August 23, 2014

Kotobukiya ArtFX+ Avengers Now Hulk review by Kool Kollectibles

Hey all, Khai from Kool Kollectibles back again for another review for Teksushi! And yes, it's another Kotobukiya statue review, this time the new Hulk from their ArtFX+ Avengers line. Late in 2013 Kotobukiya completed the release of their new ArtFX+ New 52 Justice League statues, which all looked sensational. At that time, I had no Marvel related statues, so was wondering if they would also start releasing Avengers or other comic characters.

Almost as if reading my mind, Kotobukiya teased the first photos of their Avengers Now line of statues, starting with Hulk. As more and more prototypes were shown, it was pretty clear that the Avengers lineup would be just as awesome as their Justice League statues, so I preordered all of them! Recently Hulk was the first to be released, and he is an incredible statue to have in any collection!


Packaging:
The New 52 Justice League packaging was a stand out in that the boxes together formed a nice mural with artwork of the characters. I have to say that the Avengers Now packaging for this new line is not as nice, but still has some decent artwork. And being the Hulk, this first box is huge!



Love the group artwork above, which I assume will be formed with the boxes once all the statues are released. Similar to the New 52 boxes, I think these will make for a very nice backdrop to the statues on display.



Assembly:
The statue comes packaged in 3 separate parts - the head, upper body, and legs. I'm not sure why they had to package it like this, but perhaps the separate pieces are for ease of manufacture and painting. Either way, the assembly is pretty straight forward, with the pieces click together very easily.


Statue:
Once put together, the size of Hulk really becomes apparent, and he is most impressive! The ArtFX+ line of statues is done in 1/10th scale, and Hulk stands about 22cm, resulting in a very impressive presence on display.

He's so big in fact that this time Kotobukiya have included two of their magnetic stands, where normally their statues fit onto a single stand. The magnets in the feet hold firmly to the base, although he has a wide enough stance that the stand isn't strictly needed.



The sculpting of the muscles on the statue are just phenomenal! The poses of the New 52 statues were all fairly museum-like and static, but it looks like Kotobukiya have gone for a more dynamic style with their Avengers line. It really pays off for the Hulk, with a pose that shows he is definitely ready for action.

The paint app too is a standout, giving the awesome musculature the shading and nuance to really show it off. The proportions are just right too with everything you'd expect in a Hulk statue. The veins too are very nicely done and result in a sculpt that depicts the strength of the character in a nice subtle way.


The only real complaint about the sculpt that I have is that the mold lines just above the biceps, extending around to the triceps, are more visible than if the arm were one solid molded piece. This is a shame, as the prototype photo (as shown on the box art) does not have these mold separation lines.

Similarly, the mold separation is visible just above the knee, however they are mostly covered by the torn pants. It's strange that they decided to mold these as separate pieces, but then glue them in place to be packaged, considering some assembly was still required anyway.

Either way, it is a pretty minor quibble, and one that is easily overlooked when looking at the statue from a normal viewing distance.


The head sculpt is beautifully done, with a great fierce grimace with Hulk ready to smash. The teeth are nicely done, and the paint app in the face really brings out the detail in the teeth, eyes, and hair. Overall, another fantastic job by Kotobukiya sculpting a comic book likeness.

For the size, sculpting detail, and sensational paint apps, these statues are actually really great value! I was hoping these would be as good as the New 52 statues, and Kotobukiya has exceeded all expectations. Highly recommended!


Here's the link below to the Kool Kollectibles YouTube channel video review of the statue :)



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Kotobukiya Bishoujo Street Fighter Chun-Li review by Kool Kollectibles

Hey all, it's Khai from Kool Kollectibles! It's been a while since I posted up a review for Teksushi, and since that time I've really gotten addicted to the Kotobukiya statues! Here's a review of one of their recent statues in the Bishoujo line - Street Fighter's Chun-Li!

Kotobukiya are a company famous for its amazing variety of statues of varying sizes from different source material. Their categories of statues include the ArtFX, ArtFX+, Fine Art, and Bishoujo lines which cater for all collector price points, from the sub-$100 ArtFX+ 1/10th scale line to the larger Fine Art statues of several hundred dollars. But no matter the price point, Kotobukiya has developed a well-earned reputation for awesome sculpts and incredible paint applications.

The source material has always had a heavy focus on Japanese anime, comic book superheroes from Marvel and DC, and have now branched into other high profile pop culture icons such as Star Wars and 80s classic horror movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street.



Their Bishoujo (Japanese for “beautiful young girl”) line of statues has been around for quite a few years now, with lots of classic and iconic female characters from comic and anime source material. This line has now only just started branching out into the Street Fighter franchise, which has a huge cast of beautiful female fighters! Why it has taken so long for Street Fighter to make it into the line is a mystery, but once I got the first Chun-Li statue in hand, I was very glad indeed that it has finally arrived, with more on the way!!

Statue:
Of all the female Street Fighter characters, none is more iconic than Chun-Li, and so it’s fitting that she is the first in the Street Fighter Bishoujo line. The sculpting of the statue perfectly replicates the prototype artwork by master Japanese illustrator Shunya Yamashita, with Chun-Li in her famous kicking pose.


The pose is both strong and playful, fully showing off her huge thighs that have come to be synonymous with her. The detail in the sculpt is great, with lots of little accents in the blue qipao and gold trimmings, as well as her hair buns and wrist gauntlets. The more delicate parts of the statue appear to be a soft plastic to prevent any accidental breakages, but most of the statue is made from a hard lightweight material.



No matter the angle, the sculpting is beautiful. The flow of the skirt with the bends and wrinkles really conveys a great sense of dynamic motion. The statue is attached to the clear stand via a peg in her right foot that is quite sturdy but easy to take off. The stand itself comes with two pieces of artwork that can be placed inside – one with the prototype art, and one with simply the Street Fighter logo.


As with all Kotobukiya statues, the paint application is a stand out, and her facial features are as perfect as they come! The likeness is a great representation from the game, and the soft almost translucent skin tone is beautiful up close.

Perhaps the only fault with the paint application is the positioning of her eyes. When looking at the prototype artwork, you can see that her eyes are firmly focused on her foot, as they would be when performing this strong kick. But on the statue, the eyes have been painted to be more front on, so seem to be focused not on her foot but somewhere to the front of her. It’s a minor quibble, and her face overall is beautiful, but this minor change would’ve made it more faithful to the original artwork.



Final Thoughts:
If you’re a fan of Street Fighter and its female characters, then this line of statues is perfect for you! The price is not excessive, but still comes with all the incredible Kotobukiya sculpting and paint work. This Chun-Li statue comes highly recommended and is a perfect start to the line.

Kotobukiya have already teased their upcoming statues. The next one in the line will be Cammy later this year, and as you can see by these new photos, she looks to be just as, if not more, dynamic and beautiful than the Chun-Li statue.



Then slated for 2015 is Juri, another sexy character from Street Fighter 4. Her prototype artwork has now been shown, with a great pose as well. With so many other beautiful female fighters in the Street Fighter universe, such as Ibuki, C. Viper, Rose, and Poison just to name a few, there seems to be huge potential in making this Bishoujo Street Fighter line a centrepiece in any statue collection!


If you haven't already, check out the full video review below of the Chun-Li statue on the Kool Kollectibles youtube channel! :)



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August 17, 2014

"No one stays dead in comic books" is a lie.

Hey guys, it's GLJossan, got something to talk about, just geekdom in general, it's comic books specifically, you know the old saying of "No one stays dead in comic books", I mean this is so true, that in the last 5 years DC brought back to life a hero known as Deadman, who's power was the fact that he was DEAD, this character had been dead since 1967, though was an active character, but still dead.


Deadman dead October, 1967 - October 2010

But that's a tired subject, today though, I want to talk about characters that have STAYED DEAD, and no we're not talking about Bruce Wayne's Parents or Uncle Ben, those are catalyst characters, they couldn't bring them back to life without completely destroying everything the hero stands for. We're talking characters who died who were either heroes or had nothing to do with why the heroes became heroes. I would also like to state that with DC Blackest Night  Black Ring resurrections DO NOT COUNT due it it really just being possessed corpses and not actual resurrections.

Gwen Stacy died June, 1973 
The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #121

We'll start off with the most obvious, which is Gwen Stacy. She's been dead since June, 1973 and has stayed dead, that's 41 years two months ago. She died when thrown from the George Washington Bridge by Green Goblin, Spider-man shot a web to catch her, thought he web didn't have enough give and the sudden stop caused her neck to snap.  Though some I'm sure would call this a catalyst character, but she didn't make Peter Parker into Spider-Man and I really doubt Peter would stop being Spider-Man if she came back to life, as a matter of fact, I honestly think he'd kick into overdrive, making sure he didn't lose her again.

The Atom (Albert Pratt) died September, 1994
Zero Hour #3

Here's a hero who has been dead for almost exactly 20 years! The original Atom! He died during Zero Hour, a long side team mates Doctor Mid-Nite and Hourman while fighting time manipulating villian Extant. I can't think of any real reason that bringing him back would really disrupt things, I mean DC has been known for having their classic versions fighting along side their modern. I mean there is Flash and Green Lantern for example. At the same time though, I don't see a reason to bring him back either, we have an established Atom (Ray Palmer) as well as others (Ryan Choi) who have taken the mantle as well.

Doctor Mid-Nite (Charles McNider) died September, 1994
Zero Hour #2

If you think Daredevil was an original idea, you don't know comics very well, Doctor Mid-Nite, a blind hero introduced to us in 1941, 23 years before Daredevil made his way onto paper. Another 20 years since this character died, as stated above, died along side Hourman and The Atom, this one didn't get a successor until 5 years later though, I wouldn't mind him returning, but his successor seems to have a handle on things.

Jean Grey-Summers died February, 2004
New X-Men (vol. 1) #150

So yeah, here is a surprising one, a character who has died multiple times and is known for 'rising from the ashes' as the Phoenix has been dead for over 10 years now! This surprises me a lot actually, I didn't realize it had been so long. She was killed by Kuan-Yin Xorn, blasting her with an electromagnetic pulse. this character is so notorious for coming back, so don't be surprised if I have to revise this some time soon.

Mister Terrific (Terry Sloane) died October, 1979
Justice League of America (vol. 1) #171

Here we have another main stay of the JSA, Mr. Terrific, though this one is a bit more than 20 years ago, this one is more like 35 years ago. I'm noticing a trend with DC, they like to kill their characters in October. He died during an explosion on the Justice League Satellite, he was found strangled to death, he was about to name a hero as a possible traitor. He is fine remaining dead, just like his other JSA team mates, has a great replacement and they don't really need this character to return.

Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) died December, 1996
Spider-Man (vol. 1) #75

He's that infamous clone of Peter Parker, and despite all the hate the character gets, he's really one of my favorite characters growing up, his costume was always cooler than Peter's, be it as Spider-Man or Scarlet-Spider. He died while he and his original Peter Parker fought Green Goblin, getting impaled by Goblin's glider. I don't see a reason to bring him back, though recently they brought back another clone thought to be dead, who used to be a villain, known as Kaine as Scarlet-Spider, I was a bit disappointed it was Kaine and not Ben.

Changeling (Kevin Sydney) died March, 1968
X-Men (vol. 1) #42

This guy has been dead for 46 years and I'm sure most of you have no idea who he is. It's funny though, he was a main character of a certain Marvel 90s cartoon, where funny enough he died in the first season and returned in the second season. You guys will probably know him better as Morph. He died while replacing Professor Xavier in a time of his secret absence, he was killed in attack on the X-Men by villain Grotesk, leaving the X-Men to believe the Professor him self had been killed. I'm more familiar with his alternate universe counterparts, like the Animated X-Men as well as Age of Apocalypse and Exiles. I never want this character brought back to life though, his history was too important of a moment in X-Men history and I would love to see him beside the X-Men, but I'd rather they pulled something like Nocturne, where he's from an alternate universe.


Well, this is the end of that, I know I missed some, feel free to add some names in the comments, maybe I could do a part two on this and talk about them a little.


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July 1, 2014

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