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Batgirl - DC Bombshells
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Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles


DC Collectibles has another hit on their hands with their DC Bombshells series of statues.  It's certainly been an interesting metamorphosis, starting with the Cover Girls statues. That line was originally based on Adam Hughes' designs, which is best described as modern meets pin-up. After a couple years, it morphed into a series of statues based on the New 52 designs, a style perhaps best categorized as modern meets dull.

But DC Collectibles didn't completely forget those of us who liked the more retro look, and started the Bombshells series. These aren't sort of, kind of, pin-up style - they're straight up 40's artwork. There's an aeronautic theme too, fitting in with the concept that this is a style that you'd see on the side of a B-52.

The latest release is Batgirl, and she's just started shipping. She'll run you $100 - $115 at most retailers.

This is a 'limited' edition, but at 5200 produced, it's not particularly limited. While you'd think that wouldn't sound like a lot, in the world of statues, busts and collectibles, it's actually quite a bit.

Packaging - ***
The boxes are decent, although the white color and silly logo remain unimpressive. This is a limited edition, but there's no Certificate of Authenticity or numbering on the box, which might confuse collectors in years to come.
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Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles
Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles
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Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles
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Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles
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Batgirl DC Bombshells statue by DC Collectibles
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Sculpting - ***1/2
The style works with certain characters better than others - fortunately, Batgirl is one where it works, and works extremely well.

Her cowl fits in with the pilot goggles and scarf, and even the slightly ballooned pants work with the overall design. Small details are finely sculpted, like the beauty mark over her mouth. While some of the sculpted edges are a little rough, the overall design and detail make up for the minor imperfections.

Perhaps my favorite aspect is how they've integrated her cape with the parachute pack. It's also nice that she's not just a 'skinny chick with a huge rack', and her overall body is more reminiscent of curvy beauty.

I do wish they could have smoothed out the lens of the goggles a bit more. At this size, the rough pattern in the 'glass' is pretty obvious. I'm also not keen on the pierced belly button, as it conflicts in a pretty jarring way with the rest of the design. These are minor nits though, and this is a design that looks great on the shelf overall.

These statues are generally 1/8th scale, and overall it stands about 10 1/2" tall.

Paint - **1/2
Unfortunately, the paint quality is rough this time around, and is a let down at this price point.

When I first popped her out of the Styrofoam, I was pretty happy with the overall look. But then I paid more attention, as I'm wont to do. I noticed the serious slop on the cowl between the black and blue, and the brush strokes in the gold and bronze colors just about everywhere. There's consistency problems in the cape as well, and most of the finer lines on the costume are pretty uneven. There are also rough areas, where dirt or something else has gotten into the paint - I know the underlying sculpt isn't the issue.

Value - **
It's really hard to justify $100+ for these statues, while busts and statues of a similar quality are in the $65 - $85 range.

Of course, part of what you're paying for is the unique 40's style, and the cool consistency of the lovely ladies on your shelf. What you're not paying for is the 'limited' nature, with a whopping 5200 in the run.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing.

Overall - ***
If the paint had been at the level you expect with this price point, she would have garnered at least another half star. The pilot theme fits her well, and I like the integration of the Batgirl concept with the bomber concept.

But the sloppy paint was just too much to handle, especially at $100+. They've got to tighten up the QC in this area if they want these statues to continue to command a premium.

Score Recap:
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - **1/2
Value - **
Overall - ***

Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:

- Mike's Comics N Stuff is at $100.

- Fanboy Collectibles has her a $100.

- Big Bad Toy Store is just $100.

- Urban Collector is also at $100.

- CornerStoreComics has her priced at $100 as well - do you see a pattern?

- Alter Ego Comics is at $107.

- Things From Another World comes in at $112.

- Entertainment Earth is another one at $100.

- or you can search ebay for a bargain.

Related Links -
Recent releases include Harley, Poison Ivy, Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

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