If you're a Batman fan, this picture needs no explanation. It's just amazing. Kotobukiya is bringing us an amazing statue in May 2013 that true Joker fans will absolutely kick themselves if they miss out on. This is the Joker based off the cover illustration by Brian Bolland of the classic miniseries The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore. This haunting sculpt is brought to us by Abe Junnosuke, who in this writer's opinion is one of the very best comic book style sculptors out there.
For edgy manga fans of the late 80s and early 90s, little was cooler than the heavy metal-tinged fantasy Bastard!! Many loyal fans of the series have hung on for over 20 years now as the manga still trickles out, and merchandise is quickly snapped up. Orchid Seed understands these needs and has brought us a fantastic version of half-dark elf Thunder Empress Arshes Nei who has her curves in all the right places, thanks to veteran sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi.
I don't usually cover a lot of moe figures here, but when mega-popular illustrator Tony Taka and legendary sculptor Miyagawa Takeshi team up, it's news worth reporting in my book. This is not their first collaboration, but it's the first Clayz E*2 collaboration figure that's been available since the long sold out Catgirl pair in 2010, which is sure to excite fans.
Art Spirits may be a newcomer to the PVC figure scene, but they're already putting out some promising lookng stuff, like this Kisaragi Saya due out in January 2013. Kisaragi Saya is the CLAMP-designed protagonist of the new series in the Blood franchise, Blood-C. I have a big weakness for CLAMP, which is part of the reason why I own as much Code Geass merchandise as I do. Looks like I'll have to start paying attention to this series as well!
Max Factory is bring us this tube of wonderful in March 2013 and as hard as I try I cannot resist Aoba, despite his high price tag! At 1/7 scale and about 28 cm, his retail price of 14,800 yen isn't exactly surprising given his detail but it's enough to crush most figure budgets! Still, it's hard to be upset when Max Factory seems to have done it again with their perfect combination of dynamic pose, detailed base, and captivating character.
There was a lot of figure buzz coming out of New York ComicCon reccently, but one of the things that excited me was this Death statue, due out in February 2013 from DC Collectibles. Jack Matthews has brought us another spot-on DC female sculpt it seems, and Sandman fans have something new to salivate over at long last!
Sideshow collectibles aren't always my favourite producers but when they get something right, it's fantastic. That seems to be the case with their upcoming giant 1/4 scale Green Lantern statue, due out in April 2013. That should give you a little time to save your pennies as this figure will set you back a cool $350, but for the mega Green Lantern fan it might be a worthwhile centerpiece of a collection.
DC has been quite busy with the statue releases since announcing their new DC Collectibles line, and a line of Arkham City statues was inevitable with how popular the action figures have been. So it should be a surprise to no one that they just announced a Harley Quinn to be released in January 2013. What is a surprise is how appealing she is compared to the action figure releases!
As a Fate/stay night fan from way back, I try to keep an eye on the figure releases. With the recent Fate/zero popularity, there's been a resurgence of interest in the characters, seeing things like the re-release of the Max Factory Kiritsugu Emiya that I was unable to get despite preordering a couple years back. Now we get to see some new sculpts from new talent in the form of the FREEing 1/8 Yukata series of the main girls of the original visual novel, the most impressive of which being this Tousaka Rin, due out in February 2013!
Due out in January is Volume 1 of Kaitendo's new Cross X Create series, and it couldn't be from two better creative talents! Enma is based on an original illustration by character designer and game artist extraordinaire Mushimaro and sculpted by the amazing Suzu of Atomic-Bom. Suzu always has a way of catching my eye, indeed I think no one is better at capturing Asuka in figure form. This new fetching design looks to be no different.