“When you see my puddin’, tell him Harley sent ya…” – Harley Quinn (Arkham Knight)
I don’t know how many times I had to see that clip when I played the game – turned my love for Harley into some serious resentment. Albeit only temporarily.
Okay, so I am so excited about this figure I am not in a position to have an interlude where I make a poignant observation about the current state of affairs of collectors.
Instead, I am going to cut to the chase and go on record and say it: “This is the Harley you always wanted but never quite realised it”.
As always, when considering the three A’s (ie: AESTHETICS; ARTICULATION; and AISH-Factor) here’s what I found:
It’s no big secret that I am a massive fan of the classic costumes when it comes to figures. Even less of a secret is my love for all things in the Batverse.
As far as Harley Quinn is concerned, the Arkham video game series has always managed to successfully capture a sense of beauty and danger in their depiction of Harley (except in Arkham City – but her less that dazzling appearance there made sense in the story).
When Arkham Asylum was released, we saw Harley as we knew her shift from the classic jester unitard to the “psycho nurse” look we all know and came to love. Over the remainder of the series, we have come to accept her evolution into the pseudo-steampunk look the character sports in the video game universe which to a lesser or greater degree has translated into the comics and the movie universe as well.
I mean really, can you imagine the bitch fits hard core comic lore classicists would have thrown if DC went straight from the classic jester look to Margot Robbie’s “almost costumed” version of the character? (That’s ironic because everyone knows that Harley Quinn came from the Animated series and not the comics, but work with me- I am making a point). Not likely.
I’m not the first person to draw that conclusion either, so this isn’t just a case of me whining.
Anyway, the point being that in as much as I am a sucker for a classic look to a figure, I couldn’t help but love the evolution of the character’s appearance over the years.
Still, imagine my sheer delight when I happened across the Arkham Knight Series 4 Harley Quinn (Classic Costume) figure!
This figure does not disappoint. Firstly, the figure is cast in the 7” scale which is a super win right there!
This sculpt also depicts a very “pretty” Harley (when compared with the DC Icons Harley Quinn figure I reviewed a little while ago) and also manages to avoid the garish / cartoony/ overdone look of some other figures. The figure has some nice subtle shading or hues on the face which are a nice touch as well.
Overall, the paint applications are pretty good. With only very slight bleeding. This doesn’t phase me too much as these are mass produced figures so that is to be expected.
I liked the glossy look of the costume as I find that it gives the costume a sort of “vinyl” or “pleather” look I like it as I have seen a similar look in hyper realistic fan art pics of the character.
As far as accessories go, we get three sets of hands as well as a baseball bat. The baseball bat is pretty much the exact same thing as we received with the Arkham Knight Series 1 Harley Quinn action figure save for slightly darker paint job.
In keeping with the classic theme I would have preferred a giant mallet and a pop gun – not that these don’t work well, it’s just a personal preference.
The one major gripe I have with this figure is the shortage of articulated joints. The challenge is exacerbated by the fact that there is a slightly limited range of motion on most of the joints due to sculpt itself.
From the bottom up we note the following articulated joints:
Ankles – Swivel (good luck balancing her – invest in Prestick or action figure stands)
Knees – Double pivot joint
Hips – Ball joints
Wrist – Compound swivel/pivot joint. (The included hands can be swapped out as well)
Elbows – Single pivot joint
Shoulders – Ball joints
Head/Neck – Ball joint
I can understand the foregoing the inclusion of torso or waist articulation in an attempt to preserve the tight and tidy appearance of the figure. I still miss it though.
Fortunately the sculpt of the figure itself does allow one to achieve some sultry poses, limited as they may be.
Since I tend to find a favourite pose and have been known to hot glue my figures into position I don’t generally mind a lack of articulation too much personally. The problem I had here was the limitations I experienced in finding a unique and interesting pose that I liked. That took a little away from the experience for me.
AISH! – factor
Here’s the bottom line – this figure is an amazingly attractive piece that may be one of the nicer Harley figures in its price rage if you like the classic look of the character.
As we saw with the DC Icons Harley Quinn Action figure, the highlight for this figure is that it is a nostalgic shout out to the good old days with decent potential for inclusion in displays and dioramas.
As far as articulation goes, the DC Icons figures knocks this one out of the park. However, this figure redeems itself by looking and feeling like a nice “mini statue”.
I must stress though, the figure can achieve some very nice poses – I just have slightly different display ideas in mind.
The price point is around the average price for a DC Collectibles figure and the figure is easily available at all good Comic Book Stores locally.
This figures rates a fair “AISH!” and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.
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