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.