Metal Gear Solid V fans need this Venom Snake Gold Tiger

Here’s one for the dedicated gamers — we know who you are, and we salute you! Treat yourself with the Play Arts Kai Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Venom Snake Gold Tiger from the inimitable Square Enix. Nine inches of expertly re-created detail jump right off the screen and into the form of Venom Snake.

New articulation makes him more realistic than ever, contributing a smoother look to joint and neck movement. Accessories include an alternate head, interchangeable hands, a radio, a rifle, a pistol, a dagger and a display stand so you can re-enact your favorite video-game scenes.



The valiant Vixen is next DC Comics Cover Girl

Here’s a bit of comic-book history for you — Vixen was intended to be the very first African superheroine to take center stage in her own DC Comics series, but regretfully the first issue was canceled due to the late-’70s DC implosion. Regardless, Ms. Vixen has already made her mark on the DC continuum, and she finally got to star in her own limited series in 2008.

From combating poachers in India to going undercover to capture a drug kingpin, Vixen is not one to shrink back. Celebrate her awesomeness with this nine-inch statue, featuring her beautiful golden garb and a pose that shows she’s ready to pounce. Designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau and Sam Greenwell, this Vixen needs you to hurry up — she’ll only be available in a limited run of 5,200.

Don't be fooled. These claws are sharp.

Don’t be fooled. These claws are sharp.

Bishoujo series aims to wow with new Starfire statue

Continuing the much-lauded collaboration between DC Comics and Japanese toymakers Kotobukiya is their next¬†bishoujo¬†or “beautiful young girl” statue, Starfire! Standing nine inches tall, she is shown with picturesque tendrils of flaming hair gently framing her curvaceous appearance.

She perches atop a craggy rock which contrasts gorgeously with her shapely legs, clad in metallic blue thigh-high boots. They really pulled out all the stops with this one, and if a PG-rated statue with innuendo is what you’re looking for, this Starfire mold is your jam.

This is what we all look like casually lounging on cliff faces. Right?

This is what we all look like casually lounging on cliff faces. Right?

Juri from Street Fighter is next Japanese import from Kotobukiya

“Bishoujo” is an unofficial Japanese term for an attractive young lady, usually in her teens, and it’s well-known that anime and manga series use this aesthetic to give their female protagonists a timeless, innocent look. It’s far from realistic, but that’s kind of the point, isn’t it? Juri from Street Fighter is one of the latest figurines to be rendered using this type of visual. Her image is curvaceously formed and dynamic, as she holds one leg in the air in a jaunt that can be interpreted as both battle-ready and playful.

Made by Kotobukiya, standing an above-average nine inches tall, and comprising the third installment in their Bishoujo series after Cammy and Chun Li, Juri is both gorgeous and powerful. Sculpted by Masahiro Takahashi (Gill Gill) in her trademark shades of bright violet and midnight black, she comes replete with her distinct battle harness while cheekily sticking her tongue out at you. She’s perfect for display next to your other Street Fighter figures and is available for preorder now, shipping out in May of next year.

The memorable heroine from the Capcom game is the third in Kotobukiya's Bishoujo series.

The memorable heroine from the Capcom game is the third in Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo series.

The New 52 Katana stuns as one of DC’s Cover Girls

This fierce goddess’s namesake fits her perfectly — like the traditional Japanese weapon, Katana is a force to be reckoned with. Among this superheroine’s notable powers is the ability to capture and communicate with the souls of her victims after killing them. A normal Japanese girl who became a full-fledged samurai after training under a renowned master, Katana eventually melds her fierce forces with those of the Black Canary and Starling to become one-third of the Birds of Prey. Here, the swordswoman is displayed as a 9-inch statue designed by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, with sculpting done by artist Jack Mathews. The physical craftsmanship of this piece is phenomenal, and like its counterparts in the Cover Girls series, it has a limited run of 5200. She wields a sword rumored to contain the spirit of her dead husband, with which she converses in Japanese. Add Katana, one of the most captivating personages of The New 52, to your stronghold.

We wouldn't want to find ourselves at the other end of that lethal blade.

We feel sorry for whoever finds themselves at the other end of that lethal blade.