Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Binary Ms. Marvel

Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line has had quite a few alternate colorways recently, including Diamond Emma Frost, SDCC Sue Storm, and Evil Supergirl. Perhaps the most interesting one is Binary Ms. Marvel, who was clearly meant to appeal to hardcore comic fans. Ms. Marvel isn’t exactly a wildly popular character, and her Binary form is even less well-known, so this was an interesting choice for them.

While I certainly won’t claim to know a whole lot about the origin of Ms. Marvel’s shiny orange form, she appealed to me a lot, mostly because of the judicious use of clear PVC. The first release of Ms. Marvel is one of my favorite Bishoujos, so I was highly anticipating this release.

Usually limited Bishoujos come in a standard box with just a sticker marking that it is different. But for Binary, the box actually marks the alternate edition on it as well as the release size. But the art is the same–maybe Shunya never drew her Binary form?

Binary is screwed in to her base, so there’s zero assembly required. She’s also surprisingly stable, considering that only the tips of her toes are attached to the base and her center of gravity is towards the middle. She’s still going to fall over if you bump into the shelf she is on, but I think this is true of most figures!

Before we take a detailed look at Binary, let’s compare her to the first Ms. Marvel release! While there are some obvious changes, like the additional sculpting on her hair, the lack of a mask, the flames on her outfit, and the orange skin, she’s gotten an entire color swap. The base, outfit, bow, and even the gold design on her top are all slightly different colors. It’s nice to see this much effort put into an alternate colorway, because some companies cop out and only change a few things.

Ms. Marvel’s entire body is tilted toward the front, so she’s obviously best displayed from that angle. And while you certainly don’t want her sitting backwards on a shelf, her back view is still worth looking at. You can see the sleek, fluid lines of her pose and the lovely work they’ve done on the back of her suit.

While the original Ms. Marvel’s face was certainly adequate, I think Binary’s expression is so much more appealing. Without the mask you can see more of her facial structure, and the bright yellow eyes are compelling and mysterious. I don’t find the orange skin distracting at all either, though I originally assumed that it would detract from the figure. But Binary looks beautiful and strong, even with Sunkist orange skin!

Binary’s flaming hair is one of the highlights of this figure. The clear PVC looks gorgeous, and there’s a surprising amount of shading. The roots are a yellow-orange, but it turns to clear red toward the tips.

Flaming pom-poms! While I know that the fiery bits on her hand are weapons of some sort, but they always make me think of her as some sort of otherworldy cheerleader.

Binary’s black outfit is tinted with maroon sparkles, which are quite subtle on the leotard. The added shimmer adds a lot to the latex effect they’re going for, and it definitely looks like skintight fabric rather than a layer of paint.

The red tint is more apparent on her stockings, and it manages to accentuate her already supermodel-length legs. The clear flames are another interesting addition, and the maroon-red and bright orange work surprisingly well together.

Ms. Marvel has a classic hourglass figure, and is built a lot more realistically than most superheroines, even the ones designed by Shunya! She’s busty and has an itsy-bitsy waist, but her thighs are quite thick and her butt is quite pronounced.

Speaking of Binary’s bottom, well…. the only word I can think of to adequately describe it is epic. Epic butt.

Ms. Marvel’s base is a nicely-textured hunk of broken concrete, and it’s surprisingly light for its size and shape. I think it’s safe to assume that it’s made out of ABS, and that’s why it seems thin.

It seems like with all of Kotobukiya’s alternate Bishoujos, I end up liking them more than the original versions! Ms. Marvel is no exception, and while I was worried about how the orange skin would turn out, I think she ended up being far more eye-catching (in a good way!) than the first version.

Thanks as always to Stephen for taking these shots. We tried something new for her–the clear PVC made almost any type of indoor lighting a bit too harsh, but she didn’t fit in an outdoor environment, so we shot her outside with an inside setup! I think it worked out quite well.

Purchase At: KotoUS

[Thanks to Kotobukiya for this review sample]


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