Packaging - Silk
Spectre ***1/2; Ozy ***
I like boxes, although I always like them better when they don't also
have J hooks on the top. Still, these store well for the MIBers, and
they look terrific.
In fact, Oz would get another
half star here, just like SS, if
he was as collector
friendly. Rorschach and SS have the interior plastic tray designed to
hold the small stand in back, loose, but the Ozy and Nite Owl have the
stand blister sealed to the interior cardboard tray. That means you'll
have to destroy that tray to get them out in their entirety.
Sculpting - ***1/2
For DC Direct, sculpting is usually not the issue. That's even more
true these days than perhaps at some previous periods, because of the
addition of a number of highly skilled artists over the last couple
Oz and SS look terrific from a pure sculpt perspective. Whether they
look perfectly like their on screen counterparts is still tough to
tell, since all we have to compare so far is a handful of movie stills
and a couple trailers, but from the current images, they are certainly
decent if not perfect.
Both do look a little more
the poster shots of their on screen counterparts, and the face sculpts
could use a bit more detail. Oz's hair is a bit soft, as are the facial
features on SS. Even with the minor issues though, they are certainly
The body work on both is better
than the face work.
The detail work on both costumes is excellent, and the use of sculpted
edges on various aspects of both outfits really adds a nice layered
And yes, SS has nipples. She
could put an eye out with those things.
figures stand great on their own, even with the limited leg
articulation. That was particularly surprising with SS, since she has
on a killer pair of heels. I don't know how she could possible run in
those things, but I'm sure she could whip them off and stab a bad guy
to death. If she didn't want to kill him with her nipples, that is.
of SS' body, it is an amazingly nice sculpt. Rather than the usual
totally ridiculous superhero female body, we get something closer to
reality...although if women in reality had legs like these, fantasy
would be out of a job.
stands about 6 3/8 inches tall, while Ozy
comes in at about 6 3/4"". The line is supposedly 7", but
is that tall. Instead it's one of those situations where they aren't
quite big enough to be 7", and they are too large to fit in with other
6" scaled figures.
Paint - Oz ***; SS **
The general quality of the paint work is adequate for a specialty
market action figure, but not outstanding. There's a little slop here
and there, most noticeably on the cut lines of the uniform pieces. The
sculpted edges, while giving the outfit that layered look, can also
make it tough to get a clean paint line.
The work on Ozy's hair and face
is also a little sloppy, again suffering a bit around the sculpted
edges of the mask.
paint work on SS' face is great though, with very clean lips and well
done (if a bit mannequin-ish) eyes. No, the big problem that pulled her
score down a whole star below Ozy is her zipper.
Now, you could
actually bring this up in the sculpt section as well, since the zipper
is sculpted too. But since the paint is what makes it so obvious an
issue, I figured I'd ding her here.
The zipper runs from the neck
of her outfit to the silver belt around her waist. But her upper and
lower torso are actually two different pieces, assembled just below
those amazing breasts. While the edges of the black straps over each
breast line up almost perfectly, the zipper doesn't even come close. I
don't know how they managed to goof this up this badly, and I've only
seen mine so far in person, so I don't know if it's consistent across
the release, but it's really distracting on an otherwise beautiful
I've had some readers comment that in reality, the outfit is two piece.
And yes, in the film it is, and there are two separate zippers for the
top and bottom - no problem. And yes, that does mean there's the
potential for the zippers to be out of alignment...but that's not the
preferred look. It's possible for her thong to be riding up one side of
her ass too, but I don't think they should make the static figure look
that way. So yea, I'm not cutting them any slack on this one.
Articulation - **1/2
For DC Direct figures, these are fairly articulated. That's not to say
they're articulated compared to other companies, but at least for DCD,
there's some decent work here.
SS and Ozy have ball jointed necks that work quite well. Even the long
hair of SS doesn't get in the way too much, although because the neck,
head and hair are really sculpted to look best with her face pointed
slightly upward, the hair tends to look a little odd in any other pose.
two also both have ball jointed shoulders which work well, and don't
hurt the appearance of their sculpts. There's pin elbows on both, but
only Ozy has cut wrists. He also has T hips, whereas SS only has cut
joints at her thighs.
That's it for SS, but Ozy also
has pin knees. The articulation
really isn't enough to get too wild with any posing, but you can add a
little personality, especially with the ball jointed necks. Better yet,
the legs have just enough articulation to allow you to find that sweet
spot of balance, so they can both stand easily without the bases.
Accessories - *1/2
These two only have the base as their accessory, which is mighty light
at this price point. The bases are used over and over again across the
line, and while they look nice, they aren't exactly a great addition.
In fact, neither of these two figures (yes, even SS in her high heels)
require the base to actually stand.
base does come with two removable foot pegs that can be placed in any
of three holes. Unfortunately, none of the three holes are particularly
well placed. They are spaced evenly across the center, with one hole in
the very center and two close to the edge. If you use them, the figures
won't actually be centered on the stand.
Fun Factor - **
My son is hooked on owls right now - don't ask me why, but he's gaa gaa
over them. So I gave him Nite Owl (a pretty good representation of the
figures in general) since I figured he'd think an owl based hero was
pretty cool. He did like the concept, but the lack of articulation and
clunkiness of the figure meant he goofed with it for about 30 seconds.
Good thing this line isn't geared for kids, cuz it's unlikely to appeal
Value - *1/2
Yep, things are getting more expensive. But these figures are actually
selling at a mass market retailer - Toys R Us - and still costing
almost $20. With limited articulation and almost no accessories, that's
more than I expect the market will be able to bear.
Things To Watch Out For
You'll want to try to
pick out the best paint of course, since DCD has been notorious in the
past for having consistency issues when it comes to the quality of
their paint operations. I didn't have any other issues on these two,
but I did have a frozen wrist joint on Rorschach, so you'll want to
watch for that across the line. If you encounter one, opt to use hot
water to free it up (or the old freezer trick) before you snap the soft
Overall - Ozy ***; Silk
I'm really torn on this line. I suspect I'll pick up the whole series,
but I have to admit that the lack of articulation is disappointing. Not
surprising, considering this is DC Direct, but that doesn't mean it
Spectre would score the same as Ozy here, if not for that goofed up
zipper. It's way too obvious, being positioned right there between her
girls. Other than this glaring error, I love her sculpt, if not her
articulation, accessories, and price.
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - Ozy ***; SS **
Articulation - **
Accessories - *1/2
Fun Factor - **
Value - *1/2
Overall - Ozy ***; SS **1/2
Where to Buy -
These have been popping up at some Toys R Us stores, but at $18 a pop
they aren't cheap. Online options, even with shipping, may be your
- Urban Collector
has the singles for $17 each, but you can get the case of 4 for just
- Alter Ego Comics
has series 1 or series 2 available for $55 for the set of four.
- Corner Store Comics
has the singles for $15 - $18, depending on the figure, or the set of
four for $55.
- Things From Another World
has all the singles, including variants, for about $20 each.
- Clark Toys has
the sets of four for $62.
- Circle Red has the
sets of four (both wave 1 and wave 2) for $63.
- or you can search ebay using
Related Links -
I have a review up today of the
other half of wave 1, Rorschach and Nite Owl, over at Quick
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