Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kotobukiya DC Bishoujo Poison Ivy Statue

This statue is gorgeous! Divine even! I must admit that I don't know much about the company that is producing this Poison Ivy statue beyond having seen some of the other items they've done for DC Comics. Clearly Kotobukiya does fantastic work and I suspect this lovely lady will be finding a home on my shelf in good time.

Poison Ivy is done in a Japanese style wearing the current popular costume. The skin is a striking shade of green and the hair aflame in red. The suit, boots, and adorning leaves are wonderfully crafted. How can you look at this and not want to fight for Poison Ivy to remain looking this beautiful? New costume be damned! Check out the detail on those hissing plants. Ferocious! Enough of my babbling - here's the official press for the statue.

Kotobukiya DC Bishoujo Poison Ivy Statue Illustration
"A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The last member of the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection (combining DC’s superheroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) was the heroic Supergirl, and coming right after her is the floral femme fatale Poison Ivy! Born Pamela Lillian Isley, the woman who would one day haunt Batman and Gotham City was an up and coming botanist and biochemist. A crazy professor betrayed her and injected her with a mixture of poisons, unleashing in Poison Ivy the abilities to control plant life and create her own floral toxins. Working with a variety of evil partners Isley would embark on a life of crime, although occasionally serving as love interest for Bruce Wayne! Poison Ivy appears here for the first time in the Japanese bishoujo (pretty girl) style inspired by Japan’s renowned illustrator Shunya Yamashita!

Kotobukiya DC Bishoujo Poison Ivy Statue

One of the most detailed statues in the DC Bishoujo lineup to date, Poison Ivy struts her stuff in all of her verdant glory. The sexy eco-terrorist stands proudly among her growing vegetation, high-heeled legs spread apart and hands on her hips. Her notoriously skimpy outfit is recreated in a tiny one piece that shows off all of her beautiful curves. There are a lot of really cool sculpted details like the leafy fringe on her clothing, the tendrils wrapped around her arms like jewelry, and the flowers blooming in Poison Ivy’s hair. Naturally, green is her predominant color. Completing the villainous vixen’s look is her long flowing hair that seemingly has a life of its own, and like all the pretty ladies in her series Poison Ivy has a hauntingly attractive Bishoujo-styled face.

Sculpted by Takashi Tsukada, Poison Ivy stands in 1/7 scale. Constructed of high-quality pvc plastic, the green lady stands on an exclusive base featuring intricate vines and snake-like creepers, some of which wind seductively up her legs!

Available February 2011."

Obviously this statue is being released a few months behind schedule. I can only imagine the time and effort it must take to mass produce an item so detailed. There was no discussion of price in their promotional write up. If you go to their official site you will see that every statue in the DC Comics collection is priced at $59.99. Not bad. Not bad at all. For more views of this statue please go to Toy News International or join Kotobukiya on Facebook.



AfroMonkey said...

Anime/manga girl faces are always hit or miss (depending on your tastes) but they always have very hot bods when the character demands it! :)*
Their version of Ivy has an almost cherub-like face that looks almost out of place, to me at least. She looks very girly as opposed to womanly- like the rest of her. But overall I would definitely agree that this is a wonderfully done piece, there's not a bland or underdeveloped part of it anywhere. A worthy tribute.

*And sometimes when they don't.

Deadly Garden said...

One thing I've learned over the years is that certain cultures (Japanese) have an affection for all things cute (kawaii). Even when depicting people in provocative ways there's always the giggling big-eye aesthetic that can make things a bit awkward - at least for me. (I have never understood the whole sexy school girl fascination.)

This statue is certainly womanly but you're right the face does border on girly or child-like. I suppose that's a side effect of trying to denote innocence with a kind face. But some people rather enjoy the juxtapose of demure and dangerous.

Such is the Bishoujo style.

AfroMonkey said...
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AfroMonkey said...

Well, a recurring trend in Japanese-originated characters I've noticed is the cuter-they-are the more likely they are crazy or dangerous.

For instance, I play a lot of video games and one of the best examples I can think of is this.
There was an acclaimed game on the Wii a good few years ago called "No More Heroes", revolved around assassins, in a world (not completely unlike ours*) where mindless violence and killing is as routine and casual as brushing your teeth. Anyway on topic.
The penultimate boss character was a young woman who went under the alias "Bad Girl". She was a pretty and sweet-looking thing, dolled up in Lolita attire of all things. ...But she was also an alcoholic, blood-thirsty and clearly insane killer. A fact that disgusts even the main character, a killer in his own right.
She uses her innocent and frail appearence to her advantage, e.g. occasionally drop to her knees and pretend to cry to lure the player to approach her only for her to knock them to the ground and quite literally beat them to death with her signature weapon; a bloody baseball bat. :|
This is all to be expected from the game's creater, Suda51. He's got an extensive record of weird and dark creations, but stuff like this is as normal as he gets.

Here's some footage of the said boss-fight, be wary of swearing and cartoon-blood (it's the US version). The beginning and end cutscenes really show what I'm talking about:

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