New York Comic Con 2013 Archive

  • I’M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH! Okay, you know I had to say it. I’m so sorry. But hey, it could have been much worse. I could have done the whole post in Shibe (such Juggernaut, wow. Much muscle! Clap). Bigger statues aren’t my thing. Neither are big muscley men. So it’s kind of hard to personally get excited about this but, uh, yay for Juggernaut fans! Apparently Kotobukiya got a ton of requests for this figure, so I’m sure he’ll be high in demand once pre-orders open. I was a bit surprised when we first saw him at SDCC, but once again Koto is showing that they listen to their fans… a lesson some other companies could learn from.

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Juggernaut Fine Arts Statue Gallery

    I’M THE JUGGERNAUT, BITCH! Okay, you know I had to say it. I’m so sorry. But hey, it could have been much worse. I could have done the whole post in Shibe (such Juggernaut, wow. Much muscle! Clap). Bigger statues aren’t my thing. Neither are big muscley men. So it’s kind of hard to personally get excited about this but, uh, yay for Juggernaut fans! Apparently Kotobukiya got a ton of requests for this figure, so I’m sure he’ll be high in demand once pre-orders open. I was a bit surprised when we first saw him at SDCC, but once again Koto is showing that they listen to their fans… a lesson some other companies could learn from.

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  • I’ve kind of been dreading the Street Fighter Bishoujos since they were announced years ago. Why, you ask? Because personally I find the characters the tackiest of the fighting girls. Crazy, right? I don’t even know why, since certainly the argument can be made for other games *cough*DOA*cough* but I just… really don’t like Street Fighter. And come on, with already super sexed-up characters can we really trust Shunya? As it turns out–maybe! At least for Chun-Li. Not so much for Cammy… hopefully Juri comes out nice. I haven’t really been head over heels for Chun-Li since her sculpt got revealed but she looks SO much better in person. And for everyone complaining about her face: this isn’t the final one! Changes will definitely made before she comes out.

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Chun Li Bishoujo Gallery

    I’ve kind of been dreading the Street Fighter Bishoujos since they were announced years ago. Why, you ask? Because personally I find the characters the tackiest of the fighting girls. Crazy, right? I don’t even know why, since certainly the argument can be made for other games *cough*DOA*cough* but I just… really don’t like Street Fighter. And come on, with already super sexed-up characters can we really trust Shunya? As it turns out–maybe! At least for Chun-Li. Not so much for Cammy… hopefully Juri comes out nice. I haven’t really been head over heels for Chun-Li since her sculpt got revealed but she looks SO much better in person. And for everyone complaining about her face: this isn’t the final one! Changes will definitely made before she comes out.

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  • Who doesn’t like Nightwing? Come on, he’s awesome. Because he’s an acrobat… who fights crime. If you don’t like him you can just get out of here! So I was excited when Kotobukiya announced an ArtFX+ of him because 1) he doesn’t have enough figures and 2) it’s a super affordable line (I don’t have enough cash for 1/6 statues!). We got to take a look at him at NYCC and uhnf, I’m in love. I rarely fangirl out for male figures but oh my god Nightwing I LOVE YOU. Though I do wish it was his blue outfit. But come on now, the chances for a recolor are probably really high…. right?

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Nightwing ArtFX+ Gallery

    Who doesn’t like Nightwing? Come on, he’s awesome. Because he’s an acrobat… who fights crime. If you don’t like him you can just get out of here! So I was excited when Kotobukiya announced an ArtFX+ of him because 1) he doesn’t have enough figures and 2) it’s a super affordable line (I don’t have enough cash for 1/6 statues!). We got to take a look at him at NYCC and uhnf, I’m in love. I rarely fangirl out for male figures but oh my god Nightwing I LOVE YOU. Though I do wish it was his blue outfit. But come on now, the chances for a recolor are probably really high…. right?

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  • Kotobukiya’s Tekken Bishoujo Jun Kazama has been painted for a short while now, but her painted prototype was off having fun adventures in Japan during New York Comic Con so we only had the raw sculpt to work with–but sometimes that can be a lot more telling than anything else! I have to admit that she’s not my favorite of the Tekken lineup, mainly because I find her overall design, pose and outfit a bit boring compared to some of the more flamboyant characters. But she’s got the classic Shunya mix of strength and sex appeal, without crossing that line into overt tackiness. Her sculpt looks so great here that she’s definitely winning me over!

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Jun Kazama Bishoujo Gallery

    Kotobukiya’s Tekken Bishoujo Jun Kazama has been painted for a short while now, but her painted prototype was off having fun adventures in Japan during New York Comic Con so we only had the raw sculpt to work with–but sometimes that can be a lot more telling than anything else! I have to admit that she’s not my favorite of the Tekken lineup, mainly because I find her overall design, pose and outfit a bit boring compared to some of the more flamboyant characters. But she’s got the classic Shunya mix of strength and sex appeal, without crossing that line into overt tackiness. Her sculpt looks so great here that she’s definitely winning me over!

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  • A while back, Kotobukiya announced that they’d be doing a set of Avengers ArtFX+, a nice counterpart to the now-complete Justice League lineup. It’s moving along at a pretty rapid pace (much faster than the DC line!) and they have four of them already sculpted and on display at New York Comic Con, The only painted one was Black Widow, who is looking much better than what I expected based on the art (which is just not my cup of tea). In fact, the sculpting on all 4 is quite sharp and so much better than what I expected! Hulk is unpainted here, but he’s actually colored–which you can see in our panel overview for these guys. Which Avenger are you looking forward to the most?

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Now Avengers ArtFX+ Gallery

    A while back, Kotobukiya announced that they’d be doing a set of Avengers ArtFX+, a nice counterpart to the now-complete Justice League lineup. It’s moving along at a pretty rapid pace (much faster than the DC line!) and they have four of them already sculpted and on display at New York Comic Con, The only painted one was Black Widow, who is looking much better than what I expected based on the art (which is just not my cup of tea). In fact, the sculpting on all 4 is quite sharp and so much better than what I expected! Hulk is unpainted here, but he’s actually colored–which you can see in our panel overview for these guys. Which Avenger are you looking forward to the most?

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  • I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of redone character sculpts in most instances. But so far, the Bishoujo line has been doing it right! They took some of their older sculpts, totally redid the art, and bumped them up to 1/7 scale to fit in with the new ladies. But I was a bit worried when they announced a second version of Wondy: I mean, the first one was nearly perfect! And I wasn’t 100% sold on the new sculpt. But then I got to see her in person and this one has a clear sparkly skirt, so clearly she wins… at least for me. At first I found the armor a bit over the top and cheesy but come on, it’s comics. She’s pretty fabulous. I definitely like her as much as the first Wonder Woman… probably a bit more. A lot more, if we’re only talking about butts. Seriously. Go look at the butt.

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Armored Wonder Woman Bishoujo Gallery

    I must admit that I’m not the biggest fan of redone character sculpts in most instances. But so far, the Bishoujo line has been doing it right! They took some of their older sculpts, totally redid the art, and bumped them up to 1/7 scale to fit in with the new ladies. But I was a bit worried when they announced a second version of Wondy: I mean, the first one was nearly perfect! And I wasn’t 100% sold on the new sculpt. But then I got to see her in person and this one has a clear sparkly skirt, so clearly she wins… at least for me. At first I found the armor a bit over the top and cheesy but come on, it’s comics. She’s pretty fabulous. I definitely like her as much as the first Wonder Woman… probably a bit more. A lot more, if we’re only talking about butts. Seriously. Go look at the butt.

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  • One of the new Bishoujo sculpts Kotobukiya brought to New York Comic Con was Mara Jade, who has been garnering a lot of attention among Star Wars fans. Probably because she’s as awesome and perfect as her predecessor, Jaina Solo (review)! One of our favorite things about cons is that we can get a look at these figures behind the glass and take them for a “spin” and definitely the one I was looking forward to most. Her promotional shots are already up on Kotobukiya’s page but she looks even better in person! I honestly think she might be their best Bish yet. She’s the full package: identical to Shunya Yamashita’s art, tasteful but sexy, a detailed and well thought-out sculpt, excellent use of clear PVC, and…. a fantastic butt!

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Mara Jade Bishoujo Gallery

    One of the new Bishoujo sculpts Kotobukiya brought to New York Comic Con was Mara Jade, who has been garnering a lot of attention among Star Wars fans. Probably because she’s as awesome and perfect as her predecessor, Jaina Solo (review)! One of our favorite things about cons is that we can get a look at these figures behind the glass and take them for a “spin” and definitely the one I was looking forward to most. Her promotional shots are already up on Kotobukiya’s page but she looks even better in person! I honestly think she might be their best Bish yet. She’s the full package: identical to Shunya Yamashita’s art, tasteful but sexy, a detailed and well thought-out sculpt, excellent use of clear PVC, and…. a fantastic butt!

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  • Shunya Yamashita is a respected but controversial artist. Lots of people love him, but it’s hard to deny that his pinup style can go a little over the top sometimes and border on trashy. I find his taste level to usually be okay, but I had a lot of issues with the Spider-Woman art. Boob-socks, awkwardly sexual crouching pose, a pelvis apparently made out of silly putty. But my opinion definitely warmed with the grey sculpt, which improves on a lot of areas. The pose is much more tasteful here, seeming more like crouching than, well…. you know, and they totally fixed the latex boob-sock effect. Plus her face is totally gorgeous! And the hair! Hopefully the paint comes out as nicely as the raw sculpt.

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Spider-Woman Bishoujo Gallery

    Shunya Yamashita is a respected but controversial artist. Lots of people love him, but it’s hard to deny that his pinup style can go a little over the top sometimes and border on trashy. I find his taste level to usually be okay, but I had a lot of issues with the Spider-Woman art. Boob-socks, awkwardly sexual crouching pose, a pelvis apparently made out of silly putty. But my opinion definitely warmed with the grey sculpt, which improves on a lot of areas. The pose is much more tasteful here, seeming more like crouching than, well…. you know, and they totally fixed the latex boob-sock effect. Plus her face is totally gorgeous! And the hair! Hopefully the paint comes out as nicely as the raw sculpt.

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  • Of Kotobukiya’s original Yu-Yu-Hakusho trio, the Kurama figure (review) was definitely my favorite. I mean, how do you beat a whip made out of thorns and roses all over the place? It turns out you beat it with sexy flowing hair and white fox ears. Their Yoko version of Kurama was painted at Spring MegaHobby and we got to take a close look at him at New York Comic Con. And I’ll admit it, I’m in love! He’s just so handsome. Male figures usually go more for the delicate, feminine types but this version of Kurama (unlike the first) is quite manly!

    NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya’s Yoko Kurama Gallery

    Of Kotobukiya’s original Yu-Yu-Hakusho trio, the Kurama figure (review) was definitely my favorite. I mean, how do you beat a whip made out of thorns and roses all over the place? It turns out you beat it with sexy flowing hair and white fox ears. Their Yoko version of Kurama was painted at Spring MegaHobby and we got to take a close look at him at New York Comic Con. And I’ll admit it, I’m in love! He’s just so handsome. Male figures usually go more for the delicate, feminine types but this version of Kurama (unlike the first) is quite manly!

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  • We’ve already shown you a few of the more memorable pieces at Good Smile Company’s booth: Belldandy & Holly Bell, the Attack On Titan goods, 7th Dragon Miku, Bayonetta, and Nyaruko. But of course there are more than just a few figures in a booth as big as Good Smile’s! They had lots of Madoka merchandise as you’d expect, in fact it was almost their whole lineup! Nendoroids and scaled figures a plenty. In fact there were tons of Nendoroids from a lot of different shows and series as well as figmas and scaled figures. We’ve got Vocaloids, Samus,  Dangan Ronpa, and a few of their past exclusives. Check them all out in the gallery!

    NYCC 2013: Good Smile Company Booth Overview

    We’ve already shown you a few of the more memorable pieces at Good Smile Company’s booth: Belldandy & Holly Bell, the Attack On Titan goods, 7th Dragon Miku, Bayonetta, and Nyaruko. But of course there are more than just a few figures in a booth as big as Good Smile’s! They had lots of Madoka merchandise as you’d expect, in fact it was almost their whole lineup! Nendoroids and scaled figures a plenty. In fact there were tons of Nendoroids from a lot of different shows and series as well as figmas and scaled figures. We’ve got Vocaloids, Samus,  Dangan Ronpa, and a few of their past exclusives. Check them all out in the gallery!

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