Having skillfully averted the annihilation of humanity over the course of Bioware’s epic Mass Effect video game trilogy, snagging the import statue inspired by the female version of the game’s daring and resourceful lead only seemed fitting.
Feast your eyes on the Kotobukiya Commander Shepard Mass Effect Bishoujo Statue. Following the previously released Liara T’Soni figure, the Bishoujo Commander Shepard is another beautifully rendered addition to Kotobukiya’s Mass Effect line. The creative vision of renowned video game designer and master illustrator, Shunya Yamashita, has been fully realized in a 9” (1/7 scale) statue that captures the game’s iconic Alliance Naval Officer with stylized precision.
Although Commander Shepard’s portrait, proportions, and pose are rendered in a distinctly anime art style, the armor and accessories have been sculpted and finished with an exhaustive level of detail and authentic flair that fans of the game are certain to appreciate. In addition, the ability to switch out the left arm with an interchangeable Omni Blade or M55 Argus Rifle (as well as an N7 Eagle Heavy Pistol in the Limited Edition SKU), add welcome customizations options. The figure also comes with a transparent base that includes two film inserts that enable display with either the Paragon or Renegade symbols shown. In combination, these features make the work of sculptor Masahiro Takahashi all the more covetable.
The Kotobukiya Commander Shepard Mass Effect Bishoujo Statue is proof that legendary video game heroes are slow to lose their sheen. Not surprisingly, it remains one of our favorite Kotobukiya collectible releases. Hopefully gamers will find out in 2014 when their Mass Effect adventures will continue with the expected announcement of a sequel for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In the interim, check out the original trilogy’s reigning heroine below to make the wait a little more bearable.