Wednesday, November 9, 2016

DC Comics SuperHero Girls - KATANA!

DC Comics SuperHero Girls - Single Figures - Katana - Mattel 2016

I was very excited this past July when I found a solicitation pic of the DC Superhero Girls Katana figure. The DC Superhero Girls burst on to the scene this past Spring with an awesome selection of action figures that I was instantly smitten over. Of course, after getting my hands on the first wave of six action figures, I immediately wanted more. The obvious choice for an addition would have been Katana, since she seems to be a core character of the series, yet was inexplicably excluded form the first batch of toys. From what I've read, this Katana figure wasn't supposed to be released until early next year, but I found her in a TRU near me a couple days ago. Although, she is riddled with QC problems so there's an off chance that she was accidentally included in a case assortment early after failing QC. My Katana has a malformed jaw, a mis-positioned skirt, a blotch on her cheek, bulky wrists, and overall sloppy paint. Yet somehow she still looks really great. Let's check out Katana below!








Look at that jawline head-on. Her left side is convex and strange. I can't wait to see another Katana in the wild so I can see if others encounter that same issue.




Also, her skirt is seemingly off-center. In most images the slit has been centered to the front. The sloppy paint is especially noticeable with the red lines on the skirt.










Random cheek splotch!




And finally, I may be really nitpicking here, but her wrists seem really bulky and masculine in person.





Katana comes with her signature Katana blade. I don't know if her animated origins include the details of her sword, but it is supposed to contain the soul of her deceased husband.
























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Update: I went back to TRU and they had several more Katanas and they were all perfect.  I picked one up.



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Time for a Group Pic!


Here is Katana with Batgirl and Wonder Women from the first wave.




Cheers!






6 comments:

  1. I got the big 6 pack that had the entire first wave-they all had super bad QC. My first set had a Harley with one leg that wouldn't bend, both sets Ivy had misshapen, crooked feet, and she couldn't stand at all, and various bent bow-legs. So yeah, bad QC seems to be common with these figures. Can't comment on Katana as i haven't seen her in person yet.

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    1. Honestly this purchase was first encounter with QC problems in this line. When I bought the first six figures back in Spring they were all perfect. I'll have to check out the multipack QC quality. Maybe they were a second run that was just sloppier overall.

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  2. I picked up a Katana (for my daughter at xmas, so haven't opened) but I see none of the QC issues you listed. Also, my TRU had about a dozen of them, so I made sure to review them to get a good one, ans I really didn't see the issues you list on any of the ones I looked at.

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    1. Yeah mine must have been a total fluke. I went back yesterday and saw a bunch of new Katanas and they were all perfect. I posted a pic above.

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    2. The ones that aren't malformed - do they include the thick wrists?

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  3. Her character design is totally just Mulan! Which I kinda dig.

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