By Hervé St.Louis
Mar 15, 2005 - 10:00
This figure is an exact look alike of the Bronze Age Black Canary drawn by artists like Neal Adams or Dick Giordano. Unlike the character that first appeared in Flash Comics #76 in 1947, this figure sports no mask. As opposed to modern portrayal of the character since her 1990s series and the Green Arrow series by Mike Grell, her fishnet stockings are dark blue. DCDirect switched the colours of her bolero and her gym suit from blue to black. Normally, her bolero should be blue, while her suit, black.
The paint job is excellent. Her blond hairs have dark and light hues covering the base yellow paint. DCDirect has toned her thighs, making her fishnet stockings more interesting. The sculpted fishnet patterns have black paint to delineate her pantyhose. The fishnets stockings' colours are darker than the light blue traditionally used in the comics. The paint in her hair and the knuckles of her fists chips easily after a few years.
Next to the Hard Travelling Green Lantern, Green Arrow and Power Girl, the Black Canary action figure looks swell. However, next to some JSA action figures such as the Flash, Hourman or JLA figures like the Silver Age Batman, her head makes her look out of scale. Her body. Surprisingly, fits well. She does not fit at all next to the Birds of Prey Black Canary, the Huntress and Oracle. That's too bad.
Black Canary has seven articulations at the neck, the shoulders, the elbows and the hips. Her hips' articulations are the v-shaped type. Her legs can go up and down, but it doesn't work with the figure's sculpt. These articulations are only useful if one attempts to stabilize the figure. Black Canary's hair limits her neck articulation, although on the alternate Dinah Lance head, this is not a problem.
Made of heavy PVC, Black Canary's weight will deform her ankles after a few years. Freezing the figure or boiling may be necessary to replace her ankles and feet into place. Black Canary's nonremovable jacket consists of softer PVC.
Black Canary comes with a Dinah Lance head and a short skirt made of fabrics with a button. Inserting the skirt and exchanging the head gives us a secret identity Dinah Lance action figure.
The figure came in a card package with images of Green Arrow and Green Lantern on the card's front with a countryside highway. The card's back has images of other DCDirect action figures and a short bio.
At the time, many stores sold this figure for $12. As a peg warmer, its price may have fallen. Price not being flexible, some stores sold this figure for up to $25.
This figure was re-offered several times by DCDirect. It seemed that the company ordered more than the early stock stores and collectors wanted. For many years, obtaining this figure was very easy. As the figure has a bad reputation because of her head's size and lack of stability, it was never very popular. Initially, many fans who started their DCDirect collections early purchased it, but newer fans rarely hunt get this figure.
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