Kotobukiya

Bishoujo Tali photo
Hilariously un-Shunya
Artist Shunya Yamashita's trademarks are his cute feminine faces and voluptuous bodies. So if we have someone who's hooded, robed, and masked, it makes me wonder... why put the Bishoujo label on her at all? Indeed, Kotobukiya...

SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo photo
SDCC 2015: Koto Bishoujo

[Update] SDCC 2015: Kotobukiya's Bishoujo sketches reveal Metal Gear Bishoujo line, more


Here's your ladies from Koto
Jul 08
// Andres Cerrato
[Update 9:00 AM EST] Added overnight are Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen and DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2! Stay tuned for more updates as the weekend goes on! Comic-Con is here, which means Kotobukiya is bringing out the bi...
SDCC photo
She's red hot!
Well, it was only a matter of time: Kotobukiya has announced plans to sell an exclusive Marvel Bishoujo Red She-Hulk at SDCC. Unlike her mainstream counterpart, she will be limited to 1,500 pieces and -- if you can't attend t...


Teen Titans photo
May cast a spell on you
Kotobukiya has released photos and additional details for its upcoming DC Comics Bishoujo Raven, whose art was previously seen at Winter WonFes. Kotobukiya has done a great job in translating the original artwork into figure ...

X-Men photo
The most revealing reveal of all?
We recently mentioned how Kotobukiya had teased an Emma Frost statue but, before we could blink, Kotobukiya had apparently gone ahead and revealed the rest! Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Emma Frost is billed as standing 7.5...

Kotobukiya Hestia photo
Kotobukiya Hestia

Kotobukiya's Hestia is stringing us all along


1/7-scale figure is up for pre-order
Jun 09
// Tianxiao Ma
I decided to start watching DanMachi (or Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? - light novel titles am I right?) on the basis of a tooth brushing gif. Well, more accurately I intended to start ...
X-Men photo
X-Men

Kotobukiya teases Emma Frost statue


Likely to get warm reception
Jun 08
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser image for what appears to be an Emma Frost wearing a take on her more current outfit. [[UPDATE: It's mostly an ArtFX+ statue.]] Comic fans will recall that Emma Frost joined the X-Men around the...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura

May 20 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: ARTFX J Sakura KinomotoFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: ¥11,000Available at: HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Plamoya | Big in Japan  As I say in pretty much every one of my reviews, I'm a big fan of 'less is more' when it comes to box design. Sakura's box isn't exactly spartan but it's pleasingly straightforward. I particularly like the big 'wraparound' window which carries all the way round to the side of the box.  It makes the entire thing look modern and airy and gives you a great all round view of the figure. The left hand side of the box includes the original CLAMP illustration which this figure is based on. There's been some controversy over this decision to use the manga design over the far more recognized anime design, which I'll address momentarily when we get to the figure itself. I will say the box feels a little big - though Sakura isn't a small figure, I'm pretty sure smarter packaging could have at least cut the ends off of what's a pretty large package. Once out of the box, Sakura is a very nicely sized and weighted figure. She's a 1/7-scale sculpt but feels a little more like a 1/8 occasionally, probably because of the character's small stature. Regardless, it's a size which feels hefty and solid. Sakura is attached to her cloud base and can't be separated, not that you'd want to anyway considering the pose prohibits any other form of display. One thing I will point out is that the base is a hollow shell, rather than solid plastic. There's no real issue with stability but it's disappointingly cheap-feeling for what's meant to be a high end product. Sculpt quality is excellent all around, with Kotobukiya's decision to go with a massively ruffled look vindicated by the amount of life and movement they can bring to that gigantic skirt. It may be a touch over-the-top for some readers, but it definitely embraces the extravagant shoujo styling of the source material. Plastic and paint feel textured and high quality to the touch, and overall the entire product (bar the aforementioned base) feels well worth your money. Sakura's main accessory is a pair of plus-sized wings which give a huge boost in presence and impact to her overall presentation. I'd go as far to say Kotobukiya should have made these wings a permanent part of the sculpt, since I can't imagine anyone owning this figure without wanting to use them. Still, if you're tight on space, I suppose it's nice to have the option. As you can see from this picture, the bigger wings aren't actually replacement parts but instead add-ons. They plug into the top of the existing wings on the sculpt, which split at the top to allow room for pegs. This arguably doesn't look quite as good as an all-in-one sculpted piece would, but it's also less fiddly and more durable. The other, absolutely essential accessory included is a miniature version of Sakura's ever-present companion Kero-chan. He's very well detailed for his size, with a smart red bow-tie (unfortunately damaged on my example as you can see in the picture) and miniature translucent wings. He has a tiny peg on his right leg which slots neatly into a hole between the frills of Sakura's dress, thus matching the pose of the original art and making him appear to seamlessly 'fly' alongside Sakura. Let's talk a bit about that face. I've seen a lot of complaints about the hair colour and also the fact that she seems a little too 'chubby' in the cheeks, or round faced in general. I think these people are totally mad. I love this entire head sculpt to bits and I think the decision to go with the manga art style is totally justified considering the much more interesting look. Kotobukiya have done a great job with the hair, fading from a lovely brown-orange to nearly translucent at the tips. It's an important splash of colour in a figure that might otherwise be overwhelmed by pink and white, as are Sakura's trademark vivid green eyes. Though it's difficult to tell without a strong backlight, both the crystal at the base of Sakura's staff and the 'eyes' in its head are made of translucent red plastic. Note the subtle creases in the sock fabric at the knee joint, a lovely little touch. Detail sculpting is beyond reproach, with fantastic small scale work like the bow on these shoes. You can just about see where the peg attaches the shoe and base here. If there's a weakness here, then it's the same one I mentioned in the Eren review - ultra fine paint detail. You can see in the upper right hand corner of this shot that the piping on the dress band is slightly sloppy. Even if we leave aside the damaged bow tie on Kero there are a few minor examples of paint splash or slop on the figure. Though Kotobukiya are getting closer every time, I still wouldn't put them quite on the pedestal with Alter and GSC as far as razor sharpness goes. Overall though I'm scrabbling for things to criticise. It's another superb figure from Kotobukiya and without a doubt the definitive Sakura figure at this point in time. After so many years of dreaming, fans of Cardcaptor Sakura finally have a full size, top quality figure to call their own, and I'd say any collector who loves the show owes themselves this one. Now we just have to wait for Syaoran...  
ARTFX Sakura photo
Nice to see you, good to meet you
When I reviewed FuRyu's trading figure version of Sakura Kinomoto last summer, I was positive, but also still a little disappointed that we weren't getting a full-fat, big money version of the character to stand alongside the...

Bishoujo photo
Bishoujo

DC Comics Bishoujo Black Canary gets gallery + pre-orders


Too hot for any coal mine?
May 19
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale DC Comics Black Canary Bishoujo statue has received a long-awaited photo gallery and pre-order. As Kotobukiya promised, the statue does indeed feature fabric stockings rather than just sculpted detail (...
Transformers D-Style photo
Transformers D-Style

Pre-orders start for Transformers D-Style Starscream, Skywarp, and Thundercracker


These are some great photos!
May 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kotobukiya continues to trudge along with their D-Style SD model kit line of Transformers characters. What started with Optimus Prime and Megatron along with an upcoming Nemesis Prime kit continues in the skies with new ...
Batman photo
Batman

ArtFX+ Super Powers Batman & Robin get photo galleries + pre-orders


Each sold separately
May 12
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted release details and photo galleries for its upcoming 1/10-scale ArtFX+ Super Powers Batman and Robin, both of which are currently up for pre-order. The Dynamic Duo are the fourth and fifth releases in th...
Justice League photo
Wait, what? THIRD? Really?
Kotobukiya has released a gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ DC Super Powers Flash. Flash is set to be the third figure released in the line, following Superman and Green Lantern (previously seen at Toy Fair). Curiously, the Sca...

Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki photo
Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki

Kotobukiya awakens Ken Kaneki


Put ghouls in my "likes" column
Apr 09
// Tianxiao Ma
An underrated part of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line is their selection of male figures. They have some nice ones, especially with the Attack on Titan boys. Now you can add Tokyo Ghoul's Ken Kaneki to the picture. This one balance...
DC Bishoujo photo
Apparently didn't die in the coal mine
Kotobukiya showed off the long-overdue DC Bishoujo Black Canary during its WonderCon Anaheim 2015 panel. The artwork for Black Canary was first revealed over two years during Toy Fair 2013. A Kotobukiya rep has once again con...

DC Comics photo
To villainy, gentlemen!
Kotobukiya has announced plans to add villains to its DC Comics ArtFX+ line. To celebrate this fact, the company is currently running a contest on its Facebook page where fans can name a villain they would like to see for the...

Kotobukiya Inazuma photo
Kotobukiya Inazuma

Kotobukiya's Inazuma is ready to sortie


Nanodesu!
Apr 02
// Tianxiao Ma
In an anime full of moe shipgirls, Inazuma is perhaps the most moe of them all. Her timid personality hasn't stopped her debut as a Kotobukiya scale figure, though! This version is based on the KanColle anime design. Her expr...
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi photo
Kotobukiya Ikazuchi

Kotobukiya's Ikazuchi won't torpedo your bank account


1/8-scale figure is up for pre-order
Mar 26
// Tianxiao Ma
Kantai Collection's anime run ended yesterday, but don't expect a reprieve from ship girl figures anytime soon! Kotobukiya has put up their 1/8-scale figure of Ikazuchi for pre-order. Ikazuchi is part of the 6th Destroyer Div...
Kotobukiya Grell Sutcliff photo
Kotobukiya Grell Sutcliff

Black Butler's Grell Sutcliff smiling his way to shelves everywhere


Just for the Grell of it.
Mar 19
// Soul Tsukino
Reap from the labors of Kotobukiya with the ARTFX J Grell Sutcliff PVC statue. Pre-orders are open now for a August delivery of the man covered in red. This static figure of the reaper from Black Butler stands at over 9 ...
Bishoujo Sakura photo
Bishoujo Sakura

Get ready to go a few rounds with Bishoujo Sakura


Coming in August
Mar 10
// Tianxiao Ma
If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
Kotobukiya Freesia photo
Kotobukiya Freesia

Fressia will be Kotobukiya's next Tony heroine


Following in the footsteps of Daisy and Annabel
Feb 27
// Tianxiao Ma
I'm always happy to see nice original character designs, though it's arguable how original this Freesia design is. She's the third in a similar series of designs for Kotobukiya's Tony Heroines Collection after Daisy and Annab...
DC Comics photo
Nostalgia has rarely looked so good
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...

Bishoujo Sakura photo
Spunky Street Fighter stalwart fully unveiled
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what? I think she looks pretty darn great. Sure, there's the contentious face which is com...

Street Fighter photo
One small jumping punch for womankind
Kotobukiya recently posted a teaser for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. As mentioned in our Winter WonFes coverage, the figure was on display at Kotobukiya's booth but no photos were allowed. Sakura's illustratio...

WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya photo
WonFes 2015 Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's anime and video game ladies


There are some familiar faces
Feb 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya isn't only about their Shunya Yamashita-designed Bishoujo series figures, in case you've forgotten. They also make, well, bishoujo figures... in the traditional sense. Kristina was able to get a load of photos from...
Bishoujo photo
But when will a Red She-Hulk variant be announced?
While Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Raven and Lady Deadpool may have just been illustrations on cards, our intrepid reporter in Japan managed to capture some additional photos of the upcoming Bishoujos on display. These photos includ...

Grell Sutcliff photo
Grell Sutcliff

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya's painted Grell Sutcliff is a cut above


Don't fear the reaper
Feb 08
// Soul Tsukino
After showing an unpainted preview last month, Kotobukiya showed off the final painted version of its statue of the ArtFX J Grell Sutcliff Grim Reaper from Black Butler. Besides a smile and being "covered in red", Grell ...
Kotobukiya Durarara!!X2 photo
Kotobukiya Durarara!!X2

Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: Kotobukiya doles out Durarara!!X2


You haven't seen crazy yet
Feb 07
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's unfortunate, but Durarara!! has been a long neglected series deserving of figures. Sure, there have been a few scale figures (of the same three characters) and a bunch of trading figures, but there's been no real variety...
Bishoujo photo
Will Kotobukiya give us an awesome Bishoujo Raven?
You don't have to wait for Toy Fair to have all of your biggest Bishoujo questions answered. Kotobukiya has unveiled the full artworks for its Raven and Lady Deadpool at Winter WonFes (Mass Effect 3's Tali appeared as a silho...

Bishoujo Lady Deadpool photo
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

From left field, it's Marvel Bishoujo Lady Deadpool


This is a thing
Feb 04
// Andres Cerrato
Well, this is something I didn't expect whatsoever. Kotobukiya has had its weird concepts for its popular Bishoujo line. Sure, there's the oddball, at least to me, of Freddy and Jason, not to mention the MiB Agent. The latest...
DC Comics photo
It's like I slipped, fell, and landed back in the 1980s
Did somebody order a time machine? Kotobukiya is taking fans back to the past with an ArtFX+ series inspired by Kenner's DC Super Powers Collection. Fans will recall the roughly 4-inch line consisted of DC's superheroes, supe...


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