DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE)
“When she first met The Joker, Dr. Harleen Quinzel was his psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum. Instead of treating her patient, she fell in love with him and became his prankster partner in crime known as Harley Quinn. Although mentally unhinged, Harley is highly intelligent. She’s a skilled gymnast and her agility makes her an adept fighter. Like The Joker, she uses a variety of weaponized gag props in her chaos-creating crimes.”
Hey, remember how McFarlane has the DC license now? And remember how Spin Master also has it? And how I’m really leaning into that Spin Master curve? Well, it could only last for so long, I suppose. In an effort to make my way through some of the stuff sitting on my “to review” pile, I’m grabbing a few things I’ve kind of been putting off. Today’s entry is definitely in the “putting it off” category. Guess I can’t put it off any further. Okay, here’s Harley Quinn.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Harley Quinn is part the…well, still technically the first assortment of McFarlane’s DC Multiverse line, but exactly where she falls in that is a little debatable. She’s not part of the Superman/Batman portion that we first saw, and she’s not part of the more Bat-family-themed build-a-vehicle assortment that Nightwing was in. Technically, she was shown off alongside Green Arrow from Arrow and Green Lantern from JLU, neither of whom she really ties in with all that well. It hasn’t got any less confusing since I reviewed Nightwing is the general theme of what I’m getting at here. Harley is, according to the box anyway, based on her appearance in her self-titled miniseries from the comics, which introduced her into the mainstream DCU. I’ll get to that. The figure stands just over 7 inches tall and has 35 points of articulation. Compared to the rest of the line, Harley’s not only too tall; she’s just flat out too big. She’s not actually taller than Nightwing and Superman, but thanks to the way the parts of her body are scaled internally, she looks like she’s taller than they are. It’s really the head that throws things off the most, because it’s so large. Also? Clearly not based on her main DCU design. That head’s unquestionably meant to be an animated-style Harley, and there’s nothing about it that indicates otherwise. Given they were already doing actual animation-based figures in the strange collection of figures that makes up “Series 1”, I’m not sure why they didn’t just say she was an animated Harley. Okay, actually I kinda do get why, but that’ll come up later. Whatever the case, the head’s not a great piece, even for an animated look, because it’s kinda off-model for any version of Harley we’ve seen before. Below the neck, Harley suddenly doesn’t seem quite as animation-styled, but I wouldn’t really classify it as realistic either. There’s a definite style there, but whose I couldn’t really say. The part that really bugs me is the shoes, which are the usual pixie shoes, but inexplicably have high heels on them? I don’t know how that works, and I don’t want to. Harley in high-heels just feels wrong to me, though. Of the three McFarlane DC figures I’ve looked at, Harley’s probably got the most basic paint scheme. I don’t know that I’d call it “cleaner”, because the actual application is kinda messy. There’s a noticeably splotch of white on the left shoulder, and in general the transitions between colors aren’t very clean. It’s not terrible, though, and I don’t know that it’s really messier than the other two; there’s just less extra work to distract from the errors. Harley is packed with a mallet, a gun with a “Bang” flag, a display stand, and a collector’s card. The mallet is the weirdest part, because it’s definitely meant to be more real world, and therefore doesn’t fit with the rest of the figure at all. Sure, there’s a lot of nice work on it, but why does it come with *this* figure?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The animated figures from Multiverse kind of repulse me, and though she’s not technically an animated figure, so does Harley. From the prototype shots, I knew I didn’t like her, and in person that didn’t change. So, why do I have her? It’s Max’s fault. He bought her because he decided to buy a whole set of them, and after opening her up and messing with her for a bit, he decided he didn’t really need to keep her, and passed her along to me for the purposes of reviewing. There it is Max. I reviewed her. I hope you’re happy. Ultimately, I’m cooling on this whole McFarlane DC thing pretty quickly. While Superman and Nightwing held my interest at first, I ultimately don’t have much to say about them a month after the fact. And a month with Harley sitting on the shelf waiting to be reviewed did nothing to really make me like her any more than I did when I first looked at her.