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New York Comic-Con Wonder Woman News Extravaganza: New Comics, Toys, Movies!

October 11, 2016

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This post is as much for me as it is for you, reader friends. New York Comic-Con was this weekend, and with it came lots of fun news, announcements, and reveals, nearly all of which I missed. My sister got married this weekend (congrats to Kate and Tom!), and I was all wrapped up in that. It was certainly a better way to spend the long weekend than scanning the internet for cool NYCC news, but now the week has officially begun and it’s time for me to dig in and catch up. So here’s a look at what Wonder Woman news came out of the convention this weekend!

First up, let’s chat about Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, an upcoming biopic about Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston and the women who played key roles in his life. Angela Robinson will write and direct the movie, with Luke Evans starring as Marston, Rebecca Hall playing his wife, Elizabeth, and Bella Heathcote joining them as Olive Byrne, the final member of the Marstons’ polyamorous triangle. This could be an absolutely fascinating film; Marston’s life was interesting and unusual, to say the least, and it has all of the makings of a great story. I’m curious to see how much DC gets on board and what sort of Wonder Woman stuff they’ll be allowed to use, but even just the story of their lives leading up to the creation of Wonder Woman is quite a compelling tale. It’s good to see the women behind Wonder Woman getting recognized from the get-go as well, rather than shining the spotlight on Marston alone. I’m very excited to see how this one turns out!

In other film news, Warner Bros. Animation might have another Wonder Woman cartoon film in development. It doesn’t seem to be official yet, since the quote was, “they have Wonder Woman on their radar in some form or fashion,” but that’s better than no Wonder Woman at all. There were no details on whether this would be a sequel to the 2009 direct-to-DVD film Wonder Woman or something completely new, but things might be happening on the animation front.

We’ll stick with movies for one more bit of news: DC Collectibles revealed a line of statues for the upcoming live action Wonder Woman film, and they all look quite lovely. Here’s Wonder Woman on a horse:

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And you can click through the link to see a couple more. They’re very nice but also pricey, ranging from $150-300 USD. Expect them out in the ballpark of June 2017, when the movie is due to hit the big screen.

Moving to comics, we’ve got a rad crossover on the way with Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77, a comic book teaming of Adam West and Burt Ward’s Batman and Robin with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman. Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker are writing, with art from David Hahn and Karl Kesel and covers by Alex Ross and Mike Allred. Check out this peek at Alex Ross’ first cover:

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The six issue mini-series will premiere digitally in November and then hit comic shops in print form in January. It looks like the chief villains will be Ra’s al Ghul and Catwoman, which should make for a lot of fun.

This next news broke a bit before NYCC, but it’s too awesome to leave out: We’re getting DC Super Hero Girls Lego! Here’s a look at the Wonder Woman set, which includes an invisible motorcycle:

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Other sets include Batgirl, Bumblebee, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Supergirl, and more. Some will hit stores in December, with more to roll out down the line; Wonder Woman is in the second wave, due to come out in January. The sets are in the style of Lego’s “Friends” line, which they target at girls, and while I do miss the blocky classic Lego look on the minifigs, it does match a bit better with the style of the show. I’m definitely going to need to pick up a few of these sets, the Wonder Woman one first and foremost.

Finally, the U.S. Postal Service officially debuted their new line of Wonder Woman stamps that celebrate the character’s 75th anniversary:

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Artists Cliff Chiang and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez were on hand for the event, and the stamps are now available to order online or in your local post office if you’re an American. I actually got to work behind the scenes a little bit on the stamps, consulting on the text that accompanies them in the packaging to verify that everything was historically accurate. It was a very fun process, and it’s so cool that they’re officially out in the world now!

I think that was all of the big news this weekend, but let me in the comments if I missed anything cool. Overall, it was a big NYCC for Wonder Woman, and there should be a lot of fun stuff on the horizon for Wonder Woman fans and collectors.

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A Closer Look At The New Wonder Woman Invisible Jet Lego Set

January 12, 2015

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Lego recently announced a new DC Comics Super Heroes set called “Gorilla Grodd Goes Bananas,” the core of which is a big Bat-robot along with a large Gorilla Grodd figure. It also comes with the Flash, Captain Cold, a dude in a banana truck, and, most importantly, Wonder Woman in her invisible jet. The set went on sale earlier this month, and I made sure to purchase one so that I could bring you all the details. I definitely didn’t buy it so I could spend hours playing with it. Nope, this is for work. It is a business expense, tax guy.

So let’s take a look at the set. Here’s everything, posed on my kitchen table. It was all pretty easy to put together. I’d say it took me an hour and a half to assemble it all, most of which was spent on the Bat-robot. It’s got a lot of complicated bits:

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The invisible jet was fairly simple, really. It took maybe 15 minutes to put together, if that. Here’s a closer look at it, along with the pants-wearing Wonder Woman minifig:

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And here’s an overhead shot of the jet, so you can get a better sense of it:

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And from the bottom as well. As you may have noticed in the above picture, it’s not all clear. The base of the plane is grey and white, but you actually don’t notice it very much when it’s right side up:

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Then there was a shocking turn of events! Gorilla Grodd attacked Wonder Woman during the invisible jet photo shoot:

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With his new evil henchman, a Ringwraith! Oh dear:

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Luckily, Wonder Woman’s pals Galadriel, Elrond, and Gandalf the Grey showed up to help out:

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Wonder Woman took out the Ringwraith while the Middle Earth gang defeated Gorilla Grodd, and peace was restored:

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I got some Hobbit Lego for Christmas. It’s pretty cool.

So yeah, this is a nice set all around. The Bat-robot is really cool, the little Flash is kind of adorable, and the invisible jet is great. Wonder Woman fits in the cockpit well, and there’s even space to stash her sword behind her. Those blue missiles on the wing shoot out if you want to get a big battle going, and the jet has blue flames coming out of the back for a rad look. This set is a must-have for Wonder Woman fans, and it’s available in stores now! Conversely, if you don’t want to drop $50 on a Lego set (or $60 in Canada), you can just get a Wonder Woman minifig, put her in a sitting position, and just pretend she’s in an invisible jet. Easy peasy.

Let’s Talk About Lego Wonder Woman, And Lego Women Generally

June 5, 2014

Recently, Lego announced a new set that will feature female scientists, which is very cool. Lego’s women representation isn’t great; most of their licensed sets are male-centric, and their own sets tend to put female minifigs in stereotypically feminine positions. A new set of female scientists is a great development, and hopefully signals a change in Lego’s approach to their women characters.

Lego’s been in the nerd news a lot lately, particularly with the announcement of a third Lego Batman video game. The second Lego game is a particular favourite here, seeing as you can play as Wonder Woman, and she’ll be featured in the third game as well. But something in the game’s publicity images surprised me. Take a look at this picture of Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Cyborg:

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In particular, look at her torso. The Flash and Cyborg’s costumes go right out to the edge of the minifig, but Wonder Woman’s is pulled in to create a smaller waist. It stands out starkly as well, with the black contrast colour, which is perhaps why I’d never noticed that Lego’s been doing this for a while.

Consider this Wonder Woman minifig from a set from a few years ago:

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The pulled in, smaller waist is there as well, but more subtly coloured. I own this minifig, and I never noticed that. Nor did I notice the same thing on the Man of Steel Lois Lane minifig, from a set I also own:

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Again, there’s a more subtle colour variation, but I think that’s only part of the problem. The larger issue may be that I am so accustomed to seeing women depicted with smaller waistlines, not only in comics but in pretty much every medium in the world, that seeing them on a minifig never registered until it was so starkly presented to me in that Lego Batman 3 image. Sometimes you internalize this foolishness and don’t even notice.

This pulled in waist is a common feature across Lego’s superheroes lines. Here’s a recent Batgirl minifig:

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And a Black Widow:

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And it’s everywhere else as well. The Tauriel minifig from The Hobbit sets is similarly figured, as is Princess Leia in the Star Wars sets and Wyldstyle in The Lego Movie and its sets. Getting back to female scientists, here’s the only female scientist minifig that Lego had produced before their recent announcement, complete with a smaller waist:

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This just seems entirely unnecessary. Lego minifigs are stylized toys; most human torsos are not trapezoids and most human legs are not rectangular, nor are our heads cylindrical. Giving the female minifigs smaller waists only serves to perpetuate the dominant cultural depiction of women that focuses on their bodies and values thinness above all else. It’s a harmful body image that has no logical place on a minifig. Just let them be the fun, stylized toys they are; there’s no need to highlight a waistline.

First Look At Wonder Woman From LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

April 23, 2012

The folks at SFX have posted the first decent picture of Wonder Woman from the highly anticipated video game LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, and she’s super cool:

She looks just like the minifig that I’ve got in my room, fighting Lex Luthor in his battle suit (while Superman is ensnared in his clutches and Batman roars in with the Batmobile, and the Doctor and Amy pop out of the TARDIS… it’s turned into an odd little scene), so that’s fun!!  I love how the LEGO games adhere to how they make their toys.  There’s nothing in the games that’s not impossible to make for real if you’ve got all the right pieces.

SFX also lists her in-game abilities, which are:

Tiara-rang; special strength and move, such as the ability to tie up villains with her golden lasso

So it looks like the tiara-rang will be a ranged weapon that allows Wonder Woman to hit objects and/or villains from a distance, and her special move with the lasso might be a bit of a distance action as well, where she ensnares villains from afar.  Those are pretty handy abilities.  I was hoping for a double jump, because they’re really useful, but these are good too.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is out on June 1, and it looks like it’s going to be ridiculously fun!!

Me So Christmas, Me So Merry OR Wonder Woman Lego!!

December 26, 2011

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas yesterday!!  Or a fantastic normal day yesterday if you don’t celebrate Christmas… sorry everything was closed.  War on Christmas my ass, am I right?  It’s the biggest holiday in the universe!!

Anyway, because I am an adult and celebrated Christmas like a grown up, after I opened my presents yesterday I first put all the stickers in my brand new NFL sticker book… it’s one of those awesome ones where you get packs and put them in the right spot and fill up the book.  It’s super cool, and totally something that adults get.

Then I set to work building a complex, grown up present.  The result was that Lex Luthor captured Superman!!  OH NO:

But luckily for the Man of Steel, Wonder Woman showed up:

And then attacked a now frazzled Lex Luthor:

Plus the Doctor and Amy showed up in the TARDIS:

And then, with Superman now freed, all four of them were ready to take down Lex Luthor:

And he was, of course, vanquished.

Then I spent the rest of the day reading comics and watching Thor… like an adult!!  Also, I killed a lot of Templars and jumped rooftops in Constantinople.  And ate gingerbread cookies all day.  I totally won grown up Christmas… everybody else, with their clothes and housewares, were far less entertained.  Though I suppose looking at me like I was a weirdo might have been entertaining for them.  I HAVE WONDER WOMAN LEGO!!  HOORAY!!!

Lego Wonder Woman (How Awesome Is That?!)

July 22, 2011

Lego is far and away the best toy EVER created, and they have recently announced plans to expand their super hero line.  Their Batman Lego is crazy fun (I have the Batmobile, and it’s super cool!!), but soon there will be sets with other DC superheroes, including Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman:

She has a Lego lasso!!!  That’s so great.  I wonder what sort of sets they’ll come up with for Wonder Woman.  She (and the rest of the DC heroes) don’t really lend themselves to vehicles like Batman does, though I suppose they could do the invisible jet… that would be fun!!  I expect we’ll get Cheetah as a bad guy, as that is the go-to Wonder Woman villain. 

What I am really hoping is that there will be a Lego DC Superheroes video game.  The many incarnations of that series are all super fun, and the Batman one in particular is awesome.  A game that included all of the heroes in a Lego Justice League fashion would be epic!!

Lego is building sets with some Marvel properties as well.  You can see pictures from ComicCon over at ComicBricks… I like the Thor and the Wolverine.


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