Cy Girls Shadow
After being so pleased with my A.J. McLeod Cy Girl figure from bbi,
I quickly ordered another from the second series. Shadow, the Ninja,
is slightly different in terms of theme from the others. While they
are all military or police, Shadow is more mysterious.
Packaging - ***1/2
I was extremely careful this time, and I managed to get everything out
without damaging the box. The trick is with the front flap, but if
your slow and careful you can separate the flap from the plastic
bubble. It might take a little work, but it's a good compromise with
fighting theft and yet getting a decent package.
Sculpting - ***1/2
I've heard that some folks feel that Shadow is too light skinned, but I
don't find that a problem. Her very white skin sets off her black
hair and dark uniform very nicely.
I also like the makeup better on
Shadow than I did on A.J. Perhaps it's because I can't picture a
policewoman with bright lipstick, but someone like Shadow, sultry but
deadly, would have this sort of look.
I could still do without the
earrings though, and the face, while pretty, is still a bit on the
The rooted hair works well on this figure, particularly
since she won't be wearing any headgear. But from behind, her hair
line is a bit odd, and I suspect that her rooted hair will have problems
as time goes by.
Articulation - ***1/2
bbi hasn't given us the same level of articulation on these female
figures as they did on their male figures, but it's still nicer than any
other female body on the market. The proportions are terrific, and
the joints that we do have allow for just about any position. She
stands well on her own, and looks great in any pose. Her joints are
tight as well, making it possible to hold some awkward stances.
Accessories - ***1/2
bbi has done great with their accessories, except for the minor
annoyance that they are almost identical for every figure.
treated to the same set of guns as A.J. - a SPAS assault
shotgun (with three shells for her breast pocket), P7 sidearm, Desert
Eagle, and Scorpion machine gun. While nice, none of them make much
sense for a Ninja. She also comes with the Cy Girl stand, and a
large ID card.
There is one new accessory though - her
sword. This weapon is very well designed, and looks great in her
hands or in it's scabard. The latter is designed to be worn on her
back, and has great paint and sculpting details. This is one of the
nicest sword sets I've seen with any 12" figure.
In Shadow's closed-but-open set of hands, the sword fits
perfectly. She can hold it in a wide variety of poses. The
other two sets of hands are pretty useless for her, particularly the
gloved set. They simply don't look right with the character.
The reason I bought Shadow - her fantastic outfit! The undergarment
fits fantastically, and looks even better. The outer pieces are all
tight and form fitting, and her boots allow her to maintain just about any
stance. The costume is excellent, and looks terrific on a shelf of
figures that are otherwise dressed in drab blue, black and brown.
Shadow will add a little color and flash to your current sixth scale
Value - ***
It depends on where you buy these of course, but at $30 they are an okay
value. At $25 or less, it's a great deal. Shop around, and you
should be able to find them reasonably priced.
Overall - ***1/2
Shadow is my favorite Cy Girl. I don't think I'll expand beyond her
and A.J. at this point, but I'm hoping to see other ladies from bbi
that will catch my attention. If you haven't picked any of them up
yet, I suggest you give one a try.
Where to Buy:
I don't know if any bricks and mortar stores that are carrying the bbi Cy
Girls at this point. There are local comic shops, but you'll need to
hunt them up in your area.
On line, there are lots of spots carrying them, so check
around. Here's plenty to choose from:
Maniacs. This is where I picked mine up. At $26, they seem
cheap, but with shipping you'll end up paying about $33. They are
extremely fast and reliable however.
Earth. Another store that is always fast and reliable.
They generally sell in bulk however. You can buy the set of three
series 2 figures, including Shadow, A.J. and Blaze, for about $90
including shipping. That gets you down to $30 each.
Unfortunately, they are currently out of stock. (MROTW affiliate)
- The Toy Cellar. They
rival Entertainment Earth for price, costing $30 and that includes
shipping. They also appear to have them in stock. I've ordered
from them many times, and always had good luck.
- Justice Fighters.
They're currently available here, but with shipping they'll run you about
$33 each. I've had good luck ordering from Justice Fighters in the
- Small Blue Planet.
They also have them in, but are almost identical in cost to Toy Maniacs
and Justice Fighters, at about $33 with shipping.
Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford