We always look forward to our shipment from Kotobukiya. This month’s shipment included a new Marvel bishoujo, the next ArtFXJ from Trigun Badlands Rumble, and a great ArtFX statue from Dead Space 3!
First up is the Kitty Pryde bishoujo. This member of the X-men joins the other X-men women from the Marvel bishoujo line like Storm, Psylocke, and Rogue! This version of Kitty Pryde was base on illustrations from Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Mangusai Touda. We were really pleased with how this statue turned out, and Lockheed adds the perfect touch to complete the statue.
Next we have the Isaac Clarke ArtFX from Dead Space 3. This statue shows Isaac in his Resource Integration Gear suit, in the snow, with his plasma cutter. A ball joint is also integrated into his neck to allow for his head to be posed. Really all that would make for a cool statue, but Kotobukiya included LEDs in his helmet, backpack, and glove! Check out that picture, and tell us that isn’t cool!
Lastly for this month is Nicholas D. Wolfwood from Trigun: Badlands Rumble. Nicholas joins Vash in the Trigun Badlands Rumble series. With The Punisher behind him and his pistol in front, Nicholas is ready for action! He also comes with removable sunglasses. Also, if you missed the news, Vash is being re-released in a Gunman in Black version!
You can find each of these on our site. Make sure to check them out, and let us know what you think!
We are over halfway through the ArtFX+ Justice League statues from Kotobukiya. Batman just joined Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman. This only leaves Wonder Woman and Cyborg to complete this set. Here is the final set from Toy Fair 2013, but we’d love to see your display so far! The good news is Kotobukiya is going to continue with the DC ArtFX+, as they’ve already announced Catwoman and Shazam! There was also a prototype of a Black Adam statue that was posted with the early Shazam pictures. We are excited to complete the Justice League set, and even more interested in what will be added to the lineup in the future! Which characters would you like to see in this scale?
You are going to be seeing more of Slade Wilson, better known as the mercenary and assassin Deathstroke. You may have already seen the 3 3/4″ version from DC Collectibles based on the Injustice: Gods Among Us game. DC Collectibles also just announced the Super-Villains Deathstroke figure which will be approx 6.85″ tall. The super-villains figure will be available in December. Lastly, Kotobukiya has announced a Deathstroke statue for the ArtFX series. This statue is approx 12″ tall and includes a removable faceplate for the mask, so you can disply him masked or unmasked! The ArtFX statue will also be arriving in December.
With Deathstroke’s appearance in the Arkham Origins game, we may very well see some other great collectibles for this character in the future. Which one of these is your favorite?
We have been excited with the number of high-quality collectibles that are hitting the market for fans of the Mass Effect trilogy. The most recent arrival is the Commander Shepard bishoujo statue from Kotobukiya. She joins the previously released Liara T’Soni in the bishoujo line. Square Enix has also released Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard and Tali Zora Vas figures. If you haven’t seen the Play Arts Kai figures, they are really high quality, and highly detailed figures from popular video games like Mass Effect, Batman Arkham City, Halo, etc.
One of the more unique collectibles is the line of Mass Effect ship replicas from Dark Horse. Most of these are 5″-7″ long depending on the ship. However, Dark Horse is coming out with an 18″ Normandy replica and an 18.5″ Sovereign Reaper ship! We were able to see both of these at Toy Fair, and they were truly impressive.
In addition to the larger ships, Kotobukiya will be releasing a male version of Commander Shepard in the ArtFX line. This should be available around July 2013. There will be several interchangeable parts so you can display the statue several different ways. Funko will also be releasing a line of Mass Effect POP figures in September. We have seen some concept art for them, but the actual production images have not been shown yet. We are excited to see how those will turn out.
What is your favorite Mass Effect collectible?
How many of you went to a midnight showing of Iron Man 3? I didn’t get a chance to go last night, but I will definitely be catching it this weekend.
Kotobukiya will be making ArtFX statues from the Iron Man 3 movie. They’ve already shown the concept pictures of the Iron Man Mark 42 and the War Machine statues. Unlike many of the previous Iron Man statues, these are designed on a unique base. The Mark 42 will be over water, and the War Machine is hovering near a pipe. I’ve seen mixed reviews on these styled bases, and I’m interested to see how these environments fit in from the movie. The detail on these statues looks like it will be great, as you would expect from Kotobukiya. We had seen the Mark 42 in person at Toy Fair, and you can find some pics of that on our Facebook page.
One of the additional features that I really like from Kotobukiya is the light up LED on the Mark 42. The arc reactor and eyes can be turned continuously or with a sound detector. These really added a lot to the Mark IV and Mark VII statues that Kotobukiya released previously.
What did you think of the movie, and are you excited for these two statues?
With the season 3 premiere coming on March 31, and our Dark Horse shipment arriving today, it seemed like a good time to spotlight some of the great Game of Thrones products that are hitting shelves. One of my favorite items from Toy Fair is the Jon Snow and Ghost statue by Dark Horse. (You can see a bigger picture on our Facebook page.) The stock image is OK, but the statue in a lighted display case was pretty impressive! Unfortunately, this statue won’t arrive until approximately July. There are several other statues, and Funko has the POP series 1 already out with Series 2 coming soon.
There is a lot more to Game of Thrones collectibles, though, than just statues and figures. There are many different items for each noble house, such as mugs, pins, steins, plush pillows, and more. Of course, there is the iconic throne replica, which originally was made as a limited edition 14″ replica. It now comes in a 7″ version as well. Which collectibles do you like the most, and what are you looking forward to about the upcoming season?
This is the drawing that Kotobukiya used in their brochure at Toy Fair 2013 for the newly announced “Avengers Assemble” ArtFX+ line that will be released in early 2014. We had planned to ask Kotobukiya specifically about a Marvel or Avengers ArtFX+ line, so we were really excited to see this being promoted already. The Justice League ArtFX+ statues have been a huge success, and we were hoping to see some of our Marvel favorites in this scale. We have not seen any prototypes or anything, so the drawing is all that we have to go by, but here is how the drawing translated to production for the DC Justice League statues.
The DC statues came out very close to the original concept. So with that, what do you think the final outcome of the Avengers Assemble will be? Are you excited about this series? Which character are you looking forward to the most in the 1/10 scale? I know I’m excited to see what Hulk looks like in scale with the rest of the Avengers!
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Last week the much anticipated DC Huntress bishoujo and Jaina Solo bishoujo statues arrived. We have been looking forward to Jaina Solo since we saw the drawings at Toy Fair last year. She is a little different than most of the other bishoujo statues-like the ArtFX line- there are a few pieces that have to be assembled to properly display the statue. You must connect her torso, legs, gloves and accessories. I really like the pose and accessories on this statue. You can really picture her getting ready or coming back from a flight. It will be interesting to see if Kotobukiya does anything else with the Star Wars expanded universe, especially with the 7th movie on the horizon.
The DC Huntress bishoujo is another one that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. I enjoy most of the Batman related statues, so it was cool to see what Kotobukiya did with Huntress. Her flowing hair and cape add a nice touch to the statue. The mask, dark colors, and gargoyle add a mysterious feel to the statue that is kind of unique compared to most other bishoujo statues.
So what do you think of these statues? If you collect bishoujo statues, will you be adding these to your collection, and what is your favorite piece in your collection?
December’s Kotobukiya releases include additions to the bishoujo, ArtFX, and ArtFX+ lines.
First up is The Dark Knight Rises ArtFX. This statue has interchangeable right hands so you can display it with the grappling gun or EMP rifle. It also features what appears to be a puddle in the shape of a bat, which actually lights up with a cool blue color. I wish this had arrived closer to the movie release, but it is still a really cool statue for fans of the Dark Knight movies.
The next ArtFX+ in the Star Wars line: Boba Fett from Return of the Jedi! ArtFX+ are 1/10 scale statues, so they are a little smaller than most statues, but you can create some really neat displays with the smaller size. Display the bounty hunter with his blaster or preparing to fire wrist-mounted weapons.
Last is Power Girl from the DC bishoujo line. This is many people’s new favorite, and I have seen many positive reviews from people that don’t even care for the Power Girl character. With her powerful stance, flexing muscles and flowing cape, Power Girl will be a center piece for any bishoujo collection.
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