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!

YM_30: The Four Gods Come Together

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In the last month or so,a student of mine has taken to using some thick graphing paper to create a few models of the Chinese gods Kirin, Genbu, Seiryu, and Suzaku (Byakko to come) in his spare time.  These models are all made to a specific scale, use compatible joints, and are fully poseable. They all come together to make one bigger robot, a-la Power RangersThis kid gave a few coworkers and me a full demo: we watched as he started with the separate models, pulled them apart and built them up into the one big model. 

Since it's all paper, and he chose to make it super poseable, it's tough to keep it in any one position because it's all wobbly, but that doesn't make this any less cool. The name of the robot is YM_30 for the creator's initials, more-or-less the time it took him to build these parts, and a few other personal factors. 

I wanted to share this because I think it's cool, but also because I'm so proud of my student's accomplishment. He has some design sheets all drawn up and everything - a lot of planning went into this and I couldn't be happier. 

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.

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.