ArtFX

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...

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 ...

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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...

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...


Batman photo
Batman

ArtFX+ Super Powers Batman & Robin get photo galleries + pre-orders


Each sold separately
May 12
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted release details and photo galleries for its upcoming 1/10-scale ArtFX+ Super Powers Batman and Robin, both of which are currently up for pre-order. The Dynamic Duo are the fourth and fifth releases in th...
Justice League photo
Wait, what? THIRD? Really?
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...

Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki photo
Kotobukiya Ken Kaneki

Kotobukiya awakens Ken Kaneki


Put ghouls in my "likes" column
Apr 09
// Tianxiao Ma
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. This one balance...
DC Comics photo
To villainy, gentlemen!
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...

DC Comics photo
Nostalgia has rarely looked so good
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 wou...

DC Comics photo
It's like I slipped, fell, and landed back in the 1980s
Did somebody order a time machine? Kotobukiya is taking fans back to the past with an ArtFX+ series inspired by Kenner's DC Super Powers Collection. Fans will recall the roughly 4-inch line consisted of DC's superheroes, supe...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Eren Yaeger

Jan 13 // Martin Siggers
Figure Name: ARTFX J Eren YaegerFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Price: ¥11,000Available at: Hobbylink Japan  Eren's box is certainly going for the 'grimy, gritty, military' aesthetic, plastered as it is in camouflage pattern. Problem is, it just contributes to the overall messy look. I've made my liking for clean, simple box designs apparent in past review but I think even someone who prefers a lot of stuff on their packaging would agree this is not the way to do it. There's two names (both spelt wrong, since the official romanization is 'Yaeger'), a bunch of logos and just general sloppy look to the whole thing. Not a great start. Fortunately, this base gives off a much better impression. It's a hefty chunk of solid plastic with a beautiful glossed finish and some excellent paintwork. It's always hard to reproduce wood, and it's probably fair to say this looks more like an artist's impression of a tree than an actual tree, but it's still a fine effort. Too often people forget how important a decent base or stand is to the overall look of a figure, so it's nice to see some effort put in. Speaking of that overall look though...wow. This is one of those toys that really leaps out at you immediately (no pun intended). I've long praised figures that go for dynamic, in-the-moment poses and this is definitely one of them. You can feel the action and the motion come out at you. The entire thing feels like a freeze frame more than a static scene. From behind the arrangement is equally striking and it's pretty clear Kotobukiya didn't frontload all their care onto the display side of the figure, since the reverse is still beautifully sharp and detailed. This also gives us a good look at how the figure is able to appear to 'fly'. It's because Eren is only connected to the base by one peg and that's on his gear rather than on himself. I was initially a little nervous about this method but it's a strong, solid peg that plugs in deep and has the dual bonus of being tough and not being very obtrusive. I will say that while Eren balances quite well if left untouched, this is definitely one figure you don't want in the range of glancing blows. One light bump will send the whole construction tumbling, so take care. There's also a second display option for Eren, which is to have him on show without the cape. This is achieved simply by popping his head off and lifting the entire part out through the nect joint. There are pros and cons to either look - he looks more streamlined without the cape, but personally I appreciate the drama it adds. Note as well the fine detail touch of the trad on the soles of the boots. I've always found that detailed shoe bottoms are the sign that someone took real care with a figure, as silly as that may sound. Butt shot time! However, unlike most review butt shots, this one actually has a purpose, namely to show off the exquisite care that's been put into reproducing the show's trademark 3D Maneuver Gear. All of these pulleys and rigs would be hidden under the cape were it attached, but that hasn't stopped Kotobukiya from achieving an impressive level of micro-detailing.  From the side, as well, the gear is a masterpiece in miniature, showing off sharp, crisp paint lines, excellent metallic textures and fine sculpting. Kotobukiya haven't gotten piping down to as fine an art as, say, Alter yet - check out the slight spill on the leg strap - but overall fit and finish is highly commendable. The plastic tubes which run from the gear to the sword handles are in fact solid pieces of flexible plastic which come in a separate package and simply plug in peg style to the belt. The other end attaches to the handle of the sword, as you can see here. The swords are again the beneficiary of an excellent detailing job - check out the patterned grip on the sword, which is an actual textured sculpt rather than just a paint-on. The sword blades come separately and plug into the handles, and are alarmingly thin and bendy. This helps in one sense since it means they're less likely to snap, but you have to take great care or else you'll end up with permanently kinked blades. Incidentally, the sword handles aren't removable, as the hilts and the hands are permanently molded together. Eren's face is simple, but excellent, conveying rage and intensity without looking too insane or over the top. A little bit of texturing to the hair helps it avoid the dreaded plastic-bowl-cut syndrome. As anyone who's read one of my previous reviews knows, I love flashy cloth sculpts, so it's no surprise I much prefer Eren with his cape on. There's some good detailing here too with the bunching cloth around the neck area and the breezier flapping as it comes out. There's also a telling indication of the strong and weak points of Kotobukiya's work here. The cape's logo is actually embossed rather than simply being paint or transfer, which a lovely, expensive feeling touch. But it's also rather sloppily painted, with the blue and white quite clearly not reaching down to the base of the raised segments. It's a great touch but also one that's not quite all the way there yet. Gratuitous crotch shot! It's worth it for the chance to see the great work Koto have done with the cloth around the stomach and groin area, which pulls and wrinkles very naturally. Notice again though some slight sloppiness in the paint, particularly around the straps and buckles. You have to look hard but it's not quite 100% there. More great texture work on the boots. I'm especially impressed that the little trailing lace at the top is actually independently moulded and not just sunken into the surface of the main boot. It's very fragile and easy to catch on things though so beware. Overall though, I am very very impressed. Kotobukiya still can't quite go toe-to-toe with GSC or Alter on pure fine detail work, but they're getting closer and closer every time and the strength of the fabulous sculpt alone is enough to carry this figure over any minor quibbles and into highly desirable territory. In a sea of lookalikes, Kotobukiya have succeeded in making this the one you should care about, and for all intents and purposes it's the essential Attack On Titan figure. [Colossal thanks to Hobbylink Japan for supplying Eren for this review.]
ARTFX J Eren photo
Titanic Effort
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 characte...

Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Sakura's beau joins her in the figure world
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 o...

ARTFX J Sakura photo
All the ruffles you can handle
I was too excited for words when Kotobukiya announced they'd be adding Sakura Kinomoto to their ARTFX J line back at Wonder Festival. Now the first part of the waiting process is over, as she's up for pre-order alongside a ba...

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya


The perfect accompaniment to Kotobukiya's panel
Oct 11
// Natalie Kipper
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...
Kotobukiya Nightwing photo
Kotobukiya Nightwing

NYCC 2014: Pre-order Kotobukiya's exclusive Nightwing


Now available if you can't make the convention
Oct 03
// Tianxiao Ma
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...
Batman photo
Back in black... and blue
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...

X-Men photo
For those looking to replace their wireless Deadpool service provider
Kotobukiya has released an image gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool, a redeco of the ArtFX+ Deadpool coverage (currently available for pre-order). The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, espe...

Cardcaptor Sakura photo
Cardcaptor Sakura

Wonder Festival 2014 Summer: Kotobukiya announces ARTFX J Cardcaptor Sakura


And Syaoran too!
Jul 28
// Martin Siggers
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...
Star Wars photo
A New Hope for new merchandise
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 ...

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It also works as a juicer, strainer, and mosquito repellent
[UPDATE: Now available for pre-order] 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 rel...

Star Wars photo
Star Wars

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - Star Wars


In a galaxy actually not that far away
Jul 25
// Pedro Cortes
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...
Kotobukiya photo
Kotobukiya

SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - DC and Marvel


Comic toys for a comic convention. Genius!
Jul 25
// Pedro Cortes
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, ...

Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin

Jul 20 // Scarecroodle
Damian Wayne, the biological son of Bruce Wayne (ie, Batman) and Talia al Ghul, served as the fifth  fourth Robin (following Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Time Drake, and Stephanie Brown (Stephanie's Robin run was written out of continuity by the New 52))  up until his death at the hands of an evil clone. Despite being Ras al Ghul's grandson, the death has thus far been permanent. Damian made his first major appearance during the "Batman and Son" arc where, among other things, he tried to kill and replace Tim Drake as Robin. He initially took a very hardline stance against crime, which included decapitating a gimmick villain (the Spook), but that eventually softened over time. Despite being trained by assassins, Damian was at times easily overpowered such as by an untrained Scarlet/Sasha. Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin looks good; the pose is very Damian and the paint's metallic sheen really brings out his costume's colors. Additionally, the facial expression depicts what may be the most emotion we've seen in the line thus far. Given that the character is half the overall size (if not the height) of other entries in the line, I'm wondering if he'll be a little cheaper or whether Kotobukiya will charge the standard list price.
Batman photo
He might be a half-pint, but he'll probably cost full price
Kotobukiya has released a preview gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ Damian Robin. The figure was teased earlier this week. Details and photos after the jump.

SDCC photo
One or Two Shades of Grey Hulk
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. Ca...

SDCC photo
Deserves a wider release
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 ha...

Wonder Woman photo
Wonder Woman

Kotobukiya's ARTFX Wonder Woman is a wonder of a woman


A mythical beauty
Jun 07
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has released a photo gallery for the upcoming ARTFX Wonder Woman, slated for December. While I've occasionally held a rocky view of Kotobukiya's ARTFX and ArtFX+ comic offerings, I'm more than a little impressed by...
DC Comics photo
DC Comics

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Green Arrow misses the mark


The aim is more than a little crooked
May 19
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya recently unveiled its upcoming 1/10-scale ArtFX+ New 52 Green Arrow and... well, it's somewhat bad. While I haven't been the biggest fan of Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ DC comics and Marvel offerings, the company usually do...

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 2

Apr 22 // Natalie Kipper
Okay, so one pop culture/movie license snuck into the mix as well. If you took a peek at the slides already (and you should at some point), you know I am referring to the Freddy vs. Jason Bishoujo line. The gender-bent Freddy Krueger and her fem-Jason Voorhees counterpart (more images of her prototype were shown at the panel as well) will rely heavily on fan feedback for their line to continue. A good way to let Kotobukiya know you want more of these special ladies is to email them at questions[at]kotous.com. Alright, now we move on into comics stuff. Many of the slides speak for themselves but some have some footnotes that I want to share with you.  The Fine Arts Statue X-Force Brown Wolverine came about because fans requested it. Bishoujo Spider-Woman comes with an extra face, which can be stored underneath her base. Bishoujo Jubilee will be released after Bishoujo Spider-Woman. Two announcements were ArtFX+ Green Arrow and ArtFX+ Robin (Damian Wayne). Bishoujo Black Canary is not cancelled. The prototype that was shown at previous events had to be reworked. Kotobukiya also revealed the concept art for Bishoujo Batwoman. Thus ends our summary of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel. Be on the look out for more WonderCon coverage, right here on Tomopop!
WonderCon 2014 Kotobukiya photo
Featuring the comics portion
Now that you all have had a chance to read over Part One of our coverage of Kotobukiya's Spring Preview 2014 panel, let's move on to the second half. While the first portion jumped between several different fandoms, the majority of this one is all about comics, comics, and more comics. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

WonderCon 2014: Kotobukiya's Spring Preview panel, Part 1

Apr 21 // Natalie Kipper
Firstly, it should be noted that this panel did not deal with any model kits or toys not destined to reach North American audiences. In other words, the toys shown will see the light of day outside Japan, at least in North America (I am not sure about Europe). The panel started off with talks of the exclusive toys for San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic-Con. SDCC will have two as yet unnamed pieces and NYCC will have one. More news will, of course, be revealed as those events draw closer. In the world of anime, we saw slides of Rage of Bahamut's Dark Angel Olivia and Sword Art Online's Leafa, both of which release next month, along with Fairy Dance Asuna, due out in October of this year. It was also revealed that Kotobukiya is currently working out the details for handling the Attack on Titan license. That news received a large amount of fanfare from the panel's audience. Moving on to the Star Wars universe, we confirmed that Bishoujo Mara Jade will have an interchangeable base, allowing it to bare the insignia of either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire. The next announcement was the ArtFX+ Sandtrooper Squad Leader two-pack and the ArtFX+ Sandtrooper Squad Sergeant single-pack. Both figure sets were on display at Kotobukiya's booth after the panel. The previously announced ArtFX+ Han Solo and Chewbacca two-pack will be followed by a two-pack of Luke and Leia. The four figures can be posed together. Next up was the realm of gaming, starting with the news that Kotobukiya would now be making figures of characters from the Halo series. Along with that reveal came images of the the first release in the line, ArtFX Master Chief. The figure will have limited posing capability and come packaged with rife and hand grenade accessories (which he will be able to hold). For the Street Fighter series, we saw additional pictures of Bishoujo Cammy (her base will be clear; not black like in the photo), set to release this September. Following her in the Street Fighter Bishoujo line will be Juri, which we saw concept art of. And for Tekken Tag Tournament 2, the next Bishoujo statue for that line will be Nina Williams. That's all for part one of the Kotobukiya Spring Preview 2014 panel. Part two will be coming up shortly. Look forward to it! 
WonderCon 2014 Kotobukiya photo
Covering the anime, Star Wars, and gaming portions
For a toy collector, if you only attended one panel at last weekend's WonderCon, it was Kotobukiya's Spring Preview. They had licensing announcements. They had prototypes. They had concept art a plenty. Heck, they even had a ...

Avengers photo
Avengers

Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Thor looks less than divine


Argh, that face...
Apr 12
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has released a photo gallery for its upcoming Marvel Now! Avengers ArtFX+ Thor and... his face looks pretty bad. The 1/10-scale statue is the fifth entry in Kotobukiya's Avengers ArtFX+ line-up and follows Hawkeye ...
Kotobukiya Levi photo
Protoype shown off alongside Eren
We've sung the praises of Kotobukiya's ARTFX J version of Eren Jaeger to the high heavens - it's simply the most stunning Attack On Titan figure yet seen. Now though Kotobukiya is going to challenge themselves, as they'v...

ARTFX J Eren photo
Attack On all good retailers everywhere
Although there's been a colossal flood of Attack On Titan merchandise hitting the market, few figures have looked better or been more eagerly anticipated than Kotobukiya's ARTFX J version of protagonist Eren Jaeger. Well toda...

Wonder Woman photo
Wonder Woman

Kotobukiya shows prototype of ARTFX Wonder Woman


It looks pretty windy where Wonder Woman is
Mar 07
// Vanessa Cubillo
At NY Toy Fair, Kotobukiya showed a picture in their display of the prototype for ARTFX Wonder Woman. Even though there was no actual figure there, it was nice to see a glimpse of the next statue in their DC line. Today on t...
ARTFX J Prince of Tennis photo
ARTFX J Prince of Tennis

New Prince of Tennis ARTFX J Shiraishi Kuranosuke Gallery


Some pretty pictures for a pretty man
Feb 27
// Rio McCarthy
Shiraishi Kuranosuke, remember that name. Why? He's hot, and he plays tennis. No further questions needed. This young man is featured in Kotobukiya's ARTFX J line they've been doing for New Prince of Tennis, and is looking mi...
ARTFX+ Rocket Raccoon photo
ARTFX+ Rocket Raccoon

Kotobukiya announces ARTFX+ Rocket Raccoon


Watch a trailer and buy the goods
Feb 19
// Andres Cerrato
Have you seen the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy yet? Odds are you have because you're on the internet. If you liked what you saw and are already clamoring for merch and Hasbro's weren't enough, Kotobukiya will be fillin...

Tomopop LinkUP: Mass naked figure event

Feb 06 // Jeremy Emerje Crocker
Kotobukiya has posted a gallery for their latest Shining figure, Neris, on their blog. She's a great looking figure and available now for pre-order so go find yourself one. Orchid seed isn't only offering their special chrome bikini version of Sonico at Wonder Festival that we talked about last week. They've also got a special clear A5 file of the Sorceress from Dragons Crown, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt trading cards, and Seven Deadly Sins bath salts. Vertex will be offering this very special and very limited version of Noel Vermillion at Wonder Festival. The yellow repaint is limited to only 50 and sold at 8,800 each, the same prices as the regular version. Grizzry Panda will be showing off their latest garage kit, Kongou from Kantai Collection at Wonder Festival. It doesn't seem like she'll be up for sale, but they will be bringing many of their more popular kits from previous events back for sale. RocketNews24 reported on another Licca-chan doll crossover, this time with Kumamoto city mascot Kumamon. She's sporting a cute red and black dress with bear ears and comes with a little Kumamon. The real surprise is that she went up for sale exclusively at Takara Tomy Mall on February 1 and has already sold out. Toy As Object is reporting on this really cool and unconventional Crystal-Mecha by Super7 and artist Matt Allison. It's already been released in black with an orange crystal, it is now available for US$95 in red with a translucent blue crystal stand nine inches at the Super7 store. Hot Toys posted an interview with acclaimed anime director, character designer, and mecha artist Shinji Aramaki. They talk about his latest movie, the 3D CG take on Captain Harlock and the figure HT made for it. AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for Megahouse's G.E.M Series Sasuke Uchiha figure. They did a great job with posing on this figure and he even comes with special head parts so you can swap his eyes between regular, Sharingan, and Mangekyo Sharingan. Also at the same link is the latest Naruto additions to the Petit Chara Land series. The series features Naruto (Kurama Mode with baby Kurama), Sasuke (with Aoda), Orochimaru (with Manda), Hashirama Senju (with, uh, trees), Madara (with hypnotized Kurama) and ANBU Kakashi (with Bull). Cute figures, wouldn't know they were at war. Traditionally Bandai doesn't do Wonder Festival, choosing to handle their own events. That went out the window last year when we got our first look at D-Arts Sailor Moon at Wonder Festival 2013 [Summer]. This year Tamashii Nations will be representing Bandai and bringing along a bunch of their newest figures as well as some we've never seen before. We should be getting our first look at new figures from Infinite Stratos and Tiger & Bunny plus some others they haven't revealed the source for yet. quesQ will be at Wonder Festival with a number of new limited edition repaints for sale. Up for grabs will be Flandre Scarlet in pink and Kazami Yuuka in blue from Touhou Project, Elizabeth in black and pink from Persona 4: Arena, and Percival in red from Eiyuu Senki Gold. Of course they've got other things planned to debut at the event. The Japanese AmiAmi blog posted a gallery for Prince of Tennis' Shiraishi Kuranosuke from the ARTFX J line by Kotobukiya. Fans of the series will probably find very little to complain about here. Kahotan posted a gallery for Parfom Aigis which includes a very informative interview with Phat! Company's Ootani. There's also a new look Parfom Nozomi Hoshino which acted like the prototype for the series and will make an appearance at Wonder Festival this weekend. Primal Heart updated with a look at their latest Saber garage kit from Fate/EXTRA CCC. The kit features Saber in a tiny nightgown and they really captured her well! Artist Amanda Visell made this really cute 8 inch Wood Jackalope Dunny. It's available for US$400 at the Switcheroo shop. I thought the jack in jackalope stood for jackrabbit, but I guess it stands for lumberjack. [embed]33525:37254:0[/embed] Universes collide when Filmation Skeletor voice actor Alan Oppenheimer and 200X Skeletor voice Brian Dobson come together to play with Skeletor figures for this promo video for Power-Con. Man, Alan can still do the voice perfectly! Aniplex is working on another Homura figure for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Like most things these days this one is movie based and the figure title translates to something like Flame Time Regression ver. Should be really nice when it gets a limited release in September on at the Aniplex+ store. Need another reason to get Attack on Titan figma Armin this weekend? Try Akiba Hobby's advance gallery out and see if that convinces you. [embed]33525:37255:0[/embed] Friends of Tomopop Jesse DeStasio, Nicholas Fung, and Cade Hiser have joined forces to host a new weekly toy show on YouTube called ToyPizza. Every Tuesday they'll be talking about great toys for all ages past and present, doing outings, and just talking about the stuff we all love. The first vid is just over four minutes long so it's easy to jump in and watch. What have you got to lose? And that's it for this week. Not sure what we'll have to talk about next week with Wonder Festival over, but I'll be back again nextweek with another Tomopop LinkUP nonetheless!
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We're in the final days before Wonder Festival 2014 [Winter]!
Hello and welcome back to a very busy Tomopop LinkUP! I suppose that title is worthy of a little explanation. You see, back in the heyday of anime fansubs there was a number of speed subbers that were notorious for their nons...

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Avengers

Did Kotobukiya hit the mark with the ArtFX+ Hawkeye?


Was toss up between "aim true", "hit the mark", or "hit a bullseye". Which do you think I should have gone with?
Jan 28
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has released a gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ Hawkeye (currently available for pre-order). Hawkeye is part of the Marvel Now! Avengers line-up for which we've previously seen painted photos of the Hulk, Black Wido...
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The Marvel Now design really needs an overhaul
Kotobukiya has unveiled the rest of their recently teased painted ArtFX+ Avengers Now Captain America with a new photo gallery and... I really don't like this design. Kotobukiya has done a solid job in presenting the characte...

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Kotobukiya

Stars & Stripes forever! ArtFX+ Captain America teased


Let freedom ring!
Nov 26
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted a teaser image for its upcoming ArtFX+ Captain America (previously seen unpainted at SDCC) alongside the caption, “It only takes one to rise for others to follow.” The figure is based on Capt...
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Batgirl

Holy halibut! Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ Batgirl revealed


Where does she come from, where does she go?
Nov 20
// Scarecroodle
[UPDATE: Now available for pre-order] Kotobukiya has unveiled its ArtFX+ New 52 Batgirl (previously teased just yesterday) and she looks great. The ArtFX+ Batgirl was previously shown unpainted during Kotobukiya's NYCC panel ...

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