NECA’s Catwoman Figure Doesn’t Come With a Large Ball of String, But It’s Still Awesome
Nearly 25 years after Batman Returns' release, we're finally getting a Michelle Pfieffer Catwoman action figure that actually does the character justice. There have been other figures based on this interpretation of the character --- particularly those released in conjunction with the film's original release --- but we've come a long way from 1992's action figure standards. Despite Catwoman having a number of action figures over the years from various makers however, the Batman Returns version has been neglected for decades.
NECA's been on a personal crusade to bring fan-favorite versions of characters from the Tim Burton Batman films to life, and with Catwoman due to arrive this fall, the dream will soon be a reality. NECA's Burton Bat-verse line has been a tremendous hit thus far, and it's not hard to understand why. I mean, just look at this Catwoman. It's wonderfully accurate, in both costume and likeness, and despite being a 1/4 scale figure, still has enough articulation for more than adequate poseability.
We've known NECA's been trying to get this Catwoman made for a few years, but now that it's (nearly) here, it's clear the long wait will have been worth it. Statues of the character have been making the rounds, but it'll be nice to have a more affordable and articulated version to put on display. Particularly if you've been keeping up with the company's other 1/4 scale releases like Batman from the 1989 film (a Batman Returns version is possible, but not in the works at this time) and the Penguin that released last year.
Sculpted by Adrienne Smith, who previously worked on the Superman (1978 film version), as well as Predators and Alien figures to name a few, the Catwoman captures Selena Kyle in a post battle look with a slightly distressed outfit. There is an alternate head sculpt which is based on the climax, and features a more destroyed mask with Selena's hair dangling about. Going with the rooted hair works well, at least in prototype form, and captures the emotion of that finale quite well.
Despite not being pictured, the Catwoman figure will come with her signature whip, as well as that stun gun she uses to deliver the deadliest kiss. There will also be a few different hands to swap out, and it looks like they'll all have the appropriate homemade claws, too.
The Batman Returns Catwoman figure is due out in October, but there is no official pricing or pre-order information available just yet. That said, if it follows suit with previous quarter-scale figures, you can expect to pay ~$100-$115.