Top sales 4/27 to 5/3

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

Is that a drone I see?
May 11
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 th... read
Top sales 3/23 to 3/29

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

Bandai continues to dominate
Apr 09
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 (&u... read
Hopefully there'll be some heart in that paint
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 o... read feature

MegaHobby Expo Koto

MegaHobby Expo 2014 Autumn: Kotobukiya

My, that's a mighty nice chainsaw you have there ...
Dec 03
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 w... read
Now in Low Definition
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 exceedingly less orderly), my own highlights list is nowhere near that short. See many of my favorites after the jump. read feature

An adorable gallery of old and new
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 e... read feature


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

Talk about a shadow game!
Jan 30
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... read

Kotobukiya re-releases ARTFX J Yami Yugi & Seto Kaiba

It's time to duel...again!
Nov 05
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 f... read

ARTFX J Marik Ishtar brings the sexy back

Sometimes headlines just write themselves you know?
Oct 01
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... read

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

Who wants a hug?
Aug 06
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 ... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 3

Everything else!
Jul 29
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... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Summer: Kotobukiya Part 2

Robots, rings and Millenium Rods
Jul 29
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 ... read

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

Three times the Marik, three times the fun
Jul 28
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... read


Aliens, robots, and Simpsons, oh mogwai!
Jul 21
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" figur... read
Editor wonders if DMG story will ever run that doesn't include "magic", "magical", or "cast" in its headline
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 m... read feature

Let's get ready to duel!
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 ... read feature

Megahobby Expo 2013 Spring: Kotobukiya

All bow before the mighty power of Marik Ishtar!
May 25
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 ... read
She's magically high resolution
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 chan... read feature

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

WizKids to produce tabletop games for Yu-Gi-Oh! not named Dungeon Dice Monsters
Mar 07
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,... read
The Yu-Gi-Oh! mainstay joins the Cu-Poche line
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 ... read feature

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

Say hello to Hoshii Miki and Tomoe Mami
Feb 12
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 c... read

Wonder Festival 2013 Winter: Kotobukiya

Prototypes galore, including one from Prince of Tennis!
Feb 11
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: Blac... read

It's time to duel, with the Cu-poche Dark Magician Girl

Kotobukiya - Non-Scale
Feb 07
With the series as popular as ever, it's no surprise Kotobukiya's added Yu-gi-oh's famous mascot-of-sorts Dark Magician Girl to its adorable Cu-poche line. It's great to see, and I wish Cu-poche got a bit more exposure and no... read
Next Yu-Gi-Oh! figure from Kotobukiya comes with a little bit of d'awwwwwwww
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!&... read feature

Let the dueling begin!
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 th... read feature

MegaHobby Expo 2012 Autumn: Kotobukiya

Oh yeah, they do more than Whatever X Bishoujo
Nov 27
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 ar... read

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

Dog costume not included
Nov 24
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 c... read

Kotobukiya has more Tekken, Shining Blade, and others

Mikoto dresses for the beach again and the Dark Magician Girl poses in a cute super deformed fashion.
Nov 22
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 ... read

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

Jounouichi Katsuya, Bakura Ryou, and Marik Ishtar all reaffirmed for release in the future
Nov 18
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... read

Miyazawa Model Exhibition: Kotobukiya

Plamo, PVC, and whatever else you like
Nov 07
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,... read

Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition also has new Cu-Poche figures

Saber, Black Magician Girl, and Kirino join Koto's poseable super deformed line
Oct 11
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... read

Kotobukiya sneaks in some pixellated Cu-Poche teasers

Check out the pixels on Kirino, Saber and Dark Magician Girl!
Oct 09
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... read

Kotobukiya summons ArtFX-J Dark Magician for pre-order

Aug 28
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 cal... read

Kotobukiya showing more love for Yu-Gi-Oh!

Aug 08
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, an... read

Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya

Jul 29
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... read

Wonder Festival 2012 Summer: Kotobukiya's Dark Magician

Jul 28
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 t... read

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

Jul 28
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 t... read

I think it's safe to say that this Yami Yugi figure was a welcome entry into Kotobukiya's arsenal. Between the pulling strings of nostalgia for those of us who used to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! (or even play the card game ourselves), a... read feature

SDCC 2012: Kotobukiya booth tour - Anime edition

Jul 12
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 ... read

Attention Duelists again! New web-exclusive Yugi by Koto

Jul 02
It was only just over a month ago that Kotobukiya released their 1/8 Yami Yugi. I'm not really a fan of the series, but I was at least interested in how they managed to that hair into a full sculpt. If you were impressed by t... read

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