Top selling toys in Japan for week of 11/30 to 12/6

Interesting week this time around. Not one, but two toys made specifically for girls found their way into the overall ranking this week. Meanwhile the hobby ranking features a male Nendoroid and two female knights that couldn't be dressed m...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 10/19 to 10/25

The battle for the number one sales spot is always fierce, but this week seems to illustrate just how so. The 10 spots between the two rankings are taken up by seven different franchises, several of them older than the fans buying into them...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 8/31 to 9/6

Normally we see the top hobby sales go to Bandai, mainly dominated by Gunpla. Not this week. This time around it's Good Smile Company (with an assist from Phat!) dominating. Bandai is still taking over the overall ranking, but it always fee...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 5/18 to 5/24

Japan continues to change the concept of toys. I get that these card games are played with, but does that make them toys? Seems like quite the stretch if you ask me. OK, so Yo-Kai Medals aren't technically cards, but they're basically the s...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 4/27 to 5/3

Well this is interesting. For the first time since we've been following these top lists we're absent one Shuriken Sentai Ninninjer DX Shurikenjin. It and the Ninja Ichibantou have been something of a staple on the list for the past six week...

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Top selling toys in Japan for week of 3/23 to 3/29

Looks like Bandai finished March on a high note by releasing a bunch of new Gundam stuff as well as their continued Sentai domination. Plus game cards keep being big sellers and... Star Wars? Here's the ranking: Overall (↑) Shuriken ...

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Wonder Festival 2015 Winter: figma Yugi

It may not be time to duel yet because Max Factory's figma Yugi (Yu-Gi-Oh!) appeared in unpainted form at Winter WonFes 2015. The figma is rocking his Yami Yugi appearance, meaning that Atem is in the midst of either a duel or shadow game. ...

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MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya's MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn offerings weren't too big on the new announcement side of things, but fans of Black Butler ~Book of Circus~ should be pleased. Not only were Sebastien and Ciel there, but so was the unpainte...

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SDCC/WonFes Highlight Reel: The Scarecroodle edition

SDCC and WonFes may have been almost a month ago at this point, but many of its collectibles are still on our minds. Tian recently posted the top ten things he was looking forward to from these cons and, because I'm far more excitably (and ...

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Wonder Festival 2014 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-poche

Ah yes, the Cu-poche; what some might call Kotobukiya's answer to Good Smile Company's popular Nendoroid line. Whatever your take on the chibi-fied figures, Wonder Festival's Cu-poche display is sure to draw more than a few eyes. A good man...

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NECA/WizKids sneaks Yu-Gi-Oh! Heroclix into retail

Early last year, NECA/WizKids picked up the license to produce merchandise based on the hit anime/collectible card game Yu-Gi-Oh!; following that announcement, NECA had a handful of less than exciting items on display at SDCC and then that ...

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Kotobukiya re-releases ARTFX J Yami Yugi & Seto Kaiba

Kotobukiya is re-releasing two of the greatest duelist to have ever played a children’s card game. As part of their ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh! line, Yami Yugi and Seto Kaiba will be available again for fans who missed out the first time. Yami...

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ARTFX J Marik Ishtar brings the sexy back

We've seen his mad alter-ego already go up for pre-order, but if you prefer your psychotic villains just a touch less psychotic, then Kotobukiya has just put their version of 'regular' Marik Ishtar from Yu-Gi-Oh! up for order today. As we l...


Embrace the darkness with Yu-Gi-Oh! ARTFX J Dark Marik

You've seen him at Wonder Festival, and now here he is ready for pre-orders, Dark Marik. Joining Kotobukiya's ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh! line, Dark Marik measures over 10 inches tall. This figure will come with two optional left arm parts; his deck...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

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 highlight has to be see...

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Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 2

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 and Colette Bru...


Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Yu-Gi-Oh!

At the Megahobby Spring Expo Kotobukiya revealed an unpainted ARTFX figure of Dark Marik. Now at Wonder Festival, Kotobukiya showed not one, but three ARTFX Marik figures. Dark Marik was now painted and had a deck of cards in his hands with...



Aliens, cowboys, superheroes, mecha, the undead, monsters, and other such oddities once again found a home at NECA's very eclectic booth. Highlights included a first look at the Simpsons "25 of the Greatest Guest Stars" figurines, new Greml...

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Another magical Cu-Poche Dark Magician Girl gallery

Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Dark Magician Girl (DMG) may be shipping at this very moment (if it hasn't already arrived), but the company has released another quick preview gallery to tide over anybody still eagerly watching their mailbox. The lat...

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Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Jonouchi Katsuya

When Kotobukiya first announced that Jonouchi Katsuya would be to be joining Yami Yugi (reviewed) and Seto Kaiba (reviewed) in the ArtFX J line, I was pretty ecstatic. As a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, I felt the line was a bit incomplete ...


Megahobby Expo 2013 Spring: Kotobukiya

At the spring Megahobby Expo, Kotobukiya unveiled some very nice new figures. For me, the biggest news was seeing a new addition to their Yu-Gi-Oh! ArtFx line. Yes, among the previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! figures, there was an unpainted Da...

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Cu-Poche DMG casts some magic with photo gallery

Danny Choo's Culture Japan has released a preview gallery for Kotobukiya's Cupoche Dark Magician Girl (Yu-Gi-Oh!) and, if you thought she was cute before, prepare to be overcutewhelmed (and if you didn't, maybe this will change your mind?)....


Yu-Gi-Oh! finds its way into the heart of the WizKids

The newly formed 4K Media Inc., a division of Konami, has announced a WizKids Deal for HeroClix and Quarriors featuring the Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic animated library. Very rarely as a responsible journalist do I get to use the word, "epic", but cl...


Kotobukiya's Black Magician Girl casts a spell

I always thought the card designs in Yu-Gi-Oh! to be something more of a monstrous nature, what with your Kuriboh and your Blue-Eyes White Dragon.  Along comes Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche Black Magician Girl, however, and I'm suddenly seeing...


Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya's Cu-Poche line

We posted about Kotobukiya's scaled figures last night, but it wouldn't be complete coverage without mentioning their Cu-Poche figures! First, we must dive into the two new Cu-Poche on display: Idolm@ster's Hoshii Miki, who comes with a mic...


Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya's booth at Wonder Festival 2013 Winter was packed with a ton of new prototypes, along with a few old favorites like the Yu-Gi-Oh! figures and Wolfwood.  Your list of figures in our gallery includes: Black Magician from...


Ready your decks (and wallets) for ARTFX Jonouchi Katsuya

The next ARTFX J entry from Yu-Gi-Oh! is now up for pre-order, and no surprise, it's the previously revealed Jonouchi Katsuya (a.k.a. Joseph Wheeler). He's 1/7 scale to fit in with the rest of the ARTFX J Yu-Gi-Oh! line, and ...


Tomopop Review: Kotobukiya's ArtFX J Seto Kaiba

No Yu-Gi-Oh! figure collection is ever complete without the one and only Seto Kaiba! Following the release of Yami Yugi (reviewed) in the ArtFX J line, Kaiba is out in the wild and ready to fight. It's his turn to shine in the spotlight. Ka...


MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Though I mostly know Kotobukiya as a maker of anime figures, they've been featuring a lot of American properties as of late. It's nice to see Kotobukiya putting the focus back on their anime figures at MegaHobby Expo. Here are some highligh...


Kotobukiya's Joey has been revealed, comes ready to lose

Kotobukiya's previously announced Joey Wheeler (aka Jounouichi Katsuya, of the series Yu-Gi-Oh!) has shown up at MegaHobby Expo 2012. Joey Wheeler is perhaps best known as Yugi's friend, although the character is arguably a competent duelis...


Kotobukiya has more Tekken, Shining Blade, and others

Kotobukiya has many titles that it can easily pluck from to bring regular releases and the latest magazine scans show that still to be true. The company has more coming from the Shining series, more for their Tekken Bishoujo series, as well...


Animate Girls Festival 2012: Kotobukiya's Yu-Gi-Oh! line

Back in August, we brought you news about three new figures for Kotobukiya's Yu-Gi-Oh! line: Jounouichi Katsuya, Bakura Ryou, and Marik Ishtar. In the above snapshot from Animate Girls Festival 2012, you can see all three are stil...


Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Kotobukiya had a diverse array of products on display at the Miyazawa Model Exhibition. You can see some of their character model kits, such as the Combat-san Rookie, Yotsuba&!'s Danbo (and miniature version) and Yotsuba, and Xenosaga I...


Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition also has new Cu-Poche figures

Though not as plentiful as the PVC offerings, Kotobukiya did have some new figures for their super deformed, poseable Cu-Poche line shown at the Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition event in Akihabara. Again, just like the PVC figures, Kotobukiya di...


Kotobukiya sneaks in some pixellated Cu-Poche teasers

The Kotobukiya Blog was updated again today with some Cu-Poche teasers in the way of Kirino, Saber and Dark Magician Girl (see previous teaser post for this event by Brian). These have been announced, but all will be revealed Thursday over ...


Kotobukiya summons ArtFX-J Dark Magician for pre-order

It's been some time, but that's probably why I forgot that Kotobukiya had a Dark Magician PVC in their hand. We last saw it at Wonder Fest Summer, so finding it being available for pre-order this morning is a nice wake up call. The Dark (or...


Kotobukiya showing more love for Yu-Gi-Oh!

We've already seen various figures come out from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe, thanks to Kotobukiya's efforts to please their fans. We've gotten wind that three more figures are in the works now: Jounouichi Katsuya, Bakura Ryou, and Marik Ishtar!...


Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya

Sure, we've gotten some big announcements from Kotobukiya so far, but there's much more in store from the Japanese figure maker. Beyond Co-poche and the previously revealed Dark Magician, Kotobukiya had to offer: Oreimo's Kirino and K...


Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya's Dark Magician

I'm honestly surprised at how well Yu-Gi-Oh! has done. It's been a solid decade since it debuted and I'm shocked it's been getting as much attention as it has. Its fans are certainly happy as it Kotobukiya because they keep the machine goin...


Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya's Co-poche line

The shots have been fired. Nendoroids are no longer than end-all be-all of deformed figures. Bandai stepped in with Chibi-Arts and now Kotobukiya is joining the war with their new line called Co-poche. The figures will have traditional poin...


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