Friday, July 30, 2010

Shunya Yamashita Alert

The popularity of Shunya Yamashita's art has exploded since his first book Sweet Dreams was released in 2005. It was followed up by Wild Flower in 2008 and countless cold cast statues and PVC figures.  

He has a distinct costume design style that is highly imaginative and always super cute. He's dabbled in game character design with several projects, the highest profile ones being Valkeryie Profile 2 and Final Fantasy XII.

Can't wait to check out the new book!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New site

For GET! fans who also love photography, I just launched my new blog Art vs. Gear. Check it out! Don't worry, there's still plenty of regular updates coming to CostumeGET!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Black Widow and Jill Valentine Figures

To get ready for Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010 (I still prefer to call it San Diego Comic-Con), let's take a look at the Hot Toys Black Widow figure from Iron Man 2.

Just like the character from the movie, this figure makes an immediate impression. This has got to be one of the most accurate likenesses I've ever seen. For the obsessive Scarlett Johansson collectors, there is only one other figure of the actress and that's the Hasbro 3.75" version of Black Widow. It looks pretty terrible. The Hot Toys version stands a majestic 11" tall and features 28 points of articulation. Perhaps the most interesting spec is that she sports a "newly developed True Type body highlighting her body shape". You can read the full details and pre-order from here. If you can find a lower pre-order price, let me know.

Also upcoming from Hot Toys in September is Jil Valentine in her B.S.A.A. outfit from Resident Evil 5. It looks pretty cool too, but doesn't have me reaching for the wallet just yet.