J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl is something one might call a flash in the pan. The franchise produced a fair number of books beyond its initial series, but you don’t see too many real devoted Danger Girl fans these days. To say it was derivitive would be quite an understatment, as the concept is basically James Bond meets Charlies Angels meets Indiana Jones meets a Russ Meyer film. You can call it fanservice, call it shallow, call it a shameless T&A show, but I fell in love with the original series the first time I read it and have been picking up whatever books or merchandising have come my way ever since. One of my favorite items released was this 1:6 scale Abbey Chase figure by Dragon. I don’t buy a lot of 12″ scale figures, so I am by no means a connoisseur of this format, but if I really like a character and he or she is offered in this format, chances are I’ll pick it up.
The packaging here is pretty awesome. It features a standard box with a velcro-latching front flap that opens to reveal a window that shows off Abbey and with all her gear and accessories neatly laid out beside her. The box is littered with conceptual sketches for the comic, along with a nice full-body portrait in color of Abbey herself. The box is also totally collector friendly. Just open the top flap and the tray slides right out.
Going from 2D comic artwork to 3D sculpts doesn’t always work well, but I really think Dragon did an exceptional job with Abbey’s likeness. Some may gripe about the fact that she doesn’t have rooted hair, but in this case, I’m glad they went with the sculpted, as it maintains the style of her character all the better, and I don’t know that it would have translated as well with a rooted hair system. That’s not to say the hair couldn’t have used a bit more detail in the texturing. The face is pretty good, especially the nose and lips. I do think McFarlane did a slightly better job capturing her appearance with their six-inch figure/statue, but what’s here is still pretty damn fine. The facial paint apps are overall good as well, but a little inconsistant around the eyes.
Abbey uses Dragon’s “Neo Body,” which may sound misleading, since this figure is quite old now and to be honest, I have no idea what that means anyway. I realize that avid collectors of the 1:6 scale figures get really picky about the finer points of articulation, but as I mentioned, I only dip my toes into this scale of figure every now and then and so a level of articulation that may seem to me to be perfectly fine, may be severely lacking to others. In the case of Abbey, I’m pretty happy with what she’s capable of doing. Her overall body shape manages to hold the ridiculous comic style proportions, although I think Dragon infused her with a little touch of realism. They certainly didn’t cheat her in the boob department, and her top shows off her molded high beams quite well. Abbey also has molded gloves on her hands. The hands are pretty soft, so she can grip her gun or her phone, but not much else. But more on that in a minute.
Abbey’s outfit consists of her iconic black and green leather/cloth pants with black boots, a tight fitting top that exposes her midriff, and a black and green leather/cloth jacket that matches her pants. The outfit fits her really well and the mix of faux leather and cloth is well done. She also comes with a belt and holster, which is technically part of her accessories, since it comes grouped with the rest of her gear, but since I never take it off of her, I decided to mention it here. The holster straps around her thigh and the belt has her trademark “DG” belt buckle.
Abbey does come with a fair amount of stuff, but only about half of it is really useful. The other half is just too tiny for her to hold. Included is an automatic pistol, extra clip, flashlight and holder, cell phone and holder, sunglasses three pieces of tech, and a satchel. Let’s start with the good stuff…
The automatic pistol is a really nice sculpt and painted very well, but the clip is not detachable, which makes the extra clip we get a bit useless. The cell phone is pretty cool, it has a flip down face, a belt pouch to store it in, and she can hold it very well. The sunglasses puzzled me when I first opened this figure. The arms don’t fold, so you can’t clip them to her top, and with her molded hair, she didn’t seem to be able to wear them. On closer inspection, though, you can see that her hair is molded separately from her head and she can actually wear the glasses quite well just by tucking the arm between her hair and face.
The rest of the stuff isn’t so great, mainly because she can’t use or hold most of it. The flashlight is too small for her to grip, although it does fit in its own holster that clips onto the belt. Likewise, the combat knife is too small for her to hold, and it doesn’t even come with a sheath, so unless you just tuck it into her belt or into her boot, there’s nothing you can do with it at all. I have no idea what the last three things are. I think one is a bomb, but all three are probably just supposed to be some high tech spy stuff. All of it fits neatly into her satchel, which is about all you can do with them. Considering how prevalent extra hands are with larger scale figures, it seems like Dragon could have thrown in an extra set so that she could interact with some of these pieces better. Or better yet, they could have scrapped most of this stuff and just given her another weapon.
The stand is a pretty humdrum affair, although it does serve its purpose. Its basically a metal rod with a clip on one end to go around the figure’s waist, and an opaque white little platform. A personalized stand with the Danger Girl logo would have been cool, but considering I’ve never gotten a stand with any of my other 1:6 scale figures, I’ll not do much complaining about this one.
I absolutely loved this figure when I got it way back when and I still do. She’s by no means perfect, and she may seem lacking compared to the twelve-inchers of today, but keep in mind, at about $39.99 new, she was not a high-end item at the time, and hence I think she was a pretty good value. Unfortunately, Danger Girl’s merchandising never went over that well leaving companies like McFarlane and Dragon holding the bag. McFarlane managed to get four figures out before calling it quits (we’ll take a look at them in the near future), but Dragon only released one more character in the 1:6 scale: Sidney Savage. At the time, I was pretty unhappy with some of the design choices they made with Sidney and her outfit, but we’ll take a look at her another time.