I’m wrapping up this Bat-Week with the new figure on the block, Harley Quinn. After the great Robin & the great Batmobile, I’m a little bummed about Harley. She has a lot going right for her, but there are a couple things that keep her from being on par with the others.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty, I do want to bring up Joe Posnanski’s Plus-Minus System where expectations are factored into enjoyment. I had low expectations for TNBA Robin and he blew me away, so he prolly got a little bit of a bump in his review. This is Harley Quinn. She’s basically the biggest thing to come out of the show other than Kevin Conroy’s perennial Batman voice. She, more than most, needed to be perfect (kinda like BTAS Batman’s noggin). She isn’t.
I also need to clarify that I would struggle to articulate an answer if you were to ask me what’s the difference between BTAS Harley Quinn & TNBA Harley Quinn. There are things I associate with BTAS Harley – having pupils & being curvier than the later more stick-like TNBA Harley, but those aren’t consistent details among BTAS episodes. Even in the episode this Harley hails from, The Man Who Killed Batman, she’s got lighter blue pupils, black pupils, and no pupils at all.
Anyway, if I can’t tell you what the differences are exactly, I can’t expect DC Collectibles or their sculptors to either. Thing is though, when I look at this Harley – I see TNBA Harley. I’ve come around on the head sculpt being more BTAS. The resolicited Mad Love 2pk with Harley in her night gown, which is from TNBA, appears to have a more TNBA head sculpt and I can better see the differences. Maybe, if DCC tries to double dip and do a full-on TNBA Harley (I think they well, more on that in a minute), maybe that figure will have a new body that makes me understand that I’m completely wrong. Until then, I see the more lithe legs, the long neck, and I just don’t feel like this figure is completely right for BTAS.
The sculpt is still nicely done – it’s clearly Harley even if an amalgamated version. The head sculpt reminds me of the classic toy. I like it, but I kinda wish Harley was doing something besides that plain smile. Her TAS facial expressions are comedy gold and DCC can definitely mine the well here if they choose to come back to it.
The paintwork is a little rough. My LCS got in five Harley’s and thank goodness, because I really had to scour and pick. Maybe there’s something uniquely difficult about her paint applications, but she’s the messiest one I’ve seen yet. The diamond tampos are great all around, but it’s where the reds & blacks meet the white areas that the figure got into trouble. I took the best one so other than a little fuzziness here and there, I was ability to mitigate any bad QC. Hopefully, everyone can choose form a few.
The articulation is another area where I wanted more. The neck is basically a swivel-joint while there are ball-joints at the shoulders, elbows, & wrists. The arms are good and consistent with the line. The legs start okay with the h-style hips while the knees confuse me. They should be ball-joints and the do move as such in some directions, but it doesn’t feel right, like they’re just supposed to be hinges. It’s strange. Continue to Page 2…