|Marvel Legends Black Cat|
Black Cat is actually not the first one who came with this body mold. At SDCC 2013, Hasbro introduced this new mold with the Marvel Legends Exclusive Moonstone which I don't have at the moment. A size comparison between her would have been great for this review but nonetheless, I'm super stoked about this figure.
I think this mold should be the standard for women figures with athletic body types. The muscles are not too lean nor too bulging It's just average with more emphasis on her boobs and bum cheeks. The face is just beautiful and more comic book accurate! Her eyes, nose and lips are in perfect symmetry and proportion. Moreover, her hair looks amazing with lots of sculpting details that kind of reminds me of the Marvel Legends Jean Grey figure. The sculpt on the furs are also done properly enhanced by the paint which I'm going to talk next.
If you've been collecting Legends figures for a long time, then I think you already know that Hasbro is not quite good at paint application, but the Black Cat begs to differ. I love how they used a glossy type of black paint over her suit which is reflective and would probably look like this in the movie if ever they'll introduce the character. There are no paint details on the boots and gloves per se but the furs around the edges got some streaks of blue wash or dry brushing as well as the ones near her cleavage. From her cleavage to her face are flesh tones that are applied evenly with her black choker standing out. Also, over her snowy white hair is another blue dry brushing; showing the waves around it.
Black Cat comes with no interchangeable parts but has this menacing bullwhip that got claws at the tip. The accessory actually made her 30% sexier but unfortunately there is no articulation that could give you more options for poseability. It would have been better if they embedded her whip with a bendy wire but they didn't and it's fixed to this "coiling-effect", which is to me looked like she has a stylized back scratcher than a whip.
The articulation on this figure is a little different but better than the ML Emma Frost and the ML Jean Grey, and actually better than those previous women figures that we had from Hasbro. However, the articulation on this new body mold is still not perfect. There are no hinges to the wrists nor swivel to the biceps that would have made a more pronounced claw attack, and there are no rotations at the boot cuts. Black Cat's head cannot move down and up due to her thick gorgeous hair... and that's considerable; got no issue with that. But she got a diaphragm swivel as a substitute that allows her to look side to side and bend front to back and side to side. She got ball-hinged shoulders, single-jointed elbows that flex and rotate, and wrists that only have rotation. Her hips are on a T-joint (which is good). She double-jointed knees and hinged ankles that flex with the ankle rockers that maybe help her stand.
Speaking of "stand", Black Cat is one of those figures on high heels that requires a base stand support. Without it, she's just too unmanageable (naughty kitty)! With her heels, she is at 6.2 inches which is ideal for her height. She is a little shorter than Emma Frost but her girths are bigger and more appealing (sorry Emma). I'm excited that Hasbro Marvel Legends gave us this new mold and a new Black Cat (of course), because with it I can see that they will use it hopefully on Ms. Marvel, Spider-Woman or the Classic Rogue if they'll make one.