Black Widow is one of those characters I wasn't all that familiar with until she started coming up in the recent Marvel movies. Once she started showing up in Iron Man 2 and of course, The Avengers, the idea of a Black Widow statue seemed pretty amazing.
When this came in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised; not just because I was looking at a character I have some context for, but because the figure itself looked much more impressive in the box (right in front of me) than it had in promotional images.
Click through the jump to read my full review.
Black Widow's box is the same as all the other bishoujo statue boxes tend to be, and in her case it's the same but with dark red details, and her name with the added subtitle "Covert Ops ver." on the front. The Shunya art is of course prominently featured, also showing off the Daredevil mask alongside another crumpled up one that may or may not be Hawkeye's.
Once she's out of the box, the only assembly required is plugging her foot into the grey octagon base. She fits on easily and her hand rests on the wall to keep things stable. You also have an optional part featuring ... Daredevil! Kind of ominous, really.
Okay, time for the full-body shot.
Once you've got her all assembled, she'll look something like this. In the case of the image above, I swapped her standard hand for the one holding a rifle. For those who are thinking the position is odd-looking, she is meant to be getting ready to leap over that piece of wall, there.
Here's a look from the sides. There's some great movement with this figure that I enjoy, and it's enhanced by the rifle. I originally had done these shots with just her standard hand, and I wasn't too satisfied with the way they looked. Almost all the detail shots feature it, though.
Let's start with her legs. I love the way that the wrinkles are molded to simulate actual material. It's shiny and stretchy-looking. Besides that, she's just wearing some ammo around her thigh there, has a silver belt on and you can see the additional rounds at her wrists.
Moving up, we've got her zippered front which of course isn't closed all the way. I'm not complaining, though. The zipper is detailed and clean, and you'll notice there's some extra molding to her outfit at the torso that makes it look more realistic.
Let's look at her behind. Her booty also has the stretchy marks from the outfit, and her hair is a dark reddish brown. It looks great overall, and I only take issue with that one stuck-on bit of hair seen from the angle of the first image.
Her hair is pretty much luscious and amazing from all other angles, though, as expected from the Bishoujo line of figures in general.
The rifle itself is nicely detailed and has a matte finish. It's attached to a second hand, so you don't have to worry about wedging it in or anything when you're ready for a change. The hands are easy to swap (the hands pop out at the wrist) and the rifle fits perfectly with her arm.
And here's a look from the other side. Her finger is only resting on the side of the trigger there, and it doesn't look like that huge thing is holding her back at all. This is also a nice look at her face, which is super duper pale. Someone needs a tan!
Black Widow has these brilliant green doe eyes, accompanied by some simple mascara and pink lipstick that matches the pink of her nails. I know a lot of folks will probably complain about the waterline, which is admittedly pronounced. It doesn't bother me all that much, though.
If I had one complaint, and this is just me being picky, it would be that her chest is detailed and shaded while her face is totally blanched. It isn't all that big of a deal considering the character is meant to be fair skinned, but a little blush or something might have helped her as long as it didn't look like clown make up.
If you're a fan of the character, I have no problem recommending this figure to you. She is well-built, even if the pose is only slightly weird depending on the angle you're looking at her from, but it's always nice to have a dynamic figure in your collection among the other standees. Her outfit looks like it's made with real material and she'll blend in just about anywhere if you've got wooden furniture like I do.
Black Widow has this allure and mature feel to her without having to put too much of herself out there. Her face doesn't look like she's staring at something miles away, just like she's glancing behind her before she hops that little piece of wall. She's just right.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample!]
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