Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Batman Classic TV Series - CATWOMAN!

Batman Classic TV Series - Catwoman (Julie Newmar) - McFarlane Toys 2022

As much crap as I want to give Todd McFarlane about his gender politics, I can't deny that his toy company has given me a ton of figures that I adore. Just in the last twelve months, I have picked up eighteen female figures from McFarlane toys and I only had negative critiques for two of them. The rest have been truly great.. including Carrie Kelley Robin, Eartha Kitt Catwoman, Batwoman Beyond, and Three Jokers Batgirl among them. This new Julie Newmar Catwoman is just one more example of a figure I have been wishing for since I started my adult collecting hobby. This specific portrayal of Catwoman is what launched a niche villainess to a household name. I have yet to experience a Halloween without seeing at least one Catwoman costume... often from people who have never read her comics or seen her on screen. She has just become a cultural icon, and I credit Julie Newmar with catapulting the character to that level. An action figure of this quality has been a long time coming. Let's check her out below!

This figure has decent articulation, but below the waist there are several unexpected restrictions (at least for a modern toy). Firstly, she has T-crotch legs, meaning they can only move forward and backward, with no sideways range of motion. Secondly, she has no ankle articulation. Just hinge knees and hinge hips. But at an average retail price of $17.99, you still get a lot of bang for your buck.

Julie comes with the exact same two accessories that Eartha came with. 
I had a few opinions about these which I'm too tired to repeat right now. 
You can read my rant on the Eartha post if you're curious.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here she is with the 2013 Mattel Catwoman from the Batman '66 line.

And here she is with the Eartha Kitt Catwoman from earlier this year. They share the same body.


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