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Review : Canary, Arrow Season 2 (DC Collectibles)

Updated: Dec 9, 2018

Following our review of Arrow (Season 2) I have now doubled my DC Direct figures by picking up Canary at Film & Figures. I admit I went in for Deathstroke or perhaps the Dark Archer, but they had sold through most figures so I went with Canary and having now opened her up and photographed her I am so glad I did Canary comes in a white window box, with the Arrow logo on the front. There is a nice artwork panel on the left hand side, similar to Diamond Select figures, and a rear panel that shows the 4 figures from this wave (Oliver, Arrow, Deathstroke and Canary). Inside Canary sits in an inner tray which is then sat in a background piece which depicts a panel of Starling City. She comes packed with her bo staff and one sonic grenade. Once out of the box, Canary stands 6 1/2" high putting her shorter than Arrow and therefore the scaling looks great in a multi figure display. The sculpt is again by Gentle Giant and therefore my expectations were high. Starting at the head, the sculpt on the face is really well done with the mask and hair sculpted onto the head. The hair in particular is realistic and flows nicely down Canary's shoulders and back. Her torso is sculpted with a short jacket over her top. Unlike some female characters (think Black Cat in Marvel Legends) she is realistically proportioned and with nice detail trim down to her belt. Turn her round and there is some real attention to detail on her back with the lace up piece of her top. Her arms - which look plain on first glance - contain a number of sculpted panels and very small buckle details.The trousers are trimmed with laces across her thighs and then similar panels and ridged panels down to her knee high boots. All of the sculpt is really well painted. Yes it looks one tone (like Arrow) but within the figure there are different shades on the clothing and the hair is well done with a nice wash and then highlights. The lips have a nice gloss and the eyes, despite being behind the mask are striking. Like Arrow the painting is crisp and no evidence of paint bleed anywhere. Arrow himself was let down a little with articulation, but that is certainly not the case here. Like Arrow the head is articulated but restricted, in this case by her hair. Arms are jointed on the shoulder with full movement out to the side and back and forth. The elbows bend but do only hit about a 70 degree angle - but to be fair that is enough. The wrists both rotate and pivot and all of this allows Canary to get some decent action poses holding her staff. The torso is jointed so gives the figure some sideways movement and a degree of being able to bend her forward and backward. No movement in the waist, but the hips are pretty clear and can achieve a wide range of movement backwards and forward and side to side. With the double knee joint you can get Canary into some action stances and even into some basic crouching poses. The ankles are rocker joints so will give a flat footing to most poses and keep Canary upright. It is difficult to find fault with this figure. If I am going to nit pick its the flat colour of the staff which is moulded in silver so lacks a "bit" of detail. Canary looks great posed alongside Arrow and I suspect this range from Arrow and Flash are going to build up to a nice collection in time. I have thought long and hard about how to score Canary and with very little to fault she deserves our highest 5 out of 5 scoring.


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