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...

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Hands On with Takara Tomy’s Transformers MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure
Mar13

Hands On with Takara Tomy’s Transformers MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure

For collectors looking for the definitive Generation 1 version of the Autobots’ diminutive and fiercely loyal warrior spy, Takara Tomy’s Transformers MP-21 Masterpiece Bumblebee Figure is a clear must-have. Like other figures in Takara Tomy’s popular Masterpiece series of , Bumblebee’s appearance is a glowing archetype of authenticity with a sculpt, colors, and proportions that are a close match for the 1980’s...

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The Hot Toys Optimus Prime Figure to Roll Out in 2015
Aug05

The Hot Toys Optimus Prime Figure to Roll Out in 2015

For ardent devotees of The Transformers there’s always room in the collection for one more version of the iconic Optimus Prime. Taking full advantage of the limitless capacity for new iterations of the venerable Autobot leader, the recently announced Hot Toys Transformers Optimus Figure, due to roll out next year, is certain to have fans giddy with anticipation. Although it doesn’t appear to actually transform, the Hot Toys...

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New Transformers Movie Figures Showcased by Takara Tomy
Jun30

New Transformers Movie Figures Showcased by Takara Tomy

With Optimus Prime and company making their return to theaters in Transformers: Age of Extinction, Takara Tomy showcased an assortment of movie-inspired figures to stoke the interest of fans. Visitors to the company’s sprawling booth at the were treated to an up-close look at an assortment of new Transformers movie figures based on returning favorites and new characters. In addition to the quasi-rebooted Optimus Prime, Bumblebee,...

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A Look Back at the Stunning PopBox Optimus Prime Statue
Jun27

A Look Back at the Stunning PopBox Optimus Prime Statue

With the “robots in disguise” returning to the big screen in Transformers: Age of Extinction, we’re taking a look back at one of the most detailed high-end figures to emerge from their first live action trilogy, the PopBox Collectibles Optimus Prime Statue. It’s evident that PopBox’s design team focused on exhaustive aesthetic detail (rather than articulation) as their Optimus statue is a jaw-dropping...

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The Tiny but Mighty Kaiyodo Optimus Prime Revoltech Action Figure
Mar19

The Tiny but Mighty Kaiyodo Optimus Prime Revoltech Action Figure

For fans of “Generation One” Transformers, the Kaiyodo Optimus Prime Revoltech action figure is likely to have a special nostalgic appeal. Officially dubbed the “Cybertron Commander Convoy Series No. 19” (faithful to the original animated Japanese series), this licensed Takara-Tomy import was produced and manufactured by Kaiyodo as part of the company’s expansive line ultra-poseable Revoltech action...

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Kaiyodo’s Megatron Action Figure: Long Live Transformers Generation One
Dec16

Kaiyodo’s Megatron Action Figure: Long Live Transformers Generation One

We snagged this enticing “Generation One” Transformer at the Kaiyodo retail store in the heart of Tokyo’s Akihabara district. Officially dubbed the “Destron Leader Megatron Series No. 25”, this import action figure is fully licensed by Takara-Tomy yet produced and manufactured by Kaiyodo as part of the company’s “super poseable” Revoltech Series. Kaiyodo’s creative team, led by...

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Takara’s Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave Figure
Nov20

Takara’s Transformers Masterpiece Soundwave Figure

Takara continues its Transformers fan service with the vintage MP-13 Masterpiece Soundwave Figure. The evil Decepticon Communication Specialist has been rendered with painstaking detail with both plastic and metal components which give it a solid and substantial feel. The Masterpiece Soundwave Figure’s sturdy construction should ease fears of damaging the pricey collectible while transforming it from robot to cassette recorder...

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Drool Over Action Toys’ 17″ Ultimetal Optimus Prime Figure
Nov02

Drool Over Action Toys’ 17″ Ultimetal Optimus Prime Figure

It stands over seventeen inches tall, weighs over fourteen pounds, and (unfortunately) doesn’t transform, but the Ultimetal Optimus Prime figure by Action Toys may just be the ultimate Transformers collectible. Action Toys has imbued this gargantuan “Generation One” Prime with an impressive level of detail including die cast metal components, battery-powered lights and voice features, and armor panels that can be...

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Kaiyodo’s Transformers Revoltech Starscream Action Figure
Aug08

Kaiyodo’s Transformers Revoltech Starscream Action Figure

Tokyo’s Akihabara district is a veritable treasure trove for Transformers collectors. We obtained Kaiyodo’s Transformers Generation One Revoltech Starscream action figure directly from the Kaiyodo Store during one of our trips to Japan. Officially dubbed the Yamaguchi Series No. 46 Starscream, the figure stands just under five inches and features the stylized look of the original Transformers comics and television series....

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