I'm officially declaring 2014 the comeback year for Hasbro. The production quality and sculpts of all their upcoming figures blow their past efforts out of the water. Of course my attention is focused on the female characters. 2013's Emma Frost and Jean Grey were definitely decent figures, but so far Black Cat and the upcoming Black Widow and Spider-Girl are phenomenal. Black Cat was originally created in the late 1970s as an enemy for Spider-Woman in her solo series. That plan never panned out, but the character was luckily recycled into the pages of Amazing Spider-Man a year later. That was a fateful move which has proven very successful. Black Cat has been a staple in the Marvel Universe ever since; acting as a villain, a love interest, and an anti-hero in a rotating succession. One thing I'm always impressed by is how she has basically kept the same costume the whole time (if you ignore her brief foray into horrible fashion in the late eighties.) Let's check out this long-awaiting and amazing figure below!
I have one complaint with this figure, but it's a pretty major one. She can't stand up. I'm usually pretty patient and creative with my figures, but even with a pegged figure stand like in these pics, she topples over constantly. The plastic of her feet and ankles is really soft and the dynamic "extended foot" look coupled with her bulky hair makes her very unbalanced. I will be displaying her with a black wire doll stand to clasp around her waist.
This new buck is amazing. This is a slightly retooled version of the body used for Moonstone and Satana from the SDCC Thunderbolts set. Surprisingly, Black Cat has had her bicep cuts removed.
Black Cat comes with a Whip/Grappling Hook weapon as well as Ultimate Green Goblin's Torso as her included Build-A-Figure piece.
Here is an early solicit image. I was not looking forward to her based on these pictures. Hasbro has a knack for taking unflattering glam shots.
I got kind of sidetracked collecting Black Cat covers:
Below is her first appearance from Amazing Spider-Man #194 (1979)
And here are the only two covers I could find showing her awful late-80's outfit.
I don't know what this means in German but it sure made me giggle.
Check out that face. She's gorgeous.
Time for some Group and Comparison Shots!
Here she is with the SDCC Moonstone figure. They share many similar buck features, although Black Cat has many more sculptural details.
Here are a few late additions taken with my cell phone. Note how well she fits in with previous Marvel Select figures.