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Published on November 8th, 2010 | by admin

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Mint in Box #2: Women of the DC Universe Busts: Batgirl and Harley Quinn

There are a few things that I will never fall out of love with; Transformers, Chicago Town Takeaway style pizza, the writings of Geoff Johns and the art of Adam Hughes. Few can capture the female form as well as Adam Hughes, showing them as strong elegant characters rather than just cheesecake in spandex. As a celebrated comic book cover artist and illustrator, Adam Hughes has turned his considerable talents toward many projects, from working on covers for Wonder Woman and Star Wars: Legacy to the character portraits and poster for the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, “Once More, with Feeling.”

As well as these excellent works, he has also turned his hand to designing statues, busts and maquettes for companies such as Sideshow Collectables and DC Direct. What we have here today are two busts from the latter company, DC Direct. The Women of the DC Universe line of busts has been around for at least 3 years, showcasing a large array of characters, many of whom have had the treatment several times. They’re all limited edition runs (usually around 6000) and none have been re-released to date. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that not all of these busts were designed by Adam Hughes, just the ones I will be reviewing today.

First up, the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon. At 5.5 inches tall, she might not be very big but she certainly packs a punch, batarang in her left hand ready to strike. Her costume is matte black and a rather shiny yellow, which is a nice contrast to her gorgeous red hair. Her right arm is draped to her side and capable of holding a bat-cowl made of a durable soft plastic. It doesn’t fit on her head due to her luscious red hair (can you tell I have a thing for redheads?) but it is scaled well enough to allow you to think it could fit. On her hip rests a bright red portfolio which I think distracts the eye and doesn’t really fit the aesthetic but I’m sure it is there for a reason. This cold-cast porcelain beauty sits atop a “Gotham City Library” stone plinth which looks great. It’s a lovely looking piece with a lot of character.

So now we move onto everybody’s favourite moll, Harley Quinn. Again, the bust is 5.5 inches, and Harley Quinn is bursting out of a Joker-themed jack-in-the-box painted in her trademark red and black colours, the suits of cards on the lid of the box behind her. Harley Quinn certainly doesn’t lose any of her slinky body in translation from art to bust, looking as lithe and nimble as her comic book counterpart as well as her penchant for wielding weapons far too big for her, as the huge wooden mallet slung over her shoulder can attest. Her face sculpt kind of creeps me out though, this may just be an issue of mine alone but her eyes seem to be painted a little too far apart, making it look like her eyes go off in two directions. She’s an adorable little spitfire with all the psychotic cuteness that has made her character famous.

Overall, I would recommend this line. I may only have two but I’ve had others in hand and been very impressed by the sculpting and the quality of the paint work. Be aware though, these are limited run pieces and they could be difficult to find or command high prices on the secondary market.

– Richard Sharpe

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