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Ghost in the Shell Archive
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 22, 2017 | No Comments
Given all of the “is the Ghost in the Shell movie racist because ScarJo is in it even though the original creator wanted her?!” nonsense surrounding the American GitS, it’s hard to remember that yes, it’s actually coming out soon and of course there will be a ton of merchandise. It’ll be interesting to see if any Japanese PVC companies take it on (ArtFX+, maybe?) but for now we have a surprise POP line from Funko.
There are 3 characters in it (so far): Major, Geisha, and Batou. I don’t remember ScarJo’s hair being that blue-tipped in the 97 previews I’ve seen, but let’s just roll with it. I sure hope they make a Geisha with the alternate head-explody face!
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 July 25, 2016 | No Comments
The focus at Kotobukiya’s US event booths is, predictably, more on the comic and movie side of things. Lots of Bishoujos, lots of ArtFX and statues. But they always bring a few anime figures to the table, and one of my most anticipated ones from them was at SDCC: Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell ARISE!
GitS is one of the first animes I can remember hearing about as a kid, so it’s pretty nostalgic for me (even though I never actually finished it, go figure). And while it’s a little weird to see Motoko out of her signature suit, I love her super pissed off face and sassy pose here. Plus the base is to die for!
[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of Nine Twilights]
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 7, 2016 | 2 Comments
Well, that was fast! We just saw the sculpt for Kotobukiya’s Motoko from Ghost in the Shell at Wonder Festival, and she’s already painted. I know Kotobukiya is fast, but usually not this fast. Then again, her initial announcement was back in July, so all together it took about 7 months to see her all finished up.
While I’m still not a huge fan of the outfit (I love her full suit!), I’m impressed with the final product. Her face looks great and very anime-accurate, the base is so elaborate and cool, and I like how the pose says both “yeah, I’m hot and I know it” and “don’t talk to me.” Pointing a gun at people will give you that kind of vibe for sure.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 14, 2016 | 5 Comments
As always, we have seen a lot from Kotobukiya at Toy Fair. Bishoujos Thor & Loki, Bishoujo Wonder Girl, Big Chap, Wolverine, Thanos, and then the overviews of their DC, Marvel, Bishoujo, and Star Wars toys. Phew! Can a booth even fit any more figures? The answer is always yes.
Like usual, there weren’t a ton of PVC girls (and guys), but we had some! Like their gorgeous new Rage of Bahamut figures. And there were some other US-centric licenses too, like Halo, and the cutest damn Alien figure you’ll ever see. Look at his sassy pose! Amazing!
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 12, 2016 | No Comments
Every year there’s this weird post-Wonder Festival event that’s basically all the same stuff in a much smaller space with none of the crowds. It’s more for taking shots of the figures than actually buying them, so it’s an industry event. And every year I don’t pay attention because, you know, we literally just saw all this stuff.
But this year, Wave didn’t show up to Wonder Festival! Or at least they didn’t show anything worthwhile. They brought it all to this. Who even know why. Their Beach Queens line is strangely absent, but we do have updates on their Infinite Stratos lingerie girls (which you’d think I’d love, but I don’t) and the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, who are looking cute–especially Ranko.
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 6, 2016 | 4 Comments
We’ve seen Kotobukiya’s amazing Spike announcement and their new Bishoujos already. And apparently they’re in a retro mood, because we have a lot of throwbacks here. Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, Sakura from Sakura Wars (YASS), the art for Pokemon Trainer Red, and a Cu-Poche of Rei (which means… Asuka is right behind)!
Then there’s, you know, some modern stuff. Touken Ranbu, Tales of Berseria, IDOLM@STER: Million Live, Granblue Fantasy, 7th Dragon, and more. Check them all out below!
[UPDATE] Added a few new figures to the gallery!
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 4, 2015 | 8 Comments
Miyazawa Model Exhibition is one of those “in-between” events. Nestled right in the middle of Summer WonFest and Fall MegaHobby, it’s a chance for companies to… not really show off much new. Let’s be honest, they save the big stuff for the big event, so we don’t get a ton of news from Miyazawa. But Good Smile Company & co brought, like, literally everything they’re working on (that we know about). Just a TON of stuff.
Most of it was things we knew about, but we do have some updates: their lovely Felia is finally painted (and, well, no as pretty as I expected), Nendoroid Sheeda from Fire Emblem is finished, figma Yugi showed up, and basically we got a ton of other paint updates. The star of the show was definitely Mebae Miku: hopefully her orders open soon!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on October 13, 2015 | No Comments
Recently we got a regular figma of Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex released that we showed you waaaay back at Toy Fair over a year ago, and then later that summer at WonFest we got word that a second, Arise version was in the works. Fast forward to this June and the sculpt was finally shown off and now in October she’s painted, has gone up for order, and made a trip all the way to New York to bust some cyber terrorists abroad.
As a huge fan of Ghost in the Shell in all of its forms, I’ve gotta say, I’m a bit of a bad fan: I’ve yet to watch Arise. I know, I know, it’s on my shortlist, but all of the negative hype surrounding it put me off for a while. That said, one thing I’ve always loved about Arise is Motoko Kusanagi’s younger design: it’s different and equally as badass as the original, but in a different, more modern way (which is funny because it’s supposed to take place in time before the Stand Alone Complex design, but oh well; fashion repeats itself over time so I’ll let it slide). Max Factory really managed to pull off her sleek style and bold, strong look in this figma and I love it. She’ll be able to be posed in all of the crazy action poses from the series and I personally can’t wait for her to come out!