Friday, 3 March 2017

POP! Heroes: Wonder Woman (DC Comics Bombshells)

Year: 2017
Company: Funko

To a large degree, superheroes have become stock characters, able to be reinterpreted across a wide variety of different settings and stories. Sure, you have the core DC and Marvel continuities (which themselves tend to undergo some kind of reboot or rebranding every few years), but there’s a myriad of interpretations out there beyond these mainstream interpretations. Marvel probably toyed with this concept most explicitly with their What If…? title, but DC have long dabbled with it too, particularly under the Elseworlds banner. And so we come to DC Bombshells.

Beginning life as a line of collectible statues back in 2013, DC Bombshell’s basic concept is to reinterpret a number of DC’s female characters in a mid-20th century pin-up and/or wartime propaganda poster style. It’s a novel concept, considering how many of DC’s characters were birthed in that era, and it’s been quite successful. It plays both the men and women as a little sexier than the comics necessarily do (Poison Ivy in particular) but still manages to be less overt than plenty of the “regular” comics.

A ton of merchandise has been spawned in its wake, including clothing, posters, comics and now Funko POPs – so today we take a look at Wonder Woman. As might be expected, the adaptation of various characters to this cheesecake art style works better with some than others. Fortunately, Wonder Woman is one of the ones who works very well. She was the first character released in the original statue line, so I assume the pressure was on to get it right.    

Here, Wonder Woman’s outfit resembles a rockabilly take on the comics costume, crossed with Rosie the Riveter – to provide some contrast, here’s how Wonder Woman actually did look when she debuted in the 1940s. Her tiara is replaced with a headscarf, and the haircut is distinctly Bettie Page in style. The bustier is now a collared shirt with capped sleeves, and the trunks have been replaced with high-waisted shorts. However, it’s still very clear that this is Wonder Woman and not some random person at a hot rod show – she keeps her braces, the WW logo is present on the shirt, the eagle has been shifted to her belt and her shorts retain stars. It’s a great reinterpretation of the costume, and it’s been well-translated to POP form here.

That said, paint is okay, but certainly not outstanding; the hairline on mine is a little messy, so check your options in the store if possible. I feel like the colours should maybe be a little bolder, but  I suspect this is partially to do with painting over skin-coloured plastic. There’s also a Chase version, which is the same sculpt but in a sepia paint scheme. It’s a nice period-appropriate concept, but not an essential purchase.
Funko’s initial Bombshell line includes Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Katana and the Joker. All of them look okay, though I don’t plan to invest any further at this stage. Batgirl is my least favourite, as she has a bit of a steampunk vibe, though I assume it’s meant to evoke more of a 1930s aviation look. But Wonder Woman is my favourite superheroine, so although I’m unfamiliar with the wider mythos of this take on the character, I figured that this was a must-buy.  She seems to be the best-selling character in the line so far, so if you’re keen to pick one up I’d recommend you hustle. 

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