Thursday, December 10, 2020

Elseworld's Finest - BATGIRL!

Elseworlds: Series 03 - Elseworld's Finest - Batgirl - DC Direct 2007

Sometimes the very existence of an action figure adds to its allure. In 1998, there was a one-shot comic titled Elseworld's Finest: Supergirl & Batgirl. Elseworlds was a DC imprint that allowed for inventive non-canonical stories starring the mainstream characters. The comic is an homage to World's Finest which ran for 45 years featuring a Superman/Batman team-up. I read this Elseworld's gender-swap when it first came out, but I didn't love the story. I remember Batgirl being a tyrannical force in Gotham, isolating the city from the world. I remember the Joker getting juiced on Bane's venom. And I remember a surprise cameo from Black Orchid. Although interesting, it was not exactly memorable. But the character designs were something else entirely. Both Batgirl and Supergirl had amazing costumes that instantly seemed both classic and unique. But despite their visual appeal, I don't think anyone could have predicted getting figures of them nine years after their sole appearance. Let's check out Batgirl below!

This body is a quintessential Sam Greenwell sculpt. He has a signature contrapposto with really structured torso musculature. To me, it presents the perfect balance between strong and soft characteristics.

DC Direct figures of this time do not typically have great articulation. Most of the joints are hinge or swivel cuts which only offer a stiff range of movement. Batgirl actually has hinge-and-swivel shoulders, but her shoulder armor (which is hard plastic, not flexible), prohibits much movement.

I've owned this Batgirl since the day she was released. And her packaging was long since recycled.
I honestly forgot that she came with this giant gun/cannon. I couldn't find it for this review, but here is the original solicit pic.

Time for a Comparison Pic!

I'm ashamed I didn't take a pic of her alongside the Elseworld's Finest Supergirl figure from this same wave, they are a pair after all.


1 comment:

  1. I like your description as strong and soft. It is appropriate and a nice looking figure. The giant gun seems out of place. Good review and photos.