Saturday, September 18, 2021

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn (The Suicide Squad) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   I haven't seen The Suicide Squad yet but I'm a sucker for almost any 6-7 inch scaled Harley Quinn figure so I picked this up a couple of months ago at GameStop. I think the last time I picked up a DC based action figure was last year when I grabbed both the standard and the Playing for Keeps One:12 Collective Harley Quinns from Mezco. I haven't purchased anything from Mcfarlane Toys' DC Multiverse line up to this point so it was interesting to get my hands on something from that line. I'm impressed by the overall quality of the figure and I can definitely see why the line has a following although it's not a DC line I have much interest in. This seemed like a a cool look for Harley Quinn and I figures at the least I could see off the massive build-a-figure piece for the King Shark figure (which I did). Let's take a look at Harley Quinn after the break...

The Facts:
Height: 6 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, double hinged knees, swivel/hinge hips, waist swivel, butterfly hinged pecs, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, barbell jointed head.
Accessories: Spear, display stand, character card, and lower body of King Shark build-a-figure.
Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:
* Harley Quinn isn't a bad looking figure at all. McFarlane's mass market figures for The Suicide Squad are far superior to Mattel's figures from Suicide Squad back in 2016 and Harley Quinn looks far more like Margot Robbie than a random cosplayer. Harley's outfit here is pretty cool. It's not something that just outright screams "Harley Quinn" but it absolutely looks like something she would wear. You know, because she is totally wearing it right here. There's a lot of detailed work on the dress which is actually a separate piece over the figures torso. Even the straps are rubbery and can be shifted around a bit. There's not a lot of paintwork on the dress, though, but Harley's tattoos are all nicely captured. More on that in a moment. 

* The headsculpt might not be 100% but it's petty solid, especially for a mass market figure. It's clearly Robbie as Harley Quinn and the detail work is quite nice with good clean paint applications on the face. She's got the little heart tattoo on her right cheek as well. No "Rotten" tattoo, though; both Margot Robbie and James Gunn apparently disliked the tattoo so it's been removed. Nothing wrong with that!
 * There are quite a few tattoos on Harley, some with subtle changes. Her tattoo that used to say "Property of Joker" now says "Property of No One." The stamps for these are all neat and clean and everything is quite legible.

* Harley's thigh has some more tattoos: A "P+H" tattoo in a little heart (Pamela and Harleen?), lots of tally marks, a little jester, and the word "Puddin" modified into "Pudding cups."

* This is a really sturdy figure with seemingly great quality control. Remember back in the mid-late 1990s/ early 2000s when McFarlane Toys' releases seemed so fragile? This is a good quality action figure. I'm not completely thrilled with the articulation (I'll get to that in a moment) but the articulation and range of motion on Harley's arms, legs, and head is excellent. She can hold her weapon in multiple ways, even when using both hands to grasp it. The included base allows for some more action-oriented poses so her leg articulation does get a bit of a workout here.

* Here's the base. It's a simple black plastic disc stand but it does have the DC logo on it. I'm always happy to see a figure come with a stand so kudos to McFarlane Toys for throwing them in here.

* Harley seems to have taken up using a spear or a harpoon of some sort. I've seen pictures of it in various trailers and press stills so it's definitely from the movie. It has a decent sculpt and looks good in Harley's hands.

* The figure also includes a trading card. Usually a card isn't that big of a deal but considering it's a picture of Harley Quinn I think it's a worthwhile inclusion.
* And here's the build-a-figure piece for King Shark! It's huge and it weighs more than Harley! I actually sold this right after opening the figure and basically paid for the figure with it. That's crazy! It looks like an awesome build-a-figure, I just don't have any interest. I still have the awesome Mattel King Shark, too.

The Negatives:
* What is with Harley's wrists? These are the worst looking swivel/hinge balljoints I've seen in ages. Wow! I think she needs to get these checked out or something.

* Harley has great articulation on her limbs but her dress is one solid piece over her torso that inhibits the movement of her upper legs. It's pretty disappointing. It's also just one solid color with no detail A light wash or even a bit of the glitter that the picture on the trading card shows would have improved things a bit.
   Harley Quinn is a decent figure and it seems that McFarlane is doing a really nice job with the DC Multiverse line. Unfortunately, this one has some weird articulation in places that just keeps her from being as fun as she could be. It would have been nice to have another accessory or two to actually use with the figure as well. If you're planning to build King Shark then you'll probably be really pleased with how much of the figure you get with Harley! She's a Good and a 1/2 figure. Unless McFarlane really starts focusing on some more classic DC designs I don't anticipate on picking up much more but I do like to pay attention to this line. It's easier to find than anything Mattel ever released under the license. 
I've reviewed so many Harley Quinn toys that she has her own review archive. Check out the Harley Quinndex for all of my Harley Quinn reviews!









  1. Cool figure. I've never seen any of these in the wild. Still need to watch the movie as well.

    1. At this point I'm just going to wait until its on Blu-ray. Our drive in was playing it sometimes but their last day for the season was the Friday before last which is crazy. I'm in NC and the weather is mild enough to show movies into November!

  2. That stick is supposed to be the javelin from the other Suicide Squad member of the same name, who got killed off at the beginning of the movie. Yea if that dress is solid plastic, that kind of limits posing. Not sure why they havn't figured a way to have a more soft plastic parts for the these types of characters. Never did like that dress on her lol...that prince guy who gave it to her, didn't really have much fashion sense.

    1. I haven't seen it yet but, yeah, the dress is problematic. It's not stylish and well painted enough to make up for the figure being immobile.


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