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Starfire - Cover Girls of the DCU
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct


There are only two statue series that I'm a completest on - Batman Black and White, and Cover Girls of the DCU. No Batman here tonight, so that probably is a pretty good indication of what I'm covering this time around. And after this statue, I might be down to one series.

When I hit up Raven a couple weeks ago, I realized that I hadn't seen any other Cover Girl statues in quite awhile...something didn't seem right. Sure enough, I managed to miss out on Starfire. A quick order was placed, and now that terrible wrong has been righted.

Sadly, it appears that Starfire was the last to have an actual edition size. They produced 4000 in the limited edition, and the numbering is on the bottom of the box as well as the bottom of the statue.

The lovely lady is available right now at many online retailers and local comic shops, and you can expect to pay around $85, depending on the retailer.
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
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Starfire Cover Girls of the DCU statue by DC Direct
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Packaging - ***
Pretty standard packaging, with the edition size on the bottom. There's no window, but the interior foam is high density and keeps everything safe and sound.

Sculpting - ****
Another great job by Jack Mathews, based on the design by Adam Hughes. I grew up checking out the lovely Vargas ladies in my dad's old magazines, so I have an appreciation for the pin up style. Hughes has modernized it for the superhero market, but it's still a beautiful style.

These statues are fairly large - Starfire comes in at 9" tall without the base.

The finely detailed hair, with great stranding and style, flows down her back and around her left hand. I have a soft spot for red heads anyway - this one has everything going her way.

The very skimpy outfit and thigh high boots look fantastic, with just enough texture and detail to set them apart from the skin itself. I love the defiant yet sexy pose, and the flat boots are better looking in many ways than the spiked heels we've seen on some characters.

This is a two piece statue, with the base separate from the statue. Metal posts hold her in place.

Paint - **1/2
The paint work isn't quite as nice this time around. It's not a huge let down, but there's quite a bit of slop around the cut lines and edges.

The biggest issue is probably the eyes, a crucial aspect of any beautiful woman. The black liner slips onto the funky eyes here and there, messing up what would otherwise be a fantastic look.

There's also a little slop along some of the edges of the uniform. The outfit itself is bright and consistent, but some of the blue slips onto the skin here and there.

And then there's the lips - uneven and crooked, it looks like she was wasted when she applied it.

This really hurts what is otherwise a beautiful statue, and when paint pulls down a sculpt like this, it's always disappointing.

Value - **
With only (only?) 4000 of these produced and still plenty available through multiple online retailers, I have a bad feeling that DC Direct has gone past the ideal price point. At around $70 - $75, these would be moving far better, even with a lesser known character like Starfire.

Things to Watch Out For -
Not a thing!

Overall - ***
This is a great sculpt, very reflective of the overall style of the series and Hughes himself. Sadly, it looks like it may be the last I pick up.

It's not Starfire's fault - sure, the paint pulls down an otherwise terrific sculpt, but it's not THAT bad.

No, she's not the problem. The problem is that DCD has gone in a new direction with this series, breaking the original vision. Rather than sticking with the bodacious designs of Hughes of classic characters, they are moving toward a broader set of artists and more modern designs. Next up is a Jim Lee Wonder Woman based on the New 52. Double ugh. I have a very bad feeling that the release of this next statue will kill the series...and of course, they won't feel that was because they made a terrible decision, but rather the fault of the collectors for not responding to their brilliant concept.

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

Where to Buy -
Online options include these site sponsors:

- Big Bad Toy Store is at $85.

- Urban Collector has her at $85.

- Entertainment Earth is at $85.

- Fanboy Collectibles has her at $85 as well.

- Mike's Comics N Stuff is at $85 too.

- Capstone Comics is at $90.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
I've covered a lot of the statues, including RavenHawkgirl, Armored Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and just prior was Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Harley, Power Girl, Catwoman/Wonder Woman, Zatanna, and Black Canary.

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