DC Designer Series of action figures based on Greg Capullo's work on Batman in the New 52. Now they're starting to branch out and soon will be offering figures based on the art of Amanda Conner, Ant Lucia, Lee and Bermejo. Currently, you can pick up figures based off of the art of Darwyn Cooke. Sadly, Cooke passed away in May of this year, and thus these figures are now a testament to the legacy of work he left behind. I recently picked up this figure of his distinctive interpretation of Catwoman. Let's take a closer look at her after the break...
Height: 6 5/8ths
Articulation: Boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.
Non-Scalper Price: $16-$25 dollars
Sculpted by: Jonathan Matthews
* I'm really loving this portrait. The headsculpt and the paint are just perfect and really capture a very unique, yet gorgeous, take on Selina Kyle. The goggles look incredible and her lips are incredible. She also has an incredible balljointed head that really gives her some added expressiveness. Oh, and the ring on her zipper? It's an actual little metal ring. Cool, right?
* There's not a ton of paintwork on this figure, but what's there looks great and is extremely clean. The black for her suit and the silver of her zipper and belt buckle look excellent.
* Since DC Collectibles actually credits their sculptors on the packaging, we can thank Jonathan Matthews for doing such an excellent job in translating Cooke's specific style into something that looks great as an action figure. I love the work on the body here; Selina actually looks like she's wearing an extremely formfitting leather/pleather catsuit instead of black bodypaint. The wrinkles and bunching of the suit just looks perfect.
* Catwoman includes a really cool whip. While the handle is plastic (it easily fits in her left hand), the whip itself is made from a piece of cord. It's actually a really cool concept (kind of like the vintage Beastman's whip in Masters of the Universe) and it makes for some good posing opportunities that are a bit less dramatic than what you'd see with a harder plastic whip.
* Catwoman's articulation is definitely pretty basic. While DC Collectibles has largely been upping their articulation over the past few years on many of their lines, the Designer Series has been hit or miss. I get that they've chosen to elevate the sculpt as the most significant element of the figure, but would things like ball jointed ankles and wrists, or some form of bicep movement have been completely unacceptable? If you're going to severely limit articulation, give me a nice stand at least.
DC Icons figure with plentiful articulation, but wouldn't ball jointed ankles and wrists have given her a bit more motion without sacrificing her appearance? I'd rather DC Collectibles go with a more dynamic pose and a cool display base rather than release something beautiful on an outdated articulation model. She's a Good and a 1/2 figure and looks great on display, but she's certainly not a perfect Catwoman action figure.
I've reviewed a few other Catwoman figures on here, including Mattel's Classic TV Series Catwoman, the Legends of Batman special edition Catwoman, basic Catwoman, and Egyptian Batman & Egyptian Catwoman, the Lil Bombshells Catwoman, the Greg Capullo Catwoman, and the Arkham Knight Catwoman.
I've reviewed a number of previous Designer Series figures, so far all from the earlier Greg Capullo series, including: