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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! ]
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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!

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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...

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 ...

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DC Comics Bishoujo Black Canary gets gallery + pre-orders

Too hot for any coal mine?
May 19
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya's 1/7-scale DC Comics Black Canary Bishoujo statue has received a long-awaited photo gallery and pre-order. As Kotobukiya promised, the statue does indeed feature fabric stockings rather than just sculpted detail (...

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Apparently didn't die in the coal mine
Kotobukiya showed off the long-overdue DC Bishoujo Black Canary during its WonderCon Anaheim 2015 panel. The artwork for Black Canary was first revealed over two years during Toy Fair 2013. A Kotobukiya rep has once again con...

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But when will a Red She-Hulk variant be announced?
While Kotobukiya's Bishoujo Raven and Lady Deadpool may have just been illustrations on cards, our intrepid reporter in Japan managed to capture some additional photos of the upcoming Bishoujos on display. These photos includ...

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Will Kotobukiya give us an awesome Bishoujo Raven?
You don't have to wait for Toy Fair to have all of your biggest Bishoujo questions answered. Kotobukiya has unveiled the full artworks for its Raven and Lady Deadpool at Winter WonFes (Mass Effect 3's Tali appeared as a silho...

That's so DC Bishoujo Raven!

Feb 02 // Scarecroodle
Teen Titans photo
Trying to stay balanced
We here at Tomopop would like to take a moment to apologize for not covering the artwork teaser for Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven (of Teen Titans fame). We aren't sure how we collectively missed it and are deeply ashamed to ...

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Kotobukiya says 'epytotorP wohS': Zatanna appears!

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Jan 16
// Oansun
Kotobukiya continues trampling on the ashes of DC's old Ame-Comi line with more suitable (and realistic in comparison) representations of classic female characters. Previously teased in illustrated form, Zatanna arrives with ...
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...
NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya photo
NYCC 2014 Kotobukiya

NYCC 2014: Kotobukiya drops some bombs at their panel

Mass Effect Bishoujo Tali, among others
Oct 10
// Tianxiao Ma
Andres is on the ground at NYCC (having the time of his life, I'm sure) and was able to get a part of the sweet action at Kotobukiya's panel. Usually at US events, Kotobukiya's emphasis is more on properties that western coll...
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SDCC 2014: Kotobukiya - Bishoujos

One of the loveliest corners of the floor
Jul 25
// Pedro Cortes
You didn't think that I'd leave out the Bishoujos, did you? Of course not, what would a Kotobukiya booth tour be without the popular line of ladies interpreted by Shunya Yamashita? It wouldn't be complete, that's what. And let me tell you, Kotobukiya really outdid themselves this year at San Diego Comic Con. Hit the jump to see the photos we got on the show floor as well as my impressions.
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Let the excitement commence
Many of Kotobukiya's recently teased items -- including the DC Bishoujo Zatanna, Marvel Bishoujo Wasp, and Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura -- have been fully unveiled in a new catalog. Also shown was the recently teased Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams, the She-Hulk we're still waiting for, the newly unveiled Fine Arts Carnage, and so much more. See some of the pages in the gallery.

DC Bishoujo Zatanna photo
DC Bishoujo Zatanna

Kotobukiya conjures up more Bishoujo, teases Zatanna

It's magic how bad these puns are
Jul 17
// Andres Cerrato
Kotobukiya is going to have quite the show for us at San Diego Comic Con. We've already seen the teasers for Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. Then there was one for Marvel Bishoujo Wasp. DC hasn't been forgotten as the la...
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DC Bishoujo

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Starfire is available for pre-order

Available in late September
Mar 06
// Vanessa Cubillo
After seeing her make the rounds at recent toy festivals, the voluptuous DC Bishoujo Starfire is now open for pre-order. Leaning on a giant rock, Starfire measures close to nine inches tall. I find this figure very visually ...
DC Bishoujo Starfire photo
DC Bishoujo Starfire

Kotobukiya releases full gallery of DC Bishoujo Starfire

This is the perfection of the Bishoujo line
Feb 17
// Andres Cerrato
This has to be one of the quickest figures I've seen from sketch to market. It's no secret that Starfire was pretty much the perfect choice for the DC Bishoujo line, but it looks like Shunya and the folks at Kotobukiya wanted...
Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya photo
Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya

Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya Catalog preview

Marvel, DC, and Halo oh my
Feb 16
// Andres Cerrato
Toy Fair has returned and there's plenty to be excited over. One of our favorite companies, Kotobukiya, is trying to get a bit more of a buzz with the release of their preview catalog. From Bishoujos to ARTFX, Kotobukiya has a bit of something for everyone. Check out the catalog preview after the jump!
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Open Kotobukiya's Spring/Summer Catalog

Kotobukiya reminds fans about all the things they surely want
Feb 11
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has posted images from its 2014 Spring/Summer Catalog. The catalog features some of the most hotly anticipated items revealed within the past year, including selections from the ever-popular Bishoujo line. Check the gallery for all the images.
WF 2014W: Koto Bishoujo photo
WF 2014W: Koto Bishoujo

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya Bishoujo Roundup

DC Bishoujo Starfire painted!
Feb 09
// Tianxiao Ma
Most of Kotobukiya's newer Bishoujo figures were up at WonFes, included a painted Starfire sculpt for DC fans! I think she looks great; her green eyes really stand out, and the sculpting on her hair is awesome. We've seen the...
NYCC 2013 photo
NYCC 2013

NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya Industry Panel

Marvel. DC. Bishoujo. Star Wars. More.
Oct 11
// Andres Cerrato
Last night, Kotobukiya held its annual panel at NYCC to discuss what's next for the company in 2014. The company had a few surprises for its main franchises, including Marvel and DC Comics, Star Wars, and of course the Bishoujo line. The company also has some brand new properties that will definitely surprise you.  Hit the jump to check out the new items from the panel!
DC Bishoujo Starfire photo
DC Bishoujo Starfire

Kotobukiya adds one more Bishoujo, DC's Starfire

Set the world on fire
Oct 10
// Andres Cerrato
Kotobukiya made fireworks appear yesterday with the announcement of Marvel's Jubilee for the Bishoujo line. Today they bring DC Comics into the fold with the unveiling of the Starfire. If there was ever a character that has l...
DC Bishoujo Wonder Woman photo
DC Bishoujo Wonder Woman

Kotobukiya armors up for newest Bishoujo Wonder Woman

Cape = Armor.
Sep 27
// Andres Cerrato
For a while now, Kotobukiya has been teasing their latest in the DC Bishoujo line, Armored Wonder Woman. Today, we get to see the Amazon in all of her glory and all of that armor, which is as invisible as her jet. As to what ...
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Kotobukiya teases DC Bishoujo Armored Wonder Woman?

Well, it's a nice-looking dagger
Sep 24
// Scarecroodle
Kotobukiya has teased a photo showing what appear to be a pair of arms wearing bracelets with one hand holding a dagger. The accompanying caption reads: "An Amazon does not take kindly to having her home threatened." An appar...

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: Bishoujos take center stage

Those legs definitely won't be silent!!
Jul 27
// Chris Seto
I'll admit that I haven't been a huge fan of the Kotobukiya Bishoujo figures. Partially because I don't rate Shunya Yamashita but when they get it right, they really get it right! For me, they did it once with catwoman and no...
DC Bishoujo Armored WW photo
DC Bishoujo Armored WW

Shunya draws up sketch for Bishoujo Armored Wonder Woman

Shunya crafts a new version of the Amazon
Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
The DC Bishoujo line has had its share of great entries. The original release of Wonder Woman was certainly among them, but Shunya is coming back with another version of the Amazon. In his newest sketch, he depicts what they'...
DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn photo
DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn

Pre-orders open for SDCC exclusive Bishoujo Harley Quinn

You won't have to be there to get there
Jul 01
// Andres Cerrato
It seems that a lot of you like what Koto had made for those attending SDCC. The new maskless version of DC Bishoujo Harley Quinn came out to a good reception and there's better news today. As of now, pre-orders for the lady ...
SDCC Bishoujo Harley Quin photo
SDCC Bishoujo Harley Quin

[Update] Koto's SDCC-exclusive Bishoujo Harley Quinn

Who needs makeup with a face like that?
Jun 28
// Andres Cerrato
[Update] Kotobukiya has stated that a limited amount will be sold on their online store starting on Monday, July 1st at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST). They will ship 2-3 weeks following SDCC. We've already featured a lot of SDCC e...

Toy Fair 2013: Koto reveals Bishoujo Black Canary & more

It's going to be a very good Toy Fair...
Feb 10
// Andres Cerrato
While we have our man on the ground Keith patrolling the halls of Toy Fair, it seems that no company really want to keep secrets. Kotobukiya is always one to pull surprises and I honestly didn't think we'd see much different ...

Tomopop Review: DC Comics Bishoujo Huntress

Dec 28 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: DC Comics Bishoujo HuntressFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$64.99Available at: Koto US Huntress' box is much the same as any other bishoujo statue box. It has the usual Shunya Yamashita art on it, and other pictures and information around the windows. The only big difference with this box is instead of a "coming next!" sort of teaser at the back, it actually just had a picture of Harley (reviewed) advertising she was out and available. Mysterious! Once she's out of the box, Huntress is almost entirely assembled. All you really need to do is grab her pole, which comes apart at the middle, and close it over her right hand. Then you're all set! Huntress has the same plain, black base that Harley and others have come with lately, and she's got one of her legs propped up on a statue like Batgirl (reviewed). From the back, we can see her swishing over to the side along with her ample hair. The black base actually adds a nice reflective effect with the statue I can appreciate, too. It has a nice, sleek look to it despite my feeling the base could have just been smaller overall. Helena's costume here has the belly window, which I have no problem with. It would have been nice to see her stomach molded to look a bit stronger, but as it is you can hardly see it if your figure is displayed at eye level or below because of the way her body is curved. Below the window we've got a utility belt (more images of that in the gallery) and the bottom of her costume as shorts. The only real issue I have with the figure, and it probably isn't really an issue at all, is the molding of her breasts. I haven't decided yet whether or not I think they look good or weird. They've got this kind of "flop" to them that I can't quite wrap my head around, but it only looks weird from certain angles. For now, I'm just going to give them a neutral pass. One thing I do quite like about her costume though, is the shimmery finish to it on all the purple. The shimmer is a nice touch that gives her the right overall look and emphasizes her body in a nice way. Helena has these knee pads on over her tights and then they lead down to her boots. The molding is rather nice there and I even took an extra picture of the back of her left knee to emphasize it. Helena's cape, of course, is also nicely molded to give it the movement of billowing over to the side. The white trim is solid and none of the paint has blemishes or bleeding. The cape gives way to a nice view of Helena's butt, which is jutting out a bit behind her because of her pose. Again, nice molding and paint application as well as the nice quality and care taken with the utility belt to avoid paint transfer. It's a separate piece from her body, but it's not free-moving. Helena's hair has the transparent PVC at the ends. As usual, I find it's a nice effect. Finally, we've got her beautiful face. She has big eyes and lips under her mask with no blemishes or paint goofs to be seen. The color of her eyes is more subtle than I've seen in other figures, and she's got some hair flowing over the front of the top of her mask, there. The bangs frame her face rather nicely, I think! Below her face there's also a look here at the front of her cape and chest. Overall I feel that Huntress is another winner. She probably would appeal to collectors who may not necessarily be familiar with the character, though I suspect that her breast molding might be an issue for some. It doesn't even look horrendous -- it's just something that particularly picky folks might have a problem with. I can't imagine there'd be anything else to complain about here, though. Huntress features solid molding with an excellent paint job and a nice pose that goes along with the other Bat Family bishoujo figures. The molding on her and Power Girl have a different feel to them, giving them both a bit more of an animated look than I've seen on other bishoujo figures. Of course, both of these figures were sculpted by GILL GILL, also responsible for the excellent sculpting on the recently seen Sigrid of the Thorn by Embrace Japan. A big thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Once all the winter holidays and vacations are over, I think it'll be time to take some pictures of Huntress pal-ing around with Power Girl and perhaps even Batgirl. I'm sure they'll all look fabulous together, and I wish I had Super Girl as well to complete the diorama! Check out the gallery for more images that didn't make it into the body of this review, and be sure to leave your feedback in the comments below!
Power Girl's gal pal is outta this world
We recently took a look at Power Girl (reviewed here), and now it's time to check out her pal Huntress as the DC Comics Bishoujo line continues. When I look at this figure, my reaction is pretty much the same as with Power Gi...

Tomopop Review: DC Comics Bishoujo Power Girl

Dec 03 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: DC Comics Bishoujo Statue Power GirlFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$59.99Available at Koto US Let's get this box thing out of the way. Power Girl comes in the usual-style white box with illustrations, and considering she's not this hulking huge figure with a huge and complicated base, it's mercifully small. Once you pop it open and take her out of the tray, she's screwed on to her bling-tastic base and ready to display. Power Girl has this great energetic pose that doesn't need much dressing up. She doesn't have any sort of animal companion, nor does she come with accessories, an extra expression or any weapons. I feel I had to mention that since some of the more recent Bishoujo statues have come with more elaborate presentations, and that this isn't a strike against Karen, here. Actually, I see it as a good thing. She doesn't need dressing up or accessorizing. She's already so confident and gorgeous as-is. Color change! I was having so much fun while shooting Karen that I ended up using two different backgrounds. I hope you don't mind. Power Girl is wearing her usual plain not-too-white one-piece that leaves her legs bare but her strong arms covered. A belt hangs loosely around her hips, but unlike Mystique's bone belt (reviewed), this one stays in place. Her suit has a "boob window" which I take no issue with, and a cord wraps around her chest to the buckle for her cape. These, too, stay in place. You could see the spot where it's connected at her back in the image above. Power Girl's cape goes from her left shoulder and billows to the right, giving her some motion. Actually, it confuses me a little since her hair is blowing in the other direction, but the overall image has a nice flow to it. The red cape is nice and bold, and is folded nicely to create that "flapping in the wind" look. It looks heavy. Like, cloak heavy. I guess Power Girl wouldn't notice the difference, being so strong. Time for butt shots! Power Girl has an amazing butt to go with her amazing legs. Another nice touch seen in this picture is her leg is slightly dented where her fist is resting, giving it a more realistic look. Huzzah, butts! I can't get over how amazing and perfect this looks. If you're appreciative of some strong legs like Power Girl's... you might want to buy the statue just out of general principle. Finally, before we get to her face, we've got her boots. They're short -- only go up to her calves -- and shiny blue. She's got a low, thick heel on and nicely hidden seams. Her knees are molded, as are her inner thighs and everything to accentuate her legs as much as possible. I like the choice of a plain base without making it so plain - plain white disc, etc. The shiny silver metal look is a nice touch. Finally, we're coming up to the end of my review. Power Girl's face is adorable -- youthful, without looking too baby-faced. She isn't wearing any makeup besides a bit of natural-shade lip gloss (a big change from other Bishoujo figures) and her eyes stand out nicely. I think it's the hair that really sets off the overall ensemble, but particularly her eyes when you're looking at just the head and bust like this. As you could already guess, I definitely love what I'm seeing with this statue and can't recommend it enough to both fans of the character and fans of beautiful women. When we look at so many moe figures and stick-girls day in and day out, it makes me deliriously happy to see that statues like this exist, too. Power Girl is excellently executed and a great addition to the DC Comics Bishoujo line, soon to be joined by her pal Huntress! She'll make a great statue ensemble if you also happen to own Super Girl (reviewed: original | Evil ver.s) and/or Batgirl (reviewed: original | black costume ver.s) along with Huntress later on. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
Now THAT'S a woman I can believe in
The latest in the DC Comics entries, Power Girl, is a nice change of pace from the recent baddies from Kotobukiya. Power Girl is a "good guy," and unlike her cute, Super counterpart, she's more woman than most can hope to han...


NYCC 2012: Kotobukiya show display

Something for everyone at the Koto booth
Oct 12
// Jeremy Emerje Crocker
So what did Kotobukiya bring with them to New York Comic Con this year? Maybe it would be better to ask what they didn't bring? The Koto booth is packed with an impressive display ranging from US$9.99 Evangelion ice tray...

SDCC 2012: Kotobukiya booth tour - DC Comics edition

Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
Kotobukiya has earned our love. The past couple of years has seen a jump in quality of their goods, not to mention the acquisition and successful production of several new licenses. Their ArtFX line of statues has d...

Bishoujo Power Girl up for pre-order

Jun 21
// Pedro Cortes
Since Kotobukiya began their Bishoujo line, there were several girls that I absolutely wanted. After a couple years of waiting, I finally have the opportunity to get the one I wanted the most. Yes folks, the Power Girl Bishou...

DC Bishoujo Power Girl is revealed, is not Ame-Comi bad

Jun 18
// Andres Cerrato
I know a few people who are excited to finally see the finished sculpt for Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo of Power Girl. Given the monstrousity that is the Ame-Comi by DC Direct (now DC Collectibles), people were anxious to see how...

Kotobukiya reveals Bishoujo Huntress

Jun 01 // Brian Szabelski

Popping up on the Kotobukiya Facebook page this morning was an illustration of a new entry into the DC Bishoujo line, Huntress! As illustrated by Shunya Yamashita, Huntress comes posed with one foot on top of a stone gargoyle...


Nine months ago, Kotobukiya announced their plans for the paired duo of Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn for their Bishoujo series of figures. Times and ideas changed, as Poison Ivy has already been released (and reviewed) but no ...

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