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9:45 AM on 02.17.2014

Kotobukiya releases full gallery of DC Bishoujo Starfire

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...

Andres Cerrato


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11:05 AM on 02.09.2014

Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Bishoujo Freddy vs. Jason

Back at NYCC, Kotobukiya hinted at Bishoujo Freddy and Jason. This proposal honestly seemed like a nightmare to me, but hey, someone has to like it right? Today, in the mounds of all the hype from WonFes, Shunya himself took ...

Andres Cerrato

11:30 AM on 02.08.2014

Tekken Tag Bishoujo Nina Williams enters the arena

I'm kind of amazed at how many Bishoujo figures that Kotobukiya has released. Of the many releases, I'm most surprised at the amount from Tekken Tag 2. Not that it doesn't have a great roster for release, but that it's gone o...

Andres Cerrato

Tomopop Review: Psylocke (X-Force ver.) by Kotobukiya photo
Tomopop Review: Psylocke (X-Force ver.) by Kotobukiya
by Tianxiao Ma

Psylocke has been a popular character among Marvel Comics fans, although she's probably more known for her X-Men incarnation than her original stint as a supporting character in Captain Britain. While western manufacturers have pumped out a decent amount of Psylocke figures, only Kotobukiya has tackled the character out east. I guess those appearances in Capcom games haven't really helped her cause.

Kotobukiya's latest Psylocke rendition falls under the Marvel Bishoujo brand, and depicts our psionic ninja in her black X-Force costume. Read on to see if the figure is as awesome as being a psionic mutant ninja.

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4:30 PM on 12.03.2013

Street Fighter Bishoujo Cammy has a teaser

It's no surprise to many of you, but Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line of figures are one of our favorite figure lines here at Tomopop. As excited as I am for Chun Li, others on staff are similarly excited for Cammy as the second re...

Andres Cerrato

10:00 PM on 11.08.2013

Bishoujo Spider-Woman has first color sample display

Spider-Woman is a character I've never really looked into before. When she was announced, the pose certainly drew attention. The prototype was on-hand at NYCC and it was revealed then that she would come with alternate, maskl...

Andres Cerrato

Kotobukiya's Star Wars Bishoujo Mara Jade isn't half-bad photo
Kotobukiya's Star Wars Bishoujo Mara Jade isn't half-bad
by Scarecroodle

[UPDATE: Pre-orders are now available through select retailers]

It's something of a rare treat that Kotobukiya should produce a Bishoujo figure that I can find myself actually praising, but the company's Star Wars Bishoujo Mara Jade is an instance where my initial thought doesn't contain some sort of criticism. Kotobukiya's photo gallery for the latest entry in its Star Wars Bishoujo series shows that the figure has no few bad angles.

Mara Jade is an Expanded Universe character in the Star Wars franchise (ie, she's not in the films) and, to vastly oversimplify her backstory, is a former Sith Lady who became a Jedi Knight through the power of Luke Skywalker's love. While I only know the character from the novels (she's also appeared in comics and games), one look at the Bishoujo and I can imagine this as Mara Jade (other than the Bishoujo face, of course, which is rather distinct to the line).

The fact that I like this one comes as a surprise to me most of all since I was nonplussed by Shunya's original illustration. However, the figure turned out far better than expected and is an absolutely gorgeous rendition of the character... well, mostly so. I will say that Mara Jade's butt seems almost disproportionally large and, unlike Sir-Mix-a-Lot, that sort of embellishment doesn't appeal to me. But wait! Here's the best part, the big saving grace! Kotobukiya thought to give Mara Jade her cloak which completely obscures the offending cheeks. (Unless you like said butt, in which case I make the point that the cloak is removable.) This optional feature corrects the biggest thing (pun absolutely intended) that I didn't like about this figure.

Mara Jade comes with two optional lightsabers: her original purple lightsaber (great if you want to display her as an Emperor's Hand) or the blue lightsaber that Luke gave her (so you can display her as a Jedi convert). Mara Jade is listed as standing 9 inches tall (i.e., 1/7-scale) and billed as coming with a special clear display base that includes "two different film inserts for your choice of presentation."

Be sure to check out Mara Jade and Kotobukiya's other Bishoujos in our NYCC coverage. Pre-orders are currently open as well. Mara Jade is listed for US$65 and has an expected May release date.

[ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

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10:30 PM on 10.11.2013

NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya Bishoujo

After taking a brief look around Kotobukiya's booth, some of you were undoubtedly impressed by the assortment of Bishoujo figures. As any good man would, sometimes you have to go back and take a second look. In doing so, I wa...

Andres Cerrato

9:00 PM on 10.11.2013

NYCC 2013: Kotobukiya Industry Panel

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!

Andres Cerrato

9:00 AM on 10.10.2013

Kotobukiya adds one more Bishoujo, DC's Starfire

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...

Andres Cerrato

9:30 AM on 10.09.2013

Prayers are answered, next Marvel Bishoujo is Jubilee

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about this announcement. On their Facebook page today, Kotobukiya revealed a new sketch for the Marvel Bishoujo line. It is none other than Jubilee and I can't say enough about how w...

Andres Cerrato

6:30 PM on 09.27.2013

Kotobukiya armors up for newest Bishoujo Wonder Woman

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 ...

Andres Cerrato