An hour ago, I was excitedly looking for my latest review. Then I spotted Huntress. She was hanging out in her mailer box under my desk, next to the Comedian. I’d forgotten about them. It’s not necessarily their fault, I mean Batros & Sky High kinda stole the show when they arrived. Anyway, I figured I’d better get Huntress on the books before I forgot her again.
I don’t really take that I overlooked Huntress when she arrived as a knock against the figure. In many ways, which I’ll cover throughout the review, she’s might just be the highlight of this year’s Club Infinite Earth’s subscription. I wanted this figure, and in this costume, but I would also prefer to have her in a different costume. That’s a problem when you’re relegated to one figure a month.
Unlike Rocket Red, I’m not going to second guess Mattel’s choice here. The 2002 “Hush” costume is a valid choice. Any of the costume variations since this one have been more or less the Hush costume with slight changes, so this one has legs. And my preferred choice, the No Man’s Land era, 90s, JLA costume would definitely come in behind this one on any poll (though hopefully ahead of some of those bad 80s versions). I do think there is something to be said for her Silver/Bronze Age look too though.
See, when it has come to Batman’s “little” corner of DC Classics, we’ve been treated to an era war. Batman himself is available an assortment of blacks & blues, ovals & no ovals, various belts, etc. His allies have appeared as a mix of eras too. Dick Grayson is available old & young. Tim Drake has also appeared in two looks. Batgirl has also appeared in the line twice as Barbara Gordon and once as Cassie Cain. We’ve been building Silver/Bronze and Modern collections at the same time.
I’ve started to lean towards the older looks of late though. I blame the villains for skewing it – they are mostly “classic” and that has heavily influenced my current display. While I love the newer versions, including Huntress, my shelf is very… “Super Powersy” and, just as Poison Ivy before her, this Huntress is going to have to find a spot apart from the main group. She can hang out with Ivy, Azrael, the Return of the Supermen, etc. She’ll have no Canary or Oracle to pal around with while the Classic Batsquad must forego a Huntress. Sad day, right?
The good news is that mix-n-match, incohesive, modern shelf is getting a pretty decent figure this month. Huntress, one of the most demanded characters, required a lot of tooling to be done correctly: new arms, new boots, a new cape, several new add-on pieces, and of course a new noggin. And, wonderfully, she got all of that stuff. I can only imagine, and be devilishly happy, about what a tooling nightmare she must have been. She feels much more worth it than some of the earlier offerings this year.
And that all starts with the sculpt. The new pieces are everywhere and have a terrific amount of detail seemingly with every strap, buckle, pouch, and padding represented. It kinda harkens back to earlier in the line when older, more detailed DCSH sculpts were trickling into the line. It’s pretty cool.
The paint isn’t doing the head sculpt many favors, but I think there is a solid sculpt underneath. The hair looks great too and is flared out in a way to move over the cape and maintain the neck articulation. The only place where the sculpting seems a little off is the indent running through her belly. A case could be made that it should be there, but it’s very straight, mechanical, and, as such, becomes a small distraction from an otherwise great sculpt.
The paintwork is good considering the amount of detail, but a few things hold it back from being great. The shiny purple paint apps do a good job of highlighting her gear, as does the spot on smaller apps for the buttons and buckles throughout her costume. The white lines are a little fuzzy, but are within reason. No, the real issue with the paint is the fleshtone paint here and there. The arms are molded purple and painted over thickly which has caused a fair amount of slop on my figure’s left bicep. The paint on her exposed stomach is oppositely thin and the darker plastic beneath shows through. Continue to Page 2…