Figure Review: DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

The end of July will lead to an onslaught of figures which will probably be tempered by delays. In any case it’ll bring more than the June drought I’ve been suffering through. The first of the July figures to arrive is Kotobukiya’s Supergirl, from the DC Bishoujo line.

The nice thing about Kotobukiya is that I can buy their stuff domestically. Importing a figure, even factoring in the EMS shipping, usually costs less than buying from an American retailer. But with Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo figures, the cost for buying domestically is about the same as importing. This way I can space out my purchases over the course of the month (as opposed to waiting for the month-end influx from Amiami).

Kotobukiya’s quality has always been “good, not great.” As of late they’ve been improving, though not dramatically. Supergirl benefits from a cleaner paint job than Kotobukiya figures of old, but still has some significant flaws.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not a stickler for perfection. A lot of the points I’m going to make are nitpicky and don’t bother me. Still I feel obligated to write about these things as a reviewer. The first flaw is her hair, which is rife with seams and sloppiness from the moulding process. Second is the eyelids, which kind of make it look like she has pink-eye. The effect is ameliorated if you look at her from a lower angle. Finally, I’m not a fan of the way they handled her chest emblem. It should look like a part of her shirt, but instead looks like a separate piece that was hastily tacked on.

Moving on from her flaws, I think this is a great figure – it’s definitely my favorite Bishoujo so far. I love the playfulness of her pose and the way it pulls off the illusion of flight. Her face is super cute, although not all that Shunya-esque. The sculpt on her body is fantastic as well, especially around the midriff. And as I’ve mentioned already, the paint job is pretty good (a little messy on the chest emblem unfortunately, but good everywhere else). The use of translucent PVC on the clouds and hair give them a certain airiness. Another nice touch is the weight of the base, which should be adequate in keeping the figure planted.

As with my other Bishoujo figures, I think this one is pretty great for $60 shipped. I have so many anime figures that the American design (even if it’s Shunya-style) really stands out on my shelf. Soon I’ll have to start rotating out figures in order to make room, but I think Supergirl will stay on display for a while.

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
I opted for a deeper depth of field by using an f/10 aperture. I love bokeh as much as the next guy but the background is plain enough that I didn't need it.

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
For this shoot I went back to manual focusing, because fuck autofocusing and recomposing through the viewfinder when you have a tripod and live view.

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Here you can see how the sculpt of the eyelids can make it look like she has pink-eye.
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
From a lower angle it just looks like eyeliner.
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Nicely painted fingernails.
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
That chest emblem... not so great.

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Streaky the Supercat is part of the package. I don't know much about Superman's extended family, but apparently a flying freaking cat is part of it.
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
When I posted these photos on Tomopop, I commented that her pose gives off that "stay away!" or "don't look!" vibe, which made me feel like a total creeper for shooting at these angles. But I'm probably a creeper for owning the figures that I own anyway, so screw it. Let's get that camera right up her chuff!

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya

DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Love that midriff!
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Comparison with my Marvel Bishoujo figures. Supergirl with the base stands at 9 in tall, making her look as big as a 1/6 scale figure. But if you measure her body, she's closer to 1/8.
DC Comics Bishoujo Supergirl by Kotobukiya
Here's a shot of my "studio" in case you were curious. I literally just plop all that stuff on my bed (small bedroom). The backdrop is a roll of paper supported by a foam core board. My key light is a softbox I made from an old shipping box. Yep, nothing but the best for me.