Sunday, November 26, 2017

Action Figure Review: Supergirl from DC Comics Multiverse: Supergirl TV Series by Mattel

  Last week while doing a little Christmas shopping with my daughter we stumbled upon a store called Bargain Hunt. It's a retailer that deals in closeout merchandise, kind of like an Essex, Ollie's, or Big Lots. They had a great selection of toys, however, and I ended up finding a DC Comics Multiverse Supergirl from the Supergirl TV series for $8 bucks. I readily admit that I'm terrible at keeping up with TV shows and thus I've never seen a single episode of the new Supergirl series starring Melissa Benoist. I think I'm going to have to change that as doing some research on the show in order to review this figure has me pretty intrigued. Supergirl was part of the Doomsday series of figures that were released last fall. I reviewed about half of that series at the time (Armored Batman, Robin, and the Mutant Leader) but I didn't pick up Supergirl, Superman: Doomed, or Lex Luthor in his prison duds. Now that I have Supergirl, let's check her out after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4 inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge,  swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/ hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Left leg of the Collect & Connect figure Doomsday

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
 The Positives:

* Due to their use of unique sculpts on most of the DC Comics Multiverse figures, Mattel at least does each character's costume justice. This is a great looking rendition of the Supergirl costume! The red piping on the chest and arms might be a bit more prominent than it is on the show but everything else looks great. The paint colors are spot on and the paint applications are incredibly neat and clean.

* The articulation is quite good. Actually, it's a bit better than usual due to the presence of some degree of swivel/hinge ankles. The ankles do rotate a bit, allowing for more stable poses that just look better. I wish every DC Multiverse figure had those.

 * The "S" logo and the piping are actually sculpted element s(not just painted on) and they look great. 

* Supergirl's cape turned out really good. It's a flexible plastic piece that isn't too large, doesn't jut out at an unusual angle, and has a nice level of detail.
 * This is Melissa Benoist who plays Supergirl.  Does this figure look like her? Kind of. First of all, the picture to the right is probably showing the figure much larger than it actually is. In person I think Mattel did a decent job of capturing Melissa Benoist. Not good enough that you would recognize this headsculpt on its own but definitely good enough that with the Supergirl body or if someone told you who it was, you'd say "Oh, I see it."

* Supergirl includes the left leg of Doomsday from the Collect & Connect figure. I actually sold my Doomsday parts last year, thinking I'd never build the figure, but now I kind of want to build him.
 The Negatives:

* There are definitely some instances of paint rub on Supergirl's tights. These seem to come from the skirt. Just a simple QC issue but a bit annoying.
 * I was all ready to declare Supergirl as one of the best DC Comics Multiverse figures out there and then something happened: Her right arm snapped at the elbow. This is the first DC Comics Multiverse figure I've had break and I haven't hear much about any widespread breakage, so it beats me why this happened. Fortunately, the way the hinge joint broke does allow for the lower arm to reattach just fine. Over half of these pictures were of the "broken" figure. Frustrating but since she's an older figure from a bargain bin store, not much I can do.
   Despite the breakage (which I'm leaning towards being a one off QC issue or a simple stuck joint), Supergirl is still a really Good figure. The work on the costume and the articulation makes this seem like one of the best DC Comics Multiverse figures I've owned. Fortunately I can still display her and pose her to some extent, so I'm probably being a bit more lenient than usual. Still, if you missed this figure and collect DC Comics figures try to track her down. She's quite good!

Looking for more Supergirl? I've also reviewed the Lil Bombshells standard Supergirl minifigure and the "Noir" Supergirl variant, the single packed DC Nano Metalfigs Supergirl and the Pack B 5-figure set, and the the Supergirl from the DC Super Hero Girls Action Pack six figure set!

If you're looking for more DC Comics Multiverse figures, check out the following:

Batgirl (The Batgirl of Burnside)
Batman (Batman: Zero Year)
Batman (DC Rebirth)
Batwing (DC Rebirth)
Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) 
Duke Thomas (We Are Robin)
Earth 23 Superman
The Flash: From Page to Screen
Jim Gordon Batman (Batman: Superheavy)
The Joker (Batman: Endgame)
Justice Buster
The Reaper (Batman: Year Two) 
Rookie (Collect & Connect figure)

The Arrow

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Armored Batman (The Dark Knight Returns)
Batman & Superman (The Dark Knight Returns)
The Flash & The Atom (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
The Joker (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Mutant Leader (The Dark Knight Returns)
Robin (The Dark Knight Returns) 
Son of Batman

Batman v. Superman
Armored Batman
Bat Creature
Batman's Grapnel Blaster (Collect & Connect accessory) 
Batman Unmasked
Knightmare Batman
Lex Luthor
Wonder Woman

DC's Legends of Tomorrow 
The Atom

The Flash
Reverse Flash (The Flash TV Series)

Justice League
Batman (Wal-Mart Exclusive) 
Cyborg (Wal-Mart Exclusive)
The Flash
Mother Boxes (Collect & Connect Accessory)
Steppenwolf (Collect & Connect Figure)
Wonder Woman 

Suicide Squad
Croc (Build-a-Figure)
Harley Quinn (6 inch) 
Harley Quinn (12 inch)
Harley Quinn (Gold Dress)
Harley Quinn (Toys R Us Exclusive)
The Joker 
The Joker (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Rick Flag 


Wonder Woman
Diana of Themyscira
Queen Hippolyta
Steve Trevor 
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (Toys 'R Us exclusive)

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