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Catwoman Custom Action Figure

 
 
Custom #:32170  
Name:Catwoman
Custom Type:Action Figure
Toy Series:Batman
Creator:darklord1967  
Date Added:August 24, 2011
Base Figure:Various
Height:5.65 inches
[b]CATWOMAN[/b]

The Catwoman’s comic book outfit which appealed to me most was her skin-tight purple cat-suit with thigh-high black boots and arm-length clawed gloves (from her late 1980’s-late 1990’s comic book appearances).

This costume has been represented a number of times as an action figure. So I had very high hopes of avoiding the lengthy creation of a custom figure for my “Legends of Gotham City” Collection.

No such luck…


The DC Direct Batman: Long Halloween Catwoman Action Figure was based on comic book artist Tim Sale’s artwork from the “Long Halloween” storyline. Unfortunately, is artwork was not my cup of tea. However, I did recognize pretty quickly that it was mainly this action figure’s head sculpt, wrist bracelets, and color scheme that made it [i]artwork-specific[/i] to Sale’s “Long Halloween” book. With an appropriate head swap, anatomical alteration, and careful paint work, this figure could definitely be made into a perfect “classic” comic book Catwoman!

After some extensive surgery to replace her anatomically awkward arms, and a head-swap with a Silver Age Catwoman figure, I carefully re-painted this figure into a much more accurate depiction of Catwoman’s modern age catsuit.


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grungethemovie - Friday, July 13, 2012
@_@
Bakegirl - Saturday, August 27, 2011
Great work, she's got the nostalgic costume but a totally hot and modern looking body! Damn fine curves!
GhoulGirl - Thursday, August 25, 2011
She's beautiful! Very clean paint job and rich in color! Nice execution! Excellent work! I love her!
dbocustoms - Thursday, August 25, 2011
man I love this,I have been begging (well in my brain)for a catwoman figure and you freakin make the one that I would really want!this is how I picture her,well that and the black outfit,well that and her in real life...uh, never mind great job duder!the recipe is perfect,love the dc direct figures
darklord1967 - Thursday, August 25, 2011
Thanks pal! I know what you mean about a real-life Catwoman. She would be a... real looker! Talk about hubba, hubba!

I really love the DC Direct figures too. At the risk of sounding snobbish, I think they have a solid weight feel... an artistic, collectible richness... an elegance to them that I frankly find lacking in the DC Universe Classics line.

The Mattel products are definitely intended more as (mass production) "play toys". All of the men and women characters are molded off of the same basic 2 or 3 body sculpts. It feels very strange to me to see Catwoman with the exact same anatomical size and build as Harley Quinn or Batgirl... or Green Lantern with the exact same physique as The Flash, or The Riddler

However, As a customizer, I cannot help but feel the need to enhance the articulation of the DC Direct figures a bit for better poseability. As collectible as they may be, they can be overly "statuesque", if you know what I mean.

For that very reason, I went through quite a lot of surgery correcting when I created my custom (poseable) DC Direct-based Penguin Action figure for this series.

Feel free to check out my WIP thread for all of these "Legends Of Gotham City" characters over in the forums Custom Workstation.
Automatauntaun - Thursday, August 25, 2011
I think I said this same thing on your wips? I love your fig, but I am that other guy. Articulation crazy. But I love your stuff! It's so good! Keep it up!
The Real Question - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I love this catwomen even though I love the black leather suit look.

Kinda sad she doesn't have leg articulation.
darklord1967 - Thursday, August 25, 2011
I'm not sure I understand what you mean, good buddy. This action figure (like ALL of my customs) has articulation points that are fully functional. She is (swivel) articulated at the hips AND she has working knees... so her legs ARE most definitely articulated.

If you are referring to sideways (side-kick) hip articulation, then perhaps I should explain something:

There has always been an old conundrum in the world of customzing, where artists seem to be divided into two camps: Those who prefer Super articulation, (for added poseability in their figures), VERSUS those who favor basic articulation, (for its tendency to preserve anatomical aesthetics and clean sculpts).

I would probably describe myself as a customizer who favors the sculpt work, pleasing anatomy, and aesthetics of an action figure.

I honestly find Mattel's DC Universe Collection figures, (as sculpted and engineered by The Four Horsemen Studios), to be some of the most anatomically strange and awkward looking figures around today... particularly the female characters.

I do not care for their strange mid-thigh swivel articulation (who decided THAT was necessary?), nor do I care for the strange design of their upper hips. I don't really need (or even want) for my figures to be able to perform side-kicks or splits if it is going to make their hips look like bizarre fragmented door hinges.

But, hey... as always to each, his own...
firefly - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
outstanding!
TheGr8One - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Now thats one sexy & tough looking catwoman!
mbosky99 - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sweet job this is an amazing custom great recipe and spot on paints are what I'm really loving!
ole jade jaw - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Now that's sharp!!
Cosmic Fantasy Customs - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I saw this in the custom workstation thread and have to say, simply spot on. great job, I could not imagine her in another outfit. also the work you put into this is simply as FF said PURRRRR-Fect. keep up the bat masterpiece collection.
zevon48 - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
unreal!!!
fastfreddie - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
that's PURR-fect!!
Heroes Assembled Customs - Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Really nice, clean work! Looks factory made! Great job!
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