I'm almost through reviewing a huge lot of Legends of Batman toys I
picked up over the summer from a seller, but I've still got a few good
ones left. Right now, however, I'm reviewing a figure that I've owned
for quite a few years: the Legends of Batman Catwoman. Based on the
Catwoman from the early to mid 1990's as drawn by Jim Balent
, I think this was easily one of the best figures in Kenner's Legends of Batman line and as a kid it quickly replaced my Batman Returns
Catwoman figure (the figure only, however, as no one will ever replace
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman). Ready to get clawed? Then join me after
While bigger and more extreme was the order of the day for Legends
of Batman, Catwoman comes off as looking quite a bit like her comic book
counterpart (although with smaller breasts, as a Catwoman figure with
Balent-sized breasts wouldn't be able to stand up without a walker). She
stands about 4 3/4 inches tall and fits in with most of the mid-late
90's Batman movie lines or DC lines like Total Justice.
She's sculpted in a bit pretty mild battle stance, almost as if she's
taking a stroll or getting ready to swing her whip. She's only sculpted
at the Kenner 5 (swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel neck) but
that was about all that we had back then articulation wise. She is hard
to stand up, but it's because of the way her legs are positioned; her
right foot is curved so that she's walking on her toes.
The sculpt is pretty simple- Catwoman's a lady with a nice figure (not
overly skinny) in a skin tight suit. She's also got the necessary
accoutrements such as thigh high leather boots, arm length leather
gloves, and a hood with some cat ears on top. The face sculpt is pretty
nice considering this was released with the first series of figures from
1994 (she's much better looking than any of the Princess Leia or Poison
Ivy figures Hasbro would release in the mid-late 1990's) and features
the flowing long black hair that erupted from the back of her hood. Ms.
Kyle is looking fine, let me tell you, and there's one other cool thing-
check out the cuff of her left boot: there's the handle of a riding
crop poking out. Kinky!
The paint's basic, but it works. Selina's mostly molded in the purple
of her jumpsuit with details painted on. The face is really neat and
clean with bright green eyes and ruby red lips. The previously mentioned
riding crop handle is also painted, a pretty cool little detail that
even some modern companies would neglect to paint (I'm looking at you, Playmates!
There's nothing groundbreaking here, but the work is solid and gives
makes the character look like her comic counterpart without looking too
bright or gaudy.
Ready for one of the best parts of the figure? The accessories! While
most Legends of Batman figures had crazy projectile firing
monstrosities, Catwoman comes with three really cool and functional
character specific accessories. She also comes with the obligatory
trading card, although that's more of an accessory for you, not Selina.
First, she comes with a whip. It fits nicely in her right hand and is
made of a sturdy, rubbery material that actually lets it swing around.
It's a super cool accessory and something no Catwoman figure should be
sold without. Second is her capture net. This is a real freaking net
with four plastic discs on the sides to make it heavier. It makes sense
for Catwoman to use when capturing her foes or for Evil Betty to use
when trying to capture the Chosen One
Last, but not least, is her grappling hook backpack. It's a small pack
this its on Catwoman's waist and features a string running through it
that's attached to a grappling hook. There's even a clasp to hold the
grappling hook on the backpack when it's not in use. It doesn't actually
allow her to climb like the vintage Masters of the Universe Webstor
did; it's simply a string through a hole. Still fun, though.
I'm really, really blinded by nostalgia with this figure as I love
her. This certainly isn't my favorite design for Catwoman ever, but I've
just always felt this was one of the best Catwoman figures released in
the 90's and one of the best figures released in Legends of Batman. A
great comic accurate likeness, solid sculpt and paint work, and really
fun accessories all combine to make this a little gem that you'll want
to get your hands on. She can be had for cheap (no Batman: Year One
jokes please) since everyone bought her up in the 90's to resell her
for big bucks and now they'll part with her just to save space. That's
an interesting trend I've noticed with the Batman lines of the 90's: all
the villains the scalpers and investors bought up are easy to obtain
and can be had for cheap while the standard Batman figures are harder to
find and typically a bit more costly. Weird, huh? Anyways, I'm rating
Catwoman here as Epic. I'm always loved this figure and still believe
it's a great Catwoman toy. Meow!
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