Selina Kyle, also better known as Catwoman, is the deuteragonist of Tim Burton's 1992 superhero film Batman Returns. She was a lonely, frustrated woman pushed over the edge into obsession and crime after her boss, tycoon Maximillian Shreck, tried to kill her to keep her from revealing his plot to build a power plant that would steal Gotham's electricity. She was portrayed by Michelle Pfeiffer.
As you can see the Catwoman origin was changed heavily in the 1992 Tim Burton film. Actually I am going to go on record and say, with the exception of Michael Keaton as Batman those Burton films stink. No action, too long, everything is shot in the dark, there just bad. In fact they stink. But he did have a knack for the costume design. I mean sure Batman never dressed in black, but he had a great car. And there is no denying that his Catwoman design was great. In fact I prefer it to the current goggle version we see in the books. Basic black leather with white stitching. Simple and effective. Diamond Select Toys has just released a Catwoman statue based on the Michelle Pfeiffer version, and it looks great.
Lets start at the face. First and foremost lets look at how identical it is to Pfeiffer in the film. The red lips, nose, jaw outline, cheeks, it looks amazing and is spot on. The light brown eyebrows, and eyes that are sculpted to look sympathetic as opposed to evil really highlight the look of this. The mouth is the sell point, the indent as if she is in beginning pucker looks spot on to how she did in the film. It looks just like her. The costume, cowl lets start with is designed perfectly. It’s a leather outfit and if you look you can see how not only is it a shiny leather, almost plastic style but it has wrinkles in certain areas. Look above the eye and you can see where its pushed up a bit do to the turning of her head. I like how its not all wrinkled as well, just a very few select areas to make it look more real. The white stitching is great as it had almost a blue tint to it. It really help make the piece stand out.
Moving to the body you can see what I was stating about the wrinkles that are sculpted in. There are a few above her chest and a few around the waist where her leg is bending back. Not to much, just enough to add to the realism. The outfit is black, a shiny black, but not enough to make it look like a cartoon. No this matches the film perfectly. You can see the white stitching going through it, which really does break up the black and give the piece contrast. I love how the stitching is brighter than the outfit itself to really make it all stand out. The body is done perfectly. Sculpted to look just like Michelle Pfeiffer did in the films. I really like how Diamond Select can make the same character look different in each piece they do.
This side shot give you a great look at Catwoman’s leather whip. It’s a large rubber whip that has some movement to it. You can see how its grasped in her left hand, of which all the fingers are individually sculpted to hold it. It goes up and around twisting behind the chimney on the base of the piece. It really stands out and give this a striking look. You can see the wrinkles in the outfit by the wrist which is about as accurate as you can get. Looking down you get a good shot of the boots as well. Black leather high heeled boots that blend perfectly into the outfit. The placement of the legs is perfectly done as well. This really is a well done piece that stands out.
This back shot shows off a bit more of the whip placement and how it wraps around the body and base of the statue. It almost looks like a cat tail, which is how I assume it was designed. You can see the black leather outfit with the white ice colored stitching around the shoulders, butt, and calf muscles. Notice how the arms are done. The left, holding the whip is back with the forearm twisted, whereas the right is out with a few fingers outstretched. It makes it look like Catwoman is balancing herself on not only a rooftop but as she readies to crack her whip. Its yet another nice subtle touch from Diamond Select.
Finally lets look at the base. I cant stress how much I like this. A simple yet effective snow covered rooftop with a dark, almost black chimney. Notice how the chimney has snow on it as well. I like how the snow is dirty as Gotham is presented in these films as a filthy dump for some reason. It helps to give it the look and feel of the film as well. Plus the fact that her stitching looks almost like ice makes the base look all the more appropriate. It’s a small base but it really looks great and takes nothing away from the statue itself.
Overall this is a great piece, bad movie, but great piece. It looks spot on to Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman and it looks great on my wall of Batman Statues. I highly recommend picking this one up for your collection.
Overall 5 out of 5 Stars!
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