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Kristina Pino . Jun 29

Say it with your toys: #lovewins

We at Tomopop are so very happy with the recent ruling on same-sex marriage (that it's a constitutional right) that we're celebrating the way we know best: with toys! There've been book rainbows and cookies and all kinds of colorful goodness spreading around the internet, so here are our own contributions to the lovefest.   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 11

Mondo to release two statues of the very first Hellboy

Not one, but two gorgeous statues of Mike Mignola's Hellboy have gone up for pre-order at Mondo's store. They're not expected to be released until the last quarter of this year, but they're probably going to be worth the wait...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 11

Funko takes us down nostalgia lane with Peanuts and Hanna-Barbera

Funko recently announced they'll be releasing a whole slew of rad retro figures, including some of the Peanuts gang, some Hanna-Barbera characters, and more. Pop! Peanuts, which is coming in July, will include Charlie Brown, ...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 06

July's new Tsum Tsums will be... Stitch and pals!

On the first Tuesday of each month, there's a new set of Tsum Tsums released at Disney Stores and online. July 7th will see the fuzzy debut of Lilo & Stitch-themed Tsums featuring: Stitch, Angel, Lilo, Scrump, Dr Jumba, and the Ugly Duckling. The duckling is an odd choice, but all of them look pretty dang cute nonetheless. I'll probably be picking up a Scrump one, myself.   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 05

Get ready for PIXAR's Inside Out with some adorable new Tsum Tsums

This past Tuesday, Disney released a new set of Tsum Tsums as part of their promotions every first Tuesday of the month. Since Inside Out is showing in theaters starting the 19th, this series was a no-brainer. All of Riley's emotions are there: Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear, and Sadness, along with Bing Bong, Riley's imaginary friend. Are you going to see Inside Out in theaters?     0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 02

A second wave of resin Mariposas by Argonaut Resins drops tonight

We missed the first wave of Argonaut Resins' beautiful new Mariposa resin series when they dropped a while back, so here's your warning for the second one. These lovely figures are dropping tonight, June 2nd, at 9PM Eastern S...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jan 27

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 ...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jan 27

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jan 22

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jan 15

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jan 05

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.   0

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Kristina Pino . Dec 29

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Dec 16

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Dec 16

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Dec 11

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Dec 11

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Nov 27

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Oct 01

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Sep 13

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 28

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 28

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 28

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 23

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 ...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 23

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 22

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jul 04

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'...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 20

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Jun 11

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 31

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 ...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 23

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 20

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 20

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 19

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 14

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . May 09

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Apr 30

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Apr 30

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 ...   0

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Kristina Pino . Apr 25

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 ...   0

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Kristina Pino . Apr 25

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...   0

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Kristina Pino . Apr 24

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...   0




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