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Monday, December 19, 2016
Action Figure Review: Barbara Kean from Gotham by Diamond Select Toys
Height: 6 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a swivel/hinge head.
Accessories: Three piece Arkham Asylum gate.
Non-Scalper Price: $22-$24 dollars
* Looking at Barbara Kean from the waist up, she's a pretty cool figure. I like the movement on her arms, her expressive hands, and the fit of the Arkham Asylum issued dress. It's got a cool vibe that definitely isn't "modern" but it fits the odd mixture of time periods that so many successful Batman shows and movies try to capture.
Erin Richards as Barbara Kean because the figure is sculpted with a bit of an angry facial expression. It's incredible how much a facial expression can change the appearance of a sculpt. It's a nice looking portrait, though, and the hair is quite well done. It looks rather unkempt, befitting someone staying in Arkham. I also like the A-15 inmate number on the front of the dress. It's just a cool little detail.
* The Arkham Asylum name on the top of the arch is really impressive. The sculpt is very sharp and just looks fantastic. The paintwork mixes a few colors to make the fence look aged. If you pick this one up, there's no way that this accessory isn't becoming a key part of your Batman display.
* These little lanterns are pretty cool, too. They also kind of have that greenish-blue patina that metal sometimes gets with age.
* Barbara looks like she has some great leg articulation but it's completely useless underneath that striped dress. The dress is just a big, hollow piece of hard rubber that keeps her legs from moving. It also has some questionably painted lines and doesn't really have any shape to it. Just disappointing, really.
This is the first figure of Barbara Kean that has ever been released, so that's kind of cool. The only other Gotham figure from Diamond Select Toys, I've reviewed is Harvey Bullock, so check that one out.