Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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

  My favorite Bombshells design is a tie between Batwoman and Hawkgirl. I'm a pretty big fan of all of the Bombshells designs  but there is just something simple but clever about those two. Today I'm looking at Hawkgirl, the third figure from the second series of the Ant Lucia inspired DC Designer. Hawkgirl is one of the seven Bombshells statues I own and I'm really excited to own her in action figure form, too. While DC Collectibles seems to be on the fence as to whether or not this line is truly cancelled (Bumblebee and Supergirl are officially cancelled while they claim Zatanna and Black Canary are still coming out) at least the second series left us with three out of my four favorite Bombshells (Batwoman, Katana, and Hawkgirl. Just missing Cheetah!). Let's check out the high flying Hawkgirl after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, 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: Jetpack

Non-Scalper Price: $24-$28 dollars

Sculpted by: Joe Menna
 The Positives:

* I love Hawkgirl's design and DC Collectibles captures it perfectly in this figure. Hawkgirl's Bombshells appearance kind of looks like a mechanic  with a simple t-shirt and some green coveralls. The paintwork is quite sharp and accentuates a terrific sculpt.
 * The Bombshells have some fantastic articulation; perhaps one of the best blends of sculpt and functionality I've seen. It seems as good, and possibly even better, than the now defunct DC Icons.  In spite of the downgraded articulation from series 1, Hawkgirl is still a solid and durable action fiugre with a pretty great range of motion. She is just so insanely fun to play with and to photograph.

 * Hawkgirl's headsculpt is gorgeous and the paintwork really makes it work. I love her hawkshaped helmet, her green eyes, and her smirk.

* I also love the goggles hanging around her neck. They're a separate piece just hanging around her neck. I wish they were removable and functional to give the character an alternate appearance, though, but they're still quite cool. They even have true translucent lenses.

* I love the way Hawkgirl's hair flows out from her helmet. It's a great effect and the paintwork makes it appear quite striking.

* Hawkgirl is only wearing her green jumpsuit part way. The upper half is actually a separate piece that hangs down from the figure's waist with the sleeves drooping down to her knees. It may hinder articulation just a little but but it's an incredibly convincing way to capture the character's design. 

 * The boots are incredible. Not only do they have super neat and clean paintwork on the laces but the leathery sides feature an excellent two-tone effect that makes them look very realistic. There is also a cool wing design etched into the side.

 * Unlike the series 1 figures the series 2 figures come with only a few accessories. Hawkgirl only includes her jet pack, an absolute necessity for the figure. The paintwork and design on this piece are incredible. The arms of the jetpack that feature the ignition switches are incredible. This fits on easily and looks smashing!
 The Negatives:

* Oddly enough, despite still being able to hold the handles properly thanks to her stellar articulation, it's clear that the jetpack's arms are a bit too short. It looks a bit awkward.

* Notice something missing? Check out the statue again. Why in the world did DC Collectibles not give Hawkgirl her bubblegum bubble? An alternate head would have been an ideal way to do this. This is one of those things that's a part of the statue's design so it seems just wrong to leave it off of the action figure.

  Hawkgirl is a Great figure with an excellent sculpt, useful articulation, and some fine paintwork. Hawkgirl doesn't get a lot of action figures or merchandise so any product based on her is a welcome addition but I'm especially partial to this design so that's even better. I do wish DC Collectibles hadn't done away with the extra hands and extra accessories that the first series figures had come with, though. A cool retro styled laser pistol, an alternate bubble gum blowing head, and a few alternate hands would have elevated things to the next level.

If you're looking for more Hawkgirl reviews you can check out my review of the DC Comics Lil Bombshells Hawkgirl minifigure and the DC Super Hero Girls Hawkgirl.

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

Amanda Conner Series
Holiday Harley Quinn
Spacesuit Harley Quinn
Superhero Harley Quinn
Traditional Harley Quinn
Ant Lucia Series
Bombshells Batgirl
Bombshells Batwoman
Bombshells Harley Quinn
Bombshells Mera
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

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