10 Japanese Puzzles to Train Your Brain

Few pastimes sharpen the mind like a good puzzle, and few countries craft puzzles like Japan. Over the centuries, Japan has mastered the art of piecing together entertaining puzzles in deceptively simple designs. Whether you desire to hone your problem-solving skills or seek a challenge to test your intelligence, check out our list of 10 Japanese puzzles that will have you scratching your head for hours of frustrating fun! Japanese Wood Puzzles Traditional Yosegi Puzzle Box For over a century and a half, traditional Yosegi Puzzle Boxes have riddled the minds and captured the hearts of > Read More

Become One with the Force with Bandai Star Wars Vehicle Models

With details rivaling those of their big-screen counterparts, Bandai’s ever-increasing collection of Star Wars vehicles features a mastery of hobby model kits unequaled in this galaxy. In celebration of Disney’s latest theatrical release Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we’ve put together a list of 10 high-bounty collectibles that are guaranteed to make any Star Wars fan one with the Force. Bandai Rebel Alliance / Resistance Vehicle Models 1/72-Scale Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon This Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon is no hunk of junk. As part of Bandai’s most prestigious model kit line, the > Read More

10 Popular Anime Figures to Warm Your Heart in Winter 2017/2018

Each year, the return of winter brings with it toasty traditions, New Year’s nostalgia, and a seasonal selection of top-tier collectibles! From long-awaited re-releases to upcoming limited editions, this list spotlights 10 of the most popular anime figures that are sure to warm any otaku’s heart—even during the coldest months of the year. Stronger – Puella Magi Madoka Magica “Rebellion” Movie Ultimate Madoka 1/8-Scale Figure (December 2017) This flying figure of Ultimate Madoka sculpted by shojo virtuoso Katsuyoshi Miyajima is a 1/8-scale Stronger masterpiece that flows with delicate > Read More

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

Best Japanese Justice League Figures: Kotobukiya, S.H. Figuarts & More

Celebrating a nearly 60-year run of genre-defining comics, cartoons, and cinema, the Justice League continues its unwavering duty of uniting DC Comics’ legendary lineup of idolized icons against formidable foes no hero could save the world from alone. In anticipation of the team’s first big-screen blockbuster Justice League smashing into theaters this year, we’ve put together a list of must-have Japanese figures that any collector would be proud to assemble in their display case! Justice League Figure Series Kotobukiya – ARTFX+: Justice League Movie Figure Series (December 2017–January > Read More

Japanese Wooden Toys to Help Your Child’s Imagination Take Root

From spinning tops to building blocks, wooden toys are nostalgic timestamps for parents with fond memories of playtimes past. Recognizing the eco-friendly, soothing properties of wood, many Japanese toy manufacturers are aiming to get contemporary children back in touch with nature through finely crafted toys that are fun to play with. Keep reading to learn more about some of Japan’s many unique wooden toys for kids that can help your child’s imagination and motor skills take root, branch out, and blossom! 11 Japanese Wooden Toys for Tots to Teens Anomatopée First Toy Series The > Read More

Epoch Capsule Collection – capsule toys for every animal lover

Japan is world famous for the staggering range of capsule toys (also called gashapon or gachapon) available almost everywhere you go - from train stations to super markets. To demonstrate the breadth of fun items on offer, we'll introduce you to just the tiniest slice: the animal figurines from Epoch's capsule toy line Capsule Collection. From strange, to adorable, to strangely adorable and adorably strange, these little animals are both uniquely Japanese and universally appealing. Cats The Cat-Block The Cat-Block (じゃま猫) It's a scene every cat owner knows well - you were just ready to > 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

Cu-Poche – adorable pocket-size action figures

Do you know Cu-Poche? These adorable action figures are pint-size perfection! Standing around 110 mm tall, they offer fourteen points of articulation to give you near-infinite posing options. Cu-Poche, or キューポッシュ in Japanese, are named for their two key qualities - they’re cute and they fit in your pocket, or poche in French. As well as being fully poseable, Cu-Poche parts are also interchangeable, opening up even further possibilities for brand-new remixes and situations. With a wide selection of both Cu-Poche versions of your favorite anime and game characters as well as original designs and > Read More