It's clearly pirate season at Tomopop. We've just seen Tian take on Alphamax's enticing Velvet Batrass, and now I'm here to take a look at another lady pirate, albeit one considerably more covered up. It's Amakuni's version o...
I really like the sexy pirate trope, which seems more prevalent in Japanese properties than in the West. When thinking of pirate figures, Mouretsu Pirates' Marika and Queen's Blade's Liliana spring to mind. Alphamax's Velvet has recently joined them, though she lacks the stereotypical frilly coat and pirate weaponry.
Velvet struck me with a combination of a lovely face, nice body, and appealing outfit design. Although I have a few other figures from the Shining series (I'm a Tony Taka fan, what can I say), this is my first Alphamax figure. As such I decided this would make the perfect occasion for a review!
Last time on Figuarts Sailor Moon Theatre, we took a look at S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mercury and declared she was pretty darn good. This time, we have the latest release from that series, S.H. Figuarts Sailor Mars. Of the five Sailor Senshi, I'll have to admit Mars is the one I had the least interest in growing up, perhaps because of her fiery personality. Still, I couldn't turn down the chance to have her alongside the two other Senshi, right?
So does Mars stack up with the previous releases? Hit the jump and find out!
So, there was a little game called Persona 4 Arena last year. Since Persona has become all of the genres, they started to merchandise the series. After several releases of the cast from the fourth entry, the release of Arena gave reason to go back and revisit Persona 3. After the release of D-Arts Thanatos, we arrive at the release of D-Arts Elizabeth.
Is this new D-Arts release worth stepping into the Velvet Room for? Find out in today's review of D-Arts Elizabeth!
Attack on Titan is a show that's taken the anime world by storm. Sadly, I have yet to sit down and watch it myself, but it's definitely on the to-do list! However, I can already tell just from reading a bit about it that Levi would be my favorite character out of the bunch. That snarky look on his face in this figure from Sentinel kind of just sealed that in for me.
Have you been looking to get your hands on a high quality piece based on the show? Well, h0it the jump, check out Sentinel's BRAVE-ACT! Levi below, and see what you think about this one!
One of my critiques with male figures are their boring poses. Like it or not, female figures tend to be posed in a variety of ways to direct attention toward their copious assets. Dudes just kind of stand there, usually with their legs slightly apart and with their hips jutting out. While that works for keeping a figure properly balanced, it doesn't do much to impress. As most One Piece figures are men, I have dozen's of figures that are well sculpted, if not impressive to look at.
One of the characters that deserves better is Sanji. The Straw Hats's chef only fights with his legs, leading to some impressive fights where he's flipping around and doing hand stands to deliver feet into his opponents' face. However, we usually get Sanji just standing around and looking either cocky or pervy. BORING.
Seemingly in response to such complaints, Bandai has released several battler versions of popular One Piece characters. This version of Sanji that I'm reviewing is from that line and boy, am I happy that somebody listened to my complaints. Hit the jump to see why you need this figure in your collection!
The Leo is best known as that mobile suit that never survived. Just one look at the enemy Gundam and the Leo went boom. Thankfully, the Robot Damashii Leo Flight Type is made of stronger stuff that won't allow it to disintegrate just by picking it up from the shelf.
Is the Leo something that you want to add to your army? Hit the jump for today's review of the Robot Damashii Leo Flight Type!
The Mega Man franchise is all about upgrades (often in the form of new abilities taken from defeated opponents) and, when Mega Man X swung around, Mega Man (now called X) got a few fancy new armors ... two of which were made into figures by Bandai. However, X wasn't the only one to see an upgrade in the games as his co-star, Zero, also had an alternate armor and now, thanks to Bandai and Bluefin Tamashii Nations, there's a corresponding figure.
"Black Zero" is a name given to an often irreversible armor upgrade with varying effects throughout the games although (among other things) it usually powered up Zero's attacks. However, like the X4 version, Bandai's D-Arts Black Zero is primarily a cosmetic change as it seems to mostly be a redeco of the D-Arts Zero (Type 2). However, that in no way diminishes how cool the character looks in black.
Gundam Wing is what started me down my dark path into pure mecha obsession. While my favorite was the Gundam Heavyarms, there was the undeniable coolness to the Gundam Deathscythe Hell. With Robot Damashii having a focus on the Wing suits for the past two years, it was only a matter of time until the upgraded Deathscythe found its figure.
Does the Robot Damashii Gundam Deathscythe Hell live up to my nostalgia and expectations? Does it even live up to my previous Deathscythe? Find out in today's review!
Bandai has had some luck recently with Dragonball Z thanks to the U.S. Due to the support, we've gotten many more S.H. Figuarts than anticipated and now they're expanding to new lines, namely Figuarts Zero. Super Saiyan Goku saw the series into the line and the second entry is none other than the fighter from the future, Trunks.
Find out if the Figuarts Zero Super Saiyan Trunks stacks up, today on Tomopop Reviews!
Welcome to the Velvet Room, fellow Persona 3 fans. We have a treat for you today in the form of a lovely lady that goes by the name Elizabeth. However, you may normally recognize her in her blue outfit. This time around she has gotten with the Christmas spirit and dressed all in red from head to toe, also including a Santa hat.
Does this new red look work for her? Hit the jump below and see my thoughts on it!
It was nearly a year ago when Max Factory first revealed their plans for figma Hatsune Miku 2.0 in February 2013, closely following Good Smile Company's Nendoroid redo of the character. At the time her update appeared to be vaguely superficial; the most obvious changes being in her hair and new faces. But the more we saw of her, and the more we learned about the hidden features of the 2.0 body type, it became apparent we were in for an entirely new Hatsune Miku figure.
Does new mean better and are the added features really necessary? Follow me after the jump and find out!