I’ve always considered myself to be a budget collector. I primarily buy figures you can find at most big box retailers at a modest price point of $20-$30. I’m a Quantity Over Quality Guy. I’ve got too many fandoms that I collect to pay much more than that. However, with prices rising across the board, I’m starting to change the way I’m collecting. I’m shifting to buying less mass retail in favor of mixing in the occasional higher end figure. This week, I bring you two such recent pickups in the form of S.H. Figuarts Harley Quinn and Luke Skywalker
S.H. Figuarts Harley Quinn
From the upcoming Warner Brothers film “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), ” the titular Harley Quinn joins S. H. Figuarts! Her striking outfit is finished with realistic metallic colors and textures for on-screen accuracy. We’ve even replicated her individual tattoos! The figure includes two optional heads, three pairs of optional hands, a hammer, and roller-skates.
If you’re not familiar with Figuarts articulation, it takes some getting used to. It’s a slower process than dealing with your run of the mill Hasbro/Mattel/Jazwares style. The joints are firm and when you’re paying somewhat of a premium, there’s part of you that doesn’t want to break your brand-new shiny Harley. Once you learn the right way to handle this type of figure, you can get them in some fantastic poses. The Margot Robbie head sculpts are spot on and extremely photogenic. The removable pig tails which need to be added to each head are going to have to be handled with care for risk of losing them and dooming you to an eternity of profile poses. This is going to be one of my favorite figures to shoot for a long time. If you’re looking for a comparable 7-inch scale figure, you can check out McFarlane’s offering which is currently up for preorder over at Outrun Collectibles.
S.H. Figuarts Luke Skywalker
Fans worldwide were shocked and excited by the surprise appearance of Luke Skywalker in the final episode of Season 2 of “Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” and now he’s joining the S.H.Figuarts action-figure lineup from Bandai! This incredibly posable figure of Luke as a young Master Jedi comes with a fabric cloak with wired edges for dramatic posing and a hood, as well as outstanding lightsaber effect parts for action-packed battles.
The story of this figure’s acquisition has already been told by my partner in crime, E.A. Henson earlier this month. I try to avoid writing about the same figure, especially twice in the same month, but when that figure is Luke Skywalker and it’s Pride Month, I’ll oblige. After seeing many of my friends get their hands on this Luke, I had to have him. In hand, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker does not disappoint. Staring into Luke’s dreamy eyes, it’s easy to get lost in that Uncanny Valley. Say what you want about what’s on Luke’s mind, but we all know. Don’t we? Not many men can pull off a cloak, but Luke is bringing sexy back with a lovely wired number that provides you a lot of display or photo options. Additionally packed in you get a green lightsaber blade in motion. We’ve been begging Hasbro for more effects like this in Black Series, so to see another one of these effects, especially on a green blade is nice. The only thing I would have liked to see with this offering would be another head sculpt. Who doesn’t want more head(s)?
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