Robin Archive

  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=83701" rel="attachment wp-att-83701"></a></p> <p>Earlier today we gave some <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2018-kotobukiyas-ikemen-line" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">updates on Kotobukiya’s Ikemen line</a> and later, at Toy Fair, we got to take a close look at the Red Robin sculpt. I’m not gonna lie, every time I see this figure it looks like if a KPop star moonlighted as Red Hood, which, honestly is exactly what we all wanted out of this line and I really dig it. Red Hood’s abs are on full display here, as is the signature butt, which many fans were also looking for from a male version of a bishoujo line. I’m also really liking that Red Robin has three different head options, which elevates this figure that’s just “standing there” to new levels. Now to see what happens with the rest of the Robins!</p>

    Toy Fair 2018: Kotobukiya’s Red Robin Ikemen Gallery

    Earlier today we gave some updates on Kotobukiya’s Ikemen line and later, at Toy Fair, we got to take a close look at the Red Robin sculpt. I’m not gonna lie, every time I see this figure it looks like if a KPop star moonlighted as Red Hood, which, honestly is exactly what we all wanted out of this line and I really dig it. Red Hood’s abs are on full display here, as is the signature butt, which many fans were also looking for from a male version of a bishoujo line. I’m also really liking that Red Robin has three different head options, which elevates this figure that’s just “standing there” to new levels. Now to see what happens with the rest of the Robins!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=83540" rel="attachment wp-att-83540"></a></p> <p>So far Kotobukiya’s Ikemen line has given us a butt-tastic <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/comic-toys/sdcc-2017-ikemen-nightwing-red-hood" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Nightwing</a> and a less provocative but equally cool <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiyas-ikemen-red-hood-order" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Red Hood</a>. We knew they’d be doing <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/sdcc-2016-kotobukiyas-ikeman-line" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">all of the bat-boys</a>, so it’s no surprise that we got a look at the art for two more of them at Toy Fair: Damian Wayne and Red Robin!</p> <p>I really appreciate that they went with a cute, sassy pose for Damian since… you know, he’s underage and all. He looks ready to angst it up! I’m not quite as sold on Red Robin yet because the face looks a bit different from the rest of the line, but I’m sure it will all come together once he is sculpted!</p> <p>[via <a href="https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/a.144280162255055.27267.137679822915089/2039196866096699/?type=3&theater" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.facebook.com/kotobukiya/photos/a.144280162255055.27267.137679822915089/2039196866096699/?type=3&theater', 'Kotobukiya’s Facebook']);" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Kotobukiya’s Facebook</a>]</p>

    Toy Fair 2018: Kotobukiya’s Ikemen Line

    So far Kotobukiya’s Ikemen line has given us a butt-tastic Nightwing and a less provocative but equally cool Red Hood. We knew they’d be doing all of the bat-boys, so it’s no surprise that we got a look at the art for two more of them at Toy Fair: Damian Wayne and Red Robin!

    I really appreciate that they went with a cute, sassy pose for Damian since… you know, he’s underage and all. He looks ready to angst it up! I’m not quite as sold on Red Robin yet because the face looks a bit different from the rest of the line, but I’m sure it will all come together once he is sculpted!

    [via Kotobukiya’s Facebook]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/?attachment_id=80496" rel="attachment wp-att-80496"></a></p> <p>I’ve never really understood the ‘Marvel vs DC’ mentality (don’t most comic fans read them both?) but if I was absolutely forced to pick I would be on Team DC. Because I’m basic as heck and I love Batman. So sue me! And, of course, I love me a good DC figure. Like the new <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2017-kotobukiyas-dc-bishoujo-katana" target="_blank">Katana art</a> they had out!</p> <p>Kotobukiya had quite a few DC figures on display at Toy Fair, like the huge 1/6 scale Justice League (well, at least Batman/Superman/Flash/Wonder Woman/Green Lantern). And Bishoujos Harley Quinn, Wonder Girl, the Killing Joke statue (which is getting a re-release), the Villains line in all their evil glory, and some of the classic cartoony ArtFX+.</p>

    Toy Fair 2017: Kotobukiya’s DC Figures

    I’ve never really understood the ‘Marvel vs DC’ mentality (don’t most comic fans read them both?) but if I was absolutely forced to pick I would be on Team DC. Because I’m basic as heck and I love Batman. So sue me! And, of course, I love me a good DC figure. Like the new Katana art they had out!

    Kotobukiya had quite a few DC figures on display at Toy Fair, like the huge 1/6 scale Justice League (well, at least Batman/Superman/Flash/Wonder Woman/Green Lantern). And Bishoujos Harley Quinn, Wonder Girl, the Killing Joke statue (which is getting a re-release), the Villains line in all their evil glory, and some of the classic cartoony ArtFX+.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2016-dc-collectibles-batman-animated-series-figures/attachment/toyfair2016dcbatmananimatedheader" rel="attachment wp-att-75450"></a></p> <p>I think only heartless monsters don’t like <em>Batman the Animated Series</em>. Just kidding, I’m sure there are lots of you and you all totally have hearts. But really, it’s just fabulous. I mean, where else do you get Robin in such goofy glasses. Probably a couple places, actually.</p> <p>So I was of course delighted to see a full lineup of <em>TAS</em> action figures at Toy Fair. There’s a pretty huge variety: superheroes, sidekicks, villains. Though I will admit what I really want is Huntress and Black Canary so I can recreate the amazing <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFP0IoMfsA" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFP0IoMfsA', 'Birds of Prey moment']);" data-rel="lightbox-video-0" target="_blank">Birds of Prey moment</a> from <em>The Brave and the Bold</em>.</p>

    Toy Fair 2016: DC Collectibles’ Batman Animated Series Figures

    I think only heartless monsters don’t like Batman the Animated Series. Just kidding, I’m sure there are lots of you and you all totally have hearts. But really, it’s just fabulous. I mean, where else do you get Robin in such goofy glasses. Probably a couple places, actually.

    So I was of course delighted to see a full lineup of TAS action figures at Toy Fair. There’s a pretty huge variety: superheroes, sidekicks, villains. Though I will admit what I really want is Huntress and Black Canary so I can recreate the amazing Birds of Prey moment from The Brave and the Bold.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-super-powers-figures/attachment/toyfair2015kotosuperpowersgalleryheader" rel="attachment wp-att-66122"></a></p> <p>It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful.</p> <p>Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-super-powers" target="_blank">first saw the sculpts</a> at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!</p>

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers Figures

    It’s funny that nostalgia is a marketable emotion, isn’t it? We all want a peek back into the wonders of childhood, where things had the potential to be unlimitedly awesome. Many toy companies have tried to stir up these feelings for our old wrinkly selves, but few have been truly successful.

    Personally, I’d put Kotobukiya’s Super Powers line in the “definitely works” category. When I first saw the sculpts at Toy Fair I was filled with a rush of longing for all those hours spent in my friend’s attic, playing with action figures. I mean, look at Superman’s extra arm! It’s just the right amount of kitsch. The best part is the price: because these are much simpler than Kotobukiya’s ArtFX+ figures, they should retail in the area of $30 each!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2015-kotobukiyas-dc-comics-super-powers/attachment/toyfair2015kotodcsuperpowersheader" rel="attachment wp-att-65679"></a></p> <p>One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/kotobukiyas-nycc-2014-panel-super-powers-superman-artfx" target="_blank">a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line</a>, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory.</p> <p>So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!</p>

    Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya’s DC Comics Super Powers

    One of Kotobukiya’s big announcements at NYCC was a brand-new ArtFX+ Super Powers line, which traces its roots to the old Kenner action figures. I wasn’t exactly sure how it would turn out, but they’re definitely the smash hit of Toy Fair now that they’re actually sculpted and (partially) painted. Something about them is just so super nostalgic without veering into cheesy or pandering territory.

    So far we have the Flash, Green Lantern, and Superman fully sculpted–and look at Superman’s extra action arm! Robin and Batman are sculpted, and we already know the next three in the line: Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman. Though be assured that if these are successful, we’ll definitely be getting a Wave 2–maybe with villains even!

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-dc-collectibles-batman-son-of-batman-figures/attachment/toyfair2014dcsonofbatmanheader" rel="attachment wp-att-54770"></a></p> <p><em>Batman: Son of Batman</em> will be headed on to DVD and Bluray soon, so, what does that mean? Merchandise time! Batman, Robin, and Nightwing will all be making their way to store shelves as action figures in November this year for $19.95 each and all three are looking really awesome. Robin is probably my favorite of the three just because we have so few figures of lil’ evil Damien, the world’s deadliest pre-pubescent, but Nightwing and Batman are looking great as well with their stripped down anime style transition. I’m usually not one for action figures, but I may need that Robin in my life…</p>

    Toy Fair 2014: DC Collectibles’ Batman: Son of Batman Figures

    Batman: Son of Batman will be headed on to DVD and Bluray soon, so, what does that mean? Merchandise time! Batman, Robin, and Nightwing will all be making their way to store shelves as action figures in November this year for $19.95 each and all three are looking really awesome. Robin is probably my favorite of the three just because we have so few figures of lil’ evil Damien, the world’s deadliest pre-pubescent, but Nightwing and Batman are looking great as well with their stripped down anime style transition. I’m usually not one for action figures, but I may need that Robin in my life…

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-dc-collectibles-lil-batman-figures/attachment/toyfair2014dclilbatmanheader" rel="attachment wp-att-54760"></a></p> <p>There is a right way and a wrong way to to cute, chibi comic characters. We’ve seen quite a lot on the “wrong” side this Toy Fair, like from <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-kidrobots-dc-comics-figures" target="_blank">Kidrobot</a> and <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-square-enixs-dc-variant-static-arts-kai" target="_blank">Square-Enix</a>, to the point where I’m almost put off by the whole mini-genre. Thankfully DC has restored my faith in the cute with their Lil Batman figures. I mean, JUST LOOK AT CHUBBY BATS. Ahh, he’s so cute I just wanna pinch his grumpy cheeks.</p>

    Toy Fair 2014: DC Collectibles’ Lil Batman Figures

    There is a right way and a wrong way to to cute, chibi comic characters. We’ve seen quite a lot on the “wrong” side this Toy Fair, like from Kidrobot and Square-Enix, to the point where I’m almost put off by the whole mini-genre. Thankfully DC has restored my faith in the cute with their Lil Batman figures. I mean, JUST LOOK AT CHUBBY BATS. Ahh, he’s so cute I just wanna pinch his grumpy cheeks.

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-square-enixs-dc-comics-play-arts-kai/attachment/toyfair2014squareenixdcheader" rel="attachment wp-att-54330"></a></p> <p>So we meet again, DC Variants Play Arts Kai. They’re basically bizarre, carnival funhouse versions of the characters we all know and love. <a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2013-square-enixs-dc-universe-variant-play-arts-kai" target="_blank">We’ve seen some of them before</a>, and I will never get the image of Yaoi Hands Green Lantern out of my head. Or Wonder Woman’s ridiculous butt. This time around we’ve got the Joker (who honestly doesn’t look that different–it’s the Joker, he always looks weird), Harley Quinn (the robot? what is going on there), Darkseid, Hawkman (who might as well be He-man, what even), the weird Batman we’ve already seen, and then more regular versions of Nightwing and Deathstroke.</p> <p>Then there’s Rorschach from Watchmen, who I am pretty excited to see in figure form! Mostly because then I can re-enact the movie but have everyone pronounce his name correctly. Dear Zack Snyder: there’s a reason they call him Raw Shark in prison.</p> <p><em>[Edit: Robin, not Nightwing! Thanks, Methos~]</em></p>

    Toy Fair 2014: Square-Enix’s DC Comics Play Arts Kai

    So we meet again, DC Variants Play Arts Kai. They’re basically bizarre, carnival funhouse versions of the characters we all know and love. We’ve seen some of them before, and I will never get the image of Yaoi Hands Green Lantern out of my head. Or Wonder Woman’s ridiculous butt. This time around we’ve got the Joker (who honestly doesn’t look that different–it’s the Joker, he always looks weird), Harley Quinn (the robot? what is going on there), Darkseid, Hawkman (who might as well be He-man, what even), the weird Batman we’ve already seen, and then more regular versions of Nightwing and Deathstroke.

    Then there’s Rorschach from Watchmen, who I am pretty excited to see in figure form! Mostly because then I can re-enact the movie but have everyone pronounce his name correctly. Dear Zack Snyder: there’s a reason they call him Raw Shark in prison.

    [Edit: Robin, not Nightwing! Thanks, Methos~]

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  • <p><a href="http://www.plastikitty.com/home/toy-fair-2014-kidrobots-dc-comics-figures/attachment/toyfair2014kidrobotdcheader" rel="attachment wp-att-54036"></a></p> <p>Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now!</p> <p>Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).</p>

    Toy Fair 2014: Kidrobot’s DC Comics Figures

    Kidrobot has been collaborating with Marvel for a while now, and at Toy Fair they announced that they’re teaming up with DC too! This seems to be a trend: it happened with Sideshow and Kotobukiya, so this doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The announcements, however, are a mixed bag. Let’s start with the great: the Labbit line looks amazing and I want all of them right now!

    Their character miniseries, however, has highs and lows. They went with a very cutesy, almost infantile style that works well on some characters (kawaii Superman, ahh!), is kind of horrifying on some (the smiling Joker, nightmare fuel), and is dementedly cute on others (little Deadman, yes please). Others, like Wonder Woman, just look… off. If someone offers these un-blind boxed I will for sure snap up a few (Swamp Thing, come to momma).

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