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Batgirl & Catman Review

Okay, I can’t tell you how happy I am that got that Batgirl bit out of the way. I really haven’t been looking forward to that review at all. Thankfully, the last figure in Wave 2 is far and away the best figure in the entire sub-line. And if you told me a few years ago that figure would’ve been Catman, I would’ve laughed in your face.

Catman is a literal “mort of the month” (if you remember ye olde Wizard magazine) and it wasn’t hard to see why if you read any of his early appearances. He always felt like DC should’ve stopped while they were ahead with Catwoman and that was before you saw him riding a giant mechanical housecat to battle the Dynamic Duo. His subsequent appearances didn’t help much (though he did get a Hostess Ad), culminating in his appearance in Brad Meltzer’s (a.k.a. ruiner of things) Green Arrow run. By that time, he was overweight and downright pathetic (even for a mort of the month). Meltzer ultimately had him killed off panel.

His off-panel death was particularly convenient for the next writer to use him, Gail Simone. While I might have once easily dismissed Catman, Simone ensured that was a mistake on my part. In 2005’s Villains United and the Secret Six title that spawned from it, Catman had left his past as a gimmicky crook behind in favor of being a badass that wanted nothing to do with the DC Universe (he must’ve been reading Relaunch comics). Catman returned to monthly publication as more of a anti-hero than a bad attempt at an anti-Batman. He’s still a villain, but he has the fortune of facing off against some particularly dastardly and evil individuals, and can easily come across as a little cleaner by comparison. I love all the Secret Six, but Catman has easily become a favorite.

Catman features the standard “Super Powers” buck that Batman’s been sporting all these years, but he also received a nice complement of new pieces to get his costume details right: new feet, a new belt, a new cape/harness combo, and a new head sculpt with sculpted stubble. I know I was just complaining about part reuse on the previous page, but Catman is a great example of how just a little care, and a few new pieces, can really make or break a figure. Where Batgirl suffers, Catman excels.

The paintwork was similarly sharp on my Catman, especially the “clawed” tampo on his chest. I think the colors are probably one of the things that draw me to the figure. I love the orange and the airbrushed highlights really make for a great figure. When you’ve got your collection on display, Catman tends to draw the eye with his unique colors.

In addition to the aforementioned base and poster, Catman included two accessories: his claws. These are almost cool, but they needed a little more work. In the comics, these are wolverine-like brass knuckles that he can hold on to and rest close to his fists. The design on the toy gives them a little bit more room between the hands and the blades, which isn’t too bad except that his right hand is very loose and it’s hard to keep a good pose on that side without gravity swinging the blades downward. Still, I’m glad these are included.

Articulation is what you’ve come to expect on the figures in the Classics line. There are some new parts, like Catman’s head which doesn’t look up particularly well, but the part reuse provides consistent articulation for both figures so I’m going to skip listing it all out.

Overall, Batman Legacy looks to be wrapping up soon as we get closer to The Dark Knight Rises. The next wave is half comic-based and half video-game based, so there’s not too many more figures for me to collect. I can’t say I mind. I admit that SP Freeze provided novelty as the specific color choices were lifted right here from IAT, that GA Batman turned out ridiculously fun, and Catman turned out ridiculously awesome, but the overall lineup still seems lackluster.

We did get Batgirl in one of her more iconic looks, though some tighter QC and a little money spent on some new tooling would’ve gone a long way to making that figure better. When I think of this sub-line, it will be mainly for it’s inclusion of Catman. My excitement for his character is still at an all-time high, (even though his recent appearances might’ve been wiped out by the DC Relaunch, I really fear for Bane – will DC go back to making him a worthless one-note character?), and I’m stoked to finally get Catman in the Classics line. He’s had a spot reserved next to Bane & Deadshot for awhile. Now, if we could just talk to someone at Mattel about getting to the rest of the team…

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31 comments to DC Classics.Com Batman Legacy
Batgirl & Catman Review

  • Shadow_Contact

    WE WANT RAGDOLL!!!! Maybe if enough of us chant Mattel will hear. They’ll make a subpar figure from existing parts and then tell us that he didn’t sell and it’s our fault, but we could have a Ragdoll.
    By the way I envy you Noisy I’ve been looking for a Steph for forever but I hope that eye thing isn’t common.

  • He-Mullet

    I suppose I’m the only one who wants a Purple Batgirl… (DCUC 16 Robin, Blue and Gray Batman with Oval and Purple Batgirl would look great together…)

  • Leo

    doesnt catman look like that catman from the fairly goddparents (i dont really know the name)…

    • dayraven

      that catman from fairly oddparents is voiced by the one and only adam west… and yes, it’s totally based on catman.

  • “I really fear for Bane – will DC go back to making him a worthless one-note character?”

    Yeah. They totally will. That’ll be maybe the third time Bane’s had any development, only to be rolled right back to “BREAK YOU!” He keeps trying to be interesting, but DC seems to just want him as dumb muscle.

  • da man

    I think they could have done a lot more with this line as far as getting us some villains like Ras Al Ghul and maybe even Commissioner Gordon (retooled The Question with a new head). It sounds like this last series with 1st app batman and Catwoman might be the end of the line with the new Batman movie coming soon.

  • dayraven

    coupla notes my joplin based brotha…

    you have catman’s claws backwards in every pic. the curve of the claw should face away forward, like a slashing cat’s claws, not back towards the tops of his own hands… ouch! if you don’t get my directions, look at battle cat’s paws and then align catman’s hand next to the paw, then place the weapons in his hands.

    was meltzer really any worse than johns? really? besides, i give meltzer a pass for a fun if completely stupid tv show and looking like a chemo patient.

    that pose between the motuc cat’s really highlights the need for rocker ankles… you’d think they could get an engineer on that.

    • Allreed

      The claws aren’t being held backwards, that’s how he holds them. There’s a curve on both sides, one to be flush over his knuckles and one to be the actual claw. The problem is that Mattel put too much space between the handle and the claw so there’s a visible gap.

      Over at OAFE, they recommended pushing the whole fist into the gap and tucking the handle behind the thumb. That’s what I did with mine. The handle part looks wrong back there, but then the blades sit flush with the hand like they’re supposed to.

      • dayraven

        yeah… after a google image search, i’ve found several photos of the claws… and noisy has them backwards. the curve should arc from the back of the hand, over the knuckles, exactly as i said.

        • Yeah… after a Google Image search, and I think I have them right. 😉 All the images on the first page of Google Images except the two from Plastic Graveyard have him holding the claws the same as mine.

          PG has them flipped backwards in his hands (the only other way I see for them to go), but that leaves the entire claw behind the knuckles. If you rotate it forward, it only gets less and less cat-like.

          Allreed has it right, the flaw is in the gap because the larger curved portion would fit perfectly over his knuckles if not for it. I found the link over to OAFE that shows that.

          I’m not sure what you’re seeing, DR, but if I’ve placed them wrong then Yo, LJ McGee, VeeBee, and DiRT over at PCN have all erred similarly. Where are you finding pics of this alternate hold so that I can see if I’m just not visualizing what you’re saying.

          • You know I was actually thinking that your claws seemed to fit much better than mine did..and now I know it was becasue I had mine upside down the whole time ha ha

          • and hey I certainly appreciate the mention Noisy!!

          • Brainlock

            I think DR is saying the longer part of the claw should be out, but those are solid pieces, with no moving parts. so yeah there is a slight flaw, but it’s in the sculpt for the pieces, not the way they’re positioned.

            • dayraven

              thank you brainlock… you guys are collectively telling me you can’t flip the claws over in his hands so that the longer portion of the curve faces forward, rather than back at his own wrist?

              and no, the google image searches don’t show his claws the way you have them aligned noisy, the curve should arch forward, over his knuckles, forming a “cat’s paw” out of his hand, just as a cat’s claw arch over their toes. check out this link: http://www.littlebigcat.com/declawing/physical-consequences-of-declawing/ the claw is arched up and forward from the point of origin on the toe… his claws should replicate that curvature. like they do in this image: http://www.thefwoosh.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/even-more-catman.jpg
              so yes, everyone who’s apparently reviewed this fig is posing him incorrectly… or those damned engineers struck again. one or the other.

              • Gotcha. An image search of Catman art is what you were looking at. I was just researching the figure. The pieces are conceivably backwards, yes. I think they’d look great flush to the knuckles either way, but it does look like they got turned around on the handles somewhere.

              • Bigbot

                Noisy has them on right. That picture you linked to dayraven isn’t the full page. The next panel right below it shows the claws like everyone who reviewed the figure has them in their pictures. The problem is that Mattel made the handle too far back from the piece that goes right in front of the knuckles. I’ve been thinking of cutting off the handle, and folding the sides to make a more snug fit around his hands. This figure also needed a pair of knives for him to have on the back of his belt. I really wish Mattel would do their figures right the first time, especially someone like Catman who will most likely not get a re-do.

                • Bigbot

                  So I cut off the handles on my Catman’s claws, and glued the ends (one on top of the other) to create a new handle with a smaller gap. Now they really look comic accurate, and it still boggles my mind why Mattel made them the way they did. Is it for safety reasons? Maybe with the bigger gap they can bypass some kind of choking hazard criteria?

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  • Hey! I’m actually CURRENT! 🙂

    I made a quick impulse trip to Toys R Us last night (oh god am I glad I don’t work retail anymore. I mean, as much as I want work, I don’t miss Christmas Retail whatsoever) looking to see if there was some Imaginext Space stuff on sale (shut up, I’ve almost completed my Robot Police collection!) when I had the urge to check on DCU figs and the Batman Legacy line. Nothing I wanted to pull the trigger on for DCU (If that GL vs. Sinestro 2-pack drops below $19.99, maybe) but hoy, lookie lookie! Batgirl!

    Yeah, the lack of purse is pretty obvious if one has the memory of that incarnation, and her right leg…YOW that’s some warped plastic there! I did the hot water bend trick and it seems to be OK but it’s still off-looking. Whoops, spoke too soon. Domino Effect, she took down Superman, Batman and OMAC. Looks like I need a Plan B for her. 🙂

    So why does Mattel…oh, never mind. It’s not a defect, it’s added value. 🙂

    • He-Mullet

      To be fair, she’s spent years on a wheelchair… she might be a little rusty at that Standing up stuff.

      • Now, now, you’re taking the ‘current timeline’ worldview..for me Batgirl will always be the ’70s, in particular the kinda strange ‘Batman Family’ tales where she did a serious flirt job on Robin.

        And the Batman TV show of course. Rrrowl. 😉

        • He-Mullet

          That’s the same Batgirl I think of… but a Batgirl figure that cannot stand, it kinda makes her somewhat canon… and as close as we can get to an Oracle figure… also I’ve been dying to use an Oracle joke regarding the Batgirl figure…

      • Love this comment right here

  • Dude! Those last two pics…priceless good ****** show man!

  • Allreed

    Great review, noisy. Glad to see some more DC back into the mix. Hopefully, there’s a wave of reviews coming? Hint, hint…

  • Joseph Tages

    I missed getting Catman when BBTS was getting in the singles for this wave, but it’s a moot point now that the Six and their story has been wiped clean off the slate. I also wanted Deadshot back with Digger in the Squad at some point but not like this. Still, at least Catman made it to plastic form just before the ax fell and he does not disappoint.

  • RocketPunch

    I’m actually glad she doesn’t have the purse on her belt. It means the costume looks more like her Batman: The Animated Series outfit, which is my favourite look for Barbara.

    • JamesLynch

      Actually, her “Batman: The Animated Series” outfit was gray and blue (even the boots and gloves were blue to match the cape). I think you’re thinking of “The New Batman Adventures” (sometimes labeled “Batman: Gotham Knights” internationally), which featured a black, blue, and yellow color scheme (though, to me, one of the distinguishing features of TNBA Batgirl’s outfit was the yellow inner lining on the cape, so this figure still isn’t quite accurate to that look).

      • RocketPunch

        Yes, I was referring to her second outfit. I think of B:TAS & TNBA as one show. That’s how the DVD’s are labelled anway.

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