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Play Arts Kai – Arkham City – Catwoman

Catwoman is a great character in the comics.  I am sure she is also quite good in Arkham City, but I have not played it, so I would not know.  But how could I pass up on getting Catwoman to add to my growing collection of Play Arts figures?  I can’t.   There was also ANOTHER Batman, but I think one is enough.  He takes up a LOT of room with his giant cape.

Catwoman comes with accessories, as any woman should.  A whip, an extra head with goggles down, grabbing hands, and what I like to call “scratch your eyes out” hands.  All three sets of hands fit well.  The grabbing hands really hold on to the whip.   I wish we would have gotten a second expression with the second head.  The only difference is the goggle placement.  I would have loved an angry face to go with the claw hands.

 

She has really good flexibility with movement in the wrists, elbows and lots of movement in the shoulders, including the shoulder blades that allow the arms to come out over the body much better than a simple ball joint.   I have talked about these before with some of the larger scale, male figures where you can really see the shoulder blades move in and out.

One of the really impressive joints is in the torso.  She has a joint in the chest that moves side to side as well as swivels.   She has a second joint in the waist that allows the same movement.   This is the way Catwoman should be able to move.

With three sets of hands, two heads, and more articulation than you can throw a stick at, you will be hard pressed to not be able to find a pose you like.  She has the double joints in her knees that the other Kai figures have.  It seems as though, with each figure that comes out, they are better able to mask the joints.  It is pretty easy with Catwoman, since her outfit is all black.

One other joint that is really hard to show is in her foot.  The front 1/3 of her foot swivels around, really helping to make her stand on those small feet.

Somebody is not having a good day.  Come on Batman.  Smile.

As always, click on any photo to go to my Flickr site and see more pictures.

 

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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).


How Dare You Mattel, mixing Hot Wheels and the DC Universe

These figures, I mean cars have been out for a little while now.  The DC Universe series started with Superman, The Joker, The Flash, and Green Lantern.  I saw them, I was not interested in them, they were left to the hooks in the store…and that is where they stayed.  There are still plenty of that initial offering all over the place.   Now we have a new lot.  Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Wonder Woman.

When I saw Bane, I had to get him.  The flat black with the neon transparent green was too good to pass up.

These cars are designed to be what the character would look like as if they were a car.  We have seen this before with the Disney line of characters.  I am kind of surprised with Disney owning Marvel, we did not see their figures come out first.

It would be fun to see what else they can come up with.   See how creative they can get.  The first wave seemed to be an introduction to the concept.  Four really well known characters.  I was not impressed by them.  The best they had to offer was The Joker, but he looked almost exactly the same as the version of the car that came with the 5-Pack for Gotham this same year.  I was not going out of my way for that one.  Green Lantern was also tempting with the transparent green body, but I never pulled the trigger on that one.

I think we are running around with some serious contenders this time around.   I think they backed off of the idea of the capes and such on the cars like Superman.  There are some good concepts this time around.  The Wonder Woman car looks to have multi-colored clear parts, in part to show her colors, but also to pay homage to her invisible jet.   I can’t wait to see that one in person.  Two-Face has two colors.  Batman is long and sleek.  Catwoman is slick and purple.  There is a good showing.   I have not seen all of them in person, but as always, the hunt continues.

To show the size of Bane, I put it with a standard size Hot Wheels. What else could I use? I had to go with Hal Jordan’s car. Sweet ride.


Kotobukiya Bishoujo Catwoman

I was not a fan of the Bishoujo statues that came out before, featuring the ladies of Marvel.   They looked too fake and washed out.  I know, I know, an anime styled figure doesn’t look real anyway.

But, after I saw the Batgirl figure that came out before this current Catwoman, I knew they were on to something.

Amazingly well detailed from the body to the gargoyle of Batman with two cute kitties that can be placed wherever the owner desires.

Aren’t they cute?

But what are we really interested in here?  You know why Batman likes Catwoman…

Whips and latex.   The outfit is REALLY shiny, which is what I expected from the Batgirl outfit.  It shows off every great curve in perfect design, as well as lots of wrinkles and stretches.  The whip is actually metal, so it can be posed however you want.

A little more racy than Batgirl, this statues leaves a little less to the imagination than the previous model.  The paint is applied perfectly.

Don’t forget about that gargoyle of Batman.  Boy is he scary.  The extra size in this gargoyle gives Catwoman a bit of a height advantage over Batgirl.

The first two statues for DC are outstanding.  There is a little art teaser on the box that shows the next one will be Wonder Woman.  Can’t wait to see what they do with her.

If you want to see more pictures of this figure, or any other figures, feel free to click on my Flickr account over on the right side of this site.


DC Wins Again!

Now, I am not just a fan of DC.   My first foray into the world of comics was courtesy of the fine folks at Marvel.   To be more precise, it was an issue of Excalibur, right in the middle of the Cross-Time Caper.  My heart was forever going to be Kitty Pride’s.

Here we are 20 some odd years later and I am still a fan of Marvel, but why can’t the toys and statues translate the same?

If you have ever read my blog, you would know I am a HUGE fan of the Ame-Comi line.  I have nearly all of them, with only a few not catching my interest.    On the other side was the attempt at Marvel to make their versions called: Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya.

At first they came out with Phoenix and Emma Frost:

These statues are well made and look okay, but there was something that was not there for me.  I can’t really put my finger on what it was that was different from these than the Ame-Comi, they did not interest me… That is until last Friday.

On my way home I stopped by my favorite action figure and statue store and they had a new Bishoujo of Batgirl.   Now Batgirl is right up there for me with Kitty Pride.  Can’t beat a good Batgirl.   Well, this one was a winner.

Stay tuned for a review of this statue.  She is amazingly well made, and the sculpting might be the best I have ever seen.   I got some new lighting for picture taking, so even more of the beauty will shine.

After seeing this figure, I am really excited for the next, Catwoman.

With how good the shiny parts of Batgirl turned out, Catwoman’s outfit is going to be out of this world.


Ame-Comi Reprints

Did you miss out on the wonderful sculpts of the V2 Catwoman or V1 Batgirl?  Well, now is your time to get your hands on them…  well next May is anyway.  You know how it is.  They give us these little pictures to make us happy and hope… but then we see the bottom line.  We have to wait FOREVER.   I have been dying to get my hands on the Batgirl for my Ame-Comi collection.   I already have Catwoman, and she is fantastic.  The sculpt is wonderful.  If you don’t have them, I suggest you get them… after I have had my chance to get Batgirl.  🙂


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