With Mondays being all about Marvel, it seems only right to be book-ending the weeks with DC Fridays and that’s exactly what I’ll continue to do until my backlog of DC figures and statues dries up. Today I’m checking out another of DCC’s Super-Villains assortment, which happens to be a new version of Harley Quinn. This Harley is ripped straight from the pages of her self-titled comic, which is a book that I am constantly asking myself why I’m reading. It has it’s moments, but all in all I just don’t think it’s very good. Most of the time it just feels like Harley is just screaming, “Look at me, I could be Deadpool, too! I can break the fourth wall and get into wacky adventures!” Sure. OK.
We’ve seen the DCC packaging here at least a dozen times and the only real difference here is they’ve gone with a black box and in this case a read swipe across the front. It’s a lot more exciting than the plain white, so let’s give credit where credit is due. The window gives you a great look at the figure, and in this case all the stuff that comes with her. In her book, Harley inherits a building in NY and takes some jobs to pay expenses. Yeah, this is what they came up with for Harley’s solo comic. One of those jobs is with the Brooklyn Bruisers Roller Derby Team, which sounds like it has promise, but barely gets any panel time.
My reaction to the comic may be tepid, but I know an outstanding figure when I see one, and boy is this it! I’m probably one of the few people out there that digs Harley’s New 52 whorish look and here it’s perfectly adapted to the Roller Derby circuit. Everything is sculpted with such loving detail from the laces and pompoms on her shoes to the knitted texture of her socks and the adorable little bells on her choker collar. Even the laces on the back of her top are individually sculpted. Her belt includes a brace of sculpted bullets and she has a functional holster for her automatic pistol. The paint on the figure has the chops to back up the magnificent sculpt. The high gloss used for her outfit is stunning and contrasts beautifully with her pale white skin. What’s more the paint is just about immaculate. There’s hardly any slop or bleeding to speak of.
As for the portrait, well the art in the book is kind of all over the place. I generally like Chad Hardin’s style, but it tends to run from mature to hyper cutesy and in this case we got the later, while I would have preferred the former. Still, the head sculpt certainly matches that particular aspect of the panel art and in that sense it’s a great sculpt and I’m not going to quibble over what is still a great figure.
In terms of articulation, Harley’s got a lot of points in the right places and fares better than some of the other recent DCC figures I’ve looked at. Her arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps and wrists. The shoulder armor is hinged to improve the articulation and I don’t have any problems with them popping off like I did with Starfire’s. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, hinged at the knees, and have swivels in the ankles. The hip joints are a little more restrictive than I would like. There’s no articulation in the torso, which I’m actually OK with because it would have probably marred the sculpt, but she does have a ball joint in the neck.
I don’t usually expect a lot of accessories with my DC Collectibles figures, but in this case Harley hit the jackpot. For starters, you get her giant hammer. In this case it’s painted with a metallic red and it’s light enough to allow Harley to wield it quite well while not losing her balance.
Next up you get her automatic pistol. The sidearm fits into the holster on her belt and she can hold it in her right hand.
Lastly, and certainly not least, she comes with her roller skates. These are wonderful little pieces, which peg into the bottoms of her feet and feature spinning wheels. I’m impressed by how well they work with the figure and they really show off her beautiful balance.
I can’t say enough good things about this new Harley Quinn. Sure, the comic might be a bumpy ride, but I’m so very glad that DCC seized the opportunity to make this figure. She looks amazing and thanks to her awesome roller skates and some superb balance, she’s ridiculously fun to play with. That’s saying a lot for a line that is more aimed at being collectibles rather than toys and meant to be placed on the shelf and admired. Like most DCC figures, Harley retails at around $20 and she’s worth every last penny of that, but I was able to grab her for about $16 and I ain’t complaining.