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Posted by Leah Bayer on November 14, 2016 | 5 Comments
So far Kotobukiya’s Pokemon line has given us Ash/Red, May, and an announcement for Serena. Apparently the girl-parade is continuing because they announced two new figures, and they’re both the girls from recent games! We’re getting Hilda/Touko from Black & White (Hilda, really Nintendo?) with Tepig and Rosa from Black & White 2 with Snivy.
Between MegaHouse hitting all the classic characters, Medicom doing the Champions, and Kotobukiya covering the newer (female) ones, we have quite the coverage of Pokemon figures! Is there anyone you’d like to see next?
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 24, 2016 | 4 Comments
Kotobukiya’s Yu-Gi-Oh line has been a consistent fan favorite, and I know I’ve been head over heels in love with it since the inception. I mean, everyone who grew up with Yu-Gi-Oh wants nothing more than figures of those guys and their weird hair. And… maybe of the human ladies too, though so far that hasn’t happened (Mai Valentine when?).
Since they have covered a large chunk of the modern main cast (except for poor forgotten Pegasus), it’s time for a little time-travel with Atem! We last saw him unpainted at Wonder Festival, but now he is all painted and ready to go with a March release date. His price is a reasonable ¥9,000 and if you pre-order through Kotobukiya US you get an amazing bonus: a 1/1 scale version of his golden cartouche!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | 2 Comments
Code Geass is such a nostalgic series for me. I used to spend Saturday nights chowing down on Chinese food with a friend and watching episodes of it. It was at a time in my life that I’d pretty much fallen away from anime, so in a way it was my re-introduction to the genre. And a hella good one at that!
Figure releases from the show have always been sporadic but at the same time it seems like there’s always at least one in the works, be it a planned re-release or fancy prize figures. This year it’s Kotobukiya’s Lelouch, based on his Code Black appearance. He was unpainted at Wonder Festival, but it’s been a few months since then and now he’s all finished and shiny!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | No Comments
There are a lot of villains in the DC-verse, but it seems like most of the popular ones are men. So it was no surprise that Kotobukiya’s Villains Forever line was all dudes. However, while she wasn’t officially announced, Harley WAS part of that initial art announcement (though in her New 52 style, which is this obviously not).
So it was great to see her out as a surprise announcement at NYCC. They went for a very different style with her: the face is much more realistic and less comic-y. It’s beautifully detailed, especially given how tiny she is–the ArtFX+ line is 1/10 scale. And we got some good related news at the panel: they are considering doing the other Gotham City Sirens, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, to go along with her!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | 1 Comment
I was never really a big Spider-Man fan, or Spider-verse fan even. It just wasn’t a comic world that interested me. That changed pretty drastically when they announced Ultimate Spider-Man, aka my bae Miles Morales. Of course it was nice to see more diversity in the comics world, but he’s near and dear to my heart because of how much my brother identifies with and loves this character. He has a lot of things in common with Miles (boarding school, a love of Legos, feeling very different) so it was amazing to have a character he could connect to that strongly.
Of course I’ve been anticipating this figure like crazy since it was first announced. A little baby Miles? Yes please! And as we found out at their panel, his pre-orders have been selling incredibly well (so maybe more Miles merch in the future?!). They also had the ArtFX+ Spider Gwen on display (which I must admit I like a bit more than the Bishoujo). Check them both out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 15, 2016 | No Comments
Are you feeling the Rogue One hype? Because it’s an inescapable vortex at this point. Not that I’m going to complain too heavily! Star Wars has never been my thing but 1) I really enjoyed The Force Awakens and 2) I am a sucker for adorable, awkward robots. And how cute is KS20! So cute! Giving me a really strong Castle in the Sky vibe. Though let’s hope he has a less sad fate. I prefer my quirky robots to have a happy ending.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 13, 2016 | 6 Comments
The vast majority of Kotobukiya’s figures sold in Japan are based on anime, game, and manga licenses. But of course in the US, the focus is more on comic and movie toys. But they still brought a few of their cute boys and girls! Especially because the ArtFX J line is increasingly popular in the US.
They had figures like Genjo Sanzo from Saiyuki Reload Blast, their new Lelouch, the beautiful new Tony Taka girl, Emilia from Re:Zero, and their realistic Marie Rose from Dead or Alive. Their new Atem was also out on display, but sadly they’re making some sculpt tweaks so he was Do Not Photograph.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 13, 2016 | 3 Comments
Given the huge number of DC movies on the horizon, I’m sure by next NYCC Kotobukiya’s booth will be flooded with them (though let’s be honest, I’m only hoping for Aquaman & Mera). But this year there was only one: the hugely impressive Batman vs Superman duo. I sure do hate that stumpy batsuit but it looks great on this scale!
We also had Bishoujos. Lots of Bishoujos. Both Harleys, Black Canary, Wonder Girl. We had the villains ArtFX+ (including their new star Harley Quinn), the Super Powers line, and their larger scale ArtFX statues. Check them all out below!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 9, 2016 | 6 Comments
Of all the licenses that Kotobukiya tackled at their panel, Star Wars definitely had the most news and new merchandise. They’ve always done a lot with the franchise, but given that we have new, actually good movies I guess it’s not really a shock that we’re not getting bombarded with it! There’s a lot to cover so let’s jump right in.
We got the rough concept sculpts for the Finn & Rey ArtFX+, along with an announcement for Poe & BB-8 and Chewbacca and Han!. They also had the sculpt for the Obi-Wan ArtFX+, along with the tragically hilarious news that he will come with an empty cape to display if you prefer Dead-Kenobi. They had quite a few new troopers: thew Snowtrooper & Flametrooper 2 pack, FN-2199, Scarif Stormtrooper, Death Trooper 2-pack, and a Death Trooper ArtFX. They will also be expanding the Droid line with R4 and R5 sculpts!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 9, 2016 | 1 Comment
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!