Drawing from that ever-fertile reservoir of scantily-clad, busty women, today I review a figure from American comics. Kotobukiya has been collaborating with Shunya Yamashita and Marvel Comics on their Marvel Bishoujo figure line. Last month their combined talents created Ms. Marvel, a character normally associated with The Avengers.
Your brief character history: Ms. Marvel started out like a female Superman, but lost her powers to Rogue. Eventually she regained her powers, along with the ability to fire off energy blasts. Otherwise she is notable for having a totally sweet outfit.
When I say “outfit” I mean sash. The rest kind of looks like S&M wear but the sash makes the outfit. Just look at the way it accentuates her hips, with the trailing part adding a bit of grace to her movements. Crime fighters don’t usually accessorize, but Ms. Marvel definitely made a smart choice.
Kotobukiya’s production of the figure is mostly good. Unlike the Emma Frost figure I reviewed a while back, Ms. Marvel is quite huge. Although the figure is 10.5″ tall, Ms. Marvel is only around 1/8 scale (still a larger scale than Emma Frost). She looks bigger than her scale would suggest for several reasons: her pose is more stretched out, her proportions are broad, and she represents a taller woman to begin with. So the figure looks comparable to a 1/6 scale one, but it’s actually a bit of an illusion.
The paint job is remarkably clean considering how their latest Rei turned out. I like the combination of gloss and satin finishes on her main outfit, while the translucent hair has been painted for some depth and shading. The concrete look on the base is pretty convincing too.
I only have one real concern about this figure – I say “concern” because it hasn’t shown to be a problem yet. As you can see, Ms. Marvel is posed in a leaping position, supported by one leg. In actuality it’s just the tip of her foot holding the figure to the base. That’s a fair amount of weight to put on such a small joint, especially as the center of gravity is so far forward. The ankle area doesn’t seem to be especially reinforced, so I’m afraid she’ll either droop down over time, or straight up break.
Aside from the one concern, I’m very satisfied with the figure. It’s still priced at $50 if you buy in the US (putting it in line with previous Marvel Bishoujo releases) but you get a lot more figure for the money. The finish is fair: great in most spots but with a few problem areas. I’ll be nitpicking those in the captions below. These things don’t really bother me, but if you’re a prospective consumer, you should be aware.