Cheetah is a character who has gone through many transformations since her introduction in 1943. Numerous people, both men and women, have adopted the title over the years- but this earliest incarnation of Priscilla Rich is my favorite. I'm a sucker for retro costumes and she totally fits the bill. Priscilla's version of Cheetah has fallen out of favor to newer more mystically-feline versions in modern comics, but this classic look still makes appearances in shows like Batman: The Brave and the Bold and videogames like Scribblenauts Unmasked. Her most notable representation, though, was in the Challenge of the Super Friends animated series from 1978 wherein her role in the Legion of Doom was cemented. These early Super Friends figures by DC Direct mark the first time I realized DC Direct was going to be a powerhouse toy company. Back then, you didn't ever see "throwback" toys. They seem to be all the rage now, but 12 years ago this was uncharted territory. Let's check out Cheetah below!
Another big thanks to James for sending this beautiful figure to me. She had been on my hitlist for years but I would always be outbid at the last second. When I pulled her out of the box I squealed like it was Christmas. It was like you read my mind.
Can't thank you enough!
The sculpt by James Shoop is fantastic. He was the name associated with most of the classic-styled figures in the early days of DC Direct, and he always did a great job.. Most recently you've seen his work in the New52 Harley Quinn Bust (from last month).
Like most early DC Direct figures, the articulation is pretty limited. Nine POA was a big step up from the standard 5 of a few years prior though.
Here are some images of Cheetah from comics and television.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Here is Cheetah with (the ReActivated version of) her boxset companion, Wonder Woman (whom I will be reviewing shortly).