The next wave of DC Collectibles’ DC Artists Alley line is finally hitting store shelves this month. Previewed last year during San Diego Comic-Con, the second wave features the artistry of HaiNaNu “Nooligan” Saulque and the modeling of sculptor Paul Harding.
Unlike the first wave of the DC Artist Alley line which had the “cute and creepy” styling of artist Chris Uminga, the newest one has instilled Nooligan’s signature look, which takes heavily from cartoons, movies, golden age comics, and classic newspaper strips. The final product not only does justice to the iconic characters of Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn, but also showcases Nooligan’s unique interpretation.
All three characters measure roughly 7 and a ½ inches (a 1/11 scaling), with the bases having a diameter of 3 and 5/8 inches. Along with their high-detailing, exaggerated expressions, and cartoonish depictions, you’ll notice that all three sport oversized sneakers, which is typical of much of Nooligan’s work.
Batman’s utility belt is more pronounced, and his trunks (which have disappeared and re-appeared in recent years) have been replaced by what appears to be high-school gym shorts. With the inclusion of his inverted knees and his knee-high socks, we get a Dark Knight whose both intimidating and ridiculous at the same time, especially with his brooding expression.
Harley Quinn doesn’t appear too much changed from her original costume, which much like herself debuted in Batman: The Animated Series, but using it makes sense for Nooligan’s cartoony and exaggerated aesthetic. The two interesting twists to the look are the white gloves that are reminiscent of Mickey Mouse or Bug Bunny, again highlighting the cartoony aspect, and the updated makeup that make her resemble more a Harlequin, a traditionally Italian character who the creators of Harley Quinn took inspiration from.
For me, the Joker is the most striking of the three. While still capturing his insanity with a perpetual laugh, the inclusion of a form-fitting coat, skinny jeans, dangling suspenders, and slicked-back hair give him the appearance of a 1950’s greaser type. The addition of his playing cards are a nice touch as well, but it must be noted that unlike any other part of the three figures, these come separate in the box. Be careful when moving the Joker around, as I found setting him down even slightly hard will cause the cards to fall off.
Just like the first wave of figures by artist Chris Uminga, the Nooligan line will also be available in variant forms; “Black and White” variants of the three characters will be available everywhere where the standard editions are sold, with a “Day of the Dead” variants available exclusively at Gamestop. All versions will retail for $40.
Big thanks to DC Collectibles for sending The Beat these figures for review!
Nicholas Eskey is an avid reader and writer. When not contributing to The Beat, he works on his personal projects, the latest being a fantasy novel called “My Personable Demon.” He lives in San Diego, California, and is frequently bossed around by his cat.