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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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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 27

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'...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 23

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jul 22

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 23

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. ...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 22

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 19

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 16

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 12

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 12

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 12

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 12

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 09

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 ...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Jun 06

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 31

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 27

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 22

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 21

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . May 20

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 30

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 30

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 30

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....   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 29

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...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 29

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 ...   0

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Tianxiao Ma . Apr 29

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...   0




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