Ah, Zenescope, your comics are one of my favorite guilty pleasures. There’s nothing like a little gore, horror, and T&A to keep me coming back. I got hooked through Grimm’s Fairy Tales, but I think they really hit their stride with their Wonderland chronicles. That’s no small feat, since it seems like everyone and their mother has done a “dark and twisted” version of Lewis Carroll’s classic, but Zenescope’s treatment just scratches my itch. Enter the unique sculpting talents of Clayburn Moore and you’ve got a match made in heaven. Moore Studios is going to be producing a number of figures based on Zenescope’s books, and the first release in that series is Alice herself.
That is some striking packaging! Alice comes on a very large card and in a sizeable bubble. The card is bright and colorful and further enhanced by the use of a reprint copy of Alice in Wonderland #1 as a backdrop to the figure. The included comic features an exclusive cover for the release of this figure with a big portrait of Alice and her white rabbit. The figure is mounted in her tray, slightly off center with her stand and accessories surrounding her. “Ages 14+” …really? The back of the card promises future releases of Sela, Calie, and Queen of Hearts. I’m rather surprised they didn’t start with Sela, the star of GFT, but I’m looking forward to seeing her.
I’ve always been a fan of Moore’s sculpting talents. Sure, it helps that most of his subjects are gorgeous and half-naked chicks, but in this case he really outdid himself with the head sculpt. Moore managed to capture the beauty Alice from Robert Gill’s artwork and still add a modicum of his own personal style. It’s almost a shame that so much of her face is shrouded by her bangs, but it certainly suits the character design. I’m also pleased that they went with what appears to be painted flesh tones as opposed to bare plastic. As much as I love Moore’s figures, some of his past efforts have had a shiny, waxy look to the skin, but Alice here is perfect.
Speaking of perfect, let’s migrate down below the neck and check out that body. Oh my! The pose is strategically chosen to show off… well, let’s face it: T&A. Her back is arched and her arms are out to her sides. Yes, Alice does indeed spend most of the book parading about in this outfit, and the figure’s costume lacks a couple of small details, like garters on the stockings and laces across her cleavage. This version of Alice also sports a pair of stilettos, as opposed to flats. Still, artistic license aside, it still manages to hit all the right spots quite well. The half-corset leaves little to the imagination and as for the skirt, well it might as well not be there. The ruffling on her tiny outfit is nicely sculpted and I really dig the almost metallic sheen used for the blue paint. In fact, all the paintwork on this figure is expertly applied with sharp edges, and little or no bleed or slop.
If you’re familiar with Moore’s action figures, you know not to expect much in the way of articulation. Alice does little to buck that trend. She technically has six points of articulation, but the swivel cuts in her waist and neck are almost useless. She has swivel cuts up in her hips, so you can get her to do the splits, or sit in a rather suggestive way. But really, the most useful points of articulation here are the rotating cuts in the shoulders, and even those will only take you so far. Nope, this figure is primarily intended to stand there and look pretty, and she does that quite well.
You do get some accessories with Alice. I’ve never met a Moore figure that didn’t come with a stand. In this case you get a very nice little splotch of bright green grass with some mushrooms. The paintwork on the stand is exceptional, particularly on the shrooms. You also get a croquet mallet, a “Drink Me” bottle, and Alice’s white rabbit. All are nice pieces, but apart from crowding them around the stand, you can’t really do much for them. Alice isn’t even designed to hold the mallet.
Hopefully you can find Alice hanging around your local comic shop, along with some of Zenescope’s comics. If not, there are plenty of online alternatives, including Zenescope’s own storefront. Recently, they were doing a nice sale on their Wonderland titles, so I took the opportunity to upgrade my digital comics to TPBs and I tossed Alice into the shopping cart as well. At around $20, she is definitely a nice piece. If you’re a collector of Moore’s figures, you should find her a nice addition to your collection. If you read the Wonderland books, she’ll look nice on your Zenescope bookshelf. And if you just want a dead sexy figure celebrating Alice in Wonderland, you can’t go wrong here!