Ever wanted to bring your dreams to life? How about your nightmares? Ariel Chylde (Darkchylde) has the ability to transform into nightmarish creatures from another realm who use the girl as a portal to enter our world. While ...
OMG! Buzzfeed has just nostalgia-blasted me with an incredible walk down memory lane via a list of twenty-five awesome toys you may have owned or wanted as a kid growing up in the '80s.
While the list is far from complete (No DC Super Powers Collection figures?! No Visionaries?! Where are the Battle Beasts?!), it includes mega highlights like Thundercats, Castle Grayskull, Jem and the Holograms, Madballs, and more. It reminded me of the pain of not owning an Optimus Prime (and Megatron, among other G1 Transformers) growing up, having lost my original Thundercats (among other toys), and not even knowing where my Castle Grayskull and Real Ghostbusters Firehouse are today.
Of course, the list is also significant for the things it omits: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, that expensive die-cast Voltron, My Pet Monster (I miss you, Wogster!), and so on. That said, it had quite a few items I had either forgotten about (Teddy Ruxpin!) or recalled the item but couldn't remember the name (Glow Worms).
Check out the photo gallery for some highlights. If anybody needs me I'll be visiting ebay.
While I liked the look of the teaser, my hopes were predictably dashed when the whole thing was revealed. Besides the inescapable pinkeye, some of the musculature is a bit of a turn-off such as that... weird vein-like thing poking out of left leg (c'mon, Kotobukiya, I don't need to see that!) and the added definition at her hips where her flesh sinks in a bit. The upper body-work is still cool and, although I don't like the face, the rest of the head is nicely done.
I fully imagine that others will like this quite a bit more than I do, as I don't feel they've quite done justice to my favorite female Street Fighter. Oh well, at least the pose is kinda neat (although I feel that Megahouse's Dragon's Crown Elf did the whole "spin-breaker" better). Be sure to check out the gallery for additional images.
Stargirl seems surprisingly at home in the Bombshell line, as evidenced by her Bombshell outfit closely resembling her actual costume. I suppose one could attribute this to Stargirl always having had something of an older sensibility (as her costume almost seems to similar to what you may have seen in either the gold or silver age of comics) despite being a newer character. The two big changes here (compared to the comics/cartoon appearances) are that Stargirl has lost her sleeves and now sports a goofy, old-fashioned pair of goggles instead of her usual mask (well, that and the hair...).
While I can't say that I like the face, Stargirl probably has one of the best poses seen in the line thus far and the body work is absolutely hot spectacular. (Also, just for a bit of background, Stargirl's staff has the ability to fly (among other things) which is why she's able to balance on it like that.) The color looks great and I'm just absolutely stricken by how natural this adaptation looks (other than the goggles).
DC Collectibles' DC Comics Bombshell Stargirl is slated for a July release. The full image is in the gallery.
Hello and welcome back to another round of Tomopop LinkUP! December 12 is observed as 'National Ding-A-Ling Day', a day set aside to watch out for crazy people. I couldn't say why, but doesn't that also mean it's a good day to act crazy? I don't see why not! After all there's a very fine line between genius and insanity and it probably takes a good amount of both to make it in the figure world.
This week we're looking at some brilliantly warped works from a number of designers and customizers as well as a number of great looking ladies along with a few other things.
The 1960s were a pretty good time for television. The decade saw the premiere of Star Trek, The Outer Limits, and the classic Adam West Batman TV show in addition to the Twilight Zone's later seasons. However, things got really strange with the addition of supernatural/horror-themed family-oriented sitcoms like The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched (yes, there was also I Dream of Jeannie which starred the very dreamy Barbera Eden, but Major Nelson and Jeannie married late into series and never had kids).
The Munsters somewhat stands above that family sitcom pack, especially for incorporating more "monsters". It's a show that's seen countless re-runs over the years and is fondly remembered by multiple generations who grew up with it as a result. While NBC failed to revive the franchise with 1313 Mockingbird Lane (which never got a fair shot), Diamond Select Toys has managed to bring the original back to life with a slew of new figures (in color as well as black & white decos). The line has mostly focused on the immediate family with Uncle Gilbert (a recurring relative based on the Gill-man (The Creature from the Black Lagoon)) being the first extended family member added to the line.
There are some figures that just come out of nowhere. You never thought of them, but you always wanted to have them. That's the case of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk. While they did have a RAH release, these come in at a much more affordable price point. Prices be damned though, as they still need to be good figures.
Daft Punk fans are used to waiting for a while between releases. Are Thomas Bangaltar and Guy-Manuel de Homme-Christo worth the wait for their action figure counterparts? Hit the jump for today's review of S.H. Figuarts Daft Punk!
Lady Death. If you don't recognize the name, you may at least recognize the face (and the rest of her).
Despite lacking supporting media, and being held by lesser-known publishers, Lady Death is a surprisingly well-known (or well-recognized) comic book character which probably results from an overly attractive design as well as the copious amount of merchandise she's had over the years. Diamond Select Toys alone has released three different statues of the character (including the "alive" version first available at C2E2, a colorway of the first statue) in its Femme Fatales line.
Diamond Select Toys' Femme Fatales Death II notably departs from the coy, come hither suggestive pose of their first statue by giving the character a more dynamic stance and a burning blue pumpkin. As such, if you picked up the first one you could justify getting this one as well because it has a completely different vibe.
Hello and welcome back to another week of Tomopop LinkUP! It's been pretty crazy this past week, what with everyone trying to extend Black Friday and Cyber Monday into more than just a single day. If you looked around there were some good figure deals to be had, though I can't say I found much of interest at major retailers. Seemed like this year the best deals were online. Or maybe that's the same as every year and I'm just so used to buying stuff online that I don't notice anymore. Well, whatever the case, there were some good stuff out there.
This week on LinkUP we've got an unintentionally large number of Nendoroids to talk about alongside some designer figures, prototypes, bots, another Kickstarter, and some superheroes.
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.
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!
In part one of this feature, I explored some of the creative process behind figure photography. Now that we know how to approach a photo shoot, it's time to start learning about the crucial piece of equipment behind it all: the camera.
Whether it's a cell phone, a point and shoot, or an SLR, you'll need to learn the ins and outs of your camera to get the most out of it. The first step is to get acquainted with the user manual, as it will give you the best info for your specific device. This guide will cover some of the common shooting modes and their relevance to shooting figures, as that will be the starting point for most aspiring photographers.