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Peter Cullen as Optimus Primes stars in hilarious Toys R US commercial

... when you realize your life is a lie
Oct 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Toys R Us has a new ad promoting the 2015 holiday shopping season that plays out like a cross between something out of Toy Story and the Twilight Zone. Simply titled Clone the ad features a talking Baby Alive doll that sound...
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Final day of pre-orders on figure due in September
Type Moon's 10th anniversary was a few years ago, but the celebration continues. Aniplex+'s Saber 10th Anniversary ~ Royal Dress Version figure for Fate/stay night has been available for a limited time pre-order for a while ...

Tomopop Review: Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody

Apr 14 // Rio McCarthy
Toy Name: BusyBody The Quick-Pose AnimatorToy Manufacturer: Eye Think, Inc.Price: US$24.95Where to Buy: Eye Think, Inc. Starting out with the box, as we usually do for our reviews, you'll see that it comes in a very clean and simple to read box. The red and blue color scheme does well at getting your attention and makes things easy to see at a fast glance. It also doesn't lie to you - Bend, Spin, Animate! - that literally is all you have to do to get this to work. On the sides of the box it gives you some ideas for different animations you can try out, if you didn't already have one in mind. What they show are some relatively simple motions, so it's worth giving one of them a shot for your first try at posing them. Here is everything that is included when you purchase a BusyBody of your own. You'll get 10 of the blue figures to pose, a set of instructions, and the turntable to put the figures on. It's as simple as it looks. The first animation I tried was the simple running animation. It sounds obvious, but it's a good one to get your feet wet with. They were pretty easy to pose, I only had minor problems because I was shooting the photos, and playing with it, outside while it was still cold out, so they were a bit less malleable due to the temperature. As you can see, however, I did get everyone posed, and the video up at the beginning of the review was how it looked when I was all finished. Perfect? No, but it was my first shot at this, so just wait until I bust out a video of me making them do the Thriller dance, or something like that. The top of the turntable has the Eye Think, Inc. logo, as well as reminding you that what you're playing with is the BusyBody Quick-Pose Animator. There is also a neat little fact about the top of this... ...You can actually pop the top off and all of the figures fit inside for easy transport! I'm not sure why, but this excited me a great deal, probably because I have a habit of dropping stuff while I'm trying to transport it from one location to another. Now that they're all housed inside, I don't have to worry about losing one of my little blue dudes on the way back downstairs. As you can see, I've had quite a bit of fun with the BusyBody. I would definitely recommend it if you're looking for something to fidget with at your desk, or if you'd like to see how some simple animations might look if you're working on something related. It'd also be a great toy for kids to learn how animation works, especially if they've never really seen much about traditional animation. There are a number of uses for the BusyBody, so pose to your heart's content! [ A huge thank you to EyeThink, Inc. for sending us this review sample! ]
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A fun animation tool at the tip of your fingers
Today I bring to you something that's sure to keep me sidetracked at my desk when I get bored, or just need a break from everyday work. Eye Think, Inc.'s BusyBody is the tool to do just that. I've previously written about this tool to cure boredom, but now I have it in my hands, so we'll put that to the test. Join me after the jump to find out what I thought about this little gadget!

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BusyBody Quick-Pose

BusyBody the Quick-Pose Animator for fun and work alike

Are you bored or need help with your animation? Here you go!
Mar 26
// Rio McCarthy
I'm definitely one of those people who find myself distracted constantly while attempting to work, whether it be while I'm writing, drawing, animating, sewing, etc. the list goes on and on. I have now found the perfect desk ...

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Flying Speeder Bike

Star Wars fan takes speeder bike to new heights

Use the force.. of lift
Mar 15
// Soul Tsukino
A Star Wars fan named Adam Woodsworth has taken the Speeder Bike sequence from Return of the Jedi and brought it to life! Combining a Power of the Force Speeder bike from Hasbro and some quadcopter technology, Adam created a...
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Hot Toys Igor

Sideshow features the brutish Igor in their video showcase

Welcome to the Velvet Room?
Feb 20
// Tianxiao Ma
Iron Man 3 had a veritable smorgasbord of armors, which of course means plenty of fodder for Hot Toys' 1/6-scale line of Iron Man figures. Sideshow has recently uploaded a video of the Mark XXXVIII (38 to you non-Romans) arm...
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Good Smile YouTube

Good Smile U.S. kicks off their YouTube channel with a look at WonFes

Short video gives a look at their recent booth
Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Good Smile Company's U.S. office has opened an official YouTube account, and their first video features a look at the GSC booth from last weekend's WonFes 2015 Winter. With Mamitan narrating the video, it's a brief look at t...
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Ads feature the founder of Livedoor talking about horses
It's the commercial you never knew you wanted: Good Smile Company has a new series of ads for figma Horse, featuring Livedoor founder and former CEO Takafumi Horie. Horie also happened to own a race horse or two before he we...

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Evil Stick

Terrifying Card Captor Sakura 'Evilstick' discovered at US dollar store

Not sure what they expected from an 'Evilstick'
Nov 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
A dollar store in Dayton, OH got some unexpected attention when it made the local TV news after a mother complained about a toy she bought for her daughter. She thought she was buying a princess wand, complete with bootleg a...

CHATPETZ make their way to Indiegogo!

Toys that interact with your children and more
Oct 09
// Rio McCarthy
ChatPetz have entered our world, and now is your chance to help them find a home. TheChatPetz Indiegogo campaign is going strong, and at the time of writing they've already made $5,735 of their $40,000 goal, with 39 day...
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Good Smile Company

Watch GSC president Aki-san take the ALS ice water challenge

And then chaos ensues
Aug 25
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
By now you've certainly seen at least one video of someone doing the ice bucket challenge for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease) which has now been sweeping through much of the world. Unsurprisi...
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Anime Bento's debut box yields all sorts of surprises
Anime Bento is a cool new subscription service that delivers hand-picked Japanese toys, accessories, and tasty treats right to your door. For this unboxing video, I open up their first box and examine its innards. Fun stuff. You can find out more about subscribing to Anime Bento here. [a big thank-you to Anime Bento for supplying me with this sample!]

SDCC 2014: J*RYU talks about the Hatchling

Aug 07 // Pedro Cortes
Photo credits VampyBitMe's Zero Suit Samus cosplay photo: Elysium EntertainmentFull-sized Hatchling: Brian's NYCC 2013 story 
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Now in handy pendant size!
At the end of last year, the Tomopop editors voted VampyBitMe and J*RYU's Hatchling as best designer figure of 2013. No surprise, as it still is an amazing work of art that just about any game would love to have on their she...

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Big Hero 6

Bandai previews some stuff for Disney and Marvel's Big Hero 6

Looks like Bandai found a way to get their foot in the Marvel superhero door
Jun 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
If you haven't heard yet, Disney's next big CG movie will also be their first major Marvel animated movie, Big Hero 6. It's the story of a ragtag group of would-be heroes gathered together by the Japanese government to do th...
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S.H. Figuarts Mario

Bandai makes a zoetrope animation out of S.H.Figuarts Mario

Not that you needed any more reasons to buy
May 24
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Now that S.H. Figuarts Mario has been released in Japan today Bandai has a unique new preview for everyone to watch. In their latest and conveniently subtitled video they've taken a bunch of Mario figures and accessories and...
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Spend some time with your LEGO and make The Simpsons

Learn how to make the whole family!
May 12
// Pedro Cortes
Do you have some extra LEGO pieces just lying around in a bin? Great. Now you can eat up some time during your day and make all five members of The Simpsons's household! Bricksmith extraordinaire Nightly News at Nine takes r...
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C-3PO wields a giant gun in new LEGO Star Wars special

Yoda seems pretty impressed
May 02
// Pedro Cortes
I'd hazard a guess and say LEGO Star Wars may be responsible for the resurgence of the building block toys that we all love. The games were good, simple fun that could be shared with the younglings, which eventually lead to ...
Mega Drive Megatron photo
Mega Drive Megatron

Check out Mega Drive Megatron being transformed in this video

He's a lot of bot in such a small package
Apr 19
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's been a little over two months since we first saw the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Transformers Mega Drive Megatron and it doesn't look like there's been a whole lot of progress. But don't let that get you down! More new de...
Ozawa Rina photo
Rina from Touch Detective looks ready to solve mysteries
The folks at Nameko Paradise blog had an opportunity to handle GSC's decomaster of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina, to adorable results. The host of the video walks us through her various signature poses with Nameko as illustrated on b...

Cardboard Iron Man photo
Cardboard Iron Man

Cardboard Iron Man is the best paper-based superhero ever

And the Stan Winston School of Character Arts couldn't be more impressed
Apr 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Maybe it's just me, but cardboard is starting to feel like the construction medium of this generation. Sure, people have been making boxy robot costumes out of cardboard for decades now, and they're alright, but just look at...
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Stuff this Simpsons LEGO video into your eye-holes

Recreating the intro in glorious stop-motion
Mar 12
// Pedro Cortes
Here's a video to brighten up that dreary day. Fans of The Simpsons are familiar with the iconic opening of the show, where the name of the program appears in the sky, followed by the ridiculous antics of the inhabitants of ...
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Origami on a whole new level: a life-sized elephant

The fact that it's life-size isn't the most amazing point here
Mar 12
// Kristina Pino
Every now and again, I look at something and go, "Damn." Not in a bad way, mind you. I mean, in a totally awe-struck way. Sipho Mabona is an origami artist, and he successfully funded a project through IndieGoGo called The W...
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promoted post

Gilgamesh Archer (Chogokin line) Unboxing / Review

Promoted cblog review
Mar 10
// Greatlandstander
[editor's note: Oh hey, a cblog promotion! It's been way too long since we last did this, and if the current trend of awesome stuff being published in there continues, I feel it'll be difficult to choose what to bring up to ...
Designer vinyl photo
Designer vinyl

Evilos customized the Android I'm looking for

Cutest Artoo
Feb 24
// Kristina Pino
[update: added some more images to the gallery] Evilos has recently Instagrammed the image below of a stunning custom job he did on a mega Android, making it look like R2D2. "Mega" here means the Android is 9 and 3/4-inches ...
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Man builds 18-foot tall Bumblebee for his son

Prepare for a lot of Transformers puns in this video
Feb 22
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Wanting to share a piece of his own childhood with his son, Lemoore, California native Tom Rhoads took to building a massive statue of Transformers character Bumblebee on his parent's farm. The statue stands some 18 feet tal...
TF2 Syringe Gun photo
TF2 Syringe Gun

Team Fortress 2's Syringe Gun, built from Lego bricks

Don't worry, zis will only hurt ... a little bit ...
Feb 17
// Brian Szabelski
Youtuber ZaziNombies puts together some pretty impressive Lego creations, a lot of them weaponry from video games. His latest has a little place in my heart: the Medic's Syringe Gun from Team Fortress 2. Of course, it doesn'...
KR Golden Ticket photo
KR Golden Ticket

Win big (literally) with Kidrobot's newest Golden Ticket

Packed inside one Penelope McStompsalot is a $5,000 Huck Gee piece
Feb 13
// Brian Szabelski
Huck Gee's Penelope McStompsalot Dunny has been released into the wild, but Kidrobot has a little surprise for those picking her up in her black or olive green colorways. Huck and KR have hidden a golden ticket inside one of...
Miya-san pre-orders photo
Miya-san pre-orders

Last call for Miya-san pre-orders

Pre-orders close at midnight Friday
Jan 30
// Brian Szabelski
If you haven't ordered Bigshot Toyworks and Martin Hsu's Miya-san yet, but you want to ... time's running out. Pre-orders end Friday at midnight Eastern (9 p.m. Thursday Pacific, 3 a.m. GMT). We've also been sent a little pr...
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First 4 Figures Akira

First 4 Figures teases Virtua Fighter's Akira Yuki

To be part of Sega All Stars Line
Jan 29
// Brian Szabelski
First 4 Figures have posted a new teaser on YouTube, featuring the next Sega All Stars Line piece: Virtua Fighter's Akira Yuki. The video shows off the painted sculpt of Akira, saying that he's coming soon and kind of leavin...
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Einstein vs Darth Vader

Who will survive?
Jan 28
// Pedro Cortes
Here's a quick little video to brighten up your day. Patrick Boivin does some pretty neat stuff with his toys, including some excellent stop-motion videos. The smooth animation must have taken a while with this one. This one isn't very long, but it definitely put a smile on my face. I'm sure that Vader didn't expect ol' Albert to rock a little Force science on him! [via Boing Boing]
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Lego stop-motion clip features Thor vs Loki

There's even a bit o' mecha
Jan 13
// Pedro Cortes
Since I'm on a Lego kick this fine day, I figured you needed this in your life. What you have here is a stop-motion video of Thor fighting Loki. Sounds simple. It isn't. With some amusing sound effects, some visual pizazz and the Gurren from Code Geass, Jordan Tseng has made a delightful video. Hope ya dig it as much as I did! [via Kotaku]
McFarlane Undertaker photo
Hopefully, it'll be available a bit more than the real deal
Back in October, news broke that McFarlane Toys were finally doing something that should have been done ages ago: making collectible statues of WWE superstars. The Undertaker was a logical choice for number one, and today, w...

ESC-Toy 9DKP teaser photo
ESC-Toy 9DKP teaser

ESC-Toy drops a teaser for their 9DKP Kickstarter, series

Partnering with Asahi Production to make series
Nov 06
// Brian Szabelski
A few months ago, we posted about Erick Scarecrow's 9DKP project, and today, we have a teaser ahead of the Kickstarter being planned to help fund the series. Sadly, the actual teaser doesn't provide much, other than telling ...
Loot Crate photo
It's time to get animated and into survival mode
Hey all! It's that time again for my Loot Crate unboxings! Yes, I said 'unboxings' - plural. I'm a dingbat and forgot to record a video for my September crate, and now I also have October's! Though you might notice it's now ...

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Dress-up for Nendoroids

Kixkillradio teaches how to dress Nendos up for Halloween

fuzzy, fuzzy, cute, cute
Oct 28
// Kristina Pino
Take your Nendoroid photography to the next level by dressing up your beloved chibi figures for Halloween! But how to get them into fantastic mini kigurumi and make it work with their awkward, deformed bodies? Kixkillradio m...
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Take a tour of the Akihabara Kotobukiya store

Haha, I made a rhyme
Oct 22
// Pedro Cortes
Having been to Akihabara once in my life, I can say that it was pretty awesome. Stores left and right filled with toys and games as far as the eye can see. Granted, most of the stores are fairly small, but the sheer volume o...
The Hobbit photo
The Hobbit

Thorin Oakenshield wields felt, becomes a puppet

Less studly, more cuddly
Oct 17
// Pedro Cortes
When I saw Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first thing I thought was that he wasn't cute enough. I mean, all that hair and those muscles and that steel, none of it was fully a...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Watch figmas slice up some titans

Venom titan is terrifying
Oct 16
// Pedro Cortes
Last season's critical darling Attack on Titan has spawned a lot of merchandise and some fantastic creative endeavors. The latest is the above video, where the show's opening has been recreated with figmas. I'm loving the extra touches added in, like Mikasa's electrical powers and the copious Good Smile Company logos that appear through the cardboard town. Take a look and enjoy! [via Alafista]
NYCC: Carson Catlin photo
NYCC: Carson Catlin

Carson Catlin's NYCC releases, and a bonus video

One man, 50+ toys
Oct 09
// Kristina Pino
Carson Catlin has hit my inbox with a huge update on his wares for NYCC, so I figured I'd make a video to go with the news. Check that out if you're curious about Carson's reticulated cubes, or otherwise check out the galler...
NYCC: The Jelly Empire photo
NYCC: The Jelly Empire

Meet the Jelly League

The Jelly Empire has more to share
Oct 09
// Kristina Pino
Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire has shared a video (made by Peter Michaud) featuring her bots as The Jelly League. All of these figures will be available at NYCC this year: Super Jelly Batbot Martian Bot-Hunter Hawkbot Wo...

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