Kotobukiya Archive

  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukyia-unveils-their-kill-bill-bishoujo/attachment/killbillheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79377"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya is so unpredictable with their Bishoujo announcements! We always know that big events in both the US & Japan will have a few, but they tend to spring totally finished figures on us out of nowhere. Like today, when we’re getting the fully sculpted and painted Kill Bill Bishoujo! <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-announces-a-kill-bill-bishoujo" target="_blank">Her art</a> was over a year ago, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that we’re getting it before 2016 is over.</p> <p>I was really sold by the art, but I’m not sure how I feel about the finished version. I feel like the face is missing the angst and attitude you expect from the Bride. It’s a little too placid for my taste, though I do think the pose & outfit came out looking very on-model and happily not overly sexed up.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1559155844100806" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1559155844100806', 'Kotobukiya’s Facebook']);" target="_blank">Kotobukiya’s Facebook</a>]</p>

    Kotobukyia Unveils Their Kill Bill Bishoujo

    Kotobukiya is so unpredictable with their Bishoujo announcements! We always know that big events in both the US & Japan will have a few, but they tend to spring totally finished figures on us out of nowhere. Like today, when we’re getting the fully sculpted and painted Kill Bill Bishoujo! Her art was over a year ago, so perhaps it’s not so surprising that we’re getting it before 2016 is over.

    I was really sold by the art, but I’m not sure how I feel about the finished version. I feel like the face is missing the angst and attitude you expect from the Bride. It’s a little too placid for my taste, though I do think the pose & outfit came out looking very on-model and happily not overly sexed up.

    [via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-gives-us-a-sneak-peek-at-bishoujo-tiffany/attachment/tiffanyteaserheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79317"></a></p> <p>It’s only been a short while since Kotobukiya showed off the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-bishoujo-chucky-gallery" target="_blank">painted Bishoujo Chucky sculpt</a>, but apparently it’s already time for Tiffany to make an appearance! This is a very fast turnaround on both of them, given that <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-unveils-bishoujos-chucky-tiffany" target="_blank">the art</a> was unveiled last February.</p> <p>We don’t have any full images of her, just this atmospheric shot of the devilish duo. They both look amazing, and I had pretty high expectations for Tiffany given that it’s the same sculptor as Chucky. I bet they’ll look perfect together out in display!</p> <p><strong>[UPDATE]</strong> Full pictures are in the gallery! She’s also up for pre-order.</p> <p>[via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/a.144280162255055.27267.137679822915089/1537349352948122/?type=3&theater" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/a.144280162255055.27267.137679822915089/1537349352948122/?type=3&theater', 'Kotobukiya’s Facebook']);" target="_blank">Kotobukiya’s Facebook</a>]</p>

    Kotobukiya Gives Us A Sneak Peek At Bishoujo Tiffany

    It’s only been a short while since Kotobukiya showed off the painted Bishoujo Chucky sculpt, but apparently it’s already time for Tiffany to make an appearance! This is a very fast turnaround on both of them, given that the art was unveiled last February.

    We don’t have any full images of her, just this atmospheric shot of the devilish duo. They both look amazing, and I had pretty high expectations for Tiffany given that it’s the same sculptor as Chucky. I bet they’ll look perfect together out in display!

    [UPDATE] Full pictures are in the gallery! She’s also up for pre-order.

    [via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-expo-fall-2016-event-overview/attachment/mixedheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79324"></a></p> <p>We saw what <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-expo-fall-2016-good-smile-company-co" target="_blank">Good Smile Company & co</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/miyazawa-model-expo-fall-2016-vertex" target="_blank">Vertex</a> 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 <em>High School Fleet</em>, aka “that <em>KanColle</em> ripoff” and…. Spike is finally painted!</p> <p>Revolve didn’t have much, but they did have announcements for Rem & Ram from <em>Re:Zero</em>. Aoshima had a lovely Izetta from <em>Shuumatsu no Izetta</em> 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!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews/status/804150759507906560" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/amiamihobbynews/status/804150759507906560', 'amiami']);" target="_blank">amiami</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/hobby_maniax/status/804276534479437824" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://twitter.com/hobby_maniax/status/804276534479437824', 'hobby_maniax']);" target="_blank">hobby_maniax</a>]</p>

    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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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-announces-more-pokemon-artfx-j/attachment/kotopokemonheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79142"></a></p> <p>So far Kotobukiya’s Pokemon line has given us <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya-x-pokemon" target="_blank">Ash/Red, May</a>, 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 <em>Black & White</em> (Hilda, really Nintendo?) with Tepig and Rosa from <em>Black & White 2 </em>with Snivy.</p> <p>Between MegaHouse hitting all the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/complete-your-pokedex-with-megahouses-brock-joy" target="_blank">classic characters</a>, Medicom doing <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/medicom-adds-champion-diantha-to-the-pokemon-line" target="_blank">the Champions</a>, and Kotobukiya covering the newer (female) ones, we have quite the coverage of Pokemon figures! Is there anyone you’d like to see next?</p> <p>[via <a href="http://myfigurecollection.net/item/514853" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://myfigurecollection.net/item/514853', 'mfc']);" target="_blank">mfc</a>]</p>

    Kotobukiya Announces More Pokemon ArtFX J

    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?

    [via mfc]

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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/travel-back-in-time-with-kotobukiyas-atem/attachment/atemheader" rel="attachment wp-att-79024"></a></p> <p>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?).</p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya" target="_blank">at Wonder Festival</a>, 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!</p> <p>Pre-Order At: <a href="https://www.kotous.com/retailstore/yu-gi-oh-artfx-j-atem-kotous-exclusive.html" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.kotous.com/retailstore/yu-gi-oh-artfx-j-atem-kotous-exclusive.html', 'KotoUS']);" target="_blank">KotoUS</a> (with bonus) | <a href="http://hlj.com/product/KBYPP-676" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://hlj.com/product/KBYPP-676', 'HLJ']);" target="_blank">HLJ</a> | <a href="http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-023524&page=top" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://www.amiami.com/top/detail/detail?gcode=FIGURE-023524&page=top', 'AmiAmi']);" target="_blank">AmiAmi</a></p>

    Travel Back In Time With Kotobukiya’s Atem

    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!

    Pre-Order At: KotoUS (with bonus) | HLJ | AmiAmi

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-lelouch-lamperouge-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotolelouchegalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78967"></a></p> <p><em>Code Geass</em> 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!</p> <p>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 <em>Code Black</em> appearance. He was <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2016-kotobukiya" target="_blank">unpainted at Wonder Festival</a>, but it’s been a few months since then and now he’s all finished and shiny!</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Lelouch Lamperouge Gallery

    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!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-clash-of-clans-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotoclashgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78898"></a></p> <p>I’ve never played Clash of Clans (god knows I have enough other games on my phone to keep me occupied until the end of time), but somehow I’ve acquired a soft spot for the franchise. Maybe it’s because my dad plays it nonstop (and my mom refers to it as “playing with his little men”), or maybe it’s the amazing ad campaign. Seriously, how great are their commercials? But however it happened, I’m always a little excited to see merchandise from it.</p> <p>And so far, there’s no doubt that Kotobukiya’s figures are the best out there. They looked good when <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-clash-of-clans-figures" target="_blank">we saw them at SDCC</a>, but now they’re painted and of course look even better! They kept the simplistic, cartoony style without skimping too much on details like shading. The smug face of the Prince gets me every time I look at it.</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Clash of Clans Gallery

    I’ve never played Clash of Clans (god knows I have enough other games on my phone to keep me occupied until the end of time), but somehow I’ve acquired a soft spot for the franchise. Maybe it’s because my dad plays it nonstop (and my mom refers to it as “playing with his little men”), or maybe it’s the amazing ad campaign. Seriously, how great are their commercials? But however it happened, I’m always a little excited to see merchandise from it.

    And so far, there’s no doubt that Kotobukiya’s figures are the best out there. They looked good when we saw them at SDCC, but now they’re painted and of course look even better! They kept the simplistic, cartoony style without skimping too much on details like shading. The smug face of the Prince gets me every time I look at it.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-super-deadpool-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotosuperdeadpoolgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78864"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya has brought us quite a few Deadpool figures in the past, but this is definitely the Deadpool to end all Deadpools. As the ‘Super’ in the title might have clued you into! As we saw <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-panel-nycc-2016-marvel" target="_blank">at their panel</a>, this figure comes with an insane amount of extras. From more weaponry than anyone needs to a fluffy red afro, he’s got it all.</p> <p>But even without all the extras, this is an impressive piece. The pose is super dynamic and the scaffolding base gives a great diorama. I can just picture how amazing this will look on display!</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Super Deadpool Gallery

    Kotobukiya has brought us quite a few Deadpool figures in the past, but this is definitely the Deadpool to end all Deadpools. As the ‘Super’ in the title might have clued you into! As we saw at their panel, this figure comes with an insane amount of extras. From more weaponry than anyone needs to a fluffy red afro, he’s got it all.

    But even without all the extras, this is an impressive piece. The pose is super dynamic and the scaffolding base gives a great diorama. I can just picture how amazing this will look on display!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-harley-quinn-artfx-gallery/attachment/nycc2016kotoharleyartfxgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-78883"></a></p> <p>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 <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2015-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-new-52-artfx-villains-forever" target="_blank">Villains Forever line</a> 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).</p> <p>So it was great to see her out as <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2016-kotobukiyas-artfx-harley-quinn" target="_blank">a surprise announcement</a> 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!</p>

    NYCC 2016: Kotobukiya’s Harley Quinn ArtFX+ Gallery

    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!

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