Fullmetal Alchemist Merchandise Worthy of Transmuting into Your Collection

One of the most popular shonen series of all time, Fullmetal Alchemist has conjured a legion of fans worldwide with video game spin-offs, anime adaptations, light novels, and more trailing in the wake of its original 2001 manga release. With a live-action film coming out December 2017, now is a great time to begin building your transmutation circles to summon FMA merchandise and figures into your collection. Hook on your automail arm and prepare your pyro-powered snap, because our list of collectibles is fit for a State Alchemist! Fullmetal Alchemist Figures Back in summer 2017, we > Read More


Christmas Anime Figures 2017: Give the Gift of Anime!

Winter is here, presents are near, and Japan has a sleigh full of anime figures to bring home for the holidays! It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit with our wish list of 2017’s most festive releases. Good Smile Company – Nendoroid & Figma Multi-Use Muffler (January 2017) If your favorite anime character doesn’t have a holiday figure variant, there’s no reason to have a blue Christmas! Good Smile Company’s limited-edition Multi-Use Muffler can instantly warm up almost any Nendoroid or Figma figure throughout the winter months. Simply place the knotted scarf between the figure’s > Read More


Osomatsu-san Merch Fit for a Family Reunion

Japan’s most famous sextuplets, the Matsuno family, first tumbled onto television screens in 1966. Fifty years later, the brightly-colored brothers brought new fans to their family reunion for the 2015 reboot titled Osomatsu-san, in which the siblings’ silliness matured alongside the title characters. If your latest matsu men marathon has you craving a little more brotherly mischief and mayhem to mix up the mundane, you’re in luck. The NEETs have a world of merchandise to their name, so read on for our list of 11 Osomatsu-san collectibles no fan should forego! Osomatsu-san > Read More


9 High-Quality Anime Figure Releases to Own in Fall 2017

Whip out your wish lists, because fall 2017 is an absolute exhibition of anime and JRPG figures, especially for static collectible enthusiasts! Featuring best-selling series like Sword Art Online, Yuri!! on Ice, and Free!, this season’s list highlights nine of the most anticipated high-quality anime figures coming out of Japan, including new releases, re-releases, and exclusives sets. Alter – Love Live! School Idol Festival: Eli Ayase 1/7-Scale Figure (September 2017) Based on her post-Idolized Maid Café card in the Love Live! School Idol Festival game app, Eli’s apparel is a mesmerizing > Read More


Pokemon Gashapon: “Gacha Gacha” Catch ’Em All!

We’ve searched the “tall grass” for the most popular Pokemon gashapon and created this list of collectibles worthy of adding to your Pokedex of playthings. Select your starter and pin on your Gym Badge, because these wild gashapon have appeared—and you’ll want to “catch ’em all!” Pokemon Gashapon Figures 1/40 Scale Real Pokemon Figures XY For Pokemasters with a penchant for scaled-down sculptures or the XY generation, Takara Tomy’s Real Pokemon Figures (currently in its fourth series) are the perfect way to upgrade your collection. Each colorful Pokemon is proportionally sized at 1/40 > Read More


13 Anime Swimsuit Figures to Keep Your Summer Sizzling

There may be no better way to beat the summer heat than re-watching “beach episodes” from your favorite anime in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home. If outdoor activities are the last thing on your summer to-do list, make sure you check out our roundup of the best anime swimsuit figures being released in 2017. Enjoy! Phat Company – Granblue Fantasy: Io 1/7-Scale Summer Ver. (January 2017) Inspired by Io’s “Little Lady of Midsummer” outfit, this playful figure captures her childish delight upon peering out to sea for the first time. The delicate frills of Io’s bikini flutter in > Read More


14 Upcoming Anime Figures to Add to Your 2017 Summer Plans

Packed with a lineup of new Nendoroids, long-awaited re-releases, anniversary celebrations, and more, our list of upcoming anime figures for summer 2017 highlights the most anticipated collectibles coming out of Japan this season. Keep reading to see if your favorite characters made the cut! MegaHouse – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: Lelouch Lamperouge & Kururugi Suzaku (June 2017) Megahouse’s Code Geass 10th Anniversary Lelouch and Kururugi figures are so detailed you might need the Power of Kings just to decide which angle to display them. The 99th Emperor of Britannia > Read More


Popular cosplay looks in Japan – Winter/Spring 2017

Anime convention season is coming up! Have you prepared all of your cosplay looks yet? If you’re still mulling over what character is just right for you this summer, why not check out some of the looks Japanese cosplayers are loving this year? Stay on top of cosplay trends - here are some of the costumes that had strong showings at Comiket 91, Wonder Festival, Anime Japan 2017 and more events over recent months. Kemono Friends Get the look - Serval It’s hard to resist the appeal of an opportunity to rock cat ears and a tail, especially when you can kick it up a notch by dressing as > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them! In part one, we discussed illustration-based collectibles, like key chains and charms. In part two, we’re going 3D with collectible figures, dolls, and plushies. Japan is incredibly adept at bringing characters to life as covetable figures and plushies, and we can only skim the surface of the full range of > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 1

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this two-part series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them. In part one, we’ll deal with illustration-based collectibles, while part two deals with figures, dolls and plushies. The main forms of 2D collectible series in Japan are acrylic key chains (アクリルキーホルダー, lit. acrylic key holder) with a ball-chain or key ring fastener, and rubber phone charms > Read More