Kotobukiya’s ‘Bishoujo’ line, normally reserved for anime-styled depictions of American comic book heroines, has now tackled an original character based on an established franchise. Meet Lucy, the newest member of the Ghostbusters.
This is a completed model, that is, a plastic statue without movable parts. It’s about 20 cm tall, with a 14.5 cm base. The statue was obviously made in a few parts, then glued together. You can see the seams in the arms, neck, and hair, but they are placed well-enough to pass for seams in clothing or natural lines on the body.
The hose and nozzle of the proton pack comes as a separate piece which you plug into the backpack. The handle sits a little too loosely in her hand, but given that the statue isn’t intended to be moved, it’s not that big a problem.
The sculpting is simple, but clean. There aren’t any minute details, but there aren’t any glaring errors, either. The draping of the torn clothes looks good from a distance, but is a little cartoony and unnatural on closer inspection, especially on the back where one of the strips of clothe doesn’t connect to the belt, and thus, shouldn’t stay up.
As for the paint, the flesh tones are very nice and subtle. The eyes are great, with extremely fine detail (they must have been laser printed on, or something) and a pearlescent coating that makes them shine. The uniform, on the other hand, is completely monochrome, with no shading or discoloration (which doesn’t make a lot of sense, given the state its in).
The Bishoujo line (bishoujo means ‘beautiful girl’) is intended to have a pin-up sort-of look to it, which is why Lucy’s uniform is in such disarray, but it’s pretty innocent for what it is. The pose isn’t dynamic or original, which is typical of this sort of figure. It would have been nice to have some kind of ghost incorporated into the scene, especially since there’s a lot of dead space left on the giant base.
Lucy is a solidly constructed figure, with a nice, but not groundbreaking sculpt and paint job. The big draw is the mixing of anime and Ghostbusters, which is certainly neat, but doesn’t quite live up to its full potential.