She’s finally here!!! Mass Effect fans rejoice as Kotobukiya has now opened the preorders for the Bishoujo Liara T’Soni figure!
Mass Effect fans (such as myself) were first suprised that Liara T’Soni, one of Shephard’s best crew (which can also one of the love interest in Mass Effect 1) was announced that she will get a Bishoujo treatment from Kotobukiya. Kotobukiya have already started its bishoujo line with Marvel characters with assistance from one famous artist namely Shunya Yamashita.
A bit of a background regarding about the character. Liara T’Soni or to be precise Dr. Liara T’Soni is an asari researcher who has spent the past fifty years of her life studying Prothean technology and culture, specialising in the Prothean extinction. She was born in 2077, making her “only” 106 — little more than a child in asari terms — when Mass Effect takes place. She already has a great deal of insight into the Protheans and is a highly trained user of biotics. She is a potential romance interest for either a male or female Shepard.
In Mass Effect 2, Liara T’Soni returns in the arc of “Lair of the Shadow Broker” wherein you as Commander Shephard must accompany her in the conquest to find and unravel the mystery behind the Shadow Broker. As an Asari, she continues her role as one of the most reliable biotic character that one can utilize in a party ( Biotic(s) in the game are Jack, Miranda, Morith and Samara ).
Going back to the figure, the said figure was also placed in huge discrimination and doubt by Mass Effect fans. Mass Effect is not a japanese game. The game was developed by Electronic Arts (EA) – Bioware for the Xbox360, PS3 and PC. The said title is a trilogy wherein the end of it all will come this March 2012 as EA – Bioware puts a definite closure for the game.
The figure was questioned to the point that Kotobukiya themselves opened up a facebook poll for her in-order to get Mass Effect fans input especially after the first prototype was released with her being less blue and a cow-boobed asari. Kotobukiya took the needed opinions and made changes to the said figure and thus the end result is stunning!
[Kotobukiya] Mass Effect 3 – Mass Effect Bishoujo Liara T’Soni Complete Figure is now up for preorders via Amiami for 5,000 JPY ($65.09 USD) with limited to 3 per individual (account). Just click on the link below to get your preorder listed and the release date is set for April of 2012 which is a bit too bad for a release date since Mass Effect 3 is set for a 2013 release date.