At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
Ever since Kotobukiya announced that it would be creating a series of ArtFX+ figures inspired by (or in tribute to) the DC Super Powers Collection I've been sitting on the edge of my seat (figuratively speaking, because I wou...
Fans will recall the roughly 4-inch line consisted of DC's superheroes, supervillains, and a few characters who were made up just to sell toys (I'm looking at you, Golden Pharaoh!). Each figure featured an action gimmick: by squeezing their legs, it would trigger things like arm flailing (if my balls were being scrunched, I imagine my arms would flail as well).
Kotobukiya humorously introduced the line of statues as follows:
"Return to the classic era of action figures with the DC Comics SUPER POWERS COLLECTION, a vintage-inspired line of ARTFX+ statues from Kotobukiya! With features such as 'Power Action' stances, multiple points of non-articulation and real cloth capes it will feel like the 80’s all over again! Remember…only you can decide the battle of good vs. evil!"
Personally, I can't wait to see the series... even if I'm not expecting much from "Power Action" stances. (Prove me wrong, Kotobukiya, prove me wrong.) The inclusion of cloth elements should help to really set the line apart both from Kotobukiya's usual offerings as well as comparable collectibles from other companies.
Will Kotobukiya release an ArtFX+ Darkseid? And will he feature light-piping? Only time will tell.
It's difficult to argue against Attack on Titan being the biggest breakout hit in anime in years. The manga is selling millions of copies, the TV show has been a sensation both in and outside of Japan, cosplay of the characters has overrun conventions, and of course the figure world has sat up and taken notice. Taken too much notice in fact - we haven't seen this many figures from one franchise pouring onto the market in quite some time. For me, at least, it's made it pretty hard to get excited about any new release. Kotobukiya are going to do their darndest though, since their rendition of hero Eren Yaeger is one of the most spectacular looking out there. Let's see how they did.
While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece of the puzzle, Sakura's on-again-off-again rival and precocious crush, Syaoran Li.
Fortunately though, Kotobukiya have heard my pleas and added Syaoran to their ARTFX J line, and he's up for pre-order now. We've known he was coming since Wonder Festival, and hopes were high after the accompanying Sakura turned out incredibly well, but this may be even better. The pose is gorgeous, the colour pops fantastically and that base is almost worth the cost of admission in its own right.
I'm always excited to see more figures too, and the combination of everything made this an absolute must own for me. If you're in the same camp, or at the very least like what you see, hit the links below. Syaoran comes in at ¥11,880 and he'll be headed to homes next May.
Needless to say I love everything about this - great pose, incredible detail (all those ruffles!) and a delightful paintjob. She's even got a nicely unique look due to being based on manga art rather than the anime design. A little chubbier in the face, a little more extravagant with the hair, it's a good way to make the figure stand out from the increasing hoard of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise that's descending upon us.
At ¥11,000 Sakura isn't on the cheap side, but Kotobukiya has a reputation of delivering high quality stuff and it's certainly a price I'm willing to pay. If you're with me, hit the links below to ensure Sakura comes winging to your door in April of next year.
After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...
Croodle covered the ins and outs of Kotobukiya's NYCC-exclusive Nightwing variant, so check out his post for opinions. I'm just here to deliver pre-order information.
Indeed, non-con-attendees (non-cons?) will have a chance t...
Kotobukiya has released additional images for the blue variant of its ArtFX+ Nightwing. The variant, dubbed Nightwing Origins, will be sold exclusively at NYCC and through a special pre-order event via Kotobukiya's US website.
I'm a little embarrassed because I can't recall when I first saw this colorway, although I vaguely recollect it being a while ago, but he was on display as recently as SDCC. As far as colorways go, this one was an eventuality given that it's probably the more recognized Nightwing colors (Batman: The Animated Series, Young Justice, etc, all used blue rather than red). As such, it's a little weird that Nightwing Origins is a convention exclusive rather than a normal release.
Expect additional details in the near future and be sure to check out the photos in the gallery.
The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, especially since it's a more contemporary outfit (although Deadpool was created in the 90s so everything with him is somewhat contemporary). I'm guessing that Kotobukiya's inevitable ArtFX+ Wolverine will probably also receive an X-Force deco (and a '90s Jim Lee deco... and a brown & tan John Byrne deco... and so on) as will a somewhat likely ArtFX+ Psylocke (especially given that the character has had several Fine Arts statues and a few Bishoujos now).
It's a decent-looking repaint, although I've never been a fan of this outfit. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.
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...
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.
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.
Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Deadpool can be pre-ordered for US$60 and is slated to release in June. Be sure to check the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.