As much as I tend to gripe about modern character redesigns, I'm not a complete purist because love this Arkham City version of Poison Ivy. A lot of that may have to do with the fact that the previous (bewilderingly popular) green-skinned "Hush" version always felt like a lazy design in my eyes. To me, this updated version has equal parts elemental goddess, sinister villainess, and alluring seductress - a formula that other versions of Ivy failed to perfect. I think if I had to analyze my own contradictions when it comes to character modesty, I think it oddly enough boils down to skin color. Meaning that a green or blue skinned woman being scantily clad doesn't have the same lurid quality as a normal-hued woman would have. I know it doesn't make sense, but I'm always overanalyzing myself and that was my latest self-revelation. This 2011 Arkham City design seems unchanged from 2009's Arkham Asylum design. If there are differences, I certainly can't spot them. Anyway, it's 2am and I'm rambling. Let's check out this green goddess below!
Ivy's packaging comes with the standard "bookcover" flap so you can view the figure and accessories in the tray. It stays shut with two small pieces of Velcro.
I have two minor criticisms about this figure. First, her face seems too shiny. And secondly, her hair sticks out from her back exposing a gap between the top of her neck and the bottom of her skull. I feel that a design flaw like that shouldn't happen on a figure of this quality and price point.
Poison Ivy comes with two extra hands (making a total of 4), a three-part base, and two flexible vines.
I had trouble figuring out what to do with the flexible vines. They're thicker than I would prefer them, but they bend easily and pretty much hold their shape.
Poison Ivy also comes with a display stand similar to the Mattycollector flight stands or the stands that come with Figma toys. I personally rarely use stands like this, but it's a pretty great addition.
Time for a Comparison Pic!
Finally we have the Gotham City Sirens all together. What a fine looking group.