Saturday, October 28, 2017

Unite the League: Bombshells Mera from DC Designer Series: Ant Lucia by DC Collectibles

  First, let's get it out of the way: Yes, DC Collectibles has already cancelled the third series of Bombshells action figures. They cancelled them just as series 2 was shipping, which seems like a lame thing to do to retailers. I'm sure some people will change their mind on purchasing these since, essentially, they're a dead line. Now we won't get Black Canary, Zatanna, Supergirl, or Bumblebee. Very sad.

   Second, yes, I'm including Mera in my "Unite the League" subheading because she is indeed going to be in Justice League. Played by Amber Heard, Mera is scheduled to be in both Justice League and next year's Aquaman. That is without a doubt the biggest push the character has ever had! There is am Amazon exclusive Mera coming out next month based on Amber Heard's portrayal of the character but today we're checking out this version that's based on Ant Lucia's artwork for the excellent DC Bombshells property. She's part of the second series along with Katana, Batgirl, and Hawkgirl. More underwater fun after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 7 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: Trident

Non-Scalper Price: $22-$28 dollars

Sculpted by: Erick Sosa

 The Positives:

* First of all, Mera is just a plain incredible looking figure. Back when the statue was being designed three different versions of Mera were solicited to collectors in a poll so they could decide on her look. While option A won (the version of Mera that the statue is based on) option B has appeared in a a few other forms such as in the Lil' Bombshells line by Cryptozoic. Interestingly, DC Collectibles went with this choice for the action figure, too. It's still a great look, though. The sculpting by Erick Sosa is excellent and gives the figure a beautiful look that does justice to Ant Lucia's artwork.

 * I like the headsculpt. The face seems a bit thinner than I would have expected but I appreciate that not every Bombshells female looks the same. The hair looks excellent, too, and the paint applications on the eyes are great.

* Mera's top looks to be made of some sort of scaly material. Who knows what it is? It looks really nice, though, and has a great metallic sheen and impressive texturing.

* Mera is also sporting a little anchor necklace around her neck. The anchor is super clean and sharp while the necklace is made from actual fibers, kind of like a nautical rope.

 * Mera is sporting some awesome sailor styled pants. They have a great flare on the bottom and green stripes down the sides that match her top.

* Mera's shoes also match her top and the stripes on her pants. The sculpting and paintwork is really near for something so small. Even her individual toes are noticeable and have painted red nails.

*  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. Mera is solid, durable, and has a pretty great range of motion. She is just so insanely fun to play with and to photograph.

 * Mera's trident is excellent. I love the gold color and the prominent tines on the head.

* Mera's hands are also perfectly sculpted to hold it. She even has really uniquely posed fingers to make her look like she's actually interacting with the accessory and not just merely grasping it. Pretty cool.
 The Negatives:

* Mera is sporting a sailor styled neckerchief. It's a great detail but mine was bent out of shape while tucked in behind Mera's hair. I'm hoping it will straighten out given a bit of time.

   I am absolutely devastated that DC Collectibles cancelled this line as these are easily some of the best action figures released this year. They seem like they're selling well, too, so the cancellation seems like more of a bizarre corporate decision on DCC's part rather than any kind of sales choice. Mera is an epic figure. She's well articulated, excellently designed, sculpted, and painted, and incredibly gorgeous! I will point out, though, that DC Collectibles has decreased the accessories included with this series of figures. Unlike the series 1 figures Mera doesn't include any extra accessories or alternate hands. Still, it's tough to be too upset when she's so well made.

So far the only other Mera toy I've reviewed is the Lil Bombshells Mera. If you're looking for more figures from the DC Designer Series, check out the following:

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


  1. Sucks that they cancelled the line, but I am very glad Mera made it out before it they put the kibosh on it. She's a great character, and this is a very cool figure.

  2. I thought for certain this figure had been cancelled back in the mass exodus of DCC figures. I'm happy to see she and the rest of Series 2 made it out. I'm thinking they'll be a nice augment to my woefully small Icons collection.

  3. Where did you find the news that the line has been cancelled? I can't find any official announcement.

    1. I received notification from Big Bad Toy Store that all of my preorders for series 3 were cancelled, along with the following note: "We have been informed by the manufacturer that they will not be producing the DC Designer Series Bombshells Bumblebee/ Supergirl/ Black Canary/ Zatana Figure (Ant Lucia). Unfortunately this means we must cancel our Pre-orders for this item. If this item is re-solicited in the future, we will be sure to publish it on our website once again."

    2. Crap. That don't look good at all. Thanx for info.and keep up the great work.


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