One thing about boys' toys is the lack of female figures in the line-up. This is not an uncommon thing but it's also quite noticeable as well. The 1984 Kenner's Super Powers Collection is a good example of this situation. Out of all the characters presented in this series, Wonder Woman is the only female figure ever to be created. Luckily for her, she is also one of the most popular characters of all time as well.
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Wonder Woman, the Amazing Amazon, is Princess Diana from the fabled Paradise Island. She came to "Man's World" after saving the life of Steve Trevor and assumed the identity of Diana Prince to blend in with society. As Wonder Woman, she has extraordinary strength and durability, is able to glide on air currents, bounce bullets of her bracelet, and possesses a magic lasso that forces those bound with it to obey her commands.
This action figure (yes, she is an action figure and not a doll) is exquisite. I say that because in comparison to today's depiction of female action figures, she looks like a woman and not a skinny model. It's an unusual thing to say but it's noticeable. Looking back I really actually appreciate what Kenner did much more when creating this figure.
The level of detail on this figure is truly amazing. This is the time when Wonder Woman switched to using the double W emblem on her outfit rather than the eagle so the current it was great to see the current incarnation (at the time) being depicted. The emblem alone is a great piece of craftsmanship. Her face is wonderfully sculpted as well along with her hair and tiara. And I'm glad someone took the time to paint all those stars on her shorts. But the funny thing is that she does look like she walked out of a swimsuit pageant.
Wonder Woman uses her Power Action Deflector Bracelets to combat evil. Squeeze her legs together and her arms are raised to her face. They are crossed together at the bracelets to activate her bracelet deflecting action. It's a pretty awesome move and one that anyone familiar with Wonder Woman will recognize right away.
Wonder Woman is also a figure that comes with an accessory and what would she be without her magic lasso. Today's action figure would include a plastic replica of her fabled magic lasso. Back then it was actually created out of string. In fact to make it even more authentic, it was a shiny, gold thread looped together. The only thing that was needed was a hook on the side of her belt to fasten it there in place. The problem with this lasso, however, is how it could easily be lost or unthreaded.
This figure has seven-points of articulation in the head, arms, legs and knees. However, her head is limited due to her long hair that prevents it from moving too much. Also included is a biography card and a mini comic book. In it, she takes on the evil android Brainiac as she rescues Superman.
I still believe Wonder Woman from the Super Powers Collection is an amazing representation of the character. It's hard to market female characters to boys but this one is quite understandable. It the line had continued I think Batgirl and maybe Cheetah would have been the next logical choices for female characters. As it is right now, Wonder Woman is the sole female presence in a testosterone-filled collection. It's a good thing she is also one of the most powerful in the group as well so no one is going to want to mess with her at all.
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Amount Paid (US$): gift
Type of Toy: Action Figure
Age Range of Child: Kids to Teens