DC SUPER POWERS (KENNER)
No matter how great they may be, pretty much every DC Comics toyline from now until the end of time will always be measured to the standard set by one of the earliest DC lines out there, Kenner’s DC Super Powers. There’s something about the line that just made for the perfect mix of fun, character, and faithfulness to the comics. Sure, not every figure in the line was top-grade, but it gave us some of the greatest plastic versions of all of the mainstay members of the Justice League of America. Perhaps the one major drawback of the line was its notable lack of female characters. In a line of 34, only one of them was female (though, designs discovered in 2004 show that there were another two planned, had the line continued). That figure was Wonder Woman, and it’s the figure I’m looking at today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wonder Woman was released in Series 1 of DC Super Powers. She was based on Wonder Woman’s then-current Bronze Age era look, as seen in the 1982 DC Style Guide. The figure stands about 4 1/2 inches tall and has 7 points of articulation (although her hair restricts most of the movement on the neck joint). Super Powers is notable in that every figure in the line had their own unique sculpt (which wouldn’t have been the case had the line continued). Wonder Woman’s sculpt is pretty good, especially for the time. She’s not as rail-thin as she tended to be portrayed in the comics and Super Friends, but that’s actually not totally out of place for the line, which gave more realistic proportions to most of the figures. She’s definitely a good depiction of what someone with Diana’s powers should look like, all things considered. Her costume captures all of the important elements from the comics and while she’s still sporting heels, they look to be a slightly more sensible design than those seen on a lot of female action figures (and she can actually stand! Hooray!). There are some slight issues that crop up due to assembly, with the lines on her thighs being one of the more standout issues. That being said, they actually don’t look quite as bad in person as they do in the photos; you won’t really notice them. Diana’s paint work is nice, clean, and bright, all the things it should be. There’s a bit of slop here and there, particularly around the edges of the white parts of the boots. That being said, the stars on her shorts are impeccably detailed, and done with an amazing consistency, which you likely wouldn’t see these days. Wonder Woman was originally packed with her lasso of truth, which was really just a bit of golden thread, and easy to lose, so mine didn’t have it when I got her. Like every Super Powers figure, Wonder Woman has a special “power” of her own. Her’s is actually one of the more cleaver ones: when you squeeze her legs, both arms raise and cross in front of her face, replicating her oft used maneuver of deflecting bullets with her bracelets.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Wonder Woman comes from right around the mid-point of my Super Powers collecting. At that point, it was pretty much an assumed thing that I’d get a pair of Super Powers figures every year for Christmas from my parents. I’d gotten Green Lantern the year before, so I knew I wanted a Green Arrow to go with him. As it turns out, the most economical way of getting me GA was to buy me a big lot of figures, which ended up giving my collection quite the jumpstart. Wonder Woman was amongst those figures, and I have to say, she’s one of those figures that you have to see in person to truly appreciate. She’s the figure that set the standard for female action figures, and rightfully so. As someone who started collecting in the ‘90s, a female figure like this was a serious breath of fresh air as a kid, and she remains my favorite Wonder Woman figure to date.