The company, which began in 1947, had its roots as a toy store for dolls. It wasn’t until much later, in 1983, when the company began production of its first model kits. In 1985, Kotobukiya ventured into the licensing arena and produced King Godzilla. In 1989, they ventured into soft vinyl statues and what was termed Active Styling Figures, now known as Art-FX statues.
Today, Kotobukiya manufactures licensed products from the universes of DC, Marvel, Star Wars and several other comic, movie and fantasy characters. The quality of craftsmanship and detailing are evident in each of the statues that they produce, whether it be their 1/10, 1/8, 1/7 or 1/6 scale model statues.
For collectors, Kotobukiya is one of the best companies from which to purchase, and they are fairly widely available. Prices for the statues are generally affordable during pre-release and right at release time, but prices are typically driven up shortly after a debut, based in a large part, of course, on the overall popularity of the character. The 1/10 scale models are for those who wish to have a high quality product for a fairly reasonable price, the 1/8 and 1/7 are generally mid-range, while the 1/6 scale models are for serious collectors. Note that all of these are adult collectibles, not really toys for children to play with.
Most, if not all (sorry, not quite sure), of the 1/10 Art-FX statues have either one or two magnets on the sole of the statue’s foot/feet making for a fairly-stable display on the included base. The biggest problem with the Kotobukiya line is that the quality of the characters is so good that collecting them can, indeed, become addictive. All photos here are 1/10 scale models.
For those who appreciate the type of statues Kotobukiya has to offer and have never owned any, once you do, you are in for a delightful treat you are sure to enjoy. The wide array of products available may be found at their North American company website.
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