Between this fall and next spring, Kotobukiya will be exapaning its bishojo superheroine line with Black Costume Batgirl, Elektra, Poison Ivy, Mystique and X-23. Check out the Shunya Yamashita designed figures of Marvel and DC Comics' women below.
DC COMICS BATGIRL BLACK COSTUME BISHOUJO STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The first DC Comics bishoujo-inspired statue is back by popular demand in a beautiful new color scheme, BATGIRL BLACK COSTUME! The bishoujo collection combines DC’s superheroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings. The classic and best known Batgirl first appeared in 1967, the alter ego of Gotham City police commissioner’s daughter Barbara Gordon. Brilliant and courageous, Batgirl helped defend the good citizens of Gotham City alongside her mentor Batman. Barbara’s return to the Japanese bishoujo “pretty girl” style (based on original character art by world famous illustrator Shunya Yamashita) sees her taking a darker turn with her other iconic costume.
Expertly trained by Bruce Wayne, Batgirl stops bad guys in their tracks with her sexy costume and alluring pose. As with the original bishoujo statue, every element of her classic bodysuit has been recreated from her tall boots to her bat-symbol, utility belt, gloves, cape, and cowl. But this time, instead of gray and blue Batgirl is clothed head to toe in inky black with bright gold highlights! There’s even a dynamic difference in the textures, with the matte finish of the heroine’s suit contrasting against her glossy cape and cowl. Barbara stands with one foot resting on a gargoyle, accentuating her long legs, while she slyly spins her cape in front of her. Batgirl’s long flowing red hair adds a powerful third color to the palette and helps draw the eye to her beautiful Bishoujo-styled face.
Sculpted by Atelier Bamboo, Batgirl is constructed of high-quality pvc plastic and stands approximately 9 inches tall (in 1/7 scale like all of the DC Bishoujo statues) with the exclusive Gotham City gargoyle base. Barbara looks great in black, and is the perfect companion to the previously released blue and gray version of Batgirl!
Available December 2011.
MARVEL COMICS ELEKTRA BISHOUJO STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The popular Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) continues to bring you the amazing beauties of the Marvel Universe as you’ve never seen them before. Next up in this line is a woman whom a lot of collectors have been requesting, ELEKTRA! Born to a Greek family (with varying back stories), Elektra Natchios suffered the tragedy of watching the murder of her father. Turning to a life of martial arts, she became a skilled ninja with the Hand. Alternating between hero and villain Elektra has had a long history with the valiant Daredevil. Elektra appears for the first time in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style based on an original character reinterpretation by renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita.
The ninja strikes! Elektra is stealthy agility personified, striding across rooftops and preparing her lethal strike. The agent of the Hand is frozen in mid-stride with a tremendous amount of movement captured in the flowing tendrils of her hair and whipping sashes. In her supple hands Elektra wields her iconic weapons, twin deadly sais; with one held up behind her head the assassin points the other at her target. Elektra’s daring ninja costume consists of resplendent metallic red fabric that really stands out from her pale skin tone and black hair. Like those who have come before her Elektra has a beautiful Bishoujo styled face.
Sculpted by Goutaro Takeuchi, Elektra stands nearly 10 inches tall (in the Marvel Bishoujo 1/7th scale), perched on the edge of a Japanese castle with a Daredevil Onigawara, a gargoyle-like roof tile. Get her before she gets you!
Available December 2011.
DC COMICS POISON IVY BISHOUJO STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The last member of the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection (combining DC’s super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) was the heroic Supergirl, and coming right after her is the floral femme fatale POISON IVY! Born Pamela Lillian Isley, the woman who would one day haunt Batman and Gotham City was an up and coming botanist and biochemist. A crazy professor betrayed her and injected her with a mixture of poisons, unleashing in Poison Ivy the abilities to control plant life and create her own floral toxins. Working with a variety of evil partners Isley would embark on a life of crime, although occasionally serving as love interest for Bruce Wayne! Poison Ivy appears here for the first time in the Japanese bishoujo (pretty girl) style inspired by Japan’s renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita!
One of the most detailed statues in the DC Bishoujo lineup to date, Poison Ivy struts her stuff in all of her verdant glory. The sexy eco-terrorist stands proudly among her growing vegetation, high-heeled legs spread apart and hands on her hips. Her notoriously skimpy outfit is recreated in a tiny one piece that shows off all of her beautiful curves. There are a lot of really cool sculpted details like the leafy fringe on her clothing, the tendrils wrapped around her arms like jewelry, and the flowers blooming in Poison Ivy’s hair. Naturally, green is her predominant color. Completing the villainous vixen’s look is her long flowing hair that seemingly has a life of its own, and like all the pretty ladies in her series Poison Ivy has a hauntingly attractive Bishoujo-styled face.
Sculpted by Takashi Tsukada, Poison Ivy stands in the ultimate 1/7 scale. Constructed of high-quality PVC plastic, the green lady stands on an exclusive base featuring intricate vines and snake-like creepers, some of which wind seductively up her legs! Stay tuned, because coming soon will be Poison Ivy’s partner in crime Harley Quinn...
Available February 2012.
MARVEL COMICS MYSTIQUE BISHOUJO STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The popular Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) continues to bring you the amazing beauties of the Marvel Comics universe as you’ve never seen them before. Last time we saw the ninja warrior Elektra, and sneaking up behind her in the lineup is one of the most famous, and beautiful, mutants ever, MYSTIQUE! The mysterious blue-skinned mutant first appeared in the pages of Ms. Marvel in 1978, and ever since she’s been making waves. With the ability to shapeshift and mimic anyone, Mystique is incredibly powerful and dangerous. She puts her own interests above anyone else’s and at times has worked on the side of good as well as that of evil. Taking on her natural blue-skinned form, Mystique triumphantly appears in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style based on an original character reinterpretation by renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita.
Perhaps more than any other Marvel character, Mystique walks the fine line between beauty and deadliness. The self-serving mutant kneels on both legs, seductively arching her back just for you. One hand gracefully adjusts her long hair while the other casually holds a submachine gun... just in case. Highly detailed sculpting brings Mystique’s allure to life, from the subtle wrinkles on her revealing skin-tight suit to the skulls of her belt, the belt sash that pools on the ground in front of and behind her, and the delicate strands of hair that fall across her beautiful Bishoujo styled face. Naturally, Mystique appears in her striking blue skin tone and dark red hair that contrasts nicely with her bright white costume.
Sculpted by Goutaro Takeuchi, Mystique is in the Marvel Bishoujo 1/7th scale kneeling on her base base. Capture the elusive Mystique while you can!
Available February 2012.
MARVEL COMICS X-23 BISHOUJO STATUE
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The popular Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic super heroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) continues to bring you the amazing beauties of the Marvel Comics universe as you’ve never seen them before. The line returns to heroic mutants with the beautiful and lethal X-23! Appearing first in the television series X-Men: Evolution in 2003, X-23 was later introduced to the Marvel Comics universe. She is no less than a female clone of Wolverine, created to be a deadly weapon and outfitted with adamantium-coated claws in her hands and feet! After discovering her true identity and joining the good guys, Laura became a key member of X-Force before setting out on her own. X-23 appears here in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style based on an original character reinterpretation by renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita.
Tempering her deadliness with a smile on her face and a relaxed pose, X-23 is still ready for anything. She crouches on one knee, ever alert for danger with her weapons extended; her wicked adamantium claws are quite eye-catching on both hands and her right foot. Outside of combat, Laura wears a striking outfit consisting of a halter top, stylish ripped arm coverings, pants, and boots, all in black. Highly detailed sculpting brings out the intricacies of X-23’s banded and laced boots, her unique linked-ring belt, and medallion necklace. Contrasting with her ebony clothing is the mutant’s beautiful skin, and bright green and gold accents adorn her belt, necklace, and eyes. X-23’s wind-blown hair adds subtle movement to the scene, all of which brings focus to her beautiful Bishoujo styled face.
X-23 is 6 inches tall (in the Marvel Bishoujo 1/7th scale) crouched on her exclusive terrain base. Hunt down this beautiful mutant before she hunts you!
Available March 2012.