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Poison Ivy and Supergirl – DC Super Hero Girls

I know, I know, it should be Ivy and Harley, but I really felt these two would work better together.  I really liked the first two DC Super Hero Girls I reviewed, Batgirl, and Wonder Woman.  These two are not my favorite.  Of course when you show up to the party with 6 new girls, all of them are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.  Now that is not to say I don’t like them.  They are both very nice figures, and overall they do a good job representing the character.  Who knows?  If I had opened these girls first, I may have liked them a lot more, but they were up against some tough competition.

Poison Ivy:

I love Poison Ivy’s hair. It is a beautiful blend of reds and oranges. Mattel went to a lot of trouble to get a really nice blend of colors.

I get a strong Barbie vibe from her that I didn’t get from either Batgirl or Wonder Woman. I think it may be a bit of the painted on face, and a lot to do with the outfit. I think it is less glamorous than her outfit in the show. This outfit is very similar, but there is a lack of flow and dress quality that she has in the show. The shoes had a lot of potential, but other than the vines that wrap around her legs, the shoes are really boring. I would really liked to have seen some amount of detail in the shoes, but they are lacking any, and one of mine was even miscast, and it had a bubble in it, which now left a hole. Ugh!

Once again the articulation works really well. Lots of good movement all over, including great articulation in the rib cage area that really helps to make the figures more dynamic.

Supergirl:

It is kind of expected that Supergirl would definitely end up with a Barbie vibe. A painted face with blond hair.

What she does have going for her is the great athletic build that all of the DC Super Hero Girls have. She is the first in the line with a skirt on, and she looks great wearing it. She also wears a pair of hightop sneakers with socks, and they are really cute with her overall outfit.

The only real letdown with the outfit is the cape. It attaches to two pegs in the back of her necklace. I can’t imagine why they would make a rubber/plastic cape when the rest of her outfit is such great fabric material. It would have been so easy to make a fabric cape. Instead she is back-heavy with the plastic cape.  The rest of the outfit, top/skirt combo look great, and have a real nice textural difference to make the outfit really stand out.

I had some trouble with her hair. Unlike the rest, Supergirl’s hair feels like a different material. It is very silky, and though it feels nice, it is a bit unruly, and hard to control. I may have to end up washing it to get it to lay right.

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Wonder Woman – DC Super Hero Girls

Personally I think it is funny to call her Wonder Woman, when he is supposed to be a “girl.”

Anyway, I digress from the reason I am writing this today. She is a fantastic doll. She shares many similarities with Batgirl, who I looked at last week, but she is unique enough that you don’t feel like you are buying the same doll with a different head.

Her skin color is a bit darker than Batgirl’s, but that is to be expected, since Batgirl hangs out in the night, and is red haired, which would lend itself to fairer skin.

Unlike the action figure I looked at last week with purple hair, this version of Wonder Woman is much better to the correct color. They even gave her some blue highlights, which is similar to the show, but in the show there is a bit more of a purple color to it, but the blue is a bit of a nod to the original comics that colored black hair with blue highlights.

She comes with her standard outfit she wears around school. It is easy to see how they could go about making a few different versions of WW, including one where she is in her armor. That would be pretty neat to see. Overall the outfit is spot on. Her shirt sleeves are short enough that they show off her strong arms. Her pants are pretty tight, and show that this is a muscular woman, and not some skinny Barbie doll under there.

Her accessories are a lot of gold. Gold shoulder armor that has a bit of trouble staying in place when playing with her. She has a belt that has a clip for her Lasso of Truth. I don’t know why they made her lasso with a clip to attach to her belt, but also left it out like she is using it. It does not look good on her belt when it is not coiled up. I think I might have to see about getting something to make a more realistic and functioning lasso.

In all, this is another great figure in the DC Super Hero Girls line. I think people are going to be quite fond of these dolls as they get them out of the packaging. They are self-standing, so you don’t have to worry about Monster High type stands. They are a sturdy toy that will last a long time, or adorn the shelves of collectors and show watchers.

 

PS Happy 6th Anniversary to being on WordPress.  It has been a fast 6 years. So much has happened.   I am looking forward to continuing on.


Huntress – Ame-Comi

A friend of mine is moving from here in California, out to Colorado. In an effort to make his move easier, he began a purging process, which included some of his Ame-Comi and Bishoujo figures. That is to my befit, as I am not in the mood to purge, and actually very accepting of hand-outs.

Today is a 2008 classic, Huntress. She is decked out in an amazing layer of cloth and leather.

The details are quite spectacular on this figure. I am sure the Ame-Comi team had a great time sculpting this one.

She is pretty angry looking. Watch out for her vengeance as well as her cross-bows.

 


Play Arts Wonder Woman

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I have her in hand. Unfortunately, my camera is in the shop until Saturday. I can’t wait to get her out of the box and show her off.


Poison Ivy – Detective Comics 23.1

If you haven’t had a chance to read many of the Villains Month books, Poison Ivy is one to get. This month, all DC titles have been taken over by the villains of their respective books. A little in the current time, and a little of an origin, this book makes me really like Ivy, whom I have thought of as a little flat as a character most of the time.

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I have to say, I would LOVE to see this Ivy on the cover as a figure. Flat black and gloss green. A nice bit of vines. Now THAT would be a figure to hunt down.


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).


DC Comics Bishoujo Statue: Power Girl

Happy end of 2012.  One last review to celebrate the end of the year.  Today, we are going to look at the Kotobukiya statue of Power Girl.  One of my favorite female DC characters, due to the fact that she is a fish out of water.   Showing up from Earth-2, an alternate version of Supergirl.

Power Girl is in a dynamic pose, showing off her muscles.  The colors of her costume are really well done.  Shiny boots, gloves, and outfit.  Slightly dulled cape.   Her skin tone is fantastic, with shadows added to all of the right places.

Her face is really well done.  Not a hair out of place.  She has slightly mussed hair.

Her base is really well done.  Textured metal floor with “Power Girl” written in it.   The base is awfully large.   I don’t think there is anything about the figure that needed such a large base.  Her cape actually comes off the back side a bit, making the footprint of the figure much larger. It does make it troublesome to find a place to display her.

Along with the other Bishoujo figures, this one is really well done.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I was a little worried since I had been looking forward to her coming out for quite a while.  She makes the grade.

Lots more pictures on my Flickr page.   Click on any picture to go to my page.

See you in the new year, lots more good stuff on the way.


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