Cowboy Bebop Archive

  • Cowboy Bebop is an anime classic, but it gets sadly little figure attention. Probably because, you know, it’s almost 20 years old. We have had a spurt of figure announcements from it recently though, like Kotobukiya’s lovely Spike! And First 4 Figures told us ages ago we’d be getting some statues from them, and finally here they are. Or here the rough 3D sculpts are for Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Jet Black. They don’t look… amazing, but usually First 4’s sculpts are pretty polished so I assume this is just a teaser. They have also announced that Ed will be joining the line too! Hopefully with Ein, right? Because I need a 1/4 scale corgi in my life. [via First 4’s Facebook]

    First 4 Figures Shows Off Their Cowboy Bebop Line

    Cowboy Bebop is an anime classic, but it gets sadly little figure attention. Probably because, you know, it’s almost 20 years old. We have had a spurt of figure announcements from it recently though, like Kotobukiya’s lovely Spike! And First 4 Figures told us ages ago we’d be getting some statues from them, and finally here they are. Or here the rough 3D sculpts are for Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, and Jet Black. They don’t look… amazing, but usually First 4’s sculpts are pretty polished so I assume this is just a teaser. They have also announced that Ed will be joining the line too! Hopefully with Ein, right? Because I need a 1/4 scale corgi in my life. [via First 4’s Facebook]

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  • 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.

    Toy Fair 2017: Kotobukiya’s Anime Figures

    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.

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  • We saw what Good Smile Company & co and Vertex brought to Miyazawa Model, but of course a few others showed up as well! Though it seems like everyone else was limited to one or two new figures up their sleeves. Kotobukiya had just a handful of new stuff: Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenohl Friedeburg (why with this naming) from High School Fleet, aka “that KanColle ripoff” and…. Spike is finally painted! Revolve didn’t have much, but they did have announcements for Rem & Ram from Re:Zero. Aoshima had a lovely Izetta from Shuumatsu no Izetta on display, and Medicom had out their Gary/Blue/whatever you want to call him. Pulchra announced two new Vocaloids: Yukari Yuzuki and… a different figure of Yukari. And let’s not forget about the wacky EVA Unit-01 action figure on display! [via amiami & hobby_maniax]

    Miyazawa Model Expo Fall 2016: Event Overview

    We saw what Good Smile Company & co and Vertex brought to Miyazawa Model, but of course a few others showed up as well! Though it seems like everyone else was limited to one or two new figures up their sleeves. Kotobukiya had just a handful of new stuff: Wilhelmina Braunschweig Ingenohl Friedeburg (why with this naming) from High School Fleet, aka “that KanColle ripoff” and…. Spike is finally painted! Revolve didn’t have much, but they did have announcements for Rem & Ram from Re:Zero. Aoshima had a lovely Izetta from Shuumatsu no Izetta on display, and Medicom had out their Gary/Blue/whatever you want to call him. Pulchra announced two new Vocaloids: Yukari Yuzuki and… a different figure of Yukari. And let’s not forget about the wacky EVA Unit-01 action figure on display! [via amiami & hobby_maniax]

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  • Volks has recently hopped on the male Dollfie train, though let’s be honest: their first offering looked pretty much identical to their girl dolls. I’ve been dreaming of a true anime-style male doll for years and it seems like my dreams might finally be coming true–but not because of Volks. Danny Choo’s beautiful SmartDoll lineup will be adding a few boys to the mix, and he’s got some exciting licenses in the lineup. First off we have Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel, who has yet to be revealed… but based on the blurry photo, he is 100% complete! Who would have ever thought we’d have a Spike doll? Times are changing. Then there’s Lelouch from Code Geass, who I am insanely excited for since he’s my favorite male anime character (well, him and the cat teacher from Princess Tutu, but we all know he’s not getting a doll). There are also some very heavy hints that Suzaku might be joining him too… [via Danny Choo]

    Spike Spiegel And Lelouch Join The SmartDoll Lineup

    Volks has recently hopped on the male Dollfie train, though let’s be honest: their first offering looked pretty much identical to their girl dolls. I’ve been dreaming of a true anime-style male doll for years and it seems like my dreams might finally be coming true–but not because of Volks. Danny Choo’s beautiful SmartDoll lineup will be adding a few boys to the mix, and he’s got some exciting licenses in the lineup. First off we have Cowboy Bebop‘s Spike Spiegel, who has yet to be revealed… but based on the blurry photo, he is 100% complete! Who would have ever thought we’d have a Spike doll? Times are changing. Then there’s Lelouch from Code Geass, who I am insanely excited for since he’s my favorite male anime character (well, him and the cat teacher from Princess Tutu, but we all know he’s not getting a doll). There are also some very heavy hints that Suzaku might be joining him too… [via Danny Choo]

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  • 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).

    Kotobukiya Panel NYCC 2016: ArtFX J Spike Spiegel

    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).

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  • 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]

    Summer WonFest 2016: Kotobukiya’s Cowboy Bebop Spike Spiegel

    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]

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  • Welp, that’s it people. WonFest is won and over. Just don’t even bother showing off all your ship gals and idols because Kotobukiya just went and made the one announcement people have been waiting for forever that no one ever thought would happen: Cowboy Bebop ArtFX J figures are coming! Starting with Spike Spiegel we’ll be getting that one figure that everyone’s been lusting over for over 15 years now. I honestly could not be happier right now and will be counting down the days until he shows up at my doorstep for our eventual review. [via 2chan]

    Winter WonFest 2016: Kotobukiya’s Spike From Cowboy Bebop

    Welp, that’s it people. WonFest is won and over. Just don’t even bother showing off all your ship gals and idols because Kotobukiya just went and made the one announcement people have been waiting for forever that no one ever thought would happen: Cowboy Bebop ArtFX J figures are coming! Starting with Spike Spiegel we’ll be getting that one figure that everyone’s been lusting over for over 15 years now. I honestly could not be happier right now and will be counting down the days until he shows up at my doorstep for our eventual review. [via 2chan]

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  • The announcement of Cowboy Bebop Play Arts was a shocking (but pleasant) surprise for fans of the show, since it really doesn’t have a lot in the way of figure merchandise. We got to take a look at the unpainted sculpts at SDCC, but thankfully for New York Comic Con they brought along the real deal. Sometimes figures look better in their promotional shots: thankfully, I think Spike and Vicious look a lot better in person! It was nice to check them out, and Square-Enix definitely had the full extent of their poseability on display. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more in this line? Perhaps Ed or Faye?

    NYCC 2012: Square-Enix’s Cowboy Bebop Play Arts Kai

    The announcement of Cowboy Bebop Play Arts was a shocking (but pleasant) surprise for fans of the show, since it really doesn’t have a lot in the way of figure merchandise. We got to take a look at the unpainted sculpts at SDCC, but thankfully for New York Comic Con they brought along the real deal. Sometimes figures look better in their promotional shots: thankfully, I think Spike and Vicious look a lot better in person! It was nice to check them out, and Square-Enix definitely had the full extent of their poseability on display. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more in this line? Perhaps Ed or Faye?

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  • About a month ago, Square-Enix unveiled the sculpts for their Cowboy Bebop Plat Arts Kai. If you recall they were finished at that time, though the prototypes at San Diego Comic Con were of the unpainted variety. However, I think the faces look better here, definitely more refined and truer to the characters! These seem to be selling well, so we’ll probably get a few more characters in the line. Who would you like to see next from the Bebop universe?

    SDCC 2012: Square-Enix Cowboy Bebop Play Arts Kai

    About a month ago, Square-Enix unveiled the sculpts for their Cowboy Bebop Plat Arts Kai. If you recall they were finished at that time, though the prototypes at San Diego Comic Con were of the unpainted variety. However, I think the faces look better here, definitely more refined and truer to the characters! These seem to be selling well, so we’ll probably get a few more characters in the line. Who would you like to see next from the Bebop universe?

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  • Well, this is certainly unexpected! Cowboy Bebop is a show that those in the United States have loved for quite some time after its premier on Adult Swim years ago, but it never quite caught on as much in Japan. As a result, we never really got many figures from the show, but now, Square-Enix is filling that void with Play Arts Kai figures of Spike and Vicious! I’m actually quite glad to see these be in the Play Arts Kai line as the fluid nature of the animation in the show really plays perfectly into a poseable figure and from the pictures here, these both seem to be quite poseable and able to re-create all of the iconic scenes and shoot outs from the show! Spike’s face could use quite a bit of work as he looks a bit like Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury with an afro, but hey, considering we’re getting a Spike figure at all, I’m not complaining. Vicious looks a lot better and closer to his animation design and I love that even his crow comes with extra posing options; it’s a great touch. Both Spike and Vicious are going to retail for ¥6,800 each and will be available in October, and currently they are only available via the Square-Enix Japanese Webstore and not other retailers yet, but their retail pages also don’t mention them as exclusives, so expect them to hit other stores and U.S. release like other Play Arts Kai figures. I really hope that Square-Enix continues this line with the rest of the Bebop crew and more side characters as well and I’m glad to see a company taking a chance on an older property. [via Square-Enix’ Japanese Webstore: Spike | Vicious]

    Square-Enix Brings The Jazz With Cowboy Bebop Play Arts Kai Figures

    Well, this is certainly unexpected! Cowboy Bebop is a show that those in the United States have loved for quite some time after its premier on Adult Swim years ago, but it never quite caught on as much in Japan. As a result, we never really got many figures from the show, but now, Square-Enix is filling that void with Play Arts Kai figures of Spike and Vicious! I’m actually quite glad to see these be in the Play Arts Kai line as the fluid nature of the animation in the show really plays perfectly into a poseable figure and from the pictures here, these both seem to be quite poseable and able to re-create all of the iconic scenes and shoot outs from the show! Spike’s face could use quite a bit of work as he looks a bit like Bohemian Rhapsody Freddie Mercury with an afro, but hey, considering we’re getting a Spike figure at all, I’m not complaining. Vicious looks a lot better and closer to his animation design and I love that even his crow comes with extra posing options; it’s a great touch. Both Spike and Vicious are going to retail for ¥6,800 each and will be available in October, and currently they are only available via the Square-Enix Japanese Webstore and not other retailers yet, but their retail pages also don’t mention them as exclusives, so expect them to hit other stores and U.S. release like other Play Arts Kai figures. I really hope that Square-Enix continues this line with the rest of the Bebop crew and more side characters as well and I’m glad to see a company taking a chance on an older property. [via Square-Enix’ Japanese Webstore: Spike | Vicious]

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