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Review of Poison Ivy - Bishoujo statue

Kotobukiya
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Overall Average Rating: 4 out of 4

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Introduction

Batman has the best cadre of villains, although some of them don't translate particularly well outside of comic books. Poison Ivy has tried to make the leap to the big screen, but the attempt was clumsy at best.

However, she still makes a smokin' hot statue, and Kotobukiya knows it. Their first Bishoujo statue of 2012 is the green goddess, and this is a bit of an early review - she won't start shipping for a few more weeks.

You can find her at most retailers for around $50 - $60. That's an excellent price, and as I said, this statue won't start shipping for a few more weeks. That means you can get in on the pre-order prices.

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Packaging - ***
The box is completely collector friendly, with no twisties or even rubber bands. There's a ton of clingy plastic wrap, but it will keep the paint work clean and unblemished.

There's no Certificate of Authenticity, and no edition numbering. They just don't roll that way.

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Sculpting - ****
The Bishoujo style reminds me of a cross between anime and the Vargas style of pin-up girl from the 40'5 and 50's. They are sexy, bodacious and beautiful, with huge anime eyes and tiny manga noses.

The pose is extremely sexy, and yet it works with the general concept of Ivy and her plants. The vines wrapping around her feet have a bit of a Little Shop of Horrors feel, with plenty of detail. Feed me, Seymour!

The statue and base are PVC, not resin, but that helps to keep the cost down, a big plus. The figure and base are one piece in the package, and not intended to be taken apart.

These statues are fairly large, coming in at around 8" tall. They'll dwarf the Batman Black and White statues, but aren't quite as large as the Cover Girls.

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Paint - ***1/2
I'm not sure what it is this time around, but there's something about the quality of the paint that's a cut above some of the other recent releases. It's not a matter of slop or clean cut lines - they are great here, but they've been great on past statues as well. The basic quality is excellent, but there's more to it than that. There's something about the color and finish that seems richer, deeper, and more high end. The skin color is particularly well done, but the color variations on the plants and costume are great as well.

The eyes have a nice glossy appearance, but the only flaw I see - and the reason for the half star drop - is the position of the left pupil. It's just slightly, and I really do mean slightly, too far under the hair. That eye needed to be peeking out slightly more to capture that full four stars.

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Value - ***1/2
I just reviewed the latest Batman Black and White statue, which is almost two inches shorter...and $70. Here you're getting an 8" statue for around $50 - $60 at most retailers, and that's an extremely good deal these days, particularly with the higher quality paint we see with this release.

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Things to Watch Out For -
Zippo.

Overall - ****
While I like the Marvel Bishoujo statues, it's the DC ladies that really trip my trigger. The pin up style really works, and they've done a great job with pose selection. The paint quality on this one is a step above as well, and the fact that these can still be had for under $60 is pretty amazing.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ****
Paint - ***1/2
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ****

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Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has her at $59.

- has her at $55.

- Entertainment Earth has her at $63.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
I've covered several of the Bishoujo statues, both Marvel and DC:

- most recent was the black costume Batgirl.

- prior reviews included Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Phoenix and Rogue.

You should also hit the Search Reviews page, in case any other applicable reviews were done after this one was published.

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