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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.

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Flashpoint Wonder Woman

I am taking a little break from the Transformers to show off a great single figure I picked up at the San Jose Toy Show earlier this month, Flashpoint Wonder Woman.  I did not even know about the Flashpoint storyline until I got the same version of Wonder Woman in Action League design.  Wondering around the Toy Show with my friend Ann, we spotted this figure on a table of a place I like to frequent each time I go to the show.  They are usually good for a single figure outside what I usually get.  And come to think if it, they are usually DC figures.

As this line was unknown to me, I did not know what to expect.  I was taken by the really great design of the costume.  Then on closer inspection, I saw that fabulous helmet.  The design of the helmet was great, but the details really made it stand out.   All of the scratches and dents are very appealing.

As you back up and look at the figure as a whole, the colors really work well together.  There are so many details on her armor, and the slight color variations in the metallic colors are really nice.  Silver to dark silver, with some blue silver mixed in.  Stylize the WW for her breast plate, and you have something going there.

Man, oh man did they do a great job with that hair.  Usually her hair is falling down her back, killing any ideas people might have of having a turning head.  Not this time.  They blew the hair out to one side.  That allows the head to turn one way much further than the other.  People with multiple Wonder Woman figures will be happy that at least one will not have to be standing in a static pose.  (I was a little bummed to find the paint scraped off at the bottom of this side of the helmet)

The other side shows just how far the hair blows out.  Nice details to boot.  Gone are the days of blobs of plastic that resemble something that may or may not be hair.

Her nice long cape gives a very regal appearance to her overall look.   She is in charge of this army.

Unpacking her, I was really excited to find that she has quite a bit of articulation.   Way back in the day, the DC figures went the route of style over articulation, while the Marvel figures went the way of articulation and crapped on style.   It appears that DC has really gone to a lot of trouble this time around and really got the articulation thing down pat.   There are a bunch of places, 15 by my count.  Neck, shoulder (pivot and ball), elbow, wrist, hip, knee, top of shin, ankle.  We did not get waist articulation, but I figure that is a good call since it would have broken up the great armor.  I don’t want to forget that the elbow has an armor cover that is also articulated, and can move freely over the elbow.

In all, a fantastic figure.  She really stands out on the shelf.   No other WW like her in my collection.  The details are the best I have seen.  Hopefully the future of the DC lines.


DC Universe Action League Wave 5: Flashpoint

On my outing yesterday, I was surprised to see a new wave of Action League figures.   It seems like it has been so long since the last wave came out, and I was starting to wonder if they had gone to the wayside.

But, there they were, in all of their miniature plastic glory.  Wave 5 is based on the 2011 storyline called Flashpoint.  Named for the Flash characters who are the only ones who realize there is something wrong.

I decided to grab one set: Wonder Woman vs Aquaman.

I know what you are thinking, those of you who are not avid comic readers: “Wha? Wonder Woman verses Aquaman? Aren’t they both good guys?”  Well, apparently not in this alternate reality.  Wonder Woman, known as Princess Diana has killed Mara, which leads Aquaman to rally Atlantis against the Amazons.

I grabbed this set because seeing WW in a unique armor outfit is just too fun to pass up.  She has a great variety of colors that really make her outfit stand out.   As with the standard design of the Action League figures, she has very little articulation.   Head swivel, and both arms swivel at the shoulder.  Her stance is nice and solid.

Aquaman comes ready for battle.  Holding his trident, which can be removed from his hand, he is in a running pose.  He has one more part of articulation than WW where he swivels at the waist.   He comes with a stand which he does need in order to keep from falling onto his face.

There are three more sets in the series.  Project: Superman & Batman, Cyborg & Element Woman, and The Flash Vs. Citizen Cold.  At this point I am going to wait for the rest of the wave.   The price on these little guys just keep on creeping higher.   With only three or four points of articulation, and such easy designs, I don’t think the continued higher prices are worth it.   But then again, they may surprise me with some outstanding figures for the next wave.  We will have to wait and see.


Lookin’ at a Mini Hawkgirl, anime style

Last week I picked up the Ame-Comi Mini Series 3 Hawkgirl.  I was not so interested in the first wave of the figures, as I think the size reduction did not do the figures any favors.   This one was a little different though.

She has a great unique pose where it looks like she is getting ready to pick her mace up off the ground.   This gives her a fun action pose that allows for a different attachment point to the base.

In her smaller version, she has much smaller wings.  Going for a more compact design, but no less detail.  The feathers are outstanding.  She has on the same outfit as her larger version counterpart.

I like the whimsical nature of the one foot being kicked out, like a 40’s era end-of-the-movie kiss.

Her hair is again long in this version, going away from the standard for her comic counterpart.  With the long braid and the flowing cloth, we are able to see much of her movement, as well as in the asymmetry of the wings.

All in all, a good figure.   Well designed with a great pose.  Good sculpt and really nice paint.  It is a little tricky to get her facing the right way since she is attached to the mace and the mace is attached to the ground.  All parts swivel, so you can get her in some really gravity defying poses trying to get her to look right.  But that is some of the fun of the figure.


DC Bishoujo Statues

I caught a glimpse of some of the new DC Bishoujo statues coming out in the VERY near future.  In order of appearance:

Wonder Woman Bishoujo

Supergirl Bishoujo

Ghostbusters Lucy Bishoujo

The DC designs have been high on my list from Batgirl to Catwoman.  I don’t expect anything less with Wonder Woman, being that she is also designed by Shunya Yamashita.

Supergirl is a bit different, so I will have to reserve judgement until I see her.   And of course anyone who has been to a Con in recent years, has more than likely seen the “Sexy Ghostbusters” walking around.  Kotobukiya has taken the idea to an Anime level.   Sure to be a favorite of Anime and Ghostbusters fans.  Sounds like me.  😉

There are also more of the Marvel figures coming out, Ms. Marvel, Jean Grey, and Black Cat.  We will see.


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.


Ame-Comi Reprints

Did you miss out on the wonderful sculpts of the V2 Catwoman or V1 Batgirl?  Well, now is your time to get your hands on them…  well next May is anyway.  You know how it is.  They give us these little pictures to make us happy and hope… but then we see the bottom line.  We have to wait FOREVER.   I have been dying to get my hands on the Batgirl for my Ame-Comi collection.   I already have Catwoman, and she is fantastic.  The sculpt is wonderful.  If you don’t have them, I suggest you get them… after I have had my chance to get Batgirl.  🙂


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