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Kotobukiya Co., Ltd. (株式会社壽屋 Kabushiki-gaisha Kotobukiya) is a Japanese toy and hobby company founded in 1953. The company specializes in making action figures, statues, and model kits for popular anime and video games. Including Heavy Gauge, they are among one of the very first companies to start manufacturing figures for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.

Summary

Trish Una by Kotobukiya figure designer, Shunya Yamashita (2019)

Founded in 1947 by Jusaburo Shimizu, Kotobukiya first opened as a doll store in Tachikawa, Tokyo. In 1953, Shimizu and his two brothers rebranded the company to Kotobukiya Co., Ltd. While continuing to focus on retail, Kotobukiya's first venture into the model kit manufacturing business began in 1983. This was then followed up by its first officially licensed model kit, King Godzilla, in 1985.

Kotobukiya first began producing non-kit figures in May 1989, with the release of their 1/10th scale static and posable figures, now known as ARTFX statues. From July 2000, Kotobukiya started releasing several ARTFX figures from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, featuring characters from Stardust Crusaders and Vento Aureo.[1] These figures were produced in low quantity, and as such are typically hard to find. These figures are recognizable as each item contains the character, their respective Stand, as well as a miniature bonus figure. Some figures also include extra detachable hands and heads.

Today, the company is most known for its 1/7th scale Bishoujo series of pin-up statues, which are based on various movies, games, and comic characters. In 2019, the designer and illustrator for the Bishoujo series, Shunya Yamashita, drew fan art of Trish Una in the same style as Kotobukiya's figures.[2]

Figures

Note: When using this section as a reference for buying these products, be aware that the images may not be exact representations.

Stardust Crusaders

Jotaro ARTFX Version 1.jpg
Accessories
Iggy
• Opened Star Platinum hands
Release
Price
Material
July 2000[3]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
ARTFXKakyoin&H.GreenCOVER.jpg
Accessories
• Kakyoin with Sunglasses Head
• Hierophant Green's Tactile Legs
• Emerald Splash Arms
Release
Price
Material
August 2000[4]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
ARTFXPolnareff&SilverC.COVER.jpg
Accessories
Anubis sword
Lovers
• Polnareff Possesed by Anubis Head
• Several alternate Silver Chariot hands
Release
Price
Material
September 2000[5]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
ARTFX-DIO&TheWorldCOVER.jpg
Accessories
Release
Price
Material
October 2000[6]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
ARTFXAvdul&M.RedCOVER.jpg
Accessories
High Priestess
DIO's Flesh Bud
Release
Price
Material
January 2001[7]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
ARTFXJotaro&StarPlat.COVER.jpg
Accessories
Release
Price
Material
March 2001[8]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
Polnareff ARTFX Version 2.jpg
Accessories
• Child Polnareff and Silver Chariot
Release
Price
Material
March 2001[9]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
27219.jpg
Accessories
Release
Price
Material
May 2001[10]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery
32807.jpg
Accessories
• Hol Horse hand summoning Emperor
• Hatless Joseph head
• Closed Joseph hand
Release
Price
Material
June 2001[11]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
N/A
N/A
Gallery


Vento Aureo

27215.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
• Stand Piece for Gold Experience
• Alternate Pair of Open Hands for Gold Experience
Black Sabbath Mini Figure
Release
Price
Material
October 2001[12]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
Giorno: ~12.8 cm (5.0 in)
Gold Experience: ~17 cm (6.7 in)
Giorno: Tsunehisa Namimatsu
Gold Experience: Makoto Kobayashi
N/A
Gallery
27216.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
• Stand Piece for Sticky Fingers
Rolling Stones
Release
Price
Material
November 2001[13]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
Bruno: ~14.5 cm (5.7 in)
Sticky Fingers: ~18.5 cm (7.3 in)
Bruno: Tsunehisa Namimatsu
Sticky Fingers: Makoto Kobayashi
N/A
Gallery
27217.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
• Stand Piece for King Crimson
• Alternate Pair of Closed Fist for King Crimson
Doppio Mini Figure
Release
Price
Material
January 2002[14]
¥5,040 (¥4,800 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
Diavolo: ~14.5 cm (5.7 in)
King Crimson: ~18.8 cm (7.4 in)
Diavolo: Tsunehisa Namimatsu
King Crimson: Makoto Kobayashi
N/A
Gallery
27214.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
Sex Pistols No.1
Release
Price
Material
June 2002[15]
2,604 (¥2,480 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~11 cm (4.3 in)
Tsunehisa Namimatsu
N/A
Gallery
ARTFXNarancia&AerosmithCOVER.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
Aerosmith
Release
Price
Material
July 2002[16]
2,604 (¥2,480 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~10 cm (3.9 in)
Tsunehisa Namimatsu
N/A
Gallery
27223.jpg
Accessories
• Figure Stand
Sex Pistols
Release
Price
Material
August 2002[17]
2,604 (¥2,480 excluding tax)
PVC
Size
Sculptor
JAN
~17 cm (6.7 in)
Tsunehisa Namimatsu
N/A
Gallery


References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061255/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair.html
  2. Shunya Yamashita on Twitter: "A drawing of Trish."
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20001009064100/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp:80/item/pair.html
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20001009120117/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp:80/item/pair2.html
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061331/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair3.html
  6. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061339/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair4.html
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061307/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair5.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061348/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair6.html
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20010623234951/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair3ver2.html
  10. https://web.archive.org/web/20010624030037/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/pair4ver2.html
  11. https://web.archive.org/web/20010506011742/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/josephhol.html
  12. https://web.archive.org/web/20060209061354/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/jornoG.html
  13. https://web.archive.org/web/20011108192041/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/brono.html
  14. https://web.archive.org/web/20011130122146/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/king.html
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20040804101720/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/jojo5_mista.html
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20040804103120/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/jojo5_narancia.html
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20040804101219/http://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/item/jojo5_abbacchio.html

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