I mentioned a couple of articles ago that the Play Arts Kai Catwoman figure is one of the best Play Arts Kai figures of 2012 and the new "Queen of Kais." I am not going to change my stance now that i've seen her up close. Definitely, she's one of the best we have seen so far though, honestly, i have a few misgivings about her. Let's start with the basics first, shall we...Packaging is simply stunning and i like how they presented a neo-noir approach. The flap contains a bit of backstory, pretty standard fare for Play Arts Kai figures lately. I am not well-versed on her role on the Arkham PS3 series since my cousin's the one who played the 2 installments so i'll jump ahead...
|"Oh boy, oh boy, here she comes..."|
She's packaged with ample accessories: Whip, 2 pairs of alternate hands and an alternate goggled head which is a distinct feature of the Arkham Asylum figures.
Being thoroughly familiar with the look of the Catwoman character - why, with the numerous incarnations, renditions on-print, video games and silver screen representations of one of the most famous comic franchise how could i not be? - i am very much surprised and delighted with her character design. The reboot actually gave her quite a hot costume upgrade and i love it.
|Forgive me for the comparison but her face sculpt reminds me of Ashley Greene|
Normally, i'm not into whips and skin tight leaders but the design actually fit her quite well. I love the texture on the figure and the paint job is equally good for a smaller scale Kai. Though as expected there are small wayward paint marks on, ummm...certain areas that should not have those-Why the hell do those paint marks ALWAYS end up there anyway? Meryl got those also, just sayin.' They are not noticeable though, unless you look hard enough on her lower cleavage area - now you know where it is! hehe.
|Come and get me...|
Her articulation is basic modern Kai including the ratcheted leg joints, Dissidia hinges and those knee-connectors that look awful on certain poses (and on other figures) but she carries them nicely. I especially love the upper arm articulation that allows you to twist her arm because they aren't a pain to move compared to other Kais. My only problem is with her crotch piece especially when you try to do kneeling or one-knee poses with her legs - the upper leg joints tend to show or stretch the crotch piece creating small stress marks (similar to what happened to my Chris Redfield Kai).
Lower torso articulation can also be improved so she can do poses with her derriere, i believe that would be interesting.
|Batman: Uh...sorry, what was that again? a couple of ...errr...things distracted me...|
Her balance though needs to be improved. Her slim legs partnered with her Bayonetta-high heels aren't doing the trick. Her large box could have easily fit a FREE stand don't you think?
She's in perfect scale with the new Bruce Wayne figure but i heard the older Arkham Asylum Bats isn't.
|You boys better behave...|
|You got something on your face...|
|Batman: Uh, sorry, what were you saying? i got distracted again...|
Overall, Play Arts Kai Catwoman is a very, very good figure. Not a perfect figure, but a really solid acquisition for her price tag. I also always think about the future of a Kai franchise and Arkham City's looking up with Robin, that weird looking Batman, Harley and Poison Ivy coming soon to grace our display cabs.
You should buy...well, what the hell! go ahead and BUY HER, that's coming from a non-fan of this particular Play Arts Kai line. You won't regret it trust me.