We’ve looked at a bunch of different takes on Harley Quinn in the last few months, ranging from an on-point classic look to a cinematic recreation that misses the mark. Harley is one of DC’s most versatile characters, though, able to change her look in myriad ways while still being identifiable as Harley. What we haven’t looked at yet is a look for Harley that pulls from the version we’re used to seeing in the comics, who has a distinctive look all her own. That brings us to Diamond Select’s Harley Quinn Rebirth statue, based on the look Harley adopted during DC’s Rebirth event.
Harley Quinn: Rebirth
The statue comes to us via Diamond Select. It was designed by artist Joseph Michael Linsner and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, and measures in at 9-inches high. It features the Rebirth Harley Quinn design standing atop a pile of Joker cards and wielding a pistol. You can pick it up from X, or find it over at Y.
This is, in a bunch of ways, my favorite Harley Quinn statue yet. We’ve looked at more Harley than any other character in recent months, and this one still manages to stand out. First and foremost are the number of textures across the character. Her boots and outfit have a glossy latex look, while her skin is more matte. Her socks have, well, a sock texture. That sounds like that’s just how it should be, but it rarely is. Even the revolver in her right hand has its own look.
Contributing to all of this is the sharp paint job. Part of what makes Harley stand out are the contrast of red and black and the card suit icons that decorate her various outfits. The thing I see most often is that the lines between the icons and the greater outfit are muddy and run together. Here, everything looks really crisp. There are imperfections if you want to get in close with a magnifying glass–her nails aren’t great, for example–but ever there, they’ve taken the time to make sure that one hand has red nails and the other hand black nails, despite her left hand mostly hiding the black nails. The paint looks especially good on her boots, where the line between her red shinguard and black boot is clean, and even the golden buckles have their own feel to them.
The design overall is a great match for her Rebirth look, minus the slick jacket she has on the original cover–I really wish that’d been included. There are a few things that I would’ve done differently. The revolver is plenty detailed, but it’s not a terribly inspired choice for Harley. She doesn’t usually go in for a straight forward point-and-shoot gun, tending to prefer bludgeoning weapons or more theatrical firearms. She even has a special Harley-themed firearm called the Fun Gun that you can see in various incarnations from the grenade launcher in Birds of Prey to pop-cork versions elsewhere.
Diamond Select did a great job across the board covering up the joining points between different parts, like where her thighs meet her knees or her neck meets the shoulder, using some clothing feature to mask the joining point. On her neck, it’s a black choker. This helps to create the illusion that this all one sculpted piece. Something like a pair of fingerless gloves could have masked this.
On the one hand, there’s a reason for both of these downsides; the statue seems to be specifically imitating the cover of the first Harley Rebirth book:
On the other, though, the figure differentiates from the cover in a bunch of ways. Cover Harley has Chuck Taylor-like sneakers with socks that go just above her knee, and her corset cuts upward above her navel with just a zipper holding it in place. Statue Harley’s socks stop higher up, and her corset covers more real estate and has more realistic buckles to act as fasteners. Both of these changes help the figure feel a bit more real and plausible, and deviate from the initial design. A few other deviations would’ve helped complete the look.
Yep, this is Harley.
I do like her expression and face overall, though. One of the Harley statues we reviewed had this hauntingly mindless look to her, so this is something I’m always watching for. It’s one thing to give Harley her eye makeup and lipstick, and another to give her an expression that helps bring the character home. The face isn’t a great match for the cover, but the cover uses a pretty impressionistic style that’s going to give a sculptor a lot of room for improvisation. The expression, though, is pure Harley. From her tugging on her fade-dyed hair to her heterochromatic eyeshadow and raised eyebrow, that’s the kind of look I expect for the character.
The other thing I would’ve changed is the stand. The last few years have seen DC increasingly disconnecting Harley from the Joker. Their origins are as tied together the Joker’s is to Batman, but she is more and more her own independent being. That she’s standing on a stack of Joker cards links her back to that origin when the character model itself is attempting to pull away from that. I’m glad it’s not just a generic gray base, but there were better options out there.
Even with the downsides–the gun, the base, this is a really sharp statue with a refreshing take on the character that isn’t rooted in her Animated Series origins or cashing in on Margot Robbie’s face. It’s Harley, but genuinely modern, and I love it.
Disclaimer: Diamond Select supplied us with the Harley Quinn Rebirth statue for the purposes of this review.
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