Harley Quinn in the outfit she wore during the earliest days of the New 52. This is definitely not one of my favorite Harley Quinn looks but it is a colorful and dynamic outfit, perfect for a v2 figure. Today I'm looking at a variant of that figure which Kotobukiya offered at NYCC and through their website. While you might think this is simply a black and red repaint of the standard statue, you'd be mistaken: This figure actually has a new left hand, a pistol instead of a mallet, and a newly sculpted face. Let's take a closer look at this exclusive version of Dr. Quinzel after the break...
Height: 8 7/8ths inches (including base)
Non-Scalper Price: $75 dollars
Arranged by: Shunya Yamashita
Sculpted by: M.I.C.
Edition Size: 2500
* Based on artwork by Shunya Yamashita, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo statues
almost always have good poses. Harley has a great pose as she's kind of
casually standing around showing off her pistol. I love how the new left arm tilts the gun up at an angle to show off the little revolver. She looks great
on the shelf standing alongside the other statues in the line.
* This portrait is even better than the one on the standard statue. It looks a bit more sinister, which fits Harley during this era. I also like the new grin with a slightly open mouth. It just works so well for the character. And the red and black hair? Just perfect!
* While you might argue that there's not much coverage to this costume,
there are quite a few different articles of clothing that make it up.
Not only does Harley have the ruffled jester's collar but she's got the
gold clasp for her cape and a rather detailed corset. The paintwork is
excellent on all of these items, and I actually like this red and black color scheme better than the standard red and blue. I'm always so impressed by how clean
and neat Kotobukiya's paintwork is!
* A short cape was actually a part of this particular outfit, so
Kotobukiya made sure to include it here. I like how it's sculpted as if
it's blowing in the breeze. It gives her a much more dynamic look and
just helps to sell the cape. Capes just look so darn cool and dramatic,
* The attention to small details helps to make these figures. Take note
of Harley's fingernails: Black on the right hand, to match her right
wrist guard and stocking, and red on the left side, to match her left
wrist guard and stocking.
* Harley is packing two pistols in the holsters on her hips and, while
they're not removable, they look like they could be. I actually think
these are separately sculpted items tucked down into the permanently
closed holsters. They look great.
* Harley's belt has a few spare rounds of ammunition on it. While these
aren't actually removable pieces they sure do look like it. The sculpt
and the paintwork is excellent here. Why carry around random bullets,
though, rather than magazines? Not as dynamic looking is my guess.
* Harley comes permanently affixed to a display base that not only
keeps the figure standing securely but that also has a cool black and red
diamond pattern. It matches her outfit quite well and looks great!
* Here's a closeup of Harley's removable head and left forearm. Why is that? Because standard version has a different headsculpt, weapon, and
left hand. You can actually interchange the face plates, hair, and left
forearm to customize the figures a bit more if you have both. This is a great feature and really shows some forethought put into the decision to have both figures released so close together.
I'm almost always impressed by Kotobukiya's work on this line. The
sculpting, paint, and overall quality on this line is just nearly
perfect every time and, I'm happy to say, this New 52 version of Harley
is another Epic figure. In fact, I'd argue that I actually really prefer this Limited Edition variant. I love her, even though this isn't the outfit I
would have chosen for a second version of Harley Quinn, and the new headsculpt and darker color scheme just look incredible.
I've now reviewed so many Harley Quinn figures and statues that I've given them their own mini review index: The Harley Quinndex!
For more reviews check out the following:
DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Armored Wonder Woman