Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo collection has stretched all across the pop culture landscape, from comics to video games, but their most unique sub-line has to be the cinematic Bishoujo statues, which take classic movie characters and give them the “pretty girl” spin courtesy of illustrator Shunya Yamashita.
The result are some designs which are definitely more “out there” than the heroes of the Marvel or DC universe, but they feature the same wonderful sense of design and excellent sculpting Kotobukiya is known for.
Jason Voorhees is the latest silver screen icon to join the collection, and the slasher has been re-conceived as an axe-wielding woman, with that infamous hockey mask resting on her head. Overall, it’s a cool design… although I could personally do without the unnaturally torn, skin-revealing pants. Many of the other Bishoujo don’t sacrifice costume for the sake of extra nakedness, and I think this design is strong enough that it shouldn’t have to rely on that either.
Still, she looks cool, and it’s refreshing to see the woman not being portrayed as the victim here (even if she IS the killer, instead). And the statue itself looks gorgeous, with a wonderful sculpt as Jason rests her hatchet on her shoulder and her machete by her side. The blue shirt is actually more eye catching than the unnecessarily exposed midriff, and stands out brilliantly against the dark tones of the tattered jacket and pants this Jason is wearing.
Here’s some more details and images of the Jason Bishoujo, scheduled to hit retail this November:
A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! You’ve never seen your favorite horror movie icons like this! Kotobukiya brings a bold new direction to their popular series of Bishoujo Statues with the Freddy vs. Jason pair up, and following after Freddy is a new character interpretation by Shunya Yamashita of the slasher JASON VOORHEES! The Friday the 13th series began in 1980 with murders at Camp Crystal Lake, though it wasn’t until the sequel that Jason put on the famous mask and took matters into his own hands. Through successive sequels Voorhees would leave a trail of bodies from Crystal Lake to Manhattan, hell, and even the future before coming into conflict with Krueger in Freddy vs. Jason. Yamashita and Kotobukiya’s version of the slasher takes its inspiration from Jason’s on screen look but mixes in a beautiful girl in the bishoujo style. Voorhees stands in a relaxed pose in her tattered pants, top, and jacket with the iconic machete in one hand and an axe held over her shoulder. The scraps of her clothing reveal quite a bit of skin and her muscular physique, while her cute face is partly obscured by the nightmarish hockey mask strapped to the side of her head! Sculpted by Takaboku Busujima (Busujimax), Jason stands over 8 ½ inches tall (1/7 scale) on a specially designed base. She’s a totally unique addition for your collection, and the perfect companion to the Freddy Krueger Bishoujo Statue!
Available November 2014.
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