Back again and this time with a review kind of “by request”. Frequent poster “G.L. Ric Kage” and I were pretty much contemplating toy companies putting the same characters out over andver again. So it’s rare that we get an action figure, let alone a Black action figure based on a new twist of a classic character.
I don’t have a complete working history of Earth 2, but I do know that it originally housed the Justice Society and the original Power Girl. Through one of the DC Crises (see “revamp”), Earth 2 merged with the original Earth and everyone was all happy happy. Well through the DC 52 series (again, see “revamp”) Earth 2 was recreated, although it was not the same Earth 2 as before (as declared by Power Girl). Then DC Flashpoint happened (see “complete revamp”) and Earth 2 was once again recreated to be the bizarro companion to the “New 52” Earth. In it Jay Garrick (the original Flash) is like 18 instead of an older man, Alan Scott (the original Green Lantern) is gay, and Kendra Munoz-Saunders aka Hawkgirl is Black.
DC Collectibles, who have been on an action figure rampage for the last three years, has saw it fit to bring Earth 2’s version of Hawkgirl to life. Check out the review and be sure to add your thoughts in the comments…
Always an easier one to get started with. Ever since DC Collectibles has been pushing their “New 52” product, they have upped their game on the packaging. We no longer have the card back and bubble. Replacing it is the collector friendly “box”…one that you are able to take the figure out, bounce it off the walls ( or in my case review it) and if you so choose, carefully place back into the box for display.
This figure is no different than the other DC Collectibles figures we’ve seen in the recent past. Outside of the big “Earth 2” logo on the box, there is no extra attention grabbing features. I think since DC Collectibles is usually found online and in comic and specialty shops everywhere, usually the person who is picking it up already knows they are going to purchase it, so there doesn’t need to be any “bells & whistles”.
What I’ve always liked about the packaging is that on the right side, we get a peak at the original production prototype along with the creators of the character and the sculptor (Sam Greenwell). That makes it feel like more of a collectible piece rather than a normal action figure.
And of course the back features a minimalist look at the character along with a bio-blurb and a preview of the other “Earth 2” figures in the line.
One thing to note is that on taking the figure out of the package, you quickly learn that the wings are not actually pre-attached to the body even though it looks like it through the picture window of the box. Many toy companies do this maneuver with winged-action figures, but this was done very well so an added bonus because of that.
Packaging Score: 7.5 out of 10
I always get confused with winged-action figures. If the wings come separately, do they count as accessories?
I then answer my own question…it depends on the character. A character like Marvel’s Archangel was born with wings so you can just consider that part of his mutation and keep pushing. But Hawkgirl was full-blooded human when she acquired the wings so you can justifiably reason that the wings are considered accessories.
Along with the wings we get a handgun and a dagger.
All in all, fairly basic, but I can’t recall an issue of the Earth 2 comic where Hawkgirl pulls out a BFG and lays waste to her enemies, so fair enough. If I had any complaints, it would be that the figure didn’t come with TWO guns…
Accessories Score: 6.5 out of 10
The figure itself is a work of art and close to being compared to any small scale statue. The wings are beautifully and extravagantly sculpted with each feather detailed. Hawkgirl’s face capture the essence of the comic book character.
They even added a pliable rubber dreaded-up ponytail to Hawkgirl. Whoever this sculptor Sam Greenwell is, he is a definite keeper (check out http://www.greenwellstudios.com/ for more confirmation of his work).
I would say the only issue I have is the quality control of some of the paint applications on this figure. Some of it feels a little rushed and sloppy, definitely not very indicative of a DC Collectibles piece. I also wish the figure’s helmet came off. But still impressed with what we received. Check out the 360 view below:
Sculpt/Likeness Score: 7 out of10
Now that Mattel is seemingly out of the 6″-7″ collectible figure game, DC Collectibles has stepped up their articulation game.
Counting the wings, this figure has around 20 points of articulation. Definitely a far cry of from the possible 5-7 points of articulation in previous classic figures. Not as good as a SH Figuarts or Hasbro offering, but solid still.
Articulation Score: 7.5 out of10
I was finally able to review a figure that wasn’t Cyborg, Black Manta, or War Machine. While a seemingly average figure, this figure is an original character and is awesomely sculpted to match the character’s comic book incarnation.
I really hope that DC Collectibles dives deep into the possibilities of figures from Earth 2. I would still like a new Mr. Terrific as well as other heroes and villains from that world.
This one is a must own especially if you’re a DC and a New 52 fan.