Category Archives: Statues

Huntress – Ame-Comi

A friend of mine is moving from here in California, out to Colorado. In an effort to make his move easier, he began a purging process, which included some of his Ame-Comi and Bishoujo figures. That is to my befit, as I am not in the mood to purge, and actually very accepting of hand-outs.

Today is a 2008 classic, Huntress. She is decked out in an amazing layer of cloth and leather.

The details are quite spectacular on this figure. I am sure the Ame-Comi team had a great time sculpting this one.

She is pretty angry looking. Watch out for her vengeance as well as her cross-bows.

 

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Shining Blade – Sakuya – 1/6 (Kotobukiya)

Sakuya is quite a girl.  Okay, I really know nothing about her.  She is another character from a video game, and I was drawn to her by her fabulous outfit, and the giant sword that is the size of her body.

She is a slender figure with a great body.  She is accentuated by a great dress, and an amazing pair of pony tails that coil at the end.   There is a lot going on in this figure.  I am glad she is 1/6th scale to make sure all of the details are there.  This figure is definitely driven by the sword and the base.   The flames of the base make for a great base unlike any other in my collection.  Not just another plastic disk.   The sword, with it’s giant size still looks like it could somehow be wielded by this petite creature.   I think it may be due to the transparent appearance of the center part of the sword.

She has a happy appearance on her face.  I didn’t expect this from a girl standing in a fire wielding a giant sword, but whatever floats her boat.

In case one is so inclined, the underskirt can be removed to show a little more leg and cheek.  I am not really sure why there was so much trouble to allow the viewer to remove the small piece of clothing.  It could be due to the way the figure is built, and it is actually just the way she is assembled.  With the way Kotobukiya takes care in packaging, she has to come all apart to get all of the plastic from between parts that could rub together anyway.

In all, a great figure.   She is standing tall (quite literally, in the 1/6th scale) on display in my collection.  She is very bright and noticeable every time I go in the room.   I have seen a lot of people use her sword for other figures as well, since it is a separate piece.  Pretty versatile there, but she looks weird not holding anything at all.


Mischievous Slinking Cat Xiaomei – Kotobukiya

Xiaomei is another figure I picked up on a whim.  I did not have any knowledge of the character, or where she was from.  What I did know is that she was a cat girl, and I had yet to get one in my collection.   She is from the game, Shining Hearts.

She is a beautifully created figure.  She is as one would expect from Kotobukiya.  Well designed, with perfect proportions, a great dynamic pose, and perfect paint.  The biggest surprise for me upon opening the box was finding a real pillow in there.   I guess I didn’t get past the cute ears and the great tail to see that she was perched on a pillow in the pictures on the box.   What a great surprise it turned out to be.  Not only did it give something for Xiaomei to sit on that is not another disk of plastic, but it also really sets off the rest of the outfit.  The color looks so good with the white and purple outfit, with just a hint of the same teal color in the top part of her outfit.

Along with the pillow accessory, she also comes with two fish.  One fish is just a standard plastic fish.  The other has a magnet, so it looks like Xiaomei is eating it.  Cute idea.  Well executed.

Overall, a great figure.  She is so cute and looks great on that little pillow along with other figures.  She is definitely one to watch out for.  She is a great addition to any Anime collection.


Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu – 1/7 – Swimsuit ver. (Griffon Enterprises)

Haruhi is a fun-loving girl. What better way to spend the summer than in a bikini with a super soaker?

Not many that I can think of… for girls of course.  I am a guy, so I would look pretty weird in a bikini.  I have done it, but I think it looks better on Haruhi.  Anyway, I digress.


Haruhi comes apart at the waist to allow the removal of the sash.   The clear green is too cool looking not to leave on, but I included some pics just to show how she looks.  Enjoy!

She is a solid figure.  Well designed, and a fun pose unlike any other in my collection.

More pictures on my Flickr page.


Queen’s Blade Rebellion Branwen (Yamato)

The real reason for getting my new photo booth up and running is not to take pictures of Transformers.  Of course, that is a good plus, but I had bought my most expensive anime statue to date, and I did not think the old way I was taking pictures would do her justice.  Today I present to you, in all her glory (literally), Branwen from Queen’s Blade Rebellion.

What we start with is an 11.25 inch statue on a real wood base.  She is expertly sculpted with just the right amount of everything, everywhere.   There is a lot to admire about this giant statue, but I think my favorite part is her hair.  The sculpting on her hair is some of the best hair sculpting I have ever seen on any figure.

She has cute little pouty lips with the slightest bit of gloss on them that accentuates the delicate features of her face.   Her piercing blue eyes really stand out on a stature that is otherwise a mixture of mostly earth tones.  I really like the cables that go around her body.  They really give a sense of movement.

There are a lot of variations you can make with this figure.  Her ball and chain (super heavy by the way) is removable as well as her sword.   Her small shield seems to be removable, but I could not figure out how to do it without risking breaking something.  She is also a cast-off figure.   Her bikini is removable.   The back of the bikini top as well as both ends of the bottoms, go into small tabs between the corset and her skin.  It is not noticeable at all.  If you want to see those pictures and many more from this set, go to my flicker page to get a full view.


Marvel Bishoujo Statue – Kitty Pride

Way back in 1989, I was in the 5th grade, and I was looking to get a comic book.  My dad was driving us around, looking at a new place to live when I asked if I could get a comic book.  Saying it was okay, he stopped at a small convenience store and what I saw was Excalibur #16.

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There she was, sitting on the back of the lizard, Kitty Pride.   It was an instant love for the character that has lasted until this day.   There are not very many versions of Kitty toys out there.   She is just not that popular to most people.   Yesterday I was catching up on reading some blogs I follow on WordPress, when I came across a statue review by ishokuosero.  It has been so long since I saw Kotobukiya was coming out with Kitty, that I forget when it was she was coming out.  Needless to say, I ran out to get her first thing this morning.

A classic anime pose, with the iconic black and yellow clothes of the early X-Men.   Shoulder pads, gauntlets, and buccaneer boots.  Throw a dragon on her arm, and we have Kitty Pride, or Shadow Cat, as she was sometimes called.

I love the way Kotobukiya uses different paint textures in their statues.  The black and yellow really play off one another, while the gloss in the black really accentuate the overall details of the statue.  Lockheed rests on Kitty’s arm, but he can be removed.  That is a great feature, allowing for Kitty to be alone without holes in her body.

I am really happy with the way Kitty came out.   She has that youthful look that she carries throughout her stories.   She is only the second Marvel Bishoujo Statue I have collected (Ms. Marvel is the other).   I have not had a lot of desire to get the other Marvel ladies, as I have with the DC statues.   Hopefully Kotobukiya will keep up with the great work on the future Marvel women.  Wish I was headed down to Comic Con to see what they are coming up with in the near future.  Guess that is one of the joys of the internet.  Sooner or later I will get to see pictures at the very least.

As always, you can check out my Flickr page (link to the right—>) to see many more pictures of Kitty and all of my reviews.


The Return of Ame-Comi with Steampunk Batgirl

I was pretty sure we were done with Ame-Comi.  The last few waves of figures were pretty unappealing.   I actually skipped a whole bunch of the figures that were repaints and just not that good looking.   Now apparently Ame-Comi is back, and with Batgirl, AND in a steampunk variety to boot!

Batgirl-SteampunkShe looks good.   I am definitely in!  I hope there are going to be some other figures to go with her in this style.  A Green Lantern would be cool, maybe Wonder Woman.

 


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