There was once a type of Governor with extrasensory perception abilities that hunted the Valiant Force. These hunters were a superhuman soldiers designed to use a special armor type developed by Hakua Riken along with Monoceros, and are known as the black hunter, or Quetzal.
Like Monoceros, these super soldiers have artificially strengthened tissue, but Quetzal’s design and purpose varied from its counterpart. Quetzal was designed with highly sensitive vision, hearing, and olfactory perception abilities, giving it innate threat perception capabilities that drastically increase its ability to survive on the battlefield. In contrast with Monoceros, which was designed as an offensive model, Quetzal is designed to defend its allies, and has proven highly effective in the field.
Compared to the white soldier Monoceros, which emphasizes ferocity and battle-honed reflexes, Quetzal favors balance and stability. Due to the nature of the machine, Quetzal does not require as many cerebral nerve modifications as its counterpart, and is comparatively less harsh on subjects. For this reason, Quetzal is used more widely than Monoceros.
Due to the fact that the Ex Armor Types and the super soldiers that pilot them are both extremely new weapon systems, there are few active models seen on the battlefield. Despite this fact, the Liberty Alliance’s perception of the armor types and soldiers is favorable, and there are high expectations for Hakua Riken’s super soldiers in the future.
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