I’m a big fan of Kotobukiya in general, and of their Bishoujo (literally “beautiful girl”) line in particular. Based on designs by artist Shunya Yamashita, the range features some absolutely stunning work. Their Star Wars Jaina Solo Bishoujo is one of my absolute favourite figures.
Just in time to catch the wave of the fantastically successful Deadpool movie comes one of their more recent offerings – Lady Deadpool. Lady Deadpool (or Wanda Wilson) is the female counterpart of Deadpool from the alternate reality Earth-3010. If you want to know more about the character, I highly recommend the Lady Deadpool one shot “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, as well as the “Deadpool Corps” series. She’s very much a fan favourite and this statue does not disappoint.
The figure comes securely packaged in a sturdy box with clear windows on two sides. She’s actually a bit hard to see inside the box, as she’s wrapped in layers of protective plastic within a plastic shell. The box features an attractive red and white colour scheme, and has a full-length portrait of the original concept artwork on one of the sides.
Once you open the box, you’ll need to slit some tape before you can crack open the plastic inner. There are then a number of smaller plastic wraps and sleeves that will have to be removed before you can display the figure. They protect the figure from any scrapes or scratches in transit, and my figure was pristine out of the box. A small instruction sheet is included to show you the included alternative pieces and what goes where.
As expected from this range, the sculpt is clean and beautifully detailed. There is barely a mould mark anywhere and the few I did find are hardly noticeable. You really need to be looking for them to see them. Lady Deadpool comes with options to be displayed either with a masked or unmasked head, and a couple of alternative hands. All parts plug in securely and are easily swappable.
Also separate is a single M-26/61 Fragmentation Grenade that plugs into a hole in her right hand. It’s a small piece, but even has the safety pin ring sculpted as an open piece.
The Bishoujo-style face is very pretty, although the features are a little sharp for my tastes, particularly in the chin which is a bit narrow. She is smooth skinned rather than suffering from the pizza-face of comic book Wanda (which also fits the Bishoujo styling – you can see a similar approach to the Freddy vs Jason Bishoujos for instance). The unmasked head also has short hair compared to comic Lady Deadpool who features a long ponytail, but it works quite well on the figure.
Her costume on the other hand, closely matches what she wears in the comics (minus a few leg pouches), with the same red/black demarcation, belt buckle, crossed katanas etc.
Her base comes attached out of the box. Out of interest, I removed the small screw located underneath, but even with it taken out, the base didn’t budge and I wasn’t going to force it and potentially break something. Due to the way the feet are posed, I don’t think she’d stand very well without it in any case. It’s one of the simpler bases I’ve seen with a Bishoujo figure, but is quite effective, with a Deadpool logo neatly tampographed onto it. With the base, the figure stands about 23cm tall.
The paint finish is for all intents and purposes, perfect. Aside from the protection afforded by all the little plastic wraps, the actual colours are applied faultlessly. There is no splatter, overspray, or dirt in the paint anywhere that I could see.
The overall paint has a slight sheen to it, rather than a dead matt which I really like. The metallic used on the belt buckle and bracelets has a very nice gunmetal shine as well. There is a beautiful, subtle shading applied to her uniform that scales wonderfully without muddying the finish. A light drybrush highlights the details on the pouches on her belt.
The figure’s eyes – probably the most important aspect of the face – are perfectly aligned, and her lips have just enough of a darker pink shade applied so they stand out without looking as if she’s been chowing down on an overly garish lipstick.
This is a stunning, high quality figure of Lady Deadpool. She works as both an addition to an overall Bishoujo collection in her unmasked form, or as a comic book version if you prefer her masked. I rate her as a superb figure and I’m extremely pleased to have her in my collection.
Where to buy
There are currently only two stores in South Africa who stock all the very latest Kotobukiya products. The Bishoujo Lady Deadpool figure is available at “Cosmic Comics” (visit Cosmic Comics or go to their FaceBook page at: https://m.facebook.com/Cosmic-Comics-South-Africa-44462875336/) and at “Project Mayhem Collectibles and Action Figures Durban” (visit Project Mayhem or https://www.facebook.com/ProjectMayhemSA/?fref=ts) (courier available on all orders country-wide).
This review was first posted on the Figures in SA Facebook page.