Thursday, March 15, 2012

On That New Pandaren Silhouette...

When I saw the female Pandaren Silhouette, this is what I thought of:

Yeah, Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow.  

If you're going to have male Pandaren that look a helluva lot like, well, pudgy pandas, why on earth would you create a female Pandaren that looks like she's been on The Biggest Loser?  Don't give me the "we have to make females look significantly different than males" crap, either.  Therazane alone defeats that concept.

To me, making female Pandaren "skinny Pandas with J Lo hips" signifies a lack of imagination.  Another way of looking at it is to consider the female Pandaren as a female Human base that has been "Panda-ized", instead of going from a real honest-to-god Panda and building a recognizable female from that.

Think of Therazane; she broke the mold for female bosses and (semi) faction leaders completely, and Blizz could have built on that by going in a more unique direction.  But with the female Pandaren silhouette, it looks like Blizz played it safe and sexy because it sells.


  1. I agree with the whole "sexy sells" thing. I have to say that the only race that didn't get that treatment for the females is the undead. And frankly, how can you pull off sexy with a rotting sack of flesh without tripping over the line into really freakin' creepy? I think the female pandaren should be chunky, at the least, and not.... this.

  2. @Hyperious-- Even though the toons may not look it, the female Forsaken art for the game still makes them look sexy. Look at the map for Arathi Basin, and you'll see what I mean. Sylvanas herself is a special case, so I'm not lumping her in with the rest of the Forsaken toons, but even then...