Pin-Up girls have always been a struggle for me. I love the hair, I love the fashion, and I love the overall aesthetic. But I can't escape the reality that this style was born in an era of subservience and exploitation for women. Luckily the modern trend of pinup fashion has reclaimed the look in the name of feminism. What was once idealized imagery for male titillation is now embraced as a symbol of strong, assertive, and creative women. I think one of the coolest pop-culture ripple effects of this trend has been the DC Bombshells series designed by Ant Lucia. In 2013, DC Collectibles released the first retro pinup-styled Bombshells statues. So far there have been 19 original statues (excluding the various repaints), plus at least 4 more on the horizon. Then in Summer of 2014, DC Comics held their first Bombshells variant cover theme, which they repeated the following Summer before creating an entire Bombshells comic series. I count roughly 65 Bombshells issues between the variant covers and the series.
This Poison Ivy action figure is the most risque of all the DC Bombshells designs. The Bettie Page-esque lingerie design wasn't my top look for the first line-up of action figures. But in person it's my absolute favorite. Her green skin and monochromatic undergarments make it a little less lurid than if she had a natural complexion. The vine tattoos are a great re-imagining of her typical plant motif. Pius the hair reminds me of Uma Thurman's design from the Batman & Robin movie. Let's check her out below!
So DC Collectibles typically makes their modern figures using a tinted resin as opposed to painted plastic for the skin surfaces. This creates a soft natural color and a subtle lifelike translucency. In person it looks fantastic. The downside is that it photographs very tricky. If my camera is zoomed in, her skin tone looks pale green, but when zoomed out it appears to be a darker more saturated green. In reality, the true color is somewhere in between the two.
Poison Ivy comes with four extra hands, a single rose, and a vine accessory.
The Poison Ivy pinup design graced the variant cover of Detective Comics #32 in June 2014.
Here is the original Poison Ivy Bombshell product, the DCC Statue from 2013.
Click the image to see a great review on Captain Toy/mwctoys.com
I would like to point out that the final production figure of Ivy looks a lot better that the solicit pics. For some reason the body looks way too skinny and stiff in this image. Plus the paint looks too bright and simplified.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here she is with the DC Direct Secret Origins figure and DC Collectibles New 52 Ivy.
And with my two other Bombshells purchases: Harley Quinn and Batwoman (reviews coming soon!)