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Review of Supergirl - Bishoujo Statue

Kotobukiya
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Overall Average Rating: 3.5 out of 4

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Introduction

Batman, Superman, Blade, Daredevil, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America...every guy that puts on tights seems to get a movie these days. I don't know about you, but I'm not really all that thrilled with seeing these guys wearing their underwear on the outside of their clothes. But the ladies, that would be a different story.

Sadly, they don't seem to get the same level of theatrical love. There's been Catwoman of course...and Elektra...and let's not forget Barbwire, although some of us wish we could. But it's been a very long time since we last saw on screen the fairer relative of Supes - Supergirl.

Kotobukiya is showing the love in their Bishoujo line of statues though, and Supergirl should be hitting shelves any day. I received this one a smidge early, but within the next couple weeks most orders should be shipping.

Like the rest of the series, she's done in that somewhat anime style, with skimpy outfit and well endowed attributes, all in approximately 8" scale, that marks the entire series. You can expect to pay around $50 - $60, depending on the retailer.

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Packaging - ***
These are in the usual boxes, with a sturdy inner plastic coffin. There's no twisties or bands, and it's very collector friendly, but there is plastic wrap around key spots to avoid paint rubs.

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Sculpting - ***
I have to admit that at first glance, I was a bit confused by the pose. Did her supercat Streaky surprise her? Did she step on the cat? Trip over it, mid-air? Clearly they are both flying...but I can't quite figure out what's happening here.

After awhile though, it really started to grow on me. I think it's the old school pin-up nature of the pose, something you might have seen from Vargas. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's still pretty damn hot.

Of course, the face sculpt reflects the anime/manga nature of the series. There's also a bit of an elven look to her, although I'm not quite sure why...it's not like she has pointed ears.

The detail work fits in nicely with the overall series, with just the right amount of wrinkles and creases. The hair is finely cut, and has a cool translucent color.

The large S on her chest is sculpted as well, not just painted, which is a huge plus. Her cat has the lightning bolts sculpted on both sides, although the fur is not very textured.

It's worth pointing out that both Supergirl and her kitty are attached to the base by you, so if a cat in a cape ain't your thing, you can feel free to leave him off.

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Paint - ****
The paint work is well above average, as you'd expect with a collectible series such as this. Colors are very bright, especially the red and blue, and everything is consistent and clean.

There's a slight translucence to the skin, which gives it an interesting depth. I also really like the clear color used with the hair, and the fluffy white cloud rests on a clear base that keeps it all very sturdy.

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Value - ***
Considering that many statues in this scale - and smaller - are now in the $80 -$90 range, the fact that these are still affordable is much appreciated. With a little effort you should be able to grab her at the onset at around $50 or so, but with the popularity of the line, that is likely to rise with time.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing. Although this is a plastic statue, not resin, you can still break it with enough force, but you'd really have to work at it.

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Overall - ***1/2
This is a series that continues to impress, although I can see where the anime style and uber-sexy nature of the poses might be a deterrent for some.

The pose may also be a bit odd, but I really do think they were going for a pin-up style look, and in that light it really works well.

The paint work is excellent, and the pose and style really grew on me. As a big DC fan, I'm really enjoying this take on the lovely ladies, and as a fan of the 40's and 50's pin-up girls, I appreciate the style even more.

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

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Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has her at $50.

- has her at $50.

- has her at $51.

- Entertainment Earth has her at $51.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Other Bishoujo style statues include Wonder Woman, Phoenix and Rogue. And if you're a Supergirl fan, don't miss out on the super sweet Cover Girls statue.

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