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Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Ken Kaneki
You would think that with the rise of male figures, we’d be getting more and more dynamic and interesting takes on them. But sadly, that’s not the case: for the most part, guy figures are still just kind of standing around. I mean, it’s high-quality standing-around, but nothing much is happening there.
Except, of course, for Kotobukiya, who has been making dynamic male figures for quite some time. So of course we were all excited for their take on Tokyo Ghoul‘s Ken Kaneki! While the show was pretty popular it didn’t receive a ton of figure attention. Thankfully, the few options we do have are pretty awesome, especially the ArtFX J Awakened Version which we’ll be taking a look at today.
NYCC 2015: Max Factory’s Sorceress Gallery
It’s rare that I end up falling for a figure that I originally disliked, but that’s what happened with Max Factory’s Sorceress. I went from “no definitely do not want” to “suddenly, I am in love!” once I saw her in person. She’ just… divine. Perfect. Okay, maybe not perfect, because I still don’t like the bust. But everything else? Yes!
We thankfully got to take a very close look at her at NYCC. There is just so much detail on this piece: from the insane layering of both sculpt & color on her hair to the amazing skeleton base, she’s got something to focus on from head to toe.
NYCC 2015: Good Smile Company’s Link Gallery
Like the figma before it, we also saw this Link twice so far, but whereas the figma is from A Link Between Worlds, this scaled figure is from Skyward Sword aka: “that Zelda game you bought for that cool looking gold Wiimote and never actually played because the Wii’s plug had been pulled like a year prior” or “that Zelda game you bought and hated because it was severely scaled back”. Personally, I’m in the former category. I think our copy is still actually sealed after all these years. And because of that, I just can’t really get too excited about this figure.
As much as I adore Link since he’s been a big part of my life ever since I was a small child, I just feel like something is off here. The action pose seems a tad generic and stiff rather than fluid and his face looks like Eminem-post-plastic-surgery from some angles. On the whole he’s still masterfully detailed and looks great, but he’s just missing that extra oomph to take him over the top. Now just actually give everyone what they want: a really badass statue of adult Link’s jumping pose from Ocarina of Time.
NYCC 2015: Kotobukiya’s Tekken Bishoujo Lucky Chloe Gallery
I can’t even remember the last time I was this hype about a figure. I already kind of flipped out about Chloe at NYCC, but now we have a super extra detailed gallery of her. And how amazing is she? The most amazing. She is a perfect cinnamon roll. Too good for this world.
And also hella detailed! See the back of her jacket? It has her name on it, awww. And the fur sculpt, super realistic. Plus a cute butt. It’s everything I want in life… and more. Okay actually what I want in life is to literally be Chloe. And to have little cat assistants. Livin’ the dream.
NYCC 2015: Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Sniper Wolf Gallery
There are a lot of game licenses that you’d think would be the perfect fit for the Bishoujo line. Soul Calibur, Final Fantasy (in my dreams), BlazBlue, Darkstalkers. I don’t know if Metal Gear Solid was on anyone’s list, since it seemed so unlikely, but here we are! With a shiny full gallery of Sniper Wolf, who we showed you a taste of earlier.
I know there have been some complaints about her boobaliciousness but surprisingly I don’t mind them! I know, all I do is complain about boobs and here I’m like “ehh, they’re not floating?” I think I’m just distracted by the pose and AMAZING BASE. That little doggy, aww. So, bets on how long it will take before we get a Quiet Bishoujo?
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 10 Comments
MegaHouse is the company that runs MegaHobby Expo, but somehow they’re always the company I’m least excited to cover. I mean, they had some great stuff (like the Pokemon and Digimon figures we already saw) but overall they’re just kind of… lackluster? There are some kind of cool announcements, like the fact that we’re getting bikini figures of the Bikini Warriors girls–they showed off Mage and Paladin! But overall? Yeah, not too pumped.
I think that’s because there is a big focus on shows like One Piece and Gintama, which are just not my jam. But if you are a fan, this was a great event! We have announcements for quite a few new P.O.Ps, including (another) bikini Nami, a lounging Sanji, and Trafalgar Law… as a girl? There’s also a new Bulma–after years of Bulma figure drought, we’re now (happily) drowning in her! Also the reveal of a Sailor Saturn Petit Chara Deluxe. Funny that they’re doing her before any of the other senshi!
Last but not least, we’re getting figures of Relena Peacecraft and Heero Yuy from Alpha x Omega! Aw yeah Gundam Wing. MegaHouse will also be making Asuka Sugou from Shin Seiki GPX Cyber Formula.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | No Comments
Amakuni: aka “manufacturer of figures I want that are always so expensive & exclusive so they make me cry.” It’s always kind of bittersweet to see what they have coming down the pipeline because it will inevitably be pretty and I inevitably won’t be able to get it. SIGH. They had, of course, some great stuff at Megahobby, including Wedding Muramasa! Plus the bonus announcement for a Wedding Chachamaru Ashikaga. The alternate Beelzebub is also painted.
We have a ton of new sculpts! There’s Felicia von Flamberg (lol that name) from Sword & Wizards, the gorgeous Umuru from Wixoss, an announcement for Libeccio from KanColle, and the hilariously busty Kasumi Iwato from Saki Zenkoku-hen.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 2 Comments
We’ve seen Alter’s Yuzuruha, but of course they had lots more at Megahobby Expo! I mean, they did just show off some stuff at that IDOLM@STER event but still, many goodies to be had. There were, of course, many of their Love Live! girls (seeing as how they are doing the whole cast): the Halloween Eri was there (which is technically Alpha x Omega), along with Maki Nishikino and Nozomi Tojou. We also have two Sabers: the previously announced Saber Alter is sculpted, and they’ve announced a new school uniform one. Personally, I don’t need any more Sabers, but man the dress on that Alter…
The most exciting announcement (to me) is a dual figure of Charlotte and Laura from Infinite Stratos… as catgirls! It’s just too cute. We also have sculpts for Edna from Tales of Zestiria (who I seriously thought was another Saber), along with Julius Will Kresnik from Tales of Xillia 2. Gertrud Barkhorn, the last announced Strike Witch, is sculpted, and the rather risque Mea Kurosaki got a paint job along with Isuzu Sento. Check them all out below!
[UPDATE] Added Yukina Himeragi from Strike the Blood
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 3 Comments
Alter’s line for Muramasa: The Demon Blade has been, shall we say, incredibly slow-paced. Momohime, who is arguably their most popular figure of all time, came out ages ago (though she’s gotten a ton of re-releases) and Kongiku was quite a ways back too at this point. But it’s still chugging along, as we found out this summer with the reveal of the Yuzuruha sculpt.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Kongiku, but man oh man am I in love with this figure. I mean, the whole kimono-clinging-directly-to-her-buttcheeks is a little weird but hey, she’s a magical fox girl. Maybe that’s part of her powers. The detail level on the sculpt & paint is exactly what you’d expect from Alter and this is definitely coming home to me no matter how much they jack up her price.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 5 Comments
MegaHouse is really going all-out on the nostalgia figures recently, huh? Usually they’re not a company I am super interested in but their tactics must be working, because suddenly I have a ton of their stuff in the mail. Because if you make figures from my childhood anime, I’m pretty much guaranteed to buy it. And one of my absolute favorites was Digimon, so of course I’ve been loving those! I mean, ignoring making Angewomon, Angemon & Wizardmon exclusives. We just don’t talk about those.
It seems like after making all the kids with their regular (un-digivolved? what even is the correct term here) mons it’s time for BIG DIGIMON. First up is not Greymon (shockingly) but Matt and Garurumon! Everyone’s favorite seal-tiger-wolf. And I’m sure we will be getting the rest of the cast too! [UPDATED] with some new images!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 2 Comments
MegaHobby Expo used to be one of the really big figure events. With all the smaller ones, it’s toned down a bit in popularity these past few years, but we still get a good bit of new info. And tonight we have some great stuff: MegaHouse’s Pokemon line will not be ending with Jessie and James, but will continue on!
They showed off the sculpts for Ash & Misty, and of course both of them have Pokemon pals. I pretty much grew up on Pokemon so this is such an exciting line for me! I wonder who else they will add? Brock, maybe Nurse Joy? I really want a Sabrina.
[via highrunder’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 27, 2015 | 1 Comment
You know what we need right before MegaHobby? Another figure event! What is up with how many we’ve had this fall? This time it’s one dedicated only to IDOLM@STER, and there were a LOT of figures at it. Wave, surprisingly, is making non-Beach Queens figures of some of the Cinderella Girls: sculpts for Kaede Takagaki and Miku Maekawa appeared, along with announcements for Rika Jougasaki, Miria Akagi, and Kirari Moroboshi. We’re also getting another Dollfie Dream from Volks: Rin Shibuya! Kotobukiya joined the party with the sculpt for Kaede Takagaki and an announcement for Nana Abe.
Good Smile Company & Co had, of course, the most updates. Phat! Company had many of their girls, along with a brand new sculpt of Rin Shibuya. The Love Laika version of Anastasia, which just went up for order, was painted, along with the matching Minami Nitta. Good Smile’s Crystal Night Party figure of Uzuki Shimamura is sculpted, and we have figmas of Rika and Mika Jougasaki based on their anime appearance.
Then we have Alter! First, three announcements from their Alpha x Omega collaboration: Rin Shibuya, Karen Houjou, and Nao Kamiya. They also showed off the amazing sculpts for Riina Tada and Miku Maekawa. Phew, that’s a lot of idols!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 26, 2015 | 3 Comments
There sure is a lot of Monogatari news today, based on the fact that we usually get it once every few weeks. But we already previewed the new Nadeko today, and it’s time for another new figure! This one is from Aniplex (meaning exclusive, expensive, sell your kidney to buy, etc) and it’s of Shinobu, possibly the most popular character figure-wise from the series.
Shinobu almost always has donuts in her figures, but this one is a bath of donuts. Literally. It’s based on this art, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. I mean, it’s such a cute concept, but she’s naked in donuts. And looks like she is at most 10. I wish she was wearing a bathing suit or something!
[UPDATE] We have full promo pictures, and pricing: she is ¥14,040. Ouch!
[via Aniplex’s Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 24, 2015 | 4 Comments
It’s been no secret that I feel like recently Native has really gone downhill. They used to be my favorite manufacturer of NSFW figures (a title now held by AlphaMax, and sometimes Orchid Seed), but in recent years they are heading in a direction I just don’t like. Aside from the recent Tony Taka figure (which, like a moron, I missed orders for), none of the current releases have interested me. But they have a lot of great stuff coming down the pipe, including this figure based on an illustration by Niritsu!
This really brings back everything I loved about Native. Super accurate to the art, gorgeous paint and sculpt, and ecchi without being outright lewd. So many of their recent figures have felt like “OMG BOOBS” to me, but this is just right. Plus she’s Alice in Wonderland themed, what’s not to love? She retails for ¥15,278 and will come out in May. You can order her directly from Native!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
By now you all know how very much I love Tony Taka figures, especially the ones based on the Shining World series. One of my very first PVC figures, and the first one I ordered without knowing the character, was Kotobukiya’s original Elwing. And it’s been Tony Taka all the way down since then. I especially love AlphaMax’s takes on his work, from the more conservative ones to the figures based on his NSFW art.
This is one of the former, which is significantly more rare for them. It’s Sonia Blanche from Shining Resonance, and this figure really feels like a spiritual successor to the (presumed) dead Orchid Seed Shining World line. The gentle pose, the soft colors, the unusual design… I’m in love! She is 1/7 scale and will retail for ¥12,800 with a May release, and orders are open now! AmiAmi | Hobby Search | Big In Japan