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Jan 27 // Kristina Pino

Tomopop Review: ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister

This month saw the release of ThreeZero's Tyrion Lannister, which is based on the image of Peter Dinklage in the HBO series Game of Thrones. When it comes to figures based on real people, it's usually a hit-or-miss deal. The ...
Jan 27 // Kristina Pino

MaloApril shows off a pretty zombie and a rocker chick

MaloApril recently finished up two custom Dunnys as a commission and, as always, I find myself super jealous of anyone owning her pieces. The first is a zombie with fantastic eyes (I love the lashes) and decked out with a sku...
Jan 22 // Kristina Pino

Mondo's Iron Giant is everything

Because I'm writing this a bit ahead of time, I can't tell you whether you'll be able to get a pre-order in for Mondo's Iron Giant deluxe figure. Today is when orders are set to open over at Mondo's site, and you can watch fo...
Jan 15 // Kristina Pino

Kotobukiya shows off a sculpted Grell Sutcliff

I was happily and pleasantly surprised when I saw this picture come up at Kotobukiya's Facebook page featuring the awesome Grell from Black Butler. The posing is pretty simple, as far as these things go. Rather than going for...
Jan 05 // Kristina Pino

Tomopop Review: ArtFX+ Arkham City Batman

Kotobukiya released this 1/10-scale Batman based on his appearance in the very fun Batman: Arkham City game back in late August, so this is by no means a brand-spankin'-new figure. But it's new to me and I want to share my review.
Dec 29 // Kristina Pino

Let your Hobbit flag fly with a DIY plush Sting

If you've got some time to kill this winter break, might I suggest making a plush version of Sting, the blade Bilbo Baggins carries in The Hobbit? The adorably-titled craft blog Sew Desu Ne? has this great pattern with detail...
Dec 16 // Kristina Pino

Disney Store Online's Toy Mania Sale is ON

Disney's online store has just launched a big toy sale, with a bunch of items up to 30% off. I've put a little list together of some items that are now reduced in price: Large Simba plush. There's also a big Nemo one on sale...
Dec 16 // Kristina Pino

X-Plus' Battle-damaged Erza is aptly named

Just had a look at Akiba Hobby's photos of X-Plus' Erza Scarlet: Battle ver. and... yeah. As far as designs go, you can't go wrong with most of Erza's wardrobe; that isn't in question, here. It's the execution: hideous seam l...
Dec 11 // Kristina Pino

Fuller working on a mean little Groot custom

Fuller showed off a work-in-progress image of a Mighty Mugg custom he's working on, destined to become Groot. So far, he's got some sculpting done for the head, and opted for a fierce expression for the little guy. I generall...
Dec 11 // Kristina Pino

Funko shows off Black Butler vinyl Pop! figures

As someone who balks at the ever-increasing prices of licensed PVC toys and statues of my favorite characters, I'm totally cool with seeing Funko pick up Japanese properties for their Animation line of Pop! vinyl figures. Che...
Nov 27 // Kristina Pino

Carson Catlin's Black Friday sale is on(line) at midnight

If you've been waiting for the right sale to pick up any of Carson Catlin's awesome work, Black Friday this year might be the time. You can check out his wares at his online shop (shop at home, in your pajamas!), and if you h...
Oct 01 // Kristina Pino

Funko's next wave of figures is inspired by Despicable Me films

Funko has been pretty much killing it with their releases recently, and this Despicable Me wave is no different: we've got two Minion Funko Pop! Figures coming out this month, and a set of Mystery Minis in November. Pretty mu...
Sep 13 // Kristina Pino

Carson Catlin's back-to-school Munny concept is Chimera

Today, Saturday, there's a back-to-school show at SubUrban Vinyl in New Jersey. Lots of cool artists (including Evilos, Task One, Fuller, and Jon Paul Kaiser) are participating with their own concepts. Carson is showing two 4...
Jul 28 // Kristina Pino

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...
Jul 28 // Kristina Pino

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: MegaHouse's Tieria Erde

MegaHouse's Tieria is just one of those figures that demanded more pictures than just the one or two. I might be wrong, but I think this is the first time we're seeing it in color, too. I was a little bit dubious of this figu...
Jul 28 // Kristina Pino

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya shows Black Butler

I was rather impressed with the Black Butler display over at Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival featuring Ciel and Sebastian. They're still unpainted prototypes, but man do those figures look amazing, especially with the f...
Jul 23 // Kristina Pino

Have a preview of S.H. Figuarts Luigi a.k.a. best Luigi

Tamashii Nations have finally unveiled shots of the upcoming SHF Luigi, who is slated for release this December along with a brand new play set (Super Mario Play Set C). Let's just say that, if I were to receive one or three ...
Jul 23 // Kristina Pino

Attend CarsonCon from the comfort of your home

Not attending SDCC? You're not alone: neither am I, nor is Carson Catlin, it looks like. Carson has announced CarsonCon, his own little not-at-SDCC event which is taking place at his online shop right now. Seriously, right no...
Jul 22 // Kristina Pino

Walgreens-exclusive Hand of the King now available

Funko have released a new Legacy Collection figure of Tyrion Lannister dressed as the King's Hand as seen in Game of Thrones. The figure resembles Tyrion in most ways, but then again, you wouldn't really confuse it for anyone...
Jul 04 // Kristina Pino

What Kristina Is Up To: Getting musical

Oh hey, I'm back! And the weather is still pretty much gloomy and rainy in Japan, even though we're in July. The humidity is up, which is nice - my skin is amazing right now. But my students are getting frustrated because we'...
Jun 20 // Kristina Pino

What Kristina Is Up To: Bookmarks for summer

Summer is almost here, which means that students are almost off on break. Well, many students are, anyway. Some elect to do summer school (or are forced to by their parents), and end up missing out on that glorious month of v...
Jun 11 // Kristina Pino

Another look at figma Captain America

The folks over at Akiba Hobby had a look at figma Captain America, and I thought I'd share a few images here - just a small selection, really, so check them out for the full look. If you can block the extravagant asking price...
May 31 // Kristina Pino

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Spring: ALTAiR teases last two UtaPri boys

Hobby Search captured an image of a teaser for the final two male members of STARISH from Uta no Prince-Sama, Syo Kurusu and Natsuki Shinomiya, to complete the set in scaled figures. They're a lovely pair, and from the looks ...
May 23 // Kristina Pino

What Kristina Is Up To: Sports Day

Sports Day is tomorrow, which means that the past few weeks have been intense in terms of preparing for the big event. Kids take time out of class (during school hours) to learn and practice their dances, to practice the vari...
May 20 // Kristina Pino

Josh Mayhem shows off his steam-powered Batgirl

Josh Mayhem passed along some shots of a recent commission that's being sent off to a private collector dubbed The Steampunk Batgirl. She started out as a 3-inch Dunny, and now look at her! All upgraded and looking as cute as...
May 20 // Kristina Pino

Have a glance at Erio Towa before she goes in for a bath

AmiAmi recently posted up a review of Orca Toys' 1/7-scale Erio Towa, which is currently slated for release in August. It looks like this figure might have fallen under our radar when it went up for order back in March, but t...
May 19 // Kristina Pino

MaloApril makes a Muerta into a wedding cake topper

MaloApril's latest Dunny custom was revealed to be a wedding cake topper in the way of a Muerta Bride. It looks like a groom is on the way, but for now, this is giving me (awesome) flashbacks of LittleBigPlanet's Frida's Wedd...
May 14 // Kristina Pino

Super Sonico looks out of place in a school swimsuit

Beat have just put two versions of a school swimsuit-clad Sonico up for pre-order, and I have mixed feelings on the whole thing. Though I love her pose and almost everything else about the figure in terms of sculpt and design...
May 09 // Kristina Pino

What Kristina Is Up To: A cozy Golden Week holiday

Taking a cue from Scarecroodle, who came up with this column idea and kicked it off last week, I'll also be posting updates about what I am (and my toys are) up to. Last weekend, folks in Japan enjoyed the madness that is Gol...
Apr 30 // Kristina Pino

Nothing says 'Happy Mother's Day' like an embryo plush

GIANTmicrobes has just revealed its brand-new Spring plush release: a tiny human! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and we're reminded of the fact that at one point in our lives, we were really, really tiny. The plush H...
Apr 30 // Kristina Pino

Good Smile Company Lab reminds us Nendoroid play sets are still a thing

It's been a while since a proper Nendoroid play set blipped my radar. Play Future just put one up for pre-order under the Nendoroid More label developed by GSC Lab, and though the design isn't too crazy or inventive, with so ...
Apr 25 // Kristina Pino

Latest custom by Stephanie Cassata is simply DiVine

Stephanie Cassata customized  a 3-inch Vinylmation figure for Earth Day in the image of DiVine, the enchanting lady (on stilts and covered in leaves) who roams the area in the Animal Kingdom between Asia and Africa with ...
Apr 25 // Kristina Pino

WonderCon 2014: Super7

Our gal on the show floor, Natalie, passed by Super7's booth and grabbed some shots of what they were showing off. The key items on display were their exclusives for the event, the Toxic Garbage Dump Fossilla, Spring Training...
Apr 24 // Kristina Pino

Dolly Oblong's 'Bubbles' comes in two flavors, on sale today

Today, Thursday, April 24th, at 8 PM CET (that's 2 PM EST), both Strawberry and Blueberry flavors of the latest by Dolly Oblong, the adorable Bubbles, will be up for sale at her online store. There are only 15 of these handma...
Apr 24 // Kristina Pino

Catch a new, one-of-a-kind discovery by Daniel Fleres today

Daniel Fleres over at the Swanicorn Post has posted a new discovery, limited to just one, that will be up for sale later today. The resin-made Magical Silver-Blooded, Double-sided Fort Dess Orca Quailicorn (man, that's a mout...
Apr 18 // Kristina Pino

FuRyu's Mikasa Ackerman is finally previewed

A little over a month ago, we had just a peek at this Mikasa figure when we had a look at her partner in plastic, Eren. And it's about time, too, since she's due for release in June. Check out the gallery for some pictures fr...
Apr 18 // Kristina Pino

Watch this adorable preview of Nendoroid Ozawa Rina and Nameko

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...
Apr 17 // Kristina Pino

Super7 is ready for WonderCon

WonderCon at Anaheim is just around the corner. It's this weekend (Friday, April 18th - Sunday, April 20th), actually, and Super7 updated their blog with what they're taking to the show. Check them out at Booth #1453 if you'r...
Apr 16 // Kristina Pino

Plex tackles a Titan

It looks like even Plex will be cashing in on the Attack on Titan cow, because they've updated their DPCF/UMCF listings with an entry for a prototype Colossus Titan wrecking a bit of wall. As a part of the UMCF line, this mon...
Apr 14 // Kristina Pino

Good Smile Company announces release (and delay) dates for April

It's that time again. Good Smile Company have posted up a release schedule for April, including some delays. As more dates are announced, we'll be sure to update. Delays first: GSC's Asuna, Knights of the Blood ver. (delayed...






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