Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Dark Magician

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I’m sure by now you all know now much I love Yu-Gi-Oh. For a long time it had no figures to speak of, until Kotobukiya announced that they were taking on the series! It’s part of ArtFX J, a line dedicated to mostly male figures from older series. So far from Yu-Gi-Oh we have seen Dark Magician Girl, Yugi Moto (review) and Seto Kaiba (review)–of course since DMG was first, I was expecting a Dark Magician next!

Some people were less than pleased with the choice to go with his card colors for this figure. If you are one of those people, don’t worry, because he is getting a second colorway! But personally, I like the stark contrast between the green skin and pink & blue armor, so of course I was looking forward to this version! Hit the jump to see how he came out.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Dark Magician is a BIG figure. He’s 1/7 scale, but given the fact that 1) he is much bigger than the average human and 2) his stretched out pose he stands at a whopping 11.7 inches tall! Yeah, that’s a lot of Dark Magician.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

His pose is battle-ready, as if he has just been summoned and is about to punch a Blue Eyes in the face. Not that, you know, that is a good idea but Yugi is not exactly the most strategic player. Actually, no one on the show is…

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

I am loving the vibrant color scheme. The deep, glossy blue accented by vibrant pink and his eerie blue-green skin. There’s also a flash of gold from his hair. It’s definitely not conventional, but it sure as hell makes him stand out on a shelf! In fact, I think it is a lot more eye-catching than his standard purple.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Dark Magician’s face doesn’t exactly give away a lot of his emotions (if, of course, a monster that lives in a card can even be said to have emotions). He looks determined and a bit aloof, as if he doesn’t really care that much about the battle going on around him.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

DMG’s outfit just oozes awesome. His stiff, metallic armor contrasts beautifully with his soft, flowing robe. I think he has the best sculpt in the ArtFX J line so far (yes, better than even Vash!). There’s a whole lot of detail crammed in there, especially given his low price of only ¥7,800.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

I know he’s not really wearing tights per say, but they sure look skintight to me! Though they do have the cool swirly thing going on. I wonder if they are some part of his spellwork? They look a bit like glyphs!

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Since Dark Magician is floating, base options are a bit limited. Instead of going with the standard metal poles they used a plastic smoke tower that he sits right on. It’s surprisingly sturdy, and instead of detracting from the figure like poles can, it adds a whole lot of awesome. Plus it gives me my hit of clear PVC!

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

The first run of Dark Magician comes with an extra, like the rest of the line. This time it’s Pot of Greed, everyone’s favorite spell card! Well, maybe not their favorite, but who doesn’t like this little bugger? It’s nice to have a little keychain version of him, and you can even display him dangling in DMG’s hand.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Of course no big bad monster is complete without his lady love! Dark Magician and Dark Magician Girl are just meant to be together.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Dark Magician

So if you like Yu-Gi-Oh, should you buy this figure? Hell yes! I think it’s my favorite of the line so far… well, maybe Dark Magician Girl is, I can never decide. He’s got style, charm, even a little trinket to keep you company. Of course there’s also the second colorway if you prefer his purple duds, but I’m sure any Yu-Gi-Oh fan will be happy with whatever one they chose!

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures. Dark Magician was a big pain in the butt since he’s so big, and an outdoor shoot in winter just… wasn’t going to work. I mean, Dark Magician just is not the kind of guy to hang out in the regular world, right? And we always do our best to put figures in an environment natural to them, so what better than the set we used for Yugi? That’s right, it is the same background (minus the cards!).

Purchase At: KotoUS | Big Bad Toystore | AmiAmi

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]

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