Tuesday, March 27, 2012

W is also for Wonder Woman – the Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman Review

Shunya Yamashita does Japanese girls very well ;p Do a google search and you'll see what I mean :) Lots and lots of lovely Japanese anime / manga style gals for your taking and I can't help but be drawn to them haha So it's a rather nice touch to have the famed Japanese illustrator and character designer add his take on the female characters from DC.

This is the Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman from the particular collection line of female figures. From the box description: "Joining the Gotham City duo of Batgirl and Catwoman (preview pictures posted HERE) in the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection, Wonder Woman is truly a force to be reckoned with. The ever-dynamic Amazon stands surrounded by her full panoply of weapons and equipment, ready to face any threat."

I don't usually buy statues as I've been focusing more on 1/6th scale collectibles and 12-inch action figures but once in a while, something comes along that is just too good to resist ;p even better when this is a gift from a loved one (that happens to be my wife who supports me more than 100% haha I'm so blessed!) It's not good to reject a gift right? Some might even think that it's rude so I had to give in and accept this Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman statue with a willing heart :)

The statue comes with some loose pieces / accessories – Amazon helmet, rope / magic lasso and three spears.

There is an instruction sheet that tells you what goes where and how to best equip your Amazon for battle.

Click on the picture to see the instructions more clearly

And here's the fully assembled Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman statue. The statue isn't very big, measuring about 23 cm tall (9 inches high or 1/7 scale) but this one's a beauty :) Wonder Woman is constructed of high quality pvc plastic and stands atop an exclusive Amazonian base complete with her spears, shield, cape and helmet.

Like I mentioned before, I'm not a completist i.e. A person who obsessively gathers the complete collection of a particular set of items (such as a musician's recordings or an author's books). I only collect what I like and this is the only Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue I have and I'm quite content with that :) Of course, I won't reject gifts if they come my way either haha

The Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman statue comes dressed in her iconic and colorful costume, ready for action at a moment's notice.

Diana holds her magic Lasso of Truth in both hands, ready to force those bound by it to tell the truth.

Scroll down for more turnaround views of this lovely Wonder Woman statue

I don't have that many Wonder Woman figures but this is certainly becoming one of my favorites ;p

Let's face it: you can't do much with a statue which is why I generally stay away from them (given that they also tend to be more expensive than 1/6 scale 12-inch fully articulated figures with fabric clothings and highly detailed miniature accessories plus weapons) but this one's a keeper for me because it's a beauty haha

I don't own that many statues although another one worth mentioning is the DC Direct "Batman: Black and White" Mignola inspired statue which has become very rare and well sought after (pictures HERE). Another favorite of mine has to be DC Direct The Dark Knight Returns statue (check out the pictures HERE)

As with her compatriots, Wonder Woman has an incredible Bishoujo-styled face which is framed perfectly by her flowing long black hair and tiara.

Besides the DC line with the first additions being Batgirl, Catwoman and this Wonder Woman statue, the next statue in the DC line was Supergirl. Yamashita has currently drawn and modelled Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Psylocke, Phoenix, Emma Frost and Black Cat, Ms. Marvel, a 'non phoenix' Jean Grey and Invisible Woman for the Marvel Bishoujo statues. His next work is Elektra. He also modeled variants of Black Widow, Phoenix and Ms. Marvel which were the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova, Dark Phoenix and Binary.

NEXT: Check out the nice details of this Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman 9-inch, 23cm 1/7 scale statue with close-up pictures :)

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