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...
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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.
Those of you who've followed the blog will know of my near continuous requests for scale Cardcaptor Sakura figures. Well, good news has come out of Wonder Festival - it's finally happening!
Surprisingly, though, th...
At a convention not so long ago in a country far, far away (unless you live in Japan)...
STAR WARS: COVERAGE XXI
The Kotobukiya Alliance has taken refuge at Summer WonFes to escape the storm trooper army at SDCC. Thus does a lonely group of mostly unpainted Rebels slowly bide its time on display at WonFes, waiting for a chance to strike back at the evil Empire...
Now that the non-scrolling recap is out of the way, Kobotukiya had a few of its pre-painted, snap-together Star Wars model kids on display at WonFes. The roster notably included an unpainted Luke Skywalker (Tantooine), Leia, Chewbacca, and Han Solo. While the painted versions of Han and Chewbacca were on display at SDCC, Luke and Leia were completely absent from San Diego.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, you checked out the teaser, you saw him in our SDCC coverage, here's the man (or figure) of the hour: ArtFX+ Deadpool! Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for everybody's favorite Merc with a Mouth. Will the world ever be the same again?
ArtFX+ Deadpool (which will come in two flavors, strawberry and lemon (and also two colors, red and black (and also two colorways, standard and X-Force gray&black))) features an interchangeable component in his left hand which gives you the choice of a cool gesture, having him hold a second sword, or having him hold a picket sign. I can imagine you'd have a lot of fun with the picket sign. Some fans already have.
Although not depicted, I'm wondering if the spare sword can be stored in the sheath on Deadpool's back when not in use. The thing seems to have a space carved into it, after all. Otherwise, the sculpting, pose, and paint on this one are all pretty neat. As such, it should appease the legions of Deadpool fans even if it might not be the greatest fit for the ArtFX+ line-up given that pose.
Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Deadpool can be pre-ordered for US$60 and is slated to release in June. Be sure to check the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.
Look at that spread. You see that? That's a dude in Stormtrooper armor. Scroll on down to the gallery and you'll see that there was a literal platoon of action figure-sized Stormtroopers lined up behind Vader and a pair of hi...
Along with the video game and anime stuff mentioned previously, Kotobukiya had a ton of comic book-related items on hand. Hey, this IS San Diego Comic Con after all. Both DC Comics and Marvel had some healthy representation, ...
Kotobuikya may have a few good exclusives going to SDCC, but only one is so good that he's grey-t: the ArtFX+ Grey Hulk! This Grey-test of exclusives will be sold at the Treasure Island Sports booth (#5030) during the con. Can't make it? The company seems to have at least a few available for pre-order on its site (unless it's an order online, pick up in person deal).
Batman has made a few appearances in Kotobukiya's ARTFX and ArtFX+ lines but, as a SDCC exclusive, the character is finally making a "First Appearance" in the ArtFX+ line. Based on the original Bob Kane artwork, Kotobukiya has crafted a version of Batman as he first appeared in Detective Comics issue #27.
While a First Appearance Batman (or "the Bat-Man") probably has a more limited appeal than other versions of the character, it still seems like this figure would have done well with a wider release. The pose is solid and, with the exception of the cowl's "ears" and the logo, he looks enough like your average Batman release (mostly because the purple gloves are covered by the cape). This is probably one of the better comic ArtFX+ figures that have been produced thus far which makes it something of a shame that it's a SDCC exclusive.
Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ First Appearance Batman will be on sale at SDCC and, if I'm reading things right, a number will be available to non-attendees through "a limited kotous.com non-attendee pre-order event".