Anime Expo 2018: Kotobukiya’s Upcoming Collectibles & New Cu-Poche Line
by Gary Catig
Kotobukiya, the collectible company known for their plastic kits and statues, held a panel Sunday afternoon to reveal what new franchises they will be working with and to highlight their latest line, Cu-poche. Because this panel was during Anime Expo, they only revealed products relevant to Japanese pop culture.
First off, they will have new ARTFX J statues from Persona 5. Fans can expect Hero, Morgana and a Phantom Thief version of Akechi Goro. They only had details about the Goro statue which is expected to come out in January 2019 and will retail for $119.99.
At their Wondercon panel, they announced Taikobo and Yozen statues from the Hakyu Hoshi Engi manga series. Here, we saw the two’s colored statue and learned that Taikobo will retail for $99.99 and will be released in November 2018. The next month, Yozen will come out with the price tag of $119.99. Taikobo will come with an extra face while Yozen will come with an extra hair piece. Also coming from the same series will be Fugen Shinjin and Dakki. People who get Taikobo, Yozen and Shinjin will be happy to learn their bases can be combined so all three can pose together.
For those who like the Shaman King manga series, they will have statues of Yoh Asakura and Hao in March and April of 2019 respectively.
As we discussed earlier in our article about the new Netflix anime series, Ultraman is getting updated. To coincide with the release, they will have an Ultraman plastic model kit. No official date has been set, but you can expect it soon.
Finally, they highlighted their new Cu-poche action figure line. Each figure is 11 cm tall and has 14 points of articulation. They even have magnetic feet to allow them to pose on the included base or any magnetic surface. The name is a combination of the word cute and the French word for pocket. Currently they have two series from the line. One, called Cu-poche Friends, are of original characters while the other contains characters from Fairy Tale. One of their show exclusives was a Cu-poche Phantom Thief version of Hero from Persona 5.