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“By Athena’s Shield!” – The New Wonder Woman: Gotham City Garage Statue Truly Is A Gift From Olympus Itself…

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Suffering Sappho! Why do you keep doing this to me DC? constantly releasing the most mind-shatteringly awesome toys and collectables… I have zero willpower, and a sentient wallet that rails against my purchase of yet more Wondy products! Yet once again you release another objet d’art that is so incredible, it seems only the Greek Gods themselves could have created it (and once more… my wallet cries sweet tears of pain and joy.)

ww8 (1) The Gotham City Garage range of statues have encompassed several iconic female heroes and villains since it’s genius introduction including seminal characters Catwoman and Harley Quinn, these, of course, pale to insignificance now that the leader of the pack has been revealed – the Themysciran Titan Wonder Woman!

The fabulous sculpt encompasses everything we love about the Amazon Princess liberally borrowing from her paradigmatic mythology to deliver a stunning statue worthy of the Greek Gods themselves.

The bike and outfit reflecting Wondy’s classic red, white, and blue styling and the transparent fairing evoking Diana’s other favoured form of transport, her quintessential invisible plane. The intricate details don’t end there though, for as we delve further, other iconic details surface including, Diana’s crash helmet which is an obvious nod back to the one worn by Lynda Carter in the original  seventies TV series, with the number 41 on the top signifying Wondy’s comic-book  debut in 1941.

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Gaea’s gift of amazing Amazon memorable motorbilia measures an astonishing 13.5″ wide x 10″ high x 8″ deep and comes with an appropriately detailed base that conveys Diana’s heritage with the crumbling Greek columns. This highly detailed piece was sculpted by Irene Matar and Adam Ross from an original design by Keron Grant. 

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Keron Grant’s Original Design Sketch

And, just as I was writing this piece, news hit that DC Comics are actually turning their awesome range of motorcycle heroines into a bona-fide comic book series along the lines of their successful Bombshells series! Penned by writers – Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, with a rotating roster of artists beginning with Brian Ching.

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Set in an alternate timeline, where evil mastermind Lex Luthor prevails over Gotham City which he has renamed “The Garden.” In return for bringing peace and contentment to this idyll, Lex expects a resolute loyalty from his subjects, but this is surreptitiously achieved through Lex’s new technology that nexus’ everyone into a hive mind. Any discontent by the populace is quickly deterred by his overseer team led by The Batman! 

This sounds fantastic, more news as we hear it fellow fans of fantastic fiction.

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Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Celebrations: Gal Gadot WW Movie Statues…

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We have a love/hate relationship with DC Collectables here in Precinct1313, love because they make, absolutely, phenomenally astonishing collectables of awesome, and hate because, we’re always so damned broke through needing to buy every last one of them… sigh.

With that said, feast you eyes on these stunningly realised statues centred around Gal Gadot’s 2017 Wonder Woman movie (my wallet is currently crying soft tears of joy and pain!)

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I… Need… This… Right NOW!

By the hooves of the mighty Minotaur, this is without a doubt my favourite of the three statues available, Princess Diana, majestic upon her mighty steed, cutting a swathe through her many foe. Beautifully sculpted, this 1/6 scale figure is lovingly carved by James Marsano and stands an astonishing 17.5 inches in height. Available in May 2017.

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Glorious Gal Gadot’s likeness is wonderfully perceived in this exquisite effigy sculpted once again by the talented James Marsano. The ‘Wonder Woman Training Outfit’ statue stands an impressive 12.5 inches in height and will also be available to buy in May 2017.

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DC Collectables last sensational statue depicts the dynamic duo of Diana and her lifelong cicerone, friend, and love interest Steve Trevor. Steve Trevor is to be portrayed in the 2017 dated WW movie by actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) and once again the likeness is astonishing. Standing poised and ready for battle, the statue stands at 13.5 inches in height.

The Wonder Woman celebrations continue my Amazon loving affiliates, just form an orderly line down on the golden shores of Themyscira for our next foray into 75 years of the Awesome Amazon.

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313: Special Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Edition

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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to an extra special celebratory episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we share our favourite Comic Book, Video Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And ‘Great Hera’ do we have some awesome Amazonian articles to share with you, in our ongoing celebration of the Themysciran Titan’s 75th anniversary.

Wonder Women Join Forces At The United Nations…

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‘By the labyrinthian lair of the mighty Minotaur’ was Friday 21 of October an awesome day in the annals of Comic-Book history, not only did we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world’s foremost female Superhero, but also, awesome Amazons; Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot came together to tag team the United Nations and accept the award for ‘Honorary Ambassador For The Empowerment Of Women And Girls’ on behalf of the Princess of Themyscira.

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Amazons Lynda Carter And Gal Gadot Join Forces At The United Nations Building

‘The campaign is about women and girls everywhere, who are wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality, bringing about a positive change in their homes, workplace, communities, countries, and the world at large.’ 

Also present at the monumental meeting were: Diane Nelson – President of DC Entertainment, Patty Jenkins – Film Director of the upcoming 2017 Wonder Woman movie, and Christie Marston – Granddaughter of Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston.

Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special…

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Seven and a half decades of arse-kicking Amazon awesomeness will come together in collective Comic-Book form on October 26 when DC Comics release the ‘Wonder Woman Anniversary Special’. An illustrious 80 page issue celebrating the phenomenal Themysciran Princess, that brings together a cadre of classic creators including; Gail Simone, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes, Jill Thompson, Jim Lee, Karl Kerschl, plus many, many more.

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Astounding Artwork By Karl Kerschl

So grab your Golden Lasso of Truth, hop into your Invisible Plane, and zoom on down to your local comic book emporium this Wednesday to ask… nay demand your copy of this titanic tome, and indulge in it’s Eleusinian Mysteries!

Zack Snyder Unveils New Wonder Woman Image From Justice League Movie…

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By The Fires Of Tartarus, This Is Awesome!

Director Zack Snyder unleashed a brand new image of the Astonishing Amazon in celebration of her 75 years of heroic heraldry from his upcoming 2017 Justice League movie. The image was shown last Friday in her honour at the United Nations celebrations. Justice League debuts at cinemas on November 17 2017, and also stars Ben Affleck as The Batman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

‘By the horns of Amalthea’ why not join us next time friends for more Week in Geek.

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313: Special “Suffering Sappho” Edition

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By the Gods of Olympus, welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we share our favourite comic book, video-game and cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure.

And by Athena’s Shield, an extra special welcome to our momentous Wonder Woman edition, and Merciful Minerva do we have some cool Amazon related stuff to regale you with…

 

“Great Hera!” – New Pics From Wonder Woman’s Solo Movie Emerge…

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‘By The Girdle Of Gaea!’ – Gal Is Looking Every Inch The Amazon Princess

‘By the Horns of the Mighty Minotaur!’  Amazing Amazon – Gal Gadot is looking utterly astounding in these new shots from her upcoming solo movie courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Looking every inch the Themysciran Titan from the comics, capturing the strength, beauty and ferocity of the ultimate Amazon warrior and herald.

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Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Director Patty Jenkins On The Set Of 2017’s Wonder Woman Movie

The 2017 dated film stars Gal Gadot as the astonishing Amazon, Chris Pine (Star Trek) as Steve Trevor and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) as Queen Hippolyta, and is directed by the award winning Patty Jenkins.

Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman Will Be At San Diego Comic-Con… In Lego Form!

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By The Power Of Themyscira… This Is Awesome!

San Diego Comic-Con is almost upon us once more (July 21 – 24) and in celebration of Wonder Woman’s upcoming 75th anniversary, the fine purveyor of plastic building bricks that are Lego will be bringing along a full size replica of Gal Gadot in her amazing Amazon guise! The blocky beauty comes replete with her sword, shield and iconic Lasso of Truth.lgww

Play Arts-Kai Unveil Their Deluxe BvS Wonder Woman Action Figure…

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Highly Detailed and Intricately Articulated

The Square Enix owned Play Arts-Kai action figure company has been making ridiculously detailed and intricately articulated poseable figures in its current form since 2009. Play Arts cover many well known franchises across comic book, movie and especially video-games (Square Enix being a major video-game publisher with well known titles such as Final Fantasy and recent acquisition Tomb Raider.)

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And ‘By the Grace of Gaea’ they have unleashed shots from their upcoming take on the mighty Amazon from the recent blockbuster movie Batman v Superman in all its Gal Gadot glory!

The figure has many dynamic action poses available due to the utilisation of a flexible material for her hair and skirt, and a vast amount of articulation points across the whole figure. Accessories include: a sword that can be sheathed on her belt, her round shield from Batman v Superman, signature golden lasso, interchangeable hands, and stand. Available from 8 August 2016, this stunning figure will retail for £99.99 ($149.99).

‘By Zeus’ Beard’ why not join us again next time friends for more Week In Geek.

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another episode of “The Week In Geek” where we list our favourite comic book, video-game and cult movie news for your perusal and pleasure.

JK Simmons Cast As Jim Gordon In Justice League Movie…

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Award winning actor JK Simmons has been cast in the role of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon in the 2017 dated Justice League movie. Simmons will follow in the footsteps of Gary Oldman, who played the role (fantastically, I might add) in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’.

Of course this isn’t the first time that the Oscar winning actor has had a major role in a comic book franchise, he portrayed Chief Editor of the Daily Bugle – J. Jonah Jameson in the original Sam Raimi directed ‘Spiderman‘ trilogy.

Cult British Game Developer – Lionhead Studios Are Being Shut Down…

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Classic and much loved English video-game creators Lionhead Studios are being shuttered by their parent company Microsoft in the very near future it has been announced. Lionhead was founded by Peter Molyneux and Steve Jackson in 1996, and has given the gaming world such iconic delights as – the Fable trilogy and Black and White.

Lionhead were deep in development of the persistent online Fable Legends game when the announcement was broken, Fable Legends has also been canned. A very sad day for gaming, Lionhead have always been one of the very best when it comes to British video-game creators, Microsoft have said that they would seek alternative employment for their staff at Lionhead once the layoffs become official.

Crimson Fox Will Be One Of The First Superheroes To Join DC Comics’ “Powerless”…

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The currently filming NBC comedy “Powerless” which takes place in an insurance agency office that deals with claims arising from Superhero destruction, has announced that one of the first DC characters to appear on the show is French superhero and former member of Justice League EuropeCrimson Fox.

Crimson Fox is actually two different people, identical twins Vivian and Constance D’aramis, who share the role. Fox was created by Keith Giffen and Bart Sears in 1989 and made her (their) first appearance in JLE #6. This is a fantastic idea for a Superhero TV show, and it will be intriguing to see each week what obscure DC characters will show up. More news on this as we hear it.

Why not join us again next time friends, for more “Week In Geek.”

“Great Hera”… Full Size Wonder Woman Statue Is Amazing!

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The amazing Hong Kong based production company ‘Hot Toys’ who specialise in building lifelike one sixth scale collectable figures of comic book and film characters have outdone themselves with full size figures of Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman and the Batmobile from the incoming blockbuster ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ movie, and they are incredible!

These full scale figures are unbelievably detailed and uncanny in their realistic representation of the three main stars from the upcoming Superhero movie. The armoured Batman figure stands at an impressive seven feet in height, the film accurate figure has light up eyes and base and an astonishing attention to even the minutest detail.

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The Wonder Woman and Superman figures also are an impressive sight to behold, but if you’re thinking of investing in one of these stunning sculptures (let alone the complete trinity) you may need a rather hefty bank loan, as each individual figure weighs in at about £5,000 ($7,000.)

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 Hot Toys will begin selling these astounding effigies in extremely limited numbers from May. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits the big screen on March 25.

Batman Spotlight: Modern Age Batman Statue

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Our roving spotlight of excellence manages to capture an exclusive look at the shadowy figure of the Batman, as he steps out of the shadows and onto your collectors shelves. This stunning Sideshow Collectibles statue of the Caped Crusader transports us back in time to the halcyon days of the 70’s and early 80’s Batman (my personal favourite Bat-era) The classic blue and grey costume, iconic yellow bat oval, this stunning sculpture encapsulates everything we love about the Dark Knight.

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Dark, Brooding… and just bloody awesome!

Sideshow Collectibles once again produce an absolutely sublime statue, standing over two feet in height and beautifully hand painted, it also ships with two interchangeable and unique head sculpts. Designed by Walter O’Neil and David Igo and masterfully sculpted by Martin Canale, Guillermo Barbiero and Martin Demonte, this piece is available right now and limited to 2000 worldwide. Honestly, I have to say this is without doubt the finest Batman figure I have ever seen, a must have for Gotham groupies everywhere.

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman – Art Of War Collection

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Themyscira island beckons us to its idyllic shore once again as we throw open the ancient gateway to the Amazon archives and undertake yet another instalment of “Classic Wonder Woman”, Precinct1313‘s weekly countdown to the 75th anniversary of the Amazon Princess. This week we forego our usual classic cover for a special look at DC Collectibles amazing Wonder Woman: Art Of War statue collection.

Replicating the successful Batman: Black and White series of statues, DC’s Art Of War collection features distinctive versions of the awesome Amazon as realised by a myriad of different artists from throughout her almost 75 year reign. Luminaries such as  Jim Lee, Cliff Chiang, Bruce Timm, Adam Hughes, George Perez and more give their own unique styling to these hand sculpted mini masterpieces.

The Art of War collection brings together some of the comic industry's most outstanding talent

The Art of War collection brings together some of the comic industry’s most outstanding talent

The Art Of War collection figures are hand sculpted and painted, made from cold cast porcelain and possess Wonder Woman logo themed base stands. Each statue stands an impressive 8″ in height and comes in a stylish box that features the statue itself as the main image, with the new DC Comics blue “peel” logo in the bottom left corner containing the name of its designer. The packaging is elegant and expertly highlights the figure contained within, with the reverse box panel containing shots of other statues available from the line.

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Current WW artist, David Finch’s Art Of War variant

Each and every variation has so far been superb, with favourites for me being the Bruce Timm and David Finch versions. Announced recently is the newest in the line by one of the Precinct‘s favourite artists, the amazing Amanda Conner (Starfire, Power Girl) which is due to hit the shelves next summer. This particular statue will be realised in resin and metal, and limited to just 5,200 pieces worldwide, sculpted by the extremely talented Karen Palinko. Showcasing Diana in full Spartan style Amazon armour and bursting at the seams with the fresh, fun and distinctive Conner style.

Wondy clad in full Amazon battle armour, designed by the wonderful Amanda Conner

Wondy clad in full Amazon battle armour, designed by the wonderful Amanda Conner

Join us again next week for another edition of “Classic Wonder Woman”, my accomplished Amazonian associates!

Luis Royo Wonder Woman Statue Available For Pre-Order

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Yamato Toys amazing statue rendition of outstanding artist Luis Royo’s take on Wonder Woman is available for pre-order right now. Luis Royo is a Spanish artist who initially began a career in furniture design before being drawn to the comic-book industry in the seventies through his admiration of artists like Moebius (Jean Giraud.) Since his full time career change in 1979, Royo has worked on such classics as; Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, Warner Books and his primarily fantasy style artwork has been used for CD covers and video-games.

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This amazingly detailed DC Comic Collection Luis Royo Wonder Woman statue will be available in September of this year, at a cost of £159.99 ($249.99.)

Batgirl Prepares To Step Out Of The Shadows…

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Even though there have been several different characters that have inherited the mantle of Batgirl since her introduction by Batman cocreator Bill Finger in 1961, the most famous and without a doubt popular of these has always been Barbara (Babs) Gordon, the flame haired daughter of Gotham City’s very own Commissioner Gordon.

And so, in honour of one of the world’s premier female crime-fighters, Sideshow Collectibles is readying to launch their very own tribute to Babs, with this astonishingly detailed premium format statue that captures everything we love about the ravishing red-headed vigilante.

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Standing an impressive 22.5″ in height and clad in her iconic black and blue costume, batarang in hand, this is yet another meticulously detailed and seriously impressive piece from the masters at Sideshow. Based on an original design by comic book artist supreme Stanley Lau, and sculpted by Sideshow’s impressively talented staff, this is a piece no fan of Gotham’s favourite daughter should be without. Moulded in high quality polystone and lovingly hand painted by expert painters, Kate Sapene and Mireya Romo-Bowen, Babs is available to pre-order right now, is limited to just 1500 pieces and will ship in September 2015.

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We Love Kotobukiya…

Precinct1313’s comic crypt shelves are already literally straining from the weight of all the amazing Kotobukiya statues of our favourite DC Comics Superheroes and now the Japanese based creator of top quality statues and figurines has released another awesome statue which will be hard to resist, this time of the mistress of magic herself, the inimitable Zatanna.

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Zatanna is DC’s foremost practitioner of Magic, quite possibly the most powerful character in their pantheon of heroes and villains, due to the fact that she can accomplish anything she can perceive by just speaking it backwards. She was created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson in 1964, daughter of famous stage magician Giovanni Zatara and Sindella a member of the magical race Homo-Magi. Zatanna makes her living as an illusionist but is also a founding member of the mystical team of Superheroes, Justice League Dark.

 Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo statue of Zatanna is a stunning recreation of the preternatural practitioner of the paranormal. Zatanna comes clothed in her trademark black tuxedo and tails, fishnet stockings and boots, hand outstretched with her signature top hat, this is another great figure from the masters at Kotobukiya. The Bishoujo range takes classic Superheroes and gives them an anime styling and I find that their range of female hero figures suits this technique perfectly.

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Designed by the always amazing Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by the talented Takaboku Busujima, Zatanna stands ten inches in height and comes with a transparent base. As with all of Koto’s other comic-book statues this is a beautiful piece, and if you’re in any way shape or form a fan of the character then this is a must buy from the expert crafters of awesome at Kotobukiya.

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Original artwork by Shunya Yamashita

Gotham City Is In Trouble, Call For … Sideshow Collectibles!

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You too can call for the Dark Knight with this epic Bat-Signal replica replete with scarily realistic Jim Gordon and John Blake statues by the talented folks at Sideshow Collectibles. The rooftop scene from the awesome Dark Knight Rises movie where Blake confronts Gordon about the Batman’s disappearance has been recreated in perfect detail, and yes the Bat-Signal actually works!

No-one can touch Sideshow when it comes to creating detailed and realistic looking characters from movies, comics and games, and this set in particular is astounding in how they have captured the look of actors Gary Oldman and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, skin textures and blemishes included, the detail is unreal.

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The figures themselves stand at 12″ in height and have over 30 points of articulation, they also come with a variety of accessories including interchangeable hands, pistols, walkie talkies and more. The Bat-Signal not only lights up but is also fully rotatable through 360 degrees, be careful about shining it out your bedroom window though, as the Caped One hates having his time wasted responding to fan’s whims!

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The Gordon/Blake set was sculpted and painted by the extremely talented JC Hong, Yong Kyum and Kojun, and is available right now through Sideshow Collectibles website (Sideshowtoy.com) and all good comic and collectible shops. 

Precinct1313 Rating: Bat-tastic!

Power Girl Unleashed…

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Well this is awesome, Sideshow Collectibles once again show their superior sculpting skills with this amazingly lifelike statue of Kryptonian – Power Girl, aka  Kara Zor-EL. Kara hails from the alternate dimension of Earth 2, where she is known as Supergirl, after being stranded on Earth One with her best friend and fellow Superhero The Huntress, she changed her name to Power Girl/Karen Starr to differentiate herself from Earth One’s resident Supergirl. Cousin to Superman with the same powers, PG is one of DC Comic’s most enduring and beloved characters.

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Original design by the amazing Stanley Lau

Sideshow’s premium format statue follows hot on the heels of last month’s Wonder Woman statue and is equally as gorgeous. Designed by the extremely talented Stanley Lau, this amazingly detailed statue stands at an impressive 21 inches in height. 

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Sculpted in polystone by the very talented team of Andy Bergholtz, Mark Newman, Earl Ellis and Joe Menna, with the meticulous paintwork by Kat Sapene and Mireya Romo-Bowen. Sideshow are the kings of statue makers, Power Girl is limited 3000 statues worldwide and is also available in an even more exclusive limited variant edition with an interchangeable head. 

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Variant version

We are huge fans of Power Girl here at the Precinct, you may recognise her as our header image for the website, so it goes without saying that we will probably have to get this at some point (as soon as our wallets recover from the expense of the Sideshow collectibles Wonder Woman purchase) Sideshow pre-orders begin November 13th, so if you like the look of this stunning statue head on over to their site PG fans.

“Great Hera” – Wonder Woman Brought To Life…

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Now then, we have a very large collection of Superhero statues down here in Precinct1313’s comic crypt, and over half of them are of the amazing Amazon – Wonder Woman. Now it’s no secret that we love Diana here at the at the Precinct, she ranked number one on our favourite comic book characters of all time … but all of a sudden our extensive collection feels severely lacking since Sideshow collectibles showed off their interpretation of the Themysciran Greek Goddess.

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Sideshow Collectibles are ‘the’ manufacturer of museum quality statues and prop replicas, established in 1994, the company makes the very best in limited edition comic book and movie characters. This awesome Wonder Woman statue stands at 25.5 inches in height and approximately 11.5 inches in width at the base, made from high quality polystone the statue was designed by Zane Yarbrough and Kris Anka, with the paintwork by Kat Sapene and lovingly sculpted by Steve Schumacher.

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Standing atop a broken colosseum pillar, Diana’s armour and weaponry at her feet this statue is the very best realisation of a Wonder Woman  figure we have seen to date, limited to just 3500 worldwide and costing around £250/$399 … it is available by pre-order and is limited to only one per customer … now where did I put my credit card…

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We Love Kotobukiya – #5

Welcome once more comic-collecting friends to another installment of – We Love Kotobukiya, our regular look at all the cool toys and statues that this fantastic Japanese company creates. Today we are focusing on the Cupid of Crime, the inimitable Harley Quinn!

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Mistress of Mischief, Harley was first introduced in September of 1992 in the Batman animated series episode – Joker’s Favour, created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, Harley’s character became so popular that  just one year later she was incorporated into the DC comic universe as a regular character, with her first comic appearance in Batman Adventures #12.

In 1994 the Eisner award winning one shot comic – Mad Love was released, written by Harley’s original creators, it focused on Harley Quinn’s origin story. Harleen Quinzel was a Psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, it was here that she first met and fell in love with her ‘puddin’ the Joker whilst she was treating him, and eventually turned to crime to impress him, later becoming his accomplice and on/off love interest. She has become one of DC Comic’s most beloved characters, with her fun yet dangerous demeanour, endearing her to millions of fans worldwide and is always a favourite amongst cosplayers!

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The Kotobukiya Bishoujo statue of Harley was released towards the end of 2012, designed by Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Mashiro Takahashi. The statue itself stands a little over 10″, and she is wearing her original and very iconic, red and black harlequin outfit.

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Sat astride her giant mallet, Harley looks amazing, it is always the details that really make Kotobukiya’s statues stand out from a sea of toys and figures, and Harley is no different, with once again her beautifully painted eyes being a stand out feature.

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There also exists a rarer variant of the figure released in 2013 which depicts her sans mask, though either version will fit beautifully next to the other Bishoujo statues of the Gotham City Sirens of crime – Catwoman and Poison Ivy on your shelf.

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