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Posted by Leah Bayer on November 2, 2016 | 6 Comments
As a teen, I was pretty obsessed with cyberpunk. It started, of course, when I read Neuromancer and I quickly tore through the book genre. Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Asher… I read them all. And then I discovered a cyberpunk boom in anime! In the early 2000’s we got so many amazing cyberpunk-ish anime like Heat Guy J, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040, and of course Ghost in the Shell.
GiTS seems to have stood the test of time better than the rest. It has several spinoffs/sequels/reimaginings, and we get merch from it to this day. Including Ghost in the Shell: Arise, which has given us some amazing figures of Motoko. Kotobukiya’s definitely has the most cyberpunk feel, so of course it was the one I was looking forward to the most! Let’s check her out.
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 25, 2016 | 2 Comments
Deadpool is all the rage right now, so it’s really no surprise that Kotobukiya chose to loosely coincide the release of their Lady Deadpool Bishoujo with the film being in theaters. Something I didn’t even realize when her release date was first announced!
This is probably the slowest a Bishoujo has ever taken to go from announcement to release. I mean, she was teased almost 4 years ago, and we didn’t get the art until winter last year! Talk about a long wait. So was it all worth it? Hit the jump and let’s find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on March 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
Tali is my favorite Mass Effect girl (though truly Wrex is #1 in my heart), so of course I’ve been dying for her Bishoujo. The announcement, which followed Bishoujos Liara and Commander Shepard (review), had me totally over the moon. Because who doesn’t want a purple, gas mask-wearing alien in their collection?
Her art and sculpt were released almost back to back and were followed shortly by pre-orders. I feel like I’ve been waiting ages for her, but it was actually a pretty quick turnaround–it just seems longer because I’ve been dreaming of her since we first found out about Liara. So does Tali live up to my expectations? Hit the jump and let’s find out!
Posted by Leah Bayer on August 17, 2015 | 5 Comments
If you actually think about it, Kantai Collection is an absolutely bizarre phenomenon. I mean, it’s ships as cute girls. And not made-up ships, oh no–all of the characters are based on actual WWII ships. It’s already kind of a weird concept (especially since the ships are Japanese/German/Italian), but then there’s the fact that some of them, like Kitakami, carried Kaiten (the Japanese suicide torpedoes). It’s downright morbid, guys.
But the combination of cute girls with bizarre weaponry is an instant recipe for success in the anime & figure world, so of course it’s crazy popular. We practically have more figures of the KanColle girls than Sabers, and they’ve only been making them for two years! And there are so many characters that we don’t get a ton of overlap. And the character we’re looking at today, Fubuki, only has one scaled figure! So let’s hit the jump and get started.
Posted by Leah Bayer on November 7, 2014 | 11 Comments
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.
Posted by Leah Bayer on October 27, 2011 | 4 Comments
When Jean Grey was announced as a new addition to the Marvel Bishoujo line, people were a bit skeptical. After all, we already had Phoenix. In fact, we had three Phoenixes–regular, Dark, and White. But that was at the beginning of the line, when the figures were a bit smaller and the attention to detail wasn’t as high. So Jean Grey would be an interesting comparison point to see how the line has changed.