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Nov 21 // Natalie Kipper

Tomopop Review: inki-drop's Tentatrio plushes

I have been a fan of Shelly Rodriguez for a long, long time. I loved her work way back when her studio was called inki-Jinx rather than inki-drop. There's a little snapshot, right there. Her plush line has grown from the Crab...
Nov 19 // Natalie Kipper

Tomopop Review: Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet

The internet sure does love cats and I can totally understand the sentiment. Lil Bub, Colonel Meow, and of course, Grumpy Cat (also known as Tardar Sauce) never cease to entertain. Being a fan of said kitties as well as a plu...
Nov 14 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: Beefy & Co.

The DesignerCon booth belonging to Beefy & Co.'s Menh Voong was like a treasure trove of con-exclusives past. There may not have been a specific toy dedicated to DCon but the sheer amount of awesomeness that fans lik...
Nov 12 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: Dead Zebra, Inc.

Walking up to the Dead Zebra, Inc. booth at DesignerCon, it was easy to see a theme amongst the toys. Heck, you could spot it from down the aisle: Black. Black editions of everything. Artist Andrew Bell had turned his popular...
Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin

The corner booth at DesignerCon that housed Scott Tolleson, Lana Crooks, and Carson Catlin had a eye-catching combination of plushes and figures, both original and customized. It also had several tantalizing con-exclusives av...
Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: Flat Bonnie

As is her wont, Flat Bonnie's DesignerCon booth featured flat stuffed critters lined up on tiered displays resembling a grassy knoll. I spotted several fan favorites, like Flat Suggie the Sugar Glider and Flat Dusty the Chinc...
Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: jellykoe

I'm not going to lie; I have a soft spot for jellykoe's Tox City line. The series of plushes were a big success on Kickstarter and I adored their New York Comic Con exclusive addition as well. Kelly and J. Spencer Shull broug...
Nov 10 // Natalie Kipper

DesignerCon 2014: inki-drop

Shelly Rodriguez of inki-drop's booth at this weekend's DesignerCon was colorful, whimsical, and more than a little nautical-themed. My plush-loving eyes immediately focused on the Tentatrio (consisting of Jellyblub, Sweetoof...
Nov 03 // Natalie Kipper

You can't say 'No' to Hashtag Collectibles' Grumpy Cat puppet

The delightfully disinterested feline, Tardar Sauce the Grumpy Cat, just got her first puppet. I already have high expectations for this toy, given that the company producing it, Hashtag Collectibles, was responsible for my b...
Nov 01 // Natalie Kipper

The Behemoth unveils Castle Crashers plushes during Extra Life event

Many good gamers know about Extra Life, a charity that provides games, toys, and comfort to children in the hospital. The Behemoth, creators of Battle Block Theater, Castle Crashers, and the upcoming Game 4, we...
Oct 22 // Natalie Kipper

Fruitimals plush Kickstarter launches and already succeeds

Cuddly animal/food hybrids make the scene in a big way with Lucky Squid Studios' Fruitimals Kickstarter. Even though the campaign launched a week ago, not only has the initial goal to produce the first plush, the Orange Fox, ...
Oct 11 // Natalie Kipper

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...
Oct 08 // Natalie Kipper

Halloween plush collection pops up in US Pokemon Center online shop

The Pokemon Center is getting into the fall spirit with the release of their Halloween plush collection into their US online store. The series is admittedly smaller than the seasonal campaigns seen in Japan but, honestly, I a...
Oct 07 // Natalie Kipper

The Premium edition of Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley comes with a plush Snow Bunny

Fans of Natsume Inc.'s farming sim series, Harvest Moon, and its spin-offs know that one of the big bonuses for pre-ordering the games are the adorable animal plushes, especially the larger ones in their Premium bundles. Thes...
Sep 22 // Natalie Kipper

Jellykoe's NYCC-exclusive flexes some muscle

[Update: Each plush will cost US$50.] Jellykoe announced their con-exclusive for New York Comic-Con, which starts in just a few short weeks. Hailing from their Tox City line, meet the beefed-up rabbit-thing, Musclebuns! Stand...
Sep 22 // Natalie Kipper

Black Butler's Sebastian is simply one hell of an awesome RAH figure

Sebastian Michaelis of Black Butler was recently revealed to be the latest in Medicom Toy's Real Action Heroes line of figures. AmiAmi Blog's preview highlighted the demon-turned-butler's accessories and various pos...
Sep 19 // Natalie Kipper

Martin Hsu's Dragon Dog Blacky now available online

After the arduous journey through conception to release at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, Martin Hsu's Dragon Dog Blacky, is available for purchase via the artist's online store. Dragon Boy's canine companion is cur...
Sep 16 // Natalie Kipper

Get hyped for Disney's upcoming Big Hero 6 with their new toy line

Disney's next animated film, Big Hero 6, arrives in theaters November 7 and their merchandising department has finally started to release toys of the characters at the Disney Store. If you mosey on over to Disney Store Online...
Sep 07 // Natalie Kipper

Hug gaming history with COSPA's Megadrive plush

At the end of Wreck-It Ralph, "retro" was defined as "old but cool." In the case of COSPA's new Megadrive plush, I would substitute "cool" with "absolutely, freaking adorable." I mean, look at this thing! It's arms are contro...
Sep 07 // Natalie Kipper

Fulfill your dream of wearing a crown of tentacles with this Kickstarter

Killer Tentacle Octopus (Kaity O'Shea) and Camilla d'Errico's Kickstarter for their wearable Tentacle Crown launched recently and has already garnered the US$10,000 needed to fund the campaign. The accessory ha...
Sep 05 // Natalie Kipper

Loot Crate's September crate is Galactic, packed with exclusives

We officially have one foot firmly in September and Loot Crate has announced the theme for this month's box. Drawing from the Sci-fi realms of Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, the next round is called "Galactic." As always,...
Aug 29 // Natalie Kipper

Sailor Mercury is revealed as the next Sailor Moon series Pullip

The brains of the Inner Senshi, Sailor Mercury, is joining Sailor Moon in the realm of Pullip dolls. This may just be me, but Mercury seems to look a lot better in this line than Moon does. Maybe it's the haircut. Groove also...
Aug 18 // Natalie Kipper

Tomopop Unboxes: August 2014 Anime Bento

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!]
Aug 17 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Vamplets

Vamplets was celebrating a recent Kickstarter success at San Diego Comic-Con and their booth was fittingly decked out with gothic theming. The success in question was, of course, their campaign for the production of the ...
Aug 17 // Natalie Kipper

The Sega fan in me is loving these new images of Mega Drive Megatron

With the new images from Takara Tomy's site, we get another chance to "ooh" and "aah" over Sentinel's Mega Drive Megatron. Andres posted the pre-order information last May and I totally share in his excitement. As previously ...
Aug 16 // Natalie Kipper

Fat Chocobo plush waddles into pre-orders

The time has finally arrived. After whetting our palate with a preview in May, Square Enix's Fat Chocobo plush is up for pre-order. And with that pre-order listing, comes more information on our chubby, feathered friend. The ...
Aug 13 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Uglydoll

When Uglydoll's David Horvath revealed their con-exclusive, a plush of their Big Toe character cosplaying as The Joker from DC Comics' Batman, I knew the booth was going to be swarmed even more than usual this year. This...
Aug 10 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: So So Happy/Skelanimals

The San Diego Comic-Con booth belonging to So So Happy and Skelanimals was split in half, with each brand taking up a wing of the long set of tables. Much of So So Happy's merchandise was apparel with a few character bac...
Aug 07 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: We Love Fine

We Love Fine's San Diego Comic-Con booth was broken up into three different locations: one near the Star Wars exhibits, one in the designer toy area, and another just chilling in the center of the action. The last of the trio...
Aug 03 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Furry Feline Creatives

San Diego Comic-Con's designer toy section was a veritable gauntlet packed full of bodies and vendors but even with all the chaos, it wasn't hard to spot Furry Feline Creatives' booth. Topped with a giant doll of their Chef T...
Aug 01 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: ThinkGeek

The majority of ThinkGeek's San Diego Comic-Con booth was dedicated to upcoming goodies with a smaller vending section to the side. The company's con-exclusive goods included a Bee and Puppycat inflatable sword, Star Wars R2-...
Jul 31 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Blizzard Entertainment Showcase

Along with having a very awesome booth, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con presence also included a panel, the Blizzard Entertainment 2014 Showcase. Jason Bischoff, the company's Senior Toys and Collectibles Manager, was in atten...
Jul 30 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Martin Hsu

I was very excited to visit Martin Hsu's San Diego Comic-Con booth and see his brand-new figure, Blacky the Dragon Dog. The companion piece to his popular Dragon Boy character was revealed way back in the Summer of last year....
Jul 29 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Blizzard

San Diego Comic-Con attendees swarmed Blizzard's booth at the event and with so much new and exclusive merchandise, it was easy to see why. The company certainly blew me away with the sheer scope and quality of not only its purchasable items but also its future releases. Read on to see all that Blizzard brought to the table.
Jul 27 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Multiverse Studio Inc.

Multiverse-Studio Inc. had a neat corner booth at San Diego Comic-Con. They brought with them the popular Harvest Moon plushes that they debuted at Anime Expo (the chicken/chick combo always brings a smile to my fac...
Jul 26 // Natalie Kipper

SDCC 2014: Skylanders

Who's excited for Skylanders: Trap Team? I know I am! This entry is the Skylanders series allows you to capture villains inside Traptonium crystal pieces and then play as them alongside the heroes. So, not only are there a to...
Jul 18 // Natalie Kipper

The Elder Scrolls Online's Guar goes plush, courtesy of Gaming Heads

Truth be told, I personally don't see myself playing The Elder Scrolls Online but I will bless almost any game that brings more plushes into the world, especially if they look as cool as Gaming Heads' recently released Guar p...
Jul 17 // Natalie Kipper

Monster Factory's new Kickstarter is Mythical, adorable

You guys remember Margot the Unicorn from Monster Factory's Mythicals plush line? Well, the toys' Kickstarter campaign launched a few days ago and I couldn't be more excited! For the uninitiated, Monster Factory is ...
Jul 16 // Natalie Kipper

Blizzard's SDCC exclusives are cute, cuddly, and deadly

Year after year, Blizzard's San Diego Comic-Con booth is swamped with fans hoping to buy their con-exclusive goods. It's easy to see why. Their stuff is spectacular, managing to tie into the company's games while being collec...
Jul 15 // Natalie Kipper

Tomopop Review: Monster Factory's Margot the Unicorn

In the past, the majority of Monster Factory's plushes have been, well, monsters. In their upcoming Kickstarter venture, the studio is branching out into the realm of mythological critters. Fittingly named "The Mythicals," th...






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