Today I'm checking out the third of the figures in series 3 of McFarlane Toys' Super Powers line: Wonder Woman! Wonder Woman was one of the original figures from the first series of the vintage line and it's about darn time she showed up in this new series, right? She's wearing a more modern outfit but still looks absolutely recognizable as Princess Diana of Themyscira. She's also been given a cape here, but you ca easily take it off if you'd like. She's versatile. Let's take a look at the Super Powers Wonder Woman after the break...
Height: 4 5/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.
Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars
* I really like this Wonder Woman design. It looks like a mix of Wonder Woman's Post Infinite Crisis redesign by Terry Dodson and the Rebirth look. It's got the modern, more armored bits in places, but it also has the classic blue shorts, which look fantastic here. The colors are excellent and all of the paintwork is neat and clean. Gold arm bands, her silver bracers, a cool "W" shaped belt; there's just a lot going on. She's definitely one of the most intricately designed of the Super Powers yet and the standout of the main three.
* Wonder Woman's portrait is also quite lovely, especially considering she's under five inches. It's a nice mixture of vintage styling with a bit more of a modern touch. I honestly think she might be a bit too modern looking to fit perfectly into a vintage Super Powers collection but, since I don't have a vintage Super Powers collection, I'm not that worried. Her tiara looks fantastic, too. It's really nicely detailed.
* Wonder Woman comes with a plain red cape and it's much nicer than either Superman's cape or Batman's cape. The material is much better and it feels like a more quality piece of material. It's definitely more reminiscent of those vintage Kenner capes than what we saw in the first series of this Super Powers revival.
* Here's a shot of Wonder Woman's incredibly cool boots and a better glimpse at the nicey printed stars on her shorts. Excellent detail and excellent paintwork. I'd love to see this design make it into the DC Multiverse line.
* What's that on Diana's shoulder? I actually think it's a small stain from her cape. Yikes! She comes packaged wearing the cape so there's no way to tell if your figure has a stain or not.
* The cape is well mad but getting it clipped around Wonder Woman's neck is a pain. I had to kind of turn her head and clip the cape around the front/ side of her neck, then rotate the cape under her hair. It's just a tricky thing to get on. I actually kind of like her better without it, anyways.
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Definitely a cool head sculpt.ReplyDelete
I like it quite a bit. It's not full on retro, but not truly modern. It looks a little like Gal Gadot, too. Just a litte.Delete
How is it they can make this great looking, more than 5POA figure for $10 and Super 7 is double that for retro look 5POA? Crazy! Probably because they're a smaller company but still...ReplyDelete
Super 7 also makes 7' figures for 60-80€ and McFarlane does the same but for 20-30€.Delete
Super 7 is not a smaller company, it's that unlike McFarlane (in figures only), Super 7 are greedy as hell.
From some numbers I found, McFarlane actually has a few less employees than Super7, although McFarlane's annual revenue is about 4 times what Super7's is. McFarlane's been around a bit longer, though, and has more retail partners. Both are privately held companies.Delete
I've really liked Super7 in the past. I first became aware of them due to ReAction, when they were sculpting for Funko, and when they licensed Masters of the Universe for a few years. Their product has always been... inconsistent. Their ReAction figures are really nice, but, yeah, they're pricier than you'd expect. The Ultimatesn are all over the place, though. I've had some that were amazing, like Toxie and the first Conan, and others that are very flawed, like many of the more recent TMNT releases and the Worst Ultimates Batula. They do a lot of accessories and nice packaging, but there's definitely a high cost.
Ever since I was reading interviews with Todd McFarlane back when ToyFare magazine was around, I've always been impressed with how he legitimately seems to care about what his company produces and the value. Sometimes he does make weird calls and decisions, but I've rarely ever picked up a McFarlane release and felt that it was overpriced.
McFarlane's serial killer comment about a boy receiving a female action figure always bugged me though.Delete
Also the side-eyes thing.
About the serial killer comment, then, in McFarlane's eyes, My Little Pony collectors are psychotic dangerous terrorists and Spider-Gwen fans are rapists? Come on, how can a guy whose company makes She-Spawn and Batgirl figures say that kind of hogwash??Delete
About the side-eyes thing, people say that it works like a "Mona Lisa effect" and somehow umproves the style and QC, but for me that always fucks up the figure. So, if i had a Lex Luthor, he can only point a gun or look to a guy who is on his left? Crap, how the hell will he turn right in a car that way, if he can only watch to his left? Hahaha!
If you watch the interview (which I haven't seen it came out last year), it's clear that Todd McFarlane did say it in jest, but it was a weird comment. And yeah, McFarlane Toys does make and has made plenty of female action figures. Heck, they were reliably releasing women in toylines long before most other companies.Delete
In context, his comment really was about how difficult it was under some companies to find an action figure of the main characters and super heroes that a young boy would want, justifying why he makes sure that Batman and Superman are always available on store shelves. It was a weird comment and a bad joke, but I get his reasoning. I mean, right now, could you reliably walk into your nearest retailer and find an action figure of Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Darth Vader, or the Mandalorian? I couldn't. But between McFarlane and Spin Masters, I can reliably find Batman and Superman in some form if I want to.
I can never find a traditional Batman or Superman, just countless variants from another universes or other costumes I don't like. I cannot find that wave 1 Superman anymore, which is the ONLY one so far that has appealed to me in costume and in head sculpt. A lot of the variant ones like Death Metal Superman end up shelfwarming even in the clearance sections. So has 'The Batman' movie figures. Again not a Batman I want but I could easily buy it if I wanted cos there's loads of them on the shelves. So much Bat-product clogging up the shelves.Delete
And the last toy store I was in there definitely were Iron Man and Darth Vader figures. I don't keep up with Iron Man cos I've never been interested in the character so I don't know the differences between all his suits but at least he uses most of them.
And his comment was in reference to giving a boy a female action figure and the boy being disappointed and that led to the 'serial killer' comment. Which was nuts cos when I was a boy I absolutely wanted the Teela figure, the Cheetara, the April, the Baroness, the Firestar and so on. Transformers didn't even get a proper Arcee figure until 2014, nearly 30 years after her introduction in the 1986 movie. I remember being annoyed I couldn't get Galadria figure for my Visionaries. I wasn't just after the female figures but I definitely wanted them in my collections as they were important characters.
That is true about many of his Superman and Batman figures being variants, but it apparently what sells the most. I've seen a few of the Batman movie figures here and there (Penguin, Drifter Bruce Wayne, and Catwoman variants), but Batman himself, Riddler, and the motorcycle disappeared quickly.Delete
I definitely wanted the women in the line as a kid, too. Getting Janine was the greatest thing in the world. Heck, even when G.I. Joe Sigma 6 was out in 2005/2006 and I was recently married, Hasbro was still giving the line about women not selling, and thus we never got Scarlet, Baroness, or Jinx in that series. Todd's joke was definitely stupid and in poor taste, though, but I kinda wonder if it was in reference to Hasbro having quite a few female figure pegwarming shelves hard over here at the time. The Eternals were notorious pegwarmers, a line with a strong mix of women, and the Classified Series Lady Jayes were filling Walmart shelves. Heck, they still are. I don't think that's any indictment of female action figures, by the way, but Hasbro's poor case ratio and overshipping for the 3rd (?) series of Classified Figures and just the weak reception for the Eternals. Still, the Walmarts near me have hardly stocked standard Classified Series figures to date.
McFarlane is getting better about women in the line, but it's definitely one of the weakest part of the DC Multiverse line. Hasbro does an awesome job of mixing up their offerings and Mattel does a pretty solid job as well. With McFarlane we're on the fourth year with DC Multiverse and there is still no standard Batwoman (Kate Kane), Supergirl, Poison Ivy, a classic Wonder Woman, nor comic Harley Quinn.
By the way have you tried rubbing away that red stain?ReplyDelete
Yeah, it just seems to be leached into the plastic.Delete
Mine also had the red stain on both shoulders, and I've tried both alcohol and nail polish remover to no avail. I also think she looks much better without it, but it looks like she has uneven sunburn or some kind of rash on her shoulders. I'd rather she came with a sword than a cape, honestly.ReplyDelete
She does look better without the cape. It seems like there's a Rebirth variant of this Wonder Woman coming, so I bet she'll have a sword and possibly a shield, too. I wanted a Lasso of Truth, though.Delete