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Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Starfire
Sometimes you fall in love with a figure you just know you shouldn’t really like. Maybe she’s a little too bodacious, or straddling a super-phallic rock. You know, the usual figure pet peeves. Maybe her outfit is just too tacky for you, but something drags you in and makes you fall in love. And of course by “something” I mean crazy clear hair and an ass that won’t quit.
It took me literally a day to go from hating the art to worshiping the sculpt of Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Starfire. And after we took a look at her painted at Toy Fair? I was sunk. It was love, true love. And I waited obsessively for her release, praying she’d be every bit as beautiful as I imagined. Well, she’s out now, so does she live up to expectations? Hint: yes, so let’s hit the jump and watch me fawn over everyone’s favorite space princess.
Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Eren Yeager
To say that Attack on Titan took the anime & figure world by storm would honestly be something of an understatement. We’ve had an insane amount of figures from it in the past two years alone, and while the main focus has pretty clearly been on Mikasa and Levi, Eren is undoubtedly the runner-up with figures from Good Smile Company, Medicom, Sentinel, Banpresto, and (of course) Kotobukiya!
Stephen is a huge fan of the franchise so he’s been dying to get his hands on this particular set of figures, of which Eren is the first release. Dynamic poses, low price point, colors that are very true to the show–what could go wrong? Hit the jump and let’s battle some titans!
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Zatanna Gallery
Zatanna has always been one of my favorite DC girls. I mean, how can you not love a stage magician who is actually magic in real life? Plus, you know, fishnets and an amazingly cute/borderline cheesecake outfit help. Her art was so promising, and I was really hoping for Koto to pull out all the stops with this Bishoujo!
We already took a quick peek at her, but we got the opportunity to take a closer look at Zatanna behind the glass at NYCC. And, like most of the DC girls, she looks pretty amazing. The hair sculpt is so detailed, and I adore her pose. The gaps in her outfit will obviously not be there on the finished version, and she will also be coming with real fishnets!
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo She Hulk Gallery
She-Hulk was definitely one of the more highly anticipated Bishoujos–fans have been clamoring to get her in the line for (literally) years, and her art was pretty freaking fantastic. But, as we saw when we originally showed the sculpt off, not everyone is 100% pleased with how she came out.
Let’s start with the good, which is most of her. The skintone is spot on, her muscular body sculpt is amazing, and I love the cartoony hair. But her face has been a point of contention. She looks young and sweet, not exactly what you want from a woman who could tear you in half. Fear not, She-Hulk fans! Kotobukiya is definitely considering re-doing her face before orders launch.
NYCC 2014: (NSFW) Good Smile Company’s Femto Statue Gallery
We already showed you Guts, the protagonist of Berserk, but what good is a show without an antagonist? Femto here, the antagonist, if you could even really call him that, is also getting the statue treatment from Good Smile Company and is just as imposing as Guts. Standing about the same size as Guts, but slightly shorter due to the lack of a giant sword, Femto is damn impressive. His base is actually the Behelit after, well, some spoilertastic things happen, and is full of naked and decaying humans and creatures, which is a nice touch.
Just like Guts, I’m in love with this piece. The sculpting is phenomenal and in its unpainted form reminds me of the statues of ancient Greece. The theme is also very similar to what you’d see in those older pieces as well due to the whole pseudo-Inferno and hell theme of the base. The musculature and anatomy displayed in this pieces is bar none and I really hope that they continue the line if this is what we’ve gotten so far.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 25, 2014 | 5 Comments
Some terribly uploaded scans are better than none, right? It’s time for another batch of “try not to think about the wonder of old magazine scans and look at these terrible photos!” We’ve got some new(ish) stuff to look at today, including my personal favorite: Kotobukiya’s announced Homura, which is apparently a shrine-maiden kind of deal! Then there’s one of the beautiful Ichiban Kuji Homuras I’ll never own. Koto had a second figure in scans: the brand-new Zenchi no Jingi Minerva from Cardfight!! Vanguard who (surprise) is illustrated by Tony Taka.
There’s, of course, some KanColle news: Amakuni has their Amatsukaze sculpted, and has announced a figure of Haruna Kai Ni, one of the Kongou sisters. Orchid Seed’s take on Leviathan is painted and comes with an… interesting second pose. Everything else is MegaHouse: they are adding China Kousaka (In her BEAR GUNDAM OUTFIT) & Rinko Iori to the Gundam Girls Generation line and Sayla Mass to the 1/8 scale collection. Last but not least, there’s an announcement for Izuna the fox girl from Shinrabanshou Chocolate!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 22, 2014 | 1 Comment
Primal Heart is a rather small garage kit company. They don’t make many sculpts, but the ones they do have an undeniable wow factor. Gorgeous, crisp sculpting and fantastic true-to-the-art faces. They tend to focus primarily on the Fate/Stay Night girls… or Saber. Kind of only Saber. And for last Treasure Festa, they had the most gorgeous Saber Extra I’ve seen (so far).
Since both their Saber Lily and Pajama Saber got picked up, and by different companies to boot, I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that this will get a PVC production. I mean, it’s not even just their Saber figures that get PVC love: Alter’s Senran Kagura Asuka? Yup, that’s a Primal Heart sculpt. But for now let’s just wait patiently and drool over this amazing gallery.
[via One Knight Stands]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 22, 2014 | 6 Comments
Since both Bandai and Good Smile Company have finished up both their Mario and Luigi chibi action figures, it was a race to see what character would be next. While logic dictates Peach, most people had their money on Yoshi: after all, he’s pretty much everyone’s favorite. And we all know Yoshi Canyon is the best Mario Kart route, so he deserves some figure love.
Well, it’s happening! Bandai has officially announced an S.H.Figuarts version of him–and to be honest, I’m sure a Nendoroid isn’t far behind. But personally I feel like Bandai has done the better job on this series with the more true-to-life proportions and the awesome expansion kits. I wonder how many eggs Yoshi will come with?!
[via Bluefin’s Youtube]
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on November 19, 2014 | No Comments
Well, this is both surprising and unsurprising all in one. It’s been known for a while know that Kidrobot hasn’t been doing so hot as they’ve had to close down quite a lot of their retail locations and have been having insane sales up to 80% off retail on their website, so it’s no surprise that something had to happen on their business end, but I don’t think anyone could have expected this. NECA has purchased Kidrobot and placed famed artist Frank Kozik as the new Creative Director in an attempt to bring the company back to being an artist focused entity.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about this. It’s great to see Kidrobot back on its feet again especially under someone like Frank Kozik, but at the same time NECA isn’t exactly synonymous with quality, but rather affordability, which is about the exact opposite of the Kidrobot of old. It also remains to be seen if Kidrobot will actually stray away from their heavy licensed merchandise, especially with NECA at the helm, who exists to bring other people’s properties to life, but I have faith that it will. Now bring me back some interesting Dunny sets and I’ll be happy.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | 7 Comments
There have been a lot of figures of Sorceress from Dragon’s Crown, and I’ve kind of hated all of them. In fact, I was pretty certain I’d never but a figure of her… but my mind has changed, and from A+ of all companies! I mean, the concept art is nice and there’s much less focus on her boobs than the other renditions, but it’s the face that is selling me: so lovely! Let’s hope it holds up painted.
They also showed off the concept art outline for their Amazon! Isn’t it strange that most companies are doing both Sorceress and Amazon, but a third main girl hasn’t really been decided: we’ve got an Elf and Tiki, but not much overlap so far.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
Well, we’ve seen a lot of goodies from Miyazawa Model already, but since this is a smaller-scale event there are a ton of companies that only brought one new thing… and it’s not worthy of its own post. So we’re just going to lump them all together!
As you can see in the header, Aoshima’s Silica is painted (and so cute!). Pulchra brought Bekki Natsumi from No-Rin, which has the honor of being one of the most boring figures I’ve ever seen. On the slightly-more-exciting side we’ve got a ton of Ichiban Kuji, including some gorgeous Sheryls I’d love to own and a stunning Homura. And let’s not forget X-Plus, who brought a new and suspect-looking Erza Scarlet.
[UPDATE] Added PLUM’s new Mira Yamana from Trinity Seven and Revolve’s painted Liu-Li
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | 2 Comments
I feel like recently Alter has been getting away from what they used to be so good at: intricate, badass girls with crazy weaponry. I mean, their Nanoha line kind of defined the company, but recently they’ve been more “girls standing around in boring outfits” than, well, anything else. So of course I was thrilled at the announcement of a Mu-12: kind of hard to make her boring, right?
Well, the pose isn’t much to write home about (aside, of course, from the obvious butt focus), but the paint looks amazing. And her base, spectacular! It lights up too.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | No Comments
Griffon’s Infinite Stratos line has been quite a mixed bag. While their Charlotte looked great (and came out much better than most Griffon figures!), the Laura was a disappointment… to say the least. But then apparently nowadays all Laura figures suck, so I was cautiously optimistic for their shower-time version of Cecilia.
Thankfully, she’s leaning much closer to Charlotte than Laura! The clear towel effect actually works and I adore her hair sculpt.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | 3 Comments
Kaitendoh moves at such a slow pace nowadays that they make like 3 figures a year. It’s a little weird, considering how frequently they used to pop out Tamakis. But they took their time on their figure of this year’s It Girl, Soniko, and I have to admit that the weird boob-holding thing looks significantly less distracting with paint than it did in the sculpt. And that’s not all they had: the bizarre football Pochaco is sculpted too! I just can’t even. That’s not regulation.
Lechery, Kaitendoh’s NSFW sister company, also came with a little surprise for us. It’s a figure I’m just going to call Attack of the Consentacles, and well… you have to check it out in the gallery to really believe it.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 18, 2014 | 3 Comments
AlphaMax is very quickly becoming one of my favorite companies. With both Orchid Seed and Native on the decline, I need someone to make scantily clad Tony Taka girls for me! And clothed ones too I guess. At Miyazawa Model they had two Tony Taka girls: the amazing santa cat from Wonder Festival, and the gorgeous Won Pairon from Blade Arcus From Shining. Kind of getting long-winded with the game names there, Sega.
They also had another illustrator’s figure on hand: Misaki Kurehito’s work, which was just art previously, is sculpted! Kurehito is the artist behind Cat Lap Milk so of course I am super excited to see this one finished off.
[via Dengeki Hobby]