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....
Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there's hope for the paint as well.
The one point of interest is that the statue doesn't seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee's energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they've done the same for other characters. It's possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.
Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn't really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).
In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine's "Robin" (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).
Perhaps you're watching a stream of EVO right now and you're in the mood for some more fighting. While we've seen the release Bishoujo Chun Li and are awaiting Cammy and Juri, how about one more fighter to add to the mix? Kot...
Kotobukiya has previewed an unpainted (but partially penciled in for detail's sake) headsculpt prototype of its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The company plans to reveal parts of her sculpt as a week-long event.
Will Jubilee be greater than the sum of her individual parts? The character artwork still leaves me feeling a little skeptical (partly for that silly base) despite the head-sculpt showing some promise. I really want this one to work out (as Jubilee is my favorite female member of the X-Men) but Shunya has a habit of making things that I don't find appealing (Black Cat (reviewed) being one of the rare exceptions).
Will Jubilee's final reveal result in fireworks or a fizzle? Only time will tell. In the mean time, you can check out a version of the image in its natural resolution in gallery.
For SDCC, it looks like Kotobukiya is releasing exclusives of what they know people will want; Bishoujo figures! While nothing can be cooler than the Psylocke exclusive, here we have an exclusive version of Bishoujo Spider-Woman. This exclusive from Action Figure Xpress, shows Spider-Woman with a metallic shine.
I wasn’t a fan of this figure because I didn’t like her pose at all. I see this all the time, and the crouching pose never looks sexy to me. Yes, seeing her with metallic paint does make her look better, but that pose is still the same.
This exclusive version is limited to 800 pieces, and can be purchased at booth #3345 at SDCC. If you will be going and want to pre-order this figure, you can do so at Action Figure Xpress’ website for US$80. This is only if you’re actually going to be there!
I've had a bad feeling about Bishoujo Nina Williams ever since we saw some brief prototype shots at WonderCon earlier this year. Now Kotobukiya have unveiled a gallery of the finish article and oh my god what is even going on?
Even leaving aside the fact that Nina appears to be presenting like a mandrill, this is one of the most ridiculous poses I've seen in a while. How is her spine not shattered into a million pieces? It's not like I'm digging the other bits of the figure either - the purple camo is pretty flat and dull, and the face is just off enough to look weird. But really, just glancing at this thing makes my back hurt. Talk about twisted.
That’s why it’s so awesome to find out that Kotobukiya will be releasing a new colorway of their Bishoujo Psylocke as a SDCC exclusive. This new version will make her look like her classic X-Men version. That’s my favorite version!
Her costume will be blue with a fuchsia belt, and all of her hair will be purple. Around her sword there will even be psi-energy field. Limited to 1500 pieces, fans can get her at SDCC and through a limited online event.
Kotobukiya must have hit a winning formula with their Bishoujo figures because they're cranking them out like nobody's business. Well they're cranking them out like it's their own business, because it is - ah you know what I'm trying to say.
This time we go back to the first property to get the Bishoujo treatment: Marvel Comics. I'm sure you're all aware of Bishoujo Spider-Woman by now. From the promo shots, the figure looks like it has a lot going for it. Naturally I was excited to have a sample in my hands.
[ UPDATE: Kotobukiya has clarified that these images actually pertain an upcoming exhibition of Shunya Yamashita’s artwork at the Kotobukiya Akihabara-Kan in Japan this Fall. As such, I'm not sure why they were blurred ...
One preview gallery clearly isn't enough for us to wrap our heads around Kotobukiya's upcoming Bishoujo Freddy figure, so Amiami has provided their own. A lot of people reacted negatively (or with confusion) to this supposed gender-bent Freddy Krueger.
Obviously, this isn't Freddy Krueger. A gender-bent version of Freddy Krueger would be Freda Krueger, and she would still look like a burnt-up freak. This is a Halloween costume! It has to be, as that's the only explanation that makes sense. We all know the saying about Halloween, women, and skanky outfits. Actually, you could probably apply this logic to most of Koto's Bishoujo lineup. So there you go, mystery solved!
Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo horror series has to be the weirdest thing I’ve seen from this company. I had no idea how they would pull off making Freddy and Jason as beautiful women, and after I saw the preview, I had no words. Today, Kotobukiya has given us a full photo preview of Bishoujo Jason, the second release in this series.
So this figure holds both an ax and a bloody machete, and that’s not weird because we know she’s very strong. How do we know she’s strong? Well, just look at those abs!
While she is strong, her homicidal rage has made her a bit too machete happy because all her clothes are tattered and torn. There are even some bloody cuts on her. This figure will measure over eight inches tall, and stands on a small green base. Bishoujo Jason will be available in November.
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.
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.