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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bishoujo to you too! Kotobukiya’s Rogue PVC Statue

I have never been fully into Anime, but it seems that Anime-styled Superheroines are a different matter. I’ve already added a few of DC Direct’s Ame-Comi figures to my collection, and now Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Statue line has caught my eye, and I fear my wallet.

I missed out on pre-ordering the Rogue statue and also missed out on a couple of eBay listings as well due to sellers not getting back to me in time about international shipping (grr!), so I was very happy when I saw this in my LCS right before Christmas! I was so excited in fact that I didn’t notice as I was buying it that this was the variant edition with the long trenchcoat – even better!

The first thing I noticed here was the size – being used to the Ame-Comi figures which are around 9” – 10” plus base, this is smaller at around 7” including the base (which she is attached to). That’s not an issue, just an adjustment. The detail doesn’t suffer at all – the sculpt and paint work is perfect. The PVC really lends itself to this style – the shinier sheen adds to the Anime feel, and the soft plastic used for her flowing hair and coat allow for adding texture without overbalancing the statue – it stands very firmly but is very lightweight.

This is a more literal adaptation of the heroines to the Anime style than the DCD version, which takes more artistic licence and as a result has some fun but also some failures (and yes, electric blue-haired Zatanna, I mean you). There’s room for both, but seeing as we’re a bit short on avenues for getting our fix of Marvel ladies at the moment, I’m glad they’re presented in their more classic form here.

This is a line I can really see myself collecting. One of my gripes about the Ame-Comi series is that the giant bases make them take up a great deal of room – these on the other hand are easy to slot in amongst a display, and the smaller scale allows for dynamic poses without the awkward plastic stand system some of the DCD figures require. Another huge plus of this line for me is that the packaging is reusable – the interior is a plastic clamshell so the statue can be stored or packed away safely for moving.

So – make mine Kotobukiya! I’m after the Black Widow statue now and looking forward to Scarlet Witch and whatever else may come!

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, and comment on this post to enter the January AFB Comment of the Month Contest.

Until next time!

10 comments:

Saranga said...

veyr nice! and far better than 90% of the DCD anime crap that's being put out.

ryanlb said...

I disagree. I really wish I could afford to collect the Ame-comi figures. Sure not, all of them are great, but most are pretty good, and a few of them are awesome.

I'm not really caring for Rogue, but I seem to recall liking others that have been announced, I just don't remember which ones.

chopa said...

Marvel blew ame-comi out of the water just 2 figures into this line. I blame Shunya Yamashita.
Rogue is top of my list right now, though I have to say I like the normal jacket better than the trench coat.

Kyle said...

yeah these looks really nice, I just can't afford to get into them.

demoncat said...

love the look even though Rogue looks like she needs a hair cut but statues are not my thing. seeing that has my wondering what Mystique would look like that style.

Westy said...

I'm very happy with my shorter jacket version. But I'm not likely to go back and get either of the Black Widows, and am unsure about getting the Psylocke one. They all look a bit too much alike, which is something that bothers me. I'm paying statue prices for something using the same Buck? Seriously? Hmm, maybe not so much.

fishmilkshake said...

My only complaint with this series is the price point. There's only slightly more 'plastic' than a DCUC figure at 4-5 times the price. WTF?

Freak Studios said...

She looks great with the longer jacket. I really like this statue.

@demoncat... Mystique would look however she wants to look. Isn't that the thing of the character? :)

saruman said...

very very nice... I dont think I can get that here in Malaysia

chrismandesign said...

Kotobukiya is Kotobukiya, in spite of opponents, its works in statues & model kits really worth while every single cent u pay for them... this statue, of course, looks great & sensual, i have no doubt bout quality when we r talking bout Koto... i think that only Bowen Designs & Clayburn Moore Studio are in the same league (& some pieces of DC Direct) in statues concerns... if u r a fan of american style, doesn’t mean that u should denigrate bout anime style...

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