Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s 1/7 Marvel Bishoujo Kitty Pryde

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Kitty Pryde ranks pretty high on my list of favorite comic characters. In fact, the only one higher than her is Huntress: so, for all intents and purposes, Kitty is my favorite Marvel chick. I actually don’t have a ton of favorite male characters, probably because I find them running around in their underwear a bit silly. Except for Deadman, because how can you not like him? Anyway, I was really looking forward to the eventual Bishoujo of Kitty, though I think a lot of people weren’t for one really obvious reason.

Kitty’s costume just isn’t interesting. While Huntress (review) has an outfit that can rock the socks off of even the most hesitant comic fan, Kitty’s ensemble just doesn’t scream “buy me!” It’s pretty standard X-Men garb, but she doesn’t have a nifty ski tone or wacky colored hair to make her stand out. Of course she does have a purple dragon, but even after seeing her in person I was wondering if she stood out enough. So what’s the final verdict on my #2 leading lady? Hit the jump and let’s get this party started!

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Cheese and rice, it’s a box! It looks like all the other Bishoujo boxes! Truly a shocking event.

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As you probably suspected, there was no assembly required. Kitty is screwed into the base (which sounds kind of dirty, huh?) so you just… put her on a shelf! Though there’s the little matter of Lockheed. This little bugger just did not want to stay on! But only while I was moving her. So as long as you don’t plan on, like, spinning her around while she’s on your shelf it’s not really an issue.

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Speaking of that little bugger, he sure is cute! It’s kind of funny, they went full out gargoyle on his sculpt while Kitty is all cutesy prancing around. It makes for an amusing contrast.

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It’s unclear from her pose what exactly she’s doing. Clearly she is not phasing through anything, but is she… skipping? I think so! Prancing about in joy! Hey, if you had a little purple dragon friend you’d probably skip around everywhere too. And as one of the younger X-Men it’s not really out of character… in her earlier storylines at least, anyway. Maybe not so much in the recent comics.

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When we first saw her face, I though she looked decidedly “meh.” I think they’ve made some changes, because she looks a lot more like a Shunya girl now! Almost… too much. I know, right, that makes no sense. But her eyes are almost too big, the lips a little too pouty. It’s a little too pinup-y for my beloved Kitty! Then again, all Shunya does is pinup girls. So I’d say I am reasonably happy with the face. It’s closer to the art than I thought it would be, and I think the expressio suits her–though I’d prefer if the eyes were scaled down a bit.

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I didn’t really notice Kitty’s hair in the promotional shots since brown doesn’t really sick out in a figure world of pink-haired babes and they didn’t use clear PVC, but they did a lovely job on the sculpt! It’s bordering on drill locks. And the shading almost gives her an ombre effect, which is all the rage right now. Kitty, you are on the cutting edge of hair fashion! Also, no seamline, hooray!

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HEY LOOK Sam’s back. I know you missed him in the Cryska shoot.

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This is what happens when you give me a camera. Cats in all the reviews.

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There is no such thing as a butt-shot-less Bishoujo review. It’s physically impossible. And while Kitty is a slim, toned girl she has a nice butt. I mean, this is Shunya. He can’t draw a flat butt, it’s as impossible as me not taking a butt shot.

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I am really loving her boots. The shape is so very scifi and I love the warm, lemony color. While it doesn’t quite work for me on the outfit (it’s just rather plain) I adore the yellow boots! Also that heel, it’s to die for. Why don’t they make these for people.

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Bishoujo bases have been getting more and more interesting, so I’m not really sure what is going on here. Is it… a laboratory floor? The inside of… uh, I don’t know. It’s a textured black square. Unusual? Yes. Sturdy? Also yes. Interesting? Big nope. But it doesn’t detract from the figure at all, so I’ll let it slide.

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Kitty Pryde is not the world’s most interesting Bishoujo figure. But given that her power is walking through stuff, it’s kind of hard to give her an action-packed pose. Instead they went for highlighting her cute and bubbly personality and youth, and I think if you are a fan of the character she is definitely worth adding to your collection! I mean, she has a little dragon. With a scowly face. Scowly purple dragon. What’s not to love?!

Once again, this was another photoshoot! I think three makes me an official photoshoot collector. I tend to work a lot slower than Stephen, though, mainly because 1) I’m not used to taking so many photos of teeny tiny faces and 2) I get distracted really easily. By cats. There’s an entire folder of Sam pictures I had to cut out… that might be making their way onto the site soon.

Purchase At: KotoUS | Big Bad Toystore | AmiAmi

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Plastikitty with this review sample]

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