The early days of DC Direct were pretty great. The character selection was very interesting and the sculpting was usually top notch. I had a long hiatus from toys and comics in the late nineties and was only getting back into the groove in 2002 after I landed my first post-college job. I remember seeing this Fatality figure hanging in my local comic shop and thinking she was awesome, but I had no budget for toys back then (plus I lived in a house with a bunch of strangers I met on Yahoo Roommates and I wanted them to think I was a lot less geeky than I was). Then years later when I let go of all pretense and let my nerd flag fly, she was commanding a high eBay price and I still couldn't afford her. Luckily she's relatively easy to come by now. I still don't know anything about the character, but her design is awesome and I love her pointy ears. I also noticed that she became a Star Sapphire at some point because they made a toy of that costume in a Blackest Night boxset in 2011. Let's check out Fatality below!
The sculpt by James Shoop is gorgeous. He was one of the major players in the early days of DC Direct. Some of my favorites of his are the Super Friends series and the Legion of Super-Heroes. He has a knack for retro-styled figures. As an amateur sculptor myself, I'm obsessed with taking note of the talent behind all the toys I love. Pay attention to the label tags at the bottom of each post and click the sculptor's name to see their other works I have reviewed.
Fatality comes with a fighting staff and small gun (which fits snuggly into her boot holster).
A big complaint about early DC Direct figures was inconsistent and limited articulation. I never really cared about this because I focus on the overall sculpt, but this figure is definitely missing a few expected joints. There is no waist, torso, or leg articulation whatsoever. However, the arms are articulated at the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Her neck has a swivel joint as well. So you definitely have a few options when it comes to posing.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
And with the Kingdom Come Jade figure wedged in (that I kind of hate in all it's pre-posedness)