Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kotobukiya's Wonder Woman takes the Bishoujo line to new heights!

After enjoying Kotobukiya’s first release in their DC Bishoujo Statue line, Batgirl, awhile back, I took a breather from the line, as the second statue, Catwoman, didn’t really feel like a “must” to me. I’m back with bells on for the Kotobukiya DC Comics Wonder Woman Bishoujo Statue, which in my opinion outshines any of Koto’s other Bishoujo pieces and stands in a class of her own.

This piece has been out for a little while, but mine has been caught up in a snafu of a big pre-order I did with an e-tailer that I’m no longer using for a number of reasons, and so I had to wait longer for her than I would have liked. I had some reservations about the DC branch of the Bishoujo line after the Batgirl release, and I knew that Wonder Woman was going to be a clear indicator to me of whether or not I’d keep collecting the line.

Koto has most certainly put any doubt of my continued DC Bishoujo purchases to rest with this utterly beautiful piece. While DC Direct’s Ame-Comi line has definitely grown on me for it’s manga-esque re-stylings, I really do love Koto’s much more literal anime interpretation of our heroines.

Wonder Woman’s sculpt is outstanding. I had some issues with the length of Batgirl’s lower body and legs, which seemed a bit long for the rest of her body, but Diana is beautifully proportioned.  I’m very appreciative of Wonder Woman not being given a cutesy pose - it’s worked for some of the Marvel ladies, but it really wouldn’t suit Diana. Her pose is gracious yet powerful as she readies her magic lasso. Her lasso comes as a separate piece, and the way that it attaches into her hands is a very clever bit of design.

I haven’t had any issues with paint on the Bishoujo pieces, but I was a bit dubious of some of colour and texture choices on the Batgirl piece - some of the metallic blues were a bit much for me. There is some use of metallic paints here in the reds in Wonder Woman’s costume and shield, but it’s a beautiful, rich shade and the reflective red adds some lovely depth to the piece and contrasts beautifully with her raven black hair and alabaster-looking skin. It’s a very striking colour scheme supported by a beautiful paint job.

The base for Wonder Woman is a big hit with me. I like bases that make sense to the character, and you can’t get better than this. Diana stands atop a plain stone-looking disc with Amazonian warrior’s gear behind her. Her cloak and shield are fixed to the base, while her helmet is a free standing piece. Three spears come separately and fit into the back of the cloak to complete a fantastic diorama. It’s a beautifully detailed backdrop that adds to the overall piece without distracting from the main attraction - the figure itself.

I continue to be blown away by the quality of this piece. It’s a huge leap forward for the Bishoujo pieces. Wonder Woman certainly deserves the deluxe treatment, but I do hope that we see this level of quality going forward!

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Until next time!


chrismandesign said...

this is such a beautiful piece, very desirable & there is a nice contrast between her woman (wonder-ful)body & her kinda child’s face, definitely one of the best statues i’ve ever seen =)

fishmilkshake said...

I've said before that I'm not a fan of the look, but this time they've really knocked it out of the park.

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