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Awesome Toy Picks: Catman and Hugo Strange (With Batman Head)

A selection of new and old action figures you should add to your collection.

It's time for another installment of Awesome Toy Picks where we take a look at some action figures you can find on store shelves along with some from the past you might have to search for online.

With Batman: Arkham City coming out this week, why not focus on Batman? But we're not going to look at a Batman action figure...not really. This week's pick is that hunter/tracker/thief...Catman.

Catman is part of the Legacy Edition line of figures featuring Batman, Batgirl, Joker and Mr. Freeze. The figures are about six inches tall and each come with an exclusive comic book poster. Looking at the package pictures below, you can see the poster isn't really that big. It also come rolled up very tightly in the package. Here's the sad truth, I actually tore the edge trying to roll it in the opposite direction to try to get it flat so I could take a picture. It's not that big of a deal. I'm not sure if the people that buy these figures are really interested in a mini-poster.

Catman has decent articulation. He comes with removable claws as well as a base he can stand on. With all the articulation, he stands easily, even on flat, outdoor settings. Not even his heavy plastic cape is a problem in getting him to pose.

Check him out in action.

Our retro pick is Hugo Strange from the DC Direct Batman Secret Files Series 3 line.

Hugo comes with an alternate Batman head which is equally cool. It's like getting two figures in one. You can even find him at a reasonable price at places like amazon or just do a search at ebay or other online toy sites. The figures in the line (Vacation Joker, Two-Face and Poison Ivy) were inspired by the art of Brian Bolland. It's a very solid figure and is kind of sharp in areas. It's hard to say which makes the better figure, with the Hugo head or Batman head. Then again, you probably already have a bunch of Batman figures. I was happy to finally take this one out of the package.

That's it for this week. Let us know what you thought about these choices. Keep an eye out when you're walking down the toy aisles.

30 Comments
Posted by GothamRed

I want that Catman, it looks awesome. Strange looks great too, I'm just not a big fan, you understand.

Posted by CrimsonTempest

Catman needs his own slice of the New 52! Great action figure!

Edited by kennybaese

I will own that Catman figure. I'll have to get the Batman figure in the line too so they can stand side to side on my desk. I'm going hunting tomorrow.

EDIT: So, I just went hunting for the figures, and I dig the Golden Age Batman figure, but I don't think it'd really go very well with the Catman figure. I really hate the head mold on the Modern Age Batman figure. It's the weird grimace face from the Sinesto Batman figure and I hate the way it looks. I think I'm just going to have to go looking in a store and look at the figures in person to make up my mind.

Posted by stealthraptor

Those pictures are great.

Posted by cosmo111687

^^ !

Posted by Om1kron

for the love of gotham please clean your cats eyes! 

Posted by ArkhamInmate

WOW I wouldn't fight Catman if he comes with his GIANT kitty ;)

Posted by Hawkeye446

Very cool.

Posted by higher_evolutionary

lol , epic

Edited by TheOlympian

Someone had too much fun at the Catman photoshoot...

***Extreme jealous side-eye***

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I can't believe they pay you to do things like this Tony.

Posted by Decept-O

@Om1kron said:

for the love of gotham please clean your cats eyes!

Agreed.

Catman rules, however. Love the pics of Catman. Looks like a great figure!

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Catman Fans...please help me...whats the attraction to him...I have only read a handful books and arcs with him in them and I don't really see whatsso good about him.

Posted by shawn87

Those 2 are pretty cool

Posted by NyxEquitis

Love Hugo's face.

Posted by Final Draft85

I bought two of the Catman figures one to display & one still in the box on the wall next to my desk. I had to get two he is just a stellar character & this figure is pretty rad. I can't find the Hugo Strange figure... my comic shop I go to sold out. I think because of Arkham City, but still he is a cool figure.

Posted by Bestostero

Giraffe!?

Posted by christopherwalken

Hugo Strange (with Batman head) or Batman (with Hugo Strange head)?

Or, even better, Batman (with huge, strange head)...

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Catman should have made an appearance in Lion King now that I've seen this. And Kudos on the Hugotman (Hugo + Batman)!

Posted by XLR87T3

@CrimsonTempest said:

Catman needs his own slice of the New 52! Great action figure!

So true...

Posted by JonesDeini

Both are awesome, I saw this Catman last week but had to choose groceries instead :P

@XLR87T3 said:

@CrimsonTempest said:

Catman needs his own slice of the New 52! Great action figure!

So true...

I'm down for that!

Posted by Mbecks14

hahaha Catman pics are great!

Edited by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Hahahahhahahahahaah! I`m Batman!

No. I am Batman!

Oh, sorry. My mistake.

Posted by RonaldBryan

Hug Strange with Batman head. Isn't that pretty much Batman? Catman with Catman head looks awesome.

Posted by Billy Batson

cool.
BB

Posted by perry_411

The original yellow ranger has a bigger package than Hugo, which explains a lot about the character

Posted by etragedy

Who the hell is Catman?

Posted by SpidermanWins

Very cool and funny pics. i loved the Catman ones. Keep this up.

Posted by _Stryke_

Catman hanging from  a tree was cool. :)

Posted by Eyz

I just can't get enough of these awesome photoshoots XD