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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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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.


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.


Gonna give DC Direct Statue a Try

I am not a fan of the DC direct DC Cover Girls statues.  I have seen many of them with paint that is garbage.  I am at a total loss.   These are not cheap to buy, but the paint is not even worthy of a $6 GI Joe figure.

With that in mind, they have peaked my interest.  The new Hawkgirl is coming out in August, and she might be the first one I have to break down and buy.   The sculpt looks really good, now if only the paints don’t stink.

Hawkgirl has been a favorite of mine for some time.  She is one of those smart, powerful ladies who get it done at any cost.  She is just an all around great character.   Now if only they can do her justice with a quality statue, I will be all over that.


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.


Bome Volume 26 – Akira

She is from an anime called Sukapon-Do.  I have no clue what it is about, who this character is, or much of anything else other than I thought it was a great looking sculpt when I saw it on Amazon.com.  She has beautiful pink hair.  Okay, the hair color is not really the beautiful part, but something to be expected with an Anime figure, right?

The base is not a part of the figure, thank goodness.   It is nice and all, but I wanted to put her in my display case, and the base would block light to the lower shelves.   Her clothes are very detailed with lots of waves and folds.   Speaking of clothes.   I did not know until I got her in the mail that she has cast-off clothing.  I was a bit surprised by that, but not necessarily a bad thing.  😉

Thankfully though, the clothes do not fit poorly or have funny seams where the clothes have to come apart to come off.   With Akira, her body comes apart at the waist, and her top comes off, as does her skirt.   Under, she is wearing a corset and a thong.  The corset does not leave anything to the imagination.   Hence why you don’t see a picture of this here… since I do actually write sometimes on my lunch break at work.

In all, a really nice figure.  Not too small, with great design.


My Life in Love with Lara Croft!

I got an e-mail from Alter Ego, a comic/toy distributer, if you don’t know already.   They are showing their new pre-orders.  One of them called Lara Croft Snow Day, caught my attention.  Clicking on the link brought me these beautiful pictures:


The site’s description of the statue:

Sideshow Collectibles and Adam Hughes are proud to bring you the Lara Croft: Snow Day Statue, depicting the legendary heroin of Tomb Raider: Underworld. Cast in high-quality polystone, this sculpture is taken directly from designs by renowned artist Adam Hughes, whose critically acclaimed realistic illustration meets pin-up style art has made him a sought after artist and perennial fan favorite. Each piece is hand-painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. The Lara Croft: Snow Day Statue is the perfect addition to any collection.

Product Size: 22″ H (558.8mm) x 13″ W (330.2mm) x 17″ L (431.8mm)

Now I just have to figure out where to come up with $224 to pre-order one of these.


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