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Jul 28 // Tianxiao Ma

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: MegaHouse

As I comb through all this WonFes coverage, I have to say the showing from MegaHouse feels a little uninspired. Honestly, they've never been a go-to brand for me. I'm never watching my news feeds wondering what they're up to ...
Jul 27 // Tianxiao Ma

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Wonderful Hobby Life For You

[ Update: Hobby Search has even more coverage of the WHL4U booth, including more Nendoroids, figmas, and ThreeA figures! ] Wonder Festival has come and gone. While it's odd to me that such a big event is one day only (wouldn'...
Jul 23 // Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Tali might as well not be

Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya...
Jul 22 // Tianxiao Ma

Take a pilgrimmage with this Journey statue

Thatgamecompany's Journey was a big hit, paving the way for more thoughtful, Zen-like games to enter the mainstream. The fact that it got a PS4 re-release speaks to its lasting impact. But if living the experience digitally i...
Jun 23 // Tianxiao Ma

A whole bunch of KanColle stuff went up for pre-order

The Kantai Collection engine is steaming along nicely with five new pre-orders appearing throughout yesterday. Anime fans may not recognize the first two, which would be the Tenryuu-class light cruiseres Tenryuu and Tatsuta. ...
Jun 22 // Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company announces Orange Rouge, a brand for male figures

Good Smile Company and Max Factory have announced a new brand dedicated to male figures called Orange Rouge (after the colors of their respective logos). The idea is basically the same as Altair is to Alter, except the GSC/Ma...
Jun 19 // Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company announces WonFes exclusives

It's time to gear up for the one-two punch that is Anime Expo and Summer Wonder Festival! Good Smile Company has put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a list of "exclusives" that they'll be bringing. I use quote...
Jun 16 // Tianxiao Ma

Check out this pretty - and creepy - Kongou bust from Good Smile Company

Announced long ago at some distant WonFes, Good Smile Company's Kongou bust is now up for pre-order. This is based on a sculpt by Masaichiro Usui, who certainly has an interesting style. While it's beautifully detailed (and n...
Jun 12 // Tianxiao Ma

MegaHouse brings the Dark Elf from Bikini Warriors to life

There's something alluring about fantasy dark elves to me... well, the sexy ones at least. MegaHouse and (who else?) Hobby Japan have teamed up to produce another media franchise consisting of under-clothed ladies and a fanta...
Jun 12 // Tianxiao Ma

Kongou sisters assemble... for a relaxing tea time

It looks like Good Smile Company's planning/development team also has fans of the Kongou sisters as they've posted a neato gallery showing off all four of them. I only know them from the Kantai Collection anime, but that's go...
Jun 12 // Tianxiao Ma

Embrace Japan's Chun-Li figure is ready to hit the streets

Street Fighter is back in a big way, and Embrace Japan is celebrating that with the pre-order of their Chun-Li figure. I have to say, it's... weird. Although the header image isn't too bad, dig deeper through the product shot...
Jun 12 // Tianxiao Ma

A lustful devil from Broccoli goes up for pre-order

This figure, featuring Luxuria from the card game Z/X - Zillions of Enemy X-, seems pretty derivative. What I mean is, this collaboration between Broccoli and Nippon Ichi seems to be transparently cashing in on a couple of fa...
Jun 09 // Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Hestia is stringing us all along

I decided to start watching DanMachi (or Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - light novel titles am I right?) on the basis of a tooth brushing gif. Well, more accurately I intended to start ...
Jun 06 // Tianxiao Ma

Do your figmas need a ride? How about a tank?

Has Max Factory lost its mind? It's very possible with the pre-order listing of this figma tank. They've provided various modes of transportation for your figmas before, such as horses and motorcycles. But this tank is some n...
May 31 // Tianxiao Ma

MegaHobby Expo 2015 Spring: Hobby Japan

Hobby Japan often caters to the more salacious crowd, and I'm getting a bit of that from their display at MegaHobby Expo. Unfortunately a lot of these will likely be Hobby Japan exclusives, so actually buying them can be a tr...
May 27 // Tianxiao Ma

Tomopop About Town: Nakama Toys retail store

I think one of the best things to inspire passion for a hobby is having a good brick and mortar retail store around. They're valuable for showing off the hobby and product, and you can get some good info from experienced coll...
May 22 // Tianxiao Ma

The next Snow Miku will have a sportier design

Snow Miku has had many looks, going from a straightforward palette swap to a beautiful interpretation based on traditional Japanese dress to the fanciful designs of the last two years. For 2016 we're getting away from the whi...
May 21 // Tianxiao Ma

Tomopop Review: Titanfall Stryder by Threezero

Titanfall was one of the most hyped games for the new console generation, and may have been one of the most disappointing depending on who you ask. The premise reminds me of something like the old school mech shooter Hea...
May 20 // Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company's Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade is up for pre-order

The lovely vampire from the Monogatari series is back to her original form in this 1/8-scale figure from Good Smile Company! You might know her better as Shinobu Oshino, though her original name was Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion He...
Apr 30 // Tianxiao Ma

Rue the coming of spring with Nendoroid Sakura Mikudayo

The fact that Good Smile Company has embraced the Mikudayo meme should tell you something about who they are as a company. If you thought Mikudayo would just be a one-off, though, you'd be wrong. She's back in force this year...
Apr 30 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: Jellykoe

Jellykoe continued its line of Tox City plush creations at C2E2. They're colorful characters that make me think of something you'd see in a Cartoon Network show. Maybe one day... You can get a rundown of the Tox City line fro...
Apr 30 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: House of Darkly

You can find a plush for just about anything. Do you want plush dessert items? No problem. Plush weather phenomena? Got it covered. Plush... rocks? You bet! In fact House of Darkly's booth featured all of that stuff and more....
Apr 29 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: CKRTLAB Toys

CKRTLAB's mission is to celebrate the golden age of comics. To that end they're resurrecting some comic book heroes from as far back as the 1940s! They've added on to their lineup from C2E2 last year, as a new wave of yestery...
Apr 29 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: BeeFy & Co.

BeeFy & Co. was started by Menh Voong, an aspiring graphics artist who decided to go into business for himself. I'm bad at keeping tabs on who's been where, but looking through Tomopop's history, Menh has apparently been ...
Apr 29 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: Diamond Select Toys

Diamond Select Toys always brings a smorgasbord of goods to each convention covering a disparate range of properties. Of course, their comic book properties always take center stage. This time it was the Batman and Superman a...
Apr 28 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: Bluefin

Bluefin distributes collectibles from a bunch of companies, so their booth is usually pretty packed at conventions. Fortunately I got there just before closing so I was able to avoid the hectic experience of photographing the...
Apr 28 // Tianxiao Ma

C2E2 2015: Enterbay

Enterbay is a lot like Hot Toys, focusing on realistic 1/6-scale poseable figures. They've done a few movie characters, but at C2E2 focus quite a lot on NBA players. Maybe it's pandering to Chicago's collective 90s nostalgia,...
Apr 23 // Tianxiao Ma

Aoshima's Kongou is almost ready for tea time

Let me tell you something about Kongou: she is the best. Period. The Kantai Collection anime cemented her as one of my favorite female characters in recent memory; her scenes are hilarious, and she's basically the Gaptain Gin...
Apr 23 // Tianxiao Ma

Racing Miku takes up sword and shield for 2015

Racing Miku is getting her yearly update. This time Good Smile Racing has gone with a clever sword and shield motif, which for me personally evokes the titular warriors of Valkyria Chronicles. I'm not the only one who thinks ...
Apr 23 // Tianxiao Ma

Sentinel's Brave Act Erwin exudes authority

Erwin Smith, commander of our beloved Survey Corps, will be making his way to PVC form with this figure by Sentinel. As his authoritative stance indicates, Erwin is as much about leading as he is about fighting. The figure co...
Apr 09 // Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya awakens Ken Kaneki

An underrated part of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line is their selection of male figures. They have some nice ones, especially with the Attack on Titan boys. Now you can add Tokyo Ghoul's Ken Kaneki to the picture. This one balance...
Apr 09 // Tianxiao Ma

MegaHouse's World Uniform Operation continues with Mikoto Misaka

For those of you who enjoy the various school uniform designs in anime, MegaHouse is expanding its World Uniform Opeation lineup with A Certain Scientific Railgun's Mikoto Misaka! This is a line of 1/10-scale figures, so thin...
Apr 02 // Tianxiao Ma

Embrace the Dark Hadou with Oni Akuma

Street Fighter is a funny franchise, isn't it? Its roots are humble enough, but like the Fast and Furious series, each subsequent installment gets more and more insane. It has gone from a relatively small game about, wel...
Apr 02 // Tianxiao Ma

Bandai rolls out another Iron Man in the fight against Ultron

Are you hyped for Avengers: Age of Ultron? I certainly hope so, otherwise this post will mean nothing to you. Since Marvel Studios probably has a directive to always be cranking out new Iron Man armors, the upcoming film will...
Apr 02 // Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Inazuma is ready to sortie

In an anime full of moe shipgirls, Inazuma is perhaps the most moe of them all. Her timid personality hasn't stopped her debut as a Kotobukiya scale figure, though! This version is based on the KanColle anime design. Her expr...
Apr 01 // Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company unleashes Nendoroid fundoshi

It's that time of year again, time for the more gullible among us to become momentarily confused by ridiculous announcements! Good Smile Company's contribution this year is pretty awesome, and goes along with their recent pro...
Mar 26 // Tianxiao Ma

Kotobukiya's Ikazuchi won't torpedo your bank account

Kantai Collection's anime run ended yesterday, but don't expect a reprieve from ship girl figures anytime soon! Kotobukiya has put up their 1/8-scale figure of Ikazuchi for pre-order. Ikazuchi is part of the 6th Destroyer Div...
Mar 22 // Tianxiao Ma

Anime Japan 2015: Good Smile Company

Anime Japan 2015 wrapped up over the weekend, which means we can see some of the goodies that figure makers brought to the event. Good Smile Company put some upcoming Nendoroids and scale figures on display. The big one for m...
Mar 17 // Tianxiao Ma

See what happens when Lego meets fine art photography

Toy photography is totally my scene. Sometimes, people take it to another level and I just can't help but to get excited. There are quite a few folks whose work with Nendoroids and scale figures crosses the line into art. But...
Mar 17 // Tianxiao Ma

Lechery unveils their prototype of a big bad wolf

Lechery's a manufacturer that puts out a lot of original character designs - some are ero, some are less so. Recently they've been making figures based on fairy tale characters, which is where this Ookami-san design comes in....

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