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Silver Age Wonder Girl


By Hervé St-Louis
May 20, 2007 - 9:35

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Trained by the Amazons and the Titans of Myth, the Silver Age Wonder Girl, also known as Donna Troy is Wonder Woman’s younger sister. Although her origin has changed several times and is relatively confusing even for old time fans of the character is at the center of the Teen Titans, although rarely seen within the comic book series of the Silver Age Wonder Woman. Because earlier appearances of Wonder Girl were attributed to the younger self of Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl’s first appearance is often given to be The Brave and The Bold #60 published in 1965, where she joined with the Teen Titans.

Likeness
 
Of course, Wonder Girl sports the red costume she started to wear in Teen Titans #33, after discovering her origin. Vaguely inspired by Wonder Woman’s this costume is modernized and shows less cleavage. Two rows of stars start on the breasts and end on the thighs. There are fewer stars on her costume than in a George Perez illustration. However, the hairstyle is right and the long boots too.

Sculpt

The sculpt is beautiful. Wonder Girl looks like she’s 18 as a young woman. However, her arms are the same one used for the Silver Age Wonder Woman, making them too long and big for the character. The selling point of Wonder Girl is her face. She looks cute with big wide eyes and a nice girl next door smile. The figure looks strong but is stiff-looking. Here feet are too short too, but her long legs define her figure well.

Paint

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The paint application is excellent. Wonder Girl as a few blue highlights in her hair. Instead of making her bracelets silver, like the Silver Age Wonder Woman, they are black. Although it goes well with her black, polished feet, it looks less realistic. Wonder Girl’s cheeks have a subtle red blush. The stars and belt on her suit have a little yellow paint bleed.

Scale

Wonder Girl is shorter than the Silver Age Wonder Woman, taller than the Silver Age Robin but fit well with the other New Teen Titans action figures, such as Cyborg, Star Fire, Aqualad and the Bronze Age Kid Flash. Her proportion fit that of the early DC Direct action figures sculpted by Tim Bruckner. She is taller than the modern Wonder Girl.  

Stability

Stability is an issue with Wonder Girl depending on the season and how long she has been standing up. When I first bought this action figure, the heels did not line up with the soles, tilting the figure forward. Her feet are not long enough to fully support her upper body weight all the time. With time, as the figure leaned backward, there was enough pressure on her heels to make them even with her soles, allowing the figure to stand still for long period. But as the weather changes, I have noticed that Wonder Girl’s heels will revert back to and stop the figure from standing up.

Fortunately, Wonder Girl comes with peg holes under her feet that allow her to be placed on the large action figure stand she shares with the Silver Age Wonder Woman action figure.

Articulation

Wonder Girl has limited articulations at the shoulders, neck, biceps, wrists and waist. Everything below is static. Because of her large hair, Wonder Girl cannot move her head in all directions. This lack of articulations takes off marks from the action figure.

Plastic

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Wonder Girl is made of PVC. Her arms and head are thinner than her body and legs. Still the action figure is resilient, although the plastic will change shape over time, as demonstrated with her varying heels’ height.

Props

Wonder Girl comes with a lasso pinned on her waist. Although it is removable, it has little play value. Just like the Silver Age Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl has a toga mimicking the way Amazons dress themselves. It’s made of cotton-like fabric.

Diorama

Wonder Girl shares the same large action figure pedestal with multiple pegs. The only thing missing from that stand is a wall peg hole to insert it on a wall. As it stands, the pedestal has to remain on a flat surface.

Packaging

Wonder Girl comes in a large box with the Silver Age Wonder Woman with a plastic window showing both action figures. The deco on the box is stylish, but if you keep your action figures in their original box, be prepared to allocate it sufficient shelf space.

Cost

The set would cost about $49 Canadian at the time and slightly less in US dollars. The cost of such a set was twice that of two individual DC Direct action figures. Pricing on older action figures such as this can be weird. On one hand, it is possible to find the set in the cheap bin of some stores, for less or to find it in other stores with an inflated price tag approaching the $60 mark.

Availability

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This set is rare and has never been released again. However, the Silver Age Wonder Woman has been released several times since and there is even a version with articulated limbs. As for Wonder Girl, she has never been released again. The best figure of the set, this figure is rare because it was produced in a set with limited orders. It is doubtful that DC Direct will release this figure again, as on May 23, 2007, another Silver Age Wonder Girl action figure, with a new sculpt and better articulation is set to appear.










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