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Posted by Leah Bayer on November 2, 2016 | 6 Comments
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.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 25, 2016 | 2 Comments
Deadpool is all the rage right now, so it’s really no surprise that Kotobukiya chose to loosely coincide the release of their Lady Deadpool Bishoujo with the film being in theaters. Something I didn’t even realize when her release date was first announced!
This is probably the slowest a Bishoujo has ever taken to go from announcement to release. I mean, she was teased almost 4 years ago, and we didn’t get the art until winter last year! Talk about a long wait. So was it all worth it? Hit the jump and let’s find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
Tali is my favorite Mass Effect girl (though truly Wrex is #1 in my heart), so of course I’ve been dying for her Bishoujo. The announcement, which followed Bishoujos Liara and Commander Shepard (review), had me totally over the moon. Because who doesn’t want a purple, gas mask-wearing alien in their collection?
Her art and sculpt were released almost back to back and were followed shortly by pre-orders. I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for her, but it was actually a pretty quick turnaround–it just seems longer because I’ve been dreaming of her since we first found out about Liara. So does Tali live up to my expectations? Hit the jump and let’s find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 17, 2015 | 2 Comments
Black Canary is probably the Bishoujo that fans had to wait the longest for (discounting Lady Deadpool of course, who was in “is it going to be made?” limbo for years). We first saw her art in May of 2013, over 2 1/2 years ago. Then, a few months later, the sculpt. Right on track, except she vanished shortly after! They ended up redoing the sculpt in April of this year, with the painted version right behind.
Dinah is one of my absolute favorite DC girls, solely because of Gail Simone’s run of Birds of Prey, so I’ve been anticipating her with bated breath for a long, long time now. But after such a long wait, can the final product ever live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 12, 2015 | 3 Comments
Hestia is, undoubtedly, this year’s It Girl. It seems like every company is making a figure of her, and the market is already kind of over-saturated with Bestia Hestia. But Kotobukiya was the first to get theirs out on the market, and to be honest, it’s the only figure of her I’ve come close to liking. The Hestia hype has definitely gone a bit over my head, and I find almost all of her figures kind of silly. Probably because the boob physics + ribbon.
But everyone knows I have a huge weakness for kneeling figures, especially slightly larger ones like Hestia who is 1/7 scale, so I was cautiously optimistic to get my hands on her. So hit the jump and check her out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 10, 2015 | 2 Comments
Since the inception of the DC Bishoujo line, fans have been particularly vocal about their desires for a Raven figure. She may not be one of the most popular heroines in the comic world but we’re the generation that grew up with the Teen Titans cartoon so I, and a lot of other people, have very fond memories of her. We finally got Starfire (review) and I assumed Raven was right behind her, but there was about a year’s wait in between the two. Torture! Or, you know, just how long it takes to make figures, because the turnaround on the Bishoujos is pretty damn fast. Can you imagine if it was Orchid Seed or Alter doing this line? There’d be like 4 years between each girl and whichever one you wanted the most would just stay in prototype stage forever.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 4, 2015 | 3 Comments
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.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 17, 2015 | 5 Comments
If you actually think about it, Kantai Collection is an absolutely bizarre phenomenon. I mean, it’s ships as cute girls. And not made-up ships, oh no–all of the characters are based on actual WWII ships. It’s already kind of a weird concept (especially since the ships are Japanese/German/Italian), but then there’s the fact that some of them, like Kitakami, carried Kaiten (the Japanese suicide torpedoes). It’s downright morbid, guys.
But the combination of cute girls with bizarre weaponry is an instant recipe for success in the anime & figure world, so of course it’s crazy popular. We practically have more figures of the KanColle girls than Sabers, and they’ve only been making them for two years! And there are so many characters that we don’t get a ton of overlap. And the character we’re looking at today, Fubuki, only has one scaled figure! So let’s hit the jump and get started.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 11, 2015 | 3 Comments
Date A Live has a weird place in the figure world. While it’s relatively popular, with quite a few scaled figures, it seems like no major manufacturers want to work on the girls. Yet we have Nendoroids of several of them! I really love the character design, it’s so bright and vibrant and over-the-top, so I’ve been particularly annoyed at this. Enter Kotobukiya’s Kurumi, who was announced at last fall’s MegaHobby!
Of course she’s not wearing her signature burnt-orange dress, but I have a long-standing love of lounging around girls in lingerie so this was pretty much an instant must-have for me.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 3, 2015 | 4 Comments
We went so long without Cardcaptor figures that it almost feels surreal to finally have one in my hands. I mean, when the prize figure announcements started coming in I tamed my excitement. It’s just prize figures, right? But then we got announcements like the figma and Kotobukiya’s Sakura scaled figure (review), and the floodgates were open.
And, thankfully, we’re not just getting figures of the girls. Because, come on, the second main character is a boy! And while it seems like most companies have been neglecting Syaoran, Kotobukiya of course did not. Cause they know the importance of boy figures. Hit the jump and let’s get started!