Category Archives: Statues

Bishoujo Huntress

Today we are going to take a look at Kotobukiya’s Huntress statue fromt he Bishoujo line.  These figures are amazingly detailed, and in my opinion, the DC girls have come out way above the Marvel line-up.

Out of the box, Huntress is flawless.  Probably because she is boxed amazingly well, and is also wrapped in plastic to help keep her from getting rubbed around.  Straight away, she has a dynamic pose that looks like she is atop a building over Gotham.  Wind is blowing through her hair, and her cape is billowing.  There is really nothing wrong with her in any aspect.

Up close on her face, you can see her delicate details.  Of course we need those, or it would not be very Bishoujo.  That is really the only aspect of her that makes her “anime.”  Her hair is fantastic.  We have been seeing a lot of the wind-blown look in the line so far, and we get it here again.  They went with the fade of the hair to become sort of transparent at the ends of the blown part.   I makes her hair look a little grey.  I think the concept works much better on hair that starts light.

The detail work is top notch.  There is not a bit of the costume that does not have a buckle or a wrinkle to show how thoughtfully the figure was designed.  She definitely needs to be displayed with good lighting to be able to look upon all of the gentle shading as well as the shiny metallic paint of the purple.  She gives Batgirl a run for her money in the shiny department.

Here she is with her Batman sisters.  When they are side-by-side, Huntress seems slightly larger in scale than Catwoman and Batgirl.  They all have their gargoyles to stand on, which really helps give them a great pose.  Each is unique and allows them to stand together and look good.

It is the other, new figure, that really allows for the scale to work.  She stands a little taller than Power Girl, but Power Girl is throwing her hips into quite a contrapposto stance (Oh yeah, come back to me Art History class).

What a fantastic figure.  This statue looks great on the shelf with the others.   The variation from skin texture to the texture of the costume are outstanding.   We get the figures in their comic costumes, and not re-imagined like the Ame-Comi figures (though I do love the Ame-Comi figures too).

Kotobukiya – Bishoujo, Tekken Asuka Kazama

Does your change work for you?  You know, you go to the store and buy something with cash (that is the paper money people used to carry around with them).  When you received money back, it was in the form of metal coins, referred to as “change.”  It took a long time to warrant enough change for me to do anything with, so when I finally did, I went down to a Coinstar and turned it in.  They have some sponsors that allow you to change your money without being charged a fee for making the deposit.

One of those sponsors happens to be Amazon.  So, there I was with a receipt in my hand with a series of letters and numbers that did not mean anything to me, but it meant spending money to my Amazon account.  The hunt was on.   What to buy with all of my loose change?  I wanted to go with something that I could not get elsewhere.  Something special and then I saw it.   Going along with one of my favorite collectibles, the Bishoujo statues.  I have a few of the DC statues, and a Marvel statue.  I wanted to move away from them and go with something completely different… video games.

So, I bought Asuka Kazama from the game Tekken, or more specifically, Tekken Tag Tournament 2.  I will be honest with you, I do not know anything about Tekken other than it is a fighting game akin to Street Fighter.  And that is where my knowledge ends.   But what I do know is I really like the design of the Bishoujo statues.  This one does not disappoint.

Here is a fun little touch.  You can choose your base art.   The Tekken logo, the box art of Asuka, or the signature of the project leader.

Asuka has been posed in a winning stance.   Saluting the fans while relaxing with her top layer of clothing around her waist.   Her standard top has been changed to look more like a bikini, of course with the zipper part way down.   She has great details from her hair to her face to all of the little details in her arm and leg pads.

The great thing about the designs from Kotobukiya, is they can be viewed from any angle.  Each way the statue is turned reveals more and more about the figure.  Every sculpted line of the body is flawless.  The outfits are designed in a way that allow for the body to be shown, but not to make it overtly sexual.

All the way around to the back, her outfit, hanging around her waist, has great wrinkles and details that really look great.  Her bikini is tied in the back, and peeking out from under her hair.  There are so many fine details.

She is thin, but in that tough sort of way.   She is not skinny because of lack of food.  She is thin because she is going to kick someone’s butt.  A good buy for sure, for a bunch of spare change sitting in a drawer in my bedroom.   But now I have a new problem.  I think I might need a few more in this series.

DC Comics Bishoujo Statue: Power Girl

Happy end of 2012.  One last review to celebrate the end of the year.  Today, we are going to look at the Kotobukiya statue of Power Girl.  One of my favorite female DC characters, due to the fact that she is a fish out of water.   Showing up from Earth-2, an alternate version of Supergirl.

Power Girl is in a dynamic pose, showing off her muscles.  The colors of her costume are really well done.  Shiny boots, gloves, and outfit.  Slightly dulled cape.   Her skin tone is fantastic, with shadows added to all of the right places.

Her face is really well done.  Not a hair out of place.  She has slightly mussed hair.

Her base is really well done.  Textured metal floor with “Power Girl” written in it.   The base is awfully large.   I don’t think there is anything about the figure that needed such a large base.  Her cape actually comes off the back side a bit, making the footprint of the figure much larger. It does make it troublesome to find a place to display her.

Along with the other Bishoujo figures, this one is really well done.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I was a little worried since I had been looking forward to her coming out for quite a while.  She makes the grade.

Lots more pictures on my Flickr page.   Click on any picture to go to my page.

See you in the new year, lots more good stuff on the way.

A plea for a statue or high quality figure for Underworld!

Somebody should have given us action figures waaaay back in the day, when the whole Underworld train started.  But we are too far past that now.  We could have gotten some of the large format figures with real clothing and a ton of weaponry.  We could have had Selene, as well as an number of the great looking vampires.  How cool would it have been to have Marcus sitting on his throne.  And now, here we are, 4 movies into this franchise with nothing to show for it.

I am pretty sure this would be the only way for me to get a figure of Kate Beckinsale, since apparently they did not deem it necessary to make one of her from Pearl Harbor or Serendipity.  Sorry Kate, if you read this, but I do LOVE Serendipity, apparently like most of the other guys that talk to you.   Sorry, but you combined with John Cusack is a team many of us cannot forget.

I am getting sidetracked here.   We even got large scale figures for the first G.I. Joe movie, and that one kinda tanked at the box office (though I really liked it personally).

Anyway, rant over.   If you have not seen Underworld Awakening, you might want to give it a look.   It is only an hour and 28 minutes, so it starts off with the action early, and keeps rockin’ til the very end.   Looks like they may want to go for a fifth movie.

It was not my favorite of the movies, but it has good action, and lots of vampire killing.

Gotta love the 80’s

Remember Space Ace? That awesome game you could only play in the arcade where you control a cartoon?

Awesomeness for sure. Looks like Electric Tiki is bringing about at least one statue from the game. I mean, come on! Is there any better subject for ET to work on with their fantastic animated statues? I think not.

Ame-Comi Wonder Woman (V.3)

Happy Thanksgiving to all.    Here is a little review of the Ame-Comi Wonder Woman Version 3.

This time decked out in armor, and headgear, she looks like a futuristic version of herself.   Very “anime” this time around, with a great unique costume and giant eyes.

Thank  goodness the bad guys always seem to shoot at her upper torso, so those gauntlets come in handy.

The only area I saw some imperfection was between the arms and the armor. The color of blue is off a bit.  Could be due to one being armor and the other being the fabric of her sleeves.  In the immortal words of Napoleon Dynamite, “I like you puffy sleeves.”

All the way down to those great boots.  She has some really great details on her.

With her versions 1 and 2 alternate bodies.  I think DC did a good job of coming up with three very unique designs for their Wonder Women.  Each has a different design to their costumes, but all keep that Wonder Woman quality.  So weather it is cutting the head off Medusa, or fighting something in the near future, she still keeps her look.  A very nice addition to the collection.

As always, look to the right column for the Flickr area to see even more pictures.—->

Strike Witches – Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke

When I first saw pictures of Strike Witches, I did not know what to think.  Girls with WW2 plane engines for legs?  The more I thought about it, the better the idea sounded to me.  I am a fan of Anime, and definitely World War 2.  And to have them thrown together in an alternate past kind of story was really compelling me to watch it.   Finally getting to see it a few months back, I was not disappointed.   Fun times for sure.

I wanted to get one of the statues to go with my collection, so I started with Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke.  Carrying a double-magazine machine gun, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Her face is really well done, with a stern look and the great brown eyes.  Her hair flows around as if she is floating in the air waiting for the enemies to show up.

The bigger picture, the best part are the awesome engines attached to her legs.  Using the power of magic to link to the legs, she has one of the best paint schemes with the camo greens and the yellow stripes.  The propellers do spin freely.

In this picture you can she her from the “back.”  I would like to have seen her turned this way looking.  The support arm comes up the wrong side of the body, so when she is facing forward, the arm is  in the front of the statue.  Not the best design there, and no real way around it.  I tried putting her in the other way around, and turning the arm, but neither worked.   Luckily it is molded in clear plastic, so it is not too noticable.

All in all, a good figure.  She is unique, and fun to have in my collection.  If you have not seen Strike Witches yet, I suggest you do so.  You will not be disappointed.

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