This Review is of the 1st Edition of the Statue Which was Released in 2012
Today we review the Kotobukiya Christie Monteiro Bishoujo Statue which is Kotobukiya’s first venture into the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 video game Bishoujo line bringing us the Capoeira martial artists. Appearing in multiple video game titles including Tekken 4, Tekken 5, Tekken 6 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Christie Monteiro is displayed here as she appears in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.
Kotobukiya is targeting a new audience with this new Bishoujo statue line with the hope of attracting video game enthusiasts into the statue collecting realm. Their choice of selecting the Tekken franchise is a well-placed bet as the Tekken universe is filled with a large selection of sexy looking ladies to add to this Bishoujo line. With that said, let us have a look at what this statue offers.
Christie is a Capoeira martial artist who is a Brazilian martial art form that mixes elements of dance and music. The statue is based on an illustration by renowned Japanese artist Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Takaboku Busujima. The sculpt perfectly captures Christie’s martial art form with a dynamic pose that resembles her in-game moves. The hair is dynamically sculpted, which, paired with Christie’s dynamic stance, gives the statue a sense of graceful motion proper to Christie’s form.
As with all newer releases from Kotobukiya, this one is sculpted in the 1/7th scale and stands approximately 10 inches tall. The sculpt faithfully duplicates her clothing and accessories from the game, and the head sculpts are well executed with bolder features such as a more pronounced nose compared to some other Bishoujo statues. Christie is provided with a clear base that attaches to her right foot giving the impression that she is standing on the tip of her toes.
The paint application on this statue is good with the paint scheme closely matching her in-game look; however, upon close inspection, you can see some seam marks on the body, especially around the hip area. While it’s nothing that will immediately stand out at you in a display case, if you do pick up the statue to inspect it more closely, you will notice them. I did not include photos of the seams because the Macro lens I am using exaggerates the problem and does not give you a good impression on how the statue would look like when looked at through normal human eyes. If you look at the attached YouTube video below and view the video in High Definition, you can see the seam marks around the hip area in the video.
As with other Kotobukiya releases, Christie ships in a windowed box that is adorned with the original beautiful artwork by Mr. Yamashita. The statue is still available for purchase directly from Kotobukiya for the SRP of $59.99. However, you might be able to grab her for a few bucks cheaper on the other usual channels such as Amazon and eBay.
Overall, this statue is an excellent start for a new Bishoujo line and is sure to satisfy both the gamer and Bishoujo enthusiasts looking to start a new series of statues.
This product was purchased by the reviewer and was not provided by the manufacturer for this review.