Sunday, July 8, 2018

Action Figure Review: Harley Quinn from Batman Missions by Mattel

 Ever since Mattel began releasing DC Comics action figures in the early 2000s Mattel has periodically released Batman based "evergreen" toylines that aren't tied to any specific movie or cartoon. For the 6 inch scale things started off in 2003 with Mattel's simply named "Batman" series and from there went through other "kid-focused" lines like Batman: Power Attack and DC Total Heroes. For 2018 we are getting the somewhat dully named Batman Missions and, like many of the lines before, it features more limited articulation but comes in at a $10 dollar price point. Batman Missions seems to be focusing on more characters than just the Caped Crusader, however, as the first series includes quite a few villains. I was really excited by this very modern Harley Quinn figure offered by Mattel and snagged her from Amazon a week or two ago. Let's take a look at Harley Quinn and this new Batman series from Mattel after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 5 7/8ths inches

Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Mallet

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
 The Positives:

* First things first: This is a really good looking Harley Quinn figure. Even though DC Collectibles released an Amanda Conner designed line of Harley figures last year, none of those figures captured anything that might be considered a standard, current look for Harley. Mattel has released a pretty solid standard Harley Quinn from Rebirth with great sculpting and some nice, colorful paint applications. I love how it looks like the image from Harley Quinn #1 in Rebirth.

 * The headsculpt is great and features some excellent paintwork and detailing, particularly on the hair. The white skin, dyed hair, and funky eye shadow do Ms. Quinn justice.
 * While Batman Missions is not a collector targeted line Mattel has given the figures some decent upper body articulation with swivel/hinge shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Heck, most of the DC Multiverse figures don't even have swivel/hinge wrists, so the presence of those joints is kind of a big deal. The figures are durable and definitely suited for play while still looking pretty nice on display. You can easily blend her in with your DC Superheroes/Universe Classics/Signature Series/ Unlimited/ Multiverse collection.

* I like the look of Harley's jacket over the corset. The jacket is actually a separate piece that sits over the torso and while it isn't really meant to be removed, the effect is pretty good. Mattel really put some sculpting effort into this figure.

* Harley travels light, only packing her trusty mallet. It's sculpted with some realistic wood grain textures on the head and comes molded in a light brown plastic. While she has some trouble toting it around she can definitely hold it in a neutral position and it looks pretty cool.
 The Negatives:

* The lower body has some very limited articulation. Not just limited in terms of the number of joints but limited in terms of the mobility of those joints. The hips can barely move forward and backward, leaving only the knees with any real motion.

* I love that Harley Quinn has swivel/hinge wrists but, man, these look really, really funky. Let's hope Mattel fixes these in the future.
   While this figure definitely has some weaknesses I have to admit I'm excited to see where this line goes. If Mattel can keep up with some diverse character selection that matches the modern appearances of the Batman cast while adding in figures that longtime DC Collectors will want for their shelves, they could have a hit. It is nice to see an evergreen Batman line on shelves with Harley Quinn as one of the initial offerings. She's a Good and a 1/2 figure that fits in really well with most of Mattel's previous offerings.

I've reviewed so many Harley Quinn toys that she has her own review gallery! Check out the Harley Quinndex for more Harley Quinn reviews!


  1. Man, other than the wrists and the limited hip movement, this is looking pretty dang good for a basic Batman line!

    1. I plan on reviewing the Joker soon. He's a very cool figure with solid accessories. I'd really like to see the Bane figure in person, too.

  2. Where can I purchase this? It appears to be out of stock (unavailable) via Amazon, and I can't locate it at any other online retailer. Any help would be appreciated. I had forgotten completely about this figure's release.

    1. That's a great question and I don't have a solid answer for you. Harley is not only out of stock at Amazon but I don't even see any being sold by 3rd party vendors. I also haven't heard of any retail finds in the Us yet, either. Heck, even an Ebay search only left me with UK resellers. I wonder when retailers will get these in larger numbers?

    2. Apparently Harley is still popping in and out on Amazon (someone on the Fwoosh snagged her Wednesday for $11 bucks) so keep checking!

    3. Thanks for the help! I see the Killing Joke Joker on Amazon (which I plan on purchasing), but Harley is one of my main collection foci. So, she's sort of imperative.

      Yeah, I had already checked eBay and only seen the UK sellers as you mention. I'll find her, one way or another (and now there's a nice song to get stuck in your head for you).

  3. I'm curious to see if Red Hood, Talon, Deathstroke, and Firefly will be in this line. If Mattel has to sacrifice something to improve the hip articulation, I can live with it being the backward movement since having the HALO Spartan Athlon action figure got me used to minimal backward hip articulation.


What'chu talkin' 'bout?