Harley Quinn (Batman: The Animated Series, DC Collectibles, 2015)

 

DSCF1658Paul Dini & Bruce Timm’s masterpiece Batman: The Animated Series is pretty much the definitive Batman experience.  When it came on the scene, it’s stylized visuals and compelling storytelling blew most other cartoons–hell… most other TV series, period–out of the water.  However, the original toy line that came along with the series was a victim of the time. The figures were small, stiff, and lacking articulation.

When I discovered this line was coming, I was extremely excited.  6″ scale figures in the Timm style, with seemingly decent amounts of articulation.  Joker and Harley were announced, along with the line’s first wave of figures.  I was at my LCBS that day pre-ordering them.  That was at least a year ago… I’m reasonably sure this is the longest I’ve had to wait for a figure I’ve ordered to arrive.

But today, she’s out.  I went to the LCBS almost as soon as it opened, partly because I wanted my figure, partly because I was afraid after 12 months or more they may have lost my pre-order before they were ever able to actually order the figure. They had.  So, I grabbed one of the shelf anyway, and headed home.

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Found On the Internet: Bat-Seat

…and the award for Least Thought Out Licensed Product goes to…

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DC Comics!

DC Comics!

For me, it’s the cup-holder clenched fists that turn this from innocent to kinda creepy.  Maybe… maybe… if they hadn’t chosen a character that has faced horrible, creepy allegations for almost 60 years–Nope, it’d still be a kid sitting on the likeness of a super-dude’s crotch.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with the product itself.  If you want–or already have–one, I’m not making any judgements at all.  It’s probably more of a comment on me that the first place my mind went when I saw this was straight in the gutter.