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 arrival of the Kotobukiya Iron Man Mark VII ArtFX statue a couple weeks ago, it got us reminiscing a bit about the different Iron Mans that Kotobukiya has made. In addition to the Mark VII, we have had the Iron Man Mark IV ArtFX and the Iron Man Mark VI fine art statue. Of these, I think the Mark IV is my favorite just because of the pose. The outstretched arm with the LED really makes this piece special. We have not had the Mark II, but it looks like it is pretty different from the others, and I’d be interested to see it in person. Which version is your favorite, and why?
Kotobukiya is starting to come out with more of the ArtFX+ line. Most of the ArtFX+ have been Star Wars statues, but they did announce some New 52 Justice League statues at SDCC as well. So what is ArtFX+? If you are familiar with the regular ArtFX line, the statues are usually 1:6 scale. ArtFX+ is usually 1:10 scale, so they are smaller, and less expensive. I like collections that have a few large center piece statues, but if someone wanted to collect the entire Star Wars lineup, they may not have the space to do that, so ArtFX+ is a nice alternative. I don’t really collect all the Star Wars characters, so I never really thought about ArtFX+ for my personal collection, but once all the Justice League statues come out, I may have to make a pretty cool display of all the DC ArtFX+. Which scale do you prefer for your collections: 1:6, 1:10, or something else?
So with SDCC 2012 coming to an end, what did you find to be the most exciting? I know I caught some coverage on SpikeTV. I saw a short interview with Jim Lee that I found to be interesting. It looked like there was a lot of excitement at the event–I still wish I could have made it. Of all the news that came out, though, I think I am most interested in the New 52 ArtFX statues by Kotobukiya. Assuming that I like the pose, I tend to like statues a little more than the action figures, and the Superman and Green Lantern ArtFX were really neat. I’ve been happy with most of the Kotobukiya pieces that we’ve gotten recently, and I’m really looking forward to where they go with this new DC line. What news did you find most interesting this year, and what new figures/statues are you looking forward to?