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5:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya announces ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura

Those of you who've followed the blog will know of my near continuous requests for scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures. Well, good news has come out of Wonder Festival - it's finally happening!  Surprisingly, though, th...

Martin Siggers




Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya - Star Wars photo
Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya - Star Wars
by Scarecroodle

At a convention not so long ago in a country far, far away (unless you live in Japan)...

STAR WARS: COVERAGE XXI

The Kotobukiya Alliance has taken refuge at Summer WonFes to escape the storm trooper army at SDCC. Thus does a lonely group of mostly unpainted Rebels slowly bide its time on display at WonFes, waiting for a chance to strike back at the evil Empire...

Now that the non-scrolling recap is out of the way, Kobotukiya had a few of its pre-painted, snap-together Star Wars model kids on display at WonFes. The roster notably included an unpainted Luke Skywalker (Tantooine), Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. While the painted versions of Han and Chewbacca were on display at SDCC, Luke and Leia were completely absent from San Diego.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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ArtFX+ Deadpool slices and dices, even minces, his way into a preview gallery photo
ArtFX+ Deadpool slices and dices, even minces, his way into a preview gallery
by Scarecroodle

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, you checked out the teaser, you saw him in our SDCC coverage, here's the man (or figure) of the hour: ArtFX+ Deadpool! Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for everybody's favorite Merc with a Mouth. Will the world ever be the same again?

ArtFX+ Deadpool (which will come in two flavors, strawberry and lemon (and also two colors, red and black (and also two colorways, standard and X-Force gray&black))) features an interchangeable component in his left hand which gives you the choice of a cool gesture, having him hold a second sword, or having him hold a picket sign. I can imagine you'd have a lot of fun with the picket sign. Some fans already have.

Although not depicted, I'm wondering if the spare sword can be stored in the sheath on Deadpool's back when not in use. The thing seems to have a space carved into it, after all. Otherwise, the sculpting, pose, and paint on this one are all pretty neat. As such, it should appease the legions of Deadpool fans even if it might not be the greatest fit for the ArtFX+ line-up given that pose.

Be sure to check the gallery.

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8:00 AM on 07.25.2014

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - Star Wars

Look at that spread. You see that? That's a dude in Stormtrooper armor. Scroll on down to the gallery and you'll see that there was a literal platoon of action figure-sized Stormtroopers lined up behind Vader and a pair of hi...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 AM on 07.25.2014

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - DC and Marvel

Along with the video game and anime stuff mentioned previously, Kotobukiya had a ton of comic book-related items on hand. Hey, this IS San Diego Comic Con after all. Both DC Comics and Marvel had some healthy representation, ...

Pedro Cortes



Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin photo
Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ Damian Robin. The figure was teased earlier this week.

Details and photos after the jump.

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SDCC-exclusive ArtFX+ Hulk is more than good, it's GREY-T!! photo
SDCC-exclusive ArtFX+ Hulk is more than good, it's GREY-T!!
by Scarecroodle

Kotobuikya may have a few good exclusives going to SDCC, but only one is so good that he's grey-t: the ArtFX+ Grey Hulk! This Grey-test of exclusives will be sold at the Treasure Island Sports booth (#5030) during the con. Can't make it? The company seems to have at least a few available for pre-order on its site (unless it's an order online, pick up in person deal).

The ArtFX+ Grey Hulk is a redeco of Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! Hulk, the first figure in the ArtFX+ Marvel Now Avengers line (which one of our community members reviewed). It was a pretty neat sculpt although not everybody was pleased with the shade of green used for the paint. As such, the Grey Hulk might appease any naysayers.

This 1/10-th scale figure is limited to 2,000 pieces and will sell for US$75.

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ArtFX+ First Appearance Batman to make a first (and only) appearance at SDCC photo
ArtFX+ First Appearance Batman to make a first (and only) appearance at SDCC
by Scarecroodle

Batman has made a few appearances in Kotobukiya's ARTFX and ArtFX+ lines but, as a SDCC exclusive, the character is finally making a "First Appearance" in the ArtFX+ line. Based on the original Bob Kane artwork, Kotobukiya has crafted a version of Batman as he first appeared in Detective Comics issue #27.

While a First Appearance Batman (or "the Bat-Man") probably has a more limited appeal than other versions of the character, it still seems like this figure would have done well with a wider release. The pose is solid and, with the exception of the cowl's "ears" and the logo, he looks enough like your average Batman release (mostly because the purple gloves are covered by the cape). This is probably one of the better comic ArtFX+ figures that have been produced thus far which makes it something of a shame that it's a SDCC exclusive.

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ First Appearance Batman will be on sale at SDCC and, if I'm reading things right, a number will be available to non-attendees through "a limited kotous.com non-attendee pre-order event".

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7:00 AM on 06.07.2014

Kotobukiya's ARTFX Wonder Woman is a wonder of a woman

Kotobukiya has released a photo gallery for the upcoming ARTFX Wonder Woman, slated for December. While I've occasionally held a rocky view of Kotobukiya's ARTFX and ArtFX+ comic offerings, I'm more than a little impressed by...

Scarecroodle

5:00 PM on 05.19.2014

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Green Arrow misses the mark

Kotobukiya recently unveiled its upcoming 1/10-scale ArtFX+ New 52 Green Arrow and... well, it's somewhat bad. While I haven't been the biggest fan of Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ DC comics and Marvel offerings, the company usually do...

Scarecroodle



WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2
by Natalie Kipper

Now that you all have had a chance to read over Part One of our coverage of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel, let's move on to the second half. While the first portion jumped between several different fandoms, the majority of this one is all about comics, comics, and more comics. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

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WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1 photo
WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1
by Natalie Kipper

For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a very generous raffle! So much awesomeness is impossible to contain within a mere one post and thus this panel's summary has been split into two posts. The anime, Star Wars, and gaming news can be found here and the rest will be in part two. For now, don't worry so much about that. Just read on and take in the excitement.

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