Cool toys I saw this week

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I'm not sure whether this will be a regular thing, but there were some cool toy things that went up this week that I wanted to kind of gush about.

First it's gonna be Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Alfred Pennyworth. More than anything, I'm just really happy this exists. It's a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, but there are orders up at Koto's online shop for non-attendees, too. I have some personal theories about Alfred and how he's a total badass, but I'll take the standard butler look for the statue, and I love the skeptical look on his face. Alfred ships out next month (or you can pick one up at SDCC).

Next is Mondo's First Hellboy statue, which comes in two versions. There's the black and white ink version, and the red colorway, based on the first sketch of the character. I really love the way the illustration translated into 3D, and it looks like these folks did some great work here. I've only just recently started reading Hellboy and learning about the character, so it's pretty nice timing to see such a rad statue in the works.

And last, but not least, it's a July release for Funko, who are actually dishing out loads of cool-looking figures these days. But I'm specifically looking at their World of Pop! Olaf. He's just too adorable. Seriously, the best thing that came out of Frozen was Olaf.

Yeah, I just wanted to talk about those figures. For 2/3 of those, it's the second time since I posted about them on Tomopop. Enjoy!


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I'm finally settled into my new place and I'm making space for and accommodating all my beloved figures and statues among my books. Some of the stuff I'm unboxing right now has never seen the light of day, either because of the cramped situation at my previous apartment, or because I acquired it while I was living abroad, or because I didn't have space for it at my parents' house before that. So they were sitting in their boxes in a closet, poor things.

As a result, I'm rediscovering my love for figures I've definitely taken out to take pictures and review and all that, but then sadly had to return to their boxes, as well as figures I've never even looked at outside of their packaging at all. I'll probably be uploading some galleries here and/or on Tomopop soon, because I've got the time and energy for it now. Also, my shelves are looking gorgeous, and they make me happy.

Friday ThingS: 02/22 - Misconceptions of Medieval Life and How to Draw Tinker Bell

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[Welcome to another weekend link dump!]

On Books:

If you read, watch, or play a lot of fantasy media, you might have a few misconceptions of what medieval life was like.

You could read samples of books that were adapted to Oscar-nominated films.

A fellow Book Riot contributor Nikki Steele listed 20 nonfiction titles that are about the lady human body. I intend to check a few of these out!

On Art and Photography:

A Romanian photographer went around the world and photographed women from 37 different countries for a project called The Atlas of Beauty.

Learn how to draw Tinker Bell.

Stuff I Wrote:

On Book Riot: 9 Excellent Mustaches in Literature Today.

On Panels: 10 Questions With a Manga Editor at VIZ Media.


If you're looking to improve your toy photography, here are some tips from a pal

Super cute - a little girl feeds crows and they bring her little gifts in return. The full interview should be live sometime this week.

Looks like Tri-Rail has an opportunity to get trains running straight into Downtown Miami, which would be super convenient for people who live in that area or along the metro in others. I kind of hope it happens - I think there are way too many cars in Miami.

[Have a nice day!]

New Figure Gallery: ThreeZero's GAME OF THRONES Tyrion Lannister

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I've uploaded a new gallery with clean, hi-res images of ThreeZero's absolutely stunning 1/6-scale Tyrion Lannister statue from HBO's Game of Thrones. My review of this figure was published on Tomopop last week, so do check that out if you want my full thoughts. Really though, I have nothing but good things to say about it. The likeness is amazing, and I definitely want this to be prominently displayed at home, somewhere among the prettiest books in my collection. When that happens, you can be sure I'll do a second photoshoot showing Tyrion off in his natural habitat.

Linky Things: 01/13 - Indian Disney Princesses, Ghibli Film Foods, and Food Illustrations

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[Alright, this isn't even in the realm of late on Friday Things, so let's have some almost mid-week linky things today. Things have just been hectic - whoops.]

On Books and Comics:

I'm not one way or another about Elizabeth Gilbert but I love this cover reveal video for her next book.

New book coming out by First Second, and it looks great. It's called Dragons Beware! and it's being released in May. This book is part of a series. I've never read any of it, but I want to now.

On Disney:

e.l.f. came out with a Jasmine-themed beauty collection. Get it at Walgreens in stores or online.

A pal of mine brought my attention to this great documentary of four artists who worked on Sleeping Beauty and how different their takes are on a single tree.

AMRIT Photography is working on a Disney Project involving capturing Disney Princesses in Indian style. The series is called Once Upon a Bride, and it's stunning.

On Film:

Charlize Theron found out that her male co-star in an upcoming film is being paid more than she is, and she wasn't having it. Successfully renegotiated for equal pay. LOVE.

This video is super long, but someone went and recreated 47 foods based on Ghibli films and it's super impressive.

Stuff I wrote here and there:

On Panels: 6 Side Characters In Comics Whose Stories Should Be Told.

On Panels: The First Ant-Man Teaser Is Out and I have Questions (also: do read the comments, they're awesome)

On Tomopop: Toy Review: ArtFX+ Arkham City Batman (also, shameless plug/reminder I posted a hi-res, clean gallery of my photos on this site as well.

On Panels: Art Roundup: Character Spotlight on Riddler.


10 Great Adventure Trips That Give Back published on NatGeo is about making your dollars count when you travel. Not in the frugal sense, but in the "support locals" and ecotourism and saving forests and stuff.

Gorgeous illustrations styled with food by Anna Keville Joyce. (h/t BoingBoing)

Sir Ian McKellen is beyond adorable in this George Ezra music video.

[See you soon with more links]

New Gallery: ArtFX+ Arkham City Batman Statue by Kotobukiya

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I've uploaded a new toy photo gallery featuring Arkham City's Batman, as produced by Kotobukiya. My review of this figure went up on Tomopop a couple of days ago, so for more detailed thoughts about this wonderful release, do check there.

I love this statue, and later this year, when I can get him in a better lighting setup and ahead of a different backdrop, I may just post another batch of photographs.

Friday Things: 12/08 - Comics Butts, Snack Subscriptions, and Penguins in Berlin

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[I know, I know - it's not the weekend any more. To make up for that, more links than usual, below!]

On Books and Comics:

Russell Brand was appalled to hear that his former school had its library cut, and has pledged the money to set that right back up. Very cool.

A colleague of mine filmed a great tutorial on making a book wreath. If you don't mind cannibalizing an old book, it's a great decoration idea.

A 7-year old girl who loves bugs complained to a publisher when she noticed a book she recently loved was labeled "for boys." Their response was to totally change the book series to be gender-neutral.

Funny quiz on Panels by a colleague re: comics butts.

On Travel:

Get a tour of Berlin with my pal Martin and his penguin pals.

This is a fantastic article about the benefits of moving away somewhere you don't know anybody, which is what I did when I up and moved to Japan. It's been such a great experience for me, and I hope more and more people give it a try.

On Disney and Theirs:

Some people who don't know Star Wars lore very well were really upset when they saw a black dude in Stormtrooper gear in the first Star Wars Episode VII teaser. Let's set them straight.

Being from Miami, scarf-tying isn't one of my skills. This helps a little bit.

The French poster for Pixar's Inside Out looks rad.

Stuff I Wrote:

On Panels: Holiday Gift Guide: Toys and Collectibles for Everybody

Also on Panels: Comics Fetish Vol. 10: Ugly Sweater Edition


If you love Japanese sweets and snacks (or sweets and snacks in general), there are actually a couple of subscription services out there to feed your cravings! My pal Lauren Orsini reviews one such service, called Oishi Fun.

The title says it all, really: "Why You Should Believe Shia Labeouf's Rape Claims."

If there's a tutorial somewhere for these Northern Lights nails, I need it. Wow, so pretty.

[Have a great week!]