Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Starfire

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Sometimes you fall in love with a figure you just know you shouldn’t really like. Maybe she’s a little too bodacious, or straddling a super-phallic rock. You know, the usual figure pet peeves. Maybe her outfit is just too tacky for you, but something drags you in and makes you fall in love. And of course by “something” I mean crazy clear hair and an ass that won’t quit.

It took me literally a day to go from hating the art to worshiping the sculpt of Kotobukiya’s DC Bishoujo Starfire. And after we took a look at her painted at Toy Fair? I was sunk. It was love, true love. And I waited obsessively for her release, praying she’d be every bit as beautiful as I imagined. Well, she’s out now, so does she live up to expectations? Hint: yes, so let’s hit the jump and watch me fawn over everyone’s favorite space princess.

There is no box shot in the body of the review because I have too many things to say about the figure and we can’t stay here all day! Or can we? If you’re totally dying to see what her box looks like it’s 1) in the gallery and 2) identical to all the other Bishoujo boxes.

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Starfire comes with a rather unique feature: there’s no actual base! That’s right, she just balances on the asteroid with a clear wedge under her foot to help out. Everybody knows how I feel about bases (the smaller the better!) so for me and my over-packed Bishoujo display this is a definite plus.

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It’s not often that we get girls with unusual skin colors in the figure world. I mean, there are certainly enough blue/green/orange alien ladies in the anime/manga/comic/video game world, but they seem kind of neglected when it comes to 3D representation. Which is really a shame, because when it’s done right (like it is here) warmer skintones give figures a lit-from-within glow. Starfire is practically luminous in the sunlight.

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This is definitely one of the best Bishoujo faces we’ve seen. The sculpt itself is wonderfully delicate with a well-defined nose and round lips, and they even managed to sneak in a peek of teeth without it looking awkward. Shunya’s eyes seem to be the hardest part of his work to capture but they’re rendered perfectly here, full lashes and green sclera intact.

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The hair is what first drew me into this figure, and I’m so pleased with how it came out on the final product. It’s just the right amount of clear: there’s layers of orange, red & yellow paint so that it doesn’t appear sheer, but it still has that effortless lightness that clear PVC can give to a sculpt.

The hair sculpt itself is so wonderfully detailed, and they hid all the seamlines very cleverly in the back by having them be overlapping “sections.”

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My main complaint with the art was how obviously and almost laughably phallic her asteroid was, but it’s significantly toned down here so that her pose has her perching rather than straddling. And while, yeah, her outfit is still hella tacky and she’s pushing her boobs together like she’s in a softcore photoshoot, the vibrant metallic purple and orange contrast is enough to distract me. I mean, I still think her boobs are too big, and it gives me terrible flashbacks to New 52 Starfire. But we’re just going to pretend Red Hood & the Outlaws never happened for this review, okay? Totally accidental boob-shoving-together.

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While Starfire follows the “aliens that look identical to humans except ~super sexy~ and with weird hair colors” trope, she does have one aspect that’s rather… inhuman. Her nails are so long and defined that they look like sinister little claws. Watch out, stare at her chest too long and you’ll lose an eye.

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At this point in the shoot Sam decided that I definitely needed some feline assistance. Haha, look at that little booger!

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And now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for. BUTTS. While Starfire has a very slim torso they’ve given her a butt that rivals Ms. Marvel’s, who I thought could never be beaten. I was so wrong. Because not only does Starfire have the best butt, her thighs and hips are kept (roughly) to scale for a behind like that. I mean, her thighs are thicker than her waist. Super stylized and unrealistic? Yes. Better than hella skinny girls with ridiculous boobs and no other body fat? Hell yes.

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Look at that booty, show me the booty
Give me the booty, I want the the booty
Back up the booty, I need the booty
I like the booty, oh what a booty

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While her base is kind of hard to see from most angles, the attention to detail is fabulous. Look how pitted it is! And all the paint to make it look aged! Too bad we’re all still appreciating the booty. Sorry, asteroid, you’ve been overshadowed.

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Basically, I love Starfire. So much. It’s so many of my favorite things! A beautiful coy face, hair that could kill a man, a butt that probably has killed some men… basically, she’s everything I want in a Bishoujo and she’s already joined my top favorites with Ms. Marvel, Huntress and Batwoman. Yeah, I know she’s not out yet, it’s just how I feel. In my heart.

You may have guessed from all the gratuitous butt shots that this shoot was all me, and you’d be right! That is why there are so many cat pictures. Only two in the review, but more in the gallery! Also more butts. Cause that is just how I work.

Purchase At: KotoUS | AmiAmi | Big Bad Toystore

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

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