The DC Comics Bombshells have come full circle. Starting as a line of statues designed by Ant Lucia, the idea of DC’s famous female characters dressed up like World War II pin-ups was then translated into a long-running digital comic series written by Marguerite Bennett. Now, DC Collectibles is out with a line of fully articulated action figures under its DC Designer Series banner. The first wave of four includes Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Poison Ivy and the one I’m reviewing here, Harley Quinn.
As with most Designer Series figures, Harley stands a little over 6″, so she’s not exactly in scale with most 1/12 scale figures. However, she fits right in next to other Designer Series figures, as you can see in the above photo. The Designer figures tower over the Batman: The Animated Series Harley.
Aside from the height though, Harley and the other Bombshells figures have little in common with the other Designer figures. These are super-articulated, like the DC Icons figures. It has a full range of motion and is thankfully well-constructed enough that it doesn’t feel like it will break easily when posing. You’re going to have to do some fiddling around to figure out the right pose to get it to stand though, especially if you want the figure holding her mallet.
My favorite part of the figure is the incredible level of detail in the paint. There’s a little tiny Joker card peeking out of her left thigh stocking and a really cool Joker logo printed on the back of her bomber jacket. And yet, my favorite feature of the whole package isn’t even on the figure itself. It’s this itsy-bitsy little Batman doll dangling from her pop-gun. This probably wouldn’t make sense in the comic book, where Batman doesn’t exist, but it’s so cool here. These are the reasons why you pay more for these Designer figures.
On the accessories front, Harley comes with the previously mentioned mallet and pop-gun. There are also three sets of hands – two fists, a left open hand, a right hand with the “V for Victory”/”Peace” sign, a left hand with a gun grip and a right hand with the mallet grip.
The hands are easily interchangeable and you shouldn’t have to worry about breakage if you’re patient. The figure also has a loose belt that’s not attached but also not removable. It just dangles around her waist.
The figure was sculpted by Paul Harding, who did a wonderful job of bringing Lucia’s work to life here. The articulation doesn’t get in the way of the fine sculpt. If you looked at the figure from afar, you might not even notice it.
This is a fine Harley Quinn, but the price on DC Collectibles figures might make you think twice. The retail for these is now at $28, although you can certainly find it closer to $20 online. At $20, this is great, but at $28 it should at least include a stand.
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