Kotobukiya’s Marvel Comics ARTFX+ series has brought a range of characters–from the Avengers, X-Men, and most recently the street-level heroes of the Defenders–to life in stunning detail in 1/10 scale. Next, the spotlight will return to the Avengers as we showcase several characters based on designs by Adi Granov!
Adi Granov’s art is once again brought to life by sculptor Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE). At 1/10 scale, these ARTFX+ statues are perfect for displaying alongside your other Marvel ARTFX+ characters.
The first entry in this new series is a character whose recent film has enjoyed record-breaking success, Black Panther!
A hero with legendary strength supported by his Vibranium suit and advanced Wakandan technology, the king and protector of Wakanda is expertly recreated in Adi Granov’s original style thanks to Kotobukiya’s superior craftsmanship.
Like the other characters in the series, Black Panther is perched on a special diorama base that reflects his appearance in the concept art. With one foot perched on a raised stone, the height and slant of the base gives the statue a unique vertical silhouette and will give the entire group of heroes a dynamic appearance when the collection is complete.
KOTOBUKIYA Company first began as a single toy store for dolls operated by Jusaburo Shimizu in 1947. In 1951, he re-created his sole proprietorship into a limited liability company, together with his two brothers.
While always continuing to focus on retail sales, KOTOBUKIYA first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, our first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, our very first licensed kit.
What really set apart KOTOBUKIYA from other model kit manufacturers was the acquisition of the model kit license for Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam THE-O mecha, the first time a company other than Bandai was able to release Gundam products!
Our first foray into the non-kit business was in May of 1989 with soft vinyl statues and the Active Styling Figures (today branded as ARTFX Statues). Since then, we have increased our lineup with fully assembled and painted resin statues (now known as KOTOBUKIYA Fine Art Statues), Action Figures, One Coin Mini Figures・nd more!
As a model kit manufacturer, we were always striving to further improve the material and detail and articulation of our kits. That level of commitment has continued throughout all product types that we have developed, and KOTOBUKIYA is renowned for our quality and dedication to craftsmanship.
In our retail stores, we hold annual sculpting and painting contests, which is judged by our in-house and other known sculptors and outside judges, including the editor-in-chief of Hobby Japan, the Japanese model magazine. The number of entries normally exceeds three hundred, with entrants from all over Japan. In fact, some of our in-house sculptors originated as entrants into the contest and other toy manufacturers have scouted many others!
Over the years, were attracted the attention of not only top artistic talents, but also the favor of publishers and licensors who wish to work with only the best the toy and collectible industry has to offer.
In October 2009, A highly capable USA team was formed to strengthen its marketing and product development capabilities for the US market. The team was named KOTOBUKIYA KREATIVE 3. K3’s members are well known as one of the most talented US sculptors and artists in the arena of collectible statues and toys.
Kotobukiya is a current manufacturer of licensed collectible products based on the following properties:
- Alien vs. Predator
- Anime Properties
- Dead or Alive
- Devil May Cry
- Indiana Jones
- Marvel Comics
- One Coin
- Pirates of the Carribbean
- Star Wars
- The Art of Shunya Yamashita