Saturday, March 14, 2015

DC Signature Collection Huntress, the forgotten review.

Here's a look at the DC Signature Collection Huntress, or maybe better known as the DCUC Subscription service Huntress. I had been a collector of the retail DC Universe Classics toy line put out by Mattel since about the third wave in. At first I only grabbed the Red Tornado figure out of the first wave. I wasn't sure I wanted to really start up another collection of figures. By the time the third wave of figures hit, and the fourth announced Mattel won me over. Over the course of 20 waves of figures my DCUC collecting method would be labeled as Mattel put it, a "cherry picker" or someone who only buys a select few figures of any wave.

I don't fault Mattel for wanting every collector to buy every single figure they made, but I do think it was a real dick move to continue to use the label "cherry picker" towards us collectors who either didn't want, or couldn't afford to buy every toy. I felt eve less compelled to buy more DC figures from Mattel as this went on. In the era of the Subscription format for DCUC style figures I ended up getting just 2 figures. There were a few others I had hopes of buying but just never pulled the trigger on. Huntress here was one that I got.

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When I first heard that Huntress was to be included in the sub line I was pretty excited. When I saw the sculpt and costume choice for the first time my excitement took a bit of a hit, but was still rather high. Then when I found out that the Huntress was Helena Bertinelli and not Earth Two's Helena Wayne, excitement dropped again. Far from being a Huntress superfan, I remember the character from the 80's and older back issues, I had no connection to the comics of the late 90's and early 00"s at all. This uniform in fact had only a connection to the DC animated series, and would not have been my personal first choice for use on this figure. However, all things being done as they were, I do like this figure. I can just pretend this is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman.

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Now when I say I "like" this figure, it means just that, it's decent, passable, it's something I don't regret getting. I definitely don't love it, it's full of flaws. The figure has your typical DCUC articulation, which is cool for action posed photos, but this figure also has a molded plastic cape which negates a lot of those cool pose styles. The figure comes with just 1 accessory, but at least it's an important one, the Huntress's crossbow.

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One of the things that struck me right away when I had the figure in hand was the puffy, and not very well done head sculpt. A lot of folks even grilled Mattel that this in no way could have been a Four Horsemen sculpting job, but they assured everybody it was. I had doubts the head sculpt was going to look good from the prototype, but there is always that hope that the final production piece will be better, this one wasn't. There's just something off. DC Direct did their own version of this toy and in many areas it's superior, but even they flubbed the head sculpt so there's no winning figure in that comparison. Hard to believe it would be so hard to get a good likeness of the Huntress. Not even the paint detailing on my figure's face was good.

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This figure has what is probably the worst paint applications of any DCUC figure I have. The flesh colored paint is horribly uneven at the mask's edges, there's chips and splotches of color in the hair and on the mask. The paint on the cape and collar details are runny and messy. All that said, if it was a store release, sitting up on a  shelf and at a distance, it'd be passable. For a subscription only, "price enhanced", collectors only figure, it's unacceptable.

Overall, even with all the flaws, it's a figure I like having in my collection. There isn't a perfect version of the Huntress to date yet IMHO, but maybe soon.



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