WONDER WOMAN — LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH
DC MULTIVERSE (MCFARLANE TOYS)
“The world has been destroyed. The Super Heroes lost, and a new evil by the name of Omega has taken over what’s left. Now, 20 years in the future, Wonder Woman leads a faction of heroes and survivors living underground known as the New Amazons. Hiding from the world above in order to stay alive, Diana and her band of warriors must choose between retreating deeper beneath the Earth’s surface or fighting for a better tomorrow.”
Have I mentioned the Batman-centric nature of McFarlane’s DC output? Yes. Yes, I have. As has everyone else. Many times. It’s not new or different, and at this point, none of us should be surprised by each subsequent Batman he adds. Let’s just try to enjoy the few not-Batman figures we get mixed in, right? After initially swearing off them, the latest assortment adds up to a Build-A-Figure, and is all based on Snyder and Capullo’s “Batman: The Last Knight on Earth.” In the story, most of the other super heroes are dead, so there’s not a lot of room for others in the toys, but Wonder Woman serves as a notable player in the whole thing, and found herself included in the first line-up. Dig it. That’s gonna be the one I’m looking at. Dig it again.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wonder Woman is one of the four figures in the latest Build-A-Thing assortment of DC Multiverse, all patterned on “Last Knight.” They were officially slated for the end of March, but starting showing up in a few places towards the end of February. Wonder Woman and Scarecrow are the two lighter packed figures in the set, which makes sense thematically, I suppose. The figure’s quite tall, and almost 7 1/2 inches tall, and she has 38 points of articulation. At this point, the articulation scheme for the McFarlane DC figures is pretty set, so Wonder Woman kind of follows that set-up. She’s got a pretty solid range of motion on most of the joints, and in general I found her easier to pose than most of the other McFarlane figures I’ve grabbed. Wonder Woman’s sculpt is another all-new piece, patterned on Greg Capullo’s illustrations of the character from the book. McFarlane’s no doubt got some experience translating Capullo’s art into three dimensions, so it does overall work out a bit better than, say, their go at Jim Lee’s style with Superman. That being said, it’s not quite as faithful a recreation of Capullo’s art as the DCC figures from a few years back, and is definitely a bit more in line with McFarlane’s house style. The figure seems to be an earlier-in-the-story Wonder Woman, since she’s lacking the scarring on her face. Oddly, she’s also sporting some stubble on the non-mohawk portions of her head, which she never really has in-story. Another symptom of that house style peaking through. Overall, it’s not a bad piece of work. She hasn’t had any unnecessary extra details added, apart from the stubble, and the costume seems to match well with Capullo’s design. The general proportions, while certainly stylized, aren’t as wonky as some of the prior figures, and the detail work is pretty solid. The texturing on the cape in particular is quite impressive. That said, there’s some really rough flashing on the cape for my figure, which, given the ragged nature of the design, isn’t immediately noticeable, but is still really sloppy for a professionally produced figure. On the plus side, her paint work is all pretty clean. The base work’s all there and rather decent for the most part. There’s some slight mismatch between the molded fleshtone that makes up the bulk of the figure, and the tiny bit that’s painted on the skirt piece, and I also question why they’ve molded the lower knee joints in flesh color instead of the darker red of the boots. Otherwise, it’s nice work. Wonder Woman is packed with her sword and a stand (which she needs, because she struggles to stand on her own), as well as the arms of the Bane Build-A-Figure, which I don’t have. It’s a shame she didn’t get the Doctor Fate helmet as well, but I guess she’s got the basics.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t really intend to get this figure. I mean, she’s got a decent look to her, and I was mildly intrigued, but not enough to justify the whole cost of purchase. Max, on the other hand, was already planning to buy the other three, and decided to grab Wonder Woman to finish out the Bane figure. He wasn’t really feeling Wonder Woman, so I ended up splitting the package with him, and took the Wonder Woman on her own. She’s another one of those designs that’s really up McFarlane’s alley, and that results in her being another pretty strong figure. And she’s not even a Batman.