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Bishoujo Huntress
Kotobukiya

Bishoujo Huntress statue by Kotobukiya


It's tough to find good shows to watch with 11 year old kids - either you're bored or they are. But the new show Arrow on the CW makes us all happy.

I hadn't expected them to pull off a good Green Arrow television show, but they have. And in the last couple episodes, they've introduced one of my favorite DC vigilante chicks, the Huntress.

It seens karmic that at the very same time, Kotobukiya sent along their latest Bishoujo statue, also based on the sexy babe. It's just a hunch on my part, but I don't think we're going to see this particular costume on the show any time soon.

This statue is shipping soon, and runs around $55 - $60, depending on the retailer.

Packaging - ***1/2
The packaging hasn't changed, which isn't a bad thing. I like the large window that allows you to see the statue at your local retailer, and it's completely collector friendly, requiring no package damage to remove the statue. This isn't a numbered limited edition, however, so there's no Certificate of Authenticity.
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Bishoujo Huntress statue by Kotobukiya
Bishoujo Huntress statue by Kotobukiya
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Bishoujo Huntress statue by Kotobukiya
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Bishoujo Huntress statue by Kotobukiya
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Sculpting - ***1/2
Obviously, if you don't like the bishoujo or anime style of these statues, you aren't going to like them overall. It's the whole point, after all.

As usual, she has the big eyes and soft facial features, as well as the fine butt and huge boobs. It's all part of the style.

I've mentioned before that these often remind me of a modern version of the classic pin up girls of the 40's and 50's, like the Vargas artwork. That's a little more true of the Cover Girls of the DCU, but these statues are like Japanese animation meets auto parts calender girl.

I love the majority of this pose, especially the stance over the gargoyle. The proportions are great, and the sexy attitude oozes.

I've never been crazy about dynamic hair, but this sculpt works pretty well. It's a bit over board, but the design is fluid enough to make it work. The translucent color helps as well, but more on that in the next category.

My only real complaint is the slightly awkward bend in her left elbow. She's holding the staff in a ready position, but because it's underneath the left arm, the elbow is buckled forward a bit, which looks odd at certain angles.

She stands just a bit over 8" tall, fitting in nicely with the rest of the series.

It's worth mentioning that the staff comes in two pieces, making it easier for you to slide it into her hands.

Paint - ****
Kotobukiya is doing a great job with the paint ops on these statues. Lines are very clean, including tough areas like the edges of the mask or the white stripes on the dark costume.

There's a couple unique touches this time that also set her apart. I mentioned the translucent quality to the hair, which gets more obvious the closer you get to the ends. There's also a metallic finish to much of the costume, which is very sparkley and eye catching.

Value - ***1/2
Where can you find a statue for $50? Almost no where - except here. These lovely ladies are more than just that - they're a great bargain on the current market too.

Things to Watch Out For -
When inserting the staff into her hands, take some care. It's a tight fit, and can snap with too much force.

Overall - ***1/2
While the Marvel series has been nice, I think it's the DC series that really stands out. My preference for DC over Marvel comic characters might have something to do with that opinion, but I like to think that I am fairly unbiased when it comes to the quality of the statues.

The bargain price on these can't be stressed enough. It's so rare for us to get any decent collectibles in this price range, and these are well worth it.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***1/2
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ****
Value - ***1/2
Overall - ***1/2

Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:

- you can snag her directly from Kotobukiya's store for $65.

- Things From Another World is at just $52.

- Urban Collector is at $55.

- Big Bad Toy Store is at $57.

- Alter Ego Comics has her at $59.

- Entertainment Earth is selling it for $58.

- or you can search ebay for a bargain.

Related Links -
Other Bishoujo reviews include Power Girl, Poison Ivy, Harley, the black costume Batgirl, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Phoenix and Rogue.

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