Review: Mezco One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Collectable Figure

There are a lot of companies out there that produce high-end collectable figures in various scales, the most popular being 1:6 scale, or around 12 Inches.  But these figures are a far cry from the Holiday edition Barbies and the Bob Hope G.I. Joes you might has see at a Toys’R’Us over the years.  Companies like Dragon, Sideshow and Hoy Toys produced beautifully designed figures with cloth costumes and detail accessories that capture the look and feel of the comic or movie character they are producing.  But all this attention to detail is costly and the lower production runs means these figures cost around $200 (Cdn) or more and can only be found at comic/pop culture stores or online.

Mezco Toys, trying to produce an alternative at a lower cost yet with the same quality, has come up with the One:12 Collective.  It is a line of 1:12 scale (around six inches) of figures based on various pop culture properties, from comic books to TV and film.  Like their larger 1:6 counterparts, the sculpt are highly detailed, capturing the look and feel of the character it is based on.  They also have cloth outfits, tailored for the character so that it looks straight from the source material.  Starting off in 2016, they have produced over a dozen of different characters, but they have all been larger, male characters.  Now Mezco Toys has produced the first female figure in the One:12 Collective line; Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.

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The One:12 Collective Suicide Squad: Haley Quinn figure is based on the character in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie, as played by Margot Robbie.  How you feel about that depends on your own taste, but I liked the look.  The figures comes in a box with a red slip case featuring the characters name, the movie logo and the One:12 collective logo.  On the back we see the contents of the box and various action shots of the figure  The sides of the cover has the “Q” of the Suicide Squad logo (and “Q” for “Quinn”).

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Removing the sleeve and you get the first look at the figure.  Harley is displayed with her alternate heads, hands and weapons. In behind you can see the base of the stand with the Suicide Squad logo on it. When you open that up, you will find the arm for the stand and the jacket that goes with the figure.

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With the figure in hand, see seem so… small.  Having never had a One:12 Collective figure before, I have no way to compare her with the male figures in this line.  I am a bit.. obsessed with figures I display together be in (or at least close) to scale.  The figure is about 6 inches, which in the 1:12 scale is 6 feet scaled.  Too tall to have be next to a 6 inch Batman (who would be 6’3″ or so).  Margot Robbie is about 5’5″ in real life.  Add that she was wearing 4-inch heels on those Adidas pumps in her Harley outfit, it would bring her to 5’9″.  She’d pair well with figures in the 7 inch scale, I guess, like older DC Direct ones or Mattel’s  DC Multiverse Dark Knight Returns figures.

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The figure is great though  The outfit looks great and close to the movie, but without the wear and tear shown in the movie (no rips).  The shorts fit well and she even has actual fishnet stockings, which are sewn around the legs.  There is a noticeable seam in the back, but it doesn’t distract from the overall aesthetic of the figure.  They even got her tattoos on her, from her face, arm and legs to the ones on her stomach and lower back (if you move up her shirt.)  There is even a red bra painted on that shows through the shirt, like in the movie.  As for the likeness, well, I spend hours on the internet, looking up facts about Ms. Robbie (including the size of the heels on those Adidas shoes) and  painstakingly going over pictures after picture of her in costume and I can say it is a very good likeness.  The butt could be better, but it is a awesome likeness for the scale.

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Research.

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As for her accessories, she comes with three different heads;  a closed mouth smiling, and open mouth laughing and a blowing bubblegum head.  She has five interchangeable hands; three right hands (trigger finger, gripping hand for the bat and an open hand) and two left (open and gripping.).  She comes with her baseball bat from the movie as well as a gun with the shoulder harness holster.  She also comes with two wrist bands, one saying “Yes” and the other “Sir,” and two spiked bracelet, which can fall off easy and are a bit small.  Lastly there is the coat, with looks like it did in the movie, from the colour scheme to the having “Property of the Joker” on the back.  It fits quite well, though be sure to remove the bracelets and wrist band before you put it on her.

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The jacket fits well enough.
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The design is authentic to the movie.

As it comes with a stand and a posing post, this figue is mean to be displayed and posed.  She has good articulation, with the head being on a post with a ball joint.  She can look up, down and side to side with ease.  The heads are easy to swap and I never felt like I was going to break it when I swapped heads.  The arms are also ball-jointed at the shoulder and you get a good range of motion even with the cloths goods in the way.  The elbow is, sadly, single jointed and hidden by the shirt and you can rotate the arm at the elbow.  The hands attach at the wrist, also ball jointed and, though the post is small, they are easy to exchange and stay on well.  There is a diaphragm joint beneath the breast and articulation at the waist, though she can’t turn side to side much.  The waist joint is the most noticeable, with her low riding hot pants.  She is articulated where the legs and crotch meet, with each leg being able to move forward a fair bit but no much back.  Her legs can spread a part a fair bit, but not to a split.  With the fishnets being two pieces around each leg, it does not hinder the movement.  The knees are single jointed and can bend to almost a 90 degree angle and the ankles joints allow side to side pivot, left and right turning but little forward and back movement.

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Use the stand and posing arm for dynamic displays

This figure is definitely a high quality figure.  Compared to the DC Multiverse Suicide Squad Harley Quinn, this figure stand out in quality and attention to detail.  The faces, body and outfit really capture the likeness of Margot Robbie playing Harley in that movie.  But like the 1:6 Scale figures, the quality comes at a higher price point.  This figure retails for about $89.00 US (I paid $108 Canadian from a Canadian distributer) so it is a pretty big purchase for a 1:12 scale figure (mass market 6 inch figure retail for about $30 CDN)  But if you have already bought a One:12 Collective figure, you know the quality that is put in it.  If you haven’t and you pick up this figure, you’ll know soon enough.

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Heads and hands swap easily.
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Comparing the Mezco Harley Quinn (center) with the Mattel versions.  I think a One:12 version of the one in the dress would be sweet.

The One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn figure is out now.  You can check your local comic, toy and hobby shop for availability, or you can order online from various resellers.  I got mine from Canuckables.ca, a Canadian source for toys and collectables.  This is not a plug;  I just saying where I bought it from.  For more information on this line and upcoming and current figures, you could check out www.mezcotoys.com.

This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Mezco Toys, Canuckables.ca, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros or anybody else for doing this review.  The item was purchased with my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.

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Puddin’!

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

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Suicide Squad is the new movie from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment directed by David Ayer.  It is the third movie in the DC Cinematic Universe after Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman.  It stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman; to name a few.  It released 5 Aug 16 and it is rated 14A in Ontario, Canada (PG-13 in the US).

Suicide Squad follows the story of a government agency called Task Force X.  Headed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and led in the filed by Rick Flagg (Kinnaman), this group is composed of super powered criminals forced to cooperate with threats and promises of a reduced sentence.  They are considered expendable and deniable and if they fail, they would be killed and blamed for everything.  They are a Suicide Squad.

The squad consists of the following villians:  Deadshot (Will Smith), a deadly marksman and assassin for hire;  Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) the Joker’s (Jared Leto) psycho girlfriend; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), half man, half crocodile; El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a pyrotechnic haunted by his past; Captain Boomerang (Jai Courteny), a Australian criminal who is a crack shot with a boomerang; Slipknot (Adam Beach) an assassin and infiltration expert; Katana (Karen Fukuhara), a master swordswoman and Flagg’s body-guard; and The Enchantress (Carla Delevingne) a spirit of a millennia-old witch trapped in the body of archeologist June Moone  When the Enchantress awakens a powerful entity that takes over Midway City, the Squadis sent in to rescue a High Value Target (HVT) or die trying.  But as they discover that there is more to the mission, can the Squad hold it together?

The movie, while good, does have some issues with pacing.  The first third is set up, with the movie introducing Waller, Flagg and giving us back story on most of the squad, mainly Deadshot, Harley and Captain Boomerang.  Deadshot and Harley’s story give us a cameo by the Batman and Boomerang’s gives us the best view so mar of Ezra Miller’s Flash. Once the mission starts, the action picks up and it is an enjoyable ride.

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The portrayals of these comic characters are more or less true to the source material.  Deadshot’s kid, Harely’s lack of control around the Joker and Boomerang’s abrasiveness to his teammates are close to their comic roots.  Rick Flagg’s relationship to June is also from the Suicide Squad’s 1980’s series and Amanda Waller has always been a hard ass.  I would have liked to see more of Katana as her back story and I like the costume they made for her.  Katana has been getting some more exposure recently, playing a big role in season three of Arrow and featuring in the new DC Superhero Girls property.  More of her would be nice.

One minor gripe I have is with the Joker.  Leto’s Joker is going to put some people off.  Some may have issues with Will Smith’s Deadshot (he’s fine in the role), some with Margot as Harley (she nailed it and fills those shorts SO nicely), but The Joker is off-putting.  The new look is different, but mot the strangest incarnation of the Joker (in the comic, he once had his own face removed and then wore it as a mask.)  His appearances are chaotic and have a minimal effect on the story.  But isn’t that the Joker?  Strange and off-putting?  Maybe he is not the Joker we want, but the Joker we need?  He will need a bigger role for us to really find out.

Over all I did like this movie,  I thought is was good.  I like it better than Batman v. Superman:  it is not too long, there are no parts that made be cringe and all the portrayals of the comic characters were well done, even, when it comes down to it, Leto’s Joker, for the small part he played.  Maybe it would be better if some of the characters were set up in a previous movie because their character is tied to the heroes they fight.  The movie is dark, but it has the lighter moments that BvS so desperately needed.  I do hope this does well enough to warrant a sequel, in addition to a movie starring Harley Quinn.  But, I’d watch her reading a phone book if she was in that outfit.

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Damn.

 

4/5