We’ve been following the evolution of Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo (“beautiful girl”) statues for several years now. The series applies the playful sexiness and wide-eyed naivety of anime and manga art to popular film, comic book, and video game characters. We’ve seen DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Kill Bill, Tekken and Streetfighter figures all translated into the popular Japanese visual idiom.
You Can Look, But Ya Better Not Touch…
Even the most menacing maniacs of slasher movies Friday the 13th and A Nightmare On Elmstreet, Jason Vorhees and Freddy Krueger, and Child’s Play‘s Chucky and his bride, have undergone the Moe-style transformation. Via the vision of series illustrator Shunya Yamashita they are not just pretty they are powerful.
This year, at The Toy Association’s Annual Toy Fair we got our first look at Kotobukiya’s newest horror statue, Ash Williams from Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn, in its unpainted form. We’ve just received official photos from the company of the finished figure and are happy to share them with you. We’ve also included a gallery of our own bishoujo figure photographs.
As with the other stylized statues, it’s a bit of a mind twister to see Bruce Campbell rendered in a flirtatious, Daisy Duke clad, persona. The bishoujo horror figures have a slight kit bash feel to them based on their juxtaposition of glam and weaponry. The chainsaw wielding Ash stands on a base replicating the film’s cabin floor. Of course there’s a cadaverous hand emerging from the cellar, as well as a detached replica of the Necronomicon to ponder. The statue is scheduled for release in October 2018 at a retail price of $89.99 USD. Pre-Order is available at Kotobukiya’s website linked above.
Also displayed at Toy Fair was art for the company’s next foray into horror – the Pinhead of Hellraiser II: Hell on Earth (1992).
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