If you've been itching to expand your Street Fighter Bishoujo collection, you should be happy to know that Sakura has gone up for pre-order. I'm not really sold on her face, but the rest of the sculpt looks solid. For some re...
It's only been a few days since she was teased, but now Bishoujo Sakura has been revealed in all her sailor-suited glory. And you know what? I think she looks pretty darn great. Sure, there's the contentious face which is common to the line, but I think it's pretty mild here. Mostly they've rubbed off some of her cheeky tomboy edge for a more mature feminine look, which can go either way depending on your preference, but it's a very mild makeover. The pose is perfect too, radiating girlish energy and get-up-and-go attitude.
I've never bought a Bishoujo before but I think I'm in on this, since Sakura was the first Street Fighter character I ever played and remains a favourite to this day. What about you fellow fight fans, are you sold?
Sakura's illustration previously appeared in the Kotobukiya catalog and depicts the character in a fairly typical Shoryuken-style rising uppercut (her version of the attack is called the Shoudoken). While this is generally a good pose, we won't know how the figure turned out without seeing the face. I'm guessing that the full figure will be officially unveiled to the public come this weekend at Toy Fair.
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Andres is on the ground at NYCC (having the time of his life, I'm sure) and was able to get a part of the sweet action at Kotobukiya's panel. Usually at US events, Kotobukiya's emphasis is more on properties that western coll...
Juri fans, the time is here! Kotobukiya's Street Fighter Bishoujo gal is up for pre-orders after a few trips around the preview gallery circuit. I don't think that's the correct metaphor for this character but I don't care!
The new campaign offers up more of the line (instead of just Ryu) and is already at US$12,000+ in contributions although it still seems on track for failure given its ludicrous US$550,000 target. As for why the company needs funding in the first place, there was apparently a dispute among the partners where the group allegedly tried to cut out the company's artist/co-founder, campaign creator Rocco Tartamel (who declined to return our emails).
To Tartamel's credit, the packages are somewhat more enticing because you can select the specific characters you're interested in rather than just buying a Ryu and hoping that your support will eventually help the others to appear. To Tartamel's discredit, the goals for these campaigns seem almost completely out of touch with some other companies' offerings. The Four Horsemen's Gothitropolis Kickstarter, for instance, closed with over US$300,000 in pledges for the series *but* the company's target was only US$65,000. Granted, the Gothitropolis stuff shared parts but, even comparing that to the original Ryu-only campaign, it came in twenty grand cheaper on the target. I'm assuming that at least part of the expense is tied into the fact that Tartamel doesn't have the Horsemen's existing infrastructure but something seems a bit off here.
I still wish Tartamel all the luck in the world and I'm strongly considering putting in a pledge for a Sagat, but I just can't see this thing getting funded. It's certainly not a bad line (it even features fabric clothing for added poseability!), it's just that the targets don't seem realistic.
Kotobukiya has posted a preview gallery for its upcoming Street Fighter Bishoujo Juri. The psychotic taekwondo expert is depicted in a battle-ready stance.
Juri is one of those characters whom I really wanted to like in Super Street Fighter IV (and among the reasons I picked up the Street Fighter IV follow-up), but I could never get into the character's play style. In much the same way do I want to like the Bishoujo Juri but, as so often is the case, I really don't like Shunya-designed face. However, the rest looks great. To Shunya's credit, the pose looks like it could have been in the games; the Street Fighter Bishoujos have been a lot better in that regard than other Bishoujo series. Given that the figure doesn't have the option of an alternate head, I'm wondering if we may someday see a variant with her blazing Feng Shui Engine eye.
Be sure to check out the images in the gallery. Expect pre-orders to open soon.
Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup seems to be growing by the day. The latest Street Fighter gal to hit the, uh, streets is Cammy. Although she isn't out in the US, she is currently available to import from Japanese retailers.
When a 2D design gets translated to 3D, you'd expect some slight differences. With Cammy, I think there has been a significant shift in style thanks to the sculpt. Whether that's good or bad depends on your tastes, but read on to see what I'm talking about.
Let's keep riding that San Diego Comic Con wave! The event may be over, but we still got stuff to show you.
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If you like large, well-painted figures, Pop Culture Shock may have what you need. If they don't have what you need, give them a year and see what random licenses they pick up.
This year they carved out their own piece of the floor at SDCC, and marked it with some Akuma busts and a big red demon.