Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pre-order Medicom Toys RAH Batman: Hush 1/6 scale Catwoman & Harley Quinn 12-inch Figures

Batman: Hush is a 2002-2003 comic book story arc that ran through the Batman monthly series. It was written by Jeph Loeb, and penciled by Jim Lee, inked by Scott Williams and colored by Alex Sinclair. The story depicts a mysterious stalker, head wrapped in bandages, called Hush, who seems intent on sabotaging Batman from afar, and utilizes a large number of guest appearances by Batman villains. It also emphasizes the romantic feelings between Batman and Catwoman.

Having already released Real Action Heroes (RAH) 1/6th scale Hush Batman and Joker 12-inch Figures earlier (see my toy blog post HERE), it only stands to reason that Medicom Toys would follow up with these RAH (Real Action Hero) Batman: Hush 1/6 scale Catwoman and Harley Quinn 12-inch Figures.

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, also known as Harley Quinn, first appeared in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Joker's Favor" (episode #08, original air date: September 11, 1992) where she served as a humorous female sidekick to the Joker. In her first appearances she was depicted as a character completely devoted to the Joker, totally oblivious to his psychotic nature and his obvious lack of affection for her - a characterization that has remained more or less consistent throughout her subsequent appearances. Her name is a play on the word 'harlequin'. Scroll down to see all the pictures of both Catwoman & Harley Quinn.

The origin of Harley Quinn was recounted in a 1994 graphic novel The Batman Adventures: Mad Love. Told in the style and continuity of Batman: The Animated Series and written and drawn by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm (two of the producers of the animated series and Harley's creators), the comic book revealed Harley's origins as an Arkham Asylum psychiatrist who fell in love with the Joker. The story was widely praised and won the Eisner and Harvey Awards for Best Single Issue Comic of the Year.

The Mad Love story was originally thought too violent for the animated series, though it was eventually adapted in The New Batman Adventures series episode "Mad Love" in 1999. This made it the first "animated style" comic book which was adapted for the series (the other being a holiday special adapted into the episode "Holiday Knights").

Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, is a fictional character associated with DC Comics' Batman franchise and created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Currently potrayed as an orphan who learned to survive on Gotham City's streets, Selina took to thievery to survive... but determined to do it in style, she learned martial arts and trained extensively to perfect her skills in cat burglary.

She regularly eludes capture by the Dark Knight and maintains a complicated, adversarial relationship with Batman that frequently turns flirtatious and occasionally, legitimately romantic. She's one of Batman's best known loves. Her main crime is only thievery, as killing is against her own moral code thus making her more of an anti-hero rather than true villain and she currently only steals from gangsters and mobsters. She is one of Batman's most trusted allies at the moment.

Catwoman is a trained gymnast and athlete, as well as an expert hand-to-hand combatant. She is also highly skilled with her specialized whip, a bullwhip combined with "cat-o'-nine-tails", and capable of astonishing stealth. She puts these incredible skills to use as she pursues her obsession with stealing famous works and jewelry, at which she is especially adept. She is also drawn irresistibly to cat motifs, and seems to possess an empathy for feline species.

The original and most widely known Catwoman, Selina Kyle, first appeared in Batman #1 (Spring 1940) in which she was known as The Cat. As an adversary of Batman, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high stake thefts. Modern writers have attributed her activities and costumed identity as a response to a history of abuse.

You can pre-order these Medicom Toys Batman: Hush Real Action Hero (RAH) 1/6 scale Catwoman and Harley Quinn 12-inch female action figures at TFH


rudeboy said...

I love how the darts in Catwoman's costume come to such well-placed, pointed ends at her chest in the last pic.


Ladies, see you both soon.

humanbeingill said...

Aside from Medicom's near perfect cartoon or anime sculpts they leave alot to be desired outside that genre, a subject repeatedly addressed on this blog. But I have to say again, the MSRPs on these figures are so disrepectful. With some going as high as $399.99!!

One Shot said...

how's the quality on RAH and Medicom these days? are the joints still brittle?

alex teo said...

I stopped buying from Medicom Toys, George. Too many heartaches and too expensive for my liking