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Voltes V, Transformers, Tamiya: Toys Pinoys went crazy for

First of a series Pinoy kids do love their toys—and parents love buying their kids toys. Through the years, there have been many, many toys trends in the Philippines. The truth is that Filipinos have a much more eclectic—and arguably, better—access to toylines because of its unique geographical and commercial location. It is east meets …

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Toei launches English-subbed ‘Tokusatsu’ YouTube channel

Even if you don’t know what the Japanese word “tokusatsu” means, you’ll know it immediately when you see it. “Tokusatsu” literally means “special effects,” and it is used to refer to a specific genre of Japanese TV—live action science fiction series with wire work, costumes and green screens—which are identified with Japanese culture. This genre …

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Gundam Universe gets into the action figure action

Ever since “Mobile Suit Gundam” (Kido Senshi Gundam) first aired in Japan in 1979 and launched the “Real Robots” mecha animé genre, the Gundam franchise has been closely and almost exclusively associated with the hobby of plastic model-making —colloquially called “Plamo” for “plastic model”—to the point that it earned its own hobby subgenre, “Gunpla” for …

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