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Posted by Leah Bayer on February 18, 2017 | 5 Comments
I think we’re all still riding the hype train of the Overwatch Nendoroid line. I mean, it came out of nowhere (just like Tracer herself), and it’s such a huge license. So much potential! But of course before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the one cutie who is already up for order: Tracer.
We were lucky enough to get an up-close out-of-the-glass peek at her. Look at the detail! Look at how crisp the lines are! I’m amazed that they packed so much into such a tiny figure. And she’s got so much personality, too.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 17, 2017 | 4 Comments
It’s that time again! Time to look at a few of the garage kits that will be on display and for sale at Wonder Festival. Of course for most of us this is just to drool over, but as always if you are attending the event each picture is labeled with the circle & character name! Also, I am insanely jealous of you.
The trends this year are basically what you would expect. Tons of Re:Zero (and by that I mean tons of Rem & Ram, who cares about the other characters!), idol shows out in force, and quite a bit of Granblue Fantasy. Some old trends seem to be dying (there’s very little of Miku & Sonico compared to previous years). And, surprisingly, Cartoon Network is represented quite a bit. Check them all out in the gallery below, and let us know what you’d like to see as PVC!
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 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 | 6 Comments
There seems to be a pattern with me and the Horror Bishoujo line. When we first find out about an announcement, I’m skeptical (“cute girl Chucky?” I say to myself. “No thanks.”). The art is unveiled and I’m basically won over because it’s always so good. Then we get the sculpt, and I’m totally in love. It happened with Edward Scissorhands, and it’s happening again with Chucky, who I think I actually like the most of the line so far!
She’s just so adorable but also evil. The knife behind her back? Such a nice touch. Plus she comes with an alternate scarred head if you want a little more horror in your life. The sculpt here is just lovely, and we found out that Tiffany will be done by the same person so the two should fit together perfectly when they’re completed!
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 18, 2016 | 2 Comments
Camilla from Fire Emblem was definitely the darling of Good Smile Company’s booth. There was always quite a crowd around her, so it could be difficult to take a really good look at all the details. Thankfully, we got to set her free from her glass prison and get a 360 peek at this beauty!
As I mentioned when we first saw her, I still think the breast sculpt is a little much (though at least it makes more sense than most because of the armor corset), but I’m smitten with everything else about her. The hair sculpt in particular is just stunning. So detailed! Plus she has little cat ears and an adorable tiara. Cat princess of my heart.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 15, 2016 | 1 Comment
There are always new things happening in the Bishoujo line, but by far my favorite recent one was the announcement that Squirrel Girl was not, in fact, just an April Fool’s joke. And then the reveal of her sculpt, which is just painfully adorable (and right now has one of the best Shunya Yamashita faces Kotobukiya has ever done).
We got to take a close look at her at New York Comic Con. The sculpt is so crisp: I especially like her spiky hair, acorn earrings, and (surprise) her little squirrel pal! Because I think 90% of figures would be improved by having an animal companion.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 15, 2016 | No Comments
Good Smile Company has been keeping the sculpt for their Albedo tightly under wraps. She was at Wonder Festival, but with a strict “do not photograph” rule. Finally, we got to see her full reveal to the public at NYCC! Which is unusual, because of course it’s a US event.
I was so excited to finally see her up close and free from her glass prison. The sculpt is just stunning–every wing lovingly detailed, the swath of flowing hair, her soft fluttering skirt, the elaborate pedestal base. Though I am admittedly not a fan of her dress design (dreamcatcher boob window, why?) that’s certainly not a fault of the figure and I can overlook it for wings like that. Especially if their might be some clear PVC involved.
Posted by Leah Bayer on July 25, 2016 | 3 Comments
This may seem sacrilegious, but I’ve never been a huge Star Wars fan. I was Team Trek as a kid, and that has definitely carried into adulthood. However, I think The Force Awakens has swayed me at least a little bit and I am now straight Kylo Ren trash. I want all the figures of him right now. And while he’s gotten a lot recently, I was really praying for Kotobukiya to make him in the ArtFX line which is a very decent 1/7 scale.
Well, dreams do come true! He was revealed at San Diego Comic Con and we got to take a super-detailed look at my evil boo. There are so many beautiful details here, from the flowing clothing to all those snowy patches. Definitely feels like a scene from the movie come to life. I wonder if he’ll have an unmasked head… and if Finn & Rey will be joining the line. Or BB-8, please.
[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]