As fate would have it, though I hadn’t intended it to be so, the first booth I ended up stopping at and taking photos this morning was one of my favorites: the Pop Culture Shock Toys booth! And at the … Continue Reading→
I admit it: I tried my absolute hardest not to, but like everyone else in the anime-viewing world, I hate Chibiusa (AKA Sailor Chibi). But while I wanted to choke Chibiusa every time she came onscreen, I was shocked by how engaging her evil alter-ego, Black Lady, was.
I always wanted a Black Lady action figure–and now it looks like I may get the chance! At Tamashii Nation 2015, the Sailor Moon SH Figuarts Black Lady figure was revealed!Continue Reading→
There’s absolutely no doubt about it: Dragon Ball Z is the hottest thing in Bandai’s anime collectibles repertoire in 2015. But while collectors have been subjected to a near-endless parade of releases of Goku and Vegeta of late, there was still one major Saiyan (or should I say “Saiyans”?) character left to mine.
We’ll have to wait a bit longer for an SH Figuarts version, but the Dragon Ball Z Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks Figuarts Zero figure is now up for order!Continue Reading→
Big things are coming out in Japan this year–and by “big”, I mean “Gigantic”! Although Japanese figures have traditionally kept to the sixth scale and smaller, X-Plus has had a huge (no pun intended) hit on their hands with their Gigantic Series figures line of quarter scale statues. And after soliciting the first Mega Man Gigantic Series figure for release this winter, they’re moving right along with the series–with the sure-to-be immensely popular Gigantic Series Mega Man X figure now up for order!Continue Reading→
There’s a lot to love about the Gundam Build Fighter Try anime series (which is currently nearing its end), but among my favorite aspects of the show is the fact that there is a genuine female Gundam pilot protagonist. Hoshino Fumina is a breath of fresh air in the Gundam universe, and I’ve been looking forward to a toy of her for a while.
And now, the time has come: the 1/10 Gundam Girls Generation Hoshino Fumina figure is now up for order!Continue Reading→
Last weekend I attended the New York Toy Fair 2015, my second-ever trip to the show. I wasn’t expecting Bandai Tamashii Nations to bring much new stuff that hadn’t been seen before to the event, but I was excited to see what Bandai had brought along nonetheless.
And while none of the Bandai SH Figuarts Sailor Moon figures hadn’t been seen before, this was the first time several of them had been shown publicly in the United States…Continue Reading→
All discussion of the show’s quality aside (and we could definitely have some heated discussions about its quality), there’s no contesting that the Sailor Moon Crystal anime is coming out a glacial pace of just two episodes per month. But over six months after the debut of the series, the second arc of Sailor Moon Crystal is about to begin–and we’ll soon be seeing the sometimes-loved Sailor Chibi Moon, Chibiusa, in the anime! Bandai Tamashii Nations is ready to celebrate by expanding the best-selling S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon line–the SH Figuarts Chibi Moon figure is now up for order!Continue Reading→
When it comes to Dragon Ball Z toys, it appears that Bandai Tamashii Nations can do no wrong. Many fans were skeptical of the chibi stylized Dragonball Z Tamashii Buddies figures, but the first series of DBZ Tamashii Buddies has been a surprisingly hot seller, with many stores already selling out of some characters. Bandai must be pleased–and also confident–because Dragon Ball Z Tamashii Buddies Broly and Frieza figures have now been put up for order!Continue Reading→
Naruto fans have long-demanded an expansive line of high-end figures and statues, and after years of waiting, Tsume Art is the company that has stepped up to the plate and given fans the home run that they’ve been waiting for. Following up some of their biggest hits like the Madara Uchicha statue and the Itachi Uchiha HQS Statue, Tsume Art is now jumping back in time to give us the first “ultimate” antagonist in the Naruto manga and anime: the treacherous snake ninja Orochimaru is now up for order!Continue Reading→
If there’s one question that I’ve heard asked more than any other regarding the Bandai S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball Z figures line, that question is “When is Bandai going to release a Majin Buu Figuarts figure?” Every time someone has asked me that question, I’ve had to disappoint them by saying that no plans have been announced. This time, though, the answer is different–because Bandai has now officially announced the Dragon Ball Z SH Figuarts Buu figure for 2015!Continue Reading→