BioWare Gives Liara a Reduction Mammoplasty

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BioWare Gives Liara a Reduction Mammoplasty

BioWare's Liara T'Soni statuette will hit the shelves with her assets considerably deflated.

In September 2011, BioWare sought feedback on the prototype statuette of Liara T'Soni, the Asari biotic who helped Commander Shepard save the Citadel in the original Mass Effect. And feedback it got, specifically in relation to Liara's breasts, which were, well, gargantuan. Mammoth. Humongous. Like a couple of volleyballs stuffed into tube socks. You get the idea.

The statuettes are being developed in partnership with Japanese company Kotobukiya and are meant to be a "bishoujo"-style rendition of the character, which helps to explain the malproportioned look, but the original design was still a bit much for an awful lot of fans to swallow. BioWare, to its credit, appears to have heard the complaints and acted upon them, as newer images of the statuette reveal a Liara packing considerably smaller guns.

It still looks nothing like Liara, it's still striking a ridiculous pose and its focal point is still a healthy set of Asari jugs mashed together in the classic "pay attention to me on MySpace" fashion. It is, in other words, still the reduction of a brilliant, conflicted scientist to a cheap slab of fanboy cheesecake. But hey, at least her boobs are smaller. Until BioWare releases a statuette of Zaeed in a banana hammock, I suppose we'll have to take what small victories we can.

via: Kotaku

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Much better than the first. Though, I do believe I made a complaint about the face, but whatever.

No amount of breast reducing is gonna make it not look like a baby's head on a stripper's body.

That pose is fucking ridiculous.

Oh man Liara looks like she's in one of those Japanese animes!

I don't understand why they're contracting a Japanese company, who is giving the character a Japanese influenced look...

Where's Square or Todd Mcfarlane when you need them?

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The problem was never her boobs, the PROBLEM was that retarded face that doesn't even look like her! Aside from being a little thin, everything bellow the neck is fine (pose could work if she had a better ANY expression)

I'm pretty sure the boobs were problematic too.

It's still very awkward, and still looks nothing like Liara. Though I do admit I have no clue what boshoujo is.

DustyDrB:
It's still very awkward, and still looks nothing like Liara. Though I do admit I have no clue what boshoujo is.

It translates to Cute Girl.

...Until BioWare releases a statuette of Zaeed in a banana hammock...

...

Now that would be bad for everybody.

As (I actually don't have a word that accurately describes my feelings towards this) as this is. It might be appropriate to mention that Asari do live for 1000+ years and Liara's less than 110 years old. This could be a result of alien puberty.

I know it's not a good excuse for (what ever this is) but it might work depending how her character is written in Mass Effect 3.
If Bioware didn't dump their writing team for the sake of adding more cover and holographic knifes.

Soviet Heavy:

DustyDrB:
It's still very awkward, and still looks nothing like Liara. Though I do admit I have no clue what boshoujo is.

It translates to Cute Girl.

I guess they are trying very hard in that regard, then. It's just not for me.

The main problem I had was with the face, as with many others. But at least they've mare this slight change.

The original was fine. Why would you reduce such a glorious bust?!

for god's sake bioware, if you're gonna release this no matter what, fine, i can't stop you. but don't get our hopes up by asking us what we think if you're just gonna ignore us and release it anyway.

Frostbite3789:
Oh man Liara looks like she's in one of those Japanese animes!

I don't understand why they're contracting a Japanese company, who is giving the character a Japanese influenced look...

Because apparently there is a market for turning westen friction female characters into anime girls figures-

If you mean just having a non anime version of her than I don't know why they went for the anime version in the first place since I would assume people would of prefer the non anime look.

I guess if you measure sexism in cup size, this is slightly better.

If, however, you're a normal person, it's no change at all.

For the record, I would buy a Zaeed banana hammock statuette in a heartbeat.

A heartbeat.

I pre-ordered this months ago. I would have bought it even with the previous bust size people were complaining about. I personally like the style, as not only am I a fan of the Mass Effect Series; I am also a rather large anime/Manga fan as well.

People need to calm down and learn how to not complain at things they probably wouldn't buy anyways.

Andy Chalk:
I'm pretty sure the boobs were problematic too.

Well given how dedicated some ME fans were I'm sure most of the problems were with how the statue did not accurately recreate the aroma of Asari sweat and skin pigments.

At least they no longer look like they tied up with bondage ropes under her suit. That's a plus.

Glademaster:

Andy Chalk:
I'm pretty sure the boobs were problematic too.

Well given how dedicated some ME fans were I'm sure most of the problems were with how the statue did not accurately recreate the aroma of Asari sweat and skin pigments.

Or maybe we're just annoyed that the face looks...off. That and the ridiculous pose were what bothered me, anyway.

Robert632:

Glademaster:

Andy Chalk:
I'm pretty sure the boobs were problematic too.

Well given how dedicated some ME fans were I'm sure most of the problems were with how the statue did not accurately recreate the aroma of Asari sweat and skin pigments.

Or maybe we're just annoyed that the face looks...off. That and the ridiculous pose were what bothered me, anyway.

Maybe that was joke about an eerie post on the Bioware forums..

Glademaster:

Robert632:

Glademaster:

Well given how dedicated some ME fans were I'm sure most of the problems were with how the statue did not accurately recreate the aroma of Asari sweat and skin pigments.

Or maybe we're just annoyed that the face looks...off. That and the ridiculous pose were what bothered me, anyway.

Maybe that was joke about an eerie post on the Bioware forums..

Oh.

God, I feel really dumb right now. I've just...never been there before.

The face AND the pose looks horrible.

Seriously, do the pose, right now. Even if you're a dude. It feels horrible.

Andy Chalk:
I'm pretty sure the boobs were problematic too.

Yahtzee:
...anyone who claims to be put off by tits is a joyless loser.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/6662-Wet ;P

Oh god I remember this now...

A bishoujo style statue of Liara? What's next, a chibi style Jack?...

And as an extra bonus of what I found on the Google result...

Grunt? Mordin? ZAEED?! What... What did they do to you?...

Those are still colossal mammaries. I of course say this without having seen the original picture, but the point remains.

well, her face is still all wrong, and the statue still doesn't look anything like the character, but I suppose this is at least a baby step in the right direction.

Maybe Bioware should just take the characters from this series and the Dragon Age series and create the spinoff awkward dating game/beach volleyball game you know they want to make

I'm commander Shepard and this is my favorite Mass Effect character stuck in the Uncanny valley.

I understand that the guys making it are adding their artistic flair to the character but... we don't want it. People aren't going to buy it for the artistry of your interpretation, they want a carbon copy of the mesh from the game. Bad statue modelers, bad, you go think about what you did!

See, my problem with this is that Liara isn't sexy because of her body. At least, that's not most of it. She's sexy because she's conflicted, vulnerable, relatable and approachable. What she is not is a twelve year old in a stripper's body. The whole idea of sexualizing her in this way is just... wrong to me. It goes against her character. And I don't care if it's some cultural thing; making a sexualized image of a woman with the face of a child is disgusting. I've said it before and I'll say it again: this art style does NOT fit with her character.

EDITED: for potentially awkward spelling.

Freaky Lou:
Those are still colossal mammaries. I of course say this without having seen the original picture, but the point remains.

The first picture where the statue is still grey is the original, with the original, glorious bust.

The colored ones are the new, production variant.

Why Bioware even commissioned this statue in the first place is beyond me. I mean, a character who is supposed to be a legitimate scientist/archeologist is turned into a sexy figuring. Way to completely screw that whole "characterization" thing. I mean, was Miranda to hard to sculpt?

Dear lord, this again?

To be honest, I think Bioware should have just stuck with the original. The whole point behind the statue was to redesign the character in a vastly different art style: this means that (duh) the character was not going to look like the original. People may point out that the breasts were not the only problem: that the face didn't look anything like Liara, but the argument just doesn't really make sense when you consider the purpose of the project. The artists involved probably just took the base data (youthful blue asari in labcoat) and did their own thing from then on: and that's how it should be. That's what they were hired to do in the first place.

I wouldn't have bought the original statue anyway: not a Liara fan, not a fan of the art style. But complaining that it doesn't look like our Liara is missing the point: it's not supposed to be our Liara. This is what Liara would have looked like had Mass Effect been made in Japan. Were these people hired to make TF2 statues, or Left 4 Dead statues, or Gears Of War statues, the same difference would be in play.

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