NYCC 2012 Archive

  • To go along with the detailed gallery of the FemShep Bishoujo, we have a shiny new gallery of the Commander Shepard ArtFX that was unveiled at NYCC! While the face sculpt has been met with mixed responses, one thing no one is complaining about is his awesome pose or the amount of detail on his outfit. Plus, who doesn’t like clear effect parts or interesting bases! While statues aren’t exactly my thing I can’t deny how badass he is going to look on a shelf once he’s completed in the second quarter of 2013.

    NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya’s Mass Effect Commander Shepard ArtFX

    To go along with the detailed gallery of the FemShep Bishoujo, we have a shiny new gallery of the Commander Shepard ArtFX that was unveiled at NYCC! While the face sculpt has been met with mixed responses, one thing no one is complaining about is his awesome pose or the amount of detail on his outfit. Plus, who doesn’t like clear effect parts or interesting bases! While statues aren’t exactly my thing I can’t deny how badass he is going to look on a shelf once he’s completed in the second quarter of 2013.

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  • Square-Enix’s recently expanded Play Arts Kai line has grown to include two of the most popular fighting game franchises: Tekken and Street Fighter. Oddly enough, these are also the two fighting games featured in Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line. Coincidence? Probably! From Tekken they had Kayuza Mishima and Jun Kazama: from Street Fighter there was Ibuki, Cammy, Chun-Li, Ryu, Guile, and Gouki. Both franchises have pretty huge rosters, so it’s hard to guess who will join the lineup next. My vote is for Alisa in the Tekken line–we need more mecha musume!

    NYCC 2012: Square-Enix’s Street Fighter and Tekken Play Arts Kai

    Square-Enix’s recently expanded Play Arts Kai line has grown to include two of the most popular fighting game franchises: Tekken and Street Fighter. Oddly enough, these are also the two fighting games featured in Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line. Coincidence? Probably! From Tekken they had Kayuza Mishima and Jun Kazama: from Street Fighter there was Ibuki, Cammy, Chun-Li, Ryu, Guile, and Gouki. Both franchises have pretty huge rosters, so it’s hard to guess who will join the lineup next. My vote is for Alisa in the Tekken line–we need more mecha musume!

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  • We’ve already seen what Frombie is working on with ESC-Toy, but of course they had some figures of their own at New York Comic Con! While this is a company that’s been around for a few years, they’ve really caught the vinyl world’s eye recently with some of their interesting and adorable resin creations. The amazingly cute Jackalope Kami was my personal favorite, and I picked up one of the pink ones to come home with me! On the painfully cute side of the spectrum there’s also the flying squirrel SB (short for Skiddlyboop). Perhaps the center of attention though was on the hand-done Zoras in Plant and Road versions. The texture on these was incredible! Plant Zora even comes out of her pot. There were also a few somewhat Gundam inspired Zoras, and also a very cool Shadow set that has her wielding a clear mace. Last but not least are the creepily cute Zomos: I adore the Cactus colorway!

    NYCC 2012: Frombie Booth Overview

    We’ve already seen what Frombie is working on with ESC-Toy, but of course they had some figures of their own at New York Comic Con! While this is a company that’s been around for a few years, they’ve really caught the vinyl world’s eye recently with some of their interesting and adorable resin creations. The amazingly cute Jackalope Kami was my personal favorite, and I picked up one of the pink ones to come home with me! On the painfully cute side of the spectrum there’s also the flying squirrel SB (short for Skiddlyboop). Perhaps the center of attention though was on the hand-done Zoras in Plant and Road versions. The texture on these was incredible! Plant Zora even comes out of her pot. There were also a few somewhat Gundam inspired Zoras, and also a very cool Shadow set that has her wielding a clear mace. Last but not least are the creepily cute Zomos: I adore the Cactus colorway!

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  • The announcement of Cowboy Bebop Play Arts was a shocking (but pleasant) surprise for fans of the show, since it really doesn’t have a lot in the way of figure merchandise. We got to take a look at the unpainted sculpts at SDCC, but thankfully for New York Comic Con they brought along the real deal. Sometimes figures look better in their promotional shots: thankfully, I think Spike and Vicious look a lot better in person! It was nice to check them out, and Square-Enix definitely had the full extent of their poseability on display. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more in this line? Perhaps Ed or Faye?

    NYCC 2012: Square-Enix’s Cowboy Bebop Play Arts Kai

    The announcement of Cowboy Bebop Play Arts was a shocking (but pleasant) surprise for fans of the show, since it really doesn’t have a lot in the way of figure merchandise. We got to take a look at the unpainted sculpts at SDCC, but thankfully for New York Comic Con they brought along the real deal. Sometimes figures look better in their promotional shots: thankfully, I think Spike and Vicious look a lot better in person! It was nice to check them out, and Square-Enix definitely had the full extent of their poseability on display. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more in this line? Perhaps Ed or Faye?

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  • We’ve already shown you a few of the highlights of ESC-Toy’s NYCC booth like the Flying Crow Crow Bear, the Drake lineup, and their collaborations with Frombie. But that was far from all they had on display! While there were only two display cases, they were jam-packed with new goodies. Of course all the exclusives were on hand, but plenty of new stuff snuck in too. There’s the stunning Electric Candy colorway of Chap-Lynn and a tasty-looking Icy version, a new clear Pinnola, more Chap-Lynns, a Turtum sneaking around the back, the Yami Crow Crow Bear, some brawling Marinas, a surprise new edition of Ice Cream Micci, the Black Matta Micci, a fiery Two-Tails, some mouth-watering new Papa Samas, and plenty of other new colorways! In terms of new sculpts there were several new treats: first (in my eyes at least!) is the new mini edition of Crow Crow Bear: the Dali x Crow Crow Bears! Cause they’ve got melted clocks on their heads! The star of the show, though, was the unveiling of one 6, which seems to be a very different direction for Erick Scarecrow. It’s a darker, more intricate and realistic sculpt of a zombie warrior of sorts along with his mutant pet. Check out all these and more in the gallery!

    NYCC 2012: ESC-Toy Booth Overview

    We’ve already shown you a few of the highlights of ESC-Toy’s NYCC booth like the Flying Crow Crow Bear, the Drake lineup, and their collaborations with Frombie. But that was far from all they had on display! While there were only two display cases, they were jam-packed with new goodies. Of course all the exclusives were on hand, but plenty of new stuff snuck in too. There’s the stunning Electric Candy colorway of Chap-Lynn and a tasty-looking Icy version, a new clear Pinnola, more Chap-Lynns, a Turtum sneaking around the back, the Yami Crow Crow Bear, some brawling Marinas, a surprise new edition of Ice Cream Micci, the Black Matta Micci, a fiery Two-Tails, some mouth-watering new Papa Samas, and plenty of other new colorways! In terms of new sculpts there were several new treats: first (in my eyes at least!) is the new mini edition of Crow Crow Bear: the Dali x Crow Crow Bears! Cause they’ve got melted clocks on their heads! The star of the show, though, was the unveiling of one 6, which seems to be a very different direction for Erick Scarecrow. It’s a darker, more intricate and realistic sculpt of a zombie warrior of sorts along with his mutant pet. Check out all these and more in the gallery!

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  • Given that they’re, you know, the makers of the Final Fantasy series, it’s no surprise that they have a ton of merchandise from the franchise on hand at any event. They had the Play Arts Kai of Serah & Lightning in their FF XIII-2 designs, the Nendoroid-style Trading Arts, the latest Creatures KAI set, and of course as many Moogle, Chocobo and Tonberry plushes as your heart could ever desire! While the Play Arts Lighting was my favorite of the bunch due to her awesome feather skirt, it’s no surprise that the plushes seemed to be the most popular items among people drifting in and out of the booth. If I didn’t already have a few tonberries of my own, I would have succumbed to their lure as well!

    NYCC 2012: Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy Merchandise

    Given that they’re, you know, the makers of the Final Fantasy series, it’s no surprise that they have a ton of merchandise from the franchise on hand at any event. They had the Play Arts Kai of Serah & Lightning in their FF XIII-2 designs, the Nendoroid-style Trading Arts, the latest Creatures KAI set, and of course as many Moogle, Chocobo and Tonberry plushes as your heart could ever desire! While the Play Arts Lighting was my favorite of the bunch due to her awesome feather skirt, it’s no surprise that the plushes seemed to be the most popular items among people drifting in and out of the booth. If I didn’t already have a few tonberries of my own, I would have succumbed to their lure as well!

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  • ESC-Toy has recently been collaborating with Frombie on a figure line, which up until now has pretty much been limited to the Aldara x Sama. But at New York Comic Con, they showed off quite a few new additions! There’s the tall and creepy Lurker x Sama, the ladylike Chelly x Zora, and my personal favorite the painfully adorable Swordsman x Sama who happens to resemble a certain videogame hero… if he was turned into a bunny, of course! The best part about this line (aside from their awesome designs) will be the prices: like Aldara Sama, the whole Frombie collaboration should be on the cheaper side.

    NYCC 2012: ESC-Toy x Frombie

    ESC-Toy has recently been collaborating with Frombie on a figure line, which up until now has pretty much been limited to the Aldara x Sama. But at New York Comic Con, they showed off quite a few new additions! There’s the tall and creepy Lurker x Sama, the ladylike Chelly x Zora, and my personal favorite the painfully adorable Swordsman x Sama who happens to resemble a certain videogame hero… if he was turned into a bunny, of course! The best part about this line (aside from their awesome designs) will be the prices: like Aldara Sama, the whole Frombie collaboration should be on the cheaper side.

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  • Kotobukiya always has a few Bishoujo announcements on hand at conventions they attend, but this year at New York Comic Con we had only one: a Marvel Bishoujo of Kitty Pryde! Kitty is my absolute favorite Marvel girl, and I’ve been waiting for her announcement for a while now. She seems to have been met with mixed reactions, but at this point this seems par for the course on the Bishoujo line. Personally, I’m on the “like” side, especially since the final product will include Lockheed. We got a chance to shoot Kitty behind the glaring display case glass, and it was nice to take a closer look at this figure. Her design doesn’t have a lot of wow factor nor is there any way to effectively show her power in action, so I think this is really one for fans of the character. She does have Shunya’s signature butts and boobs pose going on, though thankfully without the spine-breaking action we saw on Psylocke! I’m really looking forward to her promotional shots, though this prototype is still a work in progress so it might be a while till we see more of her. Hopefully the original art is unveiled soon though!

    NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Kitty Pryde Gallery

    Kotobukiya always has a few Bishoujo announcements on hand at conventions they attend, but this year at New York Comic Con we had only one: a Marvel Bishoujo of Kitty Pryde! Kitty is my absolute favorite Marvel girl, and I’ve been waiting for her announcement for a while now. She seems to have been met with mixed reactions, but at this point this seems par for the course on the Bishoujo line. Personally, I’m on the “like” side, especially since the final product will include Lockheed. We got a chance to shoot Kitty behind the glaring display case glass, and it was nice to take a closer look at this figure. Her design doesn’t have a lot of wow factor nor is there any way to effectively show her power in action, so I think this is really one for fans of the character. She does have Shunya’s signature butts and boobs pose going on, though thankfully without the spine-breaking action we saw on Psylocke! I’m really looking forward to her promotional shots, though this prototype is still a work in progress so it might be a while till we see more of her. Hopefully the original art is unveiled soon though!

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  • Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line of action figures used to be limited to only their own licenses. In fact, it was pretty much only Final Fantasy characters! Well, it’s changed a lot in the past few years, and one of their biggest new franchise they’ve managed to snag is Batman–both based on the Nolan movies and the Arkham Asylum/Arkham City games. From the movies they have The Dark Knight Rises Batman, Bane and Catwoman. While I’m not usually a fan of the faces on Play-Arts Kai, I think these ones have turned out quite nice! I especially like Catwoman. I was looking forward to her since the announcement at SDCC, and I’m glad she turned out looking so good. There’s also the Joker from The Dark Knight. From Arkham City we have Batman, Harley Quinn, Robin, and Catwoman. Funnily enough, Robin was painted at SDCC, but they brought the unpainted prototype to this event. They didn’t have the Joker on hand, or any new announcements. I wonder if they’ll be making any other game design Batman Play Arts Kai?

    NYCC 2012: Square-Enix’s Batman Play Arts Kai

    Square-Enix’s Play Arts Kai line of action figures used to be limited to only their own licenses. In fact, it was pretty much only Final Fantasy characters! Well, it’s changed a lot in the past few years, and one of their biggest new franchise they’ve managed to snag is Batman–both based on the Nolan movies and the Arkham Asylum/Arkham City games. From the movies they have The Dark Knight Rises Batman, Bane and Catwoman. While I’m not usually a fan of the faces on Play-Arts Kai, I think these ones have turned out quite nice! I especially like Catwoman. I was looking forward to her since the announcement at SDCC, and I’m glad she turned out looking so good. There’s also the Joker from The Dark Knight. From Arkham City we have Batman, Harley Quinn, Robin, and Catwoman. Funnily enough, Robin was painted at SDCC, but they brought the unpainted prototype to this event. They didn’t have the Joker on hand, or any new announcements. I wonder if they’ll be making any other game design Batman Play Arts Kai?

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  • ESC-Toy’s Nathan Drake figure has been a smashing success so far, from the original reveal to the wild limited colorways he’s gotten in the past year. They had the gorgeous Japan 002 colorway exclusive out, along with some other awesome releases. However, the vinyl Drakes weren’t the only thing in this display! It seems that this Uncharted line will be expanding a bit this year. There will be a custom gold painted release of the Square-Enix Play Arts Drake released in late 2012, with only 4 pieces. And then there was the awesome PS-Bot resin figure, though this is a custom and won’t be getting a standard release anytime soon.

    NYCC 2012: ESC-Toy’s Uncharted 3 Drakes

    ESC-Toy’s Nathan Drake figure has been a smashing success so far, from the original reveal to the wild limited colorways he’s gotten in the past year. They had the gorgeous Japan 002 colorway exclusive out, along with some other awesome releases. However, the vinyl Drakes weren’t the only thing in this display! It seems that this Uncharted line will be expanding a bit this year. There will be a custom gold painted release of the Square-Enix Play Arts Drake released in late 2012, with only 4 pieces. And then there was the awesome PS-Bot resin figure, though this is a custom and won’t be getting a standard release anytime soon.

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