This Timm-verse Animated series from DC Collectibles is as near to perfection as any toy line I can think of in recent memory. The sculpts (by Irene Matar) are spot-on, the articulation is incorporated expertly into the design, and the quality of the plastics used is very thought-out and intentional. I believe this Poison Ivy figure was originally slated to come out this past Spring, but there were production delays due to the QC concerns with the first few figures released this time last year. My Catwoman was fine, but I appreciate the efforts toward perfection. I'm hoping we'll get all animated versions of these character eventually. At least a BTAS one to compliment Catwoman (and likewise, a TNBA Catwoman to go with this Ivy). This line has almost unlimited potential in my opinion, but I'm still glad we're getting some of the second-tier characters first. Poison Ivy only appear four times in TNBA, but her bond with Harley Quinn has skyrocketed her popularity. Let's check out Poison Ivy in detail below!
The sculpt by Irene Matar is amazing. Rendering a stylized animated look in 3-D is one of the hardest feats for a sculptor, and she does an amazing job. She's also behind the Super Best Friends Forever figures.
Her hair is made from a hollow rigid plastic (the kind that clicks when you tap it with your fingernail). This eliminates the top-heavy quality we would have experienced if it were solid.
Ivy comes with two extra sets of hands (Grippers, fists, and open), Three lab vials, And a figure stand. I should note that the pegs that anchor her hands into her forearms are super sturdy. They may even be metal. Some of the wrist joints were stuck and for the first time in action figure history, I didn't feel like I was going to snap the peg by forcing it.
Her tiny hands can only hold the one vial well.
I should note that my store had 4 of this figure, and each one had very different looking eyes. None of them looked bad, but the way they were painted really altered her expression. I picked my favorite (obviously).
The articulation on these figures is great. We've reached an era where the toy technology can give us a big-headed, spindly-legged characters with crazy articulation that can stand unaided (although maybe not for long periods of time). It's really an amazing feat.
The figure stand is a nice addition, but I frankly think it's a little ungainly.
The only articulation gripe I have is that she can't place a hand on her hip. The elbow just doesn't give that range of motion.
This is good because the elbow joints now look seamless in profile, but bad because we can't put her in that classic Bruce Timm hand-on-hip pose.
So (surprise surprise) I'm very geeky and OCD. In prepping these photos, I wanted to see all the animated Ivys lined up for comparison. Hence I delayed this post in order to make this infographic showing animated Ivy's evolution. It involved watching a lot of youtube videos and taking split-second screenshots. Please enjoy the fruit of my compulsions. (And, yes, I'm aware it's not graphically good.. I did it in Paint and way too fast).
This is the other accessory she can hold. It is probably supposed to be some sort of lab equipment that I can't remember from my early chemistry days, but I'm just going to pretend it's a Curling stone.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the BTAS Catwoman from last November. The style differences between the two series is more extreme than I thought. You could fit four Selina heads inside Ivy's!