In 1947, Kotobukiya was built as a toy store in Tachikawa city, Tokyo and it became a limited liability company under Ichiro Shimizu, as its first CEO in 1953.

While always continuing to focus on retail sales, KOTOBUKIYA first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, our first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, our very first licensed kit.

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