Lineage II has had a surprisingly long history with figure manufacturers - Good Smile Company in particular. In 2007, GSC released an exclusive 1/8-scale Dark Elf figure that would become the first "grail figure" for man...
Real Steel was one of those big Hollywood movies that a lot people seem to pretend not to like for some reason, but when a movie takes home more than double its budget at the box office that kinda speaks for itself. Another sign that Real Steel was a hit is a certain toy company still making figures from the movie. These run for over US$300 each, and when 3A puts an exclusive version on their official Bambaland store it sells out in minutes - That's the kind of dedication Real Steel gets from its fans.
I loved Real Steel, I love 3A, and I love big robot figures so I couldn't wait to review this massive bot. What I didn't love was how many things broke on the super expensive robot figure. Is it beyond repair? Is it salvageable? Read on to find out!
If science fiction, fantasy, and other popular media have taught us anything it's that our reality is boring; or, at the very least, boring when compared to the alternatives. One of the more enduring alternatives is steampunk, a retro "future" where technology is driven by steam power with seeming contemporary devices are retrofitted within the confines of these technical constraints.
Given the popularity of the idea, there's been a lot of merchandise produced over the years. Diamond Select Toys has made their own contribution to the subgenre with the Femme Fatales Steampunk Lexi, an apparent original creation who features a design that instantly looks to be at home in a steampunk universe while also being very attractive.
Gundam X, in general, has been largely ignored. People have been clamoring for a MG of the DX, but now Bandai is finally listening and gave us a Robot Damashii. The demand's always been there for something DX, but the first release of the Double X is the RD. There's now a HGAW 1/144 release as well, but the debate always rages over figures versus plamo.
Find out today if the Robot Damashii Gundam Double X is up to expectations and hype in the review after the jump!
Bandai/Tamashii Nations' S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon has already been reviewed, and it was good news for Sailor Moon fans because she's a pretty nice figure. However, Moon was only the start of the Sailor Moon Figuarts series, and next out of the gate is Sailor Mercury, the brains of the team. This was my first time reviewing an S.H. Figuarts figure for Tomopop, with most of my past reviews being from the D-Arts family. I've not quite been as impressed with those as other poseable figures, and I wasn't sure what to expect with Mercury.
So does Mercury happen to match Moon, though, or is she more like her D-Arts cousins? Hit the jump to find out!
Released in 2012, Prometheus was one of those movies that had fans down the middle. It definitely generated a lot of buzz, but I can’t say that most of that was a positive. Designed as a prequel to the Alien series, Prometheus introduced new characters to explain the mythology of the world Ridley Scott created.
NECA has taken this license and has so far released three series of figures from the movie. Series 2 features figures of David 8 and the Deacon. Does NECA’s skill and attention to detail do these figures justice?
Are they worthy enough to stand with the other Alien figures that have come out in the past? Or will these figures be just like the movie, a mix between good and bad? Let’s start unboxing under the cut.
It felt like yesterday when Kotobukiya's Tekken Bishoujo figures were just a nascent product line. The series has filled out quite a bit since it was first announced, and now everyone's favorite fighting Chinese schoolgirl has joined the cast.
My dream of seeing a Shunya Yamashita-designed Yoshimitsu in a skimpy outfit will probably never come true, but I'm content with the Tekken ladies getting the figure treatment. Read on to see how Xiaoyu stacks against the other gals in the line.
Within Universal Studio's catalog of monster films, there are a handful that have seemingly withstood the test of time and have contributed greatly to (or outright provided) the popular image of that particular monster. The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929), despite its fame, seems to miss that mark presumably because it's a silent film (making it less popular) but also because the excellent stage adaptations have crafted a more enduring version. That said, The Phantom of the Opera (1925/1929) still ranks among Universal Studio's popular monster movies and has seen a plethora of merchandise over the years, most recently in the form of a Diamond Select figure and the Retro Cloth figure that we'll be taking a look at today.
Diamond Select Toys has done some absolutely wonderful things with its Mego-inspired Retro Cloth line. The line manages to capture charm of the original type of figures while providing a nicer quality, more durable item. As such, the Retro Cloth Phantom of the Opera is something far too nice to keep behind the scenes.
Do you ever look at your collection and wish you had a couple more guys around in it? Well, if you do and you like the Tales of series, or JRPG's in general then you owe it to yourself to check out Alter's fantastic line of pretty boys and girls! The latest in this series is a fishy looking old man named Raven. He is handsome in his own right, but Alter did a fantastic job at capturing all of his charming points, good and bad alike!
Hit the jump to read our full review of Alter's "Old Man" Raven
Action figures tend to be of super heroes and men of myth and legend. Some lives are greater than legends and that can certainly apply to one Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940-45 and again in 1951-55.
Churchill is considered one of the greatest Britons of all-time, and the 1/6 figure line is born and bred of military men. Dragon In Dream has made their name in making figures of world leaders, those of the past and present including Barack Obama and John McCain.
With such a respected individual as Churchill, is DiD's effort worthy of his legacy? Also, how does the company stack up against other popular 1/6 makers? Find out in today's Tomopop Review of Dragon In Dream's 1/6 scale Winston Churchill!
Space: the final frontier to be filled up on your shelves. These are the voyages of the website Tomopop. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new toy lines, to seek out new collectibles and new companies, to boldly let you know about really cool stuff.
One such cool line is Diamond Select Toys' Star Trek Minimates series, which recreates the characters and vehicles of the iconic Star Trek TV series in Minimate form. DST has released a few different USS Enterprise sets so far and the one we'll be looking at today is specifically based on the episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles," which introduced the concept of a tribble to both Star Trek and pop culture at large.
Horror isn't something that one usually associates with plush (despite a plethora of horror plushies over the years) with the nature of some material not necessarily translating well to the cuddliest of figure formats. As such, I'm always a little surprised when a character widely associated with more hardcore horror makes the jump from disturbing to disturbingly cute, as is the case with Full Moon Direct's Plush Buddy Blade, whom fans may recall as being one of the central puppets in Full Moon Features' Puppet Master franchise.
Full Moon has produced a surprising amount of merchandise for their films over the years. Then again, the subjects for their films -- evil toys, evil cookies, evil bongs, etc -- are a somewhat natural fit as collectibles. However, this is apparently the company's first ever plush toy. Blade, being perhaps the most iconic character in Full Moon's most iconic series, seems the perfect choice for this treatment.