Aquaman Archive

  • It’s no secret that the world of statues is not exactly my bread & butter. I usually find them way out of budget and not quite as detailed as the (much cheaper) PVC counterparts. But there’s one line I have always adored: DC’s Bombshells! They’re just so campy in the best way, and they always pull out great & creative sculpts for it. This year they had quite a few out and about. Including the biggest announcement so far: Aquaman. That’s right, we now have male Bombshells! Sexism is over, because we can now get topless dudes with our scantily clad ladies. Batman and Nightwing next please. They also had Zatanna, Harley Quinn, Vixen, Jesse Quick (the Flash), and Starfire out on display. Check them all out after the jump!

    Toy Fair 2017: DC Collectibles’ Bombshells

    It’s no secret that the world of statues is not exactly my bread & butter. I usually find them way out of budget and not quite as detailed as the (much cheaper) PVC counterparts. But there’s one line I have always adored: DC’s Bombshells! They’re just so campy in the best way, and they always pull out great & creative sculpts for it. This year they had quite a few out and about. Including the biggest announcement so far: Aquaman. That’s right, we now have male Bombshells! Sexism is over, because we can now get topless dudes with our scantily clad ladies. Batman and Nightwing next please. They also had Zatanna, Harley Quinn, Vixen, Jesse Quick (the Flash), and Starfire out on display. Check them all out after the jump!

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  • We got some very exciting DC-related announcements at Kotobukiya’s panel (Bishoujo Katana and the TV show teasers). But given how massive their DC lines are, it’s no surprise that there was a ton more! Like the affordable retro Super Powers figures, their villains ArtFX+ line (including the brand-new Harley Quinn–and a new sculpt for Black Manta), and their ArtFX statues. We also got a little more info about the Ikemen line. It was a pretty big deal when announced, and they discussed how happy fan response has been along with the potential of the line. If the Bat-Boys sell well enough, they will definitely be continuing with other characters!

    Kotobukiya Panel NYCC 2016: DC

    We got some very exciting DC-related announcements at Kotobukiya’s panel (Bishoujo Katana and the TV show teasers). But given how massive their DC lines are, it’s no surprise that there was a ton more! Like the affordable retro Super Powers figures, their villains ArtFX+ line (including the brand-new Harley Quinn–and a new sculpt for Black Manta), and their ArtFX statues. We also got a little more info about the Ikemen line. It was a pretty big deal when announced, and they discussed how happy fan response has been along with the potential of the line. If the Bat-Boys sell well enough, they will definitely be continuing with other characters!

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  • Sometimes I think that basically all of DC’s characters are iconic, then I remember characters like Rainbow Girl and think, “yeah, maybe not so much.” So of course their Icons line has everyone you would expect: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, and even some villains like the Joker (of course!). Some of them seem a little less, um, iconic (Firestorm, really?), but the lineup looks great so far–if you like male heroes. Not many girls here, it seems.

    Toy Fair 2016: DC Collectibles’ DC Icons Line

    Sometimes I think that basically all of DC’s characters are iconic, then I remember characters like Rainbow Girl and think, “yeah, maybe not so much.” So of course their Icons line has everyone you would expect: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Swamp Thing, and even some villains like the Joker (of course!). Some of them seem a little less, um, iconic (Firestorm, really?), but the lineup looks great so far–if you like male heroes. Not many girls here, it seems.

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  • We’ve already seen a lot of what DC had on offer at Toyfair: Bombshells and Covergirls, TV and cartoon toys, and of course some new action figures. But there was more! Because their booth was a labyrinth of figures that you could never escape from. Just kidding, there were lots of exists, but it sure took a hell of a long time to finish shooting everything in it. There was really a little bit of everything here. Want a Deadman action figure? A super adorable black & white Batgirl statue? A badass motorcyle-riding Harley? The world’s weirdest Wonder Woman? A Green Arrow & Black Canary figure so sickly-sweet it makes me want to vomit? It’s all there, so check it out (and more!) in the gallery!

    Toy Fair 2015: DC Collectibles’ Booth Overview

    We’ve already seen a lot of what DC had on offer at Toyfair: Bombshells and Covergirls, TV and cartoon toys, and of course some new action figures. But there was more! Because their booth was a labyrinth of figures that you could never escape from. Just kidding, there were lots of exists, but it sure took a hell of a long time to finish shooting everything in it. There was really a little bit of everything here. Want a Deadman action figure? A super adorable black & white Batgirl statue? A badass motorcyle-riding Harley? The world’s weirdest Wonder Woman? A Green Arrow & Black Canary figure so sickly-sweet it makes me want to vomit? It’s all there, so check it out (and more!) in the gallery!

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  • It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful. Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I first saw the sculpts at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers Figures

    It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful. Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I first saw the sculpts at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!

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  • One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory. So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers

    One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory. So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!

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  • DC’s statues used to be, well… let’s just say not so great, but they have come a long, loooong way in the past few years. Just look at that header shot, it’s straight from the page of a comic! Okay, some of that I’m going to give to Stephen and his awesome photography. But still, the Covergirl Katana is out of this world bitching. Less awesome, however, is the new Poison Ivy: a character they’ve done before, many times, and this rendition isn’t bringing anything to the table for me. She looks kind of… vapid. I want an evil Ivy! Their new announcement for Toy Fair is Mera, another “straight from the comic” figure which does an insane amount of justice to the character. I love Mera and she doesn’t get a ton of love in the figure department, so to see a statue of her–not to mention such an awesome one–is fantastic news! I just hope one day we get a Huntress Covergirl (that doesn’t suck).

    Toy Fair 2014: DC Collectibles’ Covergirls Statues

    DC’s statues used to be, well… let’s just say not so great, but they have come a long, loooong way in the past few years. Just look at that header shot, it’s straight from the page of a comic! Okay, some of that I’m going to give to Stephen and his awesome photography. But still, the Covergirl Katana is out of this world bitching. Less awesome, however, is the new Poison Ivy: a character they’ve done before, many times, and this rendition isn’t bringing anything to the table for me. She looks kind of… vapid. I want an evil Ivy! Their new announcement for Toy Fair is Mera, another “straight from the comic” figure which does an insane amount of justice to the character. I love Mera and she doesn’t get a ton of love in the figure department, so to see a statue of her–not to mention such an awesome one–is fantastic news! I just hope one day we get a Huntress Covergirl (that doesn’t suck).

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  • Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now! Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).

    Toy Fair 2014: Kidrobot’s DC Comics Figures

    Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now! Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).

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  • It feels like we have seen the main lineup of the Justice League ArtFX+ a whole lot over the past year or so, right? But thankfully those were not the only New 52 characters Kotobukiya had out, so there are some new (convention-wise) faces being added to the mix! Supergirl (who we will be reviewing very soon), Batgirl, Nightwing, Shazam, Black Adam, and Catwoman all showed up. Check them out in the gallery below!

    Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya’s DC New 52 ArtFX+

    It feels like we have seen the main lineup of the Justice League ArtFX+ a whole lot over the past year or so, right? But thankfully those were not the only New 52 characters Kotobukiya had out, so there are some new (convention-wise) faces being added to the mix! Supergirl (who we will be reviewing very soon), Batgirl, Nightwing, Shazam, Black Adam, and Catwoman all showed up. Check them out in the gallery below!

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  • A new convention, a new Batman statue: it’s like clockwork! Given how he is (arguably) the most popular DC character it’s not exactly surprising that Kotobukiya had yet another version of him to show off at San Diego Comc Con. This time it’s based on his Arkham City design, and I am loving the pose: like he’s about to swoop off  gargoyle and strangle a baddie! Interestingly this is part of the ArtFX+ line, so he’s rather small at 1/10 scale and thus will be super affordable (though he looks  bit bigger, no?). They also had their fully painted Man of Steel figure, along with a ton of other ArtFX+ figures: the announced Catwoman and Black Adam figures along with the new Shazam. Oh, and the whole Justice League as well! It’s nice to see them putting in so much effort to an affordable line for collectors without tons of cash to throw around. [Pictures courtesy of our lovely SDCC corespondent, Missy!]

    SDCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s DC Statues

    A new convention, a new Batman statue: it’s like clockwork! Given how he is (arguably) the most popular DC character it’s not exactly surprising that Kotobukiya had yet another version of him to show off at San Diego Comc Con. This time it’s based on his Arkham City design, and I am loving the pose: like he’s about to swoop off  gargoyle and strangle a baddie! Interestingly this is part of the ArtFX+ line, so he’s rather small at 1/10 scale and thus will be super affordable (though he looks  bit bigger, no?). They also had their fully painted Man of Steel figure, along with a ton of other ArtFX+ figures: the announced Catwoman and Black Adam figures along with the new Shazam. Oh, and the whole Justice League as well! It’s nice to see them putting in so much effort to an affordable line for collectors without tons of cash to throw around. [Pictures courtesy of our lovely SDCC corespondent, Missy!]

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