Saturday, March 31, 2012

#25: Batman Legacy - Arkham City Harley Quinn

Although Harley Quinn's costume is a great, iconic design, the powers that be at DC have recently seen fit to give her costume a new look. It's awful. Fortunately, this is an entirely different interpretation of her costume from the Arkham City game, which is awesome. The game is awesome, not this version of her costume. Not that I don't like it, it works for the game's world, and it is good enough that I bought the figure.

Harley isn't Mattel's first attempt at a figure based on the Arkham series of games, but until now they've all been somewhat disappointing, especially the Joker. I haven't seen the Catwoman in person yet, but I'd say that Harley is the best of the lot so far. For a Mattel figure, this has a mind blowing amount of new tooling. In fact, as far as I know, the entire figure is a unique sculpt. Also in a departure from the Mattel norm, Harley has swivel-hinge joints on her elbows and knees, rather than the standard swivels. In addition to the Batman Legacy standard mini-poster and figure stand, Harley includes the bat that she uses to knock out Batman in the game.

The only problem with the video game figures is that they are a little taller than their comic based counterparts.

When did you get so tall, Harley?
Overall this is some of Mattel's better work, and it's too bad all of their figures aren't up to this standard. It's my understanding that media adaptations of comic characters are more lucrative than the comics themselves, so perhaps figures based on those adaptations are given better budgets to work with. Either way, I'm keeping an eye out for the Catwoman/Batman two pack.

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