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Harley Quinn – DC Super Hero Girls

My last submission for the Super Hero Girls  Harley looks great. She is one of the top three of the girls that have have come out. She looks great in her red, blue, and black outfit.

Her hair is looking rather Suicide Squad, which is timely, and a great way to go.

She comes with a mask for her face, and a hammer for her hands. She is also decked out in a pair of boots that look like they are not afraid to stomp on you.  If only she had tights. No, those legs are painted that color, and that takes her down a bit for me. This figure would have been totally amazing if she had a pair of tights instead of paint.

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DC Super Hero Girls – First Look

DC Seems to have really gotten it’s act together here at the start of 2016. They looked at their properties and figured out something fantastic. Sell items in the mass market, make good money, and influence a generation of girls.

I think they also know they cannot compete with Marvel on the movie front, so they are going to what they are REALLY good at…animation. And what better way to pull a new generation in than with some younger content? This is going to hit big!

The New DC Super Hero Girls come in two sizes, the 6 inch action figure, and the taller 12 inch doll. There is also an influx of clothing and even wearable action accessories.

Today we are looking a one of each of the toys. I was really interested in getting my hands on Wonder Woman for both figures, to be somewhat consistent, but Wonder Woman is a favorite, and with a movie coming out in the very near future that she plays a major roll in, it is no wonder that she is harder to find.

I ended up with my second choice of Batgirl, but once i got her out of the box, I think she may be my #1 pick. It will be hard to beat her overall look and accesories.

Taking in her full body look, I am digging the design features. She is wearing a hoodie that has ears on top. Of course she is wearing her black mask as well. To go with the black mask, she also has a black winged backpack. She has on gauntlets of yellow and finishing off her arms are really well detailed black-gloved hands. She has one open hand and one grasping hand.

She is wearing black pants that are on the snug side, but not skin tight. She finishes off her look with a pair of yellow combat boots.

She has such a beautiful face.  It is a bit smoother than the beauty look of Monster High or Barbie Dolls.  Her eyes and eyebrows are painted on with a line of perfection.  She does not have any extra makeup over a bit of pink lip gloss.

Her backpack is a solid piece that has great detailings all it’s own.  She has the requisite bat wings along with details of zippers and a pocket.

Her gauntlets are removable.  As you would expect from the makers of Monster High, Mattel did really good with the body parts, allowing for the hands to be pulled off to remove the gauntlets.  The only thing I don’t like about the gauntlets is that they cover some really good forearm detail.  This girl has some muscle, and the forearms are great.

Take a peek under that sleeve, and you can see Batgirl has a pair of concealed weapons.  She has good muscle tone going on all over the place.

In the store, and in the box, it is a bit hard to tell, but side by side, there is a fairly large discrepancy between DC Super Hero Girls and Monster High.  It is clear that Mattel went with whole new bodies for this line.  It is a bummer for the people out there with a large number of MH dolls.  Sorry, your DC Girls will not be borrowing anything from your MH girls.

There is definitely a difference between the two lines, but not as big as you might think.

Tailored to girls, they can choose which size they like better. They may not want to deal with the hair and the clothes all of the time. Maybe they want the Girls to play with some friends from the Marvel Universe. By going with two sizes, it allows the kids to vary what they play with.

It is also nice for parents who may be on a budget. The price difference is about double. $9.99 for the 6 inch figures, and $19.99 for the 12 inch figures.

For the level of detail, and accessories, I think they are right on the price point they should be. $10 for an action figure is a steal these days, with Marvel Legends going for $19.99 to $21.99 depending on the store.

This little Wonder has great articulation.  I guess that is what you get when you hand over the design to Mattel.  We have seen such a flux of articulation in the past with DC, from barely 5 points to a whole mess of points at the cost of the overall look.  As far as I can count, Wonder Woman has 17 points.  That will allow the player to pretty much do whatever she wants.  Wonder Woman has a young look.  She has a very round face with big eyes.  The box shows her with black hair, but this figure definitely has purple hair.  Overall a great look.

Her outfit reminds me a lot of Wonder Girl’s outfit. We generally see her running around in jeans. Wonder Woman also looks to be wearing jeans. They added the stars to the side. Nice touch.

Her top is red, of course, with a gold ‘w’ across the chest and shoulders. She has sleeves of white. I think they should have carried the red from the shirt into the sleeves.

She also has red boots with silver wings.

Compared to a standard Wonder Woman, DC Super Hero Girls holds up.  She is a bit shorter and has a look of a younger girl.


The Return of Ame-Comi with Steampunk Batgirl

I was pretty sure we were done with Ame-Comi.  The last few waves of figures were pretty unappealing.   I actually skipped a whole bunch of the figures that were repaints and just not that good looking.   Now apparently Ame-Comi is back, and with Batgirl, AND in a steampunk variety to boot!

Batgirl-SteampunkShe looks good.   I am definitely in!  I hope there are going to be some other figures to go with her in this style.  A Green Lantern would be cool, maybe Wonder Woman.

 


Bishoujo Huntress

Today we are going to take a look at Kotobukiya’s Huntress statue fromt he Bishoujo line.  These figures are amazingly detailed, and in my opinion, the DC girls have come out way above the Marvel line-up.

Out of the box, Huntress is flawless.  Probably because she is boxed amazingly well, and is also wrapped in plastic to help keep her from getting rubbed around.  Straight away, she has a dynamic pose that looks like she is atop a building over Gotham.  Wind is blowing through her hair, and her cape is billowing.  There is really nothing wrong with her in any aspect.

Up close on her face, you can see her delicate details.  Of course we need those, or it would not be very Bishoujo.  That is really the only aspect of her that makes her “anime.”  Her hair is fantastic.  We have been seeing a lot of the wind-blown look in the line so far, and we get it here again.  They went with the fade of the hair to become sort of transparent at the ends of the blown part.   I makes her hair look a little grey.  I think the concept works much better on hair that starts light.

The detail work is top notch.  There is not a bit of the costume that does not have a buckle or a wrinkle to show how thoughtfully the figure was designed.  She definitely needs to be displayed with good lighting to be able to look upon all of the gentle shading as well as the shiny metallic paint of the purple.  She gives Batgirl a run for her money in the shiny department.

Here she is with her Batman sisters.  When they are side-by-side, Huntress seems slightly larger in scale than Catwoman and Batgirl.  They all have their gargoyles to stand on, which really helps give them a great pose.  Each is unique and allows them to stand together and look good.

It is the other, new figure, that really allows for the scale to work.  She stands a little taller than Power Girl, but Power Girl is throwing her hips into quite a contrapposto stance (Oh yeah, come back to me Art History class).

What a fantastic figure.  This statue looks great on the shelf with the others.   The variation from skin texture to the texture of the costume are outstanding.   We get the figures in their comic costumes, and not re-imagined like the Ame-Comi figures (though I do love the Ame-Comi figures too).


Kotobukiya Bishoujo Catwoman

I was not a fan of the Bishoujo statues that came out before, featuring the ladies of Marvel.   They looked too fake and washed out.  I know, I know, an anime styled figure doesn’t look real anyway.

But, after I saw the Batgirl figure that came out before this current Catwoman, I knew they were on to something.

Amazingly well detailed from the body to the gargoyle of Batman with two cute kitties that can be placed wherever the owner desires.

Aren’t they cute?

But what are we really interested in here?  You know why Batman likes Catwoman…

Whips and latex.   The outfit is REALLY shiny, which is what I expected from the Batgirl outfit.  It shows off every great curve in perfect design, as well as lots of wrinkles and stretches.  The whip is actually metal, so it can be posed however you want.

A little more racy than Batgirl, this statues leaves a little less to the imagination than the previous model.  The paint is applied perfectly.

Don’t forget about that gargoyle of Batman.  Boy is he scary.  The extra size in this gargoyle gives Catwoman a bit of a height advantage over Batgirl.

The first two statues for DC are outstanding.  There is a little art teaser on the box that shows the next one will be Wonder Woman.  Can’t wait to see what they do with her.

If you want to see more pictures of this figure, or any other figures, feel free to click on my Flickr account over on the right side of this site.


DC Direct/Kotobukiya Batgirl: So Shiny!

Barbara Gordon.   The best there was and always will be.  There are other Bat ladies out there now, but the Bat with the crimson hair will always be top on my list.

Kotobukiya teamed up with DC Direct this time around and has produced the best statue yet.   I was not a huge fan of the Marvel stuff, but when I saw this one in the store it had to be mine.

Batgirl has beautiful blue eyes that stand apart from the rest of her outfit.  A slight smile on her face shows she is having a good time… as she usually did.

Her cape is just so shiny.  It is amazing what they did with the paints.   There are a few different textures made from the paint.   The cape is like glass, or still has a wet quality.   Her gold accents are like a semi-gloss, but very bright.  Then there is the gunmetal gray color that is a flat paint, but has reflective qualities.

Koyobukiya seems to try and give their women a blowing-in-the-wind look to their hair.  Sometimes I think it has given them some problems with some of the other statues, but this one really works.

There are folds and creases and wrinkles and stretch marks in all of the right places from the areas of her body that are making the material strain in a turn, or the boots on her feet.   This is one of the most detailed statues I own.   I am really hoping this line will continue to be this nice.  I am really looking forward to Catwoman next.


DC Wins Again!

Now, I am not just a fan of DC.   My first foray into the world of comics was courtesy of the fine folks at Marvel.   To be more precise, it was an issue of Excalibur, right in the middle of the Cross-Time Caper.  My heart was forever going to be Kitty Pride’s.

Here we are 20 some odd years later and I am still a fan of Marvel, but why can’t the toys and statues translate the same?

If you have ever read my blog, you would know I am a HUGE fan of the Ame-Comi line.  I have nearly all of them, with only a few not catching my interest.    On the other side was the attempt at Marvel to make their versions called: Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya.

At first they came out with Phoenix and Emma Frost:

These statues are well made and look okay, but there was something that was not there for me.  I can’t really put my finger on what it was that was different from these than the Ame-Comi, they did not interest me… That is until last Friday.

On my way home I stopped by my favorite action figure and statue store and they had a new Bishoujo of Batgirl.   Now Batgirl is right up there for me with Kitty Pride.  Can’t beat a good Batgirl.   Well, this one was a winner.

Stay tuned for a review of this statue.  She is amazingly well made, and the sculpting might be the best I have ever seen.   I got some new lighting for picture taking, so even more of the beauty will shine.

After seeing this figure, I am really excited for the next, Catwoman.

With how good the shiny parts of Batgirl turned out, Catwoman’s outfit is going to be out of this world.


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