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    Though we usually don't stray into tees, prints, and accessories territory too often here at Castle Tomopop, I felt the need to share something adorawesome today.

    Selina Briggs of The Jelly Empire, who we frequently feature for her Jellybot resin toys, has just posted some Pokémon-themed prints of her Jellybots (dubbed Pokebots) to her online store. They are as absolutely adorable as they sound like. According to a blog post, Selina plans to add more designs to this collection, which can be purchased as a set, or in pieces if you just want specific monsters in your home gallery.

    Check out the images in our gallery below, and bounce over to her store to catch any or all of these prints for yourself. Each one is 5.5 x 5.5 inches and either US$5 each or $15 for all four in this set (not a typo).

    The Jelly Empire debuts a bot and Pokemon mashup screenshot


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    Hot Toys and Bloggers are proud to present us with some new photos of the Hot Toys Bruce Banner sixth scale figure final product. Bruce Banner has been long-awaited by collectors of The Avengers line of 12 inch figures by Hot Toys. The figure is based on the image of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in The Avengers, it […]

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    Hot Toys Bruce Banner Sixth Scale Figure Final Product

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    Hot Toys and Bloggers are proud to present us with some new photos of the Hot Toys Bruce Banner sixth scale figure final product. Bruce Banner has been long-awaited by collectors of The Avengers line...

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    Transformers Universe MOBA Game Front-Line and Conduit Characters Revealed. Former vigilante, Front-Line was always first to gate-crash and last to exit the most depraved crime scenes. Killer and healer in equal measure, crash into Conduit and you'll quickly get wise to the hand you're being dealt. Watch the clips below showing off these new characters along with short write-ups about their abilities.

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    Sixth-Scale figures have pretty much taken over my personal collection. The level of quality in this genre of action figures has made it difficult to determine if you're looking at a photo of a toy or an actual person. We've seen a ton of sixth-scale figures this past year, so choosing only five was a […]

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    Step2 Company, in continued support for the efforts of the Saving tiny Hearts Society (StHS), which is committed to funding research on congenital heart defects (CHD), is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Tropical Island Resort water table. This year in the U.S. alone, 40,000 babies will be born with [...]

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    Toys and Technology are perfect partners. Children will always be fascinated by technology: they love anything which brings a new dimension to play. Their enquiring minds are hungry to learn, and they love to be entertained. When there is a successful marriage of toys and technology, it can achieve all these things.

    The fascination with technology starts at an early age: children love to imitate their parents, so products which allow them to role plat and copy their mother, father or older sibling gives them the perfect opportunity to start to make sense of the world around them. The integration of technology into educational items has proved to be a particularly successful move for a number of toy companies: the best products make learning such fun that it often means children are learning without being aware of it. It has also allowed some toys to become more accessible to children with learning difficulties and special needs.


    Children are fast learners when it comes to new technology. It has become second nature to this new generation: they are exposed to technology from a very early age, and they are confident and comfortable with it. They continue to be mesmerized by technology throughout their childhood, and some would say that this enthusiasm never stops; show me an adult who isn't attached to their phone or tablet, or who doesn't love to own the latest gadgets. By the time they reach school, children are just imitating their parents; they are learning valuable life skills, as technology plays such an integral role in everyone's day-to-day life.


    From a toy industry perspective, it is important to give children products which they will want to play with. Integrating the latest technological developments into toys is a way of delivering the experience children are looking for, and ensuring that they continue to stay within the toy market for a little longer. It allows toy companies to offer the best possible play value, and keeps their products contemporary and relevant. Every year, tech toys have a strong presence in the top selling toy charts across the globe. Whether it be a children's computer or tablet, an interactive robot or animal, or toys that literally come to life as a part of a computer game, there is huge global demand for these products which shows no sign of slowing down. As for the future, there are truly no limits to where this sector can go. As new technological developments are introduces, it is inevitable that in time they will be integrated into toy ranges. By using the latest, cutting edge technology, toys are keeping pace with the real world, and delivering the best possible consumer experience - which is vital if the industry is to remain vibrant and profitable.


    Of course, there is another side to Tech Toys debate: some people are concerned that spending too much time with TechToys will have an adverse impact on the development of some children. There is also a concern that as sales of TechToys rise, sales of traditional toys may decline. Whilst it is true that parents have to be careful to limit screen time for younger children, I believe it all comes down to a question of balance. There is no reason that a child cannot enjoy both - traditional and TechToys: toys from each category offer different opportunities for learning, discovery and fun. In my opinion, it is not a question of whether a parent should choose either traditional or TechToys: a child's toy box can encompass products from both camps, so they get the best of both worlds.

    John Baulch

    John Baulch, has over 30 years experience of working in the UK toy trade press, dating back to 1980, when he first joined Toy Trader magazine.

    In January 1983 he moved to Toys 'n' Playthings, where he stayed until June 2011, when he left to launch his own toy trade magazine - Toy World.

    In less than two years, Toy World has established itself as the leading UK toy magazine, renowned for having its finger on the pulse of the vibrant, fast-moving toy industry.

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  • 03/13/14--09:15: Wearing of the Green
  • Three of the photos I created for FDQ over the past few years.

     Kermit figurine with Galadriel dressed in Ghost of Christmas Past. All by Tonner.

    Sybarite Lawn. Horsman sunglasses. Sandra Stillwell deck chair.

    Integrity Toys Aerodynamic Vanessa. Gown by Ovaz.

    Shouldn't that say shamrocks?

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    The year 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the greatest crime fighter in comic book history. So, to celebrate, I created these special "75 Years of the Bat-Man" Desktop Wallpapers just for YOU, enjoy!

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    Following suit right behind the Figma Avengers Thor action figure, the Good Smile Company has put up the pre-order for their next release, the Figma Avengers Iron Man Mark 7 figure. Now we were able to get a brief look at the Figma Mark 7 when Thor went up for pre-order, but that image clearly […]

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    Suit Up, the Figma Avengers Iron Man Mark 7 is Ready for Pre-Orders

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    Following suit right behind the Figma Avengers Thor action figure, the Good Smile Company has put up the pre-order for their next release, the Figma Avengers Iron Man Mark 7 figure. Now we were able...

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    In a few months the FUNKO Toy Company will be releasing a brand-new series of toy figures called "Vinyl Squared" which will feature characters from the DC Universe. Something that's kinda cool is that most of the 1st wave of figures will be Batman-related.  Look for these around June, 2014.

    There will be 2 versions of the Dark Knight (Classic Blue and Modern), Robin, The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Deathstroke. Also, check out the very last photo for a picture from their toy catalog showing a few other characters like Aquaman, Superman, etc...

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    Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

    GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), GOTHAM follows one cop's rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.

    Growing up in Gotham City's surrounding suburbs, JAMES GORDON (Ben McKenzie, “Southland,” “The O.C.”) romanticized the city as a glamorous and exciting metropolis where his late father once served as a successful district attorney. Now, two weeks into his new job as a Gotham City detective and engaged to his beloved fiancée, BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards, “Open Grave,” “Breaking In”), Gordon is living his dream – even as he hopes to restore the city back to the pure version he remembers it was as a kid.

    Brave, honest and ready to prove himself, the newly-minted detective is partnered with the brash, but shrewd police legend HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue, “Sons of Anarchy,” “Terriers,” “Vikings,” “Copper”), as the two stumble upon the city's highest-profile case ever: the murder of local billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. At the scene of the crime, Gordon meets the sole survivor: the Waynes' hauntingly intense 12-year-old son, BRUCE (David Mazouz, “Touch”), toward whom the young detective feels an inexplicable kinship. Moved by the boy's profound loss, Gordon vows to catch the killer.

    As he navigates the often-underhanded politics of Gotham's criminal justice system, Gordon will confront imposing gang boss FISH MOONEY (Jada Pinkett Smith, “The Matrix” films, “HawthoRNe,” “Collateral”), and many of the characters who will become some of fiction's most renowned, enduring villains, including a teenaged SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (acting newcomer Camren Bicondova) and OSWALD COBBLEPOT/THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor, “The Walking Dead,” “Another Earth”).

    Although the crime drama will follow Gordon's turbulent and singular rise through the Gotham City police department, led by Police Captain SARAH ESSEN (Zabryna Guevara, “Burn Notice”), it also will focus on the unlikely friendship Gordon forms with the young heir to the Wayne fortune, who is being raised by his unflappable butler, ALFRED (Sean Pertwee, “Camelot,” “Elementary”). It is a friendship that will last them all of their lives, playing a crucial role in helping the young boy eventually become the crusader he's destined to be.

    GOTHAM is based upon characters published by DC Comics and is produced by Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist”) wrote the pilot, which will be directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the “CSI” series, “Nikita”).

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    I still love myplasticheart and Lou Pimentel's Junior, and their newest colorway sure touches on my geeky side. Behold the Dark Night version of Junior ... and yes, it's a play on Batman's nickname of The Dark Knight. Even the colorway has that gray-tone skin color like Batman's suit, and the black wings match the color of his cowl and cape (at least in some of the variations of his outfit). I'm only disappointed that our little demon friend isn't wearing a little utility belt all his own ...

    The Dark Night Junior arrives on Wednesday, March 19, for US$34.99 at MPH. I will, for sure, be getting one!

    MPH's newest Junior is perfect for a Dark Night screenshot


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    Reminder: There's still time to enter our Tomopop Micropixel contest. The deadline is March 17.

    Hello Tomopop readers!

    Here we are in a brand new month, so I think it’s about time we roll out a brand new photo contest! March is the start of Women’s History Month, today also just happens to be Girl’s Day in Japan. So the theme for this photo contest will be Girl Power.

    Get out your female figures and take a photo that really makes them shine. Show them strong, fierce, and beautiful. Of course, creativity is always encouraged.

    Don’t feel like you have to be limited to making your figure look a certain way. As long as your photo shows your female figure in a positive way it’s alright. To enter, comment on this post with your photo or a link to your photo.

    Just make sure we’re able to see your entry! The winner will receive Kaiyodo’s Sci-Fi Revoltech Sulley & Mike. You’ll have until March 17 to enter, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan.  

    Tomopop Micropixel: Girl power! screenshot


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    The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is encouraging members to develop contingency plans for shipments scheduled to arrive through ports on the West Coast. Upcoming labor negotiations between dockworkers and maritime employers could become contentious, resulting in a possible port shutdown or strike throughout the coast that would have a negative impact on the toy industry during [...]

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    Takara designer Hisashi Yuki has tweeted two photos of this month's upcoming Japanese-release Generations figures Armada Starscream and the Mini-Con Assault Team. While the Mini-Cons aren't especially different from their Hasbro-market counterparts besides having metallic paint deco, Armada Starscream is a very different story using a great deal of paint and plastic color changes to get an appearance as close to the original toy and media as possible. Check out both photos below!

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    I remember picking up an issue of Giant Robot Magazine while I was a freshman in college. I immediately thought, “Wow, these are my people!” Not simply because the magazine featured Asian Americans (even though that was a big part of it). I loved GR Magazine because they covered the type of pop culture that […]

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    Yesterday, to the delight of pony collectors across the interwebs, WeLoveFine revealed Future Twilight, their latest My Little Pony vinyl figure. Unlike the company's previous releases, with each character having multiple colorways, Future Twilight will not have variant releases. She also appears to be more stylized than DJ Pon-3 and Derpy Hooves (err, I mean "Bubble Muffin"), with her battle-worn jumpsuit and the base's spiraled energy effects. The torn Equestrian flag is a cool touch as well.

    Future Twilight is limited to 2400 pieces in the first edition (there will be a second edition, as well). The first print is expected to ship late June 2014, with the second following it in late October 2014. She is available to pre-order now for US$25.

    The future is ponies with WeLoveFine's Future Twilight screenshot


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