Crisis Dr Light
By Hervé St-Louis
May 22, 2007 - 09:54
Inspired by the work of artist George Perez, Doctor Light’s costume is not an exact representation. Her face does not have the strong Japanese features, such as the high cheek bones drawn by Perez. The circle on the middle of her chest is oblong instead of being round. It is also sculpted out, as if is it was a separate piece. Finally, her hairs are longer than when Doctor Light appeared. Her boots, however, have the rolled up features that were abandoned years later, in favour of a streamlined look.
There’s a shiny white paint coat to simulate the light effects from Doctor Light on her gloves, boots, her belt, the oval on her chest and her cape. On the plastic parts of the action figure, it makes her them look as if they were translucent. Other parts of her body have straight paint application without any nuances. For example, her face is one tone with pinkish purple for her lips. Of course, much of the paint application bleeds adding a layer of cheapness to the action figure. This action figure grabs dust easily. Also her cape tends to darken where the edges touch another surface, if she is left on her back.
Doctor Light’s proportions will fit well with older DC Direct action figure and newer ones. As a Japanese woman, one does not expect her to be tall. Next to action figures, such as Power Girl, Teen Titans characters, such as Wonder Girl, Star Fire or fellow Justice Leaguers, like Blue Beetle, Metamorpho or Elongated Man, the action figure will look great.
Doctor Light has 13 articulations at the shoulders, elbows, forearms, hips, knees, calves and neck. Her head sits on a ball joint, but mobility is limited because of her long hair. Her shoulders also have ball joints which provide good movement.
Doctor Light is in PVC with a rubber cape. Her elbow joints look fragile, so be careful about dropping her on the floor. Glued on her shoulders, her cape is inserted within her back through a peg.
Doctor Light is packaged on a cardboard card with a plastic bubble above. The bubble is round, making it difficult to store away. Generic artwork on the back contains short bios and pictures of other action figures released in this series.
Although the first action figure of the female Doctor Light, she is not a fan favourite character. DC Direct makes its action figures to order and this one was released in December 2006. Stock of this action figure should be readily available at comic book stores, online auctions and online stores.
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