I've noticed something odd about Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line: I end up liking figures of characters I am not fond of as much as figures of characters that I adore. Point in case: Supergirl. I've never been a big fan, but when the Bishoujo figure of her was unveiled, I was thrilled. Not only did she look absolutely adorable, but she also had a pose that was pretty unique among the rest of the figures in the line.
My expectations for Supergirl were pretty high, as the DC Bishoujo line has had really superb quality since it started up. And after Stephen shot her at Toy Fair, I really couldn't wait! So does the final product live up to the hype? Hit the jump to find out!
Supergirl's box looks, well, just like all the other Bishoujo boxes! However, Supergirl's comes with a pleasant surprise: on the back the next figure in line is listed as just Poison Ivy, which means that Ivy and Harley will be separate figures!
As I mentioned before, Supergirl has a rather unique pose. She's looking over her shoulder, so you get an eyeful of butt along with an interesting view of her face. It's a pose very suited to a superheroine, and it gives her a playful dynamic.
From the "back" view you see mostly her gorgeous cape, which swirls around the side of her body. Kotobukiya has done a few caped superheroes in this line, but Supergirl's definitely stands out because of the way it interacts with the rest of the figure.
Supergirl has a very youthful look that kind of reminds me of Black Cat (reviewed). It's not what you normally think of as a traditional Shunya face, but his style definitely works well with young characters. She looks so cute and playful!
Like many recent Bishes, Supergirl has clear hair. Now I'm sure you probably know by now that I love clear PVC, but let me say it again: HNNNG CLEAR PVC. It's pretty subtle on Supergirl, with lots of paint layered over it so it really doesn't look "clear." It just adds a sense of lightness, which is a nice touch because PVC hair can look quite heavy at times.
Supergirl has a pretty skimpy outfit, but her body is more lithe than most Shunya girls so she manages to still look young in clingy spandex. I've always loved how Koto renders fabric on these figures: it really looks like it is clinging to them rather than just a painted layer!
Perhaps the best part of this figure is the cape! I just adore the flowing sculpt which adds to the illusion that she is flying. And the paint is excellent, with subtle highlighting that mimics natural light.
Supergirl's butt is definitely on full display in this figure. I mean, it's literally right in your face! And while she certainly doesn't have the booty of Ms. Marvel (reviewed), she's not exactly flat-bottomed either! Heh, I totally just made up that word. Flat-bottomed!
Supergirl comes with her friend/pet, Streaky the Supercat! Some things changed from the prototype of Supergirl, and Streaky is definitely one of them. In the proto his face was ... a little wonky, but it came out looking great on the final product! His fur is both painted on and done as a texture, so it looks pretty realistic.
Another thing that changed from the prototype is the base. It originally looked rather solid and was missing that cloud-like quality, but the final product's base is clear plastic with layers of pink, red and white paint. It looks a lot better, in my opinion!
Supergirl slides into her base with a very long peg in her foot, and she's incredibly sturdy. I know leaning is always a concern with figures balanced on one foot, but Supergirl is definitely not going to be bending sideways anytime soon!
And to wrap it up, here are all the DC Bishoujos released so far! From left to right they are: Batgirl (reviewed), Catwoman (reviewed), Wonder Woman (reviewed), and Supergirl. While they are awesome figures on their own, I think this line really looks best when displayed all together!
So is Supergirl worth buying? I'm sure you could already tell, but I adore this figure, and I honestly don't even like Supergirl as a character! Whether you're a fan of the character or a collector of the Bishoujo line, this figure is pretty much a must-buy. It's also solidified the awesomeness of the DC line in my mind, as every release so far has been really on-point! I can't wait to see what characters they announce for it next (*cough*pleasemakeHuntress*cough*).
Thanks as always to Stephen Donaldson for taking these pictures! We wanted to make her look kind of pinup-like, since Shunya's illustrations really give off that vibe and it seems particularly strong with Supergirl. I just love that Shunya can draw sexy, seductive women but they always look like they are totally in control.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for providing Tomopop with this review sample]
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