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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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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-bishoujo-squirrel-girl-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotosquirrelgirlgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78855"></a></p> <p>There are always new things happening in the Bishoujo line, but by far my favorite recent one was the announcement that Squirrel Girl was not, in fact, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/bishoujo-squirrel-girl-is-actually-happening" target="_blank">just an April Fool’s joke</a>. And then <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujo-squirrel-girl" target="_blank">the reveal of her sculpt</a>, which is just painfully adorable (and right now has one of the best Shunya Yamashita faces Kotobukiya has ever done).</p> <p>We got to take a close look at her at New York Comic Con. The sculpt is so crisp: I especially like her spiky hair, acorn earrings, and (surprise) her little squirrel pal! Because I think 90% of figures would be improved by having an animal companion.</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo Squirrel Girl Gallery

    There are always new things happening in the Bishoujo line, but by far my favorite recent one was the announcement that Squirrel Girl was not, in fact, just an April Fool’s joke. And then the reveal of her sculpt, which is just painfully adorable (and right now has one of the best Shunya Yamashita faces Kotobukiya has ever done).

    We got to take a close look at her at New York Comic Con. The sculpt is so crisp: I especially like her spiky hair, acorn earrings, and (surprise) her little squirrel pal! Because I think 90% of figures would be improved by having an animal companion.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-atlas-p-body-figmas-gallery/attachment/nycc2016gscatlaspbodyfigmasgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78731"></a></p> <p>I have such fond memories of <em>Portal 2</em>. Or rather, I have fond memories of Stephen playing and me shouting, “oh what if you put that thingy on the one over there??” I’m a very helpful backseat videogamer.</p> <p>The announcement of figmas of the co-op robots <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-portal-2-figmas-atlas-p-body" target="_blank">ATLAS and P-body</a> came as a huge surprise, since it came out of nowhere, and we were thrilled to take a super close look at these cute lil morons. We also got to talk with some of the designers and got some behind the scenes info: their eyes move! You can close them and fiddle with them to your heart’s content. The level of detail on these is totally insane, especially given how tiny they are. I can’t wait to see the paint!</p>

    NYCC 2016: ATLAS & P-body figmas Gallery

    I have such fond memories of Portal 2. Or rather, I have fond memories of Stephen playing and me shouting, “oh what if you put that thingy on the one over there??” I’m a very helpful backseat videogamer.

    The announcement of figmas of the co-op robots ATLAS and P-body came as a huge surprise, since it came out of nowhere, and we were thrilled to take a super close look at these cute lil morons. We also got to talk with some of the designers and got some behind the scenes info: their eyes move! You can close them and fiddle with them to your heart’s content. The level of detail on these is totally insane, especially given how tiny they are. I can’t wait to see the paint!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-gscs-albedo-gallery/attachment/nycc2016gscalbedogalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78715"></a></p> <p>Good Smile Company has been keeping the sculpt for their Albedo tightly under wraps. She was at Wonder Festival, but with a strict “do not photograph” rule. Finally, we got to see <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-good-smile-companys-albedo" target="_blank">her full reveal to the public</a> at NYCC! Which is unusual, because of course it’s a US event.</p> <p>I was so excited to finally see her up close and free from her glass prison. The sculpt is just stunning–every wing lovingly detailed, the swath of flowing hair, her soft fluttering skirt, the elaborate pedestal base. Though I am admittedly not a fan of her dress design (dreamcatcher boob window, why?) that’s certainly not a fault of the figure and I can overlook it for wings like that. Especially if their might be some clear PVC involved.</p>

    NYCC 2016: GSC’s Albedo Gallery

    Good Smile Company has been keeping the sculpt for their Albedo tightly under wraps. She was at Wonder Festival, but with a strict “do not photograph” rule. Finally, we got to see her full reveal to the public at NYCC! Which is unusual, because of course it’s a US event.

    I was so excited to finally see her up close and free from her glass prison. The sculpt is just stunning–every wing lovingly detailed, the swath of flowing hair, her soft fluttering skirt, the elaborate pedestal base. Though I am admittedly not a fan of her dress design (dreamcatcher boob window, why?) that’s certainly not a fault of the figure and I can overlook it for wings like that. Especially if their might be some clear PVC involved.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-star-wars-artfx-kylo-ren-gallery/attachment/sdcc2016kotokylorenartfxheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77625"></a></p> <p>This may seem sacrilegious, but I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan. I was Team Trek as a kid, and that has definitely carried into adulthood. However, I think <em>The Force Awakens</em> has swayed me at least a little bit and I am now straight Kylo Ren trash. I want all the figures of him right now. And while he’s gotten a lot recently, I was really praying for Kotobukiya to make him in the ArtFX line which is a very decent 1/7 scale.</p> <p>Well, dreams do come true! He was revealed at San Diego Comic Con and we got to take a super-detailed look at my evil boo. There are so many beautiful details here, from the flowing clothing to all those snowy patches. Definitely feels like a scene from the movie come to life. I wonder if he’ll have an unmasked head… and if Finn & Rey will be joining the line. Or BB-8, please.</p> <p><em>[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of <a href="http://www.ninetwilights.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.ninetwilights.com/', 'Nine Twilights']);" target="_blank">Nine Twilights</a>]</em></p>

    SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Star Wars ArtFX Kylo Ren Gallery

    This may seem sacrilegious, but I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan. I was Team Trek as a kid, and that has definitely carried into adulthood. However, I think The Force Awakens has swayed me at least a little bit and I am now straight Kylo Ren trash. I want all the figures of him right now. And while he’s gotten a lot recently, I was really praying for Kotobukiya to make him in the ArtFX line which is a very decent 1/7 scale.

    Well, dreams do come true! He was revealed at San Diego Comic Con and we got to take a super-detailed look at my evil boo. There are so many beautiful details here, from the flowing clothing to all those snowy patches. Definitely feels like a scene from the movie come to life. I wonder if he’ll have an unmasked head… and if Finn & Rey will be joining the line. Or BB-8, please.

    [Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-fine-arts-statue-vision-gallery/attachment/sdcc2016kotovisionheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77630"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya had a lot of exciting reveals at San Diego Comic Con, but there was definitely one that stood out for statue fans: their Fine Arts version of Vision. Vision is a character who has definitely catapulted into the public eye since <em>Age of Ultron</em> and <em>Civil War</em>, so it’s no surprise that we’re getting such a lovingly detailed version of him!</p> <p>We got to take a peek at him at SDCC, including an exclusive 360 look at his base which has a sneaky little Ultron head tucked away. Kotobukiya always goes all-out for this line, and it’s clear that Vision will be no exception!</p> <p><em>[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of <a href="http://www.ninetwilights.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.ninetwilights.com/', 'Nine Twilights']);" target="_blank">Nine Twilights</a>]</em></p>

    SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Fine Arts Statue Vision Gallery

    Kotobukiya had a lot of exciting reveals at San Diego Comic Con, but there was definitely one that stood out for statue fans: their Fine Arts version of Vision. Vision is a character who has definitely catapulted into the public eye since Age of Ultron and Civil War, so it’s no surprise that we’re getting such a lovingly detailed version of him!

    We got to take a peek at him at SDCC, including an exclusive 360 look at his base which has a sneaky little Ultron head tucked away. Kotobukiya always goes all-out for this line, and it’s clear that Vision will be no exception!

    [Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujos-thor-loki-gallery/attachment/sdcc2016kotothorlokiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77629"></a></p> <p>I’ve been smitten with Kotobukiya’s Thor & Loki Bishoujos since we <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujos-thor-loki" target="_blank">first saw the art</a> at Toy Fair. I mean, evil girls are my jam so I was of course in love with Loki in particular. We got the sculpt reveal <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujos-thor-loki" target="_blank">just a few days ago</a>, and I still wasn’t sure how I felt about Thor.</p> <p>Well, after seeing more detail shots I can safely say that while Loki is still #1 babe, Thor is definitely growing on me. It’s really the cape that I love: the vibrant red & detailed sculpt make it look like real fabric, a hard feat to pull off. We got to take a super-detailed behind the glass look at both of these beauties at SDCC, so check out the gallery below!</p> <p><em>[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of <a href="http://www.ninetwilights.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.ninetwilights.com/', 'Nine Twilights']);" target="_blank">Nine Twilights</a>]</em></p>

    SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujos Thor & Loki Gallery

    I’ve been smitten with Kotobukiya’s Thor & Loki Bishoujos since we first saw the art at Toy Fair. I mean, evil girls are my jam so I was of course in love with Loki in particular. We got the sculpt reveal just a few days ago, and I still wasn’t sure how I felt about Thor.

    Well, after seeing more detail shots I can safely say that while Loki is still #1 babe, Thor is definitely growing on me. It’s really the cape that I love: the vibrant red & detailed sculpt make it look like real fabric, a hard feat to pull off. We got to take a super-detailed behind the glass look at both of these beauties at SDCC, so check out the gallery below!

    [Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]

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