BATMAN: LEGACY (MATTEL)
Okay, I’ve really been ragging on Mattel recently. While they’ve probably earned it, I still like to at least attempt to be even handed with my reviews here. And, for a while there, Mattel was actually my favorite toy company. I know, that seems like blasphemy, but when they were really in the swing of things with DC Universe Classics, they were kind of my jam. As with Toy Biz on Marvel Legends, it’s not a line that’s aged super well, but they were top-notch at the time. The line was even successful enough to get a few off-shoots, including Batman: Legacy, which gave us a few of the Caped Crusader’s allies and foes, all in that DCUC style. Today, I’ll be looking at that line’s Catwoman figure.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Catwoman was released in the third and final series of Batman: Legacy. While the first two series each offered a Batman and two supporting players, for some reason Series 3 only gave us Selina and 1st Appearance Batman. Catwoman was officially dubbed a Golden Age figure, and is seen here in what most would consider her “classic” costume. It was her first official costume (though it showed up seven years after her first appearance), worn until well into the ‘60s, and it even made a brief comeback in the ‘80s, which means it also works for the silver/bronze age incarnation of the character as well. The point is, it was one of her longer-lived looks, and it was a pretty solid choice. The figure stands about 6 inches tall and has 23 points of articulation. Due to the long hair, the cape, and the skirt, her movement’s rather restricted, but you can still manage to get a few decent poses out of her. Structurally, she’s built on Mattel’s second attempt at the female base body. It was definitely a marked improvement over their first one (seen on Katma Tui), and is about on par with he base male body. It looks more or less like an actual human, which I suppose is pretty good. She got her own unique head, lower arms, and hands, and made use of Donna Troy’s boots. She also had a new add-on for her cape, and re-used the skirt piece from Raven. She was just stealing all of the Teen Titans’ stuff. Which is probably in character, when you get down to it. Clever move Mattel. The new pieces all matched up pretty well with the pre-existing parts, which is good, and they add-up to a nice recreation of the classic Catwoman appearance. The head is one of the stronger ones from this era, although I really do wish she’d gotten maybe a more sly facial expression. She looks a little bit dead inside as it is. As far as the paint goes, this figure’s pretty solid. An argument could probably be made for he being a tad less magenta, but she doesn’t look awful in that respect. The base application is all pretty cleanly applied, and there’s even some halfway decent accent work on the face and the skirt. Catwoman’s only extra was a display stand, which was the same one included with all of the Legacy figures. It had a label with her name on it, which I guess was nice. The fact that she didn’t include her whip seems a bit silly, since Mattel already had one on hand from the last Catwoman and this one’s right hand is very clearly sculpted to be gripping that piece. I feel that would have been a more exciting extra than the stand.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After skipping the entirety of Series 1, and then grabbing all of the figures in Series 2, I decided to split the difference on Series 3 and just get Catwoman. Of course, that may have been slightly motivated by the fact that Batman: Legacy Series 3 were the first figures to hit the $20 mark at retail, which killed my buying buzz a bit. Still, I was pretty pumped when I found this figure on the pegs at my local Target. She’s not perfect, but I do think she’s faired a bit better over the years than some of her compatriots. This was kind of the last hurrah for Mattel’s DC stuff when you get down to it, which is sort of sad.