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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=81367" rel="attachment wp-att-81367"></a></p> <p>Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dark-magician-girl-cupoche" target="_blank">Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche</a>, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?</p> <p>Today we are looking at Sebastian from <em>Black Butler</em>, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis" target="_blank">a scaled figure of him</a> a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sebastian Michaelis Cu-Poche

    Kotobukiya’s action figure Cu-Poche line has been booming lately. It seems like only yesterday that we were photographing the Dark Magician Girl Cu-Poche, but it was almost 4 years ago! Time sure flies when you’re getting old, amirite?

    Today we are looking at Sebastian from Black Butler, everyone’s favorite demon housekeeper. Sebastian is one of those few male characters who manages to cling onto popularity long after his first hit the figure scene. In fact, Koto even did a scaled figure of him a short while back! But how will this handsome lil devil hold up in chibi form? Hit the jump and let’s find out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-gallery-bigshot-toyworks-four-horsies-of-the-pocalypse/attachment/fourhorsiesgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-75318"></a></p> <p>From a young age I have been kind of obsessed with the apocalypse. I mean, I wrote a paper about the apocalypse in pop culture my senior year of highschool… and it’s probably only escalated from there. So of course this extends to toys, though apocalyptic toys are few and far between sadly.</p> <p>Enter Bigshot Toyworks and their Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse! We <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-bigshot-toyworks-maddie" target="_blank">reviewed Maddie</a> a while back (who has the bonus of being both apocalyptic and Lovecraftian), and now, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-bigshot-toy-works-booth-overview" target="_blank">as we promised during Toy Fair</a>, it’s time for her little minions, who are based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.</p>

    Plastikitty Gallery: Bigshot Toyworks’ Four Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse

    From a young age I have been kind of obsessed with the apocalypse. I mean, I wrote a paper about the apocalypse in pop culture my senior year of highschool… and it’s probably only escalated from there. So of course this extends to toys, though apocalyptic toys are few and far between sadly.

    Enter Bigshot Toyworks and their Horsies of the ‘Pocalypse! We reviewed Maddie a while back (who has the bonus of being both apocalyptic and Lovecraftian), and now, as we promised during Toy Fair, it’s time for her little minions, who are based on the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-black-canary-blue-ver/attachment/kotoblackcanaryreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-73093"></a></p> <p>Black Canary is probably the Bishoujo that fans had to wait the longest for (discounting Lady Deadpool of course, who was in “is it going to be made?” limbo for years). We first saw <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/check-out-shunya-yamashitas-black-canary-art">her art</a> in May of 2013, over 2 1/2 years ago. Then, a few months later, <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/nycc-2013-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-black-canary-bishoujo">the sculpt</a>. Right on track, except she vanished shortly after! They ended up <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/dc-bishoujo-black-canarys-sculpt-is-finally-revealed">redoing the sculpt</a> in April of this year, with <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-reveals-their-dc-comics-black-canary-bishoujo">the painted version</a> right behind.</p> <p>Dinah is one of my absolute favorite DC girls, solely because of Gail Simone’s run of <em>Birds of Prey</em>, so I’ve been anticipating her with bated breath for a long, long time now. But after such a long wait, can the final product ever live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Black Canary, Blue Ver.

    Black Canary is probably the Bishoujo that fans had to wait the longest for (discounting Lady Deadpool of course, who was in “is it going to be made?” limbo for years). We first saw her art in May of 2013, over 2 1/2 years ago. Then, a few months later, the sculpt. Right on track, except she vanished shortly after! They ended up redoing the sculpt in April of this year, with the painted version right behind.

    Dinah is one of my absolute favorite DC girls, solely because of Gail Simone’s run of Birds of Prey, so I’ve been anticipating her with bated breath for a long, long time now. But after such a long wait, can the final product ever live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-hestia/attachment/kotohestiareviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-72997"></a></p> <p>Hestia is, undoubtedly, this year’s It Girl. It seems like every company is making a figure of her, and the market is already kind of over-saturated with Bestia Hestia. But Kotobukiya was the first to get theirs out on the market, and to be honest, it’s the only figure of her I’ve come close to liking. The Hestia hype has definitely gone a bit over my head, and I find almost all of her figures kind of silly. Probably because the boob physics + ribbon.</p> <p>But everyone knows I have a huge weakness for kneeling figures, especially slightly larger ones like Hestia who is 1/7 scale, so I was cautiously optimistic to get my hands on her. So hit the jump and check her out!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Hestia

    Hestia is, undoubtedly, this year’s It Girl. It seems like every company is making a figure of her, and the market is already kind of over-saturated with Bestia Hestia. But Kotobukiya was the first to get theirs out on the market, and to be honest, it’s the only figure of her I’ve come close to liking. The Hestia hype has definitely gone a bit over my head, and I find almost all of her figures kind of silly. Probably because the boob physics + ribbon.

    But everyone knows I have a huge weakness for kneeling figures, especially slightly larger ones like Hestia who is 1/7 scale, so I was cautiously optimistic to get my hands on her. So hit the jump and check her out!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-raven/attachment/kotoravenreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-72909"></a></p> <p>Since the inception of the DC Bishoujo line, fans have been particularly vocal about their desires for a Raven figure. She may not be one of the most popular heroines in the comic world but we’re the generation that grew up with the <em>Teen Titans</em> cartoon so I, and a lot of other people, have very fond memories of her. We finally got Starfire (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-starfire" target="_blank">review</a>) and I assumed Raven was right behind her, but there was about a year’s wait in between the two. Torture! Or, you know, just how long it takes to make figures, because the turnaround on the Bishoujos is pretty damn fast. Can you imagine if it was Orchid Seed or Alter doing this line? There’d be like 4 years between each girl and whichever one you wanted the most would just stay in prototype stage forever.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Raven

    Since the inception of the DC Bishoujo line, fans have been particularly vocal about their desires for a Raven figure. She may not be one of the most popular heroines in the comic world but we’re the generation that grew up with the Teen Titans cartoon so I, and a lot of other people, have very fond memories of her. We finally got Starfire (review) and I assumed Raven was right behind her, but there was about a year’s wait in between the two. Torture! Or, you know, just how long it takes to make figures, because the turnaround on the Bishoujos is pretty damn fast. Can you imagine if it was Orchid Seed or Alter doing this line? There’d be like 4 years between each girl and whichever one you wanted the most would just stay in prototype stage forever.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-ken-kaneki/attachment/kotobukiyakenkanekireviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-72330"></a></p> <p>You would think that with the rise of male figures, we’d be getting more and more dynamic and interesting takes on them. But sadly, that’s not the case: for the most part, guy figures are still just kind of standing around. I mean, it’s high-quality standing-around, but nothing much is happening there.</p> <p>Except, of course, for Kotobukiya, who has been making dynamic male figures for quite some time. So of course we were all excited for their take on <em>Tokyo Ghoul</em>‘s Ken Kaneki! While the show was pretty popular it didn’t receive a ton of figure attention. Thankfully, the few options we do have are pretty awesome, especially the ArtFX J Awakened Version which we’ll be taking a look at today.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Ken Kaneki

    You would think that with the rise of male figures, we’d be getting more and more dynamic and interesting takes on them. But sadly, that’s not the case: for the most part, guy figures are still just kind of standing around. I mean, it’s high-quality standing-around, but nothing much is happening there.

    Except, of course, for Kotobukiya, who has been making dynamic male figures for quite some time. So of course we were all excited for their take on Tokyo Ghoul‘s Ken Kaneki! While the show was pretty popular it didn’t receive a ton of figure attention. Thankfully, the few options we do have are pretty awesome, especially the ArtFX J Awakened Version which we’ll be taking a look at today.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-17-kurumi-tokisaki/attachment/kurumiheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70560"></a></p> <p>Date A Live has a weird place in the figure world. While it’s relatively popular, with quite a few scaled figures, it seems like no major manufacturers want to work on the girls. Yet we have Nendoroids of several of them! I really love the character design, it’s so bright and vibrant and over-the-top, so I’ve been particularly annoyed at this. Enter Kotobukiya’s Kurumi, who was <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/megahobby-expo-autumn-2014-kotobukiya" target="_blank">announced at last fall’s MegaHobby</a>!</p> <p>Of course she’s not wearing her signature burnt-orange dress, but I have a long-standing love of lounging around girls in lingerie so this was pretty much an instant must-have for me.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/7 Kurumi Tokisaki

    Date A Live has a weird place in the figure world. While it’s relatively popular, with quite a few scaled figures, it seems like no major manufacturers want to work on the girls. Yet we have Nendoroids of several of them! I really love the character design, it’s so bright and vibrant and over-the-top, so I’ve been particularly annoyed at this. Enter Kotobukiya’s Kurumi, who was announced at last fall’s MegaHobby!

    Of course she’s not wearing her signature burnt-orange dress, but I have a long-standing love of lounging around girls in lingerie so this was pretty much an instant must-have for me.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-li-syaoran/attachment/kotolireviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-70471"></a></p> <p>We went so long without Cardcaptor figures that it almost feels surreal to finally have one in my hands. I mean, when the prize figure announcements started coming in I tamed my excitement. It’s just prize figures, right? But then we got announcements like the <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-max-factorys-figma-sakura-kinomoto-gallery" target="_blank">figma</a> and Kotobukiya’s Sakura scaled figure (<a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">review</a>), and the floodgates were open.</p> <p>And, thankfully, we’re not just getting figures of the girls. Because, come on, the second main character is a boy! And while it seems like most companies have been neglecting Syaoran, Kotobukiya of course did not. Cause they know the importance of boy figures. Hit the jump and let’s get started!</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Li Syaoran

    We went so long without Cardcaptor figures that it almost feels surreal to finally have one in my hands. I mean, when the prize figure announcements started coming in I tamed my excitement. It’s just prize figures, right? But then we got announcements like the figma and Kotobukiya’s Sakura scaled figure (review), and the floodgates were open.

    And, thankfully, we’re not just getting figures of the girls. Because, come on, the second main character is a boy! And while it seems like most companies have been neglecting Syaoran, Kotobukiya of course did not. Cause they know the importance of boy figures. Hit the jump and let’s get started!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-artfx-j-sebastian-michaelis/attachment/kotosebastianreviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-68017"></a></p> <p>Ahh, <em>Black Butler</em>. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. <em>Black Butler</em> is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*</p> <p>While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Sebastian Michaelis

    Ahh, Black Butler. One of the most popular US anime/manga franchises, but not one that I was ever really invested in. Black Butler is the domain of those girls who practically live in the manga section of Barnes & Nobles, and will talk to you for hours about who they ship Sebby with. You all know what I’m talking about. Okay, maybe that’s not a thing anymore, but it was when I was in highschool! *shakes fist at sky*

    While I was never a huge fan, I’ve always liked the designs: there are so few guys who aren’t “stereotypical highschool boy with boring outfit* in anime, let alone a… *gasp* “older” one like Sebastian! I mean, he’s a demon butler. What’s not to like? And like so many older series, the license on this has recently been required by a ton of companies, finally filling the BB-sized hole in so many fangirls’ hearts. Sadly, most of the Sebastian figures are super boring (look, he’s… standing there again!) but Koto gave us one with a cool base! And I am all about cool bases, so let’s hit the jump and get this party started.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/plastikitty-review-kotobukiyas-sakura-kinomoto/attachment/kotosakurareviewheader" rel="attachment wp-att-67980"></a></p> <p>When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.</p> <p>I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/summer-wonfest-2014-kotobukiya-x-cardcaptor" target="_blank">announcement</a> to <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiya-unveils-their-painted-sakura-kinomoto" target="_blank">release</a>, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.</p>

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Sakura Kinomoto

    When I first got into figure collecting, there was a handful of shows/series I really, really wanted figures from. Almost all of them were older, and the licenses were locked down so there was basically no hope of ever owning my beloveds in plastic form. But recently, older licenses have been busting open and we’ve been nostalgia-bombed with all the characters we always wanted. Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, and for me the number one was always Cardcaptor Sakura. Finally, finally, I own a real, not-prize-figure version of her.

    I’m sure in time we will see a huge batch of scaled figures, but Kotobukiya was the first on the scene with their rendition of Sakura in what is probably her most recognizable outfit. Even though there was not a huge wait from her announcement to release, it feels like I’ve been waiting years for this! So does she live up to the hype? Hit the jump and find out.

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