DC Icons: (#13) Harley Quinn by DC Collectibles

It took a little longer than expected, but DC Collectibles has finally shipped out the third assortment of their DC Icons line. And so pleased I have been with the first two assortments, here I am ready to scarf up more. Today I’m checking out a very classic looking Harley Quinn pulled from the pages of 1999’s Batman: No Man’s Land, although this look works for her on any number of levels if you’re after a well-rounded Harley for your collection.

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The packaging hasn’t really changed at all from the previous waves, so I won’t dwell on it. It has a bright and clean look to it with a window that shows off the goods splendidly. It’s also collector friendly so you have somewhere to store the extra bits if you want to keep it. The side panel has the figure’s name and number, in this case Harley is unlucky number thirteen, so you can store these on a shelf book-style and still know which is which.

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And this is indeed, good ol’ Harley before The New 52 turned her into a stripper and the Arkham games turned her into a stripper in a nurse costume. Hey, I’m not hating, I like Harley’s trashy look, but I also know that I’m in a very small minority when it comes to the sentiment. I’m sure a lot of collectors are thrilled to see this figure introduced into the line. She dons her trademark black and red jester outfit and while a good part of this figure is a generic painted female buck, you do get some unique sculpting on her wrist and ankle ruffles, as well as the collar piece. She comes wearing a pair of fists, but you also get three additional hands designed to interact with her accessories. The paint here is fairly basic, but extremely clean with sharp lines.

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The portrait is a winner. I think they really nailed both her smile and her eyes. Of course, she has her jester hood with the tassels hanging down on the sides. The paint here is a little less crisp than what we got on the costume, with some over-spray along the top edge of her forehead, but it’s not too bad. The paint work on her vibrant blue eyes is absolutely haunting.

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Harley is the first female figure in this line that I’ve opened, but the articulation is consistent with what we’ve been seeing so far. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders and wrists, swivels in the biceps, and double hinges in the elbows. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, with hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles, and double hinges in the knees. There’s an ab crunch hinge just above the waist, a ball joint just below the chest, and a ball joint in the neck. The only thing that I’m really missing here is some sort of swivel in the thighs, but she’s still a fun and highly pose-able figure.

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For accessories, we start with Harley’s pop gun. The sculpt and paint are particularly nice for such a small accessory and she comes with a left hand that is designed specifically to hold it. The cork looks very realistic.

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And of course, you can’t have a Harley figure without an over-sized mallet, right? This is another beautifully done piece with some great detail and paint, particularly in the barrel-style head and the red wrapped grip. She comes with a pair of hands designed specifically for this accessory, but if you aren’t a big fan of swapping out hands, the left gun hand works just fine with it.

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So, here we are into the third wave of DC Icons and I’m still extremely happy that I got on board with these figures. I can remember waffling quite a bit in the beginning because the scale didn’t match up with DC Universe Classics and I didn’t want to start over. But in the end, I believe these are the best figures that DC Collectibles have ever put out and and I’m both thrilled and excited to see that it’s been successful enough to keep going. And I have a feeling that Harley here will be a stand alone pick up for a lot of fans who aren’t yet collecting this line. And I think she’s good enough to maybe convert some of those people into jumping on board.

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