Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

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Recently, I’ve been nostalgia-ing hard for all things 80’s and 90’s. I put the blame on the recently-read Ready Player One, but no matter the cause I am craving a little bit of 90’s in my life. And how better to get it than with everyone’s favorite mall rat/X-man/vampire?

That’s right, today we will be taking a look at Kotobukiya’s Jubilee! Her announcement came as a bit of surprise: while she has a cult following, she’s not nearly as well-known as the other Marvel Bishoujos in the works like She-Hulk. But Kotobukiya caters to the fans, so here she is–all finished and shiny and ready for a review.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Like most Bishoujos, Jubilee pops right out of the box ready to go. Well, except for the glasses, which you have to slide on her head. But I think we can all manage that one.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Jubilee isn’t exactly the most action-oriented of the X-Men: rainbow sparkly energy is not the best for close combat. I don’t think anyone expected a super dynamic pose. Instead we’ve got a pose that kind of looks like she’s standing on a table, trying to get the attention of the food court. Not in a bad way–okay, I admit, I constantly imagine that Jubilee actually lives in a mall. Thus, all of her activities are 90’s-mall-centric. Perhaps saying it looks like a video game victory pose is more accurate, but I like my description better.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Her face is pretty much perfectly rendered from the art, with on-point Shunya eyes. And hot pink lipstick! Because pretty much nothing else would match with this outfit, I think. Also hot pink is totally Jubilee.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

The hot pink tube top, short shorts and cropped yellow jacket are a color combo straight out of an 80’s music video. This is an abbreviated form of her original outfit, as Shunya likes to show as much skin as possible, but it’s not that far-fetched: her top has been getting smaller and smaller as the years go by.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Her jacket has a super-shiny latex finish, contrasting nicely with the matte of her top and pants. It seriously looks like an actual jacket rather than just plastic. I want a real one–except maybe not in yellow.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Shunya is known for his pinup girl style, but I think he tried to tone the sex appeal down a notch with Jubilee-probably because she’s much younger than some of the other X-Men. Instead of his usual wasp-waist-hourglass-figure girl we’ve got a much shorter torso on Jubilee and wide hips. Like, really wide hips–it’s not noticeable from a direct front angle, but tilted a bit to the side it’s clearly apparent. Not exactly the most youthful of shapes, but it makes her look more… realistic? I mean, none of the Bishoujos look like “real girls” but Jubilee has a kind of eccentric build that matches her character.

She’s also significantly less busty than many of the other Bishoujos. I mean, if this was real life she’d be considered very busty–but in comics and anime? Normal.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

She’s also BUFF AS HELL. Look at those leg muscles! I love figures with really overt musculature in the sculpt, and Jubilee delivers on that end.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

You know I am all about those butts, and while Jubilee’s isn’t as spectacular as some of the other girls in the line it’s definitely decent. I’d give it a B-.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Let’s stop for a second and appreciate her turquoise sneakers. I’m in love! Casual footwear is so uncommon on figures, and the detailing here is fantastic.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

So far she’s been wearing her standard glasses, but if you have a first run edition there’s a second pair. A totally retro, amazingly tacky/awesome pair. That, of course, remind me of Star Trek.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Jubilee’s base is quite different from what we usually see in the Bishoujo line, and seems more like a standard anime figure one. A clear yellow disk with crazy glitter, it definitely fits the character. I have to say, I do kind of wish we got one of those crazy diorama ones, but this is certainly displayable.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Jubilee

Before I got Jubilee, I wasn’t quite sure how I would feel about her. I mean, I’m hardly her biggest fan (not that I dislike her–I remain Jubilee-ambivalent) and I didn’t think she had any “wow” features. But I’ve become smitten with her real-world look: I mean, how often do we get figures in clothing for actual human beings? If she tickles your fancy I’d definitely suggest picking her up sooner rather than later so you can get those rad extra glasses. You know you want them!

Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures. We debated all sorts of setups for her, but in the end “crazy bright background with sparkly lights” won out because it’s so Jubilee.

Purchase At: KotoUS | AmiAmi | Big Bad Toystore

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

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