Saturday, October 7, 2023

Action Figure Review: Catman (Villains United) from DC Multiverse by McFarlane Toys


   Catman was released in late August as a McFarlane Toys Store Gold Label exclusive figure and today I'm checking him out. As far as I'm aware, the only other Catman figure released was in Mattel's 2011 Batman: Legacy Edition line, so it's cool to see the guy. While originally a Batman villain, Catman has been more of an antihero over the past couple decades and has been most known for being part of the Secret Six. This definitely is Thomas Blake's look from Villains United and it's an excellent costume. Ready to take a look at Catman? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/4ths inches

Articulation: Hinged toes, double swivel hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, balljointed waist, balljointed mid torso, swivel/hinge shoulders w/ ballsockets, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, double swivel/ hinge wrists, and a barbell jointed head. 

Accessories: 4 Swappable hands, 2 knives, collector card, and display stand. 

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* You just don't see to many DC costumes in orange and tan like this, do you? Maybe Bronze Tiger comes close, but Blake's outfit still stands out. I'm sure a good deal of this body is reused from other figures, but it just works so well. The color is great, the slash marks on his chest look neat and clean, and the globes, trunks, and boots truly look like they are separate pieces of clothing rather than just painted on details. There's plenty of sculpted detail on the bodysuit, too; both muscle and creases in the fabric. 

* Catman's a pretty tough customer and one heck of a fighter, so McFarlane has given him a pretty expressive face. He just looks like he's in the middle of a fight or running away from a particularly dangerous spray bottle. The cowl is great too, and even looks like it has some seams on it and visible features like Catman's real ears (not just the fake ears on top of the cowl).

* Catman comes with a soft goods cape and it's a well made piece. It drapes nicely, is perfectly sized, and has a nice feel to it. I'm definitely a fan of well made soft goods capes and this one is for sure a hit. 

*  Catman is a solid and sturdy toy, like most McFarlane figures these days. Because of his build, the articulation, and his cool accessories, he's just a really fun figure to pose and mess around with. The articulation is great. If you've had any other DC Multiverse figures, particularly a Batman or Superman, you probably won't be too surprised by him, but you ought to be quite pleased. The articulation feels smooth and allows for some excellent posing. He just looks fantastic wielding his weapons.

* Catman has two sets of hands: My favorite is the pair with massive claws permanently attached. These things look nasty and would probably get a nod of approval from Wolverine. The second pair are standard gripping hands for holding his knives. 

* Speaking of knives, here they are! Nice sculpt, nice paintjob, and they're so sharp you can slice an aluminum can with them. OK, only two of those facts are true. Take a guess which?

* On the back of his utility belt is a spot where the knives can be stored. They slide right into the loops. 

* Like most DC Multiverse releases, Catman comes with a collectible card and a standard display stand with the DC logo. The stands are very helpful and the cards are just fun to have around. 
 Catman is a really nice figure. I like him way more than I expected to. He just looks excellent on display, especially when posed with his nice assortment of weapons. That cloth cape really makes him more exciting and fun to mess around with, too. He's an Epic figure and one of my favorite DC releases as of late. I believe he's currently sold out, but hopefully the Toddfather will put more in stock soon. Everyone deserves a chance to pick up this feline loving fellow. 

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