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UFO Catcher photo
UFO Catcher

Prizes beware: Only in Japan's crew uncover the UFO Catcher's secrets

Practice makes perfect
Oct 29
// Salvador GRodiles
When it comes to crane games, I'll admit that my luck varies. On some occasions, I can manage to nab the special item; however, there are still moments where I fail miserably. Speaking of which, John Daub and his comrades de...
The Eccentric Family photo
The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family plushies on the way

Don't let the bloody fool's blood fool you!
Oct 02
// Ben Huber
The Eccentric Family has been one of the highlights of the past season for me. It combined Japanese mythology with average life in a way that was really enjoyable -- and adorable. Tanuki, tengu, and more are part of the tale,...

A huge Teddie plush and more in upcoming Persona merch

Aug 14
// Kristina Pino
You lovely readers are Persona fans, right? It's about time I did a quick little round-up of the kind of figures and plush available if you're into that kind of thing.  Starting off, the most recent big thing (literally)...

Plush Kyubey spreads love, hugs and fear

Sep 15
// Chris Walden
"What happens if you cross a hugging pillow with pure evil?" It's a question that many of us have asked ourselves. Japanese character-goods designer Cube snagged a license for Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, and their lates...

Otakon 11: a foray into Artist Alley

Aug 10 // Pedro Cortes
    Artists in order of appearance: Anne Marie Chua Lee Zombies Ate My Waffles! Vampetz Deanna Echanique Loritza Castillo Catherine "Cassie" Gretschel Allegra Northern Shelly Rodriguez Eric M. Maruscak (Youtube channel)

  We're finally up to the last video out of this year's Otakon and it was a hoot to shoot. Kristina and I walked around Artist Alley, a room filled to the brim with artists peddling their wares. While that may seem pre...


Sega's February Kimi ni Todoke plushes are HHHNNNGGG!

Mar 02
// Brad Rice
My God. The cuteness, it's killing me. Sega, for their UFO catchers, decided to put these cute little Kimi Ni Todoke bag straps as one of the prizes, ensuring that whoever takes a look at your bag will suffer an instant overl...

Butamin plushie is available for pre-order

Feb 21
// Brad Rice
I find it fairly disturbing that a transformation of my precious Kagamin~ into a pig has gained such traction as to make this Butamin figure -- buta being the Japanese word for pig. She's not actually called that, it's just t...

Lucky Star plushies show that Kagami is still better than Konata

Jun 12
// Brad Rice
If you don't mind forking over about $25 a piece, these two plushies can be yours. Words of Songs brought these to my attention, and made me hurt inside. I know I should save my money for other things, but these are so tempti...

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