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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....
Mar 10 // Tianxiao Ma

KanColle's Shigure sets sail

Although I'm enjoying the KanColle anime, I haven't been too excited about the figures coming out. Well, count this as one more day where I won't get the Kongou figure I've been wanting. Sure, Max Factory made one, but that K...
Mar 10 // Tianxiao Ma

Get ready to go a few rounds with Bishoujo Sakura

If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
Feb 27 // Tianxiao Ma

Fressia will be Kotobukiya's next Tony heroine

I'm always happy to see nice original character designs, though it's arguable how original this Freesia design is. She's the third in a similar series of designs for Kotobukiya's Tony Heroines Collection after Daisy and Annab...
Feb 27 // Tianxiao Ma

Alter's Shinobu only gets cuter with gluttony

The Monogatari series went from quirky Shaft show to a powerhouse franchise, and Alter's cashing in with a Shinobu figure! I love Shinobu not just for her moe attributes, but also because she's secretly a badass. However the ...
Feb 25 // Tianxiao Ma

Embrace Japan's newest demon is up for pre-order

I've been super pumped for this pre-order, and the time has finally come! This is the second iteration of Embrace Japan's Diabolus Inclinatus, an original character design by Sousi Hirose. Unlike the first figure, this "Desde...
Feb 25 // Tianxiao Ma

Vertex's Yukari is ready to join your Dark Hour shenanigans

I don't know what it is about Yukari, but I really like her as a character. I was delighted to see that Vertex will be making a figure to go along with the Persona 3 movies coming out in theaters. The Spring of Birth was...
Feb 20 // Tianxiao Ma

Sideshow features the brutish Igor in their video showcase

Iron Man 3 had a veritable smorgasbord of armors, which of course means plenty of fodder for Hot Toys' 1/6-scale line of Iron Man figures. Sideshow has recently uploaded a video of the Mark XXXVIII (38 to you non-Romans) arm...
Feb 19 // Tianxiao Ma

Max Factory's Aoi Sakurai derails my heart

I've been feeling rather uninspired by 2015's pre-order outlook so far. It looks like Max Factory will come to my rescue with Rail Wars' Aoi Sakurai. Kahotan has a preview up of the 1/7-scale figure, and it's a cool design. T...
Feb 14 // Tianxiao Ma

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Alphamax

If you're into more developed women, Alphamax is a good manufacturer to look at. They mostly make borderline ecchi figures, although their SkyTube label has more explicit stuff. They had a handful of figures on display for Wo...
Feb 10 // Tianxiao Ma

[NSFW] Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Embrace Japan

I'm often taken by Embrace Japan's original character designs. The build quality of their figures, though, tends to be pretty rough. But once again, they're showing off some great designs at WonFes and I'm itching to get my h...
Feb 10 // Tianxiao Ma

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's anime and video game ladies

Kotobukiya isn't only about their Shunya Yamashita-designed Bishoujo series figures, in case you've forgotten. They also make, well, bishoujo figures... in the traditional sense. Kristina was able to get a load of photos from...
Feb 08 // Tianxiao Ma

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Here are all of Good Smile Company's scale figures

It's WonFes time, which means Good Smile Company (and associates) will be out with all guns blazing. As usual they've put up their Wonderful Hobby Life For You site with a summary of all the stuff they're showing off. I'm alw...
Feb 05 // Tianxiao Ma

These Snow Miku previews should have everything you'd want to see

The upcoming Nendoroid Snow Miku (Snow Bell ver.) is a great design - one that works better as a Nendoroid than as a figma, I think. The proportions look just right as a Nendo, emphasizing her fancy head gear and cutting down...
Feb 05 // Tianxiao Ma

Vertex teases a figure for WonFes

Unlike Good Smile Company, Vertex does not give you a 3x3 grid of colored squares and ask you to divine the figure being teased. This one's clearly Yukari Takeba from Persona 3. I'd recognize that pink cardigan and bow a...
Jan 24 // Tianxiao Ma

Hide your titans, RAH Hange Zoe is on the loose!

As dark as Attack on Titan can be at times, it does have its fair share of zany moments. Some of my favorite ones come from Hange Zoe, the overzealous Titan enthusiast. She's one of the few characters who don't fear Titans - ...
Jan 15 // Tianxiao Ma

Good Smile Company's getting a head start on summer with Nendoroid swimsuits

Good Smile Company has been kicking around the idea of Nendoroid More swimsuit bodies for a while now, but just recently they've announced something for Wonder Festival. They're making two basic bodies and styles with some co...






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