World’s Finest: Huntress and Power Girl by DC Collectibles, Part 1

DC Collectibles has been getting a fair amount of my money this year, thanks to the amazing work they’ve been doing with their recent crops of action figures. Today I’m checking out my first DCC 2-pack and it pays respects to one of my favorite books of the New 52, World’s Finest: Huntress and Power Girl. I latched onto this comic mainly because I became such a fan of Power Girl’s solo run beginning in 2005 and after that I’ve sought out the character whenever I could. But when you toss in a team up with Huntress it’s hardly necessary to justify reading World’s Finest. Previously, my only figures of these characters were from the DC Universe Classics and subsequent Signature Collection lines, and while I still think those are solid figures, both characters were sorely in need of updates. Today I’ll check out the packaging and Huntress and tomorrow I’ll look at Kara!


The figures come in a large window box, which is basically just a bigger version of what we’ve seen for the single figure packs. It’s pretty bland, but it does show off the figures very well and it is totally collector friendly. Although it is a pain to get their capes through the plastic tray without cutting it. The side panels and back show off additional photos of the figures as well as crediting the sculptors, Jack Mathews (Huntress) and Phil Ramirez (Power Girl). I keep thinking about how great these packages would look with some comic panel art and whatnot, but at least I don’t feel bad about throwing them out.


While the New 52 costumes have polarized a lot of readers, Huntress’ New 52 look has remained fairly true to her pre-reboot stylings. She dons a black bodysuit that covers up her previously exposed thighs, biceps, and midriff and the entire ensemble has been streamlined to enclude less pouches and straps. In an era that gave us Supergirl’s inexplicable knee-less boots, Huntress’ costume looks sleek and sensible, while still retaining the design tropes that I knew and loved. Sculpted details include the panel lining on her boots and gloves and some subtle seam lines running up and down her bodysuit. She has understated elbow and knee pads and a modest belt with some pouches. And let me say here how happy I am that DCC went with sculpted shoulder armor rather than separate hinged pieces, especially after the debacle with my Starfire figure.



One of the things I like the most about this figure is the more lithe and demure body type. As much as I still dig the DCUC version of Helena, she looks a bit stocky when compared to this one. The cape is fastened just below her shoulders and is made of a very soft, pliable rubbery plastic. It’s not too heavy and it’s sculpted into a neutral position, which doesn’t get in the way when posing the figure.


DCC has been doing a fantastic job with the head sculpts on these figures, and Huntress is no exception. She has a beautiful face and while the hair and mask are all part of the head sculpt, it still has a nice degree of depth to it. The paintwork on the face is immaculate and they did a particularly nice job on her lips. When you get in pretty close you can see that the eyes aren’t exactly even, but it’s not something I noticed when just casually inspecting her.


Speaking of paint, the paintwork is pretty good on the rest of my figure. Huntress’ entire deco consists of just black, purple and white. Both the black and the purple paint have an ever so slight metallic sheen. There are some visible brush strokes in the white paint applied to her torso and the fringe of her cape and a little slop around the cape, but nothing too bad.


The articulation is solid, albeit not exceptional. The arms feature rotating hinges in the shoulders, hinges in the elbows, and swivels in the biceps and forearms. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, hinged at the knees and ankles, and have swivels at the tops of the boots. The head is ball jointed, although her sculpted hair does limit the amount of movement there. There’s no torso articulation. DCC’s figures are never going to be super articulated, but I think they’ve found a pretty happy medium with what they’ve been offering in this year’s releases.




Huntress comes with one accessory, and that is of course her crossbow pistol. It’s a beautifully detailed little piece, cast in grey plastic. She can hold it pretty well in either hand.




It’s always nice to get a great figure from a comic book that I really enjoy and Huntress fits that bill perfectly. I love the character’s current look and DCC pulled off the figure remarkably well. Sure, the articulation is stiff, particularly when compared to Helena’s acrobatic fighting style, but that having been said, DCC has come a long way from the pre-posed and limited articulation of the DC Direct days. All in all, well done!

Tomorrow I’ll wrap up my look at this set with Power Girl!

DC Comics: Huntress Bishoujo Statue by Kotobukiya

DC’s Huntress is getting a lot of attention this year. She’s got her own thing going with Power Girl in World’s Finest. She finally got a figure released in the DCUC style, DC Collectibles has shown off her forthcoming entry in the Cover Girls of the DC Universe line, and of course Koto immortalized her in PVC in their Bishoujo line. It’s that last one that we’re here to look at today. It’s been over a month since I last featured a statue here on FFZ, so let’s go…


If you know the Bishoujo statues, then the style of packaging here should come as no surprise. Huntress comes in a satisfyingly large white box with plenty of the original artwork by Shunya Yamashita. There’s a window on the front panel with smaller windows on the top and side panel to let some light in. Of course, the statue comes wrapped in plastic and nestled between two plastic trays, so you won’t get the full effect of this piece unless you open her up and unwrap her.


The back of the box has a little copy about Huntress herself and a photo of the actual statue from front and back. Oh, look, Harley is also available. That’s one that is still missing from my collection. I’ll have to fix that sooner or later. The statue comes already attached to her base, all you need to do is put her staff in her hands. You carefully pull it apart and feed it through her hands and re-attach. Now we’re ready to check her out.




Oh, myyyy. Huntress is one sexy statue and rather than beat around the bush, I’ll just go ahead and say I think she’s some of this line’s best work to date. The coloring, the sculpt, it’s all so amazing! I don’t know where to begin, so let’s just start with the pose. Huntress is doing her best imitation of The Captain Morgan Stance, with one foot propped up on her base. Her butt is thrust out to the back and she’s clutching the staff with both hands. Gulp! Her right hand crosses under her chest to help prop up her ample ta-ta’s and her head looks slightly down with a rather sly grin. And now, I’m going to take a moment to spritz a little cool water on my face. What can I say? Huntress does it for me.





While this is certainly not an action pose, Koto managed to convey a wonderful amount of kineticism in the cape and hair. Sure, a lot of Bishoujo statues have windblown hair, but here the garment and hair work together to create a great level of energy in this piece. Also the way she’s holding her staff makes her look like she’s either about to receive an attack, or perhaps she’s just bested some thugs and is pausing to admire her handiwork. Either way, the pose here is just an amazing blend of posturing an action.


I really dig the portrait here. Sure, it’s fairly typical bishoujo fare, but the hair is truly well done, particularly the way her bangs hang down over her mask. As always the paint apps on the face are perfect.


The detailing and coloring on her costume is also superb. The glossy black and metallic purple look fantastic against her pale matte skin tones and there’s just a little bit of white to make the figure pop. The costume includes sculpted pouches around her hips and thighs, belts and buckles on her boots, and knee armor. Even the treads on her boots are sculpted even though you can’t really see them other than from the side. I love when the sculptors put that kind of attention into those minor little details! If you want me to level one gripe against this piece, it’s that the absence of her trusty crossbow feels rather conspicuous, but the pose with the staff is so well balanced, there’s really no place for it, unless they sculpted it hanging on her hip.


Huntress’ base is a simple black disc with a nicely sculpted gargoyle. There’s not much more to say. The gargoyle offers a little bit of environmental context and I’m glad the base is not clear. It’s also designed to match well with Bishoujo Batgirl’s gargoyle base. My only complaint here is that Koto really seems to be making these stands a bit too large. Huntress really eats up a lot of shelf space for a 1:7 scale statue.


When Huntress was first released earlier this year, my local comic shop sold out of her before I could make the trip up. As a result, I had this statue in my Amazon Wish List for a couple of months before finally seeing that she dropped below $50 and pulling the trigger. In retrospect, the fact that I waited so long seems crazy, because she truly is so damn amazing. It was a little tough to muscle her in, as my statue shelves are getting a little congested, but I was happy to rearrange things a bit so she can stand beside Power Girl as companion pieces.

DC Universe Signature Collection: Huntress by Mattel

Yes folks, Club Infinite Earths continues to wind down. After this month’s figure, there are only three releases left and truth be told Huntress here is the last one that I was really looking forward to. That means that assuming every figure that has come before has been a homerun, in the end I had little interest in about a quarter of the entire 2013 lineup. It’s no wonder that the 2014 sub didn’t make it. Anyway, let’s try not to piss in Huntress’ cornflakes over Matty Politics, let’s just check out the figure…


It’s the same compact little window box we’ve been seeing all year. While I liked the packaging better before this year’s revision, I’m still fan of this style. If I had the space and these figures weren’t going directly into my DCUC display shelves, I would have certainly kept all of these boxes, but as it stands I’ve just been clipping out the back panels and tossing the rest.


The back panel has a little bio for the character and some artwork. I’m usually a big fan of the Signature Collection character art, but every now and then they stumble and I think this is one of those cases. Huntress doesn’t look bad, but there’s something off about her face to me. She looks like someone doing cosplay at a convention and it’s the morning after the big drinking binge. It’s certainly not the art that was the basis for the figure’s sculpt and that makes for a strange detachment between package and product. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this, but it’s a pretty minor problem for me.



Out of the package and Huntress is certainly a very solid figure. When I usually get a new DCUC style figure my mind begins to automatically dissect it to identify all the reused parts. Which body is it? Where’d he get that cape? Etc. etc. That wasn’t the case with this gal. While there’s obviously a standard female buck under there, she’s just brimming with newly sculpted bits and paintwork. The boots and gloves are brand new, as is the belt and the thigh straps and cape. The result is what feels like a totally fresh, new, and original figure. I love DCUC to death, but after years of collecting, that sense of new and original is not what I usually feel when getting a new figure in the line. All the newly sculpted bits here are quite good. The padded look of the boots, along with their straps and buckles, is executed particularly well. I love the scalloped look of her gloves, the holstered gun on her right leg, and all the pouches on her belt and thighs are nifty. The cape isn’t long enough to get in the way of posing, but it does make a nice support when trying to get her to stand in some tricky positions. Initial shots of the figure made me fear she was going to be a little chunky, but in hand, she looks great.


The head sculpt is also something that I was a little uneasy about early on. The final result is quite good. I wouldn’t call it one of CIE’s best efforts, but it gets the job done rather nicely. In fairness, between the mask and her hair, there’s a lot going on with her portrait. I do like the way her hair is sculpted to hang down over part of her mask and the face is certainly pretty with clean paintwork. If I’m assessing Huntress’ head sculpt a little lower than the norm, it probably says more about the outstanding quality of other portraits in the line than it does about any real failings on this one.


Overall, the paintwork here is pretty good. Unfortunately the only spot of slop on the whole figure is in a rather conspicuous spot, on her right shoulder, but even that isn’t all that big a deal unless you’re getting in real close with a camera. The white cross painted against her black top is nice and sharp, as is the border around the window that shows off her tummy. The shade of purple used is excellent and every little snap on the pouches and buckle on her boots has been carefully painted. Even the small parts of the gun in the holster are brushed with a metallic finish.



Huntress features all the articulation I expect in this line. The arms are ball jointed at the shoulders, hinged at the elbows, and have swivels in the biceps and wrists. The legs have the usual DCUC style hinge at the hips, hinges in the knees and ankles, and the thigh swivels are cleverly hidden just under the straps and above the knees. She can swivel at the waist, has an ab-crunch hinge, and a ball jointed neck.



Naturally, Huntress comes with her trusty crossbow. It’s a simple piece, sculpted in soft plastic, but it’s a solid enough sculpt and painted with a nice shade of metallic purple. Both of her hands are sculpted so as to hold it securely and she can even grip it in one hand and cradle it in the other.




Huntress is an awesome figure and it’s kind of sad to see this kind of craftsmanship coming out of the line in its dying months. If Mattel was able to deliver a figure like this every month, I have no doubt Club Infinite Earths would have flourished for years to come. There are few figures that I regret getting, but Huntress is still one of the only ones that feel like she’s actually worth the price of $27 shipped. That having been said, I understand a little about how costing things out works in the business and it takes a lot of simple repaints and kitbashes to bankroll so much new tooling on a figure like this, but with more subscribers it wouldn’t have been as big an issue. Maybe that’s a Catch 22… I don’t know. What I do know is that this figure belongs is a high point in the line and she belongs in every DCUC collection. When considered with just a few other releases, Huntress easily justified the entire 2013 sub for me.