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6:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Super7 serves up P.P. Pudding's Nut Chan for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, Super7 is bringing along a special treat: an orange-and-black colorway of P.P. Pudding's Nut Chan. The little sofubi robot from Japan is 3 inches tall and cast in translucent plastic, giving him a ...

Brian Szabelski


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Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line photo
Astro Boy rockets into Funko's Hikari line
by Scarecroodle

If you were surprised by Funko's previous choices for its Hikari line, get ready for another curveball: Funko is adding Astro Boy to its sofubi series. Astro Boy (star of, well, Astro Boy) will be available in a "Classic Metallic" deco and an Entertainment Earth-exclusive "NVS" deco.

I like both designs and have difficulty in calling which one might be cooler. The Classic Metallic version (which is only really metallic on the non-"flesh" parts?) captures the appearance of his animated counterpart while the NVS makes for a nice evil mirror. Otherwise, Astro Boy is a pretty neat, relatively unexpected choice for a line that's thus far focused exclusively on characters from Western media.

The Classic Metallic Astro Boy is limited to 3,000 pieces while the EE-exclusive NVS version is limited a far smaller 750 pieces. The two can be pre-ordered for US$50 each and are slated for a November release. As always, check out Funko's Facebook page for a chance to win one.

[ Pre-order Classic Metallic | NVS at Entertainment Earth ]

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The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons photo
The horror! Funko unveils three new Hikari designs, including two horror icons
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled not one, not two, but THREE new Hikari designs. While all three use existing molds (Gillman, Frankenstein, and Skeletor), this might be the first triple reveal since before SDCC.

Mythos Frankenstein is Hikari Frankenstein's first redeco (or second use of the mold) and sports a pink & green color scheme that stands in pretty stark contrast to the Mythos Skeletor we saw back in August. Given the differences in deco, I'm honestly not sure why they share the "Mythos" moniker. You can compare this to the also-revealed Grey Skull Skeletor whose stark white & black color scheme matches the previously revealed Grey Skull Optimus and Bumblebee.

Finally, there's the Gold Secret Base Creature from the Black Lagoon (ie, Gillman) who features a translucent body with glitter inside and metallic gold parts on the outside. This might be just the second time that we've seen the Gillman mold, something that I have a hard time believing.

Mythos Frankenstein and Gold Secret Base Creature are both Gemini Collectibles exclusives. Frankenstein is limited to 750 pieces, is slated for November, and will run you US$50 while the Creature has a smaller 500 piece run, costs a heftier US$80, and is expected to release in October. The non-exclusive Grey Skull Skeletor is limited to 1,000 pieces, has a US$50 list price, and is slated for October. As always, you can win one of the first production copies of *one* of these figures by entering Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order Mythos Frankenstein | Gold Secret Base Creature at Gemini Collectibles ]

[ Pre-order Grey Skull Skeletor at Entertainment Earth ]

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Crispy! Funko premieres its
Crispy! Funko premieres its "Burnt" Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Hikari
by Scarecroodle

Funko has debuted its latest Hikari mold, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (Ghostbusters), with a "Burnt" deco reminiscent of the character's fate in the first film... and many of the video games.

The mold itself is a mix of cute and creepy. I love the body work, but that face really weird me out. Maybe if the eyes weren't looking down I wouldn't be tempted to turn the thing around so it's not looking at me but, I suppose, the original character was intended to creepy so it fits the general vibe.

The choice of deco is somewhat intuitive since it gives Funko some flexibility while achieving an iconic look. The glossy metallic blue used for the bib (?) and part of the hat also looks great.

Funko's "Burnt" Stay Puft Hikari can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for a November release. As always, you can also win one by entering Funko's Facebook contest.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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1:00 PM on 08.25.2014

New Konatsu figures arrive at Q Pop

Q Pop has a few new Konatsu pieces up in their shop, with one standing out above the others. Of course, there are some new Negora and Migora figures, featuring a calico pattern to them, available. Calico Negora is US$35 and t...

Brian Szabelski



Hikari Spider-Man is larger than life (or, at least, larger than Hikari Mythos Skeletor) photo
Hikari Spider-Man is larger than life (or, at least, larger than Hikari Mythos Skeletor)
by Scarecroodle

,Funko has unveiled its two newest Hikari sofubi figures, a 10-inch Hikari Premium "Blaze" Spider-Man and a normal-sized "Mythos" Skeletor.

"Blaze" Spider-Man, based (loosely?) on the character's appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, represents a double-first: this is the first Spider-Man in the Hikari line and the first time that we've seen one of these over-sized premium versions (unless I misread the details on a previous one). The figure itself has a somewhat standard-looking deco except for the white detailing which looks like it may be translucent (ie, it may just represent an unpainted part). "Blaze" Spider-Man can be pre-ordered for US$80 and is slated for an October release. He's limited to 1,500 pieces.

"Mythos" Skeletor puts everybody's favorite Overlord of Evil in a weird red, gold, and blue deco. It's the first Skeletor deco that I don't like (although it looks like a traditional enough sofubi colorway), something I wasn't sure was possible. If you are a fan, however, you can pre-order him exclusively from Entertainment Earth for US$50. He's limited to 1,000 pieces and slated for a September release.

[ Pre-order Blaze Spider-Man | Mythos Skeletor at Entertainment Earth ]

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Brent Nolasco, TAG give Blood Thirst a new coat of paint photo
Brent Nolasco, TAG give Blood Thirst a new coat of paint
by Brian Szabelski

Brent Nolasco is known for his out-of-this-world creatures, so it's no surprise that his collab with Toy Art Gallery — Blood Thirst — looks a little out of this world. The newest version of it, the Night Stalker version, is the first painted edition of Blood Thirst (though one-off customs have been painted several times in the past) and has been done in a mostly grayscale palette. The only touches of color are some red accents around the eyes and back, which really help those parts stand out and makes Blood Thirst look even scarier.

The Night Stalker Blood Thirst will be in Toy Art Gallery's shop on Friday at noon Pacific (3 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. GMT) for US$75 each. 

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Stare into the cold, dead black eyes of Havoc Skeletor photo
Stare into the cold, dead black eyes of Havoc Skeletor
by Scarecroodle

Funko has unveiled its second Hikari Skeletor colorway, "Havoc Skeletor", which consists of a strange mix of metallic color, glitter, and translucence in a deco vaguely reminiscent of the character's actual colors.

While nowhere near as cool (or evil-looking) as the Mystic Powers Skeletor, Havoc Skeletor has a charm of its own as the mix of colors is rather striking. In some ways, it's Funko's most interesting Hikari offering to date

As always, you can enter to win a copy via Funko's Facebook page. Not that you will win, mind you, because the odds are abysmally low and, because it takes about three days for the contest to wrap, the pre-orders could be sold out in that time so you're better off just pre-ordering if you want one.

Hikari Havoc Skeletor is limited to 2,000 pieces and will run you US$50. He's slated for a September release.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth ]

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8:00 AM on 08.04.2014

SDCC 2014: Lulubell Toys

Lulubell Toys' SDCC booth was filled with its usual menagerie of sofubi and resin figures from Japan and other parts of the world, ranging from Grody Shogun's latest work to Reflect's well-sculpted Neo Japan figure. There was...

Brian Szabelski

2:00 PM on 07.31.2014

SDCC 2014: Bwana Spoons

Bwana Spoons' booth at SDCC 2014 featured many of his sofubi designs, but the newest of the bunch — Suns of Brodarr — might be the most interesting. The line features three brothers — Jeff, Lonny and Drizzle...

Brian Szabelski

12:30 PM on 07.30.2014

SDCC 2014: Gargamel

Gargamel returned to San Diego for SDCC 2014, bringing with them the army of kaiju and sofubi we've become accustomed to. There were plenty of one-offs of their various larger pieces, but the show also saw a new set of Nazoga...

Brian Szabelski



4:30 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kaiyodo's Mega Sofubi Advance

Did I just completely miss this whole arm of Kaiyodo's corpus? I'm always awed and amazed (sometimes not in the best way) by super-huge toys. In this case, I definitely got a good impression, though. As I turned the corner, I...

Kristina Pino