As much as I enjoyed the the performances of the entire cast of Man of Steel, the standout for me was Antje Traue as Faora. Female villians in the Superman franchise are few and far between, but when they're good, they're REALLY good. Faora came across as the most ruthless and vengeful of all the Kryptonian criminals. I knew of course that she was a character from all the promotional materials, but I was shocked when I finally saw how much screen time she received. I've only seen the film once, but I feel like the had the most screen time of any of the three villains. Plus her prescence was perfectly menacing. The toy doesn't exactly capture the character unfortunately. She has a bit of blank look and a masculine prescence (which totally inspired me to customize her a bit - as shown below). Finding this action figure in a store proved to be a daunting task. I found mine in a Target about a month ago and haven't seen one since. Let's check her out in detail below!
I love the dusty gradient near the base of her cape.
Faora's costume details are fantastic. Her face details, however, leaves a little to be desired. She definitely doesn't have that sexy angry aggressive demeanor that made her stand out in the film.
Faora comes with a cool stylized figure stand. Although she doesn't need it at all to stand freely.
All Faora's "add-on" armour pieces are made of a really flexible rubber, so those shoulderpads and kneepads don't hinder her articulation at all.
Here are some stills of Faora from the movie.
I couldn't resist trying to customize her a little bit. I thought originally that I would reshape her (mannish) jawline, but soon realized that was impossible due to the thin plastic forming her lower face. (I could of course have resized her neck then made her jaw reinforced from the underside, but that seemed like a lot of work... And risky work at that. If I ever find a second Faora I'll give it a shot though.) In the meantime I focused my effort in repainting her eyes to give her more of that smoldering glare that I loved in the film.
All I ended up doing was adding a smoky shadow around her eyes and making the blue of her irises lighter to give her that icy look.
Time for a Comparison Shot!