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Over the last twenty or so years anime has become increasingly mainstream in the Western world, but there are still very few shows that really break out and become massive pop cultural icons, on a par with any cartoon produced in Britain or America. Dragon Ball Z is one of those select few, becoming an instant classic not only in its native Japan but all over the world. How then did something which began as a simple tale about a boy with a monkey’s tale become a defining symbol of so many…

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Last week, Bandai held its annual Tamashii Nations event, where it shows off the latest and greatest toys to come out of its vast array of brands. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

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Last weekend marked the first major toy and figure event of the new year in Japan, as Good Smile Company’s massive trade show Wonder Festival returned for a whole new round of unveilings, teases and announcements. As ever GSC themselves led the charge, but with all the other major manufacturers in tow.  While there were no stunning new licences or surprises out of left field, WonFes did as ever bring a dazzling array of high quality figures out into the public eye. We’ve gathered a few…

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Sunday saw the return of Wonder Festival, the biannual trade show where all of the major manufacturers gather and show off their newest products and future plans. It’s one of the biggest events in the Japanese toy collecting calendar as collectors eagerly await new unveilings and announcements. As ever, Good Smile Company and subsidiary Max Factory were front and centre, bringing an army of new Nendoroids and Figmas to play. Alter, Megahouse and the other manufacturers more than held their…

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A Review of Hyper Japan - Spring 2012

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