How do folks? Today we’re being entertained by Marvel’s answer to Catwoman, the Black Cat. Felicia Hardy, has been an ally and enemy of Spiderman off and on for some time now, going back to her first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 in July 1979. Thanks to Hasbro we’re finally getting a figure of this character at 3 ¾”.
As for the design of the costume, it seems to be based on a more modern incarnation of the character, which strikes me as a shame as it comes across a bit bland, with too high a concentration of black all over the toy, missing the visual interest offered by her older costume that was recently mimicked in the Spiderman Legends line. Giving her white boots and gloves would have gone a long way to making her that bit more eye catching. I feel the inclusion of these visual features would have pushed her from an ok figure to a very good one. Instead the costume is accented by tufts of white fur along her forearms and lower legs, which is still decent, but not quite as cool. It took a bit of fiddling to get her to stand up straight once I had her out of her package, but once achieved she looks fine.
Black Cat came with no accessories, a whip or grapple would have been a nice inclusion with her honestly. For a small figure she comes across as a bit cheap coming out of the package all by her lonesome.
The head sculpt and hair are pretty nice, unfortunately the hair really restricts her movement, which is true of just about all figures with a decent head of hair on them. The arms seem impossible to push down flush to the side of her body which is a shame, when standing her straight they kind of poke out at a 30 degree angle. The figure is sculpted quite well over all, with a petite frame, though she is a tall lady here. It’s competent, but I would have liked her more if she were in her classic costume.
This new wave of Infinite figures is a mixture of new and older moulds from the Marvel Universe line. Which gives the line a bit of a range in the amount of articulation that comes with each figure. Figures such as Daredevil and Sandman are made using old tooling for much of the figure giving them a wide range of articulation, while others such as Beast, Big Time Spiderman and Black Cat here have had theirs reduced in a couple of areas, most notably wrist swivels and torso crunches. This is a bit disappointing as I had held this line in a bit of esteem for their quality over the movie and cartoon tie in lines which can be characterised by their typically reduced articulation.
I like this figure, but I think it could have been improved with a bit of attention to articulation and detail, this is a Spiderman character, so I’d have liked to have seen her able to move like one. But for the moment she’ll be fine as a place holder until they go and make a 2 pack in her classic costume of something.