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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Statue Review: Black Canary from DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Height: 9 inches (with base)
Medium: PVC and ABS Plastics
Non-Scalper Price: $65-$70 dollars
Designed by: Shunya Yamashita
* One problem that I never have with the Bishoujo series is the headsculpts. They're always gorgeous! Black Canary has a beautiful, sly glance that could equally be playful and that look she gives some punk when she's about to whip his or her behind (Dinah's a pro: She trains Batgirl from time to time). Kotobukiya really puts a lot of thought into their paintwork and the types of plastic they use in crafting these figures and it always shows in the quality work they produce.
* I mentioned that Black Canary has been delayed for a couple of years and from what I've heard, it's because Kotobukiya wanted to make sure to nail her fishnet stockings perfectly. Well, they have. These look incredible and are made from an excellent material. Fishnets were a signature part of Black Canary's look for many years and it's nice to see that Kotobukiya spent so much time perfecting them.
* Black Canary's base is simple but clever: It's a translucent blue disk with sound waves painted on it. It's a nice way to suggest Dinah's Canary Cry ability. Black Canary is permanently attached to the base (which is much preferable to a loose figure like the Armored Wonder Woman). She's very stable and sturdy and looks great on the shelf.
* Here's a view of the statue from the back so you can see Black Canary's hair flowing. The detail in the sculpt is great and the color has a little bit of a shine to it. I love the quality plastic that Kotobukiya uses because you always get a sharp, dynamic sculpt without the brittleness that comes with more traditional statues.
* I just wanted to point out Black Canary's boots. I love the "pirate" styled boots that so many comic characters wear and it's cool to see them here. The folds in the material of her leather (or maybe pleather) boots look great, too.
* One of the best parts about this statue is that it really has a layered, three dimensional appearance. The leather bustier doesn't look painted on; it looks like an actual piece of clothing with a properly scaled body underneath it. The jacket also looks like it could realistically fit over Dinah's body and the way it flares out from the body absolutely suggests some dynamic movement.
* Oh my gosh! A negative on a Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue? Well, yeah, but it's just a small one. I guess I'm not 100 percent sure what Black Canary's pose is supposed to represent: Is she stretching before or after delivering a beat-down? Is she just waking up? Is she reaching up to catch something going over her head? It's not bad, just a bit less of a defined pose than other figures in the series.
I haven't reviewed any other figures or statues of Black Canary on the site yet; this is the first! I have reviewed a few other DC Comics Bishoujo statues from Kotobukiya, though:
Armored Wonder Woman
By the way: I'm absolutely always looking for the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Catwoman and Supergirl. If you have either of these (or both) and are interesting in parting with them, please contact me!