Friday, 20 May 2011

#277 of 365 The Adventures of Batman and Robin Harley Quinn - Repost

It's Kenner week, and since it's Kenner week, I thought I'd do some reposting of previous Kenner stuff from last year that's appeared here.  Now Kenner is mainly known for its Star War toys, but towards the 90s, it became famous for its Batman license.  Here's Harley Quinn from TAS, posted early October here on Toy a Day.

This HQ comes on a 90s Kenner card.  How do I know that?  Well, the all clear bubble, with the logo on the top left and an illustration on the top right of the card is pretty much standard Kenner fare in the 90s.  The back of the card has the action feature display near the top and the other figures in the line in the middle.  Again, all is standard for Kenner.

The illustration means that the card is differentiated from the other cards within the same line and thanks to Harley being red and black, she'd stand out a lot more than say black and grey Batman.  Oh and the Mr. Freeze in the line?  He sort of reminds me of a Mission Masters Mr. Freeze...

The figure itself isn't anything spectacular.  She has the usual five points of articulation on the hips, shoulders and neck.  The sculpt is interesting, with the "winged" boots, the pinafleur and the jester's hat all nicely sculpted.  The paintwork could be nicer especially with the white, but the tampographed designs on the leg is executed flawlessly.

Harley comes with two accessories, a fake gun going bang and a punching glove missile which can be fired.  Alas, both assessories would unbalance her so she has no chance of realistically holding them!

Comparison time?  She's actually not too bad, especially when placed next to her JLU version from 20 years later.  Yes, it's 20 years later, but the JLU version still has the same 5 points of articulation.  The sculpt for this Harley looks better though, but the paintwork is a lot better on the JLU Harley. I guess you win some, you lose some.


  1. One of my all time favotrite action figures, despite her flaws. You have to remember, when this toy came out the character herself was almost brand new, so to see her in toy form so soon after her inception was quite the spectacular moment. Who knew then she'd become such a stand-out star in her own right? Viva la Harley Quinn!

  2. Kenner has always had the Batman license... which passed on to Hasbro when they bought over Kenner. It's only recently that Hasbro has "lost" the license to Mattel. Not that I'm complaining - Mattel's DCUC line is great. Their JLU line, not so much.


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