Thank you Ken for bringing this kitty back from the US, now I can finally shoot some pictures of this nice looking statue to share.
I have been a big fan of Adam Hughes since I first saw his Vampirella covers. Adam has been designing a lot of DC Female Busts, but since I never started collecting them, I decide to stay away from the line. When Sideshow announced their Adam Hughes Marvel line, I got pretty excited about them too. The White Queen is nice, but I found myself liking this Black Cat more, probably something to do with my love of cats too… LOL. And what really push me over to order is they have the Sideshow Exclusive version still available when I checked their site, which includes a lithograph of the artwork that this statue is based on!
<The statue and the art print>
The concept of the statue is the Black Cat has just climbed out of an air duct grill, landing on some wooden crates of goods. She is probably sneaking around some warehouse for some treasure!
The statue comes in 3 pieces, and they are nicely protected in a custom molded styrofoam insert.
The main body is easy to assemble to the base, but the “Grill” is a little tricky. First of all, you need to slide the frame diagonally over her 2 arms, and the 2 pins on her hands seems to be a little narrower that the actual frame on mine, so I need to carefully squish the frame a little before I can successfully push the pins through the 2 holes.
The statue itself is quite huge, standing over 19 inches tall with the base! Definitely get my money’s worth consider it is only 130 bucks (compare to most statues nowadays that are way smaller and pricing at 175 or more!). The details on the figure are good, and the paint job is very clean. The pose is rather straight compare to the Adam Hughes drawing, but her body curves is still shown off great! I like how they use a high gloss for her suit, while the other parts are in matt finish that contrasted her suit nicely. Her facial detail is nicely sculpted, with a very decent paint job for a mass production piece.
If I really have to pick on something, I wish they would have put some shading on her hair instead of leaving it a single shade white. That would have added more “layer” to the look of her hair, and also enhanced the sculpt.
Being an art/design person, I want to compliment Sideshow on their nice packaging. This is a rather big statue, and the box is very big, so it can get expensive to print in full color. In most cases, other statue manufacturer would sacrifice the box art and use a plain cardbox box with a sticker. But Sideshow has always kicking the package up a notch. For a box that is over 20 inches tall, they did not go cheap and give us a full color package that is worth keeping (not that I would throw away any boxes, but I know a lot of people do becoz of space constraints).
My grade on the BLACK CAT Comiquette Statue:
Packaging - 10/10
Sculpt - 9/10 (if they can follow Adam’s pose better, it will be perfect!)
Paint - 8/10 (The Hair!!)
Value - 10/10