Did you ever have one of those "woulda coulda shoulda" moments when an idea of yours comes to fruition but you had nothing to do with it? This DC Superhero Girls line is that for me. I remember about 10 or 15 years ago when the Disney Princess theme first started to form. I thought it was a genius idea and immediately started ranting about how all the DC superheroines could be just as successful. All these years later and it's finally happened. I was nervous of the quality and design of the figures, but I am extremely pleased. I think the intended audiences of young girls will eat these up and the adult collectors like myself will have no problems adding them to their "serious" collections. I can't wait to see what the future of the brand holds (there was a Lego line mentioned!) All I know is that I want a ton more of these beauties. These figures were released first in Targets across the nation on February 28th. I'll believe they'll be available in all stores by April or May. Let's check out the girls below!
Batgirl's Hood and Batpack are removable.
I like her a lot better without the hood.
There is going to be an exclusive Batgirl this Fall in a big playset ($50 I believe). This version has a sculpted ponytail, a removable helmet, black arms, and purple legs. I'm not sure if I'll be splurging on her or not.
When shopping for these figures I noticed something interesting. Some of the figures have shiny faces and some have matte faces. The matte faces look much better and I was luckily able to find matte versions of most of them at my Target. This Poison Ivy is an example of a shiny one. I also noticed that some packages were sealed with glue and some with tape. And some used rubberband fasteners and some use plastic tags. My guess is that there were produced either in multiple factories or over a course of time where certain changes were made.
Here's a picture I took at Toy Fair showing how she'd look with a matte face.
The shiny one still looks great, but the matte has a subtle quality which I prefer.
Supergirl actually has my favorite design. I love her white collar and the fact that her sleeves are a darker shade of blue.
This Supergirl is a great example of the matte face.
Her cape is removable and is made of a fairly rigid plastic.
These figures do not come with figure stands, but I found that this Protech stand of mine works great on them.
It's the same stand I often use for MOTUC figures.
Wonder Woman's lasso is less flexible than you'd expect which makes it pretty unwieldy.
The coiled end has a tab that can plug into her belt.
Something of note about my Bumblebee: She has two left thighs. The one on her right leg is a left thigh attached backwards. Therefore she has a kneecap on the rear of her leg. All the other Bumblebees I've seen in stores since had not had this issue. I'm not sure if I'm going to replace her or not. Also, if you're in the market for her, make sure you pick one with wings as straight as possible. She's packaged at an angle so they come out of the package kind of bent up. It's fixable with hot water, but it's best to pick a good one from the start.
I love the sculpted honeycomb pattern on her boots and ribs.
Here is the main lineup from the cartoon. Katana is the only main character not made into an action figure yet.
Other heavily featured characters are Hawkgirl, Cheetah, Killer Frost, and Star Sapphire.
Starfire and Miss Martian make multiple appearances as well.
And let's not forget Catwoman!
There are also a ton of cameos from other great DC ladies. Some notable ones are Black Orchid, Fire, Dove, Elasti-Girl, Dr. Light, Jinx, Ravager, Speedy, Thunder, Lightning, Mary Marvel, and Amanda Waller. Plus a bunch of possible sightings that I'm not 100% sure of. Like Lady Shiva, Giganta, and Soranik Natu. I really can't wait to see future waves from this line!
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!