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8:00 AM on 10.05.2014

Kamen Rider Summonride's first trailer gives off a Gauntlet vibe

When Bandai Namco announced that they were giving Kamen Rider the Skylanders treatment in Kamen Rider Summonride, I will admit that I was a bit curious about the title will play. Now that the team has shown us the ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 09.08.2014

Make some egg... pudding?

After watching a bunch of British TV show on the BBC I became a bit confused to what pudding is. Growing up, it was always that delicious milky stuff that Bill Cosby was hustling to kids. You'd find it in chocolate or vanill...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Vroom! Kamen Rider Drive's design has entered the parking lot

It's finally time for us to take a look at the new car-themed Driv...er, I mean Rider's design. Overall, the new Rider's appearance looks great, since Drive's Type Speed Form is basically a fusion between Kamen Rider Accel Tr...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 08.11.2014

What?! Kamen Rider Summonride contains a Skylander-like system

Oh my. I never expected to see the day that the Kamen Rider franchise would receive a game that'd be similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's Amiibo toys. Then again, both Kamen Rider and Super Sentai have their...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 08.06.2014

S.H. Figuarts Gaim Pine Arms and Baron Mango Arms give off a nice tropical vibe

I probably don't say this around here too much, but I'm a huge fan of pineapples and mangoes. Actually, my passion for the latter is bigger than the former, as I find ananas to be great on certain occasions. That said, I woul...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 07.25.2014

Check out Kamen Rider Drive's gadgets and four-wheeled vehicle

Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Space Dandy is looking Be@ry cool

The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable Be@rbrick and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 05.09.2014

Bandai shows next Figuarts ZERO Sailor Scout

Bandai's excellent Figuarts ZERO line expands by one more gal, with their announcement of Sailor Venus. Originally revealed at Winter Wonder Festival, the figure will be going up for pre-order some time this month, likely as ...

Pedro Cortes



4:00 AM on 04.27.2014

Evangelion meets Transformers with Takara Tomy figure repaint

I love Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Transformers are obviously awesome. What happens when you combine the two? An awesome repaint of the Takara Tomy Masterpiece MP-10 Optimus Prime done up like EVA Unit-01. Planet Iacon found...

Brittany Vincent



11:00 AM on 04.25.2014

PSA: Nendo Card Captor Sakura up for preorder!

Ever since the Nendoroid concept was a thing, I have wondered which anime characters would make a great Nendo. The whole miniature-super-deformed style made normally average looking things really cute, and already very cute t...

Jeff Chuang



7:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Nendoroids rarely get cuter than Wind Waker Link

Over at Tomopop, we're used to seeing all manner of toy from a variety of shows. It's rare to have a figure pique all of our interests, and one such figure is Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Wind Waker Link. Coming from a love...

Pedro Cortes



4:35 PM on 04.02.2014

Aniplex+ store becomes a thing, now taking orders for Saber and Homura

As if you need another store to sell exclusive merchandise--well it's not that bad. Aniplex of America today announced that they're branding their "Aniplex Special Store" as Aniplex+, following their Japanese counterpart. We ...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 03.15.2014

Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits

It's actually funny: For as much access as North American anime fans have to Japan's pop culture output these days, there really are some things that are still difficult to find over there. For example, it's easy to get your ...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 03.08.2014

Get a kick out of these amazing felt dolls

I love supporting little shops and people who craft things and sell them. It's always so cool seeing the stuff they make and what kind of talents they have. Some range from drawing, to making phone cases. There's just so much...

Amber Hunt



3:30 PM on 02.24.2014

These Kill la Kill Lego figures are the best

The Internet can be a wonderful place sometimes, and getting to see characters from Kill la Kill crafted out of the finest Danish plastic reassures me on this. Not only do we have a pretty faithful Mako, but we have a Kamui S...

Chris Walden



7:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Recreate Mario Kart moments with this life-size ride-on

For years, I've been playing the various Mario Kart games and wishing I could smack my buddy with a Koopa shell. It comes with the competitive spirit, inflamed by getting hit with the blue shell for NINETY SEVENTH TIME, DAMMI...

Pedro Cortes



12:00 PM on 02.07.2014

May'n gets an adorable nendoroid

As you know, I love May'n. Her voice, her eyes, her legs, and her love of taiyaki steals my heart every time I see her. Oh how I wish I could have her here in my house to bask in her wonderfulness. Well, I can now in a way. A...

Josh Totman



5:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Senbonzakura Miku aims for your heart

MERCH ALERT. MERCH ALERT. That alarm was a warning, set up to go off whenever something nice shows up that will inevitably be purchased and sap away precious dollars. The offending party this time? FREEING's Senbonzakura Miku...

Pedro Cortes



3:30 PM on 01.28.2014

Snore the afternoon away on a Snorlax cushion

Nothing is more annoying than finding your path blocked by a sleeping Snorlax, but thanks to the folks at Banpresto, you won't need a Poké Flute to snag one of these comfy cushions. Instead, all you have to do is pre-o...

Tim Sheehy



11:00 AM on 01.27.2014

Come meet the Kyoryugers of 100 years in the future

We do still have a few weeks of dinosaur-related sentai action, but if the conclusion to the story and a few movies don't seem like enough content for you, why not get excited for the upcoming special? Set 100 years after th...

Chris Walden



9:00 AM on 12.14.2013

Sword Art Online weapon replicas for sale

New Sword Art Online weapons are being made, but they're mini! Asuna's Lambent Light rapier was the first one to be picked, and it's only 15cm! Although her rapier is the only one available so far, I'm sure Kirito's Eluc...

Amber Hunt



8:00 AM on 11.30.2013

Get a real good look at the Snow Miku 2014 street train

Pedro gave you all a preview of the Magical Snow Miku train at Sapporo, but now there's a whole video showcasing it and its opening day. You can see all the lovely details of the outside of the car as well as the posters, to...

Kristina Pino



5:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store

And it's not just games from the Final Fantasy line, but a lot of titles are on sale at the Square-Enix online store. Many of the titles on sale are going for about 50% off retail, which means you can buy a copy of Kingd...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 11.20.2013

Kotobukiya releases all new Monogatari figures

Is it just me, or does it seem that I'm like, the biggest Monogatari fangirl here? Anyways, ahhhh! An entire new series of figures for the anime are going to be released by Kotobukiya in 2014! I'm mainly focused on how c...

Amber Hunt



10:00 AM on 11.18.2013

Sailor Moon UFO catcher set neglects Sailor Venus

It's not that I'm not pleased with the plethora of new Sailor Moon items that are coming out lately--believe me, I am on board with this. But a certain Sailor Senshi keeps getting passed over, and I for one am tired of keepin...

Karen Mead



3:00 PM on 11.16.2013

McDonald's Japan doesn't care that it's the Year of Luigi

So I'm normally not really into McDonald's. If I'm going to get fast food in Japan, I tend to hit up MOS Burger instead, even though their food is a little pricier. But McD's latest update on the Happy Set might bring me back...

Kristina Pino



5:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Check out what's new on Tomopop

As you should be aware, Modern Method has a toy blog. It's called Tomopop. It's pretty rad, if I do say so myself. We talk about statues, poseable figures, plushes, just about anything that you can spend money on at a con and...

Pedro Cortes



1:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Chogokin Hello Kitty will shoot you with her rocket paw

There's a Chogokin Hello Kitty figure in the works. That's huge news for people who know what Chogokin means, but for the rest of you this means soon you would be able to purchase a Hello Kitty toy with rocket punch.  Ro...

Jeff Chuang



5:30 PM on 11.06.2013

Free! figures in the making

Prepare yourselves, ladies! Free! figures are in the process of being made. The anticipated series got plenty of attention when it was first released, and it came mostly from girls. When I heard that figures from the show wer...

Amber Hunt



8:00 PM on 10.23.2013

Go for broke with these latest pre-orders

If you've been hankering for some sweet, merchy goodness, then you're in luck. The good folks over at Tomopop regularly post about some of the nicest (and occasionally not quite so nice) statues and poseable figures available...

Pedro Cortes



7:00 PM on 10.23.2013

Miss Monochrome goes to 11 on meta with own Nendoroid

The Yui Horie marketing machine in the form of anime short series Miss Monochrome now has a Nendoroid release, announced yesterday. What is noteworthy is not the fact that yet another Nendoroid release is coming, nor the...

Jeff Chuang



5:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Attack on Titan figmas up for pre-order

New Attack on Titan figmas have just gone up for pre-order! I absolutely love this anime, so you can guarantee I’ll be purchasing one soon. Eren and Mikasa are the very first available, but I hope they have more ...

Amber Hunt



10:00 PM on 10.12.2013

Get your hot-stuff Free! plushes ready to swim

Hey, Free!'s a thing, right? Kyoto Animation may be on to Beyond the Boundary now, but the legacy of their landmark swimming anime will live on, if Bandai has anything to say about it. All the ladies and lads that want to snu...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.06.2013

Pre-order Calne today, get free nightmare tonight

Sometimes there's just a figure so out there, that it's probably worth your attention--if you can stomach Shi-e Calne Ca. This Miku-derivative figure comes from the hit vocaloid music video "Bacterial Contamination" back in 2...

Jeff Chuang



7:01 PM on 10.01.2013

A new Ryogi Shiki figure preorder is future good news

Back in 2008, Good Smile Company released a figure of Shiki Ryougi from Type-Moon's Garden of Sinners. It was a hot purchase back then and one of the few re-released by GSC through their 10th anniversary popularity ranki...

Jeff Chuang



6:30 PM on 09.09.2013

Nice! Project Phoenix and GSC team up to make a new prize

As Project Phoenix enters the final countdown in its Kickstarter campaign, a new prize enters the battlefield. Thanks to their efforts in joining forces with the Good Smile Company, backers that pledge at least $950 will get ...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 08.23.2013

Attack on Tea-tan!

Mmmm. There's nothing much more relaxing than kicking back and enjoying a nice steaming cup of tea sometimes. However, tea-time is not quite the same when you realize that steam isn't coming from your aromatic earl grey, but ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.01.2013

Thoughts on: Wonder Festival 2013 Summer

I had the pleasure of attending Wonder Festival for the first time last weekend. As an added bonus, it was also my very first nerd convention in Japan! I wasn't sure what to expect, though the main thing folks have always to...

Kristina Pino



5:00 PM on 07.23.2013

All hail and fear the Nendoroid Colossal Titan

It was the year 2013. And on that day, mankind received an adorable reminder. We lived in fear and awe of Attack on Titan's merchandising potential, and no walls could protect us from the colossal head of the Colossal Titan Nendoroid. [Courtesy of our figure-lovin' pals at Tomopop!]

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 05.29.2013

Bandai's going to sell you another Macross plamo

The goodies celebrating the 30th anniversary of Super Dimension Fortress Macross have't stopped yet, and there's a hot new commercial to sell you the business. Sure, there's a gazillion model kits ba...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 05.15.2013

Behold, a figure that costs 60 million Yen

Yes, friends, you read that headline correctly. Sixty million Yen. As of this writing, that's a shade under $586,000. What a way to celebrate Saint Seiya, right? In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Saint Seiya's Sain...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 03.25.2013

Relive your kitbash dreams with Gundam Breaker's trailer

I have to say, Gundam Breaker's core conceit is pretty awesome, and just goes to show how much of a cultural institution Gundam is that its own owners don't bat an eye at acknowledging the fact that most of its hyper self-se...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 03.18.2013

You should probably back Channel A on Kickstarter

With Kickstarter being swamped primarily with projects by those in English-speaking countries, it's hard to find something on there that we would consider talking about on Japanator. Colour me surprised when Channel A appears...

Chris Walden



12:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Macross's Kawamori puts my LEGO skills to shame

Promotion for the upcoming game, Macross 30: The Voice that Connects the Galaxy are in full swing. One awesome little tidbit is some footage of living god, and Macross co-creator, Shoji Kawamori showing off some sweet LEGO V...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 01.31.2013

Hideo Kojima makes for one hell of an action figure

Who's excited for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance? I sure as hell am. Ever since getting my hands dirty at Tokyo Game Show, I've been counting the days until the game's release. While the wait is at times unbearable, I fortuna...

Elliot Gay



8:00 AM on 12.27.2012

Best of 2012: Kristina's Top 5 Toyetic Anime

While all my fellow Japanator writers are busy picking and choosing the best anime, music, and games of the year, I'll be bringing in a look at which anime inspired the most merchandise based on what I've seen in the way of f...

Kristina Pino



9:00 PM on 12.24.2012

Gotcha: Megaforce's Morpher to use Ranger Cards?

There's a slight chance that Power Rangers Megaforce's Gosei Morpher (Known as the Tensouder in Goseiger) is going to use new cards that will allow the Megaforce Rangers to access the powers of the previous Rangers. Does thi...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 12.10.2012

Kyoryu Change: Kyoryuger transforms into better images

Yes! My theory about the early images of the Kyoryugers were right on the mark. After seeing a better image of them, they don't look as bad as I thought they did. While I am a bit sad that they are going back to spandex suits...

Salvador GRodiles



11:30 PM on 12.02.2012

Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Goods and Music

The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 10.23.2012

This papercraft Black Rock Shooter isn't imaginary

Oh, wow. Usually when we talk about cool papercraft things, we think of characters with the general shape of Danbo, but this. This papercraft version of Black Rock Shooter, the Hatsune Miku spinoff that apparently and pseudo-...

Josh Tolentino




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