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@GeekeryDo: @mikeyturvey I agree with you. I stopped reading them because I got tired of it, though @Sir_Narwhal is correct that it's normal for comics.
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@GeekeryDo: @Sir_Narwhal @mikeyturvey yeh but that's just one arc and it's easy to read it all since, as you said, it's been put together like that.
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Posted by Leah Bayer on November 2, 2013 | 2 Comments
With the first two Cu-Poches we reviewed, Madoka Kaname and Haruka Amami, I wasn’t exactly in love with the characters. Combined with the fact that the line was brand-new, we focused instead on more practical aspects like quality control, poseability, and face/headswapping potential. You know, the nitty-gritty details.
Now, though, the line’s built up some speed and we’ve finally got to a character I totally adore. Dark Magician Girl! Though I’ve left many of my anime-watching days behind, I still have a deep love for all things Yu-Gi-Oh (thanks in no small part to the Abridged Series… and watching the show a hundred times over with my brother).
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
So far, Kotobukiya’s Yu-Gi-Oh line has been pretty much a smash hit with fans, with Yugi (review), Kaiba (review), and Joey (review) getting rave reviews. The only “controversial” figure was Dark Magician (review), who was given his original card colorway–much to the dismay of the fans of his anime colors.
But Kotobukiya listens to their customers far more than most companies, so it was hardly a surprise when they revealed an alternate colorway of Dark Magician. And even though he was an exclusive, their US store made him surprisingly easy to get (and affordable!). I was one of the few people who really loved the crazy card colors, but even I can’t deny the appeal of his classic appearance: so hit the jump, and let’s get this duel started!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on October 9, 2013 | No Comments
Usually the popularity of a show or game is at its peak right after or during its airtime: companies gauge popularity based on pre-airing hype, online discussion and numbers of viewers and then go hunting for licenses. For some reason IDOLM@STER doesn’t seem to be following the usual trends: in fact, most of the merchandise of the first batch of girls has been coming out recently like the Haruka figure from MegaHouse and, of course, her Dollfie Dream!
Oh, and the item we’re looking at today: Kotobukiya’s Cu-Poche Haruka! A short while back we took a look at Madoka Kaname and found that overall they compare quite favorably to Nendoroids with a bit more poseability (though obviously less options for body/faceplate swapping). So let’s get started and take a look at the second release in the line!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 8, 2013 | 1 Comment
By now, everyone knows that I’m crazy for the Muv-Luv girls. I’m not even really sure why since I’ve neither played the games they’re in or seen the show, but I find something about the design aesthetic very pleasing. And not just the plugsuits: I’ll buy pretty much any figure of the trio from Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse! But of course their suits are the star of the show, so fans (and, you know, not-really-fans-but-kind-of-fans like myself) got pretty frustrated that we went so long without and cool figures of them.
Thankfully Kotobukiya answered our prayers and delivered the trio in their suits. We reviewed Cryska a while back and since doing things in order is no fun at all we’ll be taking a step back today to admire the first and arguably most popular of the lineup (and also, curiously, the only one actually standing up): Yui Takamura. So hit the jump and let’s go fight some aliens!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 4, 2013 | 5 Comments
Ah, the love story of a girl and her steamroller. Is there anything more classic and beloved? Human meets machine, sparks literally fly, concrete is flattened, hearts flutter. A bittersweet coming of age tale in modern Japan: a young girl discovering the real world, a steamroller discovering new ways to flatten stuff.
We often talk about the importance of a good base. It can make or break a figure: what would you rather have, a detailed woodland diorama or a boring white plastic disk? Before this figure I thought there was no such thing as “too much” when it came to bases. I mean, detailed bases are the best… right? Or are they… dun dun DUUUUUUUNNNN. Hit the jump out to find if this is story ends as a romance or a horror.
Posted by Leah Bayer on September 26, 2013 | 2 Comments
If you follow me or Stephen on any of our social profiles you’ve probably noticed that we have a heck of a lot going on in our personal lives at the moment. Enough that we’ve had to make some changes around the site–you’ve probably noticed a dropoff in the number of reviews that aren’t samples, and sadly the roundups have dropped off the map. As much as I love Plastikitty (this site is my baby!), when someone you love is going through not one but three major surgeries some changes have to be made to accommodate all that extra time it eats up.
But ever since I did the Asuna, Cryska and Kitty Pryde shoots when Stephen was in the hospital my love of photography has come back with a vengeance. We took a photography class together in college, and those nights spent in the darkroom are some of my favorite memories of the whole education experience. I find figure shoots so soothing, almost zenlike, and the idea of a boudoir-like photoshoot for a NSFW figure has been niggling at my mind for a while now. When perusing our boxed ladies to see who would fit this best, Maya just jumped out at me: I was originally planning on using one of our Sonikos but, well, here we are–so let’s get started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 23, 2013 | 9 Comments
It seems like every company nowadays wants to hop on Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid karma train. We’ve got the Chibi-Arts from Bandai (which are cheaply made and don’t have many poseability options), Daibadi’s Deforevo line (which has more problems than I can reasonably tackle in one sentence), even Phat! Company is starting one up. And last but certainly not least Kotobukiya’s Cu-Poche line which hopes to make a chibi figure with a bit more poseability.
It was announced only a year ago, but production moves along quickly and it’s time to dig into the first releases! Madoka Kaname and Haruka Amami were up first, and while we’ll be reviewing both we decided to tackle Madoka first since she has a Nendoroid counterpart. So let’s dive right in!
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 22, 2013 | 6 Comments
It’s about a hundred thousand degrees in New York, which is perfect weather for staying inside and playing a children’s card game. Or, alternately, marathoning nostalgic tv shows and laughing at the characters’ hilarious hair. Do you ever sit around and wonder, “man, how high was the artist of Yu-Gi-Oh? I mean, their hair is INSANE.” These are the kinds of things I think about.
Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Yu-Gi-Oh line has taken us on a nostalgia-filled rollercoaster ride through our favorite characters: Dark Magician Girl, Yami Yugi (review), Kaiba (review), Dark Magician (review), the upcoming Marik, and now the duelist you know you’ve been waiting for…. Joey! So hit the jump and let’s get this duel started.
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 22, 2013 | 8 Comments
Kitty Pryde ranks pretty high on my list of favorite comic characters. In fact, the only one higher than her is Huntress: so, for all intents and purposes, Kitty is my favorite Marvel chick. I actually don’t have a ton of favorite male characters, probably because I find them running around in their underwear a bit silly. Except for Deadman, because how can you not like him? Anyway, I was really looking forward to the eventual Bishoujo of Kitty, though I think a lot of people weren’t for one really obvious reason.
Kitty’s costume just isn’t interesting. While Huntress (review) has an outfit that can rock the socks off of even the most hesitant comic fan, Kitty’s ensemble just doesn’t scream “buy me!” It’s pretty standard X-Men garb, but she doesn’t have a nifty ski tone or wacky colored hair to make her stand out. Of course she does have a purple dragon, but even after seeing her in person I was wondering if she stood out enough. So what’s the final verdict on my #2 leading lady? Hit the jump and let’s get this party started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 21, 2013 | 9 Comments
For some reason, I am totally enamored with the Muv-Luv girls. It’s probably a combination of the cool color schemes, sleek plugsuits and pretty hair. So far they have taken on 4 of the girls from the franchise: Yui, who came out earlier this year, Cryska (who we are obviously taking a look at today!), Inia, who will be out at the end of summer, and Meiya, who is actually from a different Muv-Luv anime than the trio. Of the original threesome I think Cryska is my favorite, despite one big issue I have with her character design. What could that be, you ask? Well let’s hit the jump and dive on in!