MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Sometimes Spider-Man’s ally and sometimes his enemy, Felicia Hardy prowls the city as the Black Cat.”
Introduced in 1979, Black Cat is Spider-Man’s equivalent to Catwoman, a foe with whom he had a fair bit of romantic tension, which eventually led to her being less than a foe. That is, until Peter’s mind was overwritten by Doctor Octopus, and Otto used Felicia’s skills to his advantage before dumping her off with nearest authorities and she swore vengeance against him, leading to her becoming one of New York’s biggest crime lords, all because she didn’t know it wasn’t really Peter in there at the time. Comics everybody! Black Cat is a common choice for Spidey-centric toylines, and her latest costume update from the comics has made for an easy transition into more toys, as is the case with today’s offering!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Cat is officially figure #1 in the Kingpin Series of Marvel Legends (since Six-Armed Spidey isn’t actually numbered). She’s based on Felicia’s post-Superior Spider-Man costume, when she was working to become an established crimelord. It keeps a lot of common elements from prior costumes, but is decidedly heavier on the black sections. I don’t hate the design, but I’m not huge on the weird cat eyes near her shoulders. They look sort of off. Still, it’s a fairly recent look, and it got some solid coverage, so there are certainly worse choices. The figure stands 6 inches tall and she has 27 points of articulation. Black Cat is built on the catsuited body from the Legendary Riders Widow figure. I liked that one a fair bit, and it definitely makes a lot of sense here. She gets a new head, collar, belt, and fur add-ons for her arms and legs. She also borrows the clawed hands from her prior Legends release, which I suppose is good for consistency. The new head is a decent enough piece. I don’t like it quite as much as the last one overall, but I do appreciate Hasbro trying something with the less stoic expression. I also like that they sculpted her missing tooth, since that’s an important detail from her downfall in the comics. The fur pieces work about as well as sculpted fur ever does, but they certainly don’t look bad. The belt’s alright on its own, but it’s a little annoying that it’s not removable, making the included whip piece a little questionable, since they’re actually supposed to be one and the same. Black Cat’s paintwork is pretty simple and straightforward, but also very clean, which is always a plus. The lack of the odd blue wash on her hair is certainly a welcome change. The Cat is included with the previously mentioned whip piece, which is of course a little problematic when taking the belt into account, but is otherwise a decent piece. She is also packed with the right arm and cane for Kingpin. Including the cane with Felicia’s an especially smart move, since it can easily work as a piece of loot for her, should you not choose to complete the Build-A-Figure!
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was pretty happy with the first modern Legends Black Cat, and am not really enough of a fan of the character that I was really looking to replace her. So, this figure’s announcement didn’t exactly do a lot for me, nor can I really say I had my opinion of her changed all that much by getting her in hand. The last figure’s still my preferred version to be sure. That being said, this Black Cat is still a solid figure in its own right, and for anyone unable to get the last one (which was quite a few people; she was kind of hard to get for a while there), this one’s a more than serviceable replacement.
I purchased Black Cat from my friends at All Time Toys, who set me up with this whole set to review. While she’s not currently still in-stock at their webstore, they should be getting in some more sets soon. If your looking for other Legends or other toys both old and new, please check out All Time’s website and their eBay storefront.