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ARTFX J Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
While Kotobukiya’s Toy Fair booth is mostly focused on US-centric licenses like comic and movie toys (the new anime reveals are saved for Wonder Festival), they always bring a few on over for us. And, unsurprisingly, they’re mostly from shows that are popular here like Cowboy Bebop, Black Butler, Code Geass, and Cardcaptor Sakura.
My favorite, though, was the gorgeous Charlotta from Granblue Fantasy. She’s so detailed but so tiny and cute! And the ruffles. So many of my favorite things.
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 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 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 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 Stephen Donaldson on October 9, 2016 | No Comments
Back at Summer WonFest we finally got our first look at the sculpt for Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop in Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J line and today, at NYCC, we got some new information on him! For starters, it seems like his entire head has been re-sculpted and large chunks of his outfit have been refined as well since we last saw him. Also of note, if you order through the KotoUS site you’ll get basically an entire second way to display Spike sans coat and with a second arm holding a cigarette up.
I know these pictures don’t really do him justice, but honestly, this is basically the anime figure that everyone has been waiting for since the 90s and early 00s when it was still called Japanimation. Kotobukiya have created the perfect figure here and I honestly can’t wait any longer to see him painted (and here’s hoping for a second alternate colorway in a hyper stylized cover art version as well).
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 23, 2016 | 2 Comments
Kotobukiya has been pretty consistent with updating their Pokemon figure line. Ash/Red has been painted for a while now, but at this event we’re getting May’s sculpt! But that’s not enough, we’ve got a new announcement as well: Serena! I thought for sure it’d be Dawn next, but apparently we’ll be skipping around a bit. I wonder if we’ll ever get any gym leaders? I’d kill for a good Sabrina…
[via AmiAmi’s Twitter]
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on July 23, 2016 | 5 Comments
Back at Winter WonFest we showed you that Kotobukiya would be taking on Cowboy Bebop in their ArtFX J line and now we’ve got our first look at the sculpt for Spike Spiegel! The mood, the tone, the detail, literally everything about this figure is perfect. I love the addition of the wall and the leaning pose that feels like it came right out of a frame of the show. The slight flow of the trench coat, the perfectly listless face, I could go on and on, but this figure is seriously sheer perfection. Now give me the other 3 main characters and I can die a happy figure collector.
[via AmiAmi’s Twitter]