NEW GODS (DC DIRECT)
“Warrior goddess and Female Fury, Big Barda gives her heart and soul for the New Gods. After defecting from Darkseid’s elite army, Barda escapes to Earth with Mr. Miracle. Possessing superhuman strength, she’s virtually indestructible. An armoured warrior wielding a Mega-Rod, she can manipulate space and energy – and heal others.”
Hey, I haven’t reviewed anything from DC Direct since July of last year. I guess I could maybe do something about that. DCD initially found their footing doing a wider spread of DC characters, specifically the non-Batman and Superman characters that larger toy companies weren’t going to touch. When Mattel expanded their license to a proper master DC license and launched DC Universe Classics, a much wider spreading line of DC characters, DCD’s focus shifted, in order to avoid any marketplace confusion. They had been doing more artist-specific stuff for a little while by that point, but really leaned into it. One of the lines to come out of that was a whole line based on Jack Kirby’s Fourth World characters. It was a rather short-lived line, with only two assortments, but it was a pretty fun one, covering some of the bigger names from that little sub-set of the DC universe. Today, I’m looking at one of the bigger (heh) contributions to the mainstream DC lexicon, Big Barda!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Big Barda was released in the second series of DCD’s New Gods line, alongside Metron, Kalibak, and Superman. Yes, they lumped Superman into the New Gods line. They needed a heavier hitter, I guess. The figure stands 7 inches tall and has 20 points of articulation. At this point in DCD’s run, they weren’t super posable or anything, but they were at least experimenting with a little more movement on some of their figures. In general, the Kirby figures had a pretty decent set-up. Barda’s sculpt was an all-new one, which remained unique to this figure. She’s based on her fully armored appearance, which is honestly her best, and the one most worth making into toy form. The sculpts for this whole line were directly based on Kirby’s illustrations of the characters, and to that end, Barda’s sculpt does a really good job of hitting the intended target. Barda looks pretty much spot-on to Kirby’s drawings of her, and she’s got the right heft and stature for the character. Additionally, the level of detailing on the armor is pretty sharp, and even the cape’s rather dynamic flow feels right for a Kirby drawing. Even the articulation is pretty well worked in, all things considered, especially given that this is a DC Direct offering. Barda’s paint work is actually quite nice. The application is very clean, and she’s very bright, bold, and eye-catching. All of the New Gods figures experimented a little more with line-work, and in Barda’s case that means for a little more contouring on the face, which works quite well. Barda was packed with her Mega-Rod, which she has a little trouble holding, but which is otherwise a nicely sculpted piece, as well as a display stand, complete with Kirby Krackle dots and everything.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I remember being very excited for this line when it was announced, and I snagged the whole first series as soon as I could. Between the two series, my interest kind of waned a little bit, and I was generally kind of meh on the second assortment line-up. The only one I really wanted was Barda…who wound up being the only one I wasn’t able to find when they hit, so I just sort of passed on the whole set. I’ve moved on over the years, but every so often a swath of DCD figures will come into All Time, and that was the case with Barda here, who came in with a mixed collection, and kind of slipped through the radar, allowing me to snag her for a far more reasonable price than usually. She’s really the best Barda out there, and I’m really glad I finally got the chance to own one, even if it took a little while to get to me.
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