Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Batman - CATWOMAN!

The Batman - EXP & Shadow-Tek - Catwoman - SDCC Exc - Mattel 2005

Catwoman has had a lot of costume designs over the years, and luckily almost all of them have been really good. Her animated looks especially have been solid and thought-out. My favorite of them all, however, is also one of her lesser known. This costume from 2004's The Batman animated series is great because it's the most cat-like look she's ever sported. The giant ears and colorful clawed gloves seem like such simple enhancements to her classic catsuits that I'm surprised we haven't seen them elsewhere. Her goggles and wide collar add a certain utilitarian feel that completes the look. Her action figure was released as a 2005 exclusive at both SDCC and Wizard World Chicago (a major gimmick being that there were nine different cat idol accessories to collect). There were redecos released later, but her classic black suit stayed exclusive to these conventions. The design of the series was also continued into a 50 issue comic series, The Batman Strikes! after show ended. Let's check out Catwoman below!

Catwoman is articulated at the shoulders, waist, and neck. The neck is actually articulated at the torso and hidden by her collar. She only really looks good in the standard pre-posed look.

Catwoman comes with her classic whip, a cat idol, and a figure stand. My whip still has a small sticky piece of plastic wrapped around the handle from the packaging. You can see from her hand pose that she isn't great at gripping and I feel like this plastic makes it a little easier to hold.

I made this little graphic after doing some extensive research. To the best of my knowledge these are the nine variants of Catwoman's cat idol and the convention to which they were released.

There were three variations of this Catwoman figure released. It's hard to tell but this first one is dark green.

The Batman - Shadow-Tek - Gotham City Showdown
Batman, Anti-Freeze Batman, Bane Attack Batman, Batgirl, Penguin, Catwoman (Green), 
Killer Moth, Mr. Freeze 
TRU Exclusive Mattel 2006

The Batman - EXP (Extreme Power) - Multi-Pack
Batman (Knight Strike), Catwoman (Purple), Penguin, Batman (Midnight Ninja)  
Mattel 2006

The Batman - Selina Kyle Catwoman 
Diamond Exclusive 
Mattel 2005

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here are my three Catwomen together. The TRU-6-Pack Purple Catwoman, the SDCC/Wizard World Black Catwoman, and the Unmasked DST Selina Kyle. I don't own the green version.

And here are the three The Batman ladies together: Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Batgirl.


1 comment:

  1. Good looking figure. I'm not familiar with this look. Also like the Selina Kyle version. Good post.