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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

A Different Dynamic Duo - DC Direct's Latest DC Dynamics Statues

Good grief, I am really getting behind in some of my reviews. One of the pieces I'm looking at today was purchased on Free Comic Book Day! I've been talking about the backlog for awhile now and I really need to get moving on addressing it, so get ready for some two or three-in-one reviews to try to get up to date!

The DC Direct Wonder Woman DC Dynamics Statue was sitting on the shelves at my LCS pre FCBD, and while I was interested in it I was prepared to take the risk of missing out to try to get it in the Free Comic Book Day Sale (which, by the way, all self respecting comic shops have, but that's another story.) Happily, the Woman of Wonder was there in all her on-sale glory and I was able to take her home, as part of a very decent swag.

Right off the bat, this statue reveals one of my great statue pet peeves once I unbox it. There are times where the solicit and packaging photos have been taken from a slightly different angle which misrepresents the angle the statue sits at. That's annoying enough, but then there are times where it seems there has to be some photoshopping involved to get the picture, as just a different angle wouldn't achieve the effect. I can't be 100% certain, but that seems to be the case here. In statue form, Diana's face is angled much higher, in fact oddly high. Paired with a very un-Diana like face, which seems more porcelain doll than Amazon, it takes some getting used to.

From the neck down, this is a great piece. The way her lower torso and hips blend in to the base ins beautifully done, and the burst of light and smoke that forms the bottom of the base is my favourite of the three statues I've seen in person so far. This piece is great in concept - it's just a shame that the execution of the head doesn't do the rest justice. Being a Bruckner sculpt I'd say this a design choice, but it just doesn't work for me.

The Batman DC Dynamics Statue is another one of those things that I hadn't ordered but was quite taken with when I saw it in person. I was very lucky to get a good sale price on it. This is a really impressive looking piece, and I've been quite surprised to read a number of negative comments about it on various forums. For me, Bruckner has knocked this one right out of the park. I love the impressive arch of his cape at the top and the wispy tendrills at the ends. The inside of Batman's cape is painted a deep metallic blue for effective contrast. All this is topped up with a fantastic headsculpt.

The billowing smoke base may be on the bottom, but it tops off a wonderful piece. I need to find some sort of light that I can place under the bases of these to get the full illuminated effect.

As I mentioned when reviewing the Aquaman statue in this series, the price point on this series is hefty - it's in line with a Bowen Full Size Statue, and that seems rather pricey. Being the mad Aqua-fan that I am, I paid full price for Arthur, but like Wonder Woman and Batman, I can only see myself buying the rest of the series if I happen to find them on sale.

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, and comment on this post to enter the July AFB Comment of the Month Contest!

Until next time!

11 comments:

Prowl26 said...

Nice!

chopa said...

Why does diana have rocket legs?

That batman is really solid.

fishmilkshake said...

WW is a dynamic piece, but I'm just not sold on the whole "hide the legs" concept. The face is odd, which is a shame as I think the Bolland version they did some years ago was better. How can they not improve the process in 10 years?

chrismandesign said...

i guess i’m in agreement with all, that the Batman statue is doubtless the best of all this series by far & the only one i would consider to get if a hav the chance...

ryanlb said...

They look nice, I wouldn't mind getting the Batman statue someday.

demoncat said...

the hiding the legs is to make it like she is rising out of the smoke. all the statues do it in the line. the batman one is impressive espically the cape. a true work of art. as for wonder woman's face that is the one draw back of her she does not translate well as figures or statues with out looking like a lovely lady of the night.

javi said...

toys is laughable!

Polarboy said...

I want the Supergirl one in this series so bad. If you don't mind me asking where did you buy this?

Saranga said...

Oh I really want Wondy. *craves*

Freak Studio said...

That Batman looks awesome. How much is that awesome thing?

Anonymous said...

how much was the good sale price?

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