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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6

Dec 18
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn...
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25 photo
Top sales 10/19 to 10/25

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/19 to 10/25

Just like old times
Nov 05
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
The battle for the number one sales spot is always fierce, but this week seems to illustrate just how so. The 10 spots between the two rankings are taken up by seven different franchises, several of them older than the fans b...
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6 photo
Top sales 8/31 to 9/6

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6

Waving that Good Smile Company banner
Sep 15
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, bu...
Top sale 5/18 to 5/24 photo
Top sale 5/18 to 5/24

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/18 to 5/24

Cards. So many cards.
May 30
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Japan continues to change the concept of toys. I get that these card games are played with, but does that make them toys? Seems like quite the stretch if you ask me. OK, so Yo-Kai Medals aren't technically cards, but they're ...

Top sales 4/27 to 5/3 photo
Top sales 4/27 to 5/3

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3

Is that a drone I see?
May 11
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for th...
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29 photo
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29

Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29

Bandai continues to dominate
Apr 09
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (&u...
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Hopefully there'll be some heart in that paint
It may not be time to duel yet because Max Factory's figma Yugi (Yu-Gi-Oh!) appeared in unpainted form at Winter WonFes 2015. The figma is rocking his Yami Yugi appearance, meaning that Atem is in the midst of either a duel o...

MegaHobby Expo Koto photo
MegaHobby Expo Koto

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Kotobukiya

My, that's a mighty nice chainsaw you have there ...
Dec 03
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn offerings weren't too big on the new announcement side of things, but fans of Black Butler ~Book of Circus~ should be pleased. Not only were Sebastien and Ciel there, but so w...

SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

Sep 09 // Scarecroodle
While I find myself unable to do a top ten list, I figure I should at least try to order these things in terms of preference. Spider-Man 2099 has long been one of my favorite superheroes. Unfortunately, the character hasn't seen that much great merchandise over the years. Yes, he has a Bowen statue I can't afford and WizKids did a few decent Heroclix figurines, but the more conventional offerings have been a little lackluster. ToyBiz's Spider-Man Classics Spidey 2099 was a somewhat lame redeco of a normal Spider-Man figure (from that same line) which featured a cloth cape and lacked the character's iconic arm-spikes (besides having those out-of-character webshooter-posed hands). Hasbro took a stab at the character with a less articulate figure in the Spider-Man Origins line but, once again, it lacked those arm-spikes and featured a cheap cloth cape. Finally, Hasbro gave us a Spidey 2099 in the Marvel Universe line and, while it recycled the standard body, the figure at least had the arm-spikes (positioned a little oddly?) and a plastic cape. It looked like that would be the best we'd ever get... then SDCC 2014 rolled around and Hasbro unveiled its Spider-Man Legends Spidey 2099. Hasbro's new Spider-Man 2099 is almost everything I could have hoped for: it features an accurate build, it has Spidey's ironic outstretched fingers (although it lacks the talons, but hey, they could be retracted!), there's a lot of articulation, and it's in the 6-inch scale. It's more or less everything I wanted (sans a glossy paint job). I look forward to picking it up and, with any luck, seeing Diamond Select Toys produce an even better version of the character in its Marvel Select line. My second most-wanted item is Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics Tung Lashor. Matty Collector had previously announced that Tung Lashor and Squeeze, the two last Snakemen from the original vintage line, would be included in the final two Club Eternia subscriptions. The catch? Only one would appear per year and Matty wasn't saying which would appear when. Those fiendish devils! Thankfully, however, Matty Collector unveiled my favorite, Tung Lashor, at SDCC and announced that he was conveniently scheduled for November (alongside Galactic Protector She-Ra!). I had been looking forward to Tung Lashor for a while, especially because the original vintage figure was one of the few He-Man figures that managed to stay with me over the years despite several moves and Hurricane Andrew (which was responsible for two of those moves). The MOTUC Tung Lashor is a great update of the vintage figure, capturing and (slightly) improving on the original's look. Although (like most MOTUCs) it lacks the original gimmick, MOTUC has replicated the tongue-lashing feature with an alternate extended-tongue head. I'm fortunate that he came out this year, since there are no guarantees that the 2015 Club Eternia will hit its minimum number of subs. Of course, the downside is that we probably won't ever see a really articulated 200x series Tung Lashor but at least there's NECA's staction version available which, in this instance, is better than nothing. Another bit of particularly exciting news is Diamond Select Toys' Marvel Select Carnage. Back when Hasbro produced a pretty good ML Carnage in its Spider-Man Legends line, I (just barely) held off buying it because I saw what incredible work DST had done with its MS Venom (which I still want to pick up at some point). The problem with basically every Carnage so far has been a lack of interchangeable parts, something that the MS Carnage should correct. We can already see that it includes a version of the axe-arm which is one of those absolute staples missing from most releases. If it was just that, the MS Carnage (with its great sculpting and paint) would stand quite a bit taller than most (if not all) other Carnage action figures. However, DST intends to give fans far more than that which should make the MS Carnage the definitive Carnage action figure. It completely justifies not picking up the latest ML version. Of course, the Marvel Select wasn't the only thing Carnage fans had to look forward to, as Kotobukiya unveiled the rest of its Fine Arts Carnage. The statue notably features multiple tendrils extending from his body and includes an interchangeable arm (I believe the weapon arm is exchanged with a normal hand). If I was more of a statues fan, I would be all over this one. In what shaped up to be a pretty good convention for evil, Hasbro announced (and showed off) its 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Bossk. Prior to Bossk, Boba Fett was the only real bounty hunter (ie, not some Rodian punk who gets shot while sitting down in a cantina)  that we'd seen and I was starting to get a little worried that the line would be canceled before it got into producing them.  Bossk looks a lot better than his also-great Saga Legends counterpart (who was among the first modern Star Wars figures I picked up) and hopefully this trend will continue long enough to get me a Dengar. On the subject of both improvements and redemption, the Marvel Legends line will *finally* get a half-decent Scarlet Witch (the previous version, released in ToyBiz's Legendary Riders series, was so bad that the company originally didn't intend to release it in the US... or so the rumor goes). This pretty cool wave (dubbed "Avengers Legends"?) features Odin (!!!) as a BAF, with alternate parts for a King Thor variant. While I really don't care for most of the wave, I doubt that I'll be able to pass on a decent-looking Odin. Other pretty neat Marvel Legends coming out (that don't rank on my favorites list) are Agent Phil Coulson, Maria Hill, and a Thanos BAF, as well as Machine Man and Captain Marvel. Plus the ML Sentry (originally intended as a running change in the Hit Monkey wave) is finally getting a release. Jumping over the Summer Wonder Festival side of things for a moment, the biggest thing to grab my attention was the announcement of a figma Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!). Although we've seen a decent DMG figure or two over the years, such as the Cu-Poche version, never has there been a great normal, articulated figure for the character. While a Dark Magician may be a bit more apropos, I think I'd rather have the DMG first. Another exciting set of announcements were for Nendoroids Rider and Archer (Fate/Stay Night). Although we saw some great mini Nendoroids for Rider (at least one of which I own), it's going to be nice to get a full-sized (or full Nendo-sized...) version of the character as well; especially because she should come with a bunch of props. The only thing keeping me in my seat is a nagging suspicion that Kotobukiya may eventually cover the character in the Cu-Poche line, which I'd probably prefer. Other adorable small figures included NECA's Mogwai Series 5, which features three more concept characters (Patches, Zoe, and Gary). Although I know that at least two of them are basically straight-up repaints, I'll still be excited to pick those up (I'm less sure about wanting the all-white, weird-faced Gary). Due out in November (not October), the ones that I grab should look pretty neat next to my other concept-series Mogwai (which I mostly picked up to get Penny). I'm still not sure why the Gremlins part of the line has basically stalled (with a few figures in limbo) while we keep getting Mogwais who didn't even appear in the movies. I'm even less sure why I keep getting so excited to see new ones. Mattel will be adding the Yvonne Craig Batgirl to its Batman classic TV series line. While I had hoped to see the character (especially when the line looked canceled once or twice), she's unfortunately part of a 3-pack with Batman and Robin. I suppose it's not a huge hurdle, since Batman and Robin were two of the only figures I didn't buy when the line first came out. The head-sculpt and body-work is pretty neat, but those arms look unusually long or something. The figures were designed by Mattel's in-house crew (rather than the Four Horsemen who handled a lot of the other DC collectibles in the past) so I guess things are bound to be a little iffy in places. Another cool babe that I'm really happy to see is Mattel's Galactic Protector She-Ra. This New Adventures-styled figure is one of the Four Horsemen's original creations and mixes some of NA He-Man's elements with She-Ra's design, giving the character an updated look. Given that she's due out in November alongside Tung Lashor, I'll likely buy both characters directly from Matty Collector this time around (rather than hitting up eBay for a better price). And, jumping back to the classic Batman TV series, Diamond Select Toys showed off a number of resin busts and vinyl bank busts, both at its booth and during a panel. My favorite item was naturally a Burgess Meredith Penguin bust. While the TV series had some great villains, few seemed as fun as Burgess Meredith's take on the Penguin. Will he some day be followed by an eggsellent Vincent Price Eggman bust? Only time will tell. Although the Four Horsemen won't be doing much for Mattel going forward, the company is hardly sitting on its hands these days. The company's latest endeavor is a fantasy-themed line of figures entitled "Mythic Legions" which features dwarfs, orcs, vampires, and more. The sculpting and paint-work on these is incredible, absolutely top-notch stuff. The only drawback is that you usually have to buy these sorts of things directly from the Four Horsemen's site which costs you a bit more on shipping (as opposed to buying from Entertainment Earth, which offers free shipping on larger orders). Ranking a bit lower on my list is a 6-inch Star Wars Black Series Hoth frost-bitten, bloodied Luke and wampa 2-pack. The pack is ostentatiously based on that famous cave scene in The Empire Strikes Back, but will likely not include a removable, bloodied arm option for the wampa. However, I'm still impressed that Hasbro will be making a wampa that much larger than Luke. Although fans were never given a great look at the wampa's size in the films, the one Luke encountered was implied to be huge (something that didn't really carry over to Shadow of the Empire on the Nintendo 64). Another neat Star Wars announcement came at WonFes where Good Smile Company showed plans to make a Nendoroid Darth Vader and Storm Trooper. Oh, plus Kaiyodo showed off its Star Wars Revoltechs which could be promising. Honestly, there were so many cool things I should have made two Highlight Reels. Here are a few more really exciting items:   The MOTU Minis Snake Mountain is incredibly adorable. It's also neat because Matty's Scott Neitlich previously revealed that a MOTUC Snake Mountain is unlikely given how things went for Castle Grayskull, which makes this the only official Mattel Snake Mountain that we'll ever see. While the diorama is a massive want, it's bundled as part of a subscription which is a massive Don't Want To Pay For. As such, I'll only be nabbing it if I can find it cheaply on the aftermarket. The Spider-Man Legends line discussed earlier also includes a May Parker Spider-Girl (MC2 continuity) and a Phil Urich Hobgoblin Build-a-Figure. Although I've stayed away from the MC2 continuity (which, as far as I'm aware, has never been adapted into a cartoon or film) but I've been aware of the May Parker Spider-Girl and wanted a decent figure. As previously mentioned, I only know Phil Urich from his heroic Green Goblin run (and even then, I only owned one or two issues) so the fact that he's a murderous, villainous Hobgoblin came as something of a surprise. Granted, the new design makes for a cool figure. It's just a shame that it's a BAF when I'm trying to move away from buying full waves. The final item on the Hasbro front is the Marvel Universe (or Marvel Infinite) 3.75-inch Sandman figure, which brings me a step closer to completing a 3.75-inch Sinister Six. The figure is cool for coming in both a standard version (seen here) and an all-sand deco. The figure looks like he recycles some parts from the MU Absorbing Man (first released in a Secret Wars 2-pack before getting a single-card release alongside a variant) although it's hard to be sure. I was excited to see a Jim Lee-styled Beast as well. Speaking of Jim Lee, Kotobukiya will be producing a Fine Arts Rogue based on the character's appearance around the '90s. The sculpting so far looks great and I can't wait to see the statue painted. In addition to Carnage, Diamond Select Toys will also be releasing a Marvel Select Cable. This guy would be a lot higher on my list if I was more of a Cable fan, but other than the Marvel vs. Capcom games, I've never really gotten into the character. I do like that DST went with his bulkier look which is usually how I've envisioned Cable. The other pretty neat remaining DST item is the MLP:FIM Rarity vinyl bank. I wasn't sure what to make of the first two banks, but this one is absolutely adorable. It recently went up for pre-order and was among DST's items featured in the latest issue of Previews. DC Collectibles had a lot of new designs on display for its Batman: The Animated Series line. Killer Croc and Batgirl had sculpted prototypes on display, although the jointing hadn't been implemented yet (Killer Croc's pack-in, Baby Doll, presumably won't feature articulation). Several other designs were shown on the backdrop, including Penguin and Riddler. While I like a lot of the work that I've seen on the line thus far, I'm not sure how much of it I'll actually be buying. I'm assuming that I'll probably at least get the Man-Bat, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and maybe the Riddler. Even if DCC wasn't releasing several at a time, it's just too much for me to collect at this point given the US$25 price point. Speaking of affordability, Mattel will be expanding its 4-inch DC Multiverse line with oversized figures from Rocksteady's Arkham series. The figures are going to be pretty large but, unlike DC Collectibles' versions (which ran from something like US$50 to US$100), they're going to be a more affordable US$25. It's great because I wanted a Grundy but I didn't want to spring US$80 for the DCC version. On the subject of pricey, over-sized figures, Matty Collector will be releasing 12-inch remakes of the vintage MotUs. While it's a neat concept, I can't see myself paying US$75 (before Canadian shipping...) for these. It didn't occur to me at the time, but this is basically the same approach that Gentle Giant has taken with the giant-sized remakes of the old Kenner Star Wars figures. However, unlike those Star Wars figures, some of these actually look tempting. I've probably mentioned this a few times, but I've never been able to get into She-Ra: Princess of Power. I like the fact that there seems to be more of a story to the series than the original Masters of the Universe (of which I rewatched a few episodes earlier this year, mostly for nostalgia), but the episodes that I've watched have felt a little dry (and the character voices can be annoying). As such, I'm always surprised by how many POP character designs I find appealing. Mermista, for instance, sports a neat aquatic theme but, more importantly, she comes with an alternate mermaid lower body. Of course, I'm also excited over the Real Ghostbusters line announcement. Finally, DC Collectibles had its recently unveiled Batman: Arkham Knight figures on display. These were unveiled shortly before SDCC but it was still great to see them out in the field rather than in stock photography. I'm really looking forward to the Scarecrow although I'm not that fond of the character's broken leg. Of course, given that Batman: Arkham Knight is on the PS4/Xbone, I'm not sure when I'll actually play the game itself since I'm not planning on getting either system in the near future (nor do I own a gaming-quality pc).
Top toys photo
Now in Low Definition
SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short. See many of my favorites after the jump.

WonFes Cu-poche photo
An adorable gallery of old and new
Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few e...

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NECA/WizKids sneaks Yu-Gi-Oh! Heroclix into retail

Talk about a shadow game!
Jan 30
// Scarecroodle
Early last year, NECA/WizKids picked up the license to produce merchandise based on the hit anime/collectible card game Yu-Gi-Oh!; following that announcement, NECA had a handful of less than exciting items on display at SDCC...
Yu-gi-oh! photo

Kotobukiya re-releases ARTFX J Yami Yugi & Seto Kaiba

It's time to duel...again!
Nov 05
// Vanessa Cubillo
Kotobukiya is re-releasing two of the greatest duelist to have ever played a children’s card game. As part of their ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh! line, Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba will be available again for fans who missed out the f...
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ARTFX J Marik Ishtar brings the sexy back

Sometimes headlines just write themselves you know?
Oct 01
// Martin Siggers
We've seen his mad alter-ego already go up for pre-order, but if you prefer your psychotic villains just a touch less psychotic, then Kotobukiya has just put their version of 'regular' Marik Ishtar from Yu-Gi-Oh! up for order...

Embrace the darkness with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARTFX J Dark Marik

Who wants a hug?
Aug 06
// Vanessa Cubillo
You've seen him at Wonder Festival, and now here he is ready for pre-orders, Dark Marik. Joining Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh! line, Dark Marik measures over 10 inches tall. This figure will come with two optional left arm ...

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

Everything else!
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
There's still more! Kotobukiya's booth was also loaded with stuff that had been previously announced but hadn't been seen 'in the wild' before, so it's our first chance to look over some upcoming releases. For me the highligh...
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Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 2

Robots, rings and Millenium Rods
Jul 29
// Martin Siggers
But wait, there's more! Kotobukiya bought so much stuff just one post can't handle it, so let's crack on. We've now got much better shots of the triple tag-team of Marik Ishtars, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere's Tomo Asana ...

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Yu-Gi-Oh!

Three times the Marik, three times the fun
Jul 28
// Vanessa Cubillo
At the Megahobby Spring Expo Kotobukiya revealed an unpainted ARTFX figure of Dark Marik. Now at Wonder Festival, Kotobukiya showed not one, but three ARTFX Marik figures. Dark Marik was now painted and had a deck of cards in...


Aliens, robots, and Simpsons, oh mogwai!
Jul 21
// Scarecroodle
Aliens, cowboys, superheroes, mecha, the undead, monsters, and other such oddities once again found a home at NECA's very eclectic booth. Highlights included a first look at the Simpsons "25 of the Greatest Guest Stars" figur...
Cu-Poche DMG gallery photo
Editor wonders if DMG story will ever run that doesn't include "magic", "magical", or "cast" in its headline
Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Dark Magician Girl (DMG) may be shipping at this very moment (if it hasn't already arrived), but the company has released another quick preview gallery to tide over anybody still eagerly watching their m...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Jonouchi Katsuya

Jun 17 // Yami Casas
Figure Name: Jonouchi KatsuyaFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$69.99Available at: Koto US Jonouchi's box is rather small, at least when you compare it to his duelist counterpart's boxes. It's really not surprising though, considering he's biggest accessories is the Duel Disk, and that doesn't particularly take up too much space. Other than that, the box is painted in a green hue with a fairly large window taking up much the center, and of course, Jonouchi himself decorating the bottom left corner with an ever-so confident expression. The packaging is fairly simplistic and very compact. Inside the tray,  we have Jonouchi, a set of cards, an additional left arm (with his Duel Disk), and a pink Scape Goat. Kotobukiya does a great job of not wasting any space, but honestly, all that matters is that Jonouchi arrives safe and sound. What do you say we finally release him from his plastic constraints?  Once Jonouchi is free from his plastic tray, he’s ready for some action in lively pose as his left hand sports the thumbs up while his right is clenched in a fist.  Just like the other boys, Jonouchi comes attached to his base already, so there’s no need to fuss about inserting him into any pegs or leaning issues. He’s nice and sturdy! Right off the bat, the first thing that caught my attention was his shiny blue jacket and pants. While I know some my take issue with the glossy paint finish, I personality like it, especially since it's cohesive with Yami Yugi's attire, as well. Let's start things off by taking a closer look at our duelist, shall we? Jonouchi's face is just spot on, and faithful to his character design. I love how intense his gaze is; it's thoroughly captivating. There is also some light shading done underneath the pupils that adds that extra oomph to that powerful stare. Of course, not only does Jonouchi have a great face, but he's got some awesome dirty blonde locks to boot! From the front, you can see a glimpse of his stylish bangs as they hang over his forehead. Here's a quick look at his profile, and that glorious hair I was talking about. Talk about big hair! There is some subtle shading along the creases, which adds nice overall effect to Jonouchi's sporadic hairstyle. While I do appreciate the accuracy to his big hair, I can't help, but notice that unsavory seam line right across his hairline. Since Jonouchi is looking down, the seam is unavoidable, but you can mask the seam by displaying him on a shelf that is higher than eye level. The back of the jacket adds some movement to the sculpt, and a touch of overall dynamism as it sways in the wind. There are also some visible fold lines along the waist line of the jacket, which gives it a realistic look of fabric. Looking at his pants, there are folds along the fabric of the slacks which are accentuated by the glossy paint finish and the shading, particularly around the hip area. Speaking of which, Jonouchi's pants seem to fit a bit of a snug on him, wouldn't you agree? Not that it's something I would complain about, especially when you... ...take a peek at his booty! Yes, the booty shot, you knew it was coming. Besides, he does have a nice, firm butt! All that dueling has its rewards. His shoes are painted in a matte colors, which makes a great contrast to the glossy paint used on the jacket and pants. I only noticed a tiny spot of white paint that bled from the laces onto the body of the shoe, but it's not something that I would consider a deal breaker.  Scape Goat! As a bonus, Kotobukiya includes a cute pink Scape Goat key-chain. Isn't he just adorable? I only wish there was more than one of these adorable cuties included in the package since I have a secret desire to have a Scape Goat army. Who could blame me, right?  Finally, Jonouchi is ready to throw down some cards, and get to some serious dueling. To get him assembled into the duelist mode is rather easy. Just swap out his left arm with the one that comes with the attached Duel Disk, and you're set.  Once it's on, he's ready for battle! The Duel Disk rests against Jonouchi's left forearm, but I would recommend being very careful not to bump the card holder against anything since the piece might snap off. Other than that, the paint job on the Duel Disk is nice and precise. To place the cards into Jonouchi's left hand, you simply need to slide them into the space between his thumb and palm. Once they are placed in his hands there is no need to worry they will slip out; he's got a solid grip on them. The cards have the same generic trading card design in the back that Yami and Kaiba have in their set while the front remains blank.  I couldn't resist getting the boys together for some pictures. As you can see, they look absolutely fierce!  Kaiba VS. Jonouchi. Let's go, Jonouchi! So, is Jonouchi worth it? Absolutely! If you're a Yu-Gi-Oh! fan, I definitely recommend adding him to your collection, especially if you own Yugi and Kaiba. While there are some slight imperfections, Sagae Hiroshi's sculpt stays true to Jonouchi's feisty personality regardless of the way you may choose to display him. I must say Jonouchi is my favorite duelist so far. Kotobukiya has done an amazing job of keeping all the figures in their ARTFX J line very faithful to Kazuki Takahashi's original design. What more could a fan ask for? Needless to say, I'm looking forward to Yami Malik entrance into the line. Nothing like an antagonist to spice things up. Don't forget to check out the image gallery for some pictures that didn't make the review. Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!
ArtFX J Jonouchi Katsuya photo
Let's get ready to duel!
When Kotobukiya first announced that Jonouchi Katsuya would be to be joining Yami Yugi (reviewed) and Seto Kaiba (reviewed) in the ArtFX J line, I was pretty ecstatic. As a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, I felt the line was a ...


Megahobby Expo 2013 Spring: Kotobukiya

All bow before the mighty power of Marik Ishtar!
May 25
// Vanessa Cubillo
At the spring Megahobby Expo, Kotobukiya unveiled some very nice new figures. For me, the biggest news was seeing a new addition to their Yu-Gi-Oh! ArtFx line. Yes, among the previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, there was ...
Cupoche DMG preview photo
She's magically high resolution
Danny Choo's Culture Japan has released a preview gallery for Kotobukiya's Cupoche Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and, if you thought she was cute before, prepare to be overcutewhelmed (and if you didn't, maybe this will chan...


Yu-Gi-Oh! finds its way into the heart of the WizKids

WizKids to produce tabletop games for Yu-Gi-Oh! not named Dungeon Dice Monsters
Mar 07
// Scarecroodle
The newly formed 4K Media Inc., a division of Konami, has announced a WizKids Deal for HeroClix and Quarriors featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic animated library. Very rarely as a responsible journalist do I get to use the word,...
The Yu-Gi-Oh! mainstay joins the Cu-Poche line
I always thought the card designs in Yu-Gi-Oh! to be something more of a monstrous nature, what with your Kuriboh and your Blue-Eyes White Dragon.  Along comes Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Black Magician Girl, however, and I'm ...


Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line

Say hello to Hoshii Miki and Tomoe Mami
Feb 12
// Brian Szabelski
We posted about Kotobukiya's scaled figures last night, but it wouldn't be complete coverage without mentioning their Cu-Poche figures! First, we must dive into the two new Cu-Poche on display: Idolm@ster's Hoshii Miki, who c...

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Prototypes galore, including one from Prince of Tennis!
Feb 11
// Brian Szabelski
Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter was packed with a ton of new prototypes, along with a few old favorites like the Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and Wolfwood.  Your list of figures in our gallery includes: Blac...
Next Yu-Gi-Oh! figure from Kotobukiya comes with a little bit of d'awwwwwwww
The next ARTFX J entry from Yu-Gi-Oh! is now up for pre-order, and no surprise, it's the previously revealed Jonouchi Katsuya (a.k.a. Joseph Wheeler). He's 1/7 scale to fit in with the rest of the ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh!&...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Seto Kaiba

Nov 29 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: ArtFX J Seto KaibaFigure Maker: KotobukiyaOriginal Release: September 2012Retail: ¥7,800Available at: HobbyLink Japan | AmiAmi Kaiba's box is absolutely huge. It got a little smushed in the mail as well, which obviously isn't Kotobukiya's fault. The main reason why the box is so big is because of Kaiba's flow-y coat. It billows out quite a bit, so he takes up a whole lot of space, which made the tray and box bigger. Beyond that, it's a nice box with plenty of graphics of Kaiba's confident/sometimes manic expression and a blue motif, which is a contrast to Yami Yugi's box. Even the inside is colored differently: Yugi's is gold and Kaiba's is silver. Once you get him out in the fresh air, he's got his normal arms on and his hands are poised to slap some cards down. He looks a little bit silly without them, but I kept him like this for the initial turnaround shots. His base is also pretty much the same as Yugi's, so it's easy to create a cool diorama with the two of them facing off against each other.  Kaiba's coat has this weird bunched up, spiky thing going on at the waist. The figure is definitely an accurate representation of the way the character design looks, but I can't help but wonder how awkward would it be to cosplay Kaiba and try to keep your arms from messing that up, there? Unrelated, I know. The coat has silver buttons and some Kaiba Corp. emblems, which are all painted very well. As Brian mentioned back when Kaiba went up for pre-order, he's gooped up in glossy paint for some extra shine, which I think looks great. I know some folks aren't fans, though, but rest assured it isn't too much gloss. It just gives the coat enough of a latex-y look to it to make the whole thing look fluid and give the figure more of a sense of motion.  He's got a necklace on, but it isn't independently molded so you can't pose it or move it around. In a way, this is a good thing -- no risk of breaking or losing it, unlike Yugi's which is on a free chain and can definitely be lost or broken if you aren't careful. Kaiba's back is actually well-sculpted, and it's no surprise. The way his head is posed, he looks good from all angles, and particularly from behind so you get his eyes. Here, he's got more buttons/studs as well as a spiffy popped collar and some good shading which defines his back. Kaiba's upper arms and his boots have these blue belts around them. Though these may look it, they aren't actually made out of any sort of bendy or leathery material, which is probably a good thing. We wouldn't want these straps sagging down over time, now would we? Ah, his hands. Nice and clean, and they hold onto the cards rather well without having to force-wedge them in. The shading is nice and the etching for realism is greatly appreciated (nails, knuckle wrinkles, etc.). The cards themselves are the same deal as Yugi's - they have the simple back design and the fronts are blank. Once you do an arm swap, you can plug Kaiba's duel disk into his left arm while his right stays the same. It is pretty much the same accessory that's on Yugi's, the only difference being the angle at which the thing is perched on Kaiba's arm. Once you've got all his accessories on, the ensemble is very fun. The image is complete - he's ready to wreck some fools. As mentioned in earlier posts, Kaiba also does come with a freebie. Before getting to his face, I'll just drop this right here. Kaiba Corp. blimp keychain! Alright, so Kaiba's face. The good and bad thing about Kaiba's face is you can't really see it clearly unless you hold him up over eye-level. It's good because it helps with the mood of the overall look, but I'll always kind of prefer that figures' faces aren't down-turned. Kaiba has a dangerous look on his face, rather than the sort of permanent open-mouthed over-confident face like the one on the box. That's pretty much the perfect Kaiba reference right there as I remember him character-wise. So, bottom line? If you're a fan of the character, I definitely recommend the ArtFX J figures. If you haven't watched the show or are indifferent, it's up to you whether this kind of figure really appeals to you. For someone that may not be familiar with the character or anything, Kaiba might seem slightly boring with the simple standing pose and a color scheme that ultimately doesn't stand out (particularly in my collection, which is rather colorful). This isn't a negative against Kotobukiya since, again, it's an honest and accurate representation of the character. Based on dynamism and looks alone, I'd take Yami over Kaiba, though (hypothetically). But if you are a fan, it's so worth it to have both figures. I'll try and take some more pictures, and some of them together, in the near future as a separate gallery for you guys so you can see what I mean. Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Kaiba is a beautifully crafted figure that pays perfect homage to the original source material and can be appreciated by the right collectors. He's far from sold out, so there's still plenty of time to snag one if you were still on the fence.
Let the dueling begin!
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