Kotobukiya Announces Plans for SDCC: Star Wars and Evangelion Exclusives

Jul 22nd 2007
Tokyo, Japan June 18, 2007 – Kotobukiya announces their plans for the 2007 Comic Con International: San Diego (SDCC), highlighted by a Star Wars Convention Exclusive!

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the greatest space fantasy film of all time, the UTAPAU TROOPER is the newest edition to the ARTFX Statue series. The infamous receivers of Order 66, each Utapau Clone Troopers stands 12 inches tall, and includes a display base, and trademark Clone Trooper weapons – the blaster and DC-15 rifle. The level of detail that the Koto ARTFX series is known for is on display in this piece, with over 200 individual scratches and markings on the Trooper's armor. Limited to only 2007 pieces (for Summer 2007), this is one of the smallest edition sizes of any ARTFX Statues released.

To try to ensure that fans attending on different days of the convention will all have an opportunity to obtain the Utapau Troooper, each day's sales will be limited as follows:
July 25th 600 pieces (Preview Night)
July 26th 500 pieces
July 27th 400 pieces
July 28th 300 pieces
July 29th 200 pieces
Purchases will be limited to only 2 toys per person. Priced at $100, it is expected to be a highly sought after item by all Star Wars fans, and will be available only at Kotobukiya's booth #2301.

Moving past the decade mark, and with the new “Rebuild” film series looming on the horizon, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION has never been more popular with anime fans worldwide. Kotobukiya's SDCC exclusive figure is the SAN DIEGO RACE QUEEN REI AYANAMI pvc statue. Styled as a 'Japanese Race Queen' (pretty girls on the sidelines, cheering on their team's driver), Rei Ayanami is featured in a skimpy one-piece bathing suit, little high-heeled boots, and leaning on an umbrella. This special 7 ½” tall exclusive figure embraces the convention with the black & yellow color scheme being adopted as Rei's swimwear, and even the SDCC logo itself being printed on her top! The edition size of only 1250 pieces is printed on the display base in a stylish race track style graphic, and each statue will include four different background cards – two of which are exclusive to this release – which attach to the base to create a diorama display! Priced at $30, only 100 pieces of this figure will be available at the Kotobukiya booth, while the remaining pieces will be sold by retailers throughout the convention.

In addition to the two exclusive figures, Kotobukiya will have two new Kiriko (the art of traditional Japanese glass etching) glasses based on the Star Wars universe – details to be announced soon!

Kotobukiya will also debut new products as part of their exhibition, along with having a great selection of Square Enix Products on display and for purchase, as well as provide free gifts for their fans! The excitement begins at Booth #2301 starting with SDCC Preview Night on Wednesday July 25th and running through Sunday July 29rd.


About Kotobukiya
With over 50 years experience in the toy industry, Kotobukiya has grown into Japan's number one collector toy company, with a peerless reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Many international fans first learned of Kotobukiya from the famous line of Final Fantasy merchandise, and more recently, collectors have been thrilled by Kotobukiya's high end line of Star Wars and Batman ARTFX Statues. Kotobukiya is always striving to further improve the material, detail, and design of all products. Kotobukiya continues to attract 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 collectibles industry has to offer.

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