MARVEL LEGENDS (HASBRO)
“Black Cat is the most confident, cunning burglar the world has ever seen! Donning a black costume and mask, heiress Felicia Hardy changes into her Super Hero persona and prowls the streets with Spider-Man at her side.”
A definite fixture of Spider-Man’s supporting cast (thought not truly consistently a rogue), Black Cat has had her fair share of toys over the years. Perhaps it’s the striking visual that helps, but it could also be that she’s probably Spidey’s most notable female rogue…that is, when she’s being a rogue. She’s gotten more prominent in the toys as she’s grown more prominent in the comics. While she had just one figure during the Toy Biz 5 inch days, and just one more when they moved to 6 inch, Hasbro’s now coming in on their third time doing the character since they relaunched Legends in 2014. Not a bad set up for her, now is it?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Black Cat is part of the Spider-centric Retro Collection sub-line of Marvel Legends. At this point, Hasbro doesn’t really seem to be focussing on assortments for this style, so much as just dropping new figures one at a time when they feel like it. Black Cat was, subsequently, her own solo release. Black Cat has had a few looks over the years, and she pretty much gets a different one every time she gets a new figure. This one in particular goes for her early ’90s variant on her classic look, which was also the design used for her appearance in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. That’s proved a major influence on most of these Retro Collection figures, so it’s a sensible choice. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and she has 29 points of articulation. The vast majority of this figure’s parts come from the Skyline Sirens version of the character from 2014. That one was built on the Moonstone base body, and generally did a decent job of capturing Black Cat’s usual figure. It’s not quite as well articulated as more recent bodies, however, which can be a bit of an issue when it comes to posing. My figure in particular wound up being rather bow-legged. Since this version of the costume doesn’t have the fur collar, the figure swaps out the upper torso for the basic Moonstone body piece. She also borrows the calm head from the Dark Phoenix figure, as well as the studded collar from the Hellfire Club Black Queen figure. She’s really going for that evil Jean Grey vibe, I guess? The head sits a touch low on the neck, but overall it’s a nice selection of parts, and adds up to a decent recreation of the design they’re going for. It’s amazing what you can do with nothing but re-used parts, huh? The paint work on this figure is overall pretty basic and straight forward. I do like how crisp and clean the detailing on the face and mask is, and the very slight accenting on the fur works quite well to showcase the sculpt. It certainly looks a bit better than the blue from the earlier figure. Black Cat is packed with the same whip as the Sirens figure (albeit in different colors), and a recolored version of Goose, this time as a…black…cat. Actually having a cat’s more of a Catwoman thing than a Black Cat thing, but she’s already copying DC’s homework, so let’s just roll with it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I was fortunate enough to actually get the Skyline Sirens Black Cat at retail, but a lot of people weren’t, which meant a lot of people’s only viable Black Cat was the Kingpin Series one. It’s not a terrible figure, but it’s not a classic Black Cat by any stretch. With the real push for that ’90s Spider-Man vibe, a redo of some sort felt pretty essential, and here she is. She’s a decent figure. Nothing amazing, or definitive, but a solid take on the character, and another somewhat unique costume for this scale. At least this one’s a bit easier to get.
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