Catwoman is back as a new Variant Play Arts Kai this time. What, still no Arkham Knight version or a standard Variant version with a design that fits in with the rest of DC Variants? Tetsuya Nomura designed this Catwoman instead of Hitoshi Kondo. I'm pretty excited about this one because this PAK looks like it's a limited edition toy, and you guys probably know already that I like cats, so I bought it without hesitation. This is also my first Variant Play Arts Kai figure in my collection.
[left] Box front view
[right] Box back view
Catwoman got a coffin-type box. The front shows a nice promo shot of the action figure as well as the DC comics, SQEX products, PAK and Batman logos. She's number 02 in the series, so Tetsuya Nomura's Variant designs are separate from Hitoshi Kondo's Variants.
|Opened front cover|
|Cat's out of the bag... I mean box|
She looks like a cat version of the Arkham Knight or an armored Keyblade weilder like the KH:BBS trio. Let's just say she's Cyberpunk Catwoman because Nomura's design on her is obviously a miss, but she's still Catwoman and I have to say she looks awesome and sexy!
|4 viewing sides of Catwoman and I already connected her tail.|
I moved to a brighter room to take some pictures on this figure while thoroughly inspecting it.
See the number 03 on the Visor. I'm guessing this is the third Wayne Tech(?) Catsuit
Is it me or does she look a bit like Anne Hathaway?
|Is having a long hair practical when attempting to steal stuff or occasionally fight bad guys?|
Oooh! she got a "Cat-navel" at least this is better than "Bat-nipples"
|Even her back is well protected by the suit|
The arms looks simple yet so cool, the design is not exaggerated that's why. The glossy armor parts make the arms even cooler. The default hands looks great and it looks mechanical.
|The gun holster is not user friendly.|
|The pointy heeled shoes|
|Aaaw look, the soles have cat paw marks at its tip.|
|The Tailwhip connector is located at the end of the spine guard.|
The whole suit have mix of glossy and matte finish on the armored parts and pale bronze/gun metal matte finish on the under-suit which is great. The are some paint sticks in the figure, some parts are also not entirely painted.
This Variant Catwoman came with two extra weapons and six extra alternate hands. Counting the default accessories like the default Tailwhip and the default hands, she got a total of 11 accessories.
|Nice stuff we have here.|
|Tailwhip, extended spikes mode|
|A closer look at the Tailwhip's spikes|
Looks like a hybrid of a revolver and a modern handgun
|Did she steal those hands from Edward scissor hands?|
|The trigger hands have its pinkies extended or ready to "fwip" some webs.|
|The left hand for posing and right hand for whip holding|
The hands have softer fingers especially the claw and trigger hands, this makes it easier to equip the gun.
Here are some poses of Catwoman showing her equipped accessories.
[left] Visor up (using the default hands)
[right] Using the normal Tailwhip
[left] Using the Tailwhip in extended spikes mode
[right] You don't want to get scratched by those nails
|Pointing the gun|
ARTICULATIONS, POSING AND SCALING
|"What's that thing on the building?"|
Her head looks around very well and can even do a full 360 rotation. The long hair doesn't hinder the head's movement, because the hair is also articulated with a ball-hinge. She also have a neck articulation.
Torso movement is great, her chest is soft so that she can do better ab crunches and leaning. Waist movement is fine without any major limitation. Over-posing these parts reveals some hollow gaps in the toy so don't do it.
|Crossing her arms.|
Looks like she's getting impatient while waiting for someone.
Legs have nice range of movement, they can raise forward and sideways well. It can also move a bit to the back, her great butt-cheeks limits the backwards movement of the legs. BTW, Catwoman can kick and sit down.
Knees are ball-hinged, which I don't like sometimes because it gets weak really quick. It looks good and natural though but can't really fold much like the double-hinges does.
|"I'm gonna whip you good!"|
|Catwoman with the AVALANCE Trio.|
|Catwoman with the "Colorful Crew"|
|Catwoman with a Cyborg Ninja and a Veteran zombie killer|
|Catwoman with Harley!|
|Time for some crossover co-op!|
They're so cool!!!
Nope, no joint problems or missing/broken pieces on my Catwoman VPAK, it's almost perfect. Lucky, I guess. The paint sticks, the lack of paint on some areas and the heels are my complaints on this figure.
This Variant PAK toy of Catwoman have great build quality, awesome design and sculpt/detail. She also have good amount of accessories. My favorite part on this figure is the helmet, my least favorite part is the feet/heels. The overall character design of Catwoman helps her pull more poses because of her very fit body, her Catsuit and joints. If you're a fan of DC characters and/or Tetsuya Nomura's artwork and style, this toy is for you. Let me warn you super elite DC fans though, this Catwoman doesn't look like the Catwoman you guys know, unless you consider her a Cyber-punk Catwoman or as an entirely different character. To me this Catwoman VPAK is starting to look like the "mainstream design" Catwoman, meaning the figure grows on you if you give this one a chance.
Check this one out, it's full of "distorted neon lights" :D
|Scouting the city|
Cheers and Happy Collecting!