Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line has been going for a long time – even longer than I’ve been a collector I think. The quality, especially of the sculpts, has been up and down. Some of them don’t do a good job translating Shunya Yamashita’s designs to 3D while others are less problematic (but that won’t stop fans from nitpicking!). Jubilee was released around late December/January, and the promo shots were promising. Last week I finally decided to pick one up now that I have some cash to put into figures.
What prompted this particular purchase was my first visit to Nakama Toys. If you collect figures and live in Chicago, do yourself a favor and check them out. There was a real danger of me blowing all of my savings there, but I decided to rein it in and just go for Jubilee. For this particular figure, there was no markup – I got it for the $70 MSRP.
Although I had never been a Jubilee fan (I only knew her from the X-Men cartoon), I really wanted this figure because it’s just super cute. The sculpt stays close to Shunya’s character design, and I love the 90’s look of it. Her face is really great; the left side is the most flattering angle. Due to her outstretched arm and wide stance, Jubilee looks good through a wide lens as well. For the shots in front of the brick wall, I went with shorter focal lengths around 18mm, 35mm, and 55mm as I didn’t have enough room to use my macro lens. I had to save the detail shots for an indoors shoot.
As I mentioned, there’s a very 90’s feel to this Jubilee starting with those glasses. She has two variants, one looking even more retro than the other. The whole tube top/short shorts ensemble looks a bit old-timey but it works for me. And I love those Converse-style high tops. She’s adorned with no less than three X symbols, so you know what her affiliation is.
The face is my favorite part of this figure, but the legs come in a close second. Unfortunately she has no real butt to speak of – a missed opportunity considering the shorts. Kotobukiya has done a good job sculpting the musculature on her legs, and the shading work is nice. That said, there isn’t much shading work done on the clothing. Those shorts in particular came out looking pretty flat.
Figure prices continue to rise, so maybe it’s time we started tempering our expectations. I would have liked a better finished figure at $70, but nowadays you’ll have to pay $100 or more for the best quality. As far as figures go, even compared to other Bishoujo figures, this is a barebones package. You don’t get any effects parts showing her power or a scenic base. Still, Bishoujo Jubilee is fairly solid and she’s easy to get thanks to Kotobukiya’s US distribution. When the foundation is good, I don’t mind a lack of flourish.