DC Comics Designer Series (Greg Capullo): “New 52” Catwoman by DC Collectibles

It seems like a while since I did a DC Friday, so I’m getting back on point today by opening up another DC Collectibles figure. This time it’s the Designer Series Gregg Capullo Catwoman! Now, as many of you know, I’m not a regular reader of Batman comics, but I did go out of my way to read Death of the Family and rather enjoyed it. Of course, I’ve been an avid follower of Catwoman’s New 52 book. As a result, I tend to associate Guillem March’s art with New 52 Catwoman more than Capullo’s, but I still like what Capullo did in the Batman book and was happy to pick up this figure based on his art.

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The packaging is quite similar to what we saw when I looked at the Flash TV Series figures and the deco is right in line with DCC’s regular New 52 window boxes. The biggest improvement is the angled window with the character’s name running up the side. The only real drawback here is how much wasted space is in that box. The tray looks very sparse and it could have used some art behind it with a little more punch to compensate. Everything is collector friendly, but with storage space ever the great enemy, I’ll be pitching this box.

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Selena comes all decked out in her trademark skin-tight bodysuit. It’s a pretty simple outfit, enhanced by some wrinkles here and there and some very precise silver paint on her front zipper and the buckles on the sides of her high-heeled boots. I would have liked a little more gloss on the suit, but the matte finish that they used doesn’t look at all bad. They certainly got her curves in all the right places.

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The head sculpt is damn nice, with her large, gold goggles and her cute little pursed lips. Getting in close makes the paint on her lips and nostrils seem a little weird, but it looks fine with the naked eye. Bonus points: I used the word “naked” in a feature about Catwoman. My Google hits are going up already! A second head with the goggles up would have been nice, as there was certainly plenty of room for it in the package, but I guess it was not to be.

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The articulation here is decent enough for DC Collectibles’ standards, but a little lacking from what I’d like in my Catwoman figures. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, hinged elbows, and swivels at the gloves. The legs feature a T-crotch at the hips, hinges in the knees, and swivels in both the thighs and at the tops of her boots. There’s no torso articulation, but there is a ball joint in the neck. Let’s face it, Catwoman is all about the acrobatics, so the posability here feels stiff and limiting. Then again, at this point anyone buying DCC figures and expecting limber articulation is really just kidding themselves. I will say that she can stand surprisingly well in those high heels, at least when she’s not doing anything. The more action orientated poses require a figure stand.

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Catwoman comes with one accessory and that’s her whip. I really like this piece, as it’s made out of rubbery plastic and features a split end and a lanyard around the handle.

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All in all, I’d say this is a pretty nice figure. She retailed at around $20 originally, but most of the figures in this wave have been hitting clearance around the Interwebs and I was able to pick up Selena here for around seven bucks. Not a bad deal at all, although getting her is really just driving me more to pick up DCC’s Heroes vs Villains 7-pack to get the Catwoman bundled in that box.

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