NYCC 2011: Kotobukiya’s Mass Effect Bishoujo Liara

Kotobukiya’s Liara T’Soni Bishoujo has gone through a lot of controversy. Upon her original announcement, fans were pretty excited. Then the unpainted prototype showed up and people ended up less than thrilled. Then a leak of the “final” sculpt left people feeling better, but it turns out that the images were unofficial and unfinished! But finally we get to see the final, completed Liara, and man has she come a long way!

There’s a lot changed in this prototype, including some things fans wanted to see altered. First, the minor stuff: her face is slightly more blue and her signature “spots” on her forehead and hair tentacles are a lot more pronounced. This is just to make her more accurate to the original character design, and while they are small details it’s nice to see attention paid to these important aspects. As for the big changes, her face has been tweaked slightly to make her look older and her bust has been significantly reduced. These seemed to be the only complaints left (too young-looking, too busty), so it’s great to see that Kotobukiya is really listening to the fans! I think it’s hard to be unsatisfied with the finished product, and she looks just like the Shunya Yamashita illustration. So hit the jump and check out a full behind-the-glass gallery of this alien cutie!

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