Review: DC Direct Circe
Posted By Lindsay
There are the figures you know about ahead of time, watch for in the stores, snap up when you get the chance.
There are the figures you see in the store, are intrigued by, and hold out for a better deal.
And then there are the figures that you pass up over and over, until they get stupidly cheap.
Circe is from the final category, although she's quite a nice figure. I'm not all that familiar with DC's spin on this particular mythological character, outside of the highly entertaining JLU episode.
Mythologically, of course, Circe is the sorceress who turns Odysseus' soldiers into pigs.
But I guess in DC she's one of Wonder Woman's villains, still with a predilection for animal transformation.
She's from the same line as Agent Diana Prince.
Appearance and Construction: 8/10
I'm giving Circe high marks because she is well designed and well put together. The sculpting is clean and dynamic in the face and the hair. Her body is actually fairly sensibly proportioned, while still nodding toward a graphic style. Her cape looks great, as does her armor, down to the gaiters on her feet.
My only quibble is with the whatever-it-is she's wearing in her belt. It looks to me like a bunch of flowers. I like the color, it breaks up the black and purple nicely, but I can't tell what it's supposed to be, and there's a bit of paint slop there.
Okay, actually my only two quibbles are the 'flowers', and that the scroll she's wearing on her hip shouldn't be black. Overall, she's gorgeous.
Packaging and Accessories: ---
Packaging is decent, a bit of then-current comics continuity on the back. Unlike many card-backed DC Direct figures we've purchased over the years, Circe came out of the package with all joints intact.
She came with a stand, which is essential, because otherwise she's easily overbalanced by her cape. She also came with a little hand-sickle, which is nicely made, and surprisingly sharp, but not quite worth a bonus point.
Play and Display: ---
She might have picked up a bonus point if she had ankle joints, especially a rocker there. As it is, her balance is precarious in most positions, and her limited leg joints don't actually give you a lot of realistic options.
Price Tag and Final Analysis: 8/10
You can see right on the package above the drop in price that had to occur before we picked up this figure.
She started around 17 dollars, but we found her marked at 3. Thanks to a sale on top of that, we actually only paid $2.40. However, she is a great figure, and is worth probably 10-12.
Even so, despite my fascination with superheroines, I am unfamiliar with most of Wonder Woman's supporting cast, and Circe didn't seem like a needed addition to our collection until the price dropped.
I am glad we did finally pick her up, though. She hangs out on the shelf with the DCUC gang and helps balance the gender scales a little.