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Posted by Leah Bayer on July 22, 2012 | 2 Comments
The biggest complaint about the original Bishoujo X-23 (review) was her face: some people thought it didn’t fit her character well. While X-23 shows off a much softer side in her self-titled comic, I think most people are familiar with her just as Wolverine’s killer clone, and they wanted a more angry feel for the figure. Well, ask and you shall receive, since Kotobukiya announced that one of the SDCC exclusives would be an angry-looking x-Force version of her! So will this version appease fans of X-23′s angrier side? Hit the jump to find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on June 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
One of the main complaints about Kotobukiya’s X-23 Bishoujo (review) was that her face was too “soft” and happy to be X-23. I actually liked the smile, as it showed off a bit of her softer side–she certainly smiles in the comic, so it was fitting! But Kotobukiya seems pretty receptive to their fans, and X-23 is getting an X-Force version for San Diego Comic Con, complete with the X-Force outfit and a snarling face. Retail is ¥6,200 but expect a US price of around $59.99. She’s limited to SDCC but some of their exclusives make it online, so don’t give up hope if you’re an X-23 fan who can’t make it to the con!
[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on February 19, 2012 | 9 Comments
Apparently this was the week of Bishoujo reviews–this is our 4th in a seven day period. So welcome to the last one for a while, the Marvel Bishoujo X-23! X-23 is an interesting character who, sadly, just had her comic cancelled. It’s a shame, as not only was it Marvel’s only female-led book but it really showcased a fascinating and multi-layered character.
That being said, X-23 was not one of my most-anticipated Bishoujos. I am not quite sure why, as I love the character. I think between her release being so close to another sitting Bishoujo, Mystique, and my serious hype for Poison Ivy I just had a hard time feeling the same way about Wolverine’s clone. However, my opinion ended up seriously changing once I got my hand on this figure–hit the jump to find out why!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on October 17, 2011 | 2 Comments
We’ve shown you lots of Marvel figure offerings from Kotobukiya from the many existing figures in the bishoujo line to the new additions of Storm and Black Widow, as well as the new Spiderman and Avengers Movie ArtFX line starting with Iron Man, but there were also a lot of other statues on hand from the Marvel universe! Most of the classic Avengers group was on hand along with the announcement of the new Hawkeye that we had shown you before the show. For some reason the new updated Captain America was not on hand at the show and he appeared unpainted, but either way, he is one awesome figure.
Other than what we saw back at San Diego Comic Con, not much was new other than the Spiderman and Venom announcement and Avengers movie figures, but it’s great to see everything that they’ve been working on and has been released in the last few months and will be released in the next few upcoming months. I can’t wait to see what will be added next and let us know who you’d love to see statues of from the Marvel universe in the comments below.
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 19, 2011 | 6 Comments
This was a slow week for figures. Most companies were on holiday for Sunday, so we didn’t get any news, and then nothing really notable went up on Monday. I thought Tuesday would be promising, but we got zilch! Turned out that Thursday and Friday were pretty good, but still, not a whole lot went up this week. But there were some surprising releases that I am really looking forward to, and quite a few re-releases, so hit the jump to check them out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 16, 2011 | 2 Comments
Back at SDCC, we got to get an up-close look at the unpainted prototype of the X-23 Bishoujo. Well, only a few weeks later, we finally get to see her in color! The colored prototype was actually at Wonder Festival, but this is the first time we’ve seen nice shots. And man, is she looking good! Like Mystique, she has a unique pose (read: not standing), and the mix of blacks really stands out against her pale skin.
My favorite part is, of course, her clear hair, which reminds me a lot of what they did with Ms. Marvel. There’s so much movement, and the clear PVC gives it a sense of lightness. It also seems like they’ve gone for a more comic-style face, as her nose and lips are a lot more accentuated than they usually are on PVC figures. It’s unusual, but I think it works really well with the character! Her US release date is March, and she should be $59.99 like all of the other girls. Pre-orders should be up soon, and we’ll be sure to let you know when this vixen is ready to join your collection!
[via Kotobukiya's Facebook]
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 3, 2011 | 2 Comments
We showed you the lovely ladies that Kotobukiya had on display previously, but they were generous enough to open up the cases for us and let Stephen get up close and personal with these figures. From the Marvel side, we got to see Elektra, Mystique, and the unpainted prototype of X-23. Elektra turned out a lot better than I thought she would, and I really can’t get over how gorgeous the black-to-blue hair is. Her expression has been criticized, but to me she looks very focused and it fits well with the figure. Mystique stands out a lot because she is the first Bish to be sitting instead of standing, and the pose definitely matches her personality. X-23 also has clear hair, a surprising detail to have in a prototype! Funnily enough the painted X-23 was shown off at Wonder Festival, but you can see the sculpted details a lot better on an unpainted figure.
On the DC side we got close-up looks at Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is my favorite so far–the colors are so vibrant, I love her cocky pose, and the sculpting is really above and beyond the rest of the line. She has so many small details that it is easy to overlook, like the layering of her hair or the leaf detailing on her boots.
We also have a few bonus shots of Binary Ms. Marvel and Black Ver. Batgirl, so check them all out in the gallery and let us know which one is your favorite and who you’d like to see next!
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on July 27, 2011 | 2 Comments
Kotobukiya has quickly become one of the premier comic statue manufacturers over the last two years and for the biggest comic convention in the nation, they really brought the heat with their new Marvel announcements. Between continuing the X-Force line and starting up the Avengers line, there was quite a lot on hand and it really shows just how much sculptor Erick Sosa has grown.
The X-Force line was expanded with Warpath, Gambit, Magneto, and Archangel, all of which look amazing. Warpath, who received a few updates since Toy Fair, will be ready for September of this year for $199.99 and really shows off his powerful nature. Gambit, who will follow Warpath in October for $209.99 is also the next in the X-Men Danger Room Session Series, rather than the X-Force line in particular, and has a similar base to others such as Collossus and Psylocke before him. In the 1st quarter of 2012, we’ll be receiving the two newly shown off statues: Magneto and Archangel. Magneto comes with a second non-helmet head and has lots of magnetic items floating around one powerful pose making for one really badass figure of such an iconic character. Archangel, who is set for $229.99, features his giant metallic wings, which are quite shiny and metallic looking in person, and really is one impressive figure. Archangel’s size alone is so imposing that he just commands to be looked at, even if placed on a bottom shelf like at Kotobukiya’s booth.
Not to be overshadowed though is the equally amazing Avengers line, which is slated to begin in the 2nd quarter of 2012 and features Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man so far. Thor, whom was unpainted at Toy Fair, has now been tweaked a little in his face and hands and is also fully painted and looking great. The swooshing cape and outstretched arm convey so much motion for a static figure and really bring this piece to another level. Captain America looks great in his red, white, and blue color scheme and will feature a non-masked swappable head as well. Last, but not least, Iron Man will also feature a swappable non-masked head and his metallic suit comes across amazingly via the paint job.
There were also many other statues that have been released or will be released shortly on display, and judging from the completely sold out booth at the end of the convention, these all look like they will follow suit and be hot sellers. I personally can’t wait to see more of all of these, but for now, we’ll just have to live with what we have in the gallery below.
Posted by Stephen Donaldson on July 24, 2011 | 13 Comments
At this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Kotobukiya’s signature Bishoujo figures were out in full force with quite a few new additions as well. From movies, to video games, to comics, there’s something for everyone here.
First up were the continuations of the Marvel and DC Bishoujo lines with the additions of a black colorway of Batgirl and Poison Ivy for DC and Mystique, X-23, and Elektra for Marvel. The new colorway of Batgirl will be available in December for $59.99 and Poison Ivy will be available in February for $64.99, and both look quite great in person. Poison Ivy’s detailed sculpt with her many whisps of hair and tentacle plants is quite impressive in person and I can’t wait to see the final product. On the Marvel end of things, Elektra will be coming out late this year with X-23 and Mystique to follow early next year, and all 3 have a retail price of $59.99. I really love the way that Mystique and X-23 have been captured in these sculpts; the character’s personalities as well as Shunya Yamashita’s unique style really shine through and really work well together.
Next up were the new announcements of video game bishoujo figures with the announcement of a Tekken line and a Mass Effect 3 Liara. The Tekken line, which had been revealed a few weeks ago, so far contains Christie Monteiro and Alisa Bosconovitch from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and will begin releasing with Christie at the end of the year and Alisa shortly after early next year. Having now seen Christie in person, the few changes made to her outfit really don’t detract from her character at all and the detailing on the back of her shirt is really stunning in person. Sitting next to this announcement was the shocker of Liara from Mass Effect 3, which is about as far from a Japanese game franchise as one could get. Liara will be the first in a series of figures and was only shown off in concept art, but from what we were shown, I can’t wait to see the final sculpt, which should be soon as she’s set to be released before the end of the year.
Last and not least, the movie bishoujo line has not been forgotten. While there were no new announcements on hand at Comic Con, the recently released Ghostbusters Lucy was on hand as well as confirmation that the next series that will get a release is Star Wars. Be sure to hit the jump to check out all of the bishoujos on hand at the Kotobukiya booth at San Diego Comic Con 2011 and leave your thoughts in a comment about what other bishoujos you’d like to see!