*Apologies for the long delay between reviews--I've barely had time to take photos though I've written up some reviews I'm excited about sharing--family and a gig I had were beckoning! But I'm back now with a bigger backlog of toys than ever! And I say it like it's a bad thing. Heh. Well, enjoy this one--I'm gonna attempt to pump out at least two more reviews out by this week!*
Finally, I find her! Zatanna is one tough cookie to find and if you do chance upon her, she's a tough one to find for a reasonable price. So there was no way that I was turning her down for the low, low price of S$30 (US$25 now, lol)!
I'd snagged her at the local Singapore Toys, Games, and Comics Convention about 3 weeks back and on the 3rd day, no less. That's when I expected to find $2 Power of the Force Star Wars Figures going for half-off, not Zatanna in packaging, and sold as a single instead as part of her whole wave, which is what most speciality shops who have her for sale are doing.
My one regret is not being able to get one for my hunting buddy and wingman the Rangerlord, who just returned recently from ranging and scored me a whole buncha Marvel Universe figures and Lego Series 5 minifigs.
I just had to laugh. He has no idea! ;P
But I digress. On to DCUC Zatanna, who's not one of the many figures that I haven't opened. She just top of the pile I have on my desk right next to the photo studio...
But after having a good look at the figure in hand (and that of Black Canary as well), there's no way they could've made the fishnets look good other than with the real thing. So I'm glad that they've gone this route instead of painting them on or sculpting and then painting them on, because the stockings are a huge part of Z's costume. As for the loss of a PoAs, I believe unlike Canary, Zatanna doesn't need it--I don't think we'll see her kung fu-ing the evil magic users in the funny books any time soon. More than likely it'll be a wave of the wand, a tip of the hat, and the whisper of a word spoken backwards. That brings me to the next thing about Zatanna!...
Wand and hat. Yes. Best ever accessories for Zatanna. The wand should come straight but mine has a little bend at the back end because of the time it spent rubber-banded in package. But I think she holds onto it better than if it were completely straight.
The hat fits nicely on her head at a forward-ish angle. The trick is that it has a little wedge on the front inside-edge that can hook under the front of her hair and make the hat stay put.
|No deck? Steal the Joker's! :)|
Dislike: That in order to make the hat work, they had to give Zatanna a long fringe parted down the middle along with the rest of her hair. She's usually drawn with fringe like on the button that comes with the figure (see "Value" below). While might seem like a minor detail and most would let it slide, I think it's like drawing Wonder Woman with short hair or Powergirl with long locks. It's just out of character. Granted, Z's been drawn with hair like she has on her figure, but I don't think that's be best look for her. And there's no reason she shouldn't be made in her best look!
Dislike: The loss of the hinge points of articulation in the legs/hips. But really, she doesn't need them to look good posing in action shots. And for some reason those fishnets look way better on her than they do on Black Canary!
Like: The excellent sculpt of the coat. It doesn't get in the way of her ab crunch, legs or arms. And I like that the coat tails aren't straight behind her so that there's some implied motion.
Dislike: The flatness of her head from the side. Yes, the head and not her face. I really think the face looks great. This is an old complaint going back to Powergirl in Wave 10 and all the females that use face sculpt, which is like practically all of them. Her face looks great front-on but from the side her it looks flat because the head is a little squashed from front to back, leading to all our disgruntlement about the face.
I put this down to the lack of body in the hair sculpt. It just needs to be slightly, just slightly fuller.
Like: Having said that about Z's head, I think her face has been painted superbly. The raised left eyebrow, the red lips, the blue eyes with white highlights. Heck, she's even got eyelashes! I also like that they took the effort to sculpt and paint the silver buttons of her shirt and the gold ones on her molded yellow vest, which has some darker yellow spray-shading. And areas you'd wanna watch out for if you find her though is the white on her shirt. I've had the chance to get Zatanna loose with either her hat or and but not both. And I would've gladly paid the S$12 for her, except that on most all the figures the white paint on the front of her, ahem, bosom, tended to have paint rub.
Aesthetics: 8/10 - Great sculpt (aside from the flat head and non-fringe-y hair), great paint (aside from the paint rub on her assets), and great fishnets (except for the unavoidable bunching). Zatanna looks great and will be part of my Justice League display alongside the other females, who by the way look real kickass next to each other--even more so than the guys! (Because the just look like a bunch of dudes...Lol.)
Poseability: 8/10 - Much better than I expected and due in no small part to the very suitable accessories. Sure, her long hair hinders the upward motion of her head and she's got no leg hinges, but she's got all the other PoAs that make DCUC great. Also, she's got two open hands which is great--her hands will always be busy! Al she has to do is ad a dramatic stance to whatever she's doing with her hands and there you go: magic. ;)
Fun: 8/10 - Whatever the setting, magicians are always fun. And in a modern day, superhero setting, magicians like Zatanna retain their mystical quality while all the other guys and gals are running around with modified/alien genes, gadgets and gizmos, and mutant superpowers. All Zat has is magic in her blood. Heck, magic is even her job, her "costume" actually her work clothes. Next to the other spandex clad superheroes, her costume really pops.
|Z and the Flash's crotch.|
Value: 7.5/10 - A fancy-schmancy wand, a wearable top hat, a 75th anniversary button of herself, a CnC part with an accessory of its own.--Zatanna is one of the more value-for-money DCUC figures. Z's also got a nicely sculpted jacket, sculpted bow-tie, high-heels and of course, her fishnets!
Overall: 8/10 - It's a keeper! Despite not being the look I'd like for her, this Zatanna figure shines in every department. She looks great, poses and plays well, and she comes with two great accessories for her. And this is even before we consider that she's comes with the Ultra-Humanite's right hand and the mind control remote device in it. In finding Zatanna, I managed to not only get a very sought after figure for a reasonable price, but also bagged my Ultra-Humanite the accessory he was missing. (I bought him loose and cheap, see.)
I also realize now that I probably would've paid more for her because she's that kind of figure that's consistently good all around.
And if you're not into Collecting 'n' Connecting the Ultra H, you can probably recover some of the figure's cost by selling it off--I'm sure the Ultra Humanite's right arm will fetch a pretty enough penny. :)