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Sorry, Mario ... but I think your princess is in another castle. Kodykoala has completed a new custom vinyl figure featuring a zombified Peach and what's left of poor Mario. The 7- to 8-inch piece has Peach on a spooky l...

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Kodykoala makes me rethink zombies yet again with a Game Boy of all things


Oct 22
// Chris Pranger
Zombies are so dead, if you'll pardon the obvious pun. I said as much at the beginning of the month with Kodykoala's revisitation of his Zombie Luigi, and darn it did I believe that'd be the end of the zombie hordes. Well it'...
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ThinkGeek's Exclusive Zombie Monkey plush wants your brains, bananas


Oct 08
// Natalie Kipper
It's that time of year when zombies are in vogue and ThinkGeek's got an exclusive plush that really takes the cake, err, bananas. Their new Zombie Monkey plush is not just eerily adorable but bears the grotesque charm one wou...
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Kodykoala wants to revisit the zombie motif with another Zombie Luigi


Oct 03
// Chris Pranger
It is impossible to escape both zombies and apparently Kodykoala as they will track you down and, presumably, eat your brain (citation needed). Coming fresh off launching a dedicated store for his custom pieces, Mr. KK is off...

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The Scarecrow from Oz is getting a dark update, but he needs your help


Jul 29
// Chris Pranger
So then, we find ourselves gathered here on the precipice, looking out upon yet another custom action figure that I could very well want in my hands. But wait! There's a catch! This one doesn't exist yet! Start-up company Sho...
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Take a peek at Circus Posterus' SDCC exclusives


Jul 04
// Tomopop Staff
Circus Posterus seems to pull out all the stops when it comes to San Diego Comic Con, and this year is no exception. They will be offering a whopping 5 exclusive pieces, all of them handpainted resin. First up are two new min...
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New Little Apple Dolls at London MCM Expo


May 19
// Colette Bennett
I started collecting Little Apple Dolls back in 2008, the year Tomopop launched. Ah, sweet memories! These pale girls with a look right out of j-horror classics such as The Ring captured my heart immediately, and I've kept an...
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Check out this Rose Vampire custom by Motobot


May 05
// Crystal White
This new custom is a Rose Vampire by Motorbot, and I'm totally loving this concept! This custom has the body of a rose's stem and the head of a rose's petals, but don't let that fool you into thinking this flower is sweet! Ro...
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18" Frankenstein figure by Diamond Select is scary stuff!


Apr 19
// Crystal White
Diamond Select has revealed its latest addition, with a wonderfully scary and accurate 18" tall Frankenstein! This big guy is based off of the classic movies, and looks more frightening than ever and features over twenty-six ...
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So cute and so evil, My First Cthulhu ready to pre-order


Mar 21
// Crystal White
What better way to expose your child to Lovecraftian horrors than with My First Cthulhu? Cthulhu's plush incarnation looks totally adorable and just begs for you to stare into his eyes and spiral downward into madness! Oh, an...
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Super scary Batman Vampire mini statue ready to pre-order!


Mar 16
// Crystal White
Check out this nightmare fuel Batman Vampire mini statue. This thing is the Batman born of horrible hallucinations and some of Scarecrow's poison, I bet. Actually, this Batman statue is based on the undead Batman from titles ...
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Brandt Peters x Ferg's Trouble Boys No. 23 shows up at the scene


Mar 02
// Colette Bennett
Next Monday, March 7th, if you like the work of artists such as Brandt Peters and Ferg, you can add a little bit of gangster to your vinyl collection. The latest in the Jamungo series is called Big Sleep (No. 23) an...
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Kit Lane takes us to her Strangeland at Gallery Hanahou


Feb 28
// Brigitte Coovert
Our coverage of Gallery Hanahou's Needle Felting Extravaganza, opening March 3, 2011, continues with the felt sculptures of Kit Lane. The pieces that she has revealed for her "Strangeland" mini show have got me very excited. ...
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Bob Conge is once again making my nightmares reality


Feb 22
// Chris Pranger
Bob Conge! My arch nemesis and greatest ally at the very same time, the man responsible for about 90% of my current phobias, Bob Conge is back again with some new creations to show off. And as usual, they are a rare breed of ...
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Check out this Rubiks Cube brain by Moist!


Feb 18
// Crystal White
Wow, this thing is just downright creepy. Artist Moist, a.k.a. Jason Freeny, has created a kind of disturbing custom Rubiks Cube. It seems he embedded a traditional version of the Rubiks Cube into a brain sculpt, resulting in...
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Sideshow opens pre-orders for Indiana Jones Chalice of Kali


Feb 17
// Colette Bennett
Remember when we showed you a teaser for the Chalice of Kali prop from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom that Sideshow Collectibles had in the works? Well, now they've premiered photos of the full collectible, as well as a...
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Umineko's Beatrice appears in doll form, will still kill you


Feb 16
// Pedro Cortes
I've never found dolls to be of particular interest. Perhaps it's the natural "RAWR male hate girl toy RAWR" mechanism in my brain, but I've rarely found myself looking at a doll with any particular capitalistic lust. A few y...
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Jay222 tries his hand at creating NIGHT GAMERS


Feb 15
// Chris Pranger
Our good buddies at Plaseebo have been terrifying me pretty regularly with all manner of strange and awesome custom vinyls, most noteworthy the various takes on the NIGHT GAMERS, probably one of the strangest things I've ever...
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Hine Mizushima's Unnatural History Museum Comes to Gallery Hanahou


Feb 15
// Brigitte Coovert
Hine Mizushima has posted teasers for her upcoming "The Unnatural History Museum" show on her blog and I cannot wait to see more. The show is is a part of Gallery Hanahou's Needle Felting Extravaganza which opens March 3, 201...
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Sideshow's exclusive Nosferatu statue is creepy, creepy, creepy


Feb 07
// Colette Bennett
Screw Twilight and its stupid, sparkling vampires -- there was a time when vampires were actually frightening. The 1922 black and white film Nosferatu portrayed a bald, long fingered creature by the name of Count Or...
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Custom Delights: Jason Freeny brings us three new anatomical figures


Feb 04
// Colette Bennett
Jason Freeny, the guy behind all these neat cutaway sculptures such as Mario and Icebat, has struck again. The last few updates on his Facebook page show us three great new cutaway figures, ...
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The Cthulu bobble-head instills madness in all who gaze upon it


Feb 03
// Crystal White
If you or someone you know has those Lovecraftian urges, the Cthulu bobble-head is just the thing to get. Gaze upon Cthulu's maddening visage and scream in agony as their sanity dwindles in the realm of R'lyeh. But no, really...
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Abandoned Lego house evokes the untold beauty in absolute darkness


Feb 03
// Jason Millward
I know that there's a level of morbidity to it, but I am absolutely fascinated by urban decay. I find crumbling and deteriorating buildings to have an immense beauty. Just a few days ago, I bemoaned to our beloved editor-in-c...
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Dave Correia's Lil' Skeletor painting is adorably sinister


Feb 02
// Crystal White
This illustration by Dave Correia is a simply wonderful interpretation of a classic character. Lil' Skeletor is both creepy and cute, with realistically skull-faced toddler Skeletor alongside his panther cub. I also like the ...

Tomopop Review: Zombie Head Cookie Jar

Jan 27 // Colette Bennett
Figure Name: Zombie Head Cookie JarFigure Maker: Symbiote Studios and Think GeekRetail Price: US$39.99 Available at: ThinkGeek | Symbiote StudiosI make it no secret that I am generally impatient about the box part of reviews. I know you guys want to see the box, but usually I am just all about getting whatever is in there out of it. I have to hand it to Symbiote, though; I loved the box on this one. If you wanted to give it as a gift, you could really just smack a bow on it and call it a day. The design extends to all sides of the box, too -- check out the gallery for more of that.Here he is out of the box, and in case you can't tell, he is monstrous. The jar measures 12" in height and 32" around, which basically means that you can potentially never run out of cookies once you fill this thing up (well, unless you're like, Cookie Monster or something).The jar is solid ceramic, and it weighs eight pounds. Eight! You don't have to worry about this sliding around on the counter. Cookie storage is serious business, people.The back view is the best to get a feel what is going on here -- you have the one side with the black hair and the other with the exposed brain. I guess depending on how you display it on the counter, it can be more or less gruesome. That could be handy for when your parents come over.BRAINSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Ew! Don't look at me like that, it's creeping me out. I wonder of this would scare me if I went to the kitchen in the middle of the night. He's so ominous. But he stole a cookie from his own head, which is weird.Is that like cannibalism?Full of cookies! I bet if you get this it will be the first time you've wanted sweets from someone's cranium.Hey! Those are my cookies! Don't steal em!Okay, that is way too scary. I guess that answers my question about seeing it in the dark in my kitchen. Mental note: put a towel over the cookie jar before I go to bed. This is a pretty unique collectible. Solidly made and obviously armed with a sense of humor, this will be the perfect gift for the friends who love classic horror films and kitschy decor. We recommend it if you like zombies, silliness, or just need a cookie jar that dwarfs every other container you've ever owned.[Thanks to Symbiote Studios for the review sample!]
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Our friends at Symbiote Studios have already proven that they know what they are doing with popular vinyl lines like the Symbiotes (reviewed) and polystone statues such as Sam and Max (reviewed). When they told us they were w...

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Daniel Goffin brings Bob Conge's NIGHT GAMERS to terrifying life


Jan 19
// Chris Pranger
Bob Conge! Oh Bob Conge! How my life constantly intersects with the man and his site's work! Fate has seen fit to bring us together again, though for another artist's amazingly horrifying rendition of something Conge has crea...
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Tonner announces the rather terrifying Tweedledum and Tweedledee


Jan 12
// Colette Bennett
We are fans of Tonner Doll Company -- you may have figured that out during New York Comic Con -- due to their attention to detail and the exciting news about them gaining the license to produce Marvel...
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Bob Conge's creations are clearly stealing my very soul


Jan 11
// Chris Pranger
Not too long ago I did a little write-up on a strange piece of art called the Mickeybaby Marshmallow Kaiju, a toy crafted from all of my childhood fears and nightmares compressed into a hard resin suitable for purchase. Since...
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Char's Z'Gok has become rather monstrous, now a Killer Z'Gok


Jan 11
// Andres Cerrato
Char's Z'Gok was one of my favorite mobile suits in Mobile Suit Gundam. This new take on it has me shaking a little bit though. Created as a part of the Gundam DX Heroes & Monster, it takes the aquatic MS to its roots, ma...
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Bob Conge's Mickeybaby Marshmallow Kaiju not the first thing to pop into my head


Jan 06
// Chris Pranger
Story time guys. When I was a child, I had an unhealthy fear of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Don't ask me why, but I would stay awake at night thinking it'd smash through my window and kill me dead. Apparently Bob Conge hea...
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Kodykoala's custom Yoshi will give you the best kind of nightmares


Dec 28
// Chris Pranger
Well, nothing like a little post-Christmas Zombie Yoshi to brighten your mood, eh? Kodykoala, last seen crafting an amazing Yoshi Mech, as well as a number of other custom creations (his Cutaway Mega Man statue may just be fo...
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Doktor A, among many other artists, participating in The Addams Family Art Show


Dec 23
// Kristina Pino
Come January, there will be a "Group Art Show" over at the Wootini Gallery running from the seventh until the end of the month. Addams Family being the theme, it looks like the show will be filled with "morbidl...
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A Death Trooper is actually something to be scared of


Dec 21
// Andres Cerrato
As this decade comes to a close, it's certainly been a good one for the undead. Rising up from relative dormancy, the mythos took over everything from film, television, gaming and even literature. Beloved classics couldn't es...
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Star Wars may have had victorian era inspiration


Dec 15
// Crystal White
At first glance, these masks look like creepy steampunk customs based on classic Star Wars icons, namely Darth Vader and C-3P0. However, the opposite is true. Instead of being inspired by the film series, they have ...
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Kathie Olivas' Two Faced Hazel turned into a terrifying zombie


Dec 09
// Colette Bennett
It's been years since the supersized version of Kathie Olivas' Hazel figure from the Scavengers line was released, so long that it's been a while since the figure crossed my mind, actually. At least, until I spotted...
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State Farm Qee: Marketing fail or clever move?


Dec 08
// Scott Kremer
The last thing I think of when I picture an insurance company is a corporation that would joke about serious injury, especially not one that would conjure up something like the creature pictured above. But lo and behold, this...
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Victorian aesthetics meet a bloody end


Nov 08
// Crystal White
You've heard of the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, right? How about Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters? Well these types gore-filled takes on victorian era works are exactly what artist Jessica Harrison has been up...

Tomopop Review: Yamato USA's Black Tinkerbell

Oct 30 // Colette Bennett
Figure Name: Black TinkerbellFigure Maker: Yamato USARetail Price: US$249.99 As with our last Fantasy Figure review, we'll start by looking at Luis Royo's source art first. Now, I like Royo's art. That being said, I am not the biggest fan of this piece. The body looks great, but if you ask me, the figure's face looks a little ... derpy. Yeah, I said it, and I'm sure Royo fans will be pissed, but it's simply how I feel. In positive news, however, Yamato USA has compensated for that in their version of the character, and I think it's an improvement for the better. This figure has an epic box. It's covered in vivid illustrations, front and back, and it's honestly pretty beautiful. By the way, did you know we are giving one of these away in our Halloween photo contest? If you like her, you might want to go check that out. So, out of the box, here's what you've got. The piece has a nice weight (remember, it's polyresin, not PVC) and comes packed firmly in several styrofoam layers so all the pieces stay intact. I definitely felt as if the piece was delicate when handling it, especially when it came to the wings and scepter. Resin requires a very different kind of care than PVC, so be aware of that if you choose to collect it. Here is the sign that comes with the figure, which is a wooden wedge with a gold plate that features the number of the figure you get. It's pretty fancy! This figure is absolutely beautiful, no bones about it. The body is sculpted to perfection, with curves in all the right places. In the end, I couldn't decide on one way to shoot her, so I shot her a bunch of different ways. And every one was fun.  As shown in Yamato's original production photos, the wings are transparent, but you'll only see this in certain types of light, so this would be a great item to display near a window or on a shelf where light cascades in onto it. The wings are so finely detailed they actually feature tiny veins, which is a really great touch (see gallery). You can expect it to look great from all angles, too -- the mark of a great product, for sure. It is difficult to display figures in a way where you can walk all around them sometimes, but trust us when we say it is worth it for a piece like this. Woo, that bottom is looking lovely. But what about the face? Seems to me like Yamato tweaked the face design a tad, but that is okay with me, because it looks like this. This expression has the exact same tone as the original art, but it seems as if the face has been slightly lengthened. It looks a little more mature too, which I like a lot. The expression also looks different depending on the angle. Straight on like the first shot, you see a sensuous creature, possibly contemplating something wicked. From above like this, she almost looks contemplative, maybe even a touch regretful. There aren't a lot of figures that vary in disposition when you look at them from different angles, so Yamato really did a number with this one. See what I mean about the angles? No matter where you go, this is really a joy to look at.  [Photo by George Rey Photography] Tomopop wholly recommends Black Tinkerbell for collectors. While somewhat delicate and obviously pricier than PVC, she also sports a level of detail that makes it worth the extra cash. The attention to sculpt and paint is impeccable, and obviously she's an eye-catcher, beyond all that boring quality stuff! Convinced? You have a few options, in that case. Head over to Yamato USA, where Black Tinkerbell is in stock for order, or you can head on over to our Halloween contest post and try to win her by submitting a Halloween-themed toy photo. The PVC version of the figure will retail for $119.99 and be out later this year, so you can always hold off if you prefer that to the resin version. Also, if you're a fan of Yamato's work, you can follow them on Twitter to keep up with their new releases. [Thanks to Yamato USA for the review sample]  
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Most of us do love the hell out of some anime girls, but we do admit, from time to time, it is nice to see women depicted in the collectible community in other ways. Yamato USA came to the rescue last year with thei...

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Keithing recreates the Luke Chueh Sad Bear just in time for Halloween


Oct 28
// Colette Bennett
Halloween always gives artists a reason to come up with some of the best customs. A perfect example is Keithing's re-imagining of Luke Chueh's Sad Bear, and it is pretty magnificent if I do say s...
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Pipos releases limited dark Alice in Nightmare ball jointed dolls


Sep 09
// Jennifer Johnston
Pipos, a ball jointed doll company renowned for its high-quality anthropomorphic critters, has just released the newest installment of their Alice in Wonderland limited series, which they have named Alice in Nightmare.  ...

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