DC Universe Classics Wave 17: Star Sapphire Wonder Woman by Mattel

In case you haven’t heard the news, DC Universe Classics is running out of time, at least as a regular retail entity. The line as we know it will expire right around the end of the year with the 20th and final wave, where it looks like it will turn into a Matty Collector online exclusive series. Since Wave 16 was the last one I picked up, that means I’ve only got four left. As many of you know, I usually prefer to pick up these figures by the case, because distribution is so poor and I usually like to build the C&C figure. I’m departing from that for Wave 17, because I really only want half of the figures. I’m not saying I won’t eventually pick up the rest to build the admittedly awsome looking Anti-Monitor, but even still, I just couldn’t get myself to pull the trigger on the whole wave in one shot. So, enough with the preamble, let’s take a look at my first figure from this assortment: Star Sapphire Wonder Woman.

There it is, the familiar DCUC packaging. Oh, how I’m going to miss it, but then I’ll be tearing open quite a few more of these before the line breathes it’s last, so let’s not get too melodramatic. Now, I love me my Green Lantern figures, but riddle me this… couldn’t why couldn’t Mattel have saved these figures for another wave of Green Lantern Classics and filled the regular DCUC slots with something else? Ah well. Wonder Woman looks awesome in the package, with just a slight action pose, which thankfully hasn’t impacted on her joints. You can see the huge torso of the C&C Anti-Monitor figure peeking up from behind the insert at the bottom of the bubble. As always the back of the card has a brief bio and the character’s publication stats. Wow, it’s hard to believe that Blackest Night was only last year.
Out of the package Wonder Woman is one great looking figure. She always loved showing off some skin, but her Star Sapphire outfit makes her stars and stripes getup look pretty conservative by comparison. I was expecting her outfit to be mostly accomplished through paint apps, but there’s actually a lot of brand new sculpting at work here. In fact, the tops of her boots and the straps on her legs and biceps are the only part of her outfit that isn’t sculpted. Very nice! Her silver wrist bracelets really stand out nicely and I like the high collar. Her golden lasso is also present and permanently attached to her hip, much like the regular Wonder Woman figure. The head sculpt is also very well done.
Mattel did a really nice job with Wonder Woman’s paint work. There’s not a lot of slop or bleeding around the lines of her outfit. The eyes are sharp and crisp and I really like the deep black used for her hair and the metallic silver for her bracers. I also really dig the vibrant metallic purple used for her outfit. No complaints here.
Wonder Woman has standard female articulation for the line, only with one little surprise. She has the usual ball jointed neck; Her arms feature ball joints in the shoulders, swivels in the biceps and wrists, and hinged elbows; Her legs have universal movement in the hips, swivel cuts in the thighs, and hinges in the knees and ankles. What’s different? Instead of the usual ab crunch hinge, she features a different sort of joint in the torso, which has a very limited range of movement.
As much as I think Matty is overdoing it with the Green Lantern stuff, I can certainly understand why. There’s generally a year of planning before these figures hit the market, and Matty was planning for the second half of 2011 to be a big time for Green Lantern. And I certainly can’t deny that the figures continue to turn out great. Star Sapphire Wonder Woman was pretty high on my list of Blackest Night figures and I’m really happy to finally have her in my collection. In the past, some of DCUC’s female figures come across as a bit flimsy and without the best paintwork, but Wonder Woman here doesn’t suffer from any of those problems.

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