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Microman Catwoman

Danny Mills joins us again tonight to review one of the latest Microman releases - Catwoman!.  Take it away, Danny! 

The legendary Japanese Microman line is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and during this anniversary year Takara have branched out with their "Micro Action Series". The first wave of this series included Batman, Mark from G-Force and others. Now Takara have added to the series with a 2-pack of Batman and Batgirl, and this "Hush"-inspired Catwoman figure, who takes her visual cue from the artwork of Jim Lee.






Packaging - ***
Catwoman is packaged on an approximately 6" by 7" card, with the bubble being held in place by a plastic overlay which clips over the entire card. This means that it's completely resealable for collectors, a nice touch. The artwork is good, a very dynamic drawing of Catwoman has been used in the top right corner which really adds to the overall look.

Sculpting - ***
Catwoman uses the new female Microman body, and features a large chest piece and tiny waist piece, as comic tradition dictates. The emphasis for the Microman line is articulation and posability, and the sculpt is slightly compromised by the sheer amount of movable pieces, however the Catwoman costume has been captured well. Mind you, a simple black bodysuit can't cause too many problems for Takara's sculptors. The hands are unique, being set as claws, befitting the new look of the character.

The two different heads are a mixed bag. The goggled Catwoman head seems slightly vacuous, due to the fact that the goggles cover her eyes and the neutral set of her mouth. I would have preferred an open mouthed or snarling expression, like the card art portrays. The second head is a lot better because you can see the eyes, however the expression is essentially the same.

Paint - **1/2
Catwoman is mostly black, due to her costume, but there are some nice silver highlights to break it up a bit. The paint detailing on the face is a bit sloppy where the goggles meet the skin, but at this scale it's not too much of an issue as it's barely noticeable without thorough inspection.

Articulation - ****
A 3 " figure with 30 points of articulation? Oh yes! The articulation is Marvel Legends quality in a figure half the size, an incredible achievement. I won't list them all here, but for me the standout joints are the ball-jointed neck, which is always useful, and the double-ball jointed shoulders, which allow for some great posing opportunities. The joints are nice and tight, and with a little bit of fiddling to get the centre of gravity correct, Catwoman can perform some great martial arts kicks without even using the stand.

Accessories - ****
Catwoman comes with a lot of accessories. As well as the clear stand and second head, included in this set is Catwoman's signature whip, an alternate set of boots with knife-blades protruding from the front, and no less than seven (!) sets of hands.

Fun Factor - ***
The small size of the figure combined with the mindblowing posability and sheer number of accessories really adds up to a very fun figure to play with.

Value - **1/2
In the UK, I paid 7.99 (around $15) from an import store. Not tremendous value for money, but the Microman range is difficult to get hold of here.

Overall - ***
A very playable figure which places the emphasis on articulation and accessories over sculpted detail and size. If you're used to Marvel Legends or Lord of the Rings figures, the size of the Microman line might put you off, but if you're used to GI Joe or Star Wars figures, you'll be amazed at what can be achieved at this scale.

SCORE RECAP:
Packaging - ***
Sculpt - ***
Paint - **1/2
Articulation - ****
Accessories - ****
Fun Factor - ***
Value - **1/2
Overall - ***

Where to Buy
I got my figure from Tripitaka Toys, a UK online shop specializing in imported Japanese toys and collectables. However both Killer Toys and Action HQ have this figure in for $15.  QwikSand Collectibles has her coming in soon, and at the great price of just ten bucks!

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Figure from the collection of Danny Mills.

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