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Kotobukiya 2018 Preview


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The new year is upon us and with that new upcoming figures from some of our favorite toy companies. Kotobukiya has a few upcoming ArtFX statues for the upcoming summer of 2018. 

MARVEL THE DEFENDERS SERIES LUKE CAGE ARTFX+ STATUE
In September of 2016 we got Marvel's Luke Cage on Netflix, a show that showcased a great cast of black actors in Harlem NYC. This summer fans of the show can get their hands on the Luke Cage ArtFX statue based on the comic book version of the character. Marvel Comics ARTFX+ Statues have brought you Avengers, X-Men, and most recently Spider-Man and characters from his world, but now we turn our attention to the street-level heroes of the Defenders.  Next up in the quartet is the man with superhuman strength and unbreakable skin, LUKE CAGE!  Born Carl Lucas, the hero first appeared in 1972 and was a prisoner convicted for a crime he did not commit.  An experiment gave him his superpowers, and he set off on a literal career of heroism. He powers into the ARTFX+ Statue lineup in a tremendous way based on concept art by Dale Keown!



The hero for hire stands ready to dish out justice as only he can, standing in a slight crouch with his legs spread for balance.  Luke leans forward slightly and menacingly, with his arms hanging down and ready for action. The Defender is massively muscled and his superhuman physique shows through his casual white t-shirt and blue jeans which he wears with black boots and a belt with a gold “C” logo buckle. Luke also wears big golden bracelets and carries two lengths of chains that evoke the image of his costume from his days as Power Man!  His clenched teeth and scowl are enough to intimidate any criminal, and he looks like he just stepped right out of a comic book.  

Sculpted by Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), the master behind all of the Marvel ARTFX+ releases, Luke Cage stands 7 ½ inches tall (1/10th scale) with magnets in his feet providing perfect stability on the included display base.  Add this warrior for justice to your display and pair him with other Defenders ARTFX+ Statues Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist! Available in June for $74.99





MARVEL BLACK PANTHER MOVIE BLACK PANTHER ARTFX STATUE
Next month Black Panther debuts on the big screen worldwide with much anticipation, much like Luke on the Netflix. Since his on screen debut in Captain America Civil War, the popularity of the character has skyrocketed to greater levels. Kotobukiya celebrates the breakout hero of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and the star of his own upcoming blockbuster, BLACK PANTHER!  




A prince of the mysterious nation Wakanda, T’Challa was thrust into the spotlight when a terrorist attack killed his father and elevated him to the throne.  Now he holds the dual responsibility of ruling his people as king and protecting the world as the costumed Black Panther, and it’s that hero who claws his way to you now in a glorious 1/6 scale statue representing 2018’s Black Panther film! T’Challa is frozen in place as he steps lightly over the rubble, using his feline grace to move silently and quickly. Enhanced with cutting edge vibranium technology, Black Panther’s incredibly detailed black body suit combines a subtle texture with reinforced sections and decorative silver elements, not to mention wicked claws that can slice through nearly anything. The suit highlights the hero’s muscular physique and his tensed pose as he prepares for action. It also extends over Black Panther’s head with its menacing feline face plate and subtle “ear” protrusions to complete the overall look.







Black Panther stands over 12 ½ inches tall (1/6th scale) atop his Wakandan jungle ruins base.  Get your hands on this technologically advanced hero for $139.99 in June

RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA CHRIS REDFIELD ARTFX STATUE
The Resident Evil franchise has been scaring fans around the world for over 20 years. With a long series of video games and movies, Kotobukiya is proud to partner with Capcom and present all new ARTFX Statues from the recently released 3D animated film Resident Evil: Vendetta! After Leon S. Kennedy comes the other main protagonist CHRIS REDFIELD!  



Originally a Special Tactics and Rescue Service (STARS) officer of the Raccoon City police when he made his debut in the original Resident Evil game, Chris went on to become a Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance (BSAA) agent and in Vendetta joined fellow survivors Leon Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers in trying to take down the criminal “death merchant” Glenn Arias in New York City. Now you can take home this tough guy hero in a dynamic new 1/6 scale ARTFX Statue presentation!





Capturing the BSAA Silver Dagger captain as he appears in the opening sequence of the film, Chris stalks the battlefield peering down the scope of his M4A1 Assault Carbine, ready to take the killing shot. He is heavily armored, unlike his partner Leon, wearing heavy-duty B.O.W. combat gear consisting of armor plates, holsters, and a tactical belt over drab fatigues. Chris is covered in extra ammo and equipment like a pistol, knife, walkie talkie, and more, and on his arm is the Silver Dagger counterterrorism unit emblem patch.  His pose is all business, with feet spread wide for balance as he fires his weapon two-handed.  Captain Redfield stares down his target with an extremely focused expression on his face, his short-shorn hair never getting in the way of taking his shot.  

Sculpted by M.I.C., Chris Redfield stands nearly 11 ½ inches tall (1/6 scale) atop a specially designed Resident Evil display base resembling the villa floor from a key rescue mission, and around his feet are empty magazines, cartridges, and blood spray. Display Chris by himself or alongside his Vendetta ally Leon S. Kennedy! Available in July with a price tag of $169.99




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