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Review of Hawkgirl - DC Cover Girls statute

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Overall Average Rating: 3 out of 4

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Introduction

I don't buy too much DC Direct product these days, and from what I saw at SDCC, that's not likely to change in 2012. But I still love two of their statue series: Batman Black and White and Cover Girls of the DC Universe.

The latest in the series of lovely ladies designed by Adam Hughes and sculpted by Jack Mathews is Hawkgirl. As a kid I was a fan of the Hawk family, and Hawkgirl was always a favorite - she has such a fine pair of wings.

This one has a slightly lower edition size than some of the other recent girls, coming in at 5000 pieces.

Expect to pay around $80 - $90 for this girl, which is about the running price right now for the Cover Girls statues. You might find a slightly better deal if you shop around, but with a lower edition size I expect this one to sell out a bit quicker than the last two releases.

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Packaging - ***
The boxes aren't particularly special, but they have decent graphics and some background information. Inside, the foam trays keep everything safe, but there's no Certificate of Authenticity. They do print the edition number and size on the base of the statue, however.

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Sculpting - ***1/2
Once again, Mr. Hughes comes up with a terrific 1950's style pin-up pose that works great for this character.

She has her mace resting on the floor, leaning into it with a slight curve to her back and a sly look in her eye. Even Gentleman Ghost would be smitten.

This is the second winged statue in the series (with the Armored Wonder Woman being the first), and the feathers here are more realistic, less metallic. There's plenty of detail work in the wings, as well as the smaller details of the arm wraps and helm.

These statues are roughly an 8" scale, but of course Hawkgirl is a little smaller than some of the other ladies, like Wonder Woman, which fits with the comic books.

It's necessary to assembly this statue, as it comes in three pieces - the base, the mace, and the lady. Place the metal post on the mace in the base first, and turn it so it leans in the correct direction. Then slip the metal posts on both feet into the base, lining up the hands with the handle on the mace. It works better than it might sound, and the fit was smooth and clean.

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Paint - ***
The paint work isn't quite as perfect this time around, which was a bit of a disappointment.

The face work is good, especially the eyes, hair and eyebrows. The lips are a little weird - that 'v' on the top is a bit more retro than I like - but at least the lines are clean and sharp.

The black liner on the hawk eyes is a little sloppy, but the real problems lie in the costume. The edges of the green are very haphazard, especially on the chest. Even the boots have some sloppy cut lines, and the edges of the flesh and costume run together on the arms.

I do like the wings though - very realistic feathers, with a nice gray tone.

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Value - **1/2
The price on these has slipped up a bit, closer to $80 - $85, but considering the quality and the price point on similar statues right now, I have to say they are still a solid value.

Things to Watch Out For -
Be sure to assemble the statue in the right order - mace first, Hawkgirl second.

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Overall - ***
I waffled around a bit on this one - I really wanted to give her another half star. That's just my youthful crush talking though, and with the weak paint work I just couldn't do it. The paint work was disappointing, particularly since clean lines are so critical to her costume.

The sculpt is excellent though, and I love the design. I'm thrilled because I finally have a Cover Girls statue of one of my very favorite DC ladies, bringing the number of must haves to one less.

Score Recap (out of ****):
Packaging - ***
Sculpting - ***1/2
Paint - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***

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Where to Buy 
Online options include these site sponsors:

- has her at $85.

- als has her at $85.

- has her at $90.

- Entertainment Earth has her at $90.

- or you can search ebay for a deal.

Related Links -
Other reviews of the Cover Girls statues included the recent Armored Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and just prior was Poison Ivy, Batgirl, Harley, Power Girl, Catwoman/Wonder WomanZatanna, and Black Canary.

You should also hit the Search Reviews page, in case any other applicable reviews were done after this one was published.

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