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    Reserve or Regret? Week of April 15 to 21, 2012 screenshot

    Last week was an excellent week for pre-orders with lots of big name stuff for you to put some pending cash on. Some of your choices included Kotobukiya's DC Comics Bishoujo Harley Quinn, PLUM's Alisa from GOD EATER BURST, YAMATO's take on Aegis from Persona 3 FES sporting a maid outfit, and Kotobukiy's lanky Menma from AnoHana in a swimsuit.

    It wasn't all about ladies, though. Square Enix has their Play Arts Kai figures from Mass Effect 3, Max Factory goes bad with figma Tekkaman Evil from Tekkaman Blade, Gurren Lagann pierces the heavens again thanks to Kaiyodo and their Revoltech line, and X-PLUS has a large and highly detailed Mechagodzilla that is going to cost you a pretty penny.

    There were also a few other things that weren't covered in Reserve or Regret such as Orchid Seed releasing Yui from Motto ToLOVE-ru in a school uniform. This, of course, is a cast off figure throwing surprisingly not in the nude. But if you want something really bad, Okayama Figure Engineering goes the major NSFW route with their Chairperson Misato from Kaichou no Inari. If money is tight, there's always the assortment of prize figures you can order.

    Plenty to see, plenty to spend you money on. Hit the jump as well as the other days for last week to see what you can be asking yourself what to reserve now or regret later.

    [April 16 | April 17 | April 18 | April 19 | April 20 ]

    Motto ToLOVE-ru
    1/7-scale Yui Kotegawa
    by Orchid Seed
    ¥8,286, Available October, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List]


    Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
    Manami Tamura
    by Sega Prize
    ¥1,550, Available July, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan]


    Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
    Ruri Gokou (Kuroneko)
    by Sega Prize
    ¥1,550, Available July, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan]


    Yatterman
    Doronjo
    by Sega Prize
    ¥1,550, Available July, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan]


    YuruYuri
    Akari Akaza
    by Sega Prize
    ¥1,550, Available July, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan]


    YuruYuri
    Chinatsu Yoshikawa
    by Sega Prize
    ¥1,550, Available July, 2012

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan]


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    Vornado Realty Trust announced today that it has recognized its 32.7% share of Toys “R” Us fourth quarter financial results in its first quarter ended March 31, 2012. Vo

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    This redo of the Avengers trailer starring Marvel Legends figures is making the rounds today, so I thought I’d share it here. The figure choices are obviously a bit dated – as if the filmmaker or one of his friends had picked up some of the really early Marvel Legends, stopped collecting, then dusted them off [...]

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    Now NBA old school t-shirts 8-bit style ready for the playoffs … And NFL Draft – Thursday – now PRIME TIME! Sign up or sign in HERE. Tweet This Post

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    A Little Bit On The Judgement Day Side: Mega Man knows the reason why you cry in this illustration by Christopher Hastings with colors by Anthony Clark.



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  • 04/23/12--07:33: Mini Mecha DIY
  • DMS has released the DIY/blank resin version of his 2.75" Mini Mecha figure. This is an unfinished cast (slight sanding/flash removal required) designed for toy customizers. The resin piece can be purchased for $10.00 shipped worldwide. DMS will be giving away prizes for the best customs. Simply send a photograph of your customized Mini Mecha [...]

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  • 04/23/12--07:58: Itagasa

  • Itagasa [痛傘[いたがさ]] is the word used to describe an umbrella plastered with cute 2D girlies - just like an Itasha. The reason I brought this up is because I'm thinking of making some - especially some of these clear see-through ones. My line of Itagasa would be decorated by our Mirai Suenaga - I would use it all the time!

    Back in the UK, despite being a rainy country, I never saw clear see-though brolleys but in Japan they are everywhere!
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    All photos snapped from the following sites.
    http://dodoriaredo.blog.ocn.ne.jp/blog/2011/02/post_bac3.html
    http://yuunonblog.seesaa.net/article/192183510.html
    http://newzine.net/newsrelease/11040/
    http://itagasa.web.fc2.com/gallery.html


    Here are the vinyl ones.













    And here are examples of the cloth ones - some of the cloth ones are foldable too.













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    Share your plush stories for the Grumpy Bert art show screenshot

    As toy collectors and as people who were (hopefully) once children, plush toys can make a big impact on our lives. Now, Grumpy Bert, a shop and gallery in Brooklyn, NY, is looking to collect those stories for a show. Maybe it's raggedy old cat plush you have had for years that cheers you on every day. Or perhaps it was a plush dragon your parents gave you before you went away to college. What ever your story is, Grumpy Bert wants to hear it (provided it's 250 words or less and is accompanied by a print quality photo of the plush). 

    All the submission information is Grumpy Bert's blog post. The deadline for submission is May 31st. I will be submitting a story about a Final Fantasy X Cait Sith plush who has accompanied me on several long hospital visits. Anyone else planing on sharing a tale for the show?

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  • 04/23/12--08:00: Figure It Out #12
  • Congrats to last week’s winner, Zach S, who was the only person to correctly identify the figure as Sweet Tooth from the videogame Twisted Metal, made by DC Unlimited. The other two guesses were for Humungus from the old Mad Max line by N2 Toys, which, to be fair, were pretty good guesses. Guesses for this week are due [...]

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    click the image below to view the entire gallerylt;img src=quot;http://tformers.net/g/generated/17518/Kabaya%20Transformers%20Kabaya%20Series%205%20(1)__scaled_600.jpgquot; /gt; Thanks to the Transformers Galaxy who have posted a healty sized image gallery showcasing the Kabaya Transformers Kabaya Series 5 candy toy action figures. The images of the Dezaraus, Hot Spot and Generations Optimus Prime show toys are amazingly detailed and functional for there size. Check out the images after the jump to shar

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    Moving substantial materials from a place to a new one has become a question of worry for person, as often these matters were overweight to end up being transferred from a place to an alternative. Fork elevate trucks are one of several easiest way to transfer merchandise where manually operated participation will be impossible and [...]

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    Buy Now Fisher Price Thomas the Train Take-N-Play Flexi-Track Bendable Track's price decreased by 69% from $15.99 to $4.95 at Buy.com.Expansion packs let you expand your Take-n-Play Railway by adding tracks bridges and other accessories to any layout. Add to the adventure. The Flexi-Track comes with track that will be over 20 inches and it [...]

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    A tutoring business visit interesting together with rewarding in a great many ways. But whiling apart your some time at house by slouching within your sofa as well as leafing by some documents is just not doing you decent. However, when it comes to most matters, the less costly the system, the less you will [...]

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    Yesterday (April 22nd) kicked off the very first National Princess Week by Disney,who have teamed up with Target and one of my favorite actresses ever, Julie Andrews. You can read all about this special week on our feature here. Julie Andrews has offered up ‘15 Tips to Be a Modern Day Princess‘ via A BullseyeRead More

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    Buy Now Fisher Price Thomas the Train Take-N-Play Flexi-Track Bendable Track's price decreased by 69% from $15.99 to $4.95 at Buy.com.Expansion packs let you expand your Take-n-Play Railway by adding tracks bridges and other accessories to any layout. Add to the adventure. The Flexi-Track comes with track that will be over 20 inches and it [...]

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    Buy Now Panda Painting By Numbers Set by Reeves 9 in X 12 in - ColArt - PPNJ68's price decreased by 69% from $8.47 to $2.66 at Buy.com.DESCRIPTIONS: Painting by numbers is a great activity for all ages including beginners. With an amazing selection there is definitely something for every artist. Each set contains 1 [...]

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    Buy Now Scooby Doo! Where Are You! Foil Balloon 18"'s price decreased by 69% from $9.74 to $2.98 at Amazon.com.Packaged. Clear Film With Metallic Ink. ... click (more...) link for details ...Sale Price: $2.98, Vendor: Amazon.com Full Details Packaged. Clear Film With Metallic Ink. Sale Price: $2.98, Vendor: Amazon.com and/or Amazon.com Merchants

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    Buy Now Marvel's Spider-Man Inflatable Surf Rider's price decreased by 69% from $3.20 to $1.00 at Amazon.com.Marvel's Spider-Man Inflatable Surf Rider includes a vinyl plastic repair kit. ... click (more...) link for details ...Sale Price: $1.00, Vendor: Amazon.com Full Details Marvel's Spider-Man Inflatable Surf Rider includes a vinyl plastic repair kit. Sale Price: $1.00, Vendor: [...]

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    Our family is all in serious need of some new bikes. I’m borrowing my mom’s bike, which me and my 14 year old daughter are sharing. My two sons don’t even have bikes at the moment because they both outgrew theirs. They are more into their longboards and scooters at the moment, but I feelRead More

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    Tomopop Review: Yamato's Ritual screenshot

    On Saturday, we brought you the NSFW stylings of Yamato's Fantasy Figure Gallery Luna. Today, we've got a second review from the Fantasy Figure Gallery series, featuring Luis Royo's Ritual. Those of you who have a keen history of Tomopop reviews will probably remember we've reviewed two other Luis Royo figures in this line — Black Tinkerbell and Touch of Ice — and enjoyed both of them, but the more recent Luna struggled with a few issues.

    Does the bigger Ritual figure suffer from the same faults as Luna, or is she more in line with the Yamato I've come to know and love? The answer is the latter, and if you follow me after the jump, I'll explain a bit why.

    Figure Name: Fantasy Figure Gallery: Ritual (PVC figure)
    Figure Maker: Yamato
    Retail Price: US$119.99
    Available at: Yamato USA | Sideshow Collectibles | Big Bad Toy Store

    So to start with, let's take a look at her box. Like Luna, we have a front that shows off the figure in a big window with info about the illustrator (Luis Royo), sculptor (Shin Tanabe) and painter (Yoshinori Yatake). One side features a photo of the figure and info about her, while the other side features the original illustration and her backstory. The back of the box also features the other releases in the Fantasy Figure Gallery series up to the release of Ritual.

    Though the illustration is called Ritual, the character's name is Yelena, so if you hear me refer to her by that name in the review, don't be confused.

    Out of the box, the first thing you notice about this figure is she is HUGE. At 13 inches tall, she is now one of the largest figures in my collection, and her sword adds another 6 inches of width. That did make doing the turn around shots a bit of a hassle (the sword kept poking my backdrop), so make sure if you pick Ritual up that you have quite a bit of space to display her.

    Like Luna, I find that this figure has a very natural look to her body shape, and her pose — staring straight ahead, sword drawn, hand on her hip — is less sexy and more impatiently waiting to fight whoever (or whatever) stands before her. She looks like a warrior, from the dragon tattoos adorning her body to the tattered clothing she wears that blows in the wind. As with Luna, there aren't seam lines on her body to deal with, giving her a very clean look.

    Perhaps a great deal of the credit here belongs to Luis Royo for his original source illustration, but make no mistake: Shin Tanabe and Yoshinori Yatake have done very well to make Ritual's Yelena feel like a real warrior in her pose and coloring choices for her outfit. Like Touch of Ice, she is a warrior who has some soft touches to her, and Yamato did a good job of being able to draw out both.

    The base is circular and quite tall. It also has a very nice stone pattern to it, painted in black, that adds a bit of definition to the piece. 

    Here, you can see the only peg holding in the figure to the base. Because of how her foot is flat against the base's top and her other foot offers some support, leaning doesn't feel like much of an issue. However, and you'll see this better in a second, her other foot is not as flush with the base, leaving a tiny gap.

    You can see a little bit of the gap on her left foot and the base if you look close, but thankfully, it's only a millimeter or two off the base.

    Even her toenails have been painted, once again a nice little bit of attention to detail from Yamato. Unlike Luna, there's a tiny bit of paint bleed on the silver bands of her ankle guards, but no mysterious spots or paint that's well outside the lines. I like the darker brown color that gives the feel of a seasoned leather, and the sculpting folds only add to that appearance. 

    Working up her legs, we reach her ... well, her butt. Here, we get to see some of the translucent PVC castoffable clothing she has on. It's well textured with lots of individual folds while it simulates silk fabric flowing in a breeze. Like with Luna, the choice to use translucent PVC simulates silk pretty well, albeit with a bit more shininess than real slik might have. But it is plastic, after all, and it looks good twisting in the wind like that.

    And here she is from the front:

    The translucent white PVC looks good again here, with the gold accents giving a bit of contrast. Again, the plastic looks a bit fragile in those long, folding, twisting fabric-like strands. I imagine it would break if you put pressure on it because they are thin pieces, but they feel sturdy enough that if you're not throwing Yelena around, nothing should be breaking on this figure.

    Now, as mentioned, she is castoffable, but you won't be seeing that in this review. Not because there isn't anything to show besides nipples ... but because of this:

    If you can't tell, that's the part where things are supposed to fasten together, and I spent two hours trying to fasten it back together properly to get back to this point, at which point I kind of gave up. It's not the first time I've had a problem with castoffable clothing on figures (see: the SFW Santa Yui and her Santa suit) and I'd politely ask all PVC makers: in the future, please do not do this unless you can get it to work right every time. It's not a Yamato problem exclusively, mind you, but it annoys me when I have it pop up.

    Zooming out from that little point of contention, we see her leather arm guard/bracers. Again, like on the legs, a bit of paint bleed in the silver areas, but that's about it. The folds of her leather and silk attire look very nice, and the hand pose seems very natural. Also, as a nice note, her bottom does castoff to show off her panties, which you can pretty much see through the translucent PVC anyways. The part that latches together rests under her hand, which can be hard to put back into place but with a little practice, it goes in without an issue. Also take note of how when the tattoo has a fade on the translucent part, which looks pretty cool.

    Like Luna, Yelena has a natural look about her, though for this figure, her appearance more closely resembles Luis Royo's original illustration. The biggest changes are that she has more color to her overall compared to the original drawing and her eyes and lips seem to be a bit darker silver color. However, she otherwise looks faithful to the drawing, with the same tattoos and facial jewelry, all of which have been cleanly applied or painted. In my photo, there is what appears to be a scratch on her cheek, but having looked over again, it appears to be something with how the light reflects off my Ritual figure and not an actual surface scratch. 

    The side of her head features more silver jewelry, as well as the rest of her silvery blond hair. Some of the detailing on the braid could be a little cleaner, and you can see a bit where the seam for her braids attach to the rest of her head. But there's some nice sculpting on her neck and collarbone that makes up for it, which you can also see in some of the other shots.

    More importantly, the rest of her big, flowing ponytail looks just fascinating. Not only does it catch the light well and create this shimmering silver glow, but the sculpting on the individual strands and the way it feels in motion like the other parts of Yelena are. Shin Tanabe has done a magnificent job throughout the figure, but perhaps the hair stands out as the best part of the sculpt.

    Her sword slides easily into her left hand, and while there's a nice bit of detailing on the blade with weathering, the true eye-catching part is that hilt. It's three dragons or serpents, weaving to create the actual hilt itself. The paint job gives it a weathered bronze look without seeming too much like it's cast from the same PVC mold as the rest of the sword.

    Here's a close-up of the crossguard (and if you didn't know that's what this part of the sword is called, you've learned something new today). The coiled dragons/serpents on the hilt end here with their heads forming the crossguard itself, and it looks awesome. There's not massive amounts of super-high detail here because this is such a small part on a mass-produced figure, but the detailing is enough to clearly make out the dragon/serpent heads. 

    Ritual is pretty much everything Luna was not. Despite a few small paint bleeds and the castoff clothing issue, there's little I have to complain about. She's an all-around gorgeous figure and very big one, to boot, with tons of detailing in her hair, her figure, her clothing, her sword and her face. Still, she's something I'd recommend mainly to fans of non-anime, fantasy based figures. Ritual doesn't come cheap, but she'll stand out in your collection for more reasons than her massive size.

    Of course, if you're really digging her, you can go for the 1/4-scale resin Ritual statue at US$349.99 ... but if you're not quite that hardcore, the PVC Ritual should suffice.

    [Thank you to Yamato USA for providing the review sample!]

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