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Meet the real Meijin Kawaguchi at Anime Expo '17

Now here's a familiar name from an awesome Gundam anime. It turns out that Bluefin will have the Master of GunPla (Gundam and plastic fused together), Meijin Kawaguchi, appear at this year's Anime Expo. Of course, the person attending ...

 
 
 
Ultraman photo

Prepare to unite with Gecco's glorious Ultraman statue

I haven't gotten the chance to pick up Viz's release of the Ultraman manga by Linebarrels of Iron's creators yet, but it's hard not to notice the amazing detail that was placed into collectibles company Gecco's wonderful 1/6 ...

 
 
 
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Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has combined an exper...

 
 
Gundam Unicorn photo

This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming 1/60th-scale Pe...

 
 
Kamen Rider Drive photo

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 Trial from Kamen ...

 
 
 
 
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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 an online exclu...

 
 
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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 things super cut...

 
 
 
 
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Pre-order your Kill la Kill and Fate/Stay Night Nendoroids

Goodsmile Company has three new Nendoroids available for fans: Kill la Kill's Mako Mankanshoku and Ryuko Matoi, and yet another version of Rin Tohsaka from Fate/stay Night. These will make the perfect gift for yourself or any worthy ot...

 
 
JoJo Exquisite photo

How much money will you drop for all this JoJo bling?

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has always been one of the most fabulous things around. It's no surprise that creator Hirohiko Araki's striking art style has been used to create work for luxury brands and fashion lines like Gucci, in addition...

 
 
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Gunpla photo

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 eyeballs on lic...

 
 
May'n photo

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 less creepy wa...

 
 
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Hayao Miyazaki photo

Get your Miyazaki figure soon

A new figure is being released in honor of Hayao Miyzaki, and it's not Ghibli themed. Martin Hsu has designed a 6 inch tall figure of the man himself. That's right, we finally get a Miyazaki figure! How cool is that? Bigshot Toyworks announ...

 
 
Shopping: Music photo

Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.

You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyon...

 
 
Dragon's Crown figure photo

This Dragon's Crown Tiki figure is looking pretty swell

I quite liked Vanillaware's latest game, Dragon's Crown. Josh's review of the game definitely matches my experience with it. I've always been a huge fan of side scrolling beat-em-ups, and DC's special brand of ass kicking was right up my al...

 
 
Miss Monochrome Nendo photo

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 fact that it's...

 
 
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Persona 3 Aigis figure photo

No more assembly for Daibadi's new Aegis figure

It's no secret that I've selected Persona 3 android Aegis as my very own 2D bride, so I'm naturally curious whenever news comes down the pipe of model-makers attempting to immortalize my beloved in the fine art of sculpture.  Now,...

 
 
Artist Reference photo

SFBT-3 Artist Figure is so poseable it's scary

I've devoted a fair amount of energy over the years to gathering good artists' reference materials, which is kind of a shame since I'm usually too lazy to use them. However, if you're a more responsible artist than I am, you should be aware...

 
 
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Terrifying Vocaloid  photo

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 2012. It's not e...

 
 
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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 a 1/8 figurine ...

 
 
WonFes Summer Impressions photo

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 told me is crowdi...

 
 
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Titan Nendoroid photo

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. [Cour...

 
 
Daisuki.net's new shows  photo

Streaming GET! Daisuki.net adds DBZ, One Piece, and more

I'm not sure what the hold up was with Toei in the past, but Daisuki.net has assured us that Dragonball Z and One Piece have finally landed on Daisuki's turf. As they say, better late than never. Hopefully, this is a sign that Toei will be ...

 
 
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Saint Seiya figure photo

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 Saint Cloth Myth pr...

 
 
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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 figures and more...

 
 
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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 media, but now...

 
 
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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-imaginary fight...

 
 
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NYCC '12: The toy roundup

Now that NYCC is pretty much covered, I'll be dropping in with some anime-related toy stuff that we wrote about at Tomopop! Check out these links: Gallery: Vash the Stampede Kotobukiya booth overview Namco Bandai and ShiftyLook booth overv...

 
 
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This Evangelion humidifier is the best humidifier

I was once out buying a humidifier for my grandmother's room, and saw one that looked a bit like a volcano. This one, shaped like NERV headquarters with Unit 01 standing on top, is way better. Sadly, dear grandma doesn't know what a NERV or...

 
 
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Some noteworthy figure pre-orders to check out

Every now and then, I feel like I've got to remind you folks that being an anime fan doesn't stop at enjoying the manga and animated adaptations thereof, but continues on to the realm of expensive plastic merch that you can import from Japa...

 
 
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Let's voting: Tamashii expands their extra Rangers poll

In commemoration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, Tamashii Nations has decided to do a series of polls as way to find out which characters fans would be interested in seeing an S.H. Figuarts of. To...

 
 
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A huge Teddie plush and more in upcoming Persona merch

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) is the huge Te...

 
 
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S.H. Figuarts Black Condor to migrate to North America

Blue Fin ceases to amaze me with the maneuvers that they are pulling off when it comes to bringing over collectible figures from Japan to North America. Following up on another unexpected attack, it turns out that they are bringing ove...

 
 
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Let's Morphin, SRC original Megazord to arrive in the US

I am fully aware that he is called the Daizyujin from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, but most people recognize him as the original Megazord from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Powered by the nostalgia of many collectors that grew up with Saban's f...

 
 
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Love is over if you don't gawp at these Catherine figures

Indeed, it will be over, as done as if you had fallen off a mysterious pile of blocks into an infinite nightmare void full of crazy monsters representing the worst of male anxieties. So gawp, gawp, I say! Catherine and Katherine can tell, a...

 
 




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