Monday, November 18, 2013
Action Figure Review 90's Edition: Catwoman from Legends of Batman by Kenner
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 the break...
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.
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.
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!
While you probably won't find this figure, Big Bad Toy Store has plenty of Catwoman merchandise, from statues to action figures to key chains. Check them out!