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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-17-kurumi-tokisaki/attachment/kurumiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70560"></a></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-autumn-2014-kotobukiya" target="_blank">announced at last fall’s MegaHobby</a>!</p> <p>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.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/7 Kurumi Tokisaki

    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.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-li-syaoran/attachment/kotolireviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70471"></a></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-max-factorys-figma-sakura-kinomoto-gallery" target="_blank">figma</a> and Kotobukiya’s Sakura scaled figure (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">review</a>), and the floodgates were open.</p> <p>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!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Li Syaoran

    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!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis/attachment/kotosebastianreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68017"></a></p> <p>Ahh, <em>Black Butler</em>. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. <em>Black Butler</em> is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*</p> <p>While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Sebastian Michaelis

    Ahh, Black Butler. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. Black Butler is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*

    While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-sakura-kinomoto/attachment/kotosakurareviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67980"></a></p> <p>When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.</p> <p>I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-kotobukiya-x-cardcaptor" target="_blank">announcement</a> to <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-unveils-their-painted-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">release</a>, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sakura Kinomoto

    When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.

    I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her announcement to release, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-levi/attachment/kotolevireviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-66896"></a></p> <p>Levi is definitely the most popular boy from <em>Attack on Titan</em>, at least in terms of figures. It seems like everyone was rushing out to make a version of him, even companies that rarely touch male characters. But the vast majority of them seemed to feature him just… standing around, looking moody. And one of the most dynamic ones had <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/good-smile-company-unveils-their-attack-on-titan-levi" target="_blank">a totally disturbing base</a>.</p> <p>Thankfully for Levi fans, there ended up being a small handful of dynamic figures (sans scary head bases), with one of the more notable being Kotobukiya’s take on him to go along with their Eren (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-mikasa-ackerman" target="_blank">review</a>) and Mikasa (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-mikasa-ackerman" target="_blank">review</a>). Today we’re reviewing the last of this trio, so hit the jump and let’s get started!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Levi

    Levi is definitely the most popular boy from Attack on Titan, at least in terms of figures. It seems like everyone was rushing out to make a version of him, even companies that rarely touch male characters. But the vast majority of them seemed to feature him just… standing around, looking moody. And one of the most dynamic ones had a totally disturbing base.

    Thankfully for Levi fans, there ended up being a small handful of dynamic figures (sans scary head bases), with one of the more notable being Kotobukiya’s take on him to go along with their Eren (review) and Mikasa (review). Today we’re reviewing the last of this trio, so hit the jump and let’s get started!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-mikasa-ackerman/attachment/kotomikasareviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-66849"></a></p> <p><em>Attack on Titan</em> has been a veritable juggernaut in the figure world these past few years. We’re getting versions of seemingly every major character, including all the boys! But of course any female character is going to get the most attention, so you have the most figure options when it comes to Mikasa. But finding one with a unique and dynamic pose as well as a face that matches the anime/manga? That’s been a little more difficult, since most of the “action” poses are her about to jump, and one of the most dynamic ones kind of looks nothing like her.</p> <p>Enter Kotobukiya, whose male-focused ArtFX J line got its first female character in Mikasa! Since, you know, the rest of the gangĀ  (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-eren-yeager">Eren</a> and Levi) were in the J line, it’d be kind of weird if she was a totally different classification. But this was the Mikasa figure that seemingly had it all: great pose, super interesting base, accurate face, and of course well priced. But does she live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan has been a veritable juggernaut in the figure world these past few years. We’re getting versions of seemingly every major character, including all the boys! But of course any female character is going to get the most attention, so you have the most figure options when it comes to Mikasa. But finding one with a unique and dynamic pose as well as a face that matches the anime/manga? That’s been a little more difficult, since most of the “action” poses are her about to jump, and one of the most dynamic ones kind of looks nothing like her.

    Enter Kotobukiya, whose male-focused ArtFX J line got its first female character in Mikasa! Since, you know, the rest of the gangĀ  (Eren and Levi) were in the J line, it’d be kind of weird if she was a totally different classification. But this was the Mikasa figure that seemingly had it all: great pose, super interesting base, accurate face, and of course well priced. But does she live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-bigshot-toyworks-maddie/attachment/maddieheader" rel="attachment wp-att-64579"></a></p> <p>There are many things in life I am passionate about: books, cats, tea, perfume, apocalypses, writing, Lovecraft. It’s rare any of these things come together with the toy world (…except for cats, obviously), so you can imagine my glee when Tenacious Toys showed off <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/the-cutesification-of-cthulhu-continues-with-little-maddie" target="_blank">the concept for Maddie</a>, a Cthulhu version of everyone’s favorite cartoon horses designed by Klim of <a href="http://bigshottoyshop.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://bigshottoyshop.com/', 'Bigshot Toyworks']);" target="_blank">Bigshot Toyworks</a>. So not only is this Lovecraft, it combines my childhood obsession of ponies as well. <em>And</em> I have a cat named Maddy. I mean, obviously this figure was meant just for me. But, you know, you can have one too.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Bigshot Toyworks’ Maddie

    There are many things in life I am passionate about: books, cats, tea, perfume, apocalypses, writing, Lovecraft. It’s rare any of these things come together with the toy world (…except for cats, obviously), so you can imagine my glee when Tenacious Toys showed off the concept for Maddie, a Cthulhu version of everyone’s favorite cartoon horses designed by Klim of Bigshot Toyworks. So not only is this Lovecraft, it combines my childhood obsession of ponies as well. And I have a cat named Maddy. I mean, obviously this figure was meant just for me. But, you know, you can have one too.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujo-jubilee/attachment/kotojubileereviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-63905"></a></p> <p>Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire?</p> <p>That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/jubilee-is-the-next-marvel-bishoujo" target="_blank">announcement came as a bit of surprise</a>: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

    Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire?

    That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her announcement came as a bit of surprise: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-inki-jinxs-tentatrio-plush-pals-starwhal/attachment/tentatrioheader" rel="attachment wp-att-63636"></a></p> <p>Just around this time last year we took a look at inki-Drop’s adorable (but grumpy) plush, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-inki-jinxs-crabapple-plush" target="_blank">Crabapple</a>. A wonderfully grumpy pet we all have come to know and love. But maybe you are looking for some other kind of playtime creature? Something… smaller, and similarly aquatic? Or maybe your Crabapple needs a friend! No matter what the reason, Shelly Rodriguez has four new critters for your consideration. So let’s hit the jump and check them all out in action!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: inki-Drop’s Tentatrio Plush Pals & Starwhal

    Just around this time last year we took a look at inki-Drop’s adorable (but grumpy) plush, Crabapple. A wonderfully grumpy pet we all have come to know and love. But maybe you are looking for some other kind of playtime creature? Something… smaller, and similarly aquatic? Or maybe your Crabapple needs a friend! No matter what the reason, Shelly Rodriguez has four new critters for your consideration. So let’s hit the jump and check them all out in action!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-starfire/attachment/starfireheader2" rel="attachment wp-att-63043"></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>It took me literally a day to go from <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/starfire-joins-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujos">hating the art</a> to <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2013-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-starfire">worshiping the sculpt</a> of Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Starfire. And after we <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-kotobukiyas-starfire-bishoujo-gallery">took a look at her painted at Toy Fair</a>? 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.</p>

    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.

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