Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Women of Halloween Part 8 - PHANTASM!

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Villain Unmasked by Kenner 1993

Sorry for the spoilers!  But seriously, you've had 19 years to see the movie.  Yes, the Phantasm is a girl.  But not just any girl, she is Bruce Wayne's former fiancee Andrea Beaumont.  Calling her a villain in the subtitle is misleading.  She is actually just a vengeance-driven vigilante like Batman, albeit with much less self-control.  The way the writers squeezed her into the Batman origin was thoughtful and well-done, and I was always hoping we'd see Andrea in other media.  Yes, we've seen her in a handful of comic and cartoon cameos, but I personally think she had alot of potential to become a major player in the Bat-Universe.  I see her altering the gender-blurring disguise and instead donning sleeker, creepier appearance a'la Silver Banshee meets the Grim Reaper.  I would eat that up.  This action figure created a bit of controversy back in '93 because she came carded unmasked, basically ruining the big character reveal of the film.  Technically this figure was released after the film's theatrical run was over.  But it was a box office bomb and didn't garner a fan following until video release, so for all intents and purposes, Kenner's packaging choice on this one was one major spoiler.

The Phantasm was also released in variant colors as part of a Toys'R'us Rogues Gallery multipack.  Basically the gray and black colors of her costume are reversed and her hair is more blonde with pink lipstick, in contrast to her brunette hair with red lipstick above.

Time for some comparison pics!


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