Facing Off with the Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition Statue
Jun18

Facing Off with the Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition Statue

The Tekken 7 Collector’s Edition is the fittingly grand version of Bandai Namco’s iconic three-dimension brawler that duly marks the thrilling and powerful conclusion to the game series that chronicles the Mishima clan’s tumultuous 20-year fued. It’s aimed squarely at fans that are itching to snag the definitive version of the game; and those dedicated Tekken enthusiasts aren’t likely to be disappointed. While the comparatively...

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Inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan Part I: Focus on Star Wars
May07

Inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan Part I: Focus on Star Wars

For science fiction and pop culture collectors in the Tokyo metro area, Kotobukiya Akihabarakan is on the short list of places to visit. Aptly nestled within the Akihabara district, the store’s five floors are flush with a wild variety of licensed toys, action figures, statues, and licensed memorabilia. We’ve provided our readers with a look inside Kotobukiya Akihabarakan in the past (first here and then here), but since the displays...

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Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: Superhero Euphoria on the Las Vegas Strip
Mar29

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.: Superhero Euphoria on the Las Vegas Strip

Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. is a must-visit destination for superhero fans in Las Vegas. The multi-story interactive attraction is a sensory spectacle that uses its movie memorabilia-filled exhibits and vast retail space to showcase the history and exploits of the “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” (and a few of their most sinister foes). One of several locations worldwide (with others in New York, Singapore, Korea, and Paris), the Las...

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Marvel Collector Corps Spotlights Super Hero Showdowns
Mar03

Marvel Collector Corps Spotlights Super Hero Showdowns

The latest box from the Marvel Collector Corps is dedicated to highlighting some of the fiercest match-ups from the comic book pages. February’s Super Hero Showdown box is the first of the year for Funko’s bi-monthly Marvel-focused subscription service and it’s chock full of exclusive items inspired by many of the Marvel universe’s fiercest rivalries. Wearable items include an Iron Man vs Ultron patch, Hulk vs Red Hulk pin, and a...

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Strikes Back
Feb08

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty Strikes Back

The latest swag-filled pack from Funko’s Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription service is dedicated to the film that many consider to be the pinnacle of the original Star Wars trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back. A fitting follow-up to past Smuggler’s Bounty boxes that have celebrated more recent additions to Star Wars’ cinematic universe (including Rogue One and The Force Awakens), the Empire Strike Back box comes packed with...

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Toy Sapiens: Figures and More in Hot Toys’ Flagship Tokyo Store
Jan13

Toy Sapiens: Figures and More in Hot Toys’ Flagship Tokyo Store

Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail shop, Toy Sapiens, is certain to render visiting fans of pop culture action figures and collectibles giddy with excitement. We’ve given our readers a look inside in prior posts (first here and then here), but given the ever-changing assortment items on display it’s easy to justify another look behind the doors. Nestled in Tokyo’s modish Harajuku district, Toy Sapiens is a brief stroll from the Harajuku...

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Up Close with The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition
Dec12

Up Close with The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition

The Last Guardian Collector’s Edition is the fittingly grand culmination of a video game odyssey that began nearly ten years ago. Finally releasing in the early days of December, exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 4 (after having been originally slated to launch on its predecessor, the PlayStation 3), the high-end version of famed designer, Fumito Ueda’s masterwork, comes stuffed with a craveable assortment of physical and digital...

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Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the Rogue One Box
Dec06

Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the Rogue One Box

Funko’s latest Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty bi-monthly subscription box is dedicated to the highly anticipated addition to the cinematic “galaxy far, far, away”, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Inside the familiar cardboard Smuggler’s Bounty carton, subscribers will find a truly delectable assortment of exclusive wearable and displayable swag inspired by the all-new Star Wars film. As with last year’s inaugural Episode VII box, its...

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Artnia: Inside the Official Square Enix Store
Nov29

Artnia: Inside the Official Square Enix Store

Artnia, the official Square Enix store, is a must-visit Tokyo destination for fans of Dragon Quest, Star Ocean, and Final Fantasy. A short trek from the nearby Higashi-Shinjuku rail station, the combination café/bar, retail space, and museum is nestled amidst the neighboring skyscrapers in the vibrant Shinjuku district (not far from Square Enix’s corporate headquarters). Artnia’s external design is immediately striking. It’s...

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Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition Unboxed
Nov01

Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition Unboxed

The Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder Corps Collector’s Edition is an enticing splurge for the legion of devoted Titanfall players and the squads of new enlistees joining their ranks. The launch of the original Titanfall saw the release of a fittingly gargantuan collector’s edition, and its bigger and bolder sequel continues that tradition. Available (at least initially) online through retailer, GameStop, the Titanfall 2 Deluxe Marauder...

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The Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition Emerges From Cover
Oct10

The Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition Emerges From Cover

It’s been over five years since Gears of War 3 hit the Xbox 360. Now, fans hyped to celebrate The Coalitions’ and Microsoft Studios’ boldly reborn Xbox-exclusive franchise can opt for the suitably grand, Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition. Befitting of its “AAA” pedigree, the Gears of War 4: Collector’s Edition comes with a satisfying assortment of physical and digital content for Gears fans to sink the teeth of their lancers into....

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Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo: Inside the Akihabara Toy Store
Sep26

Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo: Inside the Akihabara Toy Store

For anime, science fiction, and pop culture fans with a penchant for collecting, Kaiyodo Hobby Lobby Tokyo is a must-visit destination. Nestled in the Akihabara district on the fifth floor of the iconic “Radio Kaikan” building, visitors will find Kaiyodo’s small but captivating retail space richly populated with a vast array of toys and, of course, the company’s signature collectibles. As the creator of popular “Revoltech” line-up of...

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Marvel Collector Corps: Inside the Spider-Man Box
Sep05

Marvel Collector Corps: Inside the Spider-Man Box

The much-anticipated Marvel Collector Corps Spider-Man box has been webbing its way into the hands of subscribers as of the end of August, and its apt to leave the Wall-Crawler’s legion of fans with their superhero sensibilities tingling. Upon popping the lid of the carton, subscribers will find a stash of wearable and displayable goodies inspired by Marvel’s iconic web-slinger. There are standard inclusions like the pin and patch,...

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Bandai’s Summer Showcase of Star Wars Collectibles Revisited
Aug14

Bandai’s Summer Showcase of Star Wars Collectibles Revisited

In recent years, one of the persistent highlights of the early summer International Tokyo Toy Show has been the sprawling showcase of Bandai Star Wars collectibles on display. As in 2014 and 2015, the renowned Japanese toy firm brought enough action figures, models kits, and tie-in Star Wars merchandise to Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (held 9-12 June at the Tokyo “Big Sight” Exhibition Center) to fill a space cruiser. While...

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Inside the Marvel Collector Corps Year One Super Box
Aug03

Inside the Marvel Collector Corps Year One Super Box

Celebrating over a year of delivering Funko-crafted Marvel superhero swag to the masses, the Marvel Collector Corps Year One Super Box is a jumbo addition to the subscription service’s standard complement of six packs per year. The special one-off $125 USD set began shipping in July chock full of wearables and limited edition figures that are certain to pique the interest of devout Marvel toy hoarders and superhero buffs. So what’s...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: The Takara Tomy Star Wars Showcase
Jul06

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: The Takara Tomy Star Wars Showcase

For fans of that iconic galaxy “far, far, away”, the spread of Takara Tomy Star Wars collectibles on display at last month’s International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (June 9th through June 12th) was a wonderfully enthralling showcase. Nestled among areas dedicated to licensed properties like Beyblade, Thunderbirds, Transformers, and Marvel superheroes, a section of Takara Tomy’s booth in the west hall of the Big Sight Exhibition Center was...

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Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power in the Spotlight
Jun30

Marvel Collector Corps: Women of Power in the Spotlight

The latest Marvel Collector Corps box to show up on the doorsteps of subscribers is dedicated to the intrepid heroines of Marvel’s expansive superhero universe. The third of six boxes to ship in 2016 (following February’s Deadpool, and April’s Captain America: Civil War themed packs), the June Women of Power box (as it’s fittingly dubbed), is flush with wearable and collectible items inspired by a handful of the comic book world’s...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Dragon Models Hero Remix Marvel Figures
Jun18

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Dragon Models Hero Remix Marvel Figures

One of the many superhero-themed highlights of the recently concluded International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 (9-12 June) was the attention-grabbing collection of Dragon Models Hero Remix Marvel bobble-head figures on display. Within the cavernous confines of the ultramodern Tokyo Big Site Exhibition Center neatly arrayed in a corner of the booth operated by the Japanese model manufacturer and importer, Platz Co. LTD,  the compendium of...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Hot Toys Returns with a Hero-filled Showcase
Jun12

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: Hot Toys Returns with a Hero-filled Showcase

For attendees with even a passing affinity for pop culture collectibles, the Hot Toys Japan booth at this year’s International Tokyo Toy Show (running from Thursday, June 9th to Sunday, June 12th) was a must-see destination. Over the course of the convention’s four days, toy industry professionals and the general public were treated to the company’s sprawling, masterfully staged display of products inspired by the heroic icons of...

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Tokyo Toy Show 2016: An Inside Look
Jun09

Tokyo Toy Show 2016: An Inside Look

As in previous years, the west halls of Tokyo’s iconic Big Sight Exhibition Center were once again abuzz with captivating sights, sounds, and thrills as the International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 got underway on June 9th. Marking the 55th anniversary of Japan’s highest profile toy convention, it’s clear that this year’s exhibitors have gone to great lengths to dazzle attendees with a flurry of new action figures, statues, games, amusement...

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Loot Crate Delivers the Power with its Smashing May Box
May29

Loot Crate Delivers the Power with its Smashing May Box

For the devoted legion of Loot Crate subscribers, the latest release in the monthly swag-filled box service is brimming with covetable exclusives. Dubbed the “Power” crate, the May offering is filled with wearables and collectible items aimed at emphasizing its larger than life theme. Breaking the seal and lifting the lid on the May Loot Crate reveals an aptly power-packed assortment of items from a range of pop culture properties. In...

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The Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the May Bounty Hunter Box
May22

The Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty: Inside the May Bounty Hunter Box

Befitting of its name, the latest bimonthly (six per year) offering in the Funko Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty box service is once again packing a covetable assortment of galactic goodies that is certain to appeal to new and prospective subscribers, particularly those with a penchant for bounty hunters. The third delivery of the year (following January’s The Force Awakens: The Resistance and March’s Cantina boxes), the newly shipping...

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