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Wonder Woman Movie’s Mattel Figures PLUS Build-a-Figure Revealed at Toy Fair

February 21, 2017

Toy Fair 2017 was this weekend in New York City, and it provided us our first official look at Mattel’s upcoming Wonder Woman movie action figures. We saw some action figure/doll hybrids last week that were very cool, but these are the official 6 inch action figures that are part of DC’s larger “Multiverse” line. And they look good! There are only four of them plus a larger “Collect & Connect” figure you can build with parts that come with each of the primary figures, but there is some fun stuff in the mix.

Let’s take a look at them, thanks to the excellent reporting of Toy Ark; it’s my favourite toy news site, and their coverage of Toy Fair was great as always this year. We’ll start with Diana on Themyscira:

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We’ve seen a blurry picture of this toy before, which didn’t do it justice. This one looks very cool, and is a solid likeness of Gal Gadot. Plus it’s got a lot of points of articulation, which should make her easy to position in rad action poses. The only accessory appears to be a sword; I’d like to have seen a lasso as well. But still, I like it.

Next up is Wonder Woman in a cloak:

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I’m guessing that they did this cloaked figure because the “Multiverse” line has already released a standard Wonder Woman figure as part of their Batman v Superman run. Rather than duplicate that, it seems that they decided to go with this slightly different take. I understand the why of it, but this is sort of weird figure. The cloak is going to get in the way of doing anything cool with it, and it doesn’t appear to be removable. It’s kind of a bummer that they went this direction with the only proper Wonder Woman figure in the line; I’m worried this is going to be the trench coat Batman of the line, i.e. the figure every store in America has 472 of because NO ONE buys it since it’s just a superhero in a coat.

Hippolyta, however, looks amazing:

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First, how great is it that we’re getting a Hippolyta action figure? Plus she’s dual weaponed! We get a sword AND a spear. The sculpt looks great as well, and the cloak doesn’t seem nearly as cumbersome as Wonder Woman’s. I’m excited to pick this one up, and for Connie Nielsen’s Hippolyta in general; I can’t wait to see her on the big screen!

Next up, good old Steve Trevor:

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I remain underwhelmed by the texture, coloring, and all around look of this figure. It feels too action figure-y, if that makes any sense. The rest have a touch of realism to them, but this one looks kind of flat all around. I’m glad we’re getting a Steve, I just wish it was a little more detailed and capture Chris Pine a bit better.

Finally, all of the parts included with each figure add up to Ares:

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This is our first decent peek at how Ares will look in Wonder Woman, and it’s not bad. It’s got touches of the classic, Perez-style Ares with the darker, more ominous angle that’s characterized the DCEU movies thus far. I don’t know if I love the helmet, but I can see how it might look cool on the big screen. I’m curious if there’s a face in there or if it’s all just helmet. The figure also comes with a red sword and a shield, which is fun. Though in my mind, Ares should have a proper long cape; I’m too steeped in Perez comics not to want to see that!

So overall, it’s a cool line. Diana and Hippolyta are the standouts for me, and the Ares is kind of cool. I’m not sold on the cloaked Wonder Woman and the Steve is a bit underwhelming, but they could both still be cool. Only four figures is a bit of a letdown, though. Perhaps we’ll see more in another wave. I’d love to get an Etta Candy, and the movie’s take on Dr. Poison looks rad and action figure worthy. Keep your eyes peeled for the figures; they should start to hit stores later this spring.

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More Wonder Woman Movie Toys Revealed, And They Look Super Fun

February 15, 2017

We got an illicit look at a couple of action figures from the upcoming Wonder Woman film a couple weeks back and they were intriguing, but now we’re getting some official images of upcoming Wonder Woman toys. And they’re kind of awesome! Mattel’s got a full line that looks to be a mix between and action figure and a Barbie; the figures are poseable and have the joints you’d expect from an action figure, but also have the hair and clothes you usually get with a doll. Entertainment Weekly had the first look at the toys, and let’s run through them now.

First up, we’ve got a fully armored Wonder Woman:

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I don’t know that the resemblance to Gal Gadot is spot on, but it kind of looks like her. And getting the full array of weaponry is very cool. I’m definitely interested in this one.

Next is Diana in her Themyscira garb:

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This one is fun as well. Also, I’m impressed with the braid; I hope it holds, because if it comes undone I have no idea how to rebraid it! The bow looks a little dinky in terms of scale, but arrow shooting action is pretty rad.

This one is a lot like the first one:

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But without all the extra stuff? It’s a cheaper, bare bones figure, I guess. It does retail for $5 less.

Next up we get Diana in her formal wear:

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This is from the scene in the trailer where she has the sword hidden in her dress, and apparently you can do the same with this figure. Glamorous AND dangerous!

Hey, there’s one with a majestic horse:

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It looks like the first figure, plus a cloak and a dang horse! This might be the best deal of the bunch, really. You get the Wonder Woman figure and all of the accessories as well as a cool horse for her to ride on. It’s only $29.99 too; that’s a deal. I proclaim this the bargain of the bunch!

Hipployta’s got a horse too:

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Hers is white, and also majestic. She’s also got her own unique weapons and armor, just like Connie Nielsen in the movie. This is pretty rad. I love that there are going to be Hippolyta toys! And even better, she looks really cool. I may end up getting the horse pair, really. Mother daughter horse adventures!

Finally, a two pack:

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Steve and Diana, in their island garb. Chris Pine’s even got a wool turtleneck. And it looks like the Diana figure is a version of that second figure, but with a cloth outfit, which is neat. I like this set.

Entertainment Weekly also lists a bunch of accessories you can get, like a sword, Nerf bow and arrow, and a tiara. They are probably kid sized instead of grown up sized, which is a bummer; the sword looks rad. But that’s how toys go. Dang kids, getting all the fun.

With Toy Far just around the corner, I expect we’ll see even more of the Wonder Woman toy line this weekend, including the rest of the action figure line we got a peek at two weeks back. I’m going to go broke, gang. There’s just too much cool stuff.

New Wonder Woman Toys Unveiled At Toy Fair (And I Want Them All)

February 15, 2016

Toy Fair was this weekend in New York, the annual event where all of the biggest toy companies get together to unveil the many awesome new toys they’ll be putting on the market in the coming year. I LOVE following Toy Fair weekend. I’m all about action figures, and seeing the online galleries of so many cool new toy lines is always a blast. My wish list is now rather lengthy, and includes a variety of new Wonder Woman figures.

The past few Toy Fairs have been a little bit quiet on the Wonder Woman front, but with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set to hit theaters soon and her own movie on the way for 2017, she seems to be starting a bit of a toy renaissance. So let’s take a look at some of the new Wonder Woman figures that are coming soon.

We’ll start with this Wonder Woman from DC Collectibles’ Icons line. Somewhat ridiculously, Wonder Woman is the NINETEENTH figure in this line; DC somehow thought that 18 other characters were more iconic that her? Come on. But Wonder Woman is finally part of the line, with a cool looking figure:

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The figure is based on Ivan Reis’ design from the Justice League “Amazo Virus” storyline, and I’m digging it; it’s the same costume that Jason Fabok’s been drawing in Justice League since and I like it a lot. The figure also comes with her golden lasso, a shield, a sword, and alternate hands. It’s set to retail for $28 US, and I am totally going to get one.

Next up is a Wonder Woman three pack, also from DC Collectibles:

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These are all figures that have appeared in some capacity before, and are being tweaked and reissued. You get the Modern Age Wonder Woman, based on Terry Dodson’s art from her mid-2000s relaunch, a classic Golden Age Wonder Woman based on H.G. Peter’s original design for the character, and the New 52 Wonder Woman (which I think is based on her New 52 Jim Lee designed figure except with a new head sculpt).

DC Collectibles continues the fun by moving into DC’s movie properties for the first time, including this Batman v Superman Wonder Woman figure:

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This is about the hundredth Batman v Superman Wonder Woman figure, but it looks pretty nice and detailed, with multiple points of articulation. Faora, the Kryptonian villain from Man of Steel is part of the line as well, which is fun; Faora is one of the few characters that I enjoyed in that movie. But there’s no Lois Lane as of yet!

DC Collectibles also announced a slew of new figures based on Darwyn Cooke’s art that includes Wonder Woman, but I haven’t seen any pictures of them apart from the Catwoman figure. Sometimes companies embargo certain toys they don’t want to reveal quite yet.

The Tonner Doll Company unveiled some new dolls inspired by DC’s Bombshells line, and Wonder Woman is in the mix:

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It’s a nice looking doll, though very pricey: This Wonder Woman will sell for $170 US, and is somehow one of the cheaper dolls in the line.

Finally, Funko revealed a new line of 5″ inch vinyl dolls under a new line called Rock Candy that includes a wide variety of DC ladies, including both the movie and comic book Wonder Woman:

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These look pretty fun. I generally don’t love the big head, little body doll look, and some of the poses in this line are a little more pin-up than superhero, but there are some rad characters in the mix here that look cool. The Wonder Womans are decent, and there’s a Supergirl figure that looks great as well as a very awesome Batgirl of Burnside. I’m going to want a bunch of these. Also, I like that Funko is starting this new line with DC heroines.

Those are all of the new Wonder Woman toys that I spied, but it was a HUGE show so some probably fell through the cracks. Start saving up your money now, gang, because it looks like it’s going to be an expensive year to be a Wonder Woman enthusiast!

Wendy’s Kids’ Meals Have Wonder Woman Toys And An Original Superman/Wonder Woman Comic Book

June 2, 2014

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Superman/Wonder Woman is coming out monthly from DC Comics, and it’s not great. Superman and Wonder Woman are dating, and the whole story revolves around Superman with Wonder Woman as his plus one; the book is very Superman-driven. But there’s a new Superman/Wonder Woman comic from an unusual place, Wendy’s Kids’ Meals. The original comic, written by Josh Elder with art by Marcus To, is a lot of fun. There’s no annoying romance stuff, just a classic superhero team-up to defeat Brainiac. It’s a Superman villain yet again, but beggars can’t be choosers.

The story begins with an exhibit of Amazon artifacts at a Metropolis museum that is rudely interrupted by Brainiac. Superman and Wonder Woman split up the duties, with Superman flying off to confront Brainiac while Wonder Woman takes down his legion of robots:

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Superman’s assault ends poorly, so Wonder Woman hops in the invisible jet and flies to Brainiac’s ship. The fight goes well initially:

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But Brainiac soon gets the upper hand. The solution, of course, is teamwork! Superman and Wonder Woman work together to defeat Brainiac and through their combined efforts save the planet:

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It’s an enjoyable comic from a team who knows how to tell fun stories. Josh Elder’s worked on the Scribblenauts and The Batman Strikes! comics, while Marcus To has drawn Red Robin, the Flash, the Huntress, and many other characters. The comic is edited by Alex Antone, one of DC’s big digital editors, and DC’s digital line has a solid track record of entertaining books. You can get the comic at Wendy’s, or check it out as a motion comic online.

But if you go to the restaurant, you can also get toys! Check out the cool stuff that comes with the kids’ meal:

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That disc toss looks pretty fun, but I’m all about that invisible jet. I am definitely making a trip to Wendy’s in the near future to pick up one of those. It looks super cool.

My thanks to DC Women Kicking Ass for spotting the toys! It’s been a long time since we’ve had Wonder Woman toys in a chain restaurant kids’ meal.

Warner Bros.’ DC Super Friends Toy Line Removes Wonder Woman

February 1, 2013

Toy Fair is coming up soon, and I’m super jazzed because toys are awesome.  It’s always fun to see all of the action figures, Lego, and other great toys that will be coming out in the next year.  On account of my pre-Toy Fair excitement, I’ve been perusing some sites to see hints of what’ll be coming up.

On Wednesday, Warner Bros. put out their official pre-Toy Fair press release.  They mention some fun stuff, including a line of action figures based on the classic 1960s Batman TV show.  There’s also information about the Super Friends line, toys for small children that are released through Fisher Price’s Imaginext line.

We all know the Super Friends from their comic books and previous toys.  You’ve got Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman, and, of course, Wonder Woman.  Except this is the art that came with the press release:

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Wonder Woman is nowhere to be found!!  She’s been replaced by Cyborg, creating an all-male Super Friends.  Wonder Woman’s been associated with the Super Friends since the classic cartoon started in the 1970s, but now she’s gone.

This is not cool at all.  These toys are for little kids, so now they’re learning from their earliest days that superheroes are boys, and thus meant for boys.  First off, this is just stupid.  Way to not create future generations of female fans, DC.  Second, UGH gender binaries.  GOOD LORD.  It’s 2013.  We shouldn’t be thinking about things as “girl toys” and “boy toys” anymore.  Including a female in a traditionally male environment a) shows girls that they can be part of it, and b) teaches boys to not exclude said girls who want to play too.  The comic book world is SUCH a boy’s club, and now it seems DC is instilling that mindset from as early an age as possible.

Now, Cyborg is black, so we’ve got some race representation.  However, Green Lantern is white now.  The recent Super Friends comic and toy lines featured John Stewart as Green Lantern, who is black.  Now he’s been replaced with the white Hal Jordan.  So what we’ve got is a situation where the race representation stays the same (except the black guy is now the least recognizable character…) and there’s no longer any female representation.  Not good.

The line may be more expansive than this image suggests.  Past Super Friends toys have included sidekicks and villains, and there have been Batgirl and Catwoman toys.  Wonder Woman might be included in future toys.  But nonetheless, the branding for the line is all male.  This piece of art will be on a lot of packaging, making female characters seem like even more of a rarity than they already are.  They’ve removed the most iconic female superhero from their core team, and that’s just sad.

McDonald’s Yet Again Excludes Female Characters In Young Justice Toy Line

November 7, 2012

This is, sadly, the fourth post in what’s become a series about McDonald’s and DC Comics’ poor/non-existent treatment of their female characters in their Happy Meal toy lines.  Let’s start with a quick refresher.

In March 2011, McDonald’s first line of Young Justice toys featured no female characters at all, despite there being several ladies on the team:

Then in May 2011, their numerous Batman: The Brave and the Bold figures didn’t have any women either:

Then in April 2012, McDonald’s put out toys based on Green Lantern: The Animated Series, which also didn’t include a single female character:

And now they’re back at it.  They have a new line of Young Justice figures comprised of skateboards featuring some of the cast of the show.  Let’s see if there are any female characters this time:

Not a one.  We have Robin, Batman, Superboy, Superman, Aqualad, and Kid Flash, and that’s it.

First off, they’re WAY behind.  The show jumped ahead five years a while ago and became Young Justice: Invasion.  Robin is Nightwing now, Aqualad is a secret bad guy, and Kid Flash is retired.  Superboy looks about the same, but regardless, these are some very poorly-planned tie-ins.  And it’s made even worse by the fact that the show isn’t even on the air right now.  Well done, everyone.

Second, no ladies!!  Young Justice has several great, starring female characters.  Miss Martian, Artemis, Zatanna, Batgirl, Wonder Girl, Bumblebee… there are options, and most of them are on the show more than Batman and Superman are.  But no.  McDonald’s and DC Comics have shown yet again that they don’t think girls and superheroes go together.

They also clearly don’t think that girls want to get superhero toys either, since alongside the Young Justice toys there’s this very pink and purple line of Littlest Pet Shop toys:

The Young Justice line is for boys, and the Littlest Pet Shop line is for girls, because I guess it’s 1952 and that’s just how things roll.

This is a big problem.  Dichotomous gender roles pigeonhole kids and teach them that it’s not okay to just be themselves and like what they like.  They have to match these prescribed roles.  I’m sure there’s lots of girls who’d want a Young Justice skateboard (my nieces sure would), and there’s lots of boys who’d prefer a cute animal from the Littlest Pet Shop, but two things happen:

a)  Kids aren’t given the choice, seeing as they are assigned toys based on their gender.

b)  If given the choice, kids are more likely to align themselves with their gender role when it’s presented to them so starkly, lest they be considered odd.

That’s just awful.  Plus, teaching them these gender roles at such a young age colours their thinking for the rest of their lives.  This stuff gets engrained.  Women are homemakers and mothers and they love pink and adorable things.  Men are big, strong breadwinners and they love sports and action.  Now, none of those things are bad at all.  It’s the idea that you’re SUPPOSED to fit a mould based solely on your gender that screws up a lot of people.

Anyway, McDonald’s may be delicious with their chicken nuggets and golden fries, but they’re awful when it comes to gender roles.  And DC Comics isn’t much better.  Give us some female characters next time, please.  They exist, and people like them.  Don’t pretend the show is all boys, for boys.


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