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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 14

Samus Aran sheds her suit for her newest figma

The ever-popular Samus Aran has already gotten the figma treatment, but this time around she'll be shedding that bulky suit. This is the Metroid: Other M version of Samus. I haven't played the game but it seems like we're tra...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 03

Morrigan changes occupations in this new Capcom figure

Dark Stalkers' Morrigan Aensland has seen a few releases over the years, but I don't remember many wardrobe changes. I think since her main appeal is her sexiness, and her outfit already emphasizes that, there never was a nee...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 27

Link joins the Wonderful Hobby Selection

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Selection line is getting a new addition from Max Factory! This time it'll be The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's Link making the transition from artwork to PVC figure. Compared to some o...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 05

Tomopop Review: Velvet with Cornelius by Alter

If you're a fan of side scrolling beat-em-ups, you owe it to yourself to try out Odin Sphere. While I enjoyed the gameplay, the thing that elevates Odin Sphere far past the typical rabble of its genre is its artistry. It's kn...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 04

Tomopop Review: Parfom Labrys by Phat Company

Persona 4 may very well be my favorite video game of all time. Given the number of spin-offs it has received, it seems a fair amount of people out there love it too. When I first heard about Persona 4 Arena, I thought it was ...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 24

C2E2 2016: CreatuReplica

If Fox Mulder collected action figures, I think he'd love the CreatuReplica collection. CreatuReplica is a new (as in, just months old) outfit featuring toy designs by Jean St. Jean - a sculptor who also works with Diamond Se...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 23

C2E2 2016: Metalsouls

Some toys were meant to be made of metal: Iron Man, Transformers, toy cars, etc. And then you have madmen like the folks at Metalsouls, who just make everything out of metal. Despite largely working with recycled scrap metal,...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 23

C2E2 2016: Beefy & Co.

It felt like there was a lot less plush at this year's C2E2 than in previous years. The most notable booth I found was Beefy & Co. with a colorful display of somewhat sleepy looking plush animals. Two plushies were new fo...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 22

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 2

Diamond Select Toys has tapped some notable live action properties in the past, and they're continuing to pick up momentum in this area for 2016. The Alien and Predator franchises will see Vinimates coming out. They're figure...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 22

C2E2 2016: Diamond Select Toys part 1

Although Diamond Select Toys has roots in comic-related collectibles, their booth gets more and more diverse every year. We'll start off our coverage with the usual comic properties you'd expect, although even here there were...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 22

C2E2 2016: Chibi Essence

One of my favorite things about cons is finding stuff that's off the beaten path of my fandom, and that's where Chibi Essence comes in. I'm not very engaged in the indie/designer toy scene, but every once in a while I'll stum...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 19

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 2

Star Wars mash-ups aren't the only thing Tamashii Nations brought to the table; they had plenty of anime figures from their various Figuarts lines as well. Dragon Ball Z continues to have a large presence, featuring prom...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 19

C2E2 2016: Bluefin Distribution part 1

Sometimes you just want to see a smorgasbord of figures from all over the place. That's when you head to Bluefin Distribution. Sentinel, which is usually geared toward anime figures, has picked up the Iron Man license. And ma...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 19

C2E2 2016: Enterbay

Enterbay is known for their realistic 1/6-scale figures, often featuring movie and sports stars. Their booth at C2E2 was mostly NBA-oriented this year. The presentation, I felt, was really cool and well-executed. If you're no...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Mar 19

C2E2 2016: Weta Workshop

I kicked off day one of the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo with a whirlwind tour of the exhibitor hall about an hour before closing. Weta Workshop had a large display near the entrance, showing off their requisite Lord...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 11

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Union Creative

Union Creative is a producer partnered with several toy makers, such as Sentinel and Kaiyodo. That means they usually bring a ton of figures to WonFes, so yay for us! While most manufacturers' figures have a decided bias towa...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 09

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 2 - Nendoroids

If there's one thing I want to know about this industry, it's how Good Smile Company picks the licenses to make Nendoroids for. At this point their Nendoroid production line must be a well-oiled machine, possibly on its way t...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 09

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Good Smile Company part 1

Good Smile Company's Wonderful Hobby Life For You display is like the all-you-can-eat buffet of Wonder Festival. By my quick internet research I estimate they have infinity figures. And I feel like half of that infinite numbe...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 09

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: X-Plus

X-Plus hit WonFes with some big name properties. Right off the bat you have their Godzilla figures, sure to please you kaiju fans out there. If classic anime is more to your taste, they also showed a selection of Dragon Ball ...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 08

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Embrace Japan/Milestone

Man, Embrace Japan has really put out some lovely designs as of late. They're looking to continue that roll with the Diabolus Angelite figure shown at WonFes. Fun fact: this line of original designs has been titled Black Arts...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 08

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Alphamax

Alphamax is usually all about girls with clothes falling off their bodies. Well they took it to a literal extent this WonFes with some of the figures from their SkyTube label. I won't focus on the NSFW stuff but Amiami a...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 08

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Arcadia

Arcadia's showing at Wonder Festival featured a whole lot of Katanagatari. If you've waited this long for Katanagatari figures, hopefully you like what you see. These look like 3D printed prototypes, with the grainy finish an...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 08

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aquamarine

I don't have much experience with Aquamarine, but the photos from their booth caught my attention. If you're a gamer - particularly if you're into Japanese games - you might recognize the gals in the header image. I picked th...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Feb 08

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Aoshima

It looks like more Kantai Collection stuff is coming from Aoshima, who showed off a few prototypes at Wonder Festival. The biggest crowd pleasers will probably be Shoukaku and her tsundere sister ship Zuikaku. Although it's t...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jan 20

Kotobukiya's gorgeous new Dark Dragoon should melt your rage away

Kotobukiya has only made a handful of Rage of Bahamut figures. You can kind of understand why, because they're all elaborate and super gorgeous. The one that first caught my attention was Dark Angel Olivia, which feature...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Dec 19

Hot Toys shows us the dawn of civil war at Toy Soul 2015

Toy Soul 2015 is happening in Hong Kong, and with some new superhero films on the horizon, Hot Toys is going to work. The company made its name on lifelike 1/6-scale figures drawing from movie and video game properties, and t...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Dec 16

Nendoroid and figma Snow Miku 2016 designs revealed

The winning design for the next Snow Miku was shown off this spring. Now we can see how it has translated to actual products! Nendoroid and figma Snow Miku shots have surfaced ahead of 2016's Sapporo Snow Festival. These desi...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Dec 07

Tomopop Exclusive: This Sasuke figure ninja'd himself into the next Omakase box

January 2016 will be good times for Naruto fans! The folks behind the Omakase subscription service have given us an opportunity to reveal the next item in the upcoming box: a limited edition Sasuke Uchiha figure by Toynami! Read on to learn more about Omakase and what's coming in the Naruto Shippuden-themed box!   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Oct 17

Check out figma Kat from Gravity Rush, and see how to do a collector's edition correctly

What do you expect from a typical video game collector's edition nowadays? Some free DLC? A season pass? Stickers? How about a figma? That's what's bundled with the Gravity Rush (Gravity Daze) collector's edition in Japan. Th...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Oct 17

Panpakapan! Check out Max Factory's Atago prototype

At the 55th All Japan Model Hobby Show, Max Factory put their next KanColle ship girl on display: the heavy cruiser Atago! This 1/8-scale figure is stunning, capturing Atago's lighthearted personality and beauty. I love the w...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Sep 26

Max Factory's Sorceress is just magical

Good news for Dragon's Crown fans! If you've been wanting a tasteful, utterly gorgeous Sorceress figure, then the wait is over! Max Factory may be a bit late to the party, but they certainly do make an impression when they ar...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 28

Eat up this Nendoroid Kirby gallery

Here's a pointless question for you: what makes this Kirby figure a Nendoroid (aside from obvious branding considerations)? Would a figma Kirby or, heck, a Hot Toys Kirby look any different? These are the kinds of things I as...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 27

Up your Umaru count with these blind-boxed trading figures

If you want to spruce up your dwelling in a totally adorable way with Himouto! Umaru-chan merchandise, now's your chance! Good Smile Company will be releasing a set of eight trading figures in January 2016 featuring four vari...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 27

Welcome Parfom Labrys to the arena

You know what's awesome? The Persona series. Underneath the whackiness of talking teddy bears and robot warrior maidens lie some wonderful, memorable characters. Labrys here made her debut in Persona 4 Arena, being an older g...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 27

Max Factory's Hestia is looking pretty bouncy

I'm sure DanMachi's Hestia is a character in her own right, but the general anime-aware public might know her more for her peculiar fashion sense. Indeed Max Factory's 1/7-scale PVC rendition goes all in on the boob string. I...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 27

Nendoroid Sanya is ready for the night sky

Strike Witches fans can finally get their hands on a Nendoroid version of the nocturnal witch Sanya V. Litvyak! With Strike Witches 2 having aired a pretty long time ago and the Operation Victory Arrow OVAs already wrapped up...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Aug 17

Nendoroid Ooyodo piles on the naval accessories

[ Update: Pre-order info added ] Relaying orders to the fleet, handling communications, giving mission briefings, and occasionally getting glomped by Kongou - these are all part of Ooyodo's everyday life. Doesn't that make he...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 29

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Alphamax/Skytube

Alphamax (especially with their Skytube brand) tends to be on the racier side of figure manufacturers. They also seem to really like Tony Taka, which can make identifying these figures a chore... Anyway, they brought some rea...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 29

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 28

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 ...   0




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