Plastikitty Review: Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

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For once, fan consensus is in agreement about one of Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo figures: there’s no denying that Spider-Woman is one of their best ever. And if you are going on face accuracy alone… well, I don’t know if there is another girl who can top her! However, I have a strange and irrational hatred of yellow outfits so while I loved our up-close look at her, I wasn’t over the moon about adding her to my Bish collection.

Thankfully, Kotobukiya apparently is a mind reader (or, you know, knows to cash in on an amazing figure) and announced a second version for this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The change is subtle but enough to make me very happy: her outfit is now metallic, changing school-bus yellow to a lovely molten gold.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Like many event exclusives from Koto, Spider-Woman does not have a new box design, but rather just a sticker declaring how super-special she is. And she definitely is special: this is a run of only 800, making her one of the rarest Bishoujos of all time. Only White Phoenix, retro Sue Storm and the Yelena Belova Black Widow had smaller runs.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Like many Bishes, she’s easy to assemble. Pop her on the base, voila! She’s also one of the few girls in a compact position, which makes her perfect for display–trying to fit the whole Marvel lineup together can be maddening, but low-lying figures like Spider-Woman, X-23 and Psylocke make it a lot easier. I also kind of have a “thing” for figures in small, non-standing poses: I’ve got a whole display dedicated to them.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Spider-Woman comes with two face options, the default being masked. While I’m sure most people display her unmasked, I like the eerie quality of those two bug-like blank eyes. I also really appreciate that she doesn’t have 8 of them. I mean, can you imagine if Spider-Man and Spider-Woman had actually spider-like designs? That would be awful.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

The second face is her unmasked one. When switching faces, make sure to remove her head before swapping them. If you try to take off her front hair piece while it’s still attached to the body, you might get some paint transfer on the face. It’s much easier to just pop the whole head off first! And if you can’t make up your mind and want to switch up her look from time to time, there’s a hidden chamber in the bottom of her base to hide one of the faces. Basically, you can put her box in storage and forget about it without having to be “where did I put that?!” when you want to mix up the face.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Wow. This is by far the prettiest Shunya face they’ve ever done, possibly the prettiest anyone’s ever done. She’s just… so pretty. Did I mention how pretty she is? I’m starstruck. It’s like meeting a celebrity. A tiny plastic one who is so pretty you just go “why God, WHY?”

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

While Spider-Woman does have a lot of comic book boobage going on, I really appreciate the strained fabric and that they didn’t go full boob sock. Never go full boob sock.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Of course, we aren’t without some anatomy… oddities. There’s no boob and butt pose or oddly twisted spine going on, but her back curves a lot more than a normal person’s would, or even a girl with a significantly swayed back. But, hey, she’s part spider and they’re pretty freaking weird so maybe the ability to stick their butts out really far is part of the powers that she got.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Plus the curve gives us the booty.

Seriously, guys, this is like… the epitome of Bishoujo butts. It’s magnificent.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

I love love love the metallic finish. It gives her that stand-out quality that I felt the first version was missing. I mean, a pretty face and a nice butt can only take you so far. Now her outfit has that “pow!” quality that really grabs your attention when it’s on a shelf. Check out those sparkles. Mmm.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Her base is a simple black disk but with a nice spiderweb pattern to fit the overall theme. Also, as I mentioned before, it’s got a secret compartment for storing faces! Or anything else you want. Like small amounts of candy.

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

Kotobukiya's Marvel Bishoujo Spider-Woman Metallic Paint Edition

I’m obviously a big fan of this figure of Spider-Woman. Most of my other favorite Bishoujos (Ms. Marvel, Huntress) are characters that I totally adore: I know next to nothing about Spider-Woman and she’s already in my top 5. And I’ve owned her for, like, 3 days. So yeah, you could say she’s…. woven her way into my heart! Wow, spider puns are not at all easy to make.

You can purchase this version at San Diego Comic Con, Booth #3345, but as we noted before… quantities are limited and she will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis so hustle your butt on over there if you want to add this web-weaver to your collection!

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

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