Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Bombshells Batwoman from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

 Today I'm checking out Bombshells Batwoman, the fourth and final figure in the first series of the Ant Lucia inspired action figure from the DC Designer Series. I'll readily say that Batwoman is tied with Hawkgirl as my favorite Bombshell design and statue. It might come off as a bit "punny" but I love the idea of Kate Kane running around as a literal "Batwoman," both as a 1940's era baseball player and a baseball themed vigilante. Kate plays a pretty big role in the Bombshells comic (which is really quite good) and is a just a stunning design, so she's really a figure to not miss. While I'm a bit aggravated that DC has released this figure before a true modern Batwoman action figure (Batwoman probably had the best costume of the New 52 and I'd tie her with the Snyder/ Capullo Batwoman as the most consistently wonderful book), that's totally on DC Collectible's often bizarre practice; this is a solid figure who just oozes moxie. Check her out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips w/ vertical hinges, waist hinge, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Baseball bat, baseball, baseball mitt, and 6 interchangeable hands.

Non-Scalper Price: $24-$28 dollars

Sculpted by: Paul Harding

 The Positives:

*  The Bombshells have some fantastic articulation in this line. It seems as good, and possibly even better, than DC Icons. At 6 7/8ths inches Batwoman is in scale with most of your other superhero figures (unlike Icons) and she moves as good, if not better than them. She's solid, durable, and has a pretty great range of motion. She is just so insanely fun to play with and to photograph.

* Batwoman has one of my favorite Bombshells outfits as it perfectly combines a recognizable 1940s style with the character's comic book appearance. Red and black are the colors of the day here and they're just as striking as in any of Batwoman's modern outfits. The dress is very nicely sculpted and the red trim on the outfit helps to convey more depth and complexity to the outfit. Plus the ball cap with the bat ears? Brilliant. Fun fact: My wife is currently crafting her own Batwoman costume to wear to conventions this year!

 * Batwoman is gorgeous, which doesn't seem to be a rare thing in this line. The headculpts are all beautiful, as is the work on the eyes. To add more intrigue to the figure, Batgirl is also sporting some darker eyeliner or something over her eyes. It's a really cool look and helps to give her a more unique vigilante-like appearance.

* Kate's hair is pretty nifty, too! It's sculpted in a windswept pose with some great detail and a nice dark wash to bring out the detail even more.

* On the back of her outfit is her player number (#52) and the team name (Gotham Knights). The printing is neat and clean, it's faithful to the art and the statue, and it makes the figure just seem even cooler.

* Not only is Batwoman wearing a pair of some seriously cool red and black baseball socks but she's also sporting some very fancy and shiny shoes

 * The interchangeable hands on every figure in this series have been fantastic and durable with no problems rearing their heads when switching things out. Kate has a standard pair of fists, some tight grips for holding the baseball bat, and some wider grips for holding the wider part of the baseball bat or for holding the included baseball to simulate pitching.

* Batwoman's 7th hand is perhaps the coolest of all: It's a baseball mitt. It fits on just like a hand and has some great sculpting as well as a nice, deep pocket to hold the baseball in.

* And here's the baseball! It's white, it's round, and it has little red stitches. How much more "baseball" could you get? I really like this little accessory. There's a lot of fun to be had posing Batwoman utilizing this.

* Last, and certainly not least, is Batwoman's baseball bat. It's a pretty nicely sculpted bat with Batwoman's name on the bat and a bat symbol on the top of the bat. Great work here, too. Is Batwoman just playing the game or does she utilize her athletic equipment like Casey Jones? You decide!

   Batwoman is absolutely my favorite figure in the Bombshells segment of the DC Designer series so far. Despite being more of an Elseworlds type of concept, this is still a pretty darn good Batwoman figure. On it's own merits, though, this is an Epic figure. Kate Kane is a great character and this is version of her that manages show her ability to walk between two different worlds. Now, DC Collectibles, please make a version of Batwoman in her modern costume. Please?!

Looking for more Batwoman stuff? Then check out the following reviews I've written: The Kotobukiya Bishoujo Batwoman and the Lil' Bombshells Batwoman.

For more DC Designer Series figures, check out the following:

Ant Lucia Series
Bombshells Harley Quinn
Bombshells Poison Ivy 
Bombshells Wonder Woman
Darwyn Cooke Series
Harley Quinn
Greg Capullo Series
Commissioner Gordon
GCPD Batman
The Joker 
Mr. Freeze
Red Hood
The Riddler
Zero Year: Survival Batman


  1. This looks great! I need to get one. Where did you find it?

    1. I ordered the set of four from an ebay seller.

  2. This is an amazing series! I hope it does well as I'll be very interested to see what they do further down the line.

  3. Thanks for the review, I'll have to checkout the Batwoman comic.

    Got a chance to see some of these Bombshells at a comic shop last week, something I try to do because I'm increasingly disappointed with figures nowadays. They looked great and were $20 ($22 after taxes :/), not the $25 I was expecting. Didn't grab any though because damn, they're too tall for my 6-inch stuff. I don't want Ivy to be as tall as my Barda lol.

    The clerk said Hawkgirl is coming in October/November, but they're gonna be $28!? Cripes. Is that really the retail price? I mean, I almost never pay retail for stuff, but I don't think I'll be getting a decent discount on these if the starting price is over $30 after taxes!

    1. If there is one series of action figures released this year that I 100% do not regret buying, it's these. My speculation is that when the next series hits, the demand for these is going to skyrocket.

      That being said, DC Collectibles has been jumping their prices up over the past few years at a pretty steady rate. They also sell their product through Amazon, Big Bad Toys, and other e-tailers, however, which means that the prices tend to fluctuate lower then that MSRPs. Right now 3 of these figures are hanging around the 20 dollar mark on Amazon while Harley is heading into the $30s.

      For preordering future figures, BBTS is offering them for $24 bucks, so you're getting a bit of a deal. Considering Mattel and Hasbro both set the bar at $20 bucks for their 6 inch scaled figures, I think these are a value.


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