Yu Yu Hakusho

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Pre-orders are now open for ArtFX J Kuwabara!


Be still, my beating heart!
May 16
// Kristina Pino
Dreams do come true! Check out listings at the usual retailers for your shot at pre-ordering the manliest man in YuYu Hakusho, Kuwabara Kazuma!  His retail price is set to ¥7,140 and release is expected in October. I...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Kurama

Oct 12 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: ArtFX J Yu Yu Hakusho: KuramaFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail: US$59.99Available at: Koto US Kurama's box is black and magenta to go with the color of his hair. As with Hiei and Yusuke, there are plenty of windows for anyone to peek in, but really, who'd want to keep this lovely thing inside a box? Let's get him some fresh air. Without assembly, you've got Kurama with his thorn whip. As you can see above, he doesn't need his base either. Kurama's base is red with the rose petal motif swirling around it - a perfect fit for his character. I love that the bases have been clear, small and round, while incorporating the characters' battle abilities and trademark colors. A note on that thorny whip of his: sharp! Handle with care! I learned this one the hard way, though thankfully I didn't have any skin breaks this time around. Alright, so Kurama has that whip out, and it's looping around his body attractively while he's caught mid-sway. The figure definitely has that movement going for it. His robe is nicely detailed and I love the positioning - emphasis on those mile-long legs of his and enough detail to make everything look like proper cloth. I can't say there's much of a butt shot to admire this time around, though looking at this picture (above), if you didn't know it was a dude you might think (at a glance) it's some sassy female figure swaying her hips. Don't feel too bad, though -- he is sometimes mistaken for a woman when he's in this form. Going down towards the hem, the robe has some nice paint work for the shadows and then solid magenta. No paint goofs, no messes. Here's a better look at the side. He has his sash on and the pants are molded with creases, a seam on each side and pockets. The paint job on the torso is rather clean, and you'll notice the arm is a gaping seam there -- it's because that arm can be swapped. You could either have him holding that whip or you could change the arm and have him holding roses: I rather like this look a little better than the other one, to be honest. Kurama looks so dashing! And I like how his hair looks without his arm covering part of it in the other position. Here, he's holding two roses. They both wedge in between his fingers easily enough, though you'll have to be careful with the rose by his face. It's a little tougher to position that one in a way that it'll stay put and not run into the side of his face. The flowers themselves are beautifully crafted despite being tiny. I definitely appreciate the attention to detail, and love how dramatic these rose pictures came out. Since they're small, they'll probably make great props for use with other figures! Just make sure you're not playing with them somewhere you might totally lose them should they fall. The hair itself looks great from the front angle, and from behind, but from some angles it looks a bit stiff since it isn't too voluminous and isn't draped over his back or anything. It's supposed to be flowing in the wind, I know. At first, I thought maybe it was separated from his body because his head turns, but as it turns out Yusuke is the only one of the three with that "ability." Besides that, I really have no complaints about the hair. It's a nice, solid color and there aren't any pieces that look like they're just glued on as an afterthought. No horrifying seams, either! Kurama's face is down-turned, so it's a little weird unless you place him on a shelf at or above eye-level. I am not personally a fan of figures looking downwards, but his expression and pose are definitely spot-on for the character. He's got his green eyes trained on some fool that doesn't realize they've already been out-matched. Kurama has few, if any, flaws. I didn't even do my usual nit-picking this time around because I couldn't find anything to harp on. The figure encapsulates the character well enough, and Kotobukiya does a nice job, as always, to make the most out of any design, however simple. The accessory options are great, and down the line I'll post some new pictures of the big bad trio all together. If Kuwabara ever becomes a figure reality, Team Urameshi (minus Genkai) will be united and I'll have a shelf full of bad-ass to keep me safe at night. [Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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Review sponsored by Kotobukiya
Well, by now you've hopefully seen Hiei and Yusuke reviewed, and now it's Kurama's turn to shine! Though I'm not quite accepting that this is the end of the line for Yu Yu Hakusho figures in the ArtFX series, this is definite...

Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Hiei

Aug 23 // Kristina Pino
Figure Name: ArtFX J HieiFigure Maker: KotobukiyaRetail Value: US$59.99Available at: Koto US Hiei's box does the job. He's a small guy, so even to scale (1/8) it ends up being a small figure, and it would follow the box doesn't need to be all that big to keep him safe. Besides the figure itself, the tray just comes with his base, an extra arm and an extra face. Once he's out of the box, he is by default with his right arm bare (the bandage is held by his left hand) showing the tattoo/mark concealing the darkness dragon and his Jagan Eye is covered with a bandanna. He's wearing the plain black costume he has on for pretty much the entire show, though the figure doesn't come with a weapon, his cape, or anything frilly. His base is pretty cool in that it elevates him a little bit from the surface you place him down on. I think this first time I've seen a base like this in person. Besides that, it's a nice, transparent blue with metallic silver detail on it. Technically, Hiei does not actually need the base to be balanced, though, since his feet are firmly planted on the ground. Here's a look at his right arm with the dragon sealed in. The paint details are nice and smooth, no smudges or bleeding. Changing his face is an easy operation, but it might be tough on your fingers the first time around due to the spikey hair. It took me a while to pop that bit of hair at the front of his head out to swap it. Annoyingly, when you switch to the Jagen Eye, it's hard to see it at all because there isn't an extra tuft of parted hair to properly display it. Above you can see what he looks like without the hair covering his forehead. His eyes look about the same on both faces, but he's smiling a bit when his Jagan eye is out. I love that evil look! I also like that despite the fact the evil eye is more or less covered up by hair, it's still nice and clean with no smudges or lack of detail. And here he is with his much more interesting evil face. Swapping his arm is another simple procedure, and the dragon is super cool. It looks dark and solid at first if you are looking at the figure in indoor or dim lighting, but actually it's semi-transparent and purple. The front of his hair also has a little purple tinge to it that matches. Rawr! The dragon is awesome. It's pretty cool how the dragon coils around is arm. The thing doesn't budge at all, so as long as you're gentle with Hiei you shouldn't have any problems with it getting loose. The figure overall is rather simplistic. I mean, Hiei is just wearing his usual uniform, but even then, it's usually obvious when a figure company goes through the trouble of doing it right or cutting corners. Besides the lack of an extra hair piece for the front, I don't really have any real complaints when it comes to Hiei. Maybe fans would have been more satisfied with an extra arm holding a sword or something, but even like this, the figure is a solid representation of the character and that's usually good enough for me. More than anything, it looks like he's going to look best together with Kurama, which also sees its release this month. These are all going to make a fabulous diorama once everyone's released! Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample! Hiei looks great, and I hope you Tomofolk will be charmed, too. Be sure to check out the gallery for more images which didn't make it into the main body of the review, and as always, leave your feedback in the comments section below.
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Thanks to Kotobukiya's ArtFX J line, I've been taken back to nostalgia road with the recently released Yami Yugi of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame (reviewed), and now again with Yu Yu Hakusho's Hiei. What I like about the character selection...


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SDCC 2012: Kotobukiya booth tour - Anime edition


Jul 12
// Andres Cerrato
I wish I could tell you about a ton of new things that were on display for anime fans at Kotobukiya's booth. Sadly, all I can give you are things that you already know exist. The good thing is you're getting an up close look ...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for May 8, 2012


May 09
// Jonathan Tubbs
After the dull day yesterday for pre-orders, today's feature brings you some worthwhile products that you'll definitely want to pre-order. Probably one to more wanted products wold have to be Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Pr...
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Reserve or Regret? Import round up for March 15, 2012


Mar 16
// Jonathan Tubbs
How is your bank account? I hope it's doing fine. You haven't been robbing any banks or involving yourself in some embezzlement scandals, have you? Luckily with today's Reserve or Regret you do not have to resort to...
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Will you accept this rose from YuYu Hakusho's Kurama?


Mar 15
// Jonathan Tubbs
As stated in yesterday's preview at the Kotobukiya Shoujo Figure Blog RED STAR, their 1/8 scale ARTFX J Kurama figure from YuYu Hakusho is no available for pre-order. This pretty boy (or girl for those confused) brings his ch...
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Kotobukiya's Kurama from Yu Yu Hakusho gets a preview


Mar 14
// Kristina Pino
It looks like tomorrow (or tonight depending on the timing) the lovely Kurama (Last seen at Wonder Festival) will be going up for pre-order, so you fans of Yu Yu Hakusho should get ready (as well as fan girls of the pretty bo...
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While Tokyo Hunter snapped us some great photos of Kotobukiya's upcoming figures, they weren't the only things on display at Kotobukiya's booth. Thanks to the marvels of 2chan, Twitter and Twitpic (and the folks at MyFigureCo...


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