Kotobukiya’s elite Bishoujo Statue line has brought you beautiful characters from all manner of anime series, DC and Marvel comics, Star Wars, video games, and much more. Now a new collection celebrates the world’s first series of action figures, Hasbro’s G.I. Joe which tells the tale of an elite group of heroes fighting against the evil organization Cobra that’s bent on world domination.
In this new line of 1/7 scale statues, the colorful characters of G.I. Joe are reborn as you’ve never seen them, and to start it all off is the counter intelligence expert from the G.I. Joe team: SCARLETT! Based on rendering by Shunya Yamashita, this real American hero proves her courage in battle, vaulting over a rock to take aim at Cobra minions. Scarlett’s signature flowing red hair and two-piece blue and yellow bodysuit are recreated in stunning detail, and while remaining faithful to the original G.I. Joe series the outfit has also been upgraded to represent the advanced high-tech equipment used by the team. Particular highlights of this scene include the hero’s stern yet beautiful facial portrait and the incredible texturing on her bodysuit. And of course, just like the original action figure, Scarlett comes equipped with her XK-1 power crossbow! Sculpted by Takaboku Busujima (BUSUJIMAX), the scarlet-haired weapon master is over 8 ½ inches tall (1/7 scale) as she traverses the rocky terrain of her display base. Make sure Scarlett is on hand to protect your collection from the schemes of Cobra, and watch out for more G.I. Joe Bishoujo statues coming soon. Yo Joe!
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