I had a lot of trepidations leading up to the release of this Huntress figure. The last few DC Signature Series female characters have been a disappointment to me. Between the sculpts, paint apps, and overall aesthetics, I had been left wanting. Huntress is one of my favorite DC heroines and I hated the thought of her long-awaited DCUC-style figure suffering the same sub-par treatment. All my worries were for nothing however because this figure is pretty great if I must say so myself. My only criticism is a slight lack of paint apps on her eyes compared to previous Mattel figures. Compared to the DCSH Batgirl, Helena's eyes look vacant and without detail. That's a small complaint however, because the high level of paint masks required for this figure were carried off successfully and that was not something I expected to see at all. Kudos to Mattel for ending their DC Infinite Earths run on a high note. Let's check her out below!
Note: This figure prompted me to update my Huntress Character Spotlight from a couple years ago. Don't judge me by my old blurry photos (only my new blurry photos!)
Huntress was originally created as the daughter of Batman and Catwoman on Earth-2 in the 1970s. I loved this origin and this character. Then in the 80s she was revamped as a rich mob-boss's daughter out for revenge (unrelated to Batman beyond the Gotham City connection). I didn't like this version so much, but over the years she grew on me. In the New52 however, the two origins were combined in the pages of World's Finest. I'm still deciding on how I feel about the new origins honestly, but I'm glad she's appearing regularly.
Huntress comes with her signature crossbow.
Time for Some Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the 2004 DC Direct Hush: Series 01 figure.