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@Alphakitty27: That's like saying "the suits in Witchblade represent EMPOWERMENTTTT IT IS OKAY I WATCH IT FOR THE PLOT"
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@Alphakitty27: Ah yes, I remember when I hit puberty and a suit molested me and I fed it blood and everyone oogled my tits
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@Alphakitty27: Literally want to kill whoever made this http://t.co/7gl2YWgWCf Oh no the sexy suits represent PUBERTY I AM GONNA TEAR MY HAIR OUT
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@Sir_Narwhal: That horrible moment a box of presents for someone shows up and they're all fakes upon further inspection ;A;
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Posted by Leah Bayer on December 9, 2013 | 3 Comments
When Kotobukiya started up their ArtFX J Yu Yu Hakusho line, I thought for sure we’d only be getting the three original releases: Hiei (review), Yusuke (review), and Kurama (review). After all, older anime usually doesn’t get a ton of love, let alone a full-fledged figure line! A set of 3, sure… but a ton of figures? However, two more have been announced so far: Kuwabara, who we will be looking at today, and Yoko Kurama, who is hitting shelves in the US very soon!
Kuwabara is definitely different from your usual PVC figure. Even among the rare male crop, he stands out… mainly because he looks like a street thug, which is kind of cool. I mean, we usually only get pretty guys who could be mistaken for girls in a ton of situations. It’s time for some manly man love, so hit the jump and let’s get started!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 7, 2013 | 2 Comments
If you read Plastikitty even moderately regularly, you probably know that I have a serious Tony Taka addiction. I’ll buy pretty much any figure that he’s done the art for (with the notable exception of Griffon’s recent figures, shudder). My very first Tony Taka figure was Kotobukiya’s Elwing, who was one of the first PVC figures I ever bought. This was quickly followed up by their Kureha, and then… Celestia! I think she’s what really got the addiction going, probably because of dat hair sculpt. She also has the honor of being the figure that got my mom into collecting: she loved Celestia so much, she bought her own! And it’s actually the one I used for this shoot, since mine is still in a box… somewhere.
Celestia still has a special place in my heart, even if Max Factory, Alter, and Kotobukiya’s new takes on TT art greatly surpass her in quality. Looking at her critically (which is hard, due to my nostalgic fondness) I can see some issues: the stiffness of her hair around the ears, the perfect and unrealistic circle created by her skirt. But she still has some beautiful aspects that override everything else, and taking her out for a shoot rekindled my love affair with Celestia. You’ll always be one of my favorite elves!
Posted by Leah Bayer on December 3, 2013 | 10 Comments
Well, this happened a lot faster than I was expecting! There was a very, very long gap between the announcement of Street Fighter Bishoujos and the reveal of Chun Li, so I kind of assumed we’d have at least a few months to wait before we saw Cammy–even though we’ve already gotten a peek at her art. However, it seems like that big wait might have been over licensing issues or some such, because they certainly didn’t wait a long time to get Cammy sculpted… or painted! That’s right, this is a 2 for 1 teaser: we won’t be getting the usual sculpt-then-art for her, but an all at once reveal… and probably in the very near future, based on how crisp the sculpt & shading look in this sneak peek.
[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 30, 2013 | No Comments
Wow, so tennis! Much handsome. Wowwww.
I’m not really a fan of the whole guys playing sports theme (which is funny because I like sports a lot in real life as long as they involve football), but I am so, so happy that companies are finally listening to their female fans and making sport boys. Who play tennis with FLOWING CAPES and MAJESTIC STANCES with butts and such. Cause everyone can enjoy good butts and deserves them in their lives.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 30, 2013 | 1 Comment
Oh Seraphim Mode Sakuya, let me count the ways I love you. Your long brown hair, your corset top, your angelic wings, the abundant gratuitous use of clear PVC, your wondrous bow, your frills, feathers on the base even though you don’t have feathers in your wings… wait, does your bow have wing feathers? How does that even work?
I don’t even care because I’ve loved you for so long, Seraphim Sakuya. You look even better than the painted teaser. Your only flaw is that you’re not in my house right now.
[via IoryHamon's Twitter]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 21, 2013 | 5 Comments
Kotobukiya’s Seraphim Mode Sakuya has been on my lust list for a long time. I know some people may be tired of her: after all, Kotobukiya has now given us four versions of Tony Taka’s brunette sweetheart! This one, the original, Cerulean Mode, and Crimson Mode. Then of course, there’s Yamato/Arcadia’s take on the character, and the upcoming AlphaMax figure.
But in my mind, none of them really come close to this beauty. Her sculpt is absolutely astonishing, and I was blown away by it. I’ve always loved Koto, but recently they’ve gone from being a good, solid company to jumping to the ranks of Good Smile, Alter and Max Factory. If Olivia and Seraphim Sakuya come out anywhere close to their promo shots, I don’t think anyone will be questioning their validity as a top-tier producer anymore.
[via Kotobukiya's Blog]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 19, 2013 | 10 Comments
It’s no secret that I’m totally smitten by Kotobukiya’s Dark Angel Olivia. I was practically hyperventilating when we saw her full reveal, and we’ve already featured one bonus gallery. But I’ve decided that there is no such thing as too much when it comes to Olivia. It’s impossible. Every post every day could be Olivia and I’d be happy.
I mean, just look at her! The wings, the outfit, the detail, the base, the colors! She’s perfection. It’s like I’ve been waiting my whole collecting career for this one figure. Seriously, I could retire after I get her in the mail and be happy. (And yes, I did just say “retire”… about a hobby. I have a problem). Her pre-orders sold out at most Japanese retailers but there are a few US stores that have her in stock if you’re on the hunt!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on November 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
Back at NYCC during Kotobukiya’s panel, they showed off a bunch of new ArtFX+ statues in their DC Comics line including an unpainted Batgirl. Babs here is based on her New 52 design and, I guess was a favorite of both DC and Kotobukiya as she’s the first one painted, and boy does she look great! Her paint is similar to the alternate colorway Batgirl Bishoujo that came out featuring black and gold paint with Babs’ signature red hair and mixes glossy and matte paint quite well. No word on a price yet, but expect her to be in the $39.99 range and she’ll be available to swoop down from the rafters in June of 2014.
[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 8, 2013 | 10 Comments
Well this sure happened quickly! We just saw the sculpt reveal for the Spider-Woman Bishoujo at NYCC, and she’s already painted. But the Marvel Bishoujo line is the fastest moving (usually), so I guess it’s not really THAT surprising. In any case, here she is, all latex’d up and ready to fight crime.
I was far from a huge fan of the art but I’ve been liking her more and more as the piece has progressed. Sure, she still has a boob-sock thing going on and the pose is a tad… questionable but come on she has spider webs in her armpits. How can you not like that? Also clear PVC hair, which I am unable to resist.
[UPDATE] The official pictures from Kotobukiya have been added to the gallery.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 2, 2013 | 2 Comments
With the first two Cu-Poches we reviewed, Madoka Kaname and Haruka Amami, I wasn’t exactly in love with the characters. Combined with the fact that the line was brand-new, we focused instead on more practical aspects like quality control, poseability, and face/headswapping potential. You know, the nitty-gritty details.
Now, though, the line’s built up some speed and we’ve finally got to a character I totally adore. Dark Magician Girl! Though I’ve left many of my anime-watching days behind, I still have a deep love for all things Yu-Gi-Oh (thanks in no small part to the Abridged Series… and watching the show a hundred times over with my brother).