbed by Bandai as "a global championship of Gunpla building", had a selection of their earlier North American entries on display at the Bandai booth at Anime Central 2013 this past weekend. ...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:00 AM on 05.01.2013

This Black Tuna model lets you play with your food

This model here is for all the foodies and fish lovers! The Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo is the largest fish market in the world, one that many tourists set out to visit. Now they've made an incredibly detailed museum model ...

Vanessa Cubillo



Tomopop Review: Cobbanii's 1/12 wooden desk and chair photo
Tomopop Review: Cobbanii's 1/12 wooden desk and chair
by Jeremy Emerje Crocker

Plastic is over rated.

No, really, it's good at a lot of things, but no matter what you do with it it's still plastic. Sure, it can be sculpted and detailed using every trick known to make it look like wood, but you don't get the feel, the weight, the smell. You get plastic that kinda looks like it, but little else. If you're going to make something look like wood, then why not just make it out of wood? Wood is cheap, durable, renewable, and adds authenticity. It's easy to substitute, but there's nothing else like it.

Doing it right is something of a lost art; you don't see a lot of toys and the like made of wood these days. Sure things spring up from time to time, but for the most part it's just a novelty. However, in Japan, the art of building models out of wood rather than plastic is still alive and well. You can find models of Japanese castles, furniture, boats, and other such things made mainly of wood in very impressive detail. One thing is for sure: building a wooden model isn't the same as building one out of plastic. 

Admit it, you're intrigued or at least mildly curious about the process of building a model out of wood. Follow me after the jump for a beginners' guide in this review of Cobbanii's 1/12-scale wooden desk and chair.

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8:00 AM on 09.18.2012

Diamond Select Toys launches a pair of Star Trek ships

The Art Asylum Blog has tipped us off to a pair of upcoming models from Diamond Select Toys featuring two ships from Star Trek. And if it's Star Trek, I have to put it up here. Although Art Asylum's production of Trek ships i...

Tianxiao Ma

5:00 PM on 08.26.2012

Pegasus Hobbies' Kothoga will remind you to not do drugs

Ah, the Kothoga monster, a horrible victim of drug abuse and star of the 1997 sci-fi/horror box office flop known as The Relic. Given that the film's box office numbers were around half its budget, you'd hardly expect to be g...

Scarecroodle



9:00 PM on 05.01.2012

Pikachu Wing Version is ready to fire its lasers!

This has officially made my day. I mean, what more could you want than the mash up of Pokemon and Gundam? The Pikachu Wing Version, or Gundamchu, as I've affectionately dubbed him, is the cutest thing to take to space and des...

Rio McCarthy