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What’s up, Everywookiee!? It’s DrunkWooky here back with another Figure review! Today, I’m looking at the bleedin’ new McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse 7” Harley Quinn. McFarlane Toys have taken over the DC license from Mattel as of January 2020 and these figures stormed into stores quicker than the product images came out of McFarlane Toys.
Harley is available from these fine e-tailers right now:
You can also check out the full line up of McFarlane Toys DC Multiverse over here.
I have to say, my expectations of this figure were tempered by my experience with the Mortal Kombat Sub-Zero and Scorpion. The errant paint splotches on Sub-Zero and strange head design on Scorpion put my McFarlane Toys interest into a trough. This figure was a pleasant surprise, though!
The DC Multiverse line comes in big, bright window boxes with all the figure’s parts and pieces on full display. I like the blue, black, and white palette. Something about the design just feels clean and fresh. I was particularly blown away with the size of the font on the side of the box. Wow! Nobody’s going to have a hard time reading the name on the box at the back of the peg!
To get in to the figure, there are 3 pieces of adhesive on the top flap to cut. Then you get into the plastic tray. Harley is held down by a plastic tie down you’ll need to cut or otherwise remove. Then there’s McFarlane’s annoying little habit of blister-packing the action figure stand (and in this case trading card) to the inside of an otherwise collector friendly box. If you want to use the stand or add your trading card to other DC Multiverse cards, you’ll have to remove the blisters and do some damage to the box.
My lord, this is a pretty figure! Let’s take it from the top! The head is sculpted to match the classic animated appearance of Harley in all its Bruce Timm-esque glory. At first glance, this looks fairly simple, but the more you look, the more you’re struck with some of the details. Check out the dimples of Harley’s cheeks at the end of her smile. The proportions are familiar and appealing for fans of the cartoon and this style continues consistently down throughout the entirety of the figure. The whole figure is sculpted with clean, curvy lines that really sell the animated feel of the figure. Mix that with the somewhat matte finish of the unpainted plastic portions and it’s really a good-looking figure.
You know me, I always strive to not pick something. If I had to here, it’s probably that area below the knee, going into the calf/shin. On the front, the line from the knee to the shin looks like it curves pretty extremely back. Mix that with the shapely curve of the calf and the leg can come off as somewhat “bowed” in pictures. Rest assured, it isn’t. It’s straight. The sculpt just gives it that look at certain angles, which is unfortunate.
Some other details I loved were the intricate cuffs of Harley’s shirt sleeves and the wood-carved appearance of the sculpt on the mallet head.
Harley has a ball joint at the neck, a ball and swivel shoulder, double elbow swivel joint, and rotating swivel wrist peg on each arm, her waist bends and swivels, hips are on a swiveling hinge that mimics a ball joint, she has a double swivel jointed knee, ball and swivel ankle, and hinged toe on each leg.
I was surprised with how much range of motion I could get out of Harley. Her head has lots of downward and side to side tilt in addition to the normal rotation. There’s slightly less upward tilt, though. Her arms can reach all the way back to hold the mallet behind her shoulders, she can kick her heel up to the small of her back, grab the pom poms of her cowl, sit somewhat cross-legged, swing her mallet, or just stand there looking dominant!
I didn’t find any of her joints too loose or too tight. This figure hit the sweet spot between holding a position and being able to move.
The Batman Animated Series art style was all about extreme caricatures with bold, clean colors and lines. This figure nails that directive. The eyes are big and bright blue ordeals that just pierce daggers into you. There are crisply applied diamond motifs throughout the body, and a smooth matte finish to the rest of the paint. The mallet doesn’t shy away from realistic wood grain, though.There’s a wood-colored wash over the head of the mallet with light blue, red, and black details over the top. I just wish that attention to detail was carried through down to the handle.
Harley comes with a gun, mallet, figure stand, and trading card. The trading card is nice, with some comic book cover art of recent vintage and some basic Harley biographical information for people new to the character and universe. I could take it or leave it, though. It will probably end up relegated to the life of all other trading cards that have happened to enter my house: read once, if lucky, then stuck in a box next to the camping gear to be seen again during the next garage sale season.
The gun is well sculpted in its oversized glory, with a well-painted brown handle and the classic “Bang!” gag flag out the front. It fits well in her left hand. The little “Bang!” flag does not pop out. It’s permanent unless you break it/customize it to be removable.
The mallet is the the one minor disappointment in the accessory department. It’s well-sculpted and painted as I mentioned above. However, the handle is not terribly well fitted to either of Harley’s hands. The base of the mallet handle is wider than the top and at any given point along that spectrum it either fits too loose or too tight in Harley’s hand. It either will fall out of her hand or not pop in to begin with. This is a minor issue in my book that can be solved with blue tack in the hand, but it is an issue. The handle is also, as you can see from the photos, slightly bent. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not. It’s hard to tell if there’s a slight curve to the handle in the official product photos, but at any rate it’s not this extreme in those official photos.
Harley is currently selling at retail for between $19.99 and $24.99 and I think that this figure is well worth the money. There are more expensive, high end Harleys with tons of accessories, interchangeable hands and heads, bells and whistles. But if somebody wants one single affordable all-around good Harley to represent the character on their shelf. This isn’t a bad option. This figure is a small triumph on McFarlane Toys part.
You can grab Harley at the following fine e-tailers: