I've gone on and on about how great DC Direct was at choosing very interesting variations of characters and giving them the green light for the action figure treatment. My favorite facet of this occurrence was when they chose really unique artist representations of A-list characters. Tim Sale had a really gritty and dark style in his Batman work. His big contributions were Batman: The Long Halloween (1996) and Batman: Dark Victory (1999), both of which included this very distinct version of Selina Kyle. The key unique feature of this Catwoman is definitely her mask. It's unlike any other version we had seen before up till now. (Although I think this look was a heavy influence in 2001's The Dark Knight Strikes Again's Catgirl.. who totally needs an action figure of her own by the way). Her mask looks very stylized (almost owl-ish) and always reminded me of a character from Aeon Flux. This figure has an amazing sculpt by John G. Matthews and is a great addition to any Catwoman collection. Let's check her out below!
Catwoman comes with a variety of accessories. All of which I forgot to pose her with for these photos :/ Following are a couple images I swiped off eBay showing her various accessories (none of which I really like). She comes with a figure stand, a Calendar page for Jan 1st, a weird whip with a tiny satellite-dish-type-thing on the end, and a pair of night vision goggles that fit over her head.
Here are a few snapshots of Tim Sale's drawings of Catwoman from around the web.
Here's a small image of (former Robin) Carrie Kelley as Catgirl in The Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001). I think the headgear is heavily influenced by this version of Catwoman.
Time for a Comparison Pic!