One of the true gems of my collection is this, the 1/8th scale statue of Streetfighter’s ninja babe Ibuki! She is sculpted by Melting Neuron who has also done some amazing looking statues for Queen’s Blade.
Ibuki is a tall figure the tips of her hair just barely being able to fit on the tallest of my figure shelves.
Ibuki is a beautifully detailed figure, the folds in her clothes seem natural as they fall against her body. Her face is gorgeous with a slightly more realistic look then one would come to normally expect from Streetfighter. Her eyes are well rounded as she gazes downward, and have a very asian appeal to them that honestly isn’t too common in figures. Her nose is rounded, not the traditional pointy anime nose at all, and her lips are full and show just a hint of a confidant smirk. She is also very curvy, her breasts are large but not to the point of being disgusting, and her hips add a nice curve to this little lady.
Check that hip action out, there is just a hint of shading there where the clothes meet skin, a very nice touch indeed. I also love how there’s actaully body inside the clothes, I mean it honestly looks like like she is wearing the outfit. Also Please note the use of a darker brown to highlight the folds in her clothes and the curves of her body.
Like her bust and hips, a great amount of detail was put into her arms as well. Her arms show the definate signs of someone who clearly works out. The bandages wrapped around her her arm actually look like they go under the gloves….and the gloves themselves have a fair bit of detail too, actually making them look multi-layered instead of just a single hunk of plastic with no definition! Her sleeves are clearly supposed to be torn and the uneven edges give off that impression quite nicely.
Her other arm is just as nice and honest to god needs it’s own paragraph. O_O Look at how tightly she’s holding onto those kunai, like her life really does depend on them. There is an ample amount of shading between her fingers and down at the base of her thumb. The glove wraps around her hand and goes under her pinky finger. And most impressive of all she’s not holding the kunai perfectly straight they’re angled away from eachother like they actually would be if being held by someone.
I just noticed something and I think I need to back up a peg to call your attention to it. Check out her hairline, there’s just a small little zigzag there….. I’ve owned this figure for over three years and I never noticed that before…. Also while I’ve got your attention on her upper half, they put good detail in her ears and the hand holding her mask as well.
The back of this figure is honestly just as impressive as the front is. From the wrinkles and folds on the back of her shirt you can tell Ibuki’s shoulders are tense, she’s just about to move. You can see the proper indentation of elbows, which is pretty rare for figures….. but this girl she has muscle, and for looking like she’s staying so still, she screams of someone who’s just about to pounce. The details on her headpiece are great as well tied carefully, with enough wrinkles and folds in it to make it look like real cloth tied around someones head. If you take a glance at the base of her hair, you’ll also spot where it’s wrapped with a darker cloth to make it stand to the heights that it does.
Downward onto her legs….Again with the beautiful shading in the folds. Ibuki is truly a fine example of how to actually shade something and have it done right. Her calves are well toned and actually look a little strained at maintaining that pose. Her foot is tilted back again implying that she is just about to move. The wrap around her legs actually don’t look like they would impede her movement to much either since she didn’t wrap up higher or her ankles either. And yes each toe is individually sculpted and shaded the same as her fingers.
The foot she’s balancing on shows the same detail to it, with her toes splayed to be able to balance properly….maybe she should take up ballet instead of ninjutsu….
She balances nicely on a golden base, presumaly at the top of a building. The base to save it from being overly large or elaborate sits on a typical clear circle base. After three years on display she has begun to wobble a little bit, On a stable surface however her shelf life vastly improves.
I can’t believe I almost forgot to talk about her box, It’s honestly rather plain, showcasing her and another character released at the same time. Probably the only real knock I have with this figure.
Detail- 10/10 She’s amazing, everything about the detail on this figure is downright beautiful. The sculpter did an amazing job on her.
Paint- 10/10 Excellent use of shading and therearen’t really any places where the paint smudges or looks out of place.
Pose- 8/10 I love the detail in how it looks like she’s going to movebut I think they could have put a little more action into the pose. Dynamically posed girl figures are hard to come by.
Overall Enjoyment 10/10 Until the day she can no longer stand Ibuki will be a treasure on my shelf.