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Brian Szabelski is Tomopop's Editor-in-Chief, stuck with an ever-growing collection of figures and toys. When he's not posting on Tomopop, he can usually be found working on any number of projects (some of which will be revealed in good time) or hunting down older figures he doesn't own but wants.

Born and raised in Detroit, he currently lives in northwest Ohio. He enjoys a number of things, including taiko drum playing, food, friends, watching movies, food, writing fiction and playing Team Fortress 2. He also longs for the day a Tomopup figure is available ... among two dozen others he'd like.

You can currently follow him on Twitter at @brianszabelski.
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WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock

If I told you that Pop Culture Shock's painted RoboCop statue was the first thing that caught my eye from WonderCon, would you be surprised? Or better yet, can you blame me? From the metallic finish to the tiniest details on ...   more

WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo


WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo
WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo
WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo
WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo
WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo
WonderCon 2014: Pop Culture Shock photo



WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly

WonderCon's smaller vendors included the always fun plushes of House of Darkly. The WonderKale was an event exclusive (WonderKale at WonderCon, get it?), and while it's not werewolf candy corn, the little cape and goofy smile...   more

WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo


WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo
WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo
WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo
WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo
WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo
WonderCon 2014: House of Darkly photo



Kodykoala's new Princess Peach custom comes in like a wrecking ball

It had to happen sometime. Someone was going to make a custom based off the Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" video, so we should be thankful it's Kodykoala. In Miley's place, he's substituted Princess Peach, having her sit atop a ...   more

Kodykoala's new Princess Peach custom comes in like a wrecking ball photo

ESC's LVL-8 Dunny returns in a camo colorway

ESC-Toy's new secret release has dropped in their shop, and it's a jungle camo version of the LVL-8 Dunny. Certainly inspired by the Moogles of the Final Fantasy series, the 8-inch resin piece comes with two accessories: a ti...   more

ESC's LVL-8 Dunny returns in a camo colorway photo

Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon

Kuso Vinyl will once again be at WonderCon Anaheim, and for this year's event, their exclusives come in a trio of choices. First, there's two Luckittypons for the event: the Inazuma version that looks like Pikachu, and the Ti...   more

Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo


Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo
Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo
Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo
Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo
Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo
Kuso Vinyl has a trio of new releases for WonderCon photo



Blast off with Serget Safonov's Cosmonaut Godot

April 12 is Cosmonautics Day in Sergey Safonov's native Russia, celebrating the 1961 flight of Yuri Gagarin, and Sergey is marking the holiday with a new Godot variant. The Cosmonaut Godot features the big bird in a space hel...   more

Blast off with Serget Safonov's Cosmonaut Godot photo

ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online

ToyCon UK is all over, and many of the exhibitors and artists have started putting their remaining exclusives from the show online. For example, Kerry Dyer's remaining Mole XLs and Molehills are up on her shop for £25 a...   more

ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo


ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo
ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo
ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo
ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo
ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo
ToyCon UK exclusives begin appearing online photo



Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21

Pop Culture Shock's newest 1/4-scale Mortal Kombat 9 figure is the razor-toothed (and razor-armed) Baraka, and boy, does he look awesome. I'm not a big Baraka fan at all but the sculpt, especially that sinister toothy grin, l...   more

Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo


Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo
Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo
Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo
Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo
Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo
Pre-orders for Pop Culture Shock's Baraka open April 21 photo



Custom Delights: JFury's Ninja Pitbull

JFury has a new custom Dunny in his shop, a furious little ninja pitbull. He hasn't done any real sculptwork on the figure, instead wrapping the design around the Dunny's surface, but he still does resemble a little pitbull. You might not be able to tell from the karate gi and polesword that he's wielding, though! You can pick it up from JFury's shop for US$80.   more

Custom Delights: JFury's Ninja Pitbull photo

New book takes a look at the indie toy scene

I love a good read here and there, and it looks like I have a new book to check out in Louis Bou's We Are Indie Toys! The book is a look at the indie scene, specifically resin figures made by independent artists and studios. ...   more

New book takes a look at the indie toy scene photo

The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK

The Disarticulators are no strangers to big toy events, and no strangers to bringing a ton of stuff with them to said events. For ToyCon UK, things aren't any different: Tru:Tek and company have a ton of new stuff to show off...   more

The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo


The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo
The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo
The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo
The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo
The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo
The Disarticulators' keshi army rolls into ToyCon UK photo



Vinyl Thoughts heading up to New York

The Vinyl Thoughts crew have made Dallas the home for their shows the past three years, but they're about to take over New York! Okay ... maybe just Brooklyn, but Unmasked: Secret Identities and Hidden Desires will be coming ...   more

Vinyl Thoughts heading up to New York photo