Zenescope’s Alice in Wonderland: Alice Liddle by CS Moore Studios

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!

Witchblade: Medieval Witchblade by Moore Action Collectibles

With the exception of encountering Sara Pezzini in a couple of my funnybooks, I have managed to avoid everything Witchblade. That’s no small feat considering it’s a fairly prolific franchise, which even managed to bust out of the comics and onto the TV screen. Nonetheless, I’m a big fan of Clayburn Moore’s sculpts and so I just so happen to have a lot of Witchblade figures in my collection. Today seemed like a good day to feature one, because I have an appointment at the corner pub and with so little background on the characters, I can probably get through it quickly.

If you’ve picked up any of Moore’s indie comic figures, you have a good idea what to expect from the packaging. The figure comes on a fairly uninspiring card with a big bubble and the figure and accessories all laid out for you. The back is a little more exciting with some decent artwork, a blurb about the character, and photos of four of the other figures available in this series.

Even if you aren’t a sculpting connoisseur, chances are you can recognize a Moore sculpt when you see one. Most of them are scantily clad ladies with ample breasts, a perfect ass, and a wide-eyed, full-lipped featured face. Katarina here hits all those points. Her face does have less of a realistic look and more of a stylized anime visage than Moore’s usual work, certainly more so than Lady Death or Ariel Darkchylde. I don’t like it as much, but I’m certainly not hating on it either. I do really dig the way her long braid snakes its way down her back and around to the front. The sculpting on the Witchblade itself is both beautiful and intricate and it makes for a striking contrast with the figure’s smooth skin. The crosshatch pattern on her boots is actually sculpted in and there’s some subtle but nice sculpted muscles as well.

While rarely poor, the paint on Moore’s figures can sometimes be a mixed bag, and Katarina here is a good example of that. The skintone is glossy bare plastic, which doesn’t give you the nice soft look of painted skin. I’m always torn on this, as I like the glossy toyish sheen and painted skin doesn’t always turn out that great. On the other hand, the bare plastic skin doesn’t photograph as well and doesn’t give you that added sense of realism. Nonetheless, the paintwork that’s here is pretty good, particularly on her face, her outfit and the Witchblade itself. The hair, on the other hand comes off as a little hamfisted. The mix of orange with black wash doesn’t give it depth as much as it just makes it look dirty. I seem to recall having a similar problem with the Darkchylde figure. Then again, considering the price point on these figures, the good certainly outweighs the subpar.

Moore figure collectors won’t be surprised by Katarina’s articulation. You get standard five points, swivels at the neck, shoulders, and hips, and only three of those are really useful. The hip cuts don’t really help at all, unless you want her awkwardly sitting on the floor with her legs spread wide. If you find that useful, please keep it to yourself while I pretend to be appalled. No, this figure is designed to stand in a wide leg stance and give you a few options on how to pose her with her weapons.

Weapons? Yes, Katarina comes with a nice array of accessories. You get a sword, spear, and battle axe. All three are beautifully sculpted and painted to look like extensions of the Witchblade. I’m particularly impressed with the sword sculpt, which includes all sorts of cool little nicks and pitting on the blade. Oh yeah, you also get a decent figure stand with the Witchblade logo on it.

A lot of collectors look down on Moore’s indie comic figures as being dated products of the 90’s. Fair enough, but I really enjoy them. One of the finest compliments I can pay an action figure line is that I’m willing to collect them when I really care nothing for the franchise they’re based on. Of course, it helps when they’re sexy chicks and when they’re cheap.  Witchblade figures can certainly be had for next to nothing these days. They’re probably still hanging in a dark corner of your local comic shop, or you can just go buy them on Ebay and probably pay more for the shipping than the actual figure. Either way, Katarina’s a cool figure in my book.