It’s been a long, tough road for Darkstalkers fans, with any word on new entries in the beloved fighting game series conspicuously mum ever since Capcom deemed the excellent Darkstalkers: Resurrection a commercial failure. But that hasn’t stopped Capcom from continuing to license the likenesses of fan favorite characters. Now the ever-growing list includes the newly announced nurse-themed statue of series icon Morrigan Aensland.
Morrigan is iconic for a few reasons, but the biggest is undoubtedly her sex appeal, which the new statue has no problem exploiting. Going with a “Sexy Nurse” thing, the figure is currently available for pre-order from AmiAmi, and is sculpted by the talented Tsuyoshi Hamasaki. If you want one, it will set you back a cool $100 or so when converted from yen, and that’s without the costs of shipping from Japan. The statue itself looks great, with a fantastic and clear paint job! It even gets creativity points for the giant syringe, from which a base of blood forms for the statue to stand on, deftly playing off of the “vampiric” nature of the character. If you didn’t notice, it’s also incredibly sexy.
Look, I don’t have a problem with exploiting sex appeal to sell statues. I don’t have a problem with sex appeal in general, if that’s what you like, you go ahead and do you. I don’t even mind the fact that the sexy nurse trope has never even been depicted in Darkstalkers outside of this statue, in either comics or anime. But I do have a problem with Capcom’s continued reliance on these characters to sell merchandise, while still not willing to actually give fans any more substantial game appearances outside of re-releases and appearances in Marvel vs. Capcom games. Even when the company has been systematically re-releasing almost all of their major series in one form or another on PS4 and Xbox One, there hasn’t even been a mention of bringing Iron Galaxy’s perfect arcade ports to the modern market. Hell, I would settle for Morrigan in Street Fighter V.
Actually that would be dope.