In a month, I’ll be sitting in a theater watching Dark Knight Rises. It’s easily my most anticipated film of 2012 (sorry, Avengers, you were awesome though…). It’s that excitement, combined with wanting that C&C Batsignal that’s led me to snap up the Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters.
I’ve been so hyped for DKR that I’ve been avoiding just about any one complaining/talking about it. I’m just not interested – if I go see it and I don’t like it, I will say so, but I try to avoid deriving negatives from the little bits of info and images that leak before the release. It’s benefit of the doubt til the credits roll.*
I mention that because I don’t really know what the fan reaction has to been to the pre-release images of Hathaway’s Catwoman. We geeks tend to be harsher on the actresses in our beloved comic book films. We geeks tend to be harsher on things that are wildly successful. So, considering those two things, I’m not going to go look either. I expect to like the movie, the figures look like the movie, so I’m buying the figures. Simple as that.
* – I had the hardest time trying to be optimistic for Green Lantern. “It could be good” was like a mantra that wore out its welcome. It’s been a year and I still haven’t seen it. Maybe that’s my way of staying positive about it?
While I’m trying to keep it simple, Mattel sorta hasn’t. The first batch of DKRMMs have caused a little confusion, partially because Mattel doesn’t really advertise store exclusives and because card backs just aren’t what they used to be. In addition to the regular assortment there’s a Walmart exclusive single-carded Commissioner Gordon, a TRU exclusive Batman/Bane 2pk, and K-Mart has some exclusive pack-in bat-vehicle “blueprints” with the regular Batman figure.
In the regular assortment there’s the standard Batman, Bane, the previously reviewed Alfred, the unreleased John Blake, the unannounced sixth figure, and Catwoman. Catwoman is available one of two ways. The version reviewed here is the “goggles up” version. It features the goggles rotated around to create the appearance of “cat ears”. The other version features the goggles down, covering Selina’s “domino” mask. You might be asking why that couldn’t just be one figure. Well, me too.
I don’t know if it just wasn’t logistically possible for Mattel to make one figure with “working” goggles or Mattel just conceived the variant as a way to make an extra figure, but it’s kinda weird either way. Further complicating things is that we can slide the goggles down on the “up” figure which creates a cool, but inaccurate, look (the goggles would need to spin around to be movie accurate). Anyway, I’ve got the version I want, so I’m down Catwoman hunting.
If you took a look at your Movie Masters shelf, you might start worry that Mattel would make a Catwoman MM figure by plopping an Anne Hathaway head on the suit body. Thankfully, Catwoman is an all-new sculpt and while that alone moves her to the top of the class for the Movie Masters line, it’s also a pretty good sculpt overall. The texturing on the suit, including little details like the piping, the belt pouches, the zipper, can be found just about all over the figure. The proportions are pretty good too considering some of the DCUCs I have. The only concern I have on the overall sculpt is the scale. She appears to be a little “bigger” overall, but I may just be used to the DC girls running small in Mattel’s other lines. Continue to Page 2…