Gotham City Five: Catwoman

In the toy making world, it’s hard to choose between heroes and villains. Heroes are usually more popular, but they need someone to fight. It’s a tough decision. That’s why it’s a good thing Mattel chose 2 ½ heroes and 2 ½ villains for this set.

Selina Kyle was a child of the streets, growing into a beautiful and criminally skilled young woman. She became Catwoman, the most successful cat burglar Gotham City had ever known. Catwoman and Batman share a strange relationship, part adversarial, part flirtatious. Catwoman finds herself attracted to Batman… so much so that she sometimes finds herself working with him on the side of the angels.

Like everyone else in the set, Selina is a repaint. She was first featured in the last wave of DCSH, in the black catsuit the character has been wearing the last few years. This time, however, she’s purple.

The sculpt is some good work, and hasn’t been used for anyone but Selina, so she’ll stand out a bit next to other DCUC females. The legs are a bit longer than they should be, but it’s not a bad look. There’s a zipper running down the middle of the torso, black gloves and boots, and a brown belt with a silver buckle. The head is a bit masculine, but not overly so, and she has clear goggles over her eyes. The plastic used for the goggles is much too thick, making the eyes look bigger than they are. At least they aren’t opaque, like with Eradicator. The only quality issue I have is the left arm is warped to the side due to the packaging, but that’s damn near expected with the action pose.

The articulation matches with the DCUC model with the addition of swivel boot-tops. In addition to that, she has a double ball-socket neck, ball-joint shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged torso, swivel waist, ball-joint hips, swivel thighs, hinged knees and hinged ankles. All the joints are nice and tight, allowing for stability in action poses. The wrists wouldn’t move at first, but a bit of twisting freed them up.

The paint work is pretty good. I can’t recall a Catwoman outfit in this style and color in the comics, but it made an appearance in the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. The lines are nice and straight, but the shades of purple are different between the thighs and the rest of the figure. It’s not as pronounced as in the pictures, but there is a difference. The gloves and boots are a glossy black, conveying leather.

Like the rest of the set, Catwoman has a pronounced lack of accessories. She only includes a whip, while the previous release featured the same whip alongside a necklace, cat idol and backpack. Why we didn’t get these is beyond me, but the whip itself is nice. It’s made from flexible plastic, allowing it to be wrapped around another figure.

Catwoman is a fairly nice figure, and definitely a good choice for inclusion in the set. While not seen in the comics, the purple re-coloring has its charms, and she’ll definitely look good amongst either the heroes or villains on your shelf.

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