Review: DC Collectibles Artist Alley Series: Aritst Sho Murase
The wonderful people over at DC Collectibles sent over a few of their recently released DC Artist Alley designer vinyl pieces.DC Collectibles made a notable statement making a presence at the recent Designer Con(now located at the Anaheim Convention Center). DC Collectibles shared some of their future releases, which included a James Groman interpreted world of characters. This latest wave of figures features artist Sho Murase's new take on the Gotham City Sirens: Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn. Each of these figures stand around 6.5" and have an MSRP of $40 a piece. Each piece is available in several different colorways including a "standard" paint, holiday colors, a rainbow iridescent and clear cast sparkle. Many of these pieces are widely available wherever comics are sold, but there are store exclusives available at Books-A-Million(Rainbow Iridescent) and Hot Topic(Clear Sparkle).
Not only are the sirens available to purchase now, some other figures were made available for purchase on December 12: Nightwing by HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulque, sculpted by Paul Harding; Batgirl by Sho Murase, sculpted by Sam Greenwell; and The Flash by Chris Uminga, sculpted by Joe Menna. These characters are also available everywhere comics are sold, with exclusive colorways being sold at Foot Locker, Books-A-Million, Boxed Lunch, Hot Topic and DC Universe members.
AUTHOR REVIEW and OPINION: The size of these vinyl figures is similar to other figures of the same size. All of these figures are supported by a round base, with the exception of Poison Ivy, which has a more ornate base, making this particular piece stand out a bit more than the rest. The holiday colors of white, red and green are festive and not over powering. The overall design of each figure stays true to both the character being created and the style of the artist, in this case Sho Murase. The separation joints are somewhat visible, but not too noticeable one on the shelf. I found the paint application to be good all around, considering the run size of each piece. Holiday Harley Quinn did have a bit of paint transfer on the base, from her boot, but again, not noticeable once on the shelf or in a display case. A quick look around the web, I found several places which already carry the pieces. I found it a little weird that the DC Comics shop has these DC Artist Alley pieces offered at more than the MSRP, with the exception of the DC Universe Exclusive white and gold Batgirl(which looks amazing). I think it's a good move to offer the DC Universe members their own exclusive colorway, given the membership being paid for the service. Back to the figures, each piece came with a printed art card, as well as a blank card, presumably to use as a sketch card for artist signings. The figures are light and packaged well, inside a sturdy box. The versions I received were all APs, so I'm not certain if the art cards come with every piece. I hope to be able to review more of these pieces in the future and look forward to seeing more come out of the DC Artist Alley line. FINAL VERDICT: These are worth the money for DC Comics fans and I would definitely purchase the colorways that fit my collection, not necessarily everything. I can see fans of particular characters being able to complete the colorway gambit without too much hassle.
About the Artist Sho Murase, from DC Collectibles:
Murase is a San Francisco-based artist but grew up in Barcelona, Spain. This mix of cultures is often reflected in her work, which has been described as a merging of western European art influences with Asian influences such as manga and sumi-e.
Be sure to head over to Tenacious Toys on Facebook to see more pictures of the Holiday versions of Harley Quinn and Catwoman, as well as an Rainbow Iridescence Poison Ivy. Thanks goes out to Sara from DC Entertainment for providing the piece.