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Submitted by LightSamus 955d ago | news

Busty Liara Statue Causes Fan Upset

Bioware have shown off pictures on their Facebook of a new “Bushoujo” Liara T’Soni figurine created by Japanese figurine maker Kotobukiya and it’s safe to say, the majority of fans aren’t pleased. (Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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Nate-Dog  +   955d ago
Sex sells. Besides, is it really that much of a surprise? Look at the depiction of Miranda in ME2 and how many ass shots there were (and that tight black leather outfit... mmm leather, ahem), and look at how sexed-up Ashley Williams now looks from the pictures we've seen of her in ME3 compared to her in ME. This is only a figure after all, I get why people are annoyed but it's not like you have to buy it or pay any attention to it.
Yi-Long  +   955d ago
I really like the statue...
... I think it looks great.

Then again, I'm not over-sensitive to some slight 'over-sexualisation' (their words, not mine), and I don't feel having an appealing body detracts from other qualities a woman (or female alien in this game) might have...
LightSamus  +   955d ago
It's more that the character in the game never even so much as flirts openly. They're very shy and withdrawn and putting her out like this has obviously annoyed a lot of fans. Say they did the same to Miranda, it would be less surprising seeing as how open she is sexually in ME2.
t0mmyb0y  +   955d ago
Postits
gamingdroid  +   955d ago
I don't mind over-sexualisation either, but at least match the character to what we know them as.

If she was like that when the game was introducted, I would have no issue with it, but that looks nothing like Liara at all....
OdinFallen  +   954d ago
I agree with you, I actually enjoy the different look that it takes. I'd buy it in a heart beat if it released as is.
Getowned  +   954d ago
is it wrong i want to cuddle with that statue.

it looks enough like her to know it's her but some thing is off a bit..but i do like it nothing to be upset over.
pixelsword  +   954d ago
"she's" an alien...

...who know if her race can do that at will?
Vaud-Villian  +   954d ago
Art is an embellishment. This is their interpretation, not all art has to be source material strict.
MaxXAttaxX  +   954d ago
1. Just because she isn't a slutty character doesn't mean she doesn't have a sexual side to her.
I mean, people did "hit that" in the first game. Let's not pretend like this side of women doesn't exist.

2. It's not made by Bioware. It's a different artist's rendition who is known for doing this. Why should you expect any different.
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snipes101  +   954d ago
Ehh, crap like this annoys me. Liara is nothing like that in the game and isn't even as busty as this statue suggests.

I don't think expecting a little faithfulness to the source material is being "overly-sensitive." She was never sexualized in the game...why now?
lastdual  +   954d ago
That some gamers complain about this just shows how out of touch they are.

Look at figures for Batman or Wolverine or any popular character and you'll find that there is a lot of variation, as hundreds of different artists all do their own unique take on the character.

This particular artist has given us his take on Liara, and now people complain that it's not a carbon copy of the game model? Why should it be? Stop complaining and be glad the Mass Effect universe is popular enough to warrant unique artistic interpretations like this one.
morganfell  +   954d ago
"This is their interpretation, not all art has to be source material strict."

I would agree except you are overlooking a major fact. The "their" in this case is Bioware. This figure is receiving official endorsement.
darthawesome90  +   954d ago
An ok statue. I don't think making a busty statue will make is sell better though unless people actually get off by viewing busty aliens. I don't see how people would be upset by this though.

P.S. - I'm getting really sick of stuff like this. Nobody can do anything without somebody or some group getting upset. USA "Home of the whiners"
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AKS  +   954d ago
@lastdual

It's not like people are calling to ban it. Different artists are allowed to create their own interpretation, and we are allowed to call it crap and complain that it doesn't represent the character well.

I don't like it at all. It looks like a pervy tween boy's hentai fantasy. Liara is actually a pretty decent and likable character, and I don't like to see her represented in this cheap, sleezy way. Pick a character from one of the Dead or Alive Xtreme Volleyball games for that kind of crap.
DragonKnight  +   954d ago
When a person is offended by a figurine, you know that person has WAY too much time on their hands. Seriously? You're mad about a figurine? Man, some people need hobbies or a relationship or something. It's just a "toy" for goodness sake. There are more serious issues to be upset about than a stupid figurine.
Gurt_McSquirt  +   954d ago
Doesn't bother me. People are too sensitive these days.
snipes101  +   954d ago
@AKS...thank you this is exactly what I'm thinking.

@lastdual...you fail to mention that batman has been around for decades and has been given time to breathe as a character before people took him in another direction. Plus, how many times have you seen him "sexualized?"

@dragonknight...I'm not offended by it, I just think it's retarded. Stupid. Dumb. Idiotic. It's not an issue of having "too much time on your hands" either. It took me about two seconds to decide that it looked idiotic.

To people saying that people are so sensitive...that's just stupid is no one allowed to judge things anymore? It's out there, people will either like it or hate it. I hate it because I hate it, not because I'm sensitive, but because I think it makes Liara look retarded.

If I want to go see a pair of clothed tits, I'm not going to go buy a statue.
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DragonKnight  +   954d ago
@snipes101: "I'm not offended by it, I just think it's retarded. Stupid. Dumb. Idiotic. It's not an issue of having "too much time on your hands" either. It took me about two seconds to decide that it looked idiotic."

Fair enough, but why bother to comment on my comment if it didn't offend you? Clearly my post was meant for those who are just a tad too upset over a frickin' figurine.

"To people saying that people are so sensitive...that's just stupid is no one allowed to judge things anymore? It's out there, people will either like it or hate it. I hate it because I hate it, not because I'm sensitive, but because I think it makes Liara look retarded."

Judging something, and posting rabid hate, are two different things. A judgement is "well, it doesn't really look like the character we know, and for that reason I don't much care for it." But look at the comments on here, and ones shown in the article and on the facebook page. That's a completely different thing. Those people are close to wanting to gather a lynch mob over a stupid figurine. Honestly, it's a clear case of being oversensitive and overinvolved.

"If I want to go see a pair of clothed tits, I'm not going to go buy a statue."

If I want to see how the actual character looks, I'm going to buy the game and forget about some figurine.
CameronL99  +   954d ago
It's more than obvious that the entirety of the nay-sayers and whiny complainers of this innocuous statue are all fat ugly girls with inferiority complexes.
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ATi_Elite  +   954d ago
I Do Not like it
cause that's not how Liara is. she's not some stupid sexed up character but she is a thinker a normal looking chick with brains.

This figurine makes Liara look like a Bimbo and the facial expression is not the smart classy determined look of Liara but more of the look of a Stripper on a pole pushing her tits together and like magic you throw money at her. Trust me I've seen that look a Million times and I have spent thousands of hours and dollars studying it.

If you ever watched the old Star Trek and Lt. Uhura was one of the sexiest woman on Tv at that time (Long leather hooker books and a mini skirt along with a I'm too sexy hair-do) but her demeanor, facial expressions, and speech made it clear that Lt. Uhura was not to be taken lightly of and that she knew her job thus giving woman respect way back in the 70's. She did her job very well and the crew valued her opinions as Lt. Uhura was an equal and not some Bimbo character (except that one episode where the aliens hypnotized Lt. Uhura into seducing the whole crew what a fap episode that was)!

So yes these bimbo characters and dolls to me discredit all the Smart and sexy woman out there today. Woman can be sexy and smart but oversexed characters loose all validity unless it's a show about hookers or strip clubs.
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gamingdroid  +   954d ago
LOL... she is nothing normal looking being alien, blue and even in the game has rather prominent good looking female curves.

That said, I get what you are saying. In the game world, she is normal. In real life, she has fantastic curves.
DarthJay  +   954d ago
The entire purpose of this type of statue is to look like an anime big boomed bimbo. This is not new or original. It has been done with countless comic book and movie characters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

This was never meant to be replica, to scale or anything else. The average Mass Effect fan is not the target audience. It is not meant to be a commentary on Liara's character. It is exactly what it is: a Bishojo statue of Liara from Mass Effect, just like the tons of others that came before her:

http://www.google.com/searc...
ATi_Elite  +   954d ago
Whoa i was totally unaware that it's a Japanese culture to make "bimbo figurines" of under age girls.

Eeeeew Yuk! Pedophile alert! Pedophile alert!
Bushoujo = Pedophile art I guess!
UltimateIdiot911  +   954d ago
Let's be honest, this part of their line-up clearly isn't targeted towards a crowd like you.

You sound like you'll much prefer their Fine Art line up.

I think that most of the people complaining are missing that point or Kotobukiya should have made the Fine Art version instead. Have you seen their other Bishoujo line up?
Denethor_II  +   954d ago
@Nate-Dog
"Sex sells"

I know it, I nearly shot my load when I first played Mortal Kombat 9.
ATi_Elite  +   954d ago
lol
showtimefolks  +   954d ago
who cares girls in games
have always had big boobs not a issue and i play game to have fun not to look at fake boobs lol

mass effect 3 day one
Andronix  +   954d ago
It's just an artistic interpretation
I've played both Mass Effects and sure this figurine looks different because of the bigger breast, anime eyes, and provocative pose but so what? It's not meant to be a perfect representation of Liara. Bioware wanted a Japanese style that's why they went to a Japanese designer. DC comics regularly commission different artists to design statues based on different versions of the Batman. It doesn't change the 'real' Batman does it? Storm in a tea cup.
Winkle92  +   954d ago
Yeah, it's not even supposed to be a representation of her character. It's more of an anime caricature. People way overreacted. Maybe they should release an "in-game" statue of her too so fans of the in-game version won't feel left out.
Anderson8  +   954d ago
i didnt know breasts could make so many people unhappy... what has the world come to
scotchmouth  +   954d ago
Indeed Mr. Anderson.
Blacktric  +   954d ago
The problem is not the depiction, but this is the only official statues that will see the light of day for some time. They need to be accurate as they can be instead of having the artist's own depictions applied to them. If this would be something like a collector's edition statue that'll get to released besides the normal ones then I'd have no problems with it. And Miranda's big butt have nothing to do with the subject. That's how it was in the game and if they'll make a statue of her, it should be at the same size. For God's sake if they've made a Princess Leia statue with big breasts and over exaggurated hair and all that, I can't even imagine the fan response yet when same thing happens to ME, no one cares.
RustedMan  +   954d ago
yes it does.
Liara was -incredibly- oversexualized...in the game.
why is this such a shocking and appalling depiction of her?

if she were the 'dominant strong female figure", why is she wearing low cut skin tight outfits, because she wants to show people how much of an intellectual she is?
otherZinc  +   954d ago
That's Liaras Party Outfit.
People need to settle down.
& Its Japanese art, what do you expect!
snipes101  +   954d ago
Concerning the tits thing, I was speaking to the people on here saying "whats wrong with a good 'ol pair of tits?" and things like that.

Personally, I wish this news wasn't so popular on the site, but it's here and big enough to be worth commenting on. Obviously, not every person on here commenting will be offended by it. People are just, like me, giving their take on it. That's what comment threads are for, to allow for different viewpoints on a topic to be offered up.
snipes101  +   954d ago
Alright I can see your point there with all of the hate and I agree with you, but it just seems that some people were over generalizing the issue claiming that everyone that has a problem with it is automatically being overly sensitive.

And in order to comment on this, I did not need to be offended. It is currently sitting at over 1000 degrees on here, so it is safe to say that it is being discussed from many angles. Plus, the purpose of a comment section is not to just have utterly like minded people come together and agree with each other, it is here to allow multiple viewpoints to come together and offer their perspective (thought the value of certain perspectives can at times be debatable).

Plus, you weren't offended, so following your logic I could theoretically be asking you the same question.
Catherine_866  +   954d ago
To all the people that say it’s just a figurine, art, not a big deal…I bet you’d react negatively if it was a figurine of Commander Shepard with a huge bulge in his pants. And the pants are so tight that you can see all the penile details, veins, glans etc
subtenko  +   954d ago
Idk why..but for a second I personally thought the title said Laura Croft...I was like...That doesnt look like LauraCroft!!....oh wait...LIARA *facepalm* hahaha

Agree or Disagree if you Agree
newleaf  +   955d ago
Japanese figurine maker...need I say more? If he had it his way, her eyes would be as big as grapefruits and her breasts as big as melons, its what they do.
BrightFalls76  +   955d ago
And they do it well, God bless em'!
Inception  +   955d ago
Well, what i knew that not only japanese but americans , or i'll have to say: the mayority of male on this earth (always) love big size tities right?

@Brightfalls76
God bless the japanese...and big tities! <3
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nickjkl  +   954d ago
at first i had a smile on my face

and then i read our comment and now im sad you that some one was able to make a comment so idiotic
BrightFalls76  +   955d ago
Although Mass Effect is my favorite series of this generation how can anybody get upset with this? I give it two, errr, thumbs, yeah thumbs up!
WetN00dle69  +   955d ago
Look good to me. I want one.
young7yang  +   955d ago
i like it
jb1276  +   955d ago
i think the big boobs are supposed to help draw your attention away from the face - that looks nothing like her (mission accomplished) who doesn't like tig oh bitties
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Reaper9937  +   955d ago
IMO, look awesome, Bioware please make a ME3 special edition with this figure included...would be a day one purchase for me.
perfectCarbonara  +   955d ago
This is typical Kotobukiya style stop crying. They make ALL there female characters like this.

They have a name to maintain.
Bay  +   955d ago
I just find it funny that the pose is pretty much different than the actual artwork

: http://moarpowah.com/wp-con...

She's not pushing her boobs up like in the figure. That and her face looks way too young.
tiffac008  +   955d ago
This statue is probably geared towards the Japanese market and help advertise the anime adaptation of the game.

http://www.joystiq.com/2011...

I can understand the disappointment by fans because of the difference in design but this is a cultural preference after all and they need to market the product that will appeal to that region.

Besides I think Liara is cute in both her original design and this one. :)
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Syakinta  +   955d ago
Wow...
Most creepy things I've ever seen...
Lionalliance  +   955d ago
I thought everyone like big boobs.
J86blum  +   954d ago
How could people complain, it said Japanese and your surprised their is big boobs? thats like saying you hate water cause its a liquid.
SageHonor  +   954d ago
Looks ugly..
ZeroChaos  +   954d ago
I am surprised they're so much issue considering she was considered a sex object in the first game.
-IronMan-  +   954d ago
I want one. Nothing wrong with bewbs.
BattleTorn  +   954d ago
It's just a horrible japanese style recreation.

People need to stop thinking it's from bioware, it's not.

I take more issue with the face, but ya the balloon boobs are a little much. But hey, if sexy statues are your thing, rock on.
SolDojo  +   954d ago
I can't believe people are upset, this came from a statue maker who is apparently well known for this type of thing.

Damn, I thought I'd never see the day when a hot alien chick with big bewbs caused an internet uproar...

These nerd bastards will get mad at anything these days.
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Romudeth  +   954d ago
This is part of the bishoujo line of figures so it's supposed to look like that. For those that don't know, bishoujo roughly translates to "young, sexy girl". The female marvel and dc comics characters have these sort of figures too and I didn't hear anyone complaining about those.

If you don't like this then don't buy it. Let's hope that Kotobukiya doesn't listen to these idiot fans and alter the figure. Again, she's MEANT to look like that to keep in line with the rest of the figures in the series.
Jack_DangerousIy  +   954d ago
So.... If someone doesn't like the look then they are idiots?
Get over yourself bub. You are poison for this environment. Attitudes like that is exactly why people can't simply come on here without being attacked.
Romudeth  +   954d ago
If they dislike the look because of ignorance then yes they are idiots. Maybe if they had done their research they wouldn't have gotten their panties in a bunch.

I'll state it again for those who didn't read/understand my original post.

The Kotobukiya company has a line of figures in the Bishoujo series. What they do is take famous females from popular media and make figures of them in the Bishoujo (sexy girl) style. Does this Liara fit that description? Yes she does. Therefore those who don't get that this version of Liara is supposed to be overtly sexualized are ignorant fools.
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VictoriousB13  +   954d ago
It's Japanese. They love their big breasts.
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Jappy-k7  +   954d ago
looks pretty sweet to me...I WANT!
OdinFallen  +   954d ago
I'll take 5 please.
blackhammer  +   954d ago
My only complaint would be continuity. Did the original character have that big of breasts? If so, I'm good with it.

And she got breasts. I like breasts.
pijinio212  +   954d ago
mmm delicious im buying i luv tits....
Platinum_k  +   954d ago
Statue looks great! I don't know what these feminine extremist are talking about.

They ought of be used to it by now.

SEX SELLS!
Jack_DangerousIy  +   954d ago
I've never been about to see the appeal of collectible action figures(toys) and statuettes. Not that I think there is anything wrong at all with being a collector.

I do agree with the people saying this doesn't fit her character at all. It doesn't make sense to have her like that.

But, that being said. Since I'm no collector it doesn't "bother" me or anything that extreme. I just feel that if they were going to have a bust (no pun intended, I'm not that immature) of Liara they should at least show respect to her personality. It doesn't make sense yo.
Hicken  +   954d ago
As others have stated, it's part of a line this particular figure maker has recently done. They all share the same style.
Jack_DangerousIy  +   954d ago
"As others have stated..."

Yet you had to also say it.

I really don't care if it's the style. It doesn't mean that people have to like seeing the character being portrayed like that.

Surely, you can understand this whether or not you feel the same way.
Hicken  +   954d ago
Oh, I do understand.

As someone who has an interest in various types of everything (forvgive me, for i'm drunk and tired of correcting myself) I can accept this as certainly as I can accept her original iteration iteration, and all the fan-made variations.

i, myself, am a fan of small boobs- don't tell the girl I spent all night flirting with, as hers were definitely not small- but I can appreciate the female form in all its form, real and unreal, pixel and pvc.

it's one thing if you don't like it, but to be up in arms over it like peple are is going too far.

once again, screw sepelling, as i am drunk s as skunk right now.
Megaton  +   954d ago
I'm more concerned with the face looking horrible. Looks nothing like her. Looks like an anime Liara.
BattleTorn  +   954d ago
agreed! the nose is so tiny? and not accurate
Studio-YaMi  +   954d ago
because it actually IS made by a Japanese toy factory and is marketed for the japanese audience and culture,this is common there,so all this fuss is really over nothing !
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Megaton  +   954d ago
It would be one thing to do a sexualized Miranda, since BioWare have made her sex appeal the forefront of her entire character. It doesn't fit with Liara.

I also don't see why they needed to "anime-ify" her face. Who cares if they're aiming this oppai nightmare at Japan? The Japanese people can't appreciate an accurate, non-sexualized game character model?
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