Height: 22 1/2 inches tall
Accessories: 2 swappable portraits (modern hairstyle and classic hairstyle) and removable cape.
Medium: Polystone and fabric.
Non-Scalper Price: $400
I'm changing up the format for this review as I don't really want to divide things up as neat and cleanly as I typically do with my positives and negatives. Instead, I'm going to share my thoughts about every aspect of the figure. The first thing I want to state is that I'm really amazed by the presence of this Premium Format in person. It really is quite incredible and the size just magnifies the excellent work that Sideshow has done here. While Batman deals in dark and brooding, the members of the Batfamily have always managed to bring some levity to there jobs, so the pose is great as it's a mixture of Batgirl being playful while still looking confident and in charge. There's a real heft to the piece that is definitely shocking to someone like me who usually deals in smaller 1/12th scale figures.
If I have a disappointment with this piece it's that there isn't a great deal of mixed media usage on the statue. I know a number of Premium Format figures utilize various materials and I'm really curious what a separate cowl would have looked like on the figure.
The main headsculpt for Batgirl features her hair blowing around behind her. It's a bit wavy and a little longer than shoulder length. If you buy any version of this statue, this is the headsculpt you'll get. The heads swap easily through the usage of a strong magnet.
The Sideshow exclusive version of this statue comes with the classic hairstyle head. The headsculpt is identical but the hair is a bit shorter and curlier. This looks more like the hairstyle of Barbara as portrayed by Yvonne Craig or in the silver age comics.
Here's a view of the classic hairstyle from the back.
I'll talk about the look of the cape in a minute but I do want to mention the way the cape attaches to the body. It actually just folds down into a recess around the peg where the head attached via magnet and is held in place by the head. I really, really don't like this method. It's difficult to get the cape to fit securely in the recess and it just doesn't feel very intuitive. The way it's raised up causes me to check the tightness of Batgirl's head whenever I swap it.
One of the things I'm extremely impressed by is that the statue actually looks like it represents someone wearing a costume. Notice the wrinkles and folds on the torso. This is less of a skin tight bodysuit and more of a carefully tailored uniform. The bat emblem on Batgirl's chest is raised and is painted with a metallic gold paint. The outfit design really does take cues from a few different version's of the Batgirl costume while still creating something that stands on its own.
While I'm not a big fan of how the cape sets on the body, I do love how it looks. The outside it appropriately leathery (probably pleather) while the inside is smoother. There are wires in the cape that allow you to pose the cape and give it a windswept look. It's a neat feature and you'll have it looking great it no time.
I love how Barbara is holding this batarang. I like the look of the batarang. I just wish it were a bit more substantial feeling. It's extremely light and feels a bit fragile. I would have loved to seen this as an actual metal accessory attached to the statue.
The gloves look awesome! I love the color and the texture in the sculpt.
Batgirl has a fairly simple belt but it nicely matches the rest of the outfit. I'm also a big fan of the hand resting on her left hip. There's a lot of life in even the small details of the sculpt.
Sideshow went with high heeled boots for Batgirl. Once again, the folds and creases in the sculpt really make this look as if these are made from a pleathery material. That would have been cool but the sculpt still is killer. Who knows if actual material in this scale would have had the same level of realsim? It's always difficult to tell.
The base is rather elaborate. It has a bronzed look to it and is covered with ornate leafing and some rather unusual crests on all sides. Batgirl plugs securely into the base. If you move her, make sure to hold the base and the figure, however, as I'm sure it's not a permanent connection.
The box is pretty awesome and features some lovely artwork from Stanley "Artgerm" Lau. The bright yellow yellow background looks great and absolutely captures the Batgirl "feel". I love it!
I've reviewed a ton of other Batgirl stuff on this site, including...
Ame-Comi Heroine Series by DC Collectibles
Batman Classic TV Series Bendables by NJ Croce
Batman Dorbz by Vinyl Sugar
Chara-Covers by Huckleberry
DC Comics Bombshells by DC Collectibles
DC Comics Cover Girls by DC Collectibles
DC Comics Designer Series: Greg Capullo by DC Collectibles
DC Comics Retro Sofubi Collection by Medicom
DC Super Friends Wheelies by Fisher Price
DC Superheroes Collection by Warner Brothers
DC Superheroes Mez-Itz by Mezco
DC Universe Mystery Minis by Funko
Headstrong Heroes by Monogram Masterworks
HeroClix- Batman Series by Wizkids/ NECA
HeroClix DC 10th Anniversary by Wizkids/ NECA
Kubricks Batman by Kubricks
The New Batman Adventures Bendables by NJ Croce
Showcase Presents by DC Direct
Super Best Friends Forever by DC Collectibles