Packaging - ***
Mini-bust packaging is pretty basic, since they aren't really intended to be
kept MIB. But this very attractive box includes close ups of the bust
itself, and they've included a great looking Certificate of Authenticity.
Sculpting - ****
The work was done by Rudy Garcia and Andy Bergholtz. They've done a
marvelous job, not just in terms of detail, but also in the dynamic nature of
One of the big features to a great bust is how
well the sculptors capture the true essence of the character. Here they've
pulled it off beautifully, with a pose and design that screams action.
It's hard to do long hair in an action pose,
since it usually comes off as silly. But they have designed a look that
works extremely well, and every part of the bust impresses you with the feeling
The size of the bust is about 6" tall, and
so in scale she fits in nicely with the rest of the Marvel Universe, and most
other current mini-busts on the market. I have her on the shelf next to
Jack Skellington, and they look great together. Okay, maybe not great, but
the scale is fine.
The base appears to be stone, as do most
mini-busts. The texture is great, and there are two sais attached to the
Paint - ***1/2
The overall quality of the paint ops is extremely good. There's a few
minor issues holding it back from a perfect score, but most buyers won't mind in
The flesh tone is accurate and consistent, with
no gloppiness or streaking. The red is bright and shiny, and looks
terrific. The best work is around the eyes and lips though, where the
paint is applied perfectly.
The only real issue is between the red and flesh
of the body. The lines are a little fuzzy, with less definition and
cleanliness than I'd like. It's not awful, but it's noticeable if you're
paying close attention..
Quality - ****
The bust is very high quality, made from very durable resin. It's got
good heft for the size, and the thin areas - the sai blades, the flaps hanging
over the base, etc - are very sturdy for their size. You could still break
them if you're not careful, but under normal handling they should be fine.
Value - ***
All the DST busts run about the usual, around forty bucks. That's not
a terrible value, but is pretty consistent with the average price out there.
Overall - ***1/2
This is a terrific looking bust, perhaps my favorite of the work that DST
has done in this area so far. I wasn't that thrilled with the
Daredevil, but this bust is a huge improvement. There's good detail work, with a dynamic
pose and solid paint ops. You can't ask for much more from a mini-bust!
Where to Buy -
You're local comic shop is always a good place to start. On-line:
Earth has her in for $45.
Ego Toys does great pre-order pricing on mini-busts.
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