Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Raven

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Since the inception of the DC Bishoujo line, fans have been particularly vocal about their desires for a Raven figure. She may not be one of the most popular heroines in the comic world but we’re the generation that grew up with the Teen Titans cartoon so I, and a lot of other people, have very fond memories of her. We finally got Starfire (review) and I assumed Raven was right behind her, but there was about a year’s wait in between the two. Torture! Or, you know, just how long it takes to make figures, because the turnaround on the Bishoujos is pretty damn fast. Can you imagine if it was Orchid Seed or Alter doing this line? There’d be like 4 years between each girl and whichever one you wanted the most would just stay in prototype stage forever.

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Like most of the Bishoujos, Raven is one solid piece: no assembly acquired. But unlike most of them, she doesn’t have a base that you could consider separate from her. If you think way back to the beginning of the Bishoujo line you may remember their Scarlet Witch, who had a very similar cape-like base: she’s still one of my favorites, and I love this throwback to the Bishoujo origins. Speaking of which, I’d love a new Scarlet Witch figure: in her Age of Ultron outfit, of course, because I wish I could dress like that every day.

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

You may recall my slight trepidation over her art: not because I disliked the general concept, but because of how high-cut her dress is at the thigh area. When I think of Raven I think of cartoon Raven, who is cutesy instead of sexy (and also purple) so it took me a while to adjust to this new Raven. Okay, this is old Raven, but she’s new for me. Actually, it doesn’t look as tacky as I worried it would: since she’s so covered everywhere else, the skin just adds some contrast to the monochromatic look. And with the boots, she actually has more skin covered than cartoon-Raven!

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

From the side, though, the skimpiness of her dress-thing is a lot more evident. We even get sidebutt! Which is like sideboob, only better.

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Speaking of sideboob, let’s take a closer look at her outfit! I really want to know what these superheroes make their outfits out of to have it be so skintight, you can see her bellybutton. And is it just me, or do her breasts feel a little too high on her chest? Maybe that’s part of her floaty powers, though? A variation on the Perpetually Perky Boob power most superheroines have!

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Raven’s face is definitely one of the cleanest we’ve seen in the Bishoujo line. Shunya-like without being too over the top. Her expression is kind of an enigma to me, though. Is she smirking? Deep in contemplation? Thinking about what to make for dinner? Raven, you are such a mystery!

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Raven’s big selling point (besides being a character that we know and love) is definitely her cape. It’s the dominant feature of the figure for sure, and where most of the attention to detail went. There are roughly 5 billion folds in the cloth (I counted), adding realistic swirls of motion to her static pose. It has an interesting finish: while it’s definitely shiny and catches the light, it’s not a full glossy cast. More satin-y. There’s also no shading, it’s one solid color, but the folds do a decent job of providing natural shadow and highlights.

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for. The butt shot! Raven’s butt is pretty hidden and definitely not the star of the figure, so you have to go looking for it. And, of course, it’s lovely. Not, like, Starfire lovely–but then again, what butt is? They did a great job with her skintone, though, making it seem warm and lifelike without being too red.

I think it’s interesting where the sex appeal is focused on Raven. For almost every comic Bishoujo, the attention is either on the boobs or butt (or both, for some poor spine-less girls). It’s Shunya’s thing, and I’ve come to expect it. But here the eye is drawn to her thighs and legs, which are far more defined and curvy than on your average anime girl. It’s definitely an interesting change of pace.

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

I think my favorite thing about Raven is her hands. They looked kind of jazz-hand-y in the preview shots, but in real life they’re so lovely and delicate. Plus they painted her nails!

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven

Despite my initial hesitation, I ended up really liking Raven. Probably because I’m such a sucker for swirly fabric and she definitely has a lot of that going on! My one complaint, which is really more of a personal quibble, is the color: I still wish she was purple instead of blue! Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a recolor? With matching Teen Titans cartoon greyed-out skin, of course.

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! Raven was really fun to shoot because we got to play around with ~spooky mysterious lighting.~ Just imagine her sitting around a fire telling scary stories!

Order At: KotoUS | AmiAmi | Big Bad Toystore

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

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