Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Action Figure Review: Catwoman from Batman: Classic TV Series by Mattel
Julie Newmar's website and order a personalized, autographed picture of her as Catwoman for around the same price you might pay for this figure. Pretty cool, huh? Ready for a look at Batman's flirtatious and feline femme fatale? Then join me after the break...
While heavily articulated female figures are often either overly fragile or awkward looking due to the articulation breaking up the sculpt, I think Mattel did a pretty good job of preserving of Catwoman's curvy form while still keeping her fairly agile. She features hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, H-hinged hips, a swivel torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. Most of the joints have the range of motion you would expect to allow Catwoman to slip into all kinds of slinky poses although her heels do make it difficult for her to stand.
Since Mattel created unique body sculpts for each character in this line the figure is incredibly accurate to Newmar's outfit from the series. There are lots of tiny creases and folds in the outfit and the details like the belt, necklace, gloves, and boots are clearly sculpted to look like separate elements and not just painted on like most DCUC figures. The only thing weird about the boots is that they make Catwoman's feet look really, really small. Not dainty, but like someone bound her feet when she was a kid. Her hair is pretty spot on, though, and while the face looks like a Barbie doll version of Julie Newmar's Catwoman, it definitely resembles her.
Julie Newmar actually created her Catwoman costume herself. She crafted it from black Lurex, a metallic yarn that gave the outfit its glossy sheen. The paintwork on the figure really nicely captures this as while the figure is mostly molded in black plastic there does appear to be a coat of a reflective silver paint over the costume. It's a fantastic effect. Her belt and necklace are pretty cleanly applied and the makeup and paint on her face is also excellent. Once again, very doll-like but definitely recognizable.
Ready for the same song and dance again? OK, here it goes: While Catwoman doesn't come with any handheld accessories, she does come with the same semi-circle stand as every other figure in this line as well as a double sided trading card. Catwoman's stand has a sticker on it that says "CRRAACK!" and her trading card shows another part of the Batcave diorama on one side and a painted portrait of Catwoman taunting a restrained Batman. I always love stands, but I do wish she had come with a whip or something, too.
I haven't really covered this in any of the other reviews, but since I now have all of the figures I'll cover the Batcave diorama that came with each figure. They're simple pieces of hard, glossy cardboard, but when put together they make a diorama that you can place behind your figures. They look pretty cool together but here is no way to display them together using the included stands. The cards aren't the same width as the stands (the stands are wider) and since the stands have lips on the sides of the card slots, you can't display them in a row. You'll either have large gaps on the sides or you'll have to find another way to display these. It would have been a neat feature, but Mattel clearly put little thought into its execution.
Maybe because it's a great figure, maybe it's because it's Catwoman, or maybe because it's Julie Newmar, but I really like this figure. I still think that Penguin is the best overall figure in the line while Surf's Up Batman is the best representation of what this line is about, but I'd put Catwoman third on the list of the best figures in this line (I haven't reviewed the Batman and Robin two-pack nor the SDCC figure). She's really quite nice and a great Catwoman that represents a different era of the character. If Mattel ever gets around to releasing a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman in this scale, I'll be thrilled and feel that I'd never need another Catwoman figure again. Of course, that doesn't mean I'll stop buying them...
Do you need a Catwoman in your life? Head on over to Big Bad Toy Store and pick one up before she disappears for good!
Here's the rest of the line that I've reviewed in order of my favorite to least favorite:
Surf's Up Batman