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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.

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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).


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.


DC Bishoujo Statues

I caught a glimpse of some of the new DC Bishoujo statues coming out in the VERY near future.  In order of appearance:

Wonder Woman Bishoujo

Supergirl Bishoujo

Ghostbusters Lucy Bishoujo

The DC designs have been high on my list from Batgirl to Catwoman.  I don’t expect anything less with Wonder Woman, being that she is also designed by Shunya Yamashita.

Supergirl is a bit different, so I will have to reserve judgement until I see her.   And of course anyone who has been to a Con in recent years, has more than likely seen the “Sexy Ghostbusters” walking around.  Kotobukiya has taken the idea to an Anime level.   Sure to be a favorite of Anime and Ghostbusters fans.  Sounds like me.  😉

There are also more of the Marvel figures coming out, Ms. Marvel, Jean Grey, and Black Cat.  We will see.


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 Direct/Kotobukiya Batgirl: So Shiny!

Barbara Gordon.   The best there was and always will be.  There are other Bat ladies out there now, but the Bat with the crimson hair will always be top on my list.

Kotobukiya teamed up with DC Direct this time around and has produced the best statue yet.   I was not a huge fan of the Marvel stuff, but when I saw this one in the store it had to be mine.

Batgirl has beautiful blue eyes that stand apart from the rest of her outfit.  A slight smile on her face shows she is having a good time… as she usually did.

Her cape is just so shiny.  It is amazing what they did with the paints.   There are a few different textures made from the paint.   The cape is like glass, or still has a wet quality.   Her gold accents are like a semi-gloss, but very bright.  Then there is the gunmetal gray color that is a flat paint, but has reflective qualities.

Koyobukiya seems to try and give their women a blowing-in-the-wind look to their hair.  Sometimes I think it has given them some problems with some of the other statues, but this one really works.

There are folds and creases and wrinkles and stretch marks in all of the right places from the areas of her body that are making the material strain in a turn, or the boots on her feet.   This is one of the most detailed statues I own.   I am really hoping this line will continue to be this nice.  I am really looking forward to Catwoman next.


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