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After releasing a teaser earlier this month, Kotobukiya has now revealed the first details of its DC Universe Super Powers ARTFX+ statues, inspired by the popular 1980s action figures.
The 1/10th-scale series of non-articulated statues (just under 8 inches tall) debuts in August with Superman, which boasts his classic costume, a real cloth cape and “an alternate arm part to recreate the classic ‘power action’ move.”
Following last week’s tease, Kotobukiya has debuted the first full look at the new Wasp statue from its Marvel Comics Bishoujo line. Based on an illustration by Shunya Yamashita, the final statue adds a pool of water as a base.
On Sunday, the Japanese collectibles company also released Yamashita’s illustration of Lady Deadpool, which will follow the Wasp statue.
Fans who grew up in the 1980s no doubt fondly remember Kenner’s Super Powers Collection, if not for the action figures themselves, then for the comic-book miniseries, ubiquitous ads and the two Saturday morning cartoons it inspired (Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians). Ah, the ’80s, when many animated series were merely long commercials for toys …
As the name “Super Powers” suggests, the emphasis was on the characters’ powers. OK, not so much powers as whichever action a figure performed when a kid squeezed its arms or legs. Aquaman had a “Deep Sea Kick,” The Flash “Lightning Legs,” Wonder Woman “Deflector Bracelets” and so on. I remember them being fun, if perhaps overly muscular, even for comic-book superheroes. But those damned capes …
Ahead of Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya has offered the first glimpse at its upcoming Wasp statue, part of its Marvel Bishoujo line, accompanied by the quote, “We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like … the Avengers!” It’s from 1963’s The Avengers #1, of course.
In addition, the Japanese collectibles company teased a Raven statue, part of the DC Bishoujo line, with a detail of the concept art and the quote from 1983’s The New Teen Titans #27: “Do what you know is best. Speak strongly and your words can level the mightiest of mountains.”
Measuring less than 2 inches tall, the figures — Batman, Robin, Nightwing, Catwoman, The Joker, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy — come in randomly selected two-packs and in six colors. No price is given, but they’ll be available in June.
Nguyen’s designs for a pint-sized Gotham City are proving to be popular in the collectibles market: Last year DC Collectibles unveiled a line of Lil’l Gotham action figures.
Kotobukiya has unveiled the latest addition to its line of DC Comics Bishoujo statues: Zatanna.
Sculpted by Sculpted by Takaboku Busujima (Busujimax) from character art created by Shunya Yamashita, the statue stands a little less than 10 inches tall. Here’s how Kotobukiya describes it:
Unfortunately, the images aren’t accompanied by a release date or a price, but it presumably will be somewhere around $60, the same as the other statues in the DC Comics Bishoujo line.
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight, Kotobukiya is releasing the limited-edition First Appearance Batman ARTFX+ Statue.
Sculpted by Atelier Bamboo in 1/10th scale, the statue is based on Bob Kane’s rendition of the “Bat-Man” in 1939’s Detective Comics #27. (It’s worth noting that in its announcement, Kotobukiya refers to Batman as “created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger.”)
Unless there’s a lot online discussion about an item, I usually don’t pay much attention to high-priced statues based on comic characters. It’s obviously a lucrative business, one that sometimes targets very specific tastes, but I have no interest in shelling out $50 for, say, a Supergirl mini-bust.
However, occasionally something catches my eye, if not necessarily for the intended reasons.
A few months ago famed Japanese collectibles-manufacturer Kotobukiya launched its Marvel Bishojo (“pretty girl”) Collection of statues designed by Shunya Yamashita, who’s well-known for his illustrations of busty young women in provocative poses.
Between the name of the line and the name of the artist, you have a pretty good idea what you’re in for: Black Widow, her cleavage in full view and perched atop impossibly tall stilettos, posing with a gun; Rogue, showing off her “voluptuous curves” as she activates her comlink or maybe cups her ear to sing; and Scarlet Witch as she … well, I’ll get to that in a moment.