Figure Name: Marvel Bishoujo Kitty Pryde
Figure Maker: Kotobukiya
Retail Price: US$59.99
Available at: Koto US
Kitty's box is the normal white Bishoujo-style box, featuring Shunya Yamashita's art. There's nothing offensive about it, but I do think her hand looks enormous in the illustration.
Look at her hand. Once you see it, you can't unsee it. It's huge! Obviously I'm just playing around here. The back doesn't show any upcoming figures, but it does remind you that the Covert Ops Black Widow statue (reviewed) is available.
There's no need for a traditional unboxing; this is Shadowcat we're looking at! She can walk right through that cardboard.
Getting her set up couldn't have been any less of a fuss. The only instructions you need are printed on the box flaps, so there's no need for extra sheets of paper. Kitty comes attached to her base. The only thing that comes separated is Lockheed. There are no pegs to worry about when attaching Lockheed; his claws and tail are designed to just wrap around Kitty's arm.
Kitty has a bit of that old-school X-Men look with the (very) dark blue and yellow uniform. The dark parts are glossy while the yellow parts have a matte finish. I like the glossiness as you can use those parts to accentuate the curves of her body.
The paint job is exceptionally clean, likely thanks to the simplicity of the design. However, glossy surfaces are magnets for fingerprints and dust, so be sure to wipe them down before you take pictures.
I think her face is rather nice... from certain angles. I like what Kotobukiya did with her eyes, but Kitty's mouth looks too smushed-together. It creates an overly cartoonish look. Yamashita's art style is more pinup than cartoon, so there's a bit of a clash there.
Here's Lockheed! I would have liked crisper detailing on him. Kotobukiya did manage to pull off a subtle, reptilian skin texture for Lockheed which is pretty cool. Eventually I found that a purple alien dragon being perched on Kitty's arm was too weird, so I ditched it and decided to focus on just her.
This photo set is very butt-oriented. The reason is because it's glossy, so it catches the light very well.
Without Lockheed sitting on Kitty's arm, her pose takes on a different character. Here I made it look like she was mid-stride in a run.
From other angles she looks like she's rocking out to some music.
Remember what I said about her glossy butt? This is why my photo shoot gravitated over to it.
There's plenty to like in this Bishoujo figure, assuming her face isn't a deal breaker for you. Kitty's design isn't the most ambitious, but she does look great under photographic lighting. The inclusion of Lockheed is a fun (if weird) bonus, and the whole package does come a bit cheaper than other Bishoujos.
While Kitty isn't my favorite Bishoujo ever, her design is fairly cute and photographs well. You can just throw tons of light at her and watch the glossy outfit do its thing. Plus, I can't argue with the build quality. Fans of the character will probably get more mileage out of this one.
[Thanks to Kotobukiya for this review sample!]
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