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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City by NECA
Height: 6 3/4 inches
Articulation: Ball jointed ankles, swivel/hinge knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, balljointed wrists, balljointed head, and swivel ponytails.
Accessories: Two submachine guns, baseball bat, and four interchangeable hands.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
* Harley has some incredible articulation! There isn't an overwhelming amount of joints but everything is here to put Harley in some great poses. Things like the balljointed mid-torso and head really add a great deal of expression to the poses she can take. Heck, even her pigtails are articulated. She's quite sturdy, too. NECA has had some trouble with breakage on some of their DC figures but this one feels absolutely solid.
* Harley's outfit is incredibly detailed and NECA has captured it very well. The corset-like top has lots of different buckles and textures that help to add to the complexity. Of course, there's also a really cool belt with a real metal chain on the side.
The paintwork is pretty good and features that grungy Arkham-verse aesthetic that kind of defines the style of those games. Everything looks neat and clean while still having a bit of that "rough" look that makes for a more interesting looking figure. Harley's boots are wicked cool and a great example of the quality work NECA has done here.
* Harley comes with two submachine guns that kind of look like Ingram MAC-10s. They're pretty cool, although the sculpts are a bit softer than I'd expect on a NECA product. They fit beautifully in Harley's hands, though.
* More than the machine guns, Harley is remembered for wielding a colorful baseball bat in Arkham City. While she's most commonly identified with a mallet, the baseball bat has become a pretty well known Harley weapon, especially thanks to the Suicide Squad film. This bat looks great and has a fairly detailed paint scheme.
* Harley comes with four interchangeable hands: Two right hands and two left hands. They're true balljoints and they swap out very easily with little concern for breakage. There is a set of hands designed to hold the submachine guns, a right hand for the baseball bat, and a gesturing left hand.
* Check out Harley's tattoo. It's really, really detailed and really, really small! The tattoo print is crazy good and is peaking up right over Harley's waistline. There's another tattoo on her right bicep that's also pretty impressive.
* There's something about Harley's face that just seems off. It's not a bad headsculpt at all, but it strikes me as more of a really good Harley Quinn cosplayer rather than the Arkham City version of Harley. The expression is also a bit lifeless for Harley, if you ask me.
* Yes, there is a very obvious splotch of black paint on Harley's right breast. Awkward.
* Harley's boots are really cool but they definitely make it difficult for her to stand up properly. I wish NECA had included a display stand for her. Even a simple black or clear disk would have been welcome.
I now have so many Harley Quinn figures that I've given Dr. Quinzel her own page of reviews: The Harley Quinndex! Check out the rest of my Harley Quinn figures I've reviewed on the site there!