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Wonder Woman – DC Super Hero Girls

Personally I think it is funny to call her Wonder Woman, when he is supposed to be a “girl.”

Anyway, I digress from the reason I am writing this today. She is a fantastic doll. She shares many similarities with Batgirl, who I looked at last week, but she is unique enough that you don’t feel like you are buying the same doll with a different head.

Her skin color is a bit darker than Batgirl’s, but that is to be expected, since Batgirl hangs out in the night, and is red haired, which would lend itself to fairer skin.

Unlike the action figure I looked at last week with purple hair, this version of Wonder Woman is much better to the correct color. They even gave her some blue highlights, which is similar to the show, but in the show there is a bit more of a purple color to it, but the blue is a bit of a nod to the original comics that colored black hair with blue highlights.

She comes with her standard outfit she wears around school. It is easy to see how they could go about making a few different versions of WW, including one where she is in her armor. That would be pretty neat to see. Overall the outfit is spot on. Her shirt sleeves are short enough that they show off her strong arms. Her pants are pretty tight, and show that this is a muscular woman, and not some skinny Barbie doll under there.

Her accessories are a lot of gold. Gold shoulder armor that has a bit of trouble staying in place when playing with her. She has a belt that has a clip for her Lasso of Truth. I don’t know why they made her lasso with a clip to attach to her belt, but also left it out like she is using it. It does not look good on her belt when it is not coiled up. I think I might have to see about getting something to make a more realistic and functioning lasso.

In all, this is another great figure in the DC Super Hero Girls line. I think people are going to be quite fond of these dolls as they get them out of the packaging. They are self-standing, so you don’t have to worry about Monster High type stands. They are a sturdy toy that will last a long time, or adorn the shelves of collectors and show watchers.

 

PS Happy 6th Anniversary to being on WordPress.  It has been a fast 6 years. So much has happened.   I am looking forward to continuing on.

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DC Super Hero Girls – First Look

DC Seems to have really gotten it’s act together here at the start of 2016. They looked at their properties and figured out something fantastic. Sell items in the mass market, make good money, and influence a generation of girls.

I think they also know they cannot compete with Marvel on the movie front, so they are going to what they are REALLY good at…animation. And what better way to pull a new generation in than with some younger content? This is going to hit big!

The New DC Super Hero Girls come in two sizes, the 6 inch action figure, and the taller 12 inch doll. There is also an influx of clothing and even wearable action accessories.

Today we are looking a one of each of the toys. I was really interested in getting my hands on Wonder Woman for both figures, to be somewhat consistent, but Wonder Woman is a favorite, and with a movie coming out in the very near future that she plays a major roll in, it is no wonder that she is harder to find.

I ended up with my second choice of Batgirl, but once i got her out of the box, I think she may be my #1 pick. It will be hard to beat her overall look and accesories.

Taking in her full body look, I am digging the design features. She is wearing a hoodie that has ears on top. Of course she is wearing her black mask as well. To go with the black mask, she also has a black winged backpack. She has on gauntlets of yellow and finishing off her arms are really well detailed black-gloved hands. She has one open hand and one grasping hand.

She is wearing black pants that are on the snug side, but not skin tight. She finishes off her look with a pair of yellow combat boots.

She has such a beautiful face.  It is a bit smoother than the beauty look of Monster High or Barbie Dolls.  Her eyes and eyebrows are painted on with a line of perfection.  She does not have any extra makeup over a bit of pink lip gloss.

Her backpack is a solid piece that has great detailings all it’s own.  She has the requisite bat wings along with details of zippers and a pocket.

Her gauntlets are removable.  As you would expect from the makers of Monster High, Mattel did really good with the body parts, allowing for the hands to be pulled off to remove the gauntlets.  The only thing I don’t like about the gauntlets is that they cover some really good forearm detail.  This girl has some muscle, and the forearms are great.

Take a peek under that sleeve, and you can see Batgirl has a pair of concealed weapons.  She has good muscle tone going on all over the place.

In the store, and in the box, it is a bit hard to tell, but side by side, there is a fairly large discrepancy between DC Super Hero Girls and Monster High.  It is clear that Mattel went with whole new bodies for this line.  It is a bummer for the people out there with a large number of MH dolls.  Sorry, your DC Girls will not be borrowing anything from your MH girls.

There is definitely a difference between the two lines, but not as big as you might think.

Tailored to girls, they can choose which size they like better. They may not want to deal with the hair and the clothes all of the time. Maybe they want the Girls to play with some friends from the Marvel Universe. By going with two sizes, it allows the kids to vary what they play with.

It is also nice for parents who may be on a budget. The price difference is about double. $9.99 for the 6 inch figures, and $19.99 for the 12 inch figures.

For the level of detail, and accessories, I think they are right on the price point they should be. $10 for an action figure is a steal these days, with Marvel Legends going for $19.99 to $21.99 depending on the store.

This little Wonder has great articulation.  I guess that is what you get when you hand over the design to Mattel.  We have seen such a flux of articulation in the past with DC, from barely 5 points to a whole mess of points at the cost of the overall look.  As far as I can count, Wonder Woman has 17 points.  That will allow the player to pretty much do whatever she wants.  Wonder Woman has a young look.  She has a very round face with big eyes.  The box shows her with black hair, but this figure definitely has purple hair.  Overall a great look.

Her outfit reminds me a lot of Wonder Girl’s outfit. We generally see her running around in jeans. Wonder Woman also looks to be wearing jeans. They added the stars to the side. Nice touch.

Her top is red, of course, with a gold ‘w’ across the chest and shoulders. She has sleeves of white. I think they should have carried the red from the shirt into the sleeves.

She also has red boots with silver wings.

Compared to a standard Wonder Woman, DC Super Hero Girls holds up.  She is a bit shorter and has a look of a younger girl.


Star Wars Black Series: Boba Fett 6 inch figure

I was a little bit on the reluctant side to spend so much money for what would ultimately be a scaled-up version of a figure I already have  a bunch of, but I was pretty sure it would be darn cool to have such a large scale Boba Fett.

Standing tall, he comes with his jetpack, blaster, and blaster rifle.  His cape is made of fabric.  It is pretty stiff, but I am glad it is fabric.

There is a lot of paint detail on him.  I figured if I were to only get one figure from this line, he would be a good one to go with.  Han was my other choice, but Boba won out with a better all-around sculpt.  All of his buckles are painted.  His jet pack and his helmet have a lot of weathering on them.

He has some great articulation.   Double joints in the knees make for some dynamic flight poses.

Now, why couldn’t Playmates make a Shredder that is THIS tall?  This is a perfect size to go up against the Turtles.  Boy, Leo looks pissed at Boba.

You know Boba is good with the ladies.  He is a little tall for these two, but come on, who wouldn’t be short around a couple of Amazon types?


Wonder Woman – Variant Play Arts No. 2

I have been waiting for a long time to get these figures going.  Then I had to wait for an extra half-week while I waited to get my camera back from being cleaned.  It had been 8 years of photography all over the world.  It was time for a cleaning.  Boy was it worth it.

 

The mold is fantastic, as we would expect from Play Arts.  WW has long shapely legs, and it continues up from there.   The has the great articulation that we expect from the Play Arts figures, but with the larger scale of these Variant figures, I think the job of making a beautiful, womanly body is easier for them to accomplish.   Besides her open/flat hands, WW comes with three extra hands.  Two fists and one holding hand for her shield.  She also comes with an extra necklace that has a post on the back to allow her shield to be attached to her back.

If there is one thing I want from my female figures, it would be legs.  And WW has legs to the moon.  Shapely on top.  Great boots down below.  I cannot say they are the best boots for fighting, but come on, not much about WW is best for fighting.

If you were like me, and thought you did not need the new Batman because you already have the Arkham Batman, well there is a bit of a problem.  WW is a full head taller than Batman, so a lot out of scale. Doesn’t do anything for Batman’s ego.  Poor Batman.

As always, lots and lots more pictures on my Flickr page.


Play Arts Wonder Woman

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I have her in hand. Unfortunately, my camera is in the shop until Saturday. I can’t wait to get her out of the box and show her off.


How Dare You Mattel, mixing Hot Wheels and the DC Universe

These figures, I mean cars have been out for a little while now.  The DC Universe series started with Superman, The Joker, The Flash, and Green Lantern.  I saw them, I was not interested in them, they were left to the hooks in the store…and that is where they stayed.  There are still plenty of that initial offering all over the place.   Now we have a new lot.  Batman, Bane, Catwoman, Two-Face, and Wonder Woman.

When I saw Bane, I had to get him.  The flat black with the neon transparent green was too good to pass up.

These cars are designed to be what the character would look like as if they were a car.  We have seen this before with the Disney line of characters.  I am kind of surprised with Disney owning Marvel, we did not see their figures come out first.

It would be fun to see what else they can come up with.   See how creative they can get.  The first wave seemed to be an introduction to the concept.  Four really well known characters.  I was not impressed by them.  The best they had to offer was The Joker, but he looked almost exactly the same as the version of the car that came with the 5-Pack for Gotham this same year.  I was not going out of my way for that one.  Green Lantern was also tempting with the transparent green body, but I never pulled the trigger on that one.

I think we are running around with some serious contenders this time around.   I think they backed off of the idea of the capes and such on the cars like Superman.  There are some good concepts this time around.  The Wonder Woman car looks to have multi-colored clear parts, in part to show her colors, but also to pay homage to her invisible jet.   I can’t wait to see that one in person.  Two-Face has two colors.  Batman is long and sleek.  Catwoman is slick and purple.  There is a good showing.   I have not seen all of them in person, but as always, the hunt continues.

To show the size of Bane, I put it with a standard size Hot Wheels. What else could I use? I had to go with Hal Jordan’s car. Sweet ride.


Flashpoint Wonder Woman

I am taking a little break from the Transformers to show off a great single figure I picked up at the San Jose Toy Show earlier this month, Flashpoint Wonder Woman.  I did not even know about the Flashpoint storyline until I got the same version of Wonder Woman in Action League design.  Wondering around the Toy Show with my friend Ann, we spotted this figure on a table of a place I like to frequent each time I go to the show.  They are usually good for a single figure outside what I usually get.  And come to think if it, they are usually DC figures.

As this line was unknown to me, I did not know what to expect.  I was taken by the really great design of the costume.  Then on closer inspection, I saw that fabulous helmet.  The design of the helmet was great, but the details really made it stand out.   All of the scratches and dents are very appealing.

As you back up and look at the figure as a whole, the colors really work well together.  There are so many details on her armor, and the slight color variations in the metallic colors are really nice.  Silver to dark silver, with some blue silver mixed in.  Stylize the WW for her breast plate, and you have something going there.

Man, oh man did they do a great job with that hair.  Usually her hair is falling down her back, killing any ideas people might have of having a turning head.  Not this time.  They blew the hair out to one side.  That allows the head to turn one way much further than the other.  People with multiple Wonder Woman figures will be happy that at least one will not have to be standing in a static pose.  (I was a little bummed to find the paint scraped off at the bottom of this side of the helmet)

The other side shows just how far the hair blows out.  Nice details to boot.  Gone are the days of blobs of plastic that resemble something that may or may not be hair.

Her nice long cape gives a very regal appearance to her overall look.   She is in charge of this army.

Unpacking her, I was really excited to find that she has quite a bit of articulation.   Way back in the day, the DC figures went the route of style over articulation, while the Marvel figures went the way of articulation and crapped on style.   It appears that DC has really gone to a lot of trouble this time around and really got the articulation thing down pat.   There are a bunch of places, 15 by my count.  Neck, shoulder (pivot and ball), elbow, wrist, hip, knee, top of shin, ankle.  We did not get waist articulation, but I figure that is a good call since it would have broken up the great armor.  I don’t want to forget that the elbow has an armor cover that is also articulated, and can move freely over the elbow.

In all, a fantastic figure.  She really stands out on the shelf.   No other WW like her in my collection.  The details are the best I have seen.  Hopefully the future of the DC lines.


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