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  • Levi is definitely the most popular boy from Attack on Titan, at least in terms of figures. It seems like everyone was rushing out to make a version of him, even companies that rarely touch male characters. But the vast majority of them seemed to feature him just… standing around, looking moody. And one of the most dynamic ones had a totally disturbing base. Thankfully for Levi fans, there ended up being a small handful of dynamic figures (sans scary head bases), with one of the more notable being Kotobukiya’s take on him to go along with their Eren (review) and Mikasa (review). Today we’re reviewing the last of this trio, so hit the jump and let’s get started!

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Levi

    Levi is definitely the most popular boy from Attack on Titan, at least in terms of figures. It seems like everyone was rushing out to make a version of him, even companies that rarely touch male characters. But the vast majority of them seemed to feature him just… standing around, looking moody. And one of the most dynamic ones had a totally disturbing base. Thankfully for Levi fans, there ended up being a small handful of dynamic figures (sans scary head bases), with one of the more notable being Kotobukiya’s take on him to go along with their Eren (review) and Mikasa (review). Today we’re reviewing the last of this trio, so hit the jump and let’s get started!

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  • Attack on Titan has been a veritable juggernaut in the figure world these past few years. We’re getting versions of seemingly every major character, including all the boys! But of course any female character is going to get the most attention, so you have the most figure options when it comes to Mikasa. But finding one with a unique and dynamic pose as well as a face that matches the anime/manga? That’s been a little more difficult, since most of the “action” poses are her about to jump, and one of the most dynamic ones kind of looks nothing like her. Enter Kotobukiya, whose male-focused ArtFX J line got its first female character in Mikasa! Since, you know, the rest of the gang  (Eren and Levi) were in the J line, it’d be kind of weird if she was a totally different classification. But this was the Mikasa figure that seemingly had it all: great pose, super interesting base, accurate face, and of course well priced. But does she live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Mikasa Ackerman

    Attack on Titan has been a veritable juggernaut in the figure world these past few years. We’re getting versions of seemingly every major character, including all the boys! But of course any female character is going to get the most attention, so you have the most figure options when it comes to Mikasa. But finding one with a unique and dynamic pose as well as a face that matches the anime/manga? That’s been a little more difficult, since most of the “action” poses are her about to jump, and one of the most dynamic ones kind of looks nothing like her. Enter Kotobukiya, whose male-focused ArtFX J line got its first female character in Mikasa! Since, you know, the rest of the gang  (Eren and Levi) were in the J line, it’d be kind of weird if she was a totally different classification. But this was the Mikasa figure that seemingly had it all: great pose, super interesting base, accurate face, and of course well priced. But does she live up to expectations? Hit the jump to find out!

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  • There are many things in life I am passionate about: books, cats, tea, perfume, apocalypses, writing, Lovecraft. It’s rare any of these things come together with the toy world (…except for cats, obviously), so you can imagine my glee when Tenacious Toys showed off the concept for Maddie, a Cthulhu version of everyone’s favorite cartoon horses designed by Klim of Bigshot Toyworks. So not only is this Lovecraft, it combines my childhood obsession of ponies as well. And I have a cat named Maddy. I mean, obviously this figure was meant just for me. But, you know, you can have one too.

    Plastikitty Review: Bigshot Toyworks’ Maddie

    There are many things in life I am passionate about: books, cats, tea, perfume, apocalypses, writing, Lovecraft. It’s rare any of these things come together with the toy world (…except for cats, obviously), so you can imagine my glee when Tenacious Toys showed off the concept for Maddie, a Cthulhu version of everyone’s favorite cartoon horses designed by Klim of Bigshot Toyworks. So not only is this Lovecraft, it combines my childhood obsession of ponies as well. And I have a cat named Maddy. I mean, obviously this figure was meant just for me. But, you know, you can have one too.

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  • Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire? That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her announcement came as a bit of surprise: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

    Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire? That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her announcement came as a bit of surprise: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.

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  • Just around this time last year we took a look at inki-Drop’s adorable (but grumpy) plush, Crabapple. A wonderfully grumpy pet we all have come to know and love. But maybe you are looking for some other kind of playtime creature? Something… smaller, and similarly aquatic? Or maybe your Crabapple needs a friend! No matter what the reason, Shelly Rodriguez has four new critters for your consideration. So let’s hit the jump and check them all out in action!

    Plastikitty Review: inki-Drop’s Tentatrio Plush Pals & Starwhal

    Just around this time last year we took a look at inki-Drop’s adorable (but grumpy) plush, Crabapple. A wonderfully grumpy pet we all have come to know and love. But maybe you are looking for some other kind of playtime creature? Something… smaller, and similarly aquatic? Or maybe your Crabapple needs a friend! No matter what the reason, Shelly Rodriguez has four new critters for your consideration. So let’s hit the jump and check them all out in action!

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  • To say that Attack on Titan took the anime & figure world by storm would honestly be something of an understatement. We’ve had an insane amount of figures from it in the past two years alone, and while the main focus has pretty clearly been on Mikasa and Levi, Eren is undoubtedly the runner-up with figures from Good Smile Company, Medicom, Sentinel, Banpresto, and (of course) Kotobukiya! Stephen is a huge fan of the franchise so he’s been dying to get his hands on this particular set of figures, of which Eren is the first release. Dynamic poses, low price point, colors that are very true to the show–what could go wrong? Hit the jump and let’s battle some titans!

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s ArtFX J Eren Yeager

    To say that Attack on Titan took the anime & figure world by storm would honestly be something of an understatement. We’ve had an insane amount of figures from it in the past two years alone, and while the main focus has pretty clearly been on Mikasa and Levi, Eren is undoubtedly the runner-up with figures from Good Smile Company, Medicom, Sentinel, Banpresto, and (of course) Kotobukiya! Stephen is a huge fan of the franchise so he’s been dying to get his hands on this particular set of figures, of which Eren is the first release. Dynamic poses, low price point, colors that are very true to the show–what could go wrong? Hit the jump and let’s battle some titans!

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  • For once, fan consensus is in agreement about one of Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo figures: there’s no denying that Spider-Woman is one of their best ever. And if you are going on face accuracy alone… well, I don’t know if there is another girl who can top her! However, I have a strange and irrational hatred of yellow outfits so while I loved our up-close look at her, I wasn’t over the moon about adding her to my Bish collection. Thankfully, Kotobukiya apparently is a mind reader (or, you know, knows to cash in on an amazing figure) and announced a second version for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The change is subtle but enough to make me very happy: her outfit is now metallic, changing school-bus yellow to a lovely molten gold.

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

    For once, fan consensus is in agreement about one of Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo figures: there’s no denying that Spider-Woman is one of their best ever. And if you are going on face accuracy alone… well, I don’t know if there is another girl who can top her! However, I have a strange and irrational hatred of yellow outfits so while I loved our up-close look at her, I wasn’t over the moon about adding her to my Bish collection. Thankfully, Kotobukiya apparently is a mind reader (or, you know, knows to cash in on an amazing figure) and announced a second version for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The change is subtle but enough to make me very happy: her outfit is now metallic, changing school-bus yellow to a lovely molten gold.

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  • It’s no secret that Mara Jade has been one of my favorite Bishoujos from the moment her art was revealed. I mean, granted, she could have turned out terrible in the sculpting stage but I had hope–and that faith paid off when we saw her up close and personal at NYCC 2013. While Mara is certainly full of a lot more sex appeal than the first Star Wars Bishoujo, Jaina Solo (review), she’s pretty much everything you want in a figure from the line: strong, fierce, true to the character, attractive without being tacky, and (most importantly) a wonderful representation of Shunya Yamashita’s art. But did that carry through to the final product? Hell yeah! Okay, sorry to spoil the whole review, I’m just really excited about her.

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Star Wars Bishoujo Mara Jade

    It’s no secret that Mara Jade has been one of my favorite Bishoujos from the moment her art was revealed. I mean, granted, she could have turned out terrible in the sculpting stage but I had hope–and that faith paid off when we saw her up close and personal at NYCC 2013. While Mara is certainly full of a lot more sex appeal than the first Star Wars Bishoujo, Jaina Solo (review), she’s pretty much everything you want in a figure from the line: strong, fierce, true to the character, attractive without being tacky, and (most importantly) a wonderful representation of Shunya Yamashita’s art. But did that carry through to the final product? Hell yeah! Okay, sorry to spoil the whole review, I’m just really excited about her.

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  • Not all figures are created equal. Even among the top-tier companies, there are the shining beacons of quality that clearly demand more time and attention than the rest of their lineup. You know, the showstoppers, the centerpiece figures. I think it’s no big secret that Dark Angel Olivia is Kotobukiya’s crown jewel of 2014: sure, the year is just starting and they do have Seraphim Sakuya coming up, but just look at her. I’ve been in love with this beauty for a long time, and I let out many squeals of delight when the box was finally in my hands. I was convinced she would be the most perfect figure in the history of all things because Olivia is my One True Love so I guess you could say my expectations were just a little high for this release. So how does the final product live up to the figure-wife I’d constructed in my head? Hit the jump and let’s find out!

    Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Dark Angel Olivia

    Not all figures are created equal. Even among the top-tier companies, there are the shining beacons of quality that clearly demand more time and attention than the rest of their lineup. You know, the showstoppers, the centerpiece figures. I think it’s no big secret that Dark Angel Olivia is Kotobukiya’s crown jewel of 2014: sure, the year is just starting and they do have Seraphim Sakuya coming up, but just look at her. I’ve been in love with this beauty for a long time, and I let out many squeals of delight when the box was finally in my hands. I was convinced she would be the most perfect figure in the history of all things because Olivia is my One True Love so I guess you could say my expectations were just a little high for this release. So how does the final product live up to the figure-wife I’d constructed in my head? Hit the jump and let’s find out!

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  • Sometimes it seems like no toy is ever really perfect. Like no one figure can meet all your expectations. A character you love, modeled and sculpted to perfection with an accurate face, great detailing, AND one that is fully poseable that won’t break down due to wear and tear after a month? That also has a reasonable price? It can’t be done, you say! Oh, well, I think it can. We here at Plastikitty have found the solution to this figure dilemma. Get a live one. In fact, it turns out the perfect figure has been under our noses this whole time. So today, we will be reviewing the pinnacle of figure success: my Cat™, Samkin. Hit the jump to get this party started!

    Plastikitty Review: Samkin J Lamkin

    Sometimes it seems like no toy is ever really perfect. Like no one figure can meet all your expectations. A character you love, modeled and sculpted to perfection with an accurate face, great detailing, AND one that is fully poseable that won’t break down due to wear and tear after a month? That also has a reasonable price? It can’t be done, you say! Oh, well, I think it can. We here at Plastikitty have found the solution to this figure dilemma. Get a live one. In fact, it turns out the perfect figure has been under our noses this whole time. So today, we will be reviewing the pinnacle of figure success: my Cat™, Samkin. Hit the jump to get this party started!

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