Bulkarm ß (Beta) was the next 2nd generation Hexa Gear to be developed by MSG after Bulkarm a (Alpha). Similar to Bulkarm Alpha, there is a wide range of variant Beta models in use, and these units are often spotted on the battlefield.
The model’s design is extremely similar to the Alpha unit, and the primary visual difference is the legs. The Beta unit was outfitted with support devices on the legs for mobility purposes, giving the unit a comparatively high movement speed. The reason for this improvement is the slow movement speed of the Alpha unit, which was sacrificed at the cost of the unit’s durable but extremely heavy armor. Like the Alpha unit, the Beta unit features the Iron Fist operators that favor strength, but the flexibility of the wrist joints has been improved, allowing the operators to be equipped with a wider range of weapons. This feature allows the model to be customized with a variety of weapons, from long-range cannons to close-combat gear, but most customizations utilize smaller weapons such as machine guns and knives in order to avoid hindering the unit’s improved mobility.
Lumberjack is a variant model of Bulkarm beta. Built solely with parts from MSG, it is clear that the model was designed for the purpose of disassembling target units. The unit wields a massive weapon known as “Slugger Blade.” The weapon’s blade is made out of a mysterious substance known as ???. The properties of this new material allow the weapon to reach a high temperature instantaneously. The weapon can only be utilized with the power of a HEXA G-R.A.M., but is extremely useful for destroying larger facilities.
The sensor unit on the model’s head makes it more suited to close combat brawls than firefights.
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