Whether they’re sisters, siblings or a simple palette swap, Final Fight‘s Poison and Roxy are both getting statues from Pop Culture Shock Collectibles.
Premium-level collectible manufacturer Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has been stringing fans along with several behind-the-scenes photos through social media, however the official store pages for their new Poison and Roxy statues are officially live. At 42cm/16.5in from the base to the crown of their hats, both 1/4 scale statues sport the same pose, but with their own signature color schemes- Poison with the red heels and pink hair, and Roxy with the massive orange hair and black heels. Depending on the version, both statues also include their weapons of choice, be it a whip (Poison) or baseball bat (Roxy); the Poison statue can also be displayed without the whip. An alternate “Mad Gear” face is included with both collectibles, giving fans the ability to switch Roxy’s and Poison’s expressions between pouty and playful.
Younger gamers may know the scantily-clad Poison as the whip-wielding diva from Ultra Street Fighter IV, however the character first debuted in the classic Final Fight series. Introduced in 1990’s Final Fight for the SNES (1989 for arcades), Poison was an orphan who later joined Los Angeles’s antagonistic Mad Gear gang. Though flirtatious in nature, Poison used fighting as a means to stay in shape and assert her role among the Mad Gear crew. Poison became a playable character in the Fighter spin-off Final Fight Revenge, and would return in subsequent Capcom games as Hugo’s manager in the Street Fighter III titles and SNK VS Capcom: SVC Chaos. The former gang member appears again as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter IV and [Ultimate] Marvel VS Capcom 3. Her lesser-known counterpart, Roxy appears in the Final Fight saga as a simple orange palette-swap of Poison’s character sprite, though her backstory claims she grew up in the same orphanage as Poison and viewed her as a mentor.
Both characters are the subject of a long-running censorship controversy spanning all the way back to the North American release of the 1990 Final Fight:
After a North American QA tester deemed the act of hitting women enemies distasteful, Poison and Roxy were changed to “Billy” and “Sid” in every localized release of Final Fight, including the Game Boy Advance and Wii Virtual Console versions; famed Capcom artist Akira “Akiman” Yasuda brushed-off the taboo idea of attacking enemy women in Final Fight, stating both Poison and Roxy were pre-op transgender women, later confirmed by unlockable design notes within 2005’s Capcom Classics Collection; Poison continues to be depicted in later games as a transgender woman, however Roxy’s expanded Japanese biography states that she dislikes Poison’s “cross-dressing” tendencies, suggesting the character was one gender or the other depending on the region. Capcom employees have since decided that it was up for players to decide on Poison’s true gender identity, however Street Fighter Producer Yoshinori Ono also claimed prior to the releases of USFIV and SFxT that “North America’s Poison” was transgender, and “Japan’s Poison” simply “tucks her business away”.
History lesson aside, PCS’s Street Fighter/Final Fight 1/4 scale Poison and Roxy statues will be available to pre-order starting on 1/23 for $399.99 each. 300 Poison statues will be available, but Roxy will be much more limited at just 175. An official shipping window has not been scheduled as of this time.