Kotobukiya first began as a single toy store for dolls in Japan operated by Jusaburo Shimizu in 1947. In 1951 Mr. Shimizu re-created his sole proprietorship into a limited liability company, together with his two brothers.
While continuing to focus on retail sales, Kotobukiya's first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, their first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, their very first licensed kit.
Their first foray into the non-kit business was in May of 1989 with the release of soft vinyl statues and active styling figures (known now as ARTFX Statues). Since then they have increased their lineup to include fully assembled and painted resin statues (Fine Art Statues), Bishoujo (pretty girl) Statues and One Coin Mini Figures.