DC Bombshells (DC Designer Series): Wonder Woman by DC Collectibles

On the last DC Friday, I started digging into the first wave of the new DC Bombshells action figures. These figures are based on a line of statues, which conceptualize DC Characters (mostly the gals) in a 1940’s style. I kicked things off with a look at Batwoman, and boy was I impressed. Today, I’m pressing on and opening up my second figure in the assortment… Wonder Woman!

Clean, attractive, functional, and collector friendly. These are all words that I would use to describe DCC’s packaging these days. You also get some wonderful Bombshells character art on the side panel so you can line these up on a bookshelf and still know who is who. In this case, you also get a sticker on the window proclaiming the 75th Anniversary of Wonder Woman, and my doesn’t she still look great for her age! Normally, I’m quick to throw out action figure packaging, but I’m actually holding on to these boxes for now. I know, I probably won’t be able to keep them for long, but I want to at least give myself the option up until wave two hits.

And here she is out of the box and ready to go! If Batwoman represented America’s greatest pastime, then Wonder Woman here is going for the Rosie the Riveter, “We Can Do It!” angle. It’s a little more subtle here than a full on baseball uniform, but I still think it works very well. A big part of the success of this design for me is in the way the costume manages to stay faithful to Wonder Woman’s traditional look, while still embracing the 40’s style. The blouse, for example, features her emblem on the front, but adds a wide white collar and cuffs on the short sleeves. The blue shorts feature her iconic white stars, and her red high-heeled boots have white decorations and stars as well. The outfit is rounded out by a belt with a sculpted gold belt buckle and her famous lasso hanging off her right hip. She’s even got her wrist bracers, which are beautifully etched. All the details in the costume are part of the sculpt, and the paint is sharp and clean.

The portrait is over-the-top cheese, which certainly fits with the original statue. Wonder Woman is offering her biggest “Can Do” smile and has her hair tied up with a yellow ribbon while the bulk of her coif blows off in the breeze. I really love what they did here, but I have a feeling that it may be a little too singular a look for some collectors. It conveys the original art beautifully, but with a perpetually smiling expression, you are certainly limited in some of the poses you can pull off with her, whereas Batwoman’s portrait was more versatile. With that having been said, apart from adding in a second head, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

The articulation here is every bit as good as what we got with Batwoman. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, swivels in the biceps, double hinges in the elbows, and hinged pegs in the wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, have swivels in the thighs, double hinges in the knees, and hinges and lateral rockers in the ankles. There’s a ball joint in the chest and another in the neck. Once again, I’ll point out the irony that these are figures based on a line of statues, and yet they feature some of the best articulation that we’ve seen out of DCC yet. And no stuck or gummy joints, either!

In addition to three sets of hands (fists, tight gripping, and loose gripping), Wonder Woman comes with two fun accessories. The first is a wrench, and let me tell you, if you’re in the market for a wrench in this scale, this is probably one of the best ones I’ve seen. It also fits the theme here quite well. I’m sure Wonder Woman is going to use that pipe wrench to tighten the bolts on the bomb that’s going to blow up Mr. Hitler! If not, then it’s just a great metaphor for the whole “Put America to work” mobilization that made up the CCC and WPA leading up to Doublya-Doublya-Two!

The other accessory is a chain with a cinder block on one end and a ball on the other. The original statue had her breaking a chain, which obviously inspired this piece. At first, I thought it an odd accessory, but I have to confess that I’ve had a ton of fun playing around with it.

If Batwoman spoke to my love of Baseball, Wonder Woman here does the same for my love of history. Everything about this figure gels so perfectly. The design, the execution, and the amazingly fun level of articulation. I was originally on board with these figures as some inexpensive alternatives to buying the statues, but I never expected them to be so engaging, or so difficult to put down. These figures are retailing for around $25 at most online retailers, and if this style is your jam, then you really can’t go wrong. On the next DC Friday, I’m going to take a mid-wave break to check out a statue, and then I’ll start opening up the second half of this assortment of amazing figures.

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8 comments on “DC Bombshells (DC Designer Series): Wonder Woman by DC Collectibles

  1. Ha! I love that legs-in-the-air pose you got on the third-to-last shot. 100% agree on the smile not working for many posing options. Still, it’s so refreshing DCC is the kind of company that takes risks with these sorts of things to better represent the source material.

    Above all, it’s the boots that sell me on this figure. Very classic pin-up, probably better-looking than on the statue (here’s hoping we get a deluxe version of WW similar to the Bombshells Harley on bomb piece.)

    • Thanks! It’s amazing that DCC is cancelling Icons figures left and right and yet this line seems to be going strong. I just pray we get a Wave 3 with Zatanna in it!

      That Deluxe Harley Bombshell was an instant pre-order for me. Love it.

      • I just got that Zatanna statue. So good design-wise, but it’s unfortunate you really have to wait to see the one you’re getting in-hand at your LCS, due to the line’s QC not being at its current best back when she was released.

        Yeah, I’m with you regarding that Booster Gold and Blue Beetle set getting cancelled. Apart from just the quality of the figures, it’s fun character choices like that and Etrigan (with Klarion in the deluxe set) that make the Icons so special. As much as I love Supergirl and Nightwing, it’s hard to believe those two survived the cancellations given how plain they are compared to the at least story specific looks for the A-listers.

      • Sadly, I have no LCS, so I get almost all my DC Collectibles stuff from Amazon or BBTS. Amazon is really good about taking things back. With that having been said, I’ve had pretty good QC luck with the second series of Cover Girls. I’ve got almost all of them and only a few minor complaints here and there.

  2. I want these so desperately (like, “can I convince my husband to eat ramen for a couple weeks?” desperately), and your reviews are NOT HELPING! 😉 When I first saw them solicited I shrieked and scared the dog and showed him (husband, not dog – she couldn’t care less), and god help me they’re better than I hoped for. My LCS ordered the set because he knows me so I’ve been drooling over them for a few weeks now… *sigh*

    I met him, Lucia, at C2E2 a few years ago, and he’s the nicest guy. It seems unlikely, but I really hope DC backed up a dump truck full of money up to his door for his Bombshells art. Hope he had a good attorney look over his contract with them, and get him the best deal possible, since he’s making them buckets of cash with all the licensed merch they have.

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