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Wonder Festival 2016 Summer: Kotobukiya

Install Dream
Jul 24
// Chris Seto
With Wonder Festival happening around the same time as SDCC, it should be no surprise that a company with a booth at both events would have a lot of overlap in what they were showing off. Such is the case with Kotobukiya. Tia...
Kotobukiya Kylo Ren photo
He stabbed first
Kotobukiya announced a new Kylo Ren figure at Friday's Star Wars collectibles panel, and shortly after it appeared in their booth. Although Koto has taken on Kylo Ren in the past, this one's the most dynamic yet. The figure i...

Kotobukiya photo

[Updated] SDCC 2016: Kotobukiya

Ikemen collection announced!
Jul 22
// Tianxiao Ma
[Update: Added photos of the Fine Art Statue Vision] I always love seeing what Kotobukiya brings to SDCC. This year we had a few major announcements, so let's kick off with the biggest: they'll be starting a line called "Ikem...
Spider-Man photo
Should be Amazing... or Spectacular
Kotobukiya today posted the concept artwork for its upcoming Spider-Man ArtFX+ line, which will feature various spider-people and symbiotes. The line-up consists of Spider-Man (already unveiled and up for pre-order), the futu...

Super Powers photo
Not to be confused with Birdman
Kotobukiya recently posted some additional images of its upcoming DC Universe Hawkman Super Powers ARTFX+ Statue, which is currently available for pre-order. Hawkman is one of the final entries in the initial Super Powers ART...

Alien Day continues! Kotobukiya unveils Dog Alien ARTFX+ statue

Apr 26 // Scarecroodle
A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The 1/10th ARTFX+ Statue format has been providing collectors with high quality, medium scale figures with top notch sculpts and affordable price tags, and now there’s a new property joining the fun: Alien. Next up in the line is the hybrid xenomorph seen in Alien 3, the DOG ALIEN! As an added bonus all Alien ARTFX+ statues include a diorama-style display base system that features interchangeable parts and a mini LED light so you can illuminate your own scene in straight from the movie or your imagination! Available November 2016. Pre-order this statue now -
Aliens photo
Wait, dog? I thought it was a cow!
Kotobukiya has released images of an upcoming 1/10-scale "Dog Alien" ARTFX+ statue. Fans will remember this particular quadrupedal Xenomorph from Alien3 where, rather than spawning from a human's body, it instead incubated in...

Kotobukiya photo
Some ladies to look forward to
Lady Thor and Lady Loki. Samurai chopsticks. Alien yoga. Kotobukiya's catalog truly has it all! You may recall seeing silhouettes of the Shunya sketches for some upcoming Marvel and DC Comics Bishoujos in some of our Kotobuki...


Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Bushoujo

Whatever floats your boat
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
I can't say I've ever been a fan of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo line. There have been a few here and there which I thought were pretty cool but not enough to make me jump and purchase right away. And, like many others, I was comp...

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Mecha

change in the wind
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
Despite having one of the most unfortunate shorthands in the business, the Frame Arms Girls (or FA:G) seem to be doing quite a considerable amount of business for Kotobukiya, especially if the time it took for the latest rele...

Wonder Festival 2016 Winter: Kotobukiya Figures

A good spread to start!
Feb 07
// Chris Seto
Kotobukiya really decided to start off this year with a bang! Wonder Festival saw quite a few new announcement and figures from Kotobuiya and there was pretty much something for everyone, and some things which really shouldn'...
Kotobukiya Forte photo
Put that one in my wish list!
Kotobukiya has only made a handful of Rage of Bahamut figures. You can kind of understand why, because they're all elaborate and super gorgeous. The one that first caught my attention was Dark Angel Olivia, which feature...

Bishoujo Ed Scissorhands photo
Bishoujo Ed Scissorhands

Bishoujo Edward Scissorhands. Yes, this is a thing.

Merry Christmas, you filthy animals
Dec 26
// Andres Cerrato
Yes, I know what you are thinking based upon reading the headline. I know there's rumors for a sequel to Edward Scissorhands, but they can't go in that direction. Yes, it may have been Christmas and I may just have drank a we...
X-Men photo
White is the new black and gray
PREVIEWS has announced pre-orders for an exclusive version of Kotobukiya’s MARVEL NOW ArtFX+ Magneto statue in an all-white costume. The figure is a re-deco of the black/gray ArtFX+ Magneto (currently available for pre-...

Top sales 10/12 to 10/18 photo
Top sales 10/12 to 10/18

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/12 to 10/18

Extra spooky overall ranking this week
Oct 28
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
It's days before Halloween so it should be no surprise that the overall ranking is dominated by two supernatural toy lines: Yo-Kai Watch and Kamen Rider Ghost. OK, it probably has less to do with Halloween and more to do with...
Bishoujo photo
Somewhat overdue?
Kotobukiya has unveiled Shunya's artwork for the DC Comics Bishoujo Harley Quinn version 2, based on the character's more risque New-52 appearance. The Clown Princess of Crime is depicted with a version of her iconic mallet s...

Bishoujo photo
Sure knows how to swing
Kotobukiya has unveiled Shunya's artwork for a Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Gwen (aka the Spider-Woman of Earth-65). Gwen is depicted in a pretty neat -- albeit a little confusing -- action pose where she seems to be readying to we...

Superman photo
Great for superpowered business meetings
Long-time Superman antagonist (and former president) Lex Luthor is joining Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ line. The bald billionaire's statue has received a preview gallery and is currently available for pre-order. Lex is depicted in hi...

Bishoujo Lady Deadpool photo
Bishoujo Lady Deadpool

Check out Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Lady Deadpool, because why not

Coming out in February; what timing!
Aug 20
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's latest Facebook preview for its Marvel Bishoujo line centers around the (Other) Merc with the Mouth, Lady Deadpool. For those of you unfamiliar with Lady Deathpool, she's the alternate Earth version of Deadpool (...
X-Men photo
They grow up so fast... in Limbo
Kotobukiya's Marvel Now! ArtFX+ Magik is currently available for pre-order. X-Men comic fans will have little difficulty recognizing Illyana Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus, although cartoon fans may not recall that ...

WonFes Kotobukiya photo
WonFes Kotobukiya

Wonder Festival 2015 Summer: Kotobukiya

A nice lineup of pretty ladies
Jul 29
// Tianxiao Ma
Kotobukiya was no slouch at WonFes, bringing a spate of ambitious-looking figures alongside their Cu-Poche and Bishoujo lineups. I like that Kotobukiya has produced more and more elaborate designs over the years across a wide...
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

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

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 ...

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