Review: Plasma Elizabeth from Kathie Olivas
With the release of a whole whack of new editioned figures including the Lucky Skull, Unripe Crumbeater, Violet Jack & Lucky and Plasma Elizabeth, Circus Posterus brought the hype to this year’s Dragon*Con in Atlanta. For me, Kathie Olivas‘ Elizabeth was the toy to grab, not simply because it’s new (though that kicks ass), but it’s an exquisite piece. Just like the Plasma Jack & Lucky and Plasma Skelve before her, the 8-inch bear-hooded Elizabeth is like looking through a sunny bottle of merlot, with the lustre of a candy apple. Very regal, indeed.
Given that Elizabeth had only been available as 34-inch hand-painted one-offs until now (Lizzie is a slightly different sculpt), news of a smaller, more affordable and editioned figure easily made this one of the most anticipated releases of the year. These Elizabeths are 66-piece runs for $100 a pop, versus $5,000 for a single (albeit gorgeous) handpaint. What’s more is that Elizabeth will be a series comprised of at least three different sculpts — Bear Hood, Bat Girl and Octopus Girl (or Aqua Girl), the latter two based on Elizabeth customs from the Monsters & Misfits show last April in Japan. Expect those editions to drop sometime this fall, along with blanks for hand-painted versions and customs.
Now, back to Lady Plasma. I’m usually picky when it comes to monochromatic figures. In fact, this is the only one I own. Solid colours can be tricky as it may wind up looking like a blob if the sculpt is clunky, and details are often obscured when it’s all the same colour. Not the case with this gal. Elizabeth is very distinct and possesses great proportion and shape. She’s also not as deep a red as the other Plasma figures; the resin is much thinner, allowing light to pass through and emphasize her features. For the near year or so that the Elizabeths were in production, this particular edition only underwent one revision — a thinner coat of resin to achieve just that.
Complaints about the figure? Not a single one. She stands straight, doesn’t wobble (a challenge when four legs are involved), has pronounced detail and is a sizeable piece. Granted, people either love or hate solid-colour figures — to each their own — but from a structural and artistic standpoint, it’s a home-run and certainly generates excitement for the next release.
Looking to add a Plasma Elizabeth to your collection? Keep an eye on the CP forums as the rest of the edition has yet to drop!