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Saturday, November 19, 2016
Statue Review: Harley Quinn [New 52 ver.] from DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Height: 8 7/8ths inches (including base)
Non-Scalper Price: $70-$75 dollars
Arranged by: Shunya Yamashita
Sculpted by: M.I.C.
* Based on artwork by Shunya Yamashita, Kotobukiya's Bishoujo statues almost always have good poses. Harley has a great pose as she's kind of casually standing around just carrying her giant mallet. She looks great on the shelf standing alongside the other statues in the line.
* I really like the portrait and hair here. It manages to take Harley's funky look from the earliest issues of the New 52's Suicide Squad and merge it with the Bishoujo style. It's a lovely face sculpt with near perfect paint applications, subtle red and blue eye shadow, and some excellent hair.
* A short cape was actually a part of this particular outfit, so Kotobukiya made sure to include it here. I like how it's sculpted as if it's blowing in the breeze. It gives her a much more dynamic look and just helps to sell the cape. Capes just look so darn cool and dramatic, don't they?
* The attention to small details helps to make these figures. Take note of Harley's fingernails: Blue on the right hand, to match her right wrist guard and stocking, and red on the left side, to match her left wrist guard and stocking.
* Harley is packing two pistols in the holsters on her hips and, while they're not removable, they look like they could be. I actually think these are separately sculpted items tucked down into the permanently closed holsters. They look great.
* Harley's belt has a few spare rounds of ammunition on it. While these aren't actually removable pieces they sure do look like it. The sculpt and the paintwork is excellent here. Why carry around random bullets, though, rather than magazines? Not as dynamic looking is my guess.
* While it's intended to be displayed with the figure (as she would look a bit odd without it), Harley's hammer is a separate piece that attaches to the figure. The wood grain sculpt of the head of the hammer is nicely captured here and even features a dark wash, while the metal bands surrounding it have a metallic sheen.
* Harley comes permanently affixed to a display base that not only keeps the figure standing securely but that also has a cool blue and red diamond pattern. It matches her outfit quite well and looks great!
* Here's an interesting fact about this statue: Her head and left forearm are removable. Why is that? Because there is an alternate NYCC limited edition version of this statue with a different headsculpt, weapon, and left hand. You can actually interchange the face plates, hair, and left forearm to customize the figures a bit more if you have both. I do happen to have both, and I'll be reviewing the exclusive in a week or so.
I've now reviewed so many Harley Quinn figures and statues that I've given them their own mini review index: The Harley Quinndex!
For more reviews check out the following:
DC Comics Bishoujo by Kotobukiya
Armored Wonder Woman