Once again I end up with a DC Collectibles statue that doesn't quite live up to expectations.
I'm proud to announce that I'm the newest contributor of collectible reviews over at DC Collectors! I will be posting many of my DC-related reviews there, starting with the fabulous Bishoujo Power Girl from Kotobukiya! Gill Gill fans don't want to miss out on her.
After ages of doing what felt like nothing but repairs and custom action figures, I finally found some time to finish up a few of my kits! The ones that took up most of my time were a pair of giant 1/4 scale Gundam characters, the first of which is probably the most recognizable: Char Aznable, the popular antihero antagonist of the original series!
As a figure collector, I'm always intrigued when a new line of Wizkids/Neca's line of Heroclix gaming pieces are released. For this long-running collectible game, it seems no character from the Marvel or DC pantheon is too obscure or out of date to make an appearance in miniature form. The only unfortunate thing is the size: most figures are barely over an inch tall making detail, paint, and sculpt quality spotty at best. But every once in a while a special larger figure is released as a chase figure or a limited convention release, which is what gives us Colossal figures like this fabulous Fin Fang Foom.
I'm historically not the biggest fan of DC's Ame-Comi line, I've found most of the designs to be a little lackluster. So I was even more excited when some great new figures were presented at C2E2 earlier this year. DC is putting more of its weight behind the line, bringing in talent like Amanda Conner to give it a comic to back it up and hiring awesome sculptors like veteran James Shoop to bring us better designs, like this Brainiac. Ame-comi still has some evolving to do, but let's check out the progress, shall we?
I've been a bit critical of the DC Collectibles Batman Black and White line before, but there are always exceptions to the rule. When I first spotted this Jock designed Dick Grayson as Batman prototype at C2E2 earlier this year, I was amazed at how dynamic they made it. Now that it's in my hands I can really see how sculptor Michael Locascio knocked it out of the park. Take a look!
When DC Collectibles first released their Lee Bermejo designed Joker statue last year, I kept wondering when I'd get to see a Brian Bolland version. When this Joker first debuted later that year at a convention, it was more than I could ever hope for. Not only did we have a Bolland Joker, but it was from the cover of Legends of the Dark Knight 50 with his cat! After waiting what felt like 5 months for it to show up in Previews for preorder and even longer for it to come out, the newest Batman Black and White figure is in my hands and I can show it to you!
If you're a Batman fan, this picture needs no explanation. It's just amazing. Kotobukiya is bringing us an amazing statue in May 2013 that true Joker fans will absolutely kick themselves if they miss out on. This is the Joker based off the cover illustration by Brian Bolland of the classic miniseries The Killing Joke, written by Alan Moore. This haunting sculpt is brought to us by Abe Junnosuke, who in this writer's opinion is one of the very best comic book style sculptors out there.
For edgy manga fans of the late 80s and early 90s, little was cooler than the heavy metal-tinged fantasy Bastard!! Many loyal fans of the series have hung on for over 20 years now as the manga still trickles out, and merchandise is quickly snapped up. Orchid Seed understands these needs and has brought us a fantastic version of half-dark elf Thunder Empress Arshes Nei who has her curves in all the right places, thanks to veteran sculptor Ishiyama Satoshi.
I don't usually cover a lot of moe figures here, but when mega-popular illustrator Tony Taka and legendary sculptor Miyagawa Takeshi team up, it's news worth reporting in my book. This is not their first collaboration, but it's the first Clayz E*2 collaboration figure that's been available since the long sold out Catgirl pair in 2010, which is sure to excite fans.