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...
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.
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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 chance to win an ArtFX+ figure.
While no characters have been announced, the image that Kotobukiya chose no doubt gave us a hint at who we may see (and it's worth noting that Catwoman (reviewed) is already in the line!). The selection will most likely include power suit/armored Lex Luthor, Black Manta, Black Adam, Captain Cold, and Sinestro (ie, the usual gang) as well as a lot of Batman rogues (because his villains are more popular than most superheroes). Bizarro also seems like an automatic entry although I suspect that larger characters like Darkseid and Gorilla Grodd may be off the table (or not done to scale).
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 would fall off after a while). At NY Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya unveiled the line... and it's a total curveball!
This is a line of statues which don't look like statues. They look plastic (and not in that ratchet kind of way) thanks to a surprisingly flat paint tone and simplistic sculpt (as well as the cloth capes). The figures feature lines to give the illusion of joints so, at a glance, you'd think they were normal toys. In some cases, those marks represent limbs you could swap out with an interchangeable joint (as seen with Superman's "power punch" arm in the case).
The initial line-up is all heroes: Superman, Flash, Green Lantern (with lantern accessory!), Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman (they release in that order, starting this August). It's worth noting that these were the eight superheroes who appeared in wave 1 of Kenner's toy line and, if it's successful, I wonder if Kotobukiya will follow up with the villains from the wave.
The coolest part, however, is the apparent US$30 MSRP which makes them cheaper than the usual ArtFX+ figure (maybe they ARE made of plastic?). Pre-orders are already open for Superman. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these.
Fans will recall the roughly 4-inch line consisted of DC's superheroes, supervillains, and a few characters who were made up just to sell toys (I'm looking at you, Golden Pharaoh!). Each figure featured an action gimmick: by squeezing their legs, it would trigger things like arm flailing (if my balls were being scrunched, I imagine my arms would flail as well).
Kotobukiya humorously introduced the line of statues as follows:
"Return to the classic era of action figures with the DC Comics SUPER POWERS COLLECTION, a vintage-inspired line of ARTFX+ statues from Kotobukiya! With features such as 'Power Action' stances, multiple points of non-articulation and real cloth capes it will feel like the 80’s all over again! Remember…only you can decide the battle of good vs. evil!"
Personally, I can't wait to see the series... even if I'm not expecting much from "Power Action" stances. (Prove me wrong, Kotobukiya, prove me wrong.) The inclusion of cloth elements should help to really set the line apart both from Kotobukiya's usual offerings as well as comparable collectibles from other companies.
Will Kotobukiya release an ArtFX+ Darkseid? And will he feature light-piping? Only time will tell.
It's difficult to argue against Attack on Titan being the biggest breakout hit in anime in years. The manga is selling millions of copies, the TV show has been a sensation both in and outside of Japan, cosplay of the characters has overrun conventions, and of course the figure world has sat up and taken notice. Taken too much notice in fact - we haven't seen this many figures from one franchise pouring onto the market in quite some time. For me, at least, it's made it pretty hard to get excited about any new release. Kotobukiya are going to do their darndest though, since their rendition of hero Eren Yaeger is one of the most spectacular looking out there. Let's see how they did.
While we've had a lot of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise recently, almost all of it has been centred around the titular character herself. The story wouldn't be the masterpiece that it is though without another key piece of the puzzle, Sakura's on-again-off-again rival and precocious crush, Syaoran Li.
Fortunately though, Kotobukiya have heard my pleas and added Syaoran to their ARTFX J line, and he's up for pre-order now. We've known he was coming since Wonder Festival, and hopes were high after the accompanying Sakura turned out incredibly well, but this may be even better. The pose is gorgeous, the colour pops fantastically and that base is almost worth the cost of admission in its own right.
I'm always excited to see more figures too, and the combination of everything made this an absolute must own for me. If you're in the same camp, or at the very least like what you see, hit the links below. Syaoran comes in at ¥11,880 and he'll be headed to homes next May.
Needless to say I love everything about this - great pose, incredible detail (all those ruffles!) and a delightful paintjob. She's even got a nicely unique look due to being based on manga art rather than the anime design. A little chubbier in the face, a little more extravagant with the hair, it's a good way to make the figure stand out from the increasing hoard of Cardcaptor Sakura merchandise that's descending upon us.
At ¥11,000 Sakura isn't on the cheap side, but Kotobukiya has a reputation of delivering high quality stuff and it's certainly a price I'm willing to pay. If you're with me, hit the links below to ensure Sakura comes winging to your door in April of next year.
After reading all about Kotobukiya's future products in Tian's overview of their panel at this year's New York Comic-Con, I am sure you are chomping at the bit to feast your optical nerves on the company's booth from the...
Croodle covered the ins and outs of Kotobukiya's NYCC-exclusive Nightwing variant, so check out his post for opinions. I'm just here to deliver pre-order information.
Indeed, non-con-attendees (non-cons?) will have a chance t...
Kotobukiya has released additional images for the blue variant of its ArtFX+ Nightwing. The variant, dubbed Nightwing Origins, will be sold exclusively at NYCC and through a special pre-order event via Kotobukiya's US website.
I'm a little embarrassed because I can't recall when I first saw this colorway, although I vaguely recollect it being a while ago, but he was on display as recently as SDCC. As far as colorways go, this one was an eventuality given that it's probably the more recognized Nightwing colors (Batman: The Animated Series, Young Justice, etc, all used blue rather than red). As such, it's a little weird that Nightwing Origins is a convention exclusive rather than a normal release.
Expect additional details in the near future and be sure to check out the photos in the gallery.
The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, especially since it's a more contemporary outfit (although Deadpool was created in the 90s so everything with him is somewhat contemporary). I'm guessing that Kotobukiya's inevitable ArtFX+ Wolverine will probably also receive an X-Force deco (and a '90s Jim Lee deco... and a brown & tan John Byrne deco... and so on) as will a somewhat likely ArtFX+ Psylocke (especially given that the character has had several Fine Arts statues and a few Bishoujos now).
It's a decent-looking repaint, although I've never been a fan of this outfit. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.