Ghost in the Shell Archive

  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2017-funkos-ghost-shell-pops/attachment/tf2017funkogitspopsheader" rel="attachment wp-att-80717"></a></p> <p>Given all of the “is the <em>Ghost in the Shell</em> movie racist because ScarJo is in it even though the original creator wanted her?!” nonsense surrounding the American <em>GitS</em>, 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.</p> <p>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!</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Funko’s Ghost in the Shell Pops

    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!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-18-motoko-kusanagi/attachment/kotomotokoreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79090"></a></p> <p>As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read <em>Neuromancer</em> 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 <em>Heat Guy J</em>, <em>Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040</em>, and of course <em>Ghost in the Shell</em>.</p> <p><em>GiTS</em> 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 <em>Ghost in the Shell: Arise</em>, 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.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/8 Motoko Kusanagi

    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.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-gallery/attachment/sdcc2016kotomotokoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-77626"></a></p> <p>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 <em>Ghost in the Shell ARISE</em>!</p> <p><em>GitS</em> 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!</p> <p><em>[Photos courtesy of our SDCC correspondent, Chris Hansbrough of <a href="http://www.ninetwilights.com/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.ninetwilights.com/', 'Nine Twilights']);" target="_blank">Nine Twilights</a>]</em></p>

    SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Gallery

    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]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-is-painted/attachment/motokopaintedheader" rel="attachment wp-att-75310"></a></p> <p>Well, that was fast! We <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya" target="_blank">just saw the sculpt</a> 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 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2015-kotobukiyas-motoko-kusanagi-arise-ver" target="_blank">initial announcement</a> was back in July, so all together it took about 7 months to see her all finished up.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://toho.seesaa.net/archives/20160307-1.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://toho.seesaa.net/archives/20160307-1.html', 'Seesaa']);" target="_blank">Seesaa</a>]</p>

    Kotobukiya’s Motoko Kusanagi Is Painted

    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.

    [via Seesaa]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiya-booth-overview/attachment/toyfair2016kotobukiyaboothoverviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-74661"></a></p> <p>As always, we have seen a lot from Kotobukiya at Toy Fair. <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-bishoujos-thor-loki" target="_blank">Bishoujos Thor & Loki</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-wonder-girl" target="_blank">Bishoujo Wonder Girl</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-alien-big-chap-artfx" target="_blank">Big Chap</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-wolverine-artfx" target="_blank">Wolverine</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-thanos-fine-arts-statue" target="_blank">Thanos</a>, and then the overviews of their <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-figures" target="_blank">DC</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-marvel-comics-figures" target="_blank">Marvel</a>, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-bishoujo-figures" target="_blank">Bishoujo</a>, and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-kotobukiyas-star-wars-figures" target="_blank">Star Wars</a> toys. Phew! Can a booth even fit any more figures? The answer is always yes.</p> <p>Like usual, there weren’t a ton of PVC girls (and guys), but we had some! Like their gorgeous new <em>Rage of Bahamut</em> 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!</p>

    Toy Fair 2016: Kotobukiya Booth Overview

    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!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-joint-exhibition-2016-wave/attachment/wavewinter16header" rel="attachment wp-att-74470"></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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 <em>Infinite Stratos</em> lingerie girls (which you’d think I’d love, but I don’t) and the <em>IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls,</em> who are looking cute–especially Ranko.</p> <p>[via <a href="http://www.moeyo.com/article/72192" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.moeyo.com/article/72192', 'moeyo']);" target="_blank">moeyo</a>]</p>

    Winter Joint Exhibition 2016: Wave

    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.

    [via moeyo]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya/attachment/wwf16kotoheader" rel="attachment wp-att-73974"></a></p> <p>We’ve seen Kotobukiya’s <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2016-kotobukiyas-spike-from-cowboy-bebop" target="_blank">amazing Spike announcement</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/winter-wonfest-2016-kotobukiyas-bishoujos" target="_blank">their new Bishoujos</a> already. And apparently they’re in a retro mood, because we have a lot of throwbacks here. Motoko from <em>Ghost in the Shell</em>, Sakura from <em>Sakura Wars</em> (YASS), the art for Pokemon Trainer Red, and a Cu-Poche of Rei (which means… Asuka is right behind)!</p> <p>Then there’s, you know, some modern stuff. <em>Touken Ranbu, Tales of Berseria, IDOLM@STER: Million Live, Granblue Fantasy, 7th Dragon</em>, and more. Check them all out below!</p> <p><strong>[UPDATE]</strong> Added a few new figures to the gallery!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews', 'amiami']);" target="_blank">amiami</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/kotobukiyas" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/kotobukiyas', 'Kotobukiya']);" target="_blank">Kotobukiya</a>]</p>

    Winter WonFest 2016: Kotobukiya

    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!

    [via amiami & Kotobukiya]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-expo-fall-2015-good-smile-company-co/attachment/mmf15gscheader" rel="attachment wp-att-72379"></a></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Most of it was things we knew about, but we do have some updates: their lovely <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/good-smile-companys-feria-is-absolutely-gorgeous" target="_blank">Felia</a> is finally painted (and, well, no as pretty as I expected), Nendoroid Sheeda from Fire Emblem is finished, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/figma-yugi-believes-in-the-heart-of-the-cards" target="_blank">figma Yugi</a> showed up, and basically we got a ton of other paint updates. The star of the show was definitely <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/max-factorys-mebae-miku-hatsune-is-finally-painted" target="_blank">Mebae Miku</a>: hopefully her orders open soon!</p> <p>[via <a href="http://akibahobby.net/2015/11/miyazawa2015f_photo.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://akibahobby.net/2015/11/miyazawa2015f_photo.html', 'Akibahobby']);" target="_blank">Akibahobby</a>]</p>

    Miyazawa Model Expo Fall 2015: Good Smile Company & Co

    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!

    [via Akibahobby]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-figma-motoko-kusanagi-gallery/attachment/nycc2015gscmotokogalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-71979"></a></p> <p>Recently we got a regular figma of Motoko Kusanagi from <em>Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex</em> released that <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-gallery" target="_blank">we showed you waaaay back at Toy Fair over a year ago</a>, and then later that summer at WonFest <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-max-factorys-motoko-kusanagi-figma-arise-ver" target="_blank">we got word that a second, Arise version was in the works</a>. Fast forward to this June and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/preview-motoko-kusanagis-newest-figma" target="_blank">the sculpt was finally shown off</a> 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.</p> <p>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!</p>

    NYCC 2015: figma Motoko Kusanagi Gallery

    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!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel/attachment/nycc2015kotopaneloverviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-71811"></a></p> <p>We have already shown you a lot of the important announcements from Kotobukiya’s panel: <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-marvel-now-artfx" target="_blank">Marvel</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-dc-comics-new-52-artfx" target="_blank">DC</a>, the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-marvel-fine-arts-thanos" target="_blank">Thanos sculpt</a>, and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-dc-comics-bishoujo-harley-quinn" target="_blank">lots</a> of <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-horror-bishoujo" target="_blank">Bishoujo</a> <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiya-panel-marvel-bishoujo-spider-gwen" target="_blank">news</a>. But of course, there was lots more! And I do mean lots. Let’s start with PVC: they had info on the new Rage of Bahamut figures but, more excitingly, assurance that Vania will definitely not be the last one we’ll see from them.</p> <p>We had lots of Star Wars, of course, and Halo as well (along with an announcement for a new Halo series). There was also a whole lot of Bishoujos, comic statues, Alien figures, and everything in between. And last but not least, they said that they want to hear from fans about future merchandise! So you can head on over to <a href="http://tinyurl.com/kotosurvey" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://tinyurl.com/kotosurvey', 'a survey']);" target="_blank">a survey</a> and let them know what you’d like to see down the pipeline.</p>

    NYCC 2015: Kotobukiya Panel

    We have already shown you a lot of the important announcements from Kotobukiya’s panel: Marvel and DC, the Thanos sculpt, and lots of Bishoujo news. But of course, there was lots more! And I do mean lots. Let’s start with PVC: they had info on the new Rage of Bahamut figures but, more excitingly, assurance that Vania will definitely not be the last one we’ll see from them.

    We had lots of Star Wars, of course, and Halo as well (along with an announcement for a new Halo series). There was also a whole lot of Bishoujos, comic statues, Alien figures, and everything in between. And last but not least, they said that they want to hear from fans about future merchandise! So you can head on over to a survey and let them know what you’d like to see down the pipeline.

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