Monday, April 18, 2016

Out of the Box: Batwoman (Tonner's DC Bombshells Series)

Batwoman
Even though I'm always complaining about the hinge-jointed knees on dolls from Tonner, every now and then they release something that overrides my aversion.  This time the exception is Batwoman from their DC Bomshells line.  While the original retail price ($179.99 USD) struck me as being too high, when the doll popped up on Zulily at a decent discount I decided to pick her up.

The DC Bombshells line included three characters (Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Supergirl), each designed to have a 1940s pin-up style version of their traditional costume. For whatever reason, Batwoman's outfit is baseball themed, which seems a bit like a silly pun (she has a baseball bat, because she's the bat-woman, buh da bump!), but at least it got her some interesting accessories.


The doll comes packed in the standard Tonner style, with a thick cardboard outer box with a stamped label, and then the standard doll box inside.

The outer box.
The inner box.
The doll is secured to the box with the standard three ribbons at her neck, waist, and ankles. She ships dressed with her accessories (a baseball bat, hat, mask, socks, shoes, wrist guards, and red option hands) bagged and secured to the sides of the box.
Inside the box.

The doll herself is the standard Tonner 16" body with 12 points of articulation (neck, waist, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees). The shoulders and elbows are ball-jointed while the knees are hinge-jointed). Her face screening is near-perfect, and the applied eyelashes stand out well, but the number one feature would have to be the bright red fibre hair - both the colour and the texture are excellent.
Out of the box, but still in the hairnet.
With her hair out.
The accessories are decent quality, although I found the wrist guards to have fasteners that were so small that they were a pain to get open and closed. 
The accessories
The Batwoman's bat
Given that she comes with a second set of hands, I had assumed that one set could hold the bat, but as it turns out that's not true.  

Holding the bat as best she can.
As for her other accessories, their fit is a little uneven: her socks are too narrow to be pushed all the way up, which causes them to look slouched and a little messy. And while her mask fits well, the cap looks a little strange when it's on her head.
The mask fits well...
...But the cap is a little awkward.
The doll also comes with a saddle-style doll stand, which is always great for dolls that aren't the most solid on their feet (and this doll is definitely one of those).
With the stand she can go for a jog.
Running through the garden.

As with all dolls in this line, she towers over 1/6th scale figures and fashion dolls and is closer in size to MSD-range BJDs and 16" play dolls.
Batwoman towers over 1/6th scale Alistair (to her immediate left).

She's slightly shorter than Lumedoll Atik (L), and similar in height
to Tween Scene Dhara (R)

Overall, I'm pleased with this doll - while the hinged knees on this line still keep me from wanting to pay retail for them, I do think her overall quality is fantastic, so I'm glad to have added her to my collection (and she probably has the best hair of any fashion doll I've owned).

A parting glance: Thanks for looking!







29 comments:

  1. Hi JSarie! She is a beauty. Her hair colour is gorgeous. I am sure you will find a way to give her better fitting socks and a cap.
    Have fun with your collection!

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    1. Thanks! That's a good point about making some replacement socks. :)

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  2. I've never thought about Tonner knees as being problematic, but I suppose they're not much compared to BJDs. I must have missed those dolls in zulily. I've gotten to the point where I feel like dolls are all that are worth getting there.

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    1. Heh, I think I mostly gets dolls and running shoes from them these days...

      My issue with the knees is really more in comparison to their own arms - they do such a good job on the elbows, that it baffles me that they couldn't engineer the knees for the same level of articulation.

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  3. I have been thinking that if I find one in Mexico I would have my artist redo them into that giant gal from Superfriends.

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  4. I have the statue version of her and love it but these Tonners are so out of scale with everything else I have and the price is more then I would really like to pay.

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    1. Yeah, if I hadn't found her at the discount I would have passed on her too.

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  5. She is very pretty JS, the red hair and makeup are gorgeous, but what is it with that cap! LOL like a 'pimple on a mountain' as my grandmother would have said! And I'm with you on the hinged knees, I have a Dorothy from one of the Tonner Oz series and she's gorgeous but the knees let her down, they just don't look attractive without being covered with tights.
    x

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    1. Heh, that's a perfect description of the relative size of the cap! LOL! ;)

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  6. Thanks for your review and box opening thoughts on this doll. I've always been quite curious about Tonner dolls. I don't have one yet but I've always liked the faces on these dolls.

    Are all Tonner bodies like this one with the hinge knees? And can they actually stand on their own?

    I've really found that I like the Deja Vu line of Tonner dolls and I might buy one of those in the future, maybe.

    I just like how realistic they look too and like the Integrity dolls, they really scream fashion doll which is another reason these appeal to me.

    I do love the vibrant red hair of this one. It's a really nice colour.

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    1. As far as I can tell the Tonner bodies all have hinged knees, although maybe some of the chubby-bodied toddler-type dolls don't? But the main line and the Ellowyne Wildes are all hinge-kneed.

      Of the three that I have - Batwoman here, Martha Jones from the Doctor Who line, and Lizette from the Ellowyne Wilde line (which has a different body type, but still hinged knees) - none of them can stand on their own. That said, I think the male dolls can, so I think that's more because of the heel-feet than it is the knees.

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  7. She's gorgeous!! Too bad she can't hold the bat. I love her outfit and hair. I didn't know about this dolls, though I have heard about tonner dolls, never saw one.

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    1. Thanks! I'm starting to wonder if I can thread the bat onto her with fishing line to give her the appearance of holding the bat... We'll see! :)

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  8. I adore the bright red colors they've used in her design. Haha, I actually quite like that pun... "bat" woman. oh my gosh XD;

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    1. LOL, there's always an audience for the puns! ;)

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  9. I can't recall if snazzy is a 40's word but she is definitely looking snazzy.

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    1. Heh, snazzy sounds like it must be a 40s word - or even pre-40s, since it sounds like something someone in a Jazz Age suit would be saying as a lady walks up to him in a bar. ;)

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  10. Love the face and hair on this gal JS, but not keen on the outfit at all. I think I'd probably dress her in something gothic if she were mine. :)
    Hugs,
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    1. With the dark red hair and the fair skin I bet gothic would be a great look for her, wouldn't it? Good idea! :)

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  11. Congratulations on Batwoman... I almost typed Batwowman and I think I like that term.

    She's a tall girl. I love her red hair. It's so striking.

    His (Tonner's) hinged articulation has never bothered me.

    You have to love Zulily for their doll finds.

    dbg

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    1. LOL, Batwowman *should* be a character somewhere - love it! :)

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  12. Wow, I never knew Zulily actually sold dolls! I will have to check that out, lol. What a beauty she is! Her face is stunning and that hair is such a gorgeous red doll. I really like her and I don't think I was even aware of this line from Tonner. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks!

      Zulily doesn't always have dolls, but when they do they have some solid deals - and a lot of variety: they've had everything from these Tonners to Monster High, Girl for All Time, Madame Alexander, and American Girl!

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  13. Hello from Spain: congrats. Your new Batwoman is fabulous. Keep in touch

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  14. This is really very cool. I have only have two Tonner Dolls (the grey and blue Batgirl from a few years back and the recently released 1966 Batgirl) and they're really impressive on display. They tower over pretty much every other statue and figure I own other than stuff like the Sideshow Premium Formats, NECA 1/4 scales, or stuff like Castle Grayskull. This Batwoman is cool, although I'd definitely be more interested in her if they went with her comic outfit. I like the Bombshells series (I don't collect them, although I obviously have Batgirl) and I'd love to see DC Collectibles release them as action figures. Those would be fantastic! Great review, though. I love your pictures!

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    1. Thanks!

      You're right, they ought to product some action figures based on the same concept - I bet they'd have a broader market than these dolls.

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