DC ICONS (DC COLLECTIBLES)
Remember DC Icons, DC Collectibles’ attempt at creating a DC line to compete with Marvel Legends? The line was met with praise initially, but the slightly smaller scale DCC chose to go with didn’t sit all that well with a number of fans. I myself wasn’t too put off by the scale, and picked up a handful of figures from the first two series, but sort of lost touch with the line over the last year and a half. Too much stuff competing for my money, I suppose. I’ve finally found my way back, though, and today I’m taking a look at the release that grabbed my attention, Supergirl!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Supergirl is part of Series 5 of DC Icons, figure 25 in the line. She’s designed by Ivan Reis, and is based on the character’s Rebirth design. I’m definitely fan of the look; it’s a fairly classic look, with just a few slight variations to give it a bit more polish. It’s also rather similar to what she’s wearing in the TV show, which I’m sure is no coincidence. What I like most about this design is that, while it’s a recent look, it still hits all the iconic notes, so we aren’t left with a slightly odd variant that looks out of place, as was the case with Mr. Miracle. The figure is just over 6 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. Since Series 2, DCC’s been doing a slight creep on the scale, to help bring the line a little closer to the likes of Legends. Supergirl stands just a touch taller than Flash and GL, who are the tallest Icons currently in my collection. That means she’s a little out of scale, since Kara’s usually shorter than those two, but she’s close enough that she’ll still fit in alright. As with Mr. Miracle, Supergirl doesn’t get any shin or thigh swivels, which initially put me off, but I’m happy to see that DCC’s done an overhaul on the way the hip joints work, and has used drop hips similar to those seen on Figuarts releases. It adds a bit more playability to the figure, and means she isn’t completely without lateral movement on her legs. Supergirl’s sculpt is quite nicely handled. She’s clearly inspired by the art in her Rebirth series, but the stylization’s been downplayed a bit so as to help her fit in a little better with the rest of the line. She looks a little bit older than I tend to think of this incarnation of the character being, but it’s not like she looks decrepit or anything. The proportions are all fairly nicely balanced, and the details are all clean and sharp. The articulation is mostly worked in pretty well, though I do find the torso joints stick out a little bit more than I’d like. The cape is made from a softer rubber and affixed to her shoulders. It’s not a perfect fit, but it looks fairly decent. I wouldn’t have minded a second cape that went back over the shoulders, similar to what we’ve seen on some of the Batman Animated figures, since the shoulders are a bit restricted as-is. The paintwork on Supergirl is pretty solid. There’s a bit of slop on a few of the transitions, but it’s mostly clean. The colors are fairly bright, which certainly helps her pop. Supergirl is packed with an alternate heat-vision head, three pairs of hands, and a flight stand. The extra head is an interesting idea, though the heat beams look a little bit like Twizzlers, and she’s more than a little frightening with them removed. The flight stand is a nice thought, but rather a strange execution. It’s just this big cylinder. It’s not particularly discrete, and it unfortunately requires you to place all of her weight on her right leg, which causes some balance issues. I feel something that hooked around her waist would have been slightly more practical.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I grabbed Kara from Cosmic Comix, taking advantage of a 40% off coupon to get her at a more reasonable price. I’ve been looking for a solid Supergirl figure for quite some time, and she’s a character that companies seem to have some difficulties getting right. I quite like this figure. She’s not breaking any records or setting a new bar for action figures, but she’s pretty decent, and a marked improvement on some of the line’s earlier figures. I think this is going to be my go-to Supergirl from now on.