I absolutely love this figure. I never would have guessed that I would hold a Hellcat action figure in my lifetime. Her bright colors and batman-esque headgear were an instantaneous draw for me when I'd see her on Avengers covers in my youth. Patsy Walker has a great comic legacy. She first appeared in the heyday of romance comics in 1944. It wasn't until 32 years later that she donned her current costume and became Hellcat. (Talk about efficient recycling of characters). Her costume originated with Greer Grant in the pages of Claws of the Cat. Greer wore that costume for 2 years before fully "wolfing out" and becoming Tigra. Luckily the Cat costume was able to find a willing subject in supermodel Patsy Walker. I was fairly certain that the impetus for Hellcat's inclusion in this wave is Patsy's role in the upcoming AKA Jessica Jones series on Netflix, but at the same time, I think this figure was probably in development long before that role was cast, so I like to think it was just Hasbro reading my mind :)
The only flaw with this beautiful figure is the paint on her knees and upper shins. The plastic is clearly a dark blue continuation of her boot, but painted yellow to match her thighs. The yellow paint is semi-translucent and looks pretty sloppy and multi-toned up close. I personally don't think this is a big deal. The same thing occurred with the red paint on Captain Marvel's shoulders. I may be the only one who does this, but I judge everything with a squint test. If I squint my eyes and look at this figure, is that flaw still noticeable? I say no.
Hellcat comes with a small bo staff that is made of two separate pieces connected with a peg. As far as I know, Patsy never used a weapon like this. But it makes a nice, albeit non-canonical, accessory.
Here are some images of Hellcat from the comics.
Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!
Hellcat has very few figures out there. Here she is with the Bowen mini-bust (I painted her pupils white) and the Eaglemoss lead figurine. Other merchandise includes a full-size Bowen statue that I can't afford and a Heroclix gamepiece.
Here she is with her former sister-in-law Satana.