The other main new piece is the head. I wasn’t sold on it at first, but it’s grown on me. The expression is a little placid… distant, but the sculpt is still sharp overall. It’s probably one of the best looking female head sculpts in the DC line, but that’s not exactly high praise considering the competition. Still, I have come around to liking it and it’s helped me better enjoy the figure overall.
Articulation is really the one area where the figure does disappoint. The usual Mattel junk is here – the lack of rocker ankles, the hair making the neck articulation virtually useless, but there are a couple other specific unfavorables too. First, the hips are those gummy Wonder Girl / Star Sapphire hips that don’t quite line up and look funny in anything but a vanilla pose. Second is the articulation that has been removed to cut down on piece count, not able the torso/ab crunch and bicep swivels. I hate not having bicep swivels in particular, but the missing ab crunch is particularly noticeable on female figures that can’t move their heads. If you want Silk Spectre to look up or forward, you have to figure out a balanced posed at her hips or knees. That’s awfully far down to start when you’re trying to get a figure to be looking at something in particular in a display.
Unlike the articulation, the paint work was a highlight on my figure. The face in particular was sharply done. As was the black details on the costume like the belt, cuffs, and shoes. Most notable though is the aforementioned fleshtone highlights on the arms to help give the illusion of the see-thru dress. It almost works which is saying something for a costume that is difficult for a figure to pull off.
Silk Spectre included no accessories beyond her Watchmen stand. This is really one of the major drawbacks to this $25 a pop line (plus shipping). There are so many great little props in Watchmen that would make fantastic accessories. It’s a crime Mattel couldn’t find a way to get them in there.
Overall, Silk Spectre isn’t a bad figure. Watchmen, as a line, is not the classic the book was. We’re halfway through and only one figure has really impressed me. I’m going to put Silk Spectre right in the middle of the range. Mattel really tried some cool stuff with the dress and how the arms were painted and the head sculpt really sell the figure, but Mattel also shot themselves in the foot by cutting some key articulation and not really being able to make the figure feel like it was worth what I paid for it with some accessories (or top-shelf articulation, yes I’m going to keep harping on it).
Still, I’m excited for the rest of the line. The next three figures should be great and hopefully I can look back on this line fondly after I have that second half.
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