Liara T'Soni - The Kotobukiya Figurine

So during Comic Con we got to see a concept image of Kotobukiya's interpretation of Liara T'Soni. Earlier today the first, unpainted, version of the figurine was showed by Bioware on their Facebook page. Personally I think her face is a bit too much baby face (though since it isn't painted, I'm not really one to judge) and her chest is slightly too... much. But on a whole, I think it's a pretty nice impression of her.

And here's the painted version.

Guess they kept the funbags. But the face looks surprisingly good.

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Posted by PhatSeeJay

So during Comic Con we got to see a concept image of Kotobukiya's interpretation of Liara T'Soni. Earlier today the first, unpainted, version of the figurine was showed by Bioware on their Facebook page. Personally I think her face is a bit too much baby face (though since it isn't painted, I'm not really one to judge) and her chest is slightly too... much. But on a whole, I think it's a pretty nice impression of her.

And here's the painted version.

Guess they kept the funbags. But the face looks surprisingly good.

Posted by DeeGee

I don't know who that generic Asari is, but it's not Liara.

Although I watched a Q&A about Mass Effect 3 the other day and one question was about why she has a new face in preview footage, so I hope to god they didn't make her look like this.

Posted by TaliciaDragonsong

Her face was too hardcore, so they streamlined it for the casual audience.

Posted by mpgeist

@TaliciaDragonsong: *Rimshot*

Posted by DougQuaid

Seems like whoever modeled this thought, Hey I like Liara from Mass Effect.. but I also loooove anime!

Posted by Cr0ssbow

Yeah, as you've said in the post, the face and boobs are a bit much but that's kinda how these statues work I guess. I really would like to see how they take on Commander Shepard though, I just can't imagine him with anime eyes. Unless they're doing FemShep, which will probably just be a white-skinned version of this statue, unfortunately.

Edited by Gerhabio

Wtf, her chest wasn't that big in the game... And in the image she's not squishing them together like in the figurine.

Figures... goddamnit, Japan!

@TaliciaDragonsong: Made her face look like a damn barbie, huh?

Nice one, though.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

@DougQuaid said:

Seems like whoever modeled this thought, Hey I like Liara from Mass Effect.. but I also loooove anime!

That's the idea behind the whole line.

(these things are primarily sold in Japan)

Posted by ShaggE

Wow, her face is WAY too anime'd up. I also don't remember her breasts being that prominent, but it's been awhile.

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Posted by PhatSeeJay

Forgot to mention that they posted the images on Facebook to get some feedback from the fans. It's the first prototype and most likely subject to some changes.

Posted by rmanthorp

DAAAAYYYYUUUUMMMMMM.

That shit is U-G-L-Y

She doesn't have a single alibi in this world.

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Posted by RockinKemosabe

That's what Liara would of looked like if Mass Effect was a JRPG.

Posted by OllyOxenFree

HOT GLUE TIME!!!

Posted by MaFoLu

Yea, that doesn't really look like Liara...

I guess it's a good anime-ation of her, though.

Edited by Otzlowe

That sculptor either was not paying attention to the size of the boobs in the art, or his brain just automatically adds multiple sizes. That is way too much. 
 
Edit: And apparently also thought, "Confident pose? What? No. She's clearly just pushing those puppies together."

Posted by Cr0ssbow

@WinterSnowblind: That statue I do kind of like, actually. Maybe because it doesn't seem as ridiculous being that comic book characters are so ridiculously stylized anyways.

All in all, however, I'm just not the kinda person that can justify the kind of money these statues cost just to have them sitting on a shelf or desktop. I'd rather have a more realistic revision of Liara as a framed poster or something. Well...no that'd be weird too I guess. A cast of characters perhaps?

Posted by dungbootle

My name is Liara and I'm an anime

Posted by WizardShazam

Yeah, definitely looks like it will fit with the rest of their the Bishoujo line, which has been mostly comic ladies up to this point but I guess it is expanding with a female Ghostbuster and now Liara.

Posted by ahgunsillyo
@WinterSnowblind said:

@DougQuaid said:

Seems like whoever modeled this thought, Hey I like Liara from Mass Effect.. but I also loooove anime!

That's the idea behind the whole line.

(these things are primarily sold in Japan)

This is correct; a lot of people on the images seem outraged at this upcoming statue, echoing a sentiment akin to "WTF SO ANIME!  THIS NOT MY LIARA!"   

However, what these fans don't seem to be aware of is that Kotobukiya's entire Bishoujo line is meant to provide "pretty anime girl" interpretations of popular characters.  They've already released quite a few statues based on Marvel and DC heroines/villainesses like the above Poison Ivy and the below Jean Grey, and they're beginning to get into the video game realm with Liara and Tekken's Christie Monteiro.  While I think that some of these have been a little overboard with the... *ahem* assets, if you will, I think that a lot of the statues Kotobukiya has in their Bishoujo line are pretty neat.   
I was going to post a picture of the statue of Christie from Tekken, but I figured she was wearing a bit too little to be positively safe, and I didn't want to get in trouble for posting something inappropriate on here.  You can go search for pictures if you really want to.
Posted by ahgunsillyo

Regarding the Commander Shepard statue mentioned in the concept art card, it can be safe to assume that Commander Shepard will not look like a "pretty anime lady" (though I am also assuming that they're going to be making a statue of male Shepard, and that's another matter entirely).  Regardless of Shepard's gender in the statue, though, his/her statue will be part of Kotobukiya's ArtFX line and will thus most likely be a very accurate representation of the default Shepard. 
  
For example, this is what the ArtFX Iron Man Mk.IV statue looks like, and it doesn't look anime'd up at all.  So I don't think we need to worry about that Shepard statue.  Unless, of course, your Shepard isn't the default male Shepard.  But in that case, you should probably be used to that by now.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

@ahgunsillyo: I'd definitely go for a dudeShep of that caliber. The statue of Shepard from ME1 was pretty bad.

Posted by ajamafalous

@DougQuaid said:

Seems like whoever modeled this thought, Hey I like Liara from Mass Effect.. but I also loooove anime!
Posted by McGhee

It's a stylized Japanese version. I like it.

Posted by ShiftyMagician

As part of an anime-transformation line of Western characters, this is actually pretty good to me personally.  If Bioware came out and said 'this is the new Liara' then I would be a bit disappointed, but thankfully that is not the case.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

@ShiftyMagician said:

As part of an anime-transformation line of Western characters, this is actually pretty good to me personally. If Bioware came out and said 'this is the new Liara' then I would be a bit disappointed, but thankfully that is not the case.

Yeah I'm with you there. Sure I have some opinions about details with the prototype, but it looks fine as an anime style interpretation.

Posted by greenygrey

Ugh, it looks utterly atrocious. She doesn't look like her in game model, instead she looks like something ripped out of those weird fanmade porno mangas. 

Posted by PenguinDust

Don't forget, there is a Mass Effect anime in the works for 2012 so the art style might hint at what that will look like.

Posted by probablytuna

That is not Liara at all. I am very disappointed in their redesign of her.

Posted by mpgeist

I like it, but I recognize that some people will hate it. Anyone who complains that it should be changed shouldn't bother, Bioware knew what they were getting into when they agreed to have Koto design a figure.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Her boobs are the size of her head, no thank you.

Posted by ShaneDev

Looks like something out of Fornax.

Posted by Buscemi

NO, I don't want these boobies.

Posted by Aetheldod

I understand the concept and the face is ok-ish , but man those huge boobs is too much .... they scare me D:

Posted by Gamer_152

The battle-armor/trenchcoat thing is kind of cool but there's too much emphasis on the breasts and that's sure as hell not Liara's face. It wouldn't be a problem if Liara was a highly sexualised character to begin with but she wasn't. Damn merchandising.

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Posted by Deusx

Anyone complaining about her looking anime... This is Kotobukiya people. They make anime versions of western characters. I think it's amazing.

Posted by MordeaniisChaos

I still hate any Liara that isn't ME1 Liara. Softspoken goody two shows goes and becomes an information launderer? WTF?

I'm happy for the people this is for, but think this is totally stupid. Anime face, fine. But the tits? Really? It's hard not to be racist against what is apparently an entire continent of sexist little boys. It's like fucking Dragon Age 2 took a shit on her chest. I don't think I've seen such round, massive tits anywhere else but DA2, besides this statue. And that one red head lady that was in Firefly.

Posted by Laksa

needs nipples , and they would sell out.

Edited by Undeadpool

@TaliciaDragonsong: Heyo! Try the veal, folks.

But yeah, I'd like it a lot more if her face didn't look like a 12-year old...then again, if that were the case, it wouldn't be a female Kotobukiya statue.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

And here's the painted version. Updated OP with the rest of the images.

Edited by Rabid619
@PhatSeeJay: Hm looks good to me, I'm most likely buying it. I'd rather have a normal style Liara but I still like it. Where'd you get the updated pics from? Can't find anything on Liara on the company's site.
Posted by Rabid619
@PhatSeeJay: Perfect, thanks.
 
Very curious to see what they do with Shepard, though that's sure to be a lot pricier.
Posted by I_smell

@DougQuaid said:

Seems like whoever modeled this thought, Hey I like Liara from Mass Effect.. but I also loooove anime!

HA yeah that's pretty much what I thought. It looks dumb.

Posted by RuneseekerMireille

I kind of like it. Even if I do think she's quite a bit more...well-endowed than usual. How much will they actually be?

Edited by aceofspudz

What really bugs me about this is her expression and stance, not the anime stylization. Liara isn't a shoulders-up, smilin' with ass-n-tits out kind of character. That's Miranda. Liara is quiet, thoughtful and has all kinds of worries and problems. She'll even bone you if you offer her ridiculously false assurances in Shadow Broker. That little bit was a triumph of good characterization, even though I was sour 'cause I struck out.

If they'd bothered to capture her personality a bit and not turned her into a generic coquettish anime babe, people would be cooler about it.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

@RuneseekerMireille said:

I kind of like it. Even if I do think she's quite a bit more...well-endowed than usual. How much will they actually be?

I think it said $60 was the initial estimate on the statue description, and most Bishoujo statues seem to go for that price.

Edited by SoldierG654342

I don't understand the desire to own figurines, regardless of who designed them or what series they are from. Models, sure, but not figurines.

@aceofspudz said:

If they'd bothered to capture her personality a bit and not turned her into a generic coquettish anime babe, people would be cooler about it.

That's kind of the entire point of the Bishoujo Series.

Posted by Lazyaza

I wish they would do one of Tali.   Dem hips, awwwww yeah. lol

Posted by uniform

At least they showed the character some respect. I'm actually surprised she's not wearing ass-less chaps or something. They took my favorite character and basically made the back of her skirt flying up to conveniently reveal a bare ass and panties. Oh Japan.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

@Lazyaza said:

I wish they would do one of Tali. Dem hips, awwwww yeah. lol

Or Miranda. These figures seem perfect for Dat Miranda Ass.