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World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With Harley Quinn

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to yet another exhilarating episode of “World’s Finest” a series of exclusive interviews that aims to introduce to you some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters of… all… time!

Each episode we cordially invite one of out most treasured – Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and of course … Super Pets (Bernie, Harley’s pet beaver was originally invited onto the show also, but I just could not stop giggling every time Harley talked about how much she loved to show people her Beaver… and almost had a laughter induced heart attack when she offered to let me stroke her Beaver, so I rescinded Bernie’s invitation… sorry little dude!)

Every episode our very special guests will be answering a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe and cake (’cause everyone loves cake.)

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And so, let us welcome to Precinct1313’s sanguinely sacred sofa of schlockingly sordid satire, the hellaciously hazardous hellcat of hijinks – Harley Quinn!

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Precinct1313: Uh, Hi there Harley and welcome to, erm, uh… this week’s episode of World’s Finest… 

Harley Quinn: Thanks so much, I’m pleased to meetcha, uh, are you OK?

Precinct1313: What’s that, oh.. er yes I’m fine, uuum, you did come alone right?

Harley Quinn: Why of course, I left Bernie back at home as you asked.

Precinct1313: I wasn’t actually thinking about Bernie, but, you know, that other person you’re famed for knowing.

Harley Quinn: Oh you mean the Joker, my ex-puddin’, nah, I don’t tend to see much of him these days.

Precinct1313: Phew!… I mean, erm, it’s not that he’s not welcome or anything. If you’re viewing this Mr Joker… Sir, you are of course always, um, welcome here in the Precinct, though I’ve just been informed by my producers that the Precinct will be closed undergoing repairs for a couple of, centuries… so, um, sometime after that is fine… *Oh god, please don’t kill me Joker*

Harley Quinn: Jeepers, calm down would ya, hey are you cryin’!?

Precinct1313: Absolutely not… sniff! 

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Precinct1313: So, Harley, let me begin by congratulating you on your 25th anniversary since creation.

Harley Quinn: Gee, thanks so much, it’s hard to believe it’s been that long since I first hooked up with Mr J, innit!?

Precinct1313: Yes it is, and you’ve gone from strength to strength since then, in fact you have become one of the most beloved characters in comics, ever. To what do you attribute your meteoric rise?

Harley Quinn: I always find that threatening people with sharp implements or a giant mallet usually makes them see things my way.

Precinct1313: Uuuuh, that’s not exactly the answer I was expecting, but OK.

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Precinct1313: Allow me to mention how much I enjoyed your role in the recent Suicide Squad movie, how did it feel stepping out of the comic book pages and onto the big screen?

Harley Quinn: Ooh it was great, I can’t believe how spacious it is in the real world, those comic book panels are so cramped, I mean I almost felt like a different person altogether!

Precinct1313: Well technically you were…

Harley Quinn: Watcha talkin’ about ya mook?

Precinct1313: Well, um, Margot Robbie portrayed you in the movie itself… right?

Harley Quinn: Never heard of the broad, there is only one Harley Quinn, and that’s l’il ol’ me… you are spoutin’ some real crazy talk, and they call me insane… where’s my giant mallet!?

Precinct1313: Gulp! uh, I was just kidding of course, no need for senseless violence…

Harley Quinn: But that’s sort of my shtick… the whole senseless violence thing.

Precinct1313: Which, let’s be honest, is an unusual trait for someone who once was a psychiatrist. Which brings me to, what was it that attracted you to a green haired psychopathic mass murderer in the first place?

Harley Quinn: I found the Joker’s psyche disturbing, his dementia alarming, and his charm irresistible, what can I tell ya? the guy just did for me!

Precinct1313: And the Batman?

Harley Quinn: Whatta ’bout him?

Precinct1313: Any thoughts?

Harley Quinn: I’d just like to say, if there were no Batman, there’d be no Joker and I woulda never met my puddin’, so thank you Batman! That said, if he shows his pointy ears around me again, I’ll wipe that grimacing scowl off his face with my beloved mallet!

Precinct1313: Yikes! and on that note, I would just like to say thank you for joining us on World’s Finest… oh and for not brutally bludgeoning me to within an inch of my life!

Harley Quinn: Actually, I’m still undecided on that!

Precinct1313: Eeeep!!!

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World’s Finest – An Exclusive Interview With Etta Candy

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to yet another exhilarating episode of World’s Finest, a series of exclusive interviews that aims to introduce you to some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters, of… all… time.

Each episode we cordially invite one of our most treasured Superheroes, SuperVillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and of course… Super Pets (there was a bit of drama earlier actually, when Streaky, Supergirl’s pet cat, came face to beak with the Precinct’s resident carrion crow of woe, Eldritch… unfortunately for Eldritch, Streaky can also fly!) Each episode our very special guests will be answering a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe, and cake (’cause everyone loves cake)

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You Tell Him Kara!

And so, let’s welcome to Precinct1313’s sedentary sanguine sofa of superbly scintillating superheroes, the effervescently eclectic and endearingly edacious… Etta Candy.

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Precinct1313: Hi Etta, and thanks for joining us on this week’s episode of World’s Finest.

Etta Candy: I appreciate the invite, though it was quite the jaunt to get here, luckily Diana dropped me off in her invisible plane.

Precinct1313: Really!? damn, I wish I knew that, I have always wanted to see her famous jet.

Etta Candy: Uuuuuh, it’s invisible!

Precinct1313: I, Ummm, knew that… moving swiftly on, you and Diana have been best friends for many years now I believe.

Etta Candy: Yes indeed we have, since 1942 in fact, Diana’s a swell gal.

Precinct1313: Heh, Gal… that’s a good one.

Etta Candy: I’m sorry?

Precinct1313: You know, Gal, as in Gal Gadot… the actress who’s currently playing Wonder Woman.

Etta Candy: I have literally no idea what you are talking about, I mean Wonder Woman’s name is Diana, and she’s definitely not an actress, next you’ll be telling me that, oooooh I don’t know, that Lucy Davis was cast as me in a movie!

Precinct1313: Funny you should say that… basically though Etta, Precinct1313 exists between dimensions which is how we are able to interview fictional beings such as yourself, breaking that proverbial fourth wall if you like.

Etta Candy: Fourth wall?… wait a minute, did you just say I was fictional?

Precinct1313: Why yes, of course, you were created in 1942 by Wonder Woman’s mastermind, William Moulton Marsten.

Etta Candy: ………….

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Precinct1313: Soooooo, as you have already mentioned, you have known Diana since the early forties, what do you think it was that made you become such close and firm friends, I mean you really are like chalk and cheese… or should that be chalk and candy… heh.

Etta Candy: I guess most people initially thought of me as comic relief, you know, what with my goofy catchphrases like “Woo Woo” and “For the love of chocolate” but despite my inherent zaniness, Diana and I are actually very alike.

Precinct1313: Interesting, in which ways do you perceive your similarities?

Etta Candy: We’re both outspoken, forthright and confident… we’re also both not adverse to the ol’ fisticuffs should the need arise…

Precinct1313: Oh yeah, that’s right, didn’t you actually form a fighting force from your sorority ‘The Holliday Girls’ and kick Nazi butt during WWII?

Etta Candy: Yes indeedy, Diana needed our help whilst battling the infamous Dr Poison, so I recruited one hundred brave girls from my unofficial sorority and, as you just said, kicked major butt… Woo-Woo!

Precinct1313: Cool! plus, if my knowledge of your long and varied history is correct, you have even saved Wondy’s life on a few occasions too.

Etta Candy: Oh my yes, once or twice, the most memorable was the time I deflected a bullet with my trusty box of candy!

Precinct1313: Wow! I’ve heard of death by chocolate, but life by candy is so much cooler!

Etta Candy: Ha ha.

Precinct1313: You also have the distinction of being one of the very few to be given honourary Amazon status.

Etta Candy: Yes, alongside Supergirl and Starfire to name but two, they cited my bravery and supreme confidence as major factors in their decision to make me one of their sisters… a true honour indeed.

Precinct1313: Well Etta I have to say it’s been an absolute pleasure having you visit us here in the Precinct… oh and the next time you see Diana could you mention that we would love to interview her.

Etta Candy: She’s rather busy, y’know saving the world and all, but I’ll see what I can do, Woo-Woo!

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World’s Finest: An Exclusive Interview With The Blue Beetle

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to another exhilarating episode of World’s Finest, the series that introduces you to some of our very favourite convocation of comic-book characters, of, all, time. Each episode we cordially invite one of our most treasured Superheroes, Supervillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, and of course… Super-Pets (Ace the Bathound has been sniffing around for an interview recently it seems) to answer a quotient of quintessentially quirky questions about life, the universe and biscuits (’cause everyone loves biscuits)

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“Dammit Ace, Have You Eaten All The Biscuits… Again!?

And so let us welcome to Precinct1313’s sanguine sofa of sardonic satire, that banteringly bemused bastion of blustering bravery… Blue Beetle.

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“Uuuh, Is This Pose Sufficiently Superheroish Guys? It Is?… Great!”

Precinct1313: Welcome to the Precinct Ted, it’s great to have you here.

Blue Beetle: Thanks so much, it actually took me a while to find it to be honest, I mean it exists “at the edge of existence” and my Sat-Nav doesn’t seem to have that particular setting.

Precinct1313: Yeah, sorry about that, I always find that if you bypass the Nth dimension and take the matter reality highway you tend to get here much quicker.

Blue Beetle: Are you for real?

Precinct1313: ‘Fraid so, anyhow as I said it’s fantastic that you could stop by, I have been a personal huge fan of yours since the 80’s, especially your co-starring role in Justice League International.

Blue Beetle: Why thank you, I… wait a minute, co-starring!?

Precinct1313: Uh, yes… I mean there were a lot of other heroes involved, including The Batman.

Blue Beetle: Hmmmph! well to refute that, I happen to have on me an old photo of the League from back then clearly showing me front and centre, here…

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“See, See, Clearly The Most Important Member (Notice Batman BEHIND Me!)”

Precinct1313: You just ‘happened’ to have that old photo on you… hey wait did you have this laminated!?

Blue Beetle: Yeah, so?

Precinct1313: Riiiight! anyway onto our first question, and this one was actually sent in by your old Super-Foes, The Madmen, they ask, why are you such a douchebag?

Blue Beetle: I’m not, they are.

Precinct1313: Uuuum, did you want to expand on that at all?

Blue Beetle: Nope!

Precinct1313: OK, well this is going swimmingly then.

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“Madmen… Pfffftt! They’re Only Mad Because They Keep Losing To Me!”

Precinct1313: Now, you’re actually the second person to take on the mantle of Blue Beetle after the unfortunate death of original BB Dan Garrett, and  it was his dying wish that you took over, a huge responsibility I’m sure.

Blue Beetle: Yes, it is. Daniel was a great man, a true hero, and as braggish as I am, he’s left one hell of a reputation for me to follow in. I’m not sure I can ever do him real justice, but I do try.

Precinct1313: You do just fine Ted, now it was during your time in Justice League that you met your BFF, Booster Gold correct?

Blue Beetle: Yes indeedy, ol’ Booster and I are inseparable, you know like Batman and Robin (he’s Robin, by the way) or Butch and Sundance…

Precinct1313: Laurel and Hardy??

Blue Beetle: Hmmmpph! no.

Precinct1313: Well you guys do have reputation for buffoonery right?

Blue Beetle: I prefer to call it playful exuberance.

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“Me And My Ol’ Pal Booster, Apparently That Sign He’s Making Behind My Head Means I’m As Cool as Batman… What Do you Mean That’s Not What It Means!?”

Precinct1313: You were originally created by one of the comic-book medium’s true aristocracy, the great Steve Ditko, I mean, just wow!

Blue Beetle: Ooooh, oooh, the fourth wall thing, Starfire told me all about this, it sounds like fun. Yes I did indeed originate from that great man, it is a distinct honour to have such a distinguished creator.

Precinct1313: I bet, well we seem to be running out of time, so I would once more like to thank you for joining us this evening, any last words?

Blue Beetle: Just remember kids, stay out of trouble, crime is bad… and I’m definitely way cooler than The Batman… OK?

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In our next episode we shall be joined by Etta Candy, best friend of the awesome Amazon Wonder Woman, World War II freedom fighter, and leader of the Beta Lambda Sorority – “Holiday Girls”. Until Then.

World’s Finest – An Exclusive Interview With Starfire

Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to the inaugural episode of “World’s Finest”, this series will be introducing you to our favourite convocation of comic-book characters, of, all, time. Every episode we will cast our celestial spotlight on one of our most treasured Superheroes, Supervillains, Costumed Crimefighters, Dimension Dwelling Demons, oh and… Super-Pets (because everyone loves Krypto, right!?)  

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Who’s a good boy then Krypto, but it’s not your turn just yet.

So let’s begin our passionately personal preference of peerlessly popular paragons with… Princess Koriand’r of Tamaran, or more popularly known as “Starfire.

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Behold the scorchingly sizzling Superheroine, Starfire!

So take your seats fellow fans of fantastic fiction and let’s acquaint ourselves with this episode’s extra special guest star…

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“Interview Me!? Really… I’m Assuming Wonder Woman Wasn’t Available…”

Precinct1313: Hi Koriand’r, and thanks for joining us at Precinct1313 for our first episode of World’s Finest.

Starfire: Thanks so much for inviting me, it sure is an impressive structure.

Precinct1313: It surely is a marvellous mystery of malevolently malefic mansions.

Starfire: Uh, do you often talk like that?

Precinct1313: It’s a, uh, thing I do, alliteration is king here.

Starfire: Well I’m all for individuality, I am an alien to this world after all.

Precinct1313: You are indeed, from the planet Tamaran, I believe.

Starfire: That’s correct, a beautiful peaceful planet, that is, up until it’s destruction by The Blight.

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Precinct1313: An awful tragedy, yet you seem to have found your feet here on Earth.

Starfire: I have always had my feet, they weren’t here on your planet but at the end of my legs.

Precinct1313: Uh, it’s sort of like a saying, you know, an aphorism…

Starfire: Aphorism? Ooooh, are they like related to the Aphorians from Quaxxel 7?

Precinct1313: I have literally no idea what you are talking about.

Starfire: Sigh… yeah, that happens a lot, did I mention I came from another planet.

Precinct1313: Yes you did, anyway can we start by asking actually who, in DC’s pantheon of creators was your particular favourite chronicler of your amazing adventures?

Starfire: Oooooh, we’re really breaking that fourth wall here huh, I would say,by far, the astonishing Amanda Conner, such an amazing talent.

Precinct1313: Agreed, she really is fantastic. Now, your initial introduction to the world of DC was in 1980 in – DC Comics Presents #26, did you feel nervous during your debut?

Starfire: Mmmmm, not really, I mean I was lucky to have been created by two of comicdom’s most prolific architects, marvelous Marv Wolfman and glorious George Perez.

Precinct1313: Ah yes indeed, they really are comic book royalty, if I can maybe get a little more personal, during your time with the tenaciously terrific Teen Titans, you were engaged in a rather passionate liaison with fellow member Nightwing, also known as Dick Grayson, former Robin to the Batman. Do you miss those halcyon days from your past?

Starfire: I love Nightwing, he was my first real relationship here on your beautiful blue planet, but I don’t lament what was, I celebrate what is.

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Precinct1313: Mmmmm, profound. You recently starred in a 13 issue series by the aforementioned Amanda Conner and astounding artist Emanuela Lupacchino, it has actually become one of my favourite comic book runs of all time, and was a particular hit with your fans, to what do you attribute it’s success?

Starfire: Mainly down to Amanda’s peerless writing talent, I find she knows me better than most creators, I mean, it’s almost like, she’s inside my head.

Precinct1313: Well, she sort of is…

Starfire: Oh yeah, ha ha, of course, comic book character and all. Sorry, it’s not too often I have to breach that fourth wall, it takes some getting used to.

Precinct1313: I understand, well Koriand’r it’s been fantastic having you as a guest on World’s Finest and we wish you all the best for your future in crime fighting capers and planet saving escapades.

Starfire: It’s been a literal blast, uh, how do I get back to my reality from here again.

Precinct1313: Yours is the second universe on the left.

Starfire: Ooooh, *hugs*.

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In our next episode we shall be joined by the azure avenger, Ted Kord more popularly known as the second hero who has held the mantle of The Blue Beetle. Until then.

We Love Kotobukiya – #3

Welcome back fellow collectors to part 3 of our regular look at Japanese toy and statue manufacturer extraordinaire – Kotobukiya. This time we shall be focusing on the amazing double team of Power Girl and her best friend and partner in crime-fighting, The Huntress.

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Earth 2 superheroes Power Girl and the Huntress are two of DC comics most popular female characters, after being pulled through a dimensional rift and ending up on the parallel world of Earth 1, Kara and Helena must make a new life for themselves whilst also fighting crime and attempting to find a way back home.

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Power Girl, Kara Zor-L, is beautifully sculpted by Tsukada Takashi from an original design by the amazing Shunya Yamashita. The statue stands at 1/7 scale, approximately 9″ and as ever is rife with detail, Kara is dressed in her fan favourite outfit and is posed dynamically with her red cape seemingly billowing behind her. The actual design of the character, especially the face, very much reminds us of previous Power Girl artist Amanda Conner’s classic take on the character…for us Amanda Conner will always be ‘THE’ Power Girl artist (though we did also enjoy replacement artist Kenneth Rocafort’s version)

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The Huntress, Helena Wayne, also stands at 9″ in height and was sculpted by Masahiro Takashi. Cape and hair flowing in the wind, Helena stands with one foot on a gargoyle staring softly from behind her mask. The costume is amazingly detailed replete with armoured boots, utility belt and her iconic staff. Once more, as ever Kotobukiya have outdone themselves with this piece just exuding beauty and power, the eyes are especially amazing on this statue and are reflective of the quality craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece from Kotobukiya. As separate statues, Kara and Helena are amazing but if you can afford both, they definitely are – the Worlds’ Finest.

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