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Tomopop Review: DC Bishoujo Wonder Girl by Kotobukiya

Dec 24 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder GirlFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: $74.99Available at: Kotobukiya Online Store  This particular Wonder Girl design (as always, created by Shunya Yamashita) is based on the Cassandra Sandsmark character of the classic DC universe - i.e. not from The New 52. Yamashita's take on the character is faithful to the design in the comics. The sculpt ages her up a bit compared to the illustration, making this a straightforward interpretation of Wonder Girl. Wonder Girl's Lasso of Lightning is included. It's made of plastic and painted in metallic gold. I don't find it very convincing close up, but it looks okay from a distance. As you might have deduced from the design of the figure, the setup process is pretty easy. The only thing you have to do is attach the lasso to the hands. The fit there isn't especially precise but hey, you only have to do it once. One feature I couldn't figure out is why she can be pulled apart at the hips. Could there perhaps be a variant edition in the works with swappable parts? The figure comes already attached to the base for even more convenience. It's painted in a metallic red to match the red star motif on her pants and bracers. I'm a huge fan of anything-but-a-circular-disc for bases, so I like the star shape here. I like this sculpt more the more I look at it. Wonder Girl has the bent spine, chest-and-butt-emphasizing pose that's common for female comic book characters. Fortunately Kotobukiya did a great job on her body overall (yes, her butt too). If you look closely you can see some muscle definition on her arms and thighs. There's a nice mix of power and sexiness, enhanced by the strategically exposed midriff. Wonder Girl's pants of choice are a pair of jeans. These have been sculpted with a bit of texture. I don't think it looks like real denim, but it looks better than a flat blue would have. The Bishoujo brand started as a line of budget-priced figures, and as such the manufacturing quality used to be just adequate. Nowadays it's tough to find anything to nitpick about it. Her face is clean, her eye decals are crisp, and her hair is finely sculpted and shaded. There were no flaws to speak of. That's pretty impressive considering these are still priced lower than comparable 1/8-scale figures, and that my macro lens tends to magnify the slightest imperfections. Though I have no attachment to the character, I did enjoy photographing and reviewing Bishoujo Wonder Girl. I find myself drawn to figures born from simple concepts that are executed well. This quality, as well as the distinctly pretty face, made me think of Max Factory's Kaori Miyazono as a comparison. Both are unassuming, yet still photogenic and would fit well on almost any shelf. I have plenty more of Wonder Girl in the gallery below. And if you dig Kotobukiya stuff, head on over to their Facebook page for more. [ Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample! ]
Bishoujo Wonder Girl photo
The power of Zeus compels you
In just a few short years, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line has evolved to cover properties from all kinds of entertainment media including games and film. But the brand began with comic book characters, and here we return to its roots with Wonder Girl. I have lots and lots of Bishoujo figures in my collection, yet I couldn't resist adding one more. Read on for my thoughts and review!

Tomopop Review: Cu-poche Friends Alice by Kotobukiya

Dec 23 // Tianxiao Ma
Figure Name: Cu-poche Friends AliceFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: $49.99Available at: Kotobukiya Online Store Alice is the fourth Cu-poche Friends figure, joining Anne, Cherie, and Belle. While the others have more modern looking outfits, Alice has a dress that would be more at home in Victorian England. Here you can see all the accessories she comes with. Not pictured is a plastic baggie meant to hold extra parts. I've always appreciated this inclusion with figmas, and am glad that Kotobukiya decided to include one as well. You also get some nice general-purpose hand parts, but unfortunately no extra face parts. I don't have another Cu-poche so I won't be able to go over the face swapping, but it should work pretty much the same as with any other figure. One unique thing about the Cu-poche line is the use of real fabric for clothing. Each of the Cu-poche Friends figures have this (regular Cu-poches are plastic), and you can buy additional fabric outfits separately. This is standard in the world of ball-jointed dolls and 1/6-scale figures, but pretty rare for smaller poseable figures. For Alice, you need to put on her leggings, petticoat, apron, and shoes. None of it was super fussy; just remember to unbutton the apron in the back to get the arms in. There are two headbands included: one with a ribbon, and one with rabbit ears. I like the whimsical touch and the nods to Alice in Wonderland. Her watch pendant is of course a literary reference, but I also like to think of it as a Flavor Flav reference. You can also see in the above shot that Alice's feet have magnets on them (her bare feet and shoes are all magnetized). This feature is meant to provide extra stability if you're using her base. Due to the weight of her hair, I found that she does need to be propped up in some poses. Although you get a good amount of articulation with Cu-poches, the trade-off is that the joints are highly visible. In Alice's case her outfit covers most of them (without really impeding the movement, which is nice). As for the articulation itself, I found it very well executed. For Alice, the range of movement is reduced by her hair. The shoulder joints can rotate quite a bit, and her leg joints bend enough to where she can get into a sitting pose. The wrist and head articulation are the same as what you'd get on a Nendoroid. Speaking of Nendoroids, here's a size comparison with Nendoroid Kuroneko. Alice is significantly taller due to her body proportions. I think in most cases they'll look fine together. If not you can go the extra mile of swapping their heads. Another comparable figure line is Phat Company's Parfom brand, of which there are only a few figures released. Parfoms are much taller with more slender limbs, so they don't mesh as well with Cu-poche figures. Since this was my first Cu-poche figure, I wasn't sure what to expect. Alice did win me over in many categories. The fabric clothing is great as long as you tuck away some of the seams (and don't spill anything on them). I like the articulation and feel of the joints. Most of all, I like that they don't feel as loose and fiddly as Nendoroids do. As much as I like Nendoroids, they can be annoying in that the parts don't always fit well and can drop off easily. Still, I imagine the biggest point of contention for many will be the way they look. Cu-poches don't quite match the chibi proportions of Nendoroids, and the joints on some of them can be rather intrusive. They're not bad in Alice's case but other Cu-poches may not fare as well. I think Alice will appeal mostly to collectors like me, who enjoy using these figures to tell stories in images - or maybe to folks who just like cute stuff. Given the great build quality and competitive price, it's definitely worth looking at other figures in the line too. Be sure to click through the gallery below for the full photo set. And if you want to stay up to date on Kotobukiya's releases, give their Facebook page a like! [ Thanks to Kotobukiya for the review sample! ]
Cu-poche Alice photo
Going down the Cu-poche rabbit hole
Toy collectors have a ton of choices when it comes to small, chibi-fied collectibles. From gachapon capsules to Nendoroids, they'll always be popular due to their accessibility and affordability. It's no surprise, then, that ...

Kotobukiya Spike Spiegel photo
Kotobukiya Spike Spiegel

ARTFX J Spike Spiegel goes up for pre-order


3, 2, 1, let's jam!
Dec 12
// Tianxiao Ma
One of the most beloved anime series of all time is getting a fitting PVC tribute as Kotobukiya puts their ARTFX J Spike Spiegel up for pre-order! It really is Christmas time! Ever since I started collecting six years ago, Sp...
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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...

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Kotobukiya

[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 - http://store.kotous.com/artfx-1/alien/alien-3-movie-dog-alien-artfx-statue-pre-order.html
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...

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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...

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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
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...

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