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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81367" rel="attachment wp-att-81367"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dark-magician-girl-cupoche" target="_blank">Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche</a>, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?</p> <p>Today we are looking at Sebastian from <em>Black Butler</em>, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis" target="_blank">a scaled figure of him</a> a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sebastian Michaelis Cu-Poche

    Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?

    Today we are looking at Sebastian from Black Butler, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did a scaled figure of him a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81137" rel="attachment wp-att-81137"></a></p> <p>I have a confession, guys: I am really superhero’d out. There are just SO MANY tv shows and movies (and novels now too apparently) based on the DC and Marvel worlds. I’ve experienced overload and now it’s hard to work up the energy to care about them. But there is one big, sparkling exception to that: <em>Guardians of the Galaxy</em>. Do you know how excited I am for Vol 2? VERY EXCITED.</p> <p>So of course I was hella pumped at the reveal of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2017-kotobukiyas-artfx-star-lord" target="_blank">a Star-Lord ArtFX statue at Toy Fair</a>. Especially because he’s perfect. They absolutely nailed the face, and the detail on the outfit is astounding. And he’s a generous 1/6 scale, so definitely a centerpiece kind of figure. Plus BABY GROOT. It just couldn’t get any better. Unless, of course, they made matching statues of the rest of the cast…</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Kotobukiya’s Star-Lord and Groot ArtFX Gallery

    I have a confession, guys: I am really superhero’d out. There are just SO MANY tv shows and movies (and novels now too apparently) based on the DC and Marvel worlds. I’ve experienced overload and now it’s hard to work up the energy to care about them. But there is one big, sparkling exception to that: Guardians of the Galaxy. Do you know how excited I am for Vol 2? VERY EXCITED.

    So of course I was hella pumped at the reveal of a Star-Lord ArtFX statue at Toy Fair. Especially because he’s perfect. They absolutely nailed the face, and the detail on the outfit is astounding. And he’s a generous 1/6 scale, so definitely a centerpiece kind of figure. Plus BABY GROOT. It just couldn’t get any better. Unless, of course, they made matching statues of the rest of the cast…

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81040" rel="attachment wp-att-81040"></a></p> <p>On the first day of Toy Fair, we brought you the debut of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/pvc/toy-fair-2017-kotobukiyas-ms-marvel-bishoujo" target="_blank">Kotobukiya’s Ms Marvel Bishoujo</a>. But as per usual, we also got to take her out for a little spin! I mean that literally, because we gently put them on a table and spin ’em around to get all the angles. It’s very professional and fancy, you know.</p> <p>I’m really loving the new direction the Bishoujo line seems to be taking. Sure, I love the classic sexy style Shunya brings to a lot of them (and that’s certainly not going away anytime soon), but I also appreciate the softer take some of them have been getting. Like Squirrel Girl or Ms Marvel, where the focus is more on cuteness than “wow T&A!” It’s not a style that fits every superheroine, so it’s nice to see the line both expanding to fit those girls but also changing a bit so they still look Shunya-illustrated but also not out of character!</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Kotobukiya’s Ms. Marvel Bishoujo Gallery

    On the first day of Toy Fair, we brought you the debut of Kotobukiya’s Ms Marvel Bishoujo. But as per usual, we also got to take her out for a little spin! I mean that literally, because we gently put them on a table and spin ’em around to get all the angles. It’s very professional and fancy, you know.

    I’m really loving the new direction the Bishoujo line seems to be taking. Sure, I love the classic sexy style Shunya brings to a lot of them (and that’s certainly not going away anytime soon), but I also appreciate the softer take some of them have been getting. Like Squirrel Girl or Ms Marvel, where the focus is more on cuteness than “wow T&A!” It’s not a style that fits every superheroine, so it’s nice to see the line both expanding to fit those girls but also changing a bit so they still look Shunya-illustrated but also not out of character!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=79909" rel="attachment wp-att-79909"></a></p> <p>It’s a good time to be both a video game fan and a figure collector (I’m just gonna assume the crossover is pretty large). We’ve been getting so many great licenses, including of course a bounty of Nintendo figures. Especially from Good Smile! They’ve given us so very many Link figures so far… you’d think I would be tired by now, but the latest–<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/go-on-an-adventure-with-the-breath-of-the-wild-link-nendoroid" target="_blank">Breath of the Wild Link</a>–is my favorite so far.</p> <p>I mean, there’s just so much to love. There’s tons of detailing in his outfit and weaponry. He comes with a tiny lil pony (if you get the DX version, of course). And he’s just so tiny and angry! Something about the mad Nendoroid faceplates get me every time, because they’re so small and chubby. Check out our in-depth gallery of him below the jump.</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Breath of the Wild Nendoroid Link Gallery

    It’s a good time to be both a video game fan and a figure collector (I’m just gonna assume the crossover is pretty large). We’ve been getting so many great licenses, including of course a bounty of Nintendo figures. Especially from Good Smile! They’ve given us so very many Link figures so far… you’d think I would be tired by now, but the latest–Breath of the Wild Link–is my favorite so far.

    I mean, there’s just so much to love. There’s tons of detailing in his outfit and weaponry. He comes with a tiny lil pony (if you get the DX version, of course). And he’s just so tiny and angry! Something about the mad Nendoroid faceplates get me every time, because they’re so small and chubby. Check out our in-depth gallery of him below the jump.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=79893" rel="attachment wp-att-79893"></a></p> <p>I think we’re all still riding the hype train of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/the-cavalrys-here-with-overwatch-nendoroid-tracer" target="_blank">the Overwatch Nendoroid line</a>. I mean, it came out of nowhere (just like Tracer herself), and it’s such a huge license. So much potential! But of course before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the one cutie who is already up for order: Tracer.</p> <p>We were lucky enough to get an up-close out-of-the-glass peek at her. Look at the detail! Look at how crisp the lines are! I’m amazed that they packed so much into such a tiny figure. And she’s got so much personality, too.</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Overwatch Nendoroid Tracer Gallery

    I think we’re all still riding the hype train of the Overwatch Nendoroid line. I mean, it came out of nowhere (just like Tracer herself), and it’s such a huge license. So much potential! But of course before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the one cutie who is already up for order: Tracer.

    We were lucky enough to get an up-close out-of-the-glass peek at her. Look at the detail! Look at how crisp the lines are! I’m amazed that they packed so much into such a tiny figure. And she’s got so much personality, too.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2017-garage-kit-roundup/attachment/garagekitsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79830"></a></p> <p>It’s that time again! Time to look at a few of the garage kits that will be on display and for sale at Wonder Festival. Of course for most of us this is just to drool over, but as always if you are attending the event each picture is labeled with the circle & character name! Also, I am insanely jealous of you.</p> <p>The trends this year are basically what you would expect. Tons of <em>Re:Zero</em> (and by that I mean tons of Rem & Ram, who cares about the other characters!), idol shows out in force, and quite a bit of <em>Granblue Fantasy</em>. Some old trends seem to be dying (there’s very little of Miku & Sonico compared to previous years). And, surprisingly, Cartoon Network is represented quite a bit. Check them all out in the gallery below, and let us know what you’d like to see as PVC!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://pandapapanda.cocolog-nifty.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://pandapapanda.cocolog-nifty.com/', 'Grizzry Panda']);" target="_blank">Grizzry Panda</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/mokupate/status/830362613137616897" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/mokupate/status/830362613137616897', 'mokupate']);" target="_blank">mokupate</a>, <a href="http://volks.co.jp/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://volks.co.jp/', 'Volks']);" target="_blank">Volks</a>, <a href="http://kotopora2.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-115.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://kotopora2.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-115.html', 'Kotopora']);" target="_blank">Kotopora</a>, <a href="http://primalheart.jugem.jp/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://primalheart.jugem.jp/', 'Primal Heart']);" target="_blank">Primal Heart</a>, <a href="http://fixia.jp/image/2507" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://fixia.jp/image/2507', 'fixia']);" target="_blank">fixia</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/anadigi2017/status/829458878706307072" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/anadigi2017/status/829458878706307072', 'Anadigi']);" target="_blank">Anadigi</a>, <a href="http://www.tinami.com/view/858145" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.tinami.com/view/858145', 'Tinami']);" target="_blank">Tinami</a>]</p>

    Winter WonFest 2017: Garage Kit Roundup

    It’s that time again! Time to look at a few of the garage kits that will be on display and for sale at Wonder Festival. Of course for most of us this is just to drool over, but as always if you are attending the event each picture is labeled with the circle & character name! Also, I am insanely jealous of you.

    The trends this year are basically what you would expect. Tons of Re:Zero (and by that I mean tons of Rem & Ram, who cares about the other characters!), idol shows out in force, and quite a bit of Granblue Fantasy. Some old trends seem to be dying (there’s very little of Miku & Sonico compared to previous years). And, surprisingly, Cartoon Network is represented quite a bit. Check them all out in the gallery below, and let us know what you’d like to see as PVC!

    [via Grizzry Panda, mokupate, Volks, Kotopora, Primal Heart, fixia, Anadigi, Tinami]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-18-motoko-kusanagi/attachment/kotomotokoreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79090"></a></p> <p>As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read <em>Neuromancer</em> and I quickly tore through the book genre. Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Asher… I read them all. And then I discovered a cyberpunk boom in anime! In the early 2000’s we got so many amazing cyberpunk-ish anime like <em>Heat Guy J</em>, <em>Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040</em>, and of course <em>Ghost in the Shell</em>.</p> <p><em>GiTS</em> seems to have stood the test of time better than the rest. It has several spinoffs/sequels/reimaginings, and we get merch from it to this day. Including <em>Ghost in the Shell: Arise</em>, which has given us some amazing figures of Motoko. Kotobukiya’s definitely has the most cyberpunk feel, so of course it was the one I was looking forward to the most! Let’s check her out.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/8 Motoko Kusanagi

    As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read Neuromancer and I quickly tore through the book genre. Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Asher… I read them all. And then I discovered a cyberpunk boom in anime! In the early 2000’s we got so many amazing cyberpunk-ish anime like Heat Guy J, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, and of course Ghost in the Shell.

    GiTS seems to have stood the test of time better than the rest. It has several spinoffs/sequels/reimaginings, and we get merch from it to this day. Including Ghost in the Shell: Arise, which has given us some amazing figures of Motoko. Kotobukiya’s definitely has the most cyberpunk feel, so of course it was the one I was looking forward to the most! Let’s check her out.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-harley-quinn-artfx-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotoharleyartfxgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78883"></a></p> <p>There are a lot of villains in the DC-verse, but it seems like most of the popular ones are men. So it was no surprise that Kotobukiya’s <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-new-52-artfx-villains-forever" target="_blank">Villains Forever line</a> was all dudes. However, while she wasn’t officially announced, Harley WAS part of that initial art announcement (though in her New 52 style, which is this obviously not).</p> <p>So it was great to see her out as <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-artfx-harley-quinn" target="_blank">a surprise announcement</a> at NYCC. They went for a very different style with her: the face is much more realistic and less comic-y. It’s beautifully detailed, especially given how tiny she is–the ArtFX+ line is 1/10 scale. And we got some good related news at the panel: they are considering doing the other Gotham City Sirens, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, to go along with her!</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Harley Quinn ArtFX+ Gallery

    There are a lot of villains in the DC-verse, but it seems like most of the popular ones are men. So it was no surprise that Kotobukiya’s Villains Forever line was all dudes. However, while she wasn’t officially announced, Harley WAS part of that initial art announcement (though in her New 52 style, which is this obviously not).

    So it was great to see her out as a surprise announcement at NYCC. They went for a very different style with her: the face is much more realistic and less comic-y. It’s beautifully detailed, especially given how tiny she is–the ArtFX+ line is 1/10 scale. And we got some good related news at the panel: they are considering doing the other Gotham City Sirens, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, to go along with her!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-bishoujo-chucky-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotochuckygalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78832"></a></p> <p>There seems to be a pattern with me and the Horror Bishoujo line. When we first find out about an announcement, I’m skeptical (“cute girl Chucky?” I say to myself. “No thanks.”). The art is unveiled and I’m basically won over because it’s always so good. Then we get <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-horror-bishoujo-chucky" target="_blank">the sculpt</a>, and I’m totally in love. It happened with <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-horror-bishoujo-edward-scissorhands-gallery" target="_blank">Edward Scissorhands</a>, and it’s happening again with Chucky, who I think I actually like the most of the line so far!</p> <p>She’s just so adorable but also evil. The knife behind her back? Such a nice touch. Plus she comes with an alternate scarred head if you want a little more horror in your life. The sculpt here is just lovely, and we found out that Tiffany will be done by the same person so the two should fit together perfectly when they’re completed!</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Chucky Gallery

    There seems to be a pattern with me and the Horror Bishoujo line. When we first find out about an announcement, I’m skeptical (“cute girl Chucky?” I say to myself. “No thanks.”). The art is unveiled and I’m basically won over because it’s always so good. Then we get the sculpt, and I’m totally in love. It happened with Edward Scissorhands, and it’s happening again with Chucky, who I think I actually like the most of the line so far!

    She’s just so adorable but also evil. The knife behind her back? Such a nice touch. Plus she comes with an alternate scarred head if you want a little more horror in your life. The sculpt here is just lovely, and we found out that Tiffany will be done by the same person so the two should fit together perfectly when they’re completed!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-intelligent-systems-camilla-gallery/attachment/nycc2016gsccamillagalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78773"></a></p> <p>Camilla from Fire Emblem was definitely the darling of Good Smile Company’s booth. There was always quite a crowd around her, so it could be difficult to take a really good look at all the details. Thankfully, we got to set her free from her glass prison and get a 360 peek at this beauty!</p> <p>As I mentioned <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-intelligent-systems-fire-emblem-camilla" target="_blank">when we first saw her</a>, I still think the breast sculpt is a little much (though at least it makes more sense than most because of the armor corset), but I’m smitten with everything else about her. The hair sculpt in particular is just stunning. So detailed! Plus she has little cat ears and an adorable tiara. Cat princess of my heart.</p>

    NYCC 2016: Intelligent Systems’ Camilla Gallery

    Camilla from Fire Emblem was definitely the darling of Good Smile Company’s booth. There was always quite a crowd around her, so it could be difficult to take a really good look at all the details. Thankfully, we got to set her free from her glass prison and get a 360 peek at this beauty!

    As I mentioned when we first saw her, I still think the breast sculpt is a little much (though at least it makes more sense than most because of the armor corset), but I’m smitten with everything else about her. The hair sculpt in particular is just stunning. So detailed! Plus she has little cat ears and an adorable tiara. Cat princess of my heart.

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