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3:15 PM on 07.24.2014

Illustrations for Bishoujo Zatanna, Sakura, Wasp and more shown in new Koto catalog

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.

Scarecroodle


9:00 PM on 07.22.2014

No assembly required for Kotobukiya's new Yotsuba

It's a well known fact that all decent human beings love Yotsuba&! and therefore should feel nothing but glee when new merchandise is announced. Today it's Kotobukiya's turn to draw out our 'awwwws' as they're puttin...

Martin Siggers



Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka photo
Ready your weapons and wallets to pre-order Kotobukiya's Rikka
by Martin Siggers

I was very excited after Kotobukiya showed off their prototype for Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!'s Rikka Takanashi, and now the final painted version has showed up that excitement hasn't diminished one bit. In fact, colour has just bought out even more from the distinctive design - the big transparent orb, the unwrapping bandages, the hanging belt charm - they're all cool details that are highlighted by the newly finished paintjob. In a neat touch she even has a removable eyepatch to show off her 'wicked eye'.

What with that big weapon, it's also gratifying to see Kotobukiya hasn't taken the opportunity to charge a premium price. Rikka comes in at ¥9,800 (which as hard as it is to believe seems to be the new normal) and should sneak into the end of the year, with release due this December. I'm pretty excited, and if you are too you can hit the links below to get your order in. 

[ Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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Teaser appears for Koto's upcoming Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams photo
Teaser appears for Koto's upcoming Tekken Bishoujo Anna Williams
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukia has posted a teaser image for what appears to be a Tekken Bishoujo of Anna Williams along with the caption, "Try showing me a good time."

Anna's teaser joins teasers for a Marvel Bishoujo Wasp, DC Bishoujo Zatanna, and Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura in a very teaser-filled month.

Full image in gallery.

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Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin photo
Preview gallery appears for ArtFX+ Damian Wayne Robin
by Scarecroodle

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.

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Kotobukiya teases ArtFX+ Deadpool photo
Kotobukiya teases ArtFX+ Deadpool
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has posted a teaser for what could be either an ArtFX+ Deadpool. The image depicts the mutant's arm and shoulder as he draws a sword.

Kotobukiya has been top-loading on teasers going into SDCC, including several Bishoujos teased (the Marvel Bishonen line remains... well, not happening). The ArtFX+ Deadpool was announced in a Kotobukiya catalog earlier this year and is the first new Marvel Now! ArtFX+ statue shown since the Marvel Now! Avengers series.

Expect the full unveil at SDCC.

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8:10 PM on 07.17.2014

Kotobukiya conjures up more Bishoujo, teases Zatanna

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...

Andres Cerrato



Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is starting up they're back in the game, this time with a figure of cool calm sniper girl Sinon from the currently airing Gun Gale Online arc. 

Sinon looks great as you'd expect and Kotobukiya have done a good job of reproducing her distinctive outfit. I love the crisp white stripes and black piping, and there's plenty of detail to be found on her weapon. The ejecting cartridge and accompanying smoke trail effect in particular are wonderful touches. I've got a big problem with the rather inexplicable pose though. Is she falling? Diving? Did she just trip? It's disappointingly static and I'd have liked a look which made much more explicit if this was an action pose or just something more casual.

That aside, people love the ladies of Sword Art Online so I'm sure there'll be plenty of fans chomping at the bit to get their hands on her. Sinon is available to order now for what's fast becoming the standard high-end figure price of ¥9,800. She's due out in December, so hit the links if you feel like bringing a deadly assassin home.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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Kotobukiya sets up a sting operation using a Wasp teaser photo
Kotobukiya sets up a sting operation using a Wasp teaser
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has released a teaser image for what appears to be a Marvel Bishoujo Wasp sketch along with the caption, "HI! I'm the Wasp! And you've just been STUNG!"

The Wasp is best known for her Avengers affiliation, as she was a founding member of the group and a regular on its roster (despite having yet to appear in film...). More recently she was one of the starring characters in the short-lived Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (subsequently replaced by Avengers Assemble, which features more of a movie-verse cast). Her powers have included shrinking to about the size of a wasp, growing (up to 40-feet tall?), bio-electric stingers, and the ability to control insects.

This will be the character's first appearance in the line.

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2:30 PM on 07.15.2014

Painted Bishoujo Jubilee is here for pre-orders

[Update] Pre-orders are now available and listed below! She'll be out in late December for ¥7,200. Wasn't it just yesterday that we finally got to see the prototype sculpt for Jubilee? Oh yes, it was. In what was just a d...

Andres Cerrato



Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Honda Futayo photo
Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's Honda Futayo
by Chris Seto

One thing which has always bemused me is why a show like Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon has not received more figures than it has, given its ridiculously large cast of characters. Early releases focused on Horizon and we've had a few releases of Asama Tomo, but other than a beach queen figure of Mitotsudaira, and the occasional prize figure, that has been it. And the figures have been a little lacklustre. Tomo never seemed to pose like her character should, and one of the bigger Horizon releases was done by Volks, who have not got the best reputation when it comes to their PVC releases (their resin kit and doll releases are without peer though).

So, we were really lacking in Horizon figures - That is, until Kotobukiya stepped in. Their first release is Honda Futayo, the honourable air-headed duelist warrior of the group, and one third of the busty trio (the other two being Tomo and Aoi Kimi).

She steps into an arena which is honestly lacking any major competition, but that doesn't mean that she can slack off. So, does the Kotobukiya figure hold up to scrutiny? Only one way to find out.

Let's get it on!!

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Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed photo
Start the fireworks, the rest of Koto's Jubilee has been revealed
by Scarecroodle

Kotobukiya has unveiled the full prototype for its upcoming Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee. The sculpting (which still subject to great) looks surprisingly great and I find that I absolutely love the design... which is why I'm not looking forward to seeing it painted because things can only go downhill from here. Granted, if Kotobukiya could make the pose work then perhaps there's hope for the paint as well.

The one point of interest is that the statue doesn't seem to have any special effects. The Shunya artwork depicted an overly stylized version of Jubilee's energy plasmoids and I would have assumed we might see something similar in the finished product since they've done the same for other characters. It's possible that the piece is being sculpted separately because it will likely be removable.

Casual X-Men fans will best remember Jubilee from X-Men: The Animated Series where the character had a starring role (yet received no action figure in the associated toy line despite having the potential for a great light-up gimmick). She would go on to have a very minor place in X-Men Evolution (where, due to differences in design, it didn't really even look like Jubilee) and was featured in some deleted scenes in the films. Jubilee seems to be frequently cut in favor of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat, formerly Sprite) who serves a similar function as a teen/rookie member and features a power that offers more diversity to the team (although both have powers known for shorting or damaging electrical instruments).

In the comics, Jubilee has often served as Wolverine's "Robin" (more literally used in Amalgam, where she became the character known as Sparrow and served as a sidekick to Dark Claw (a fusion of Wolverine and Batman)).

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