After Dr. Manhattan, my enthusiasm for the Watchmen line took a hit. I’m still looking forward to future figures (some of the best figures will be the ones rolling out towards the end of the subscription), but I’ve still got one more so-so one to weather: Silk Spectre.
Silk Spectre isn’t as bad as the intro makes her sound. There’s a lot to like, but a few keys thing hold her back from being a sharp figure like Rorschach is or like some of the later figures appear to be. And she is better than Dr. Oblong-Head.
Silk Spectre II, Laurie Juspeczyk, is the daughter of the original in the Watchmen universe. Unlike many of the Watchmen characters, Silk Spectre doesn’t draw on a particular Charlton character. Some may say she’s a stand-in for Nightshade, but Silk Spectre has no real similarity other her relationship with Dr. Manhattan. She’s more of an amalgam of many female leads and is a pivotal character to the story, tying many characters together; a legacy hero for her mother, a wife to Dr. Manhanttan, love interest of the second Nite-Owl, and her connection to the Comedian.
Silk Spectre features the same fun packaging as previous figures with the book-style inner carton and the full-color mailer. The mailer in particular amused me this go round because Spectre doesn’t really have a logo or iconography for Mattel to use on the side of the box. They seemingly just through things together on the side of the box – her mole, lips, necklace, and a hint of the plunging neckline on her costume. It works, I guess.
Inside, the “coaster” art features another take on Silk Spectre with no eyes. I like that Mattel included these for “value”, but I have yet to be motivated to take any of them out of the packaging.
Liberated from the packaging, the figure itself is pretty nice. Very few parts were needed for Silk Spectre, a new head, new arms, new upper torso maybe new fists, and the dress. The dress is both a saving grace and a possible annoyance on the figure. I applaud Mattel for going the route they did with it. Painting the black areas underneath and then using the clear-yellow “sleeve” over the figure gets really close to capturing the costume’s look on a figure. It’s sharp even if it does bunch up around the shoulders a bit. My only real concern about it is the longevity of the material used. Mattel scares me when they get into different materials. I’ve got that weird “cornstarch” rot on a few of my early DC figures and I worry for how long this will hold up. It could be fine though. I’ll just cross my figures and hope so.
Mattel couldn’t do the arms the same as the dress unfortunately and that does cause a bit of a mismatch on the figure. Mattel did a good job trying to combat the limitation with flesh-tone highlights in key places on the arms where the ‘fabric’ should be more see-through. It is capable of blending altogether and looking okay to me, but I have a feeling that will vary from one collector to the next. Continue to Page 2…