Kotobukiya had some big surprises in store for us at Toy Fair, and lots of amazing new statues coming throughout 2016.
Perennial Toy Fair favorites Kotobukiya unveiled many great new products at Toy Fair. It was great to see the fully assembled Art FX+ X-Men lineup, all based on the artwork of Adi Granov. The next Marvel Art FX+ series will focus on Spider-Man, with sculpted translations of artwork by . Also in Koto’s Marvel offerings were the next Bishoujo, Lady Deadpool and Spider-Gwen, both with alternate unmasked heads. After their release, Lady Thor and Loki will join the collection, complete with interlocking bases.
Marvel Art FX has two statues slated for 2016, including a fantastic Black Panther, perched atop a jungle ruins base, and Thanos, wielding his Infinity Gauntlet, with both scowling and grinning expressions an swappable heads.
The Star Wars Art FX+ line will continue to focus on The Force Awakens, and just launched with a Stormtrooper two-pack, to be followed by a Stormtrooper Officer, Captain Phasma (so shiny, so chrome), Kylo Ren, and a droid three-pack featuring BB-8, C3PO, and R2D2. Kotobukiya announced they are bringing Star Wars to their high end Art FX collection as well, and promised we would see more from this exciting development at Comic Con this summer.
DC was also well represented in Koto’s display, with The Joker being shown as the next installment of the Art FX+ Villain Series. He and Lex Luthor will be joined by the likes of Black Adam and Bizarro in the future. The Batman Art FX+ line will wrap up with one final release, Red Robin, who looked particularly striking in his metallic red suit. Harley Quinn’s second Bishoujo was on display as a paint master, and she will be joined by Wonder Girl later this year. Perhaps the most stunning pieces in Kotobukiya’s DC showcase, though, were the stunning Art FX Batman vs Superman statues. Based on the new movie, this duo were perfectly movie accurate, featuring intense, dynamic sculpts and interlocking bases which create a truly awe inspiring 360 degree diorama.
I was personally geeking out big-time over the final display piece of the first Art FX+ Aliens release, a Xenomorph Warrior from James Cameron’s sequel. The creature will include a modular environmental display base which can be assembled in multiple fashions, allowing the Alien to crawl along the floor, walls, or even ceiling. The next statue in this assortment will be a stunning Big Chap Alien– whose metallic finish is truly a sight to behold– and the Dog Alien from Alien 3.
Street Fighter and Tekken are both getting some love in the Bishoujo Collection, and they will be joined by some new horror movie themed Bishoujo like Edward Scissorhands and Chucky and Tiffany from the Child’s Play franchise. The most exciting reveal, though, was The Bride, the sword wielding hero of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. I never even considered her for the Bishoujo Collection, but she’s a perfect fit, and the illustration by Shunya Yamashita promises a truly fantastic addition to this collection.
Kotobukiya never disappoints with their showcases, and based on what we saw at Toy Fair, 2016 should be a particularly strong year for them. Take a look through the Kotobukiya gallery below for more upcoming releases!