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The most brilliant (or terrifying) Harry Potter baby dolls for sale on eBay


Jul 21
// Kristina Pino
Some of these, and I'll have to use the same terms as io9's Meredith Woerner, are simply "nightmare fuel." The Voldemort baby doll (header) in particular is just terrifying. I don't think I'd be able to sleep at night with th...
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NSFW: Let this Octopus take a dip into you under the sea


Apr 01
// Kristina Pino
Don't worry, the tentacles are pretty small, so you're not getting into crazy territory, here. Just taking a little jog on the wild side, without saying you're having tentacle sex. I wasn't really kidding about the "under the...
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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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McFarlane Toys makes The Walking Dead into tangible items


Feb 12
// Chris Pranger
McFarlane Toys, that wacky place where Spawn and Halo toys come from, is introducing two new lines of action figures this fall based on one of the greatest properties ever, The Walking Dead. Zombies are totally played out the...

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Sideshow's terrifying life size Venom bust now has an arrival date!


Feb 11
// Crystal White
Sideshow's newest Marvel creation is both absolutely terrifying and amazingly well done. This life size bust of Spider-Man's nemesis, Venom was created by artist Steve Wang and the Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development...
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Paper + Plastik's Symptoms figurines bring humor to illness


Jan 31
// Crystal White
Paper + Plastik Records has come out with their Symptoms figures, each a humorous take on various illnesses and generally unpleasant symptoms. There are seven symptoms available: Hot Flashes, Depression, Headache, Dry Skin, I...
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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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Patricia Wallers' plushes strut the fine line of genius, dark-humored insanity


Sep 06
// Meghan Ventura
We take a break from your usual squeezable, happy, adorable Tomopop plush toy programming to bring you something frighteningly awesome. Enter German-based artist Patricia Waller's crocheted collection. It's like going throug...
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Under the Radar: NECA T-800 Endoskeleton 18 inch figure


Aug 07
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
Y'all know me. I loves me some robots. Transforming robots, space-farin' robots, even human killin' robots! And this here? This is the most human-killinest robot ever. Behold the NECA 18 inch T-800 Endoskeleton from the Termi...
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Transformers Hailstorm and repaints put us through the emotional spectrum


Jul 12
// Nabeel "Touya" Mohammed
File under awesome: new pictures of Generations Hailstorm in both his vehicle mode and his beast of a robot mode. In robot mode, those missiles will be friction-launched from their rack, giving this toy a really nice play gim...

The Circles of Figure Hell: Limbo / Shoddy Design

May 08 // Pedro Cortes
Many factors go into designing a figure. Figure balance, an even paint job, hiding seams, all these need to be addressed in the mass-production of a figure. The problem is that no matter how much a company can set up a statue to look awesome, there's no telling what will happen when several thousand are made and distributed worldwide. This is why sometimes a figure will fall apart upon removal and sometimes it'll be just fine.A personal example of this is Wave's Aisaka Taiga Miss Contest Version. All of the promotional pictures of Taiga had her smiling face crowned with a tiara holding a red gem at its center. It was a nice little detail, but not one that particular stuck out to me. Come January, Taiga ships and arrives at my house. I eagerly open up the box and take her out and see she has no red gem. I look through the entire packaging, the floor around me, hell, even the box she came in.  No gem any where. Added with several other problems that I'll mention later, I was severely disappointed with her considering that she cost about $100 with shipping.I just took this as a freak accident with the shipping. However, several other people that bought her had the gem problem as well. Some of them had it still on her when they opened the package but it fell off shortly after. Some had it loose in the package rattling around, using a dollop of glue to keep it in place. It seems that adhesives in whatever factory that Taiga was produced in were in short supply. It's not a big thing, but when you have a nice detail on a figure that costs $70, you better damn well make sure it stays on.The next obstacle placed before us is the hair seam. This is the where two different parts of PVC are attached on the head of the figure. It usually looks pretty awful and can take away from a nice design. The seams are a necessary evil, but there are ways that sculptors have gotten around them. Typically characters that have hair bands or accessories can hide the seams fairly well. Both the Konami and Uplark Nias hide the seam behind their beautiful hair bands. However, for every one of a Nia, there are several like Kotobukiya's Louise.You can clearly see where the hair connects on the top of her head, as well as the lock of hair that comes off her right shoulder. It's not very attractive and it does take away a bit from a figure that otherwise is very cute (and cleverly balanced, which will matter in a couple of minutes.)However, I'm not the only one that takes offense to the hair seam. Here is J.C. Collazo's take on the hair seams of a couple of his figures: "Without going through all of the girls, the one that bugs me the most is on Shunya's Ryoumou Shimei.  It's a fucking $90 figure and it has that shit going on?!?  Pfft.  But, in general terms, I can't understand why do we have to deal with those seams.  If they can mold the rest of the figure without (mostly) mold lines, why can't they do the hair right??  Hair seams just bug the shit out of me.  Anyway, I gave you a shot of Ryoumou's hair, and a shot of Kakouen's.  Ryoumou's the crap, and Kakouen is how they should all look." Chris Seto also takes exception with Atelier Sai's Tessa Testarossa   "The "Tessa" figure was from my early days of collecting and it taught me a few things...Atelier Sai is one company to be wary of. They were doing Taki Corporation quality crap before Taki even existed!!!Never EVER impulse buy again!!PVC tech has come a long way in a short space of time!!Please note the MASSES of seam lines all over the figure, the shoddy paint job in certain areas, the massive gaps where the parts all fit and, best of all, *that* face pic. Can you say "DERP"?" The next stumbling block takes the form of crappy paint jobs. Whenever a figure is introduced at an event, it is shown at its pristine glory, likely handled by the best each company has to offer. They get the perfect mold and the best paint job, leaving only room for disappointment when the final figure is released and does not get the individual attention the display model got. Mass-production can lead to scratches, bad choice of colors or just plain bad jobs with the painting. A set of classic Tomo examples include the "collector's" edition Ryu and Crimson Viper that came with the limited edition of the first Street Fighter 4. When Andreas and I took a look at them, we were decidedly disappointed at the lack of care that Capcom took in getting these bonuses made.THE WOMAN DOESN'T HAVE EYES BEHIND HER GLASSES. Only pupils, no iris. That's on top of having her boobs meld into her shirt. Damn thing looks like a busted Peanuts character. Ryu fared no better. Mind you, this is what it looked like out of the box. His flesh was melting off his left arm and his gi is dying his skin white. Ugh. Talk about a waste of money. Thing is, I lucked out in this case because I got an awesome game, a good soundtrack and a decent Blu Ray out of it. Chris Seto? Not so much. When he bought Bayonetta, he got a version of her guns, the Scarborough Fair. While I found the game entertaining as hell, I do not extend that feeling to the guns. According to Chris:"The paint job on that was atrocious, so tidied it up myself."I know it's only supposed to be an extra, but a company should make sure anything that has their brand name on it is of the highest quality possible. If Viper, Ryu and the guns are any indication of what to expect from bonuses, then I'm sure you can save your money on your journey and buy the standard edition of games.The final stumbling block we'll face today is the ever-dreaded lean. Just about every anime figure collector has had to face their figures toppling over at one point or another. Lean is the product of a combination of things, mostly low quality PVC, the temperature where the figure is displayed, a lack of attention to the center of balance while creating the figure and/or a base that is unable to properly balance the figure and offset the weight properly. This problem is a common problem with trading figures, considering that they are cheaper than larger scale PVCs and the attention to detail is severely reduced. Rio McCarthy had this happen to one of her trading figs. Rio says, "It's Envy from my old Fullmetal Alchemist trading figure set. It's suppose to be standing straight up, not at almost a 45 degree angle. It's been worse at times, but this is where it's at now after me trying to straighten it not long ago."  I'd hate to see it before she fixed it. I've had this happen to several of my trading figures and tried to fix them to no avail. This has also happened to several of my higher end statues, sadly enough. Nothing is worse than having a gift or a statue that you paid good money for take a dive due to the effects of gravity and poor planning. Take Kotobukiya's Nia, which I mentioned before for its clever hiding of the hair seam. See how far up her tie is flying? It's supposed to be just off her chest. Who ever made this figure thought it would be a good idea to have a separate piece of PVC leaning back with no support. You can see this mistake when you look closer at her waist. She either has scoliosis or somebody didn't think things out too far. For all the good job Kotobukiya did in sculpting her properly, they failed to plan ahead for DREADED GRAVITY. Subsequently her waist is a bit loose, but if it falls off I can re-glue her on. However, the balance is so far off that it snapped off the support on her left ankle, but that's for a different day.Well my friend, we have managed to maneuver our way through the first circle of figure Hell, but don't get too cocky. The next circle is bound to tempt you away from your goal of Paradise, but don't fall for the tricky wiles of Lust and tacky figures! Stay close to Tomopop and we'll steer you safely!
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Collecting figures is not unlike being in a dark wood at midnight. You have the light of your ambition and desires to light your way, but there are a ton of foot falls and tree roots that can snag your feet and pull you down ...

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BRAAAAAAAAAINS! Resident Evil Archives wave 2 to be rereleased this May!


Apr 04
// Anthony DePasquale
It seems that NECA has been on a rereleasing binge as of late. They have reissued all of their horror movie lines for Gremlins and Beetlejuice and have rereleased the first wave of their 2006 Resident Evil line. Well, they ha...
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The Frozen Dead: Nazi meets zombie in the epitome of evil


Dec 03
// Jason Millward
When there is no more room in the special tenth circle of hell reserved for the Third Reich, dead nazis will walk the earth. The Zombee Toy Company has hit the toy scene with a pair of exquisitely detailed 12" figures. B...
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The board game Risk to become a film, expected to be 16 hours long


Nov 05
// Jason Millward
Every year the tired cliché is uttered: "Hollywood has run out of ideas". Every year, Hollywood proves us wrong by tapping further and further into the realm of implausibility. Yesterday, Sony Pictures Entert...
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Ghoulish customs from PlaSeeBo Customs are just in time for Halloween


Oct 12
// Jason Millward
When the fine folks of PlaSeeBo Customs were invited to design works to display at the upcoming Halloween Massacre Show in Tokyo, lead artist Bob Conge answered the call. Bob put together these two "creepy customs" ...
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Here comes a horde of Z.O.M.B.I.E.s in terrifying new colors


Oct 05
// Jason Millward
October Toys released a ravenous mob of the undead unto consumers earlier this year. The first series of Z.O.M.B.I.E.s (Zillions Of Mutated Bodies Infecting Everyone) contained five different ghoulish characters packaged toge...
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New Exorcist figure proves that demon possession can be a head-spinning good time


Sep 29
// Jason Millward
The devil is not a very nice person. Take the case of young Regan MacNeil, for instance. That mean ol' entity took over her body and made the once adorable girl get real ugly. Then he made her say and do some terrible things....
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The Punisher got bit by a radioactive pectoral in Sideshow's latest Marvel sculpt


Sep 22
// Jason Millward
Does anybody else remember when The Punisher looked more human than Hulk? Back in my day the Punisher was just a simple Bruce Wayne rip-off who would stalk crriminals and pop a cap in they ass, because it was much more sensib...

Monthly Musing: My first horror toy

Sep 21 // Jason Millward
20 years ago this month, horror-film geeks like my self were overwhelmed with anticipation over the upcoming release of something incredible. Matchbox, the beloved toy car manufacturer, had announced that they would be releasing a new toy based on the Nightmare on Elm Street film series: a talking doll with the voice and image of child-killer Freddy Krueger. When the string on it's back was pulled, it would say one of six different phrases. This ghoulish toy would be available just in time for Halloween. No question, I absolutely needed to have one.While growing up, my family did not have an abundance of money. New toys in my house came only at two points during the year: birthdays and Christmas. As my birthday had recently past, there really was no chance that I would get a cuddly sadist in the near future. A long wait was set in stone. My only opportunity to own a child-murderer of my very own was to endure until Christmas. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but others were plotting against me.The reverend Donald Wildmon from Mississippi was aiming to put a halt to my anticipated happiness. He didn't like the idea of happy children owning harmless, stuffed versions of a serial killer. He was willing to take drastic steps to crush my dreams. Donald had founded the National Federation for Decency, an organization which tried to put an end to dangerous television shows like Three's Company and Charlie's Angels. Earlier that same year they launched a successful protest that ended Madonna's sponsorship by Pepsi over her Like a Prayer video. Now they had their sites set on a simple children's toy. My simple children's toy.Any store which would sell the product was threatened with a boycott. It wasn't something so simple as attacking the manufacturer. They were attacking the retailers directly for a trickle up effect. Donald knew where to strike an enemy to inflict the maximum amount of damage. His peremptory attack severely weakened my cause. Many retailers caved under the pressure. It wasn't a complete victory, however. Two weeks before Halloween, Freddy arrived in stores. Not nearly in as many retail outlets as had been anticipated, but he was available nonetheless. All hope was not lost.Wildmon could not claim an outright initial victory, true. Neither he nor I, though, could have expected how it would all end. Stores like Toys-R-Us put the burnt-flesh figures on their shelves where they could be viewed by eager little children. The kids would beg their parents to buy the dolls. The parents would cave. Capitalism would thrive. Everybody would go home happy. Except for some sniveling, cowardly children who saw the dolls and got scared. They would freak out and cry. The parents of these children, who had never taught them about important things like courage and backbones, complained to the retailers. Within days, the retailers relented, as did Matchbox. My precious talking Freddy doll was removed from all stores before a single week had ended. They didn't even make it to Halloween. I was crushed. All hope was now officially lost.What was there for a poor child like me to do? I had been bested by an unquestionably powerful adversary in tandem with many snot-nosed cry-babies and their unfit parents. How could one compete with such an unholy union? There was nothing left to do but move on with my life. The bitter taste of defeat was not a rare delicacy for me. I would deal with this disappointment as I had with many others. I would find new obsessions that would take my mind off of the Freddy Doll Debacle. Time and new pursuits would heal all wounds. Eventually, it did happen. By Christmas-time, all I wanted was River City Ransom for my Nintendo Entertainment System and a Batman action figure.With only one present left to open that Christmas, I was once again feeling that same disappointment. No Batman figure. No River City Ransom. This last gift was much too large to be either one. I was doing a terrible job of hiding my disappointment, as I was quite a whiny little bitch while growing up. But a present is always a good thing, even if you know that it's not what you really want. I tore the wrapping off the large, oddly shaped box. Underneath was the 17" talking Freddy Krueger doll.My parents had bought one right when all of the controversy had begun; when it appeared the dolls would be banned very quickly. They secretly held onto it for months. I was a terrible kid and probably didn't deserve the effort, but I was beyond happy all the same. I knew then that this was the greatest Christmas gift that I had ever received. To this very day, just shy of two decades later, I still look back fondly on that gift like I do no other. I don't believe that any other present could ever top it. Special thanks, once again go to Thomas Ruffo, one of my very best friends, who can see things through a camera's viewfinder that mere mortals would never comprehend. As the header pic for this article proves, even his accidental shots are spectacular.
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If you're one of the three Tomopop readers that doesn't automatically skip a post the second you see my avatar, then you might have picked up on the fact that I am an enormous fan of anything horror-related. Especially around...

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Pre-orders for Chernabog, Fantasia's frightening villain, end tonight


Sep 14
// Jason Millward
The film Fantasia holds an extra special place in my heart. Walt Disney's masterpiece of classical music fused with animation has been one of my greatest stress-relievers for almost 18 years. If I am ever feeling like my worl...
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I'm coming to get you, Barbara


Sep 04
// Jason Millward
I just knew when I started working for Tomopop that it was only a matter of time before my wallet was ripped open and emptied, leaving me unable to do anything but watch. I didn't even make it a week. Four days was all it too...
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Kind of creepy; issa MORIKO, Child of the Forest


Jul 19
// Tim Sheehy
I'm actually at Hitorogoshi's house watching Topher decimate Hito's housemate at Puzzle Fighter. It's quite a spectacle, and has been distracting me from actually getting any work done, so bear with me here. This is the lates...

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