Toy Fair 2015: Kotobukiya Busts Some Hulks
Toy Fair 2015 was jam-packed with all sorts of super heroes in all shapes and sizes. However, few booths had versions of our favorite Marvel, DC and video game characters that looked as sharp and immaculate as Kotobukiya. With a diverse range of models and statues, the company's 2015 offerings are definitely going to pack a Hulkbusting punch.
The centerpiece of Kotobukiya's 2015 Toy Fair was the recently announced Hulk and Hulk Buster Iron Man statue set. Depicting the upcoming battle between the green goliath and one of Tony's more extravagant armors, the two pieces (sold separately) work in tandem to showcase both Koto's sculpting skills and a killer moment from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Hulk looks great, but it's really the Hulk Buster that's the big attraction. The detail is quite impressive up close, and you really do get a sense of the size and weight of the piece. Both collectibles are also strong enough to stand on their own if you can't afford the set, but as you can see, when put together they do look awful nice.
Elsewhere, Koto had a few first timers in its Bishoujo line. Lady Deadpool and Raven will be joining the Marvel and DC waves, respectively. We got our first look at the painted prototype for Wasp, which is again, another sculpt that doesn't go too heavy into the cheesecake zone. The base showing Ms. Van Dyne tiptoeing through the water is a nice touch; the statue is shaping up well. Koto also brought back Black Canary for the first time in a while. For years, Black Canary has been teased in various stages, but a statue just never made it out of concept. The latest iteration appears to be good to go, and the early prototype sculpt does look to do the character justice.
The more traditional ArtFX lines were also on display, though nothing new was on hand. The preliminary concept sculpt for the Flash, based on Jim Lee's design, gave a rough idea of what to expect, and it should fit right in with the rest of the existing New 52 Justice League collection. Red Hood will be the next Bat-family character to make the leap to statue form, though again, no actual mold was available to see. Koto did have a few of its new Super Powers-inspired figurines on display, including Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, and prototypes of Batman and Robin. The set is an homage to the action figure line from the '80s, and a few figures will feature additional pieces to replicate the action the toy used to perform, such as a second arm for Superman depicting his swinging fists.
On the video game side, the first painted version of Street Fighter's Sakura Bishoujo was shown. The sculpt perfectly captures the young fighter's spirit, and was one of the best-looking pieces we'd seen at Koto's booth. The Mass Effect Bishoujo series will continue with Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, though only a silhouette of the concept art was shown. Where the line goes after Tali remains to be seen, but let's just say we aren't the only ones crossing our fingers for an EDI. Surprisingly, a new Bishoujo line was teased for Metal Gear Solid. The first planned figure, Sniper Wolf, should make longtime fans happy, though again, we only got a mere tease of a silhouette.
Kotobukiya has a strong line-up of licenses, and early in the year, its 2015 offerings look to impress. While it would have been nice to see the Adi Granov X-Men on display, it looks like we'll be waiting a little longer. Perhaps by San Diego Comic Con there will be more to be excited about. For now though, Koto's catalog is looking solid, and we're looking forward to seeing some of these collectibles on our shelves.