Kotobukiya’s New York Comic Con booth included a lot of exciting new releases. One of the best was their upcoming Force Awakens Art FX+ statues, including a set featuring Episode VII-inspired takes on R2D2 and C3PO, as well as a great version of BB-8, who incorporates a magnet into his base to help him stand secure. Also on display were the previously-revealed Stormtrooper two-pack, and the brand new Captain Phasma, who looked amazing. While the prototype was painted in shiny silver plastic, the final product version of the statue will include a vac metal finish, making this the most film accurate Phasma figure released thus far.
In addition to new reveals from the Street Fighter and Tekken Bishoujo collections, the first Metal Gear Solid Bishoujo, Sniper Wolf, is set to debut in 2016, and the plan is to include more female characters from the Metal Gear universe in the line beyond her. The Mass Effect Bishoujo line will continue with Tali by the end of the year, and Kotobukiya showcased Lady Deadpool and The Wasp from the Marvel Bishoujo line, in addition to Shunya Yamashita’s Spider Gwen illustration. On the DC Comics side, Black Canary and Raven will both see release y the end of the year, to be followed by a New 52 inspired Harley Quinn in 2016.
The Art FX+ collection is expanding with more releases in the Halo series, as well as the X-Men statues designed by Adi Granov, which will include Cyclops, White Queen, Magneto and Magik, to be followed by Rogue, Beast, and Wolverine. DC’s Art FX+ line will continue by rounding out the Bat family with Red Robin and Red Hood, before switching to villains starting with Lex Luthor. The Super Powers series will continue as well, based on Kenner’s classic 1980’s toy line, and they’re totally fun.
The first Aliens Art FX+ release was also on display, a drone from James Cameron’s Aliens film. The creature looked amazing, and will feature a diorama display which the monster can attach to either rightside-up, or upside down. The display looked great, and this series promises to be one of the most promising in Kotobukiya’s catalog. The Art FX+ scale should make dioramas such as this perfect to display Koto’s statues, as well as other similarly sized figures by toymakers like NECA and Tamashii Nation Figuarts. I hope upcoming statues such as Big Chap from Alien, and the Dog Alien from Alien 3 include similar display bases, which certainly add a unique value to these pieces.
Kotobukiya’s booth always impresses, and their NYCC showcase was no exception. Their Force Awakens collection looks better and better, the Bishoujo Collection continues to include some great characters from the respective universes of video games and comic books, and their upcoming Art FX+ statues all look great, while incorporating new elements such as the great display bases included with the Alien drone and Arkham Knight statues.
See the complete photo gallery from Kotobukiya’s NYCC booth below: