Wonder Woman Part 11: Donna Troy as Wonder Girl – by Jason Wright

Guest Post

We’re coming into the home stretch looking back at Tonner’s line of WW dolls. This time we’re taking a bit of a detour to visit WW’s little sister, Donna Troy, dressed in her costume she wore during her time as Wonder Girl. Since she’s so much of a fan-favorite among WW and comics fans, I felt she deserved a spot in our countdown. But before we get to that, here’s another checklist of everything we’ve covered so far in case you missed anything:

PART 1: 19″ Porcelain
PART 2: 16″ DC Stars Wonder Woman first release
PART 3: 16″ Amazonian Princess doll and outfit, Office Savvy outfit
PART 4: 16″ Amazonian Warrior
PART 5: 16″ Justice Protector
PART 6: 16″ Diana of Themyscira “Women of Power”
PART 7: FAO Schwarz Trunk Set
PART 8: 17″ Deluxe Wonder Woman.
PART 9: 17″ Athena’s Champion, Circe, and Betsy McCall
PART 10: 13″ Wonder Woman and Artemis

Donna Troy has had several code names and costumes in the comics over the years and I’m so excited to have her as a Tonner doll in my favorite incarnation of her: Wonder Girl.

Despite being created back in 1965, my first exposure to Donna Troy (a.k.a Wonder Girl) didn’t happen until I first started collecting comics back in 1980 when the New Teen Titans made their debut. The book was a revamped version of the “Teen Titans” that DC had canceled years before which boasted the sidekicks and proteges of Batman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Flash, and of course WW. It also featured Raven and Star Fire, both fan favorites as well as characters recently added to the Tonner DC Stars line. Just a side note for those who remember Debra Winger who played Wonder Girl in the first season of the Lynda Carter TV Series. Other than sharing the name Wonder Girl, she was in no way associated with Donna Troy who had already been appearing in the comics for several years.

The New Teen Titans #1 1980

Donna has one of the most convoluted backstories in comics. Her origin has been changed everytime DC has rebooted it’s universe and she’s went from fighting crime as Wonder Girl to changing her codename to “Troia”, “Darkstar”, and the short-lived “Troy” right before DC rebooted their universe yet again last year.

But right from the start she was a mistake.

Yes, that’s right, she (Donna Troy) was created via an editorial mistake by the writer of the Teen Titans feature in the “Brave and the Bold” comic.

Way back in 1959, DC began telling stories about Diana’s (Wonder Woman) adventures as a teen “Wonder Girl” as well as a small child “Wonder Tot”. They proved to be very popular and were a regular feature in the comic for several years. Later the concept of a “Wonder Family” was introduced when Queen Hippolyta spliced together home movies of Wonder Tot, Wonder Girl, and Wonder Woman alongside a little bit of Amazon Science to allow all of them to have “Impossible Tales”.

It was fun to see three different versions of Diana co-exist at the same time and all was well and good for a time because it was clearly shown at the beginning of each comic what Hippolyta was doing with the home movies of her daughter, but that little bit of info was left out of a few tales.The “Impossible Tale” title was dropped and Diana would talk to “Wonder Girl” like she was a seperate character unto herself.

This resulted in a mistake on the part of a writer who assumed that she was WW’s sidekick and introduced her into the Teen Titans team as an independent character. The discovery of the mistake was caught shortly after publication and DC quickly rewrote WW’s mythos to include Wonder Girl, now given the name of Donna Troy as a child that Diana rescued from a burning building and brought back to Paradise Island to be adopted by Queen Hippolyta and raised as an Amazon.

Here’s a little snipet from Donna’s origin tale in the Teen Titans:

Shortly after this sequence, her adoptive mom, Queen Hippolyta gets in touch with Donna and by the end of the issue she has a whole new attitude and fashions a new costume for herself. She will wear a variation of it for the rest of her time as Wonder Girl:

Years later, DC allowed the teen sidekicks to grow into young adults and into superhero identities of their own. Robin would become Nightwing, Aqualad became Tempest, Kid Flash took over the mantle of the Flash and so on. But nothing DC did for poor Donna would stick. She relinquished her title as Wonder Girl when her origin was rebooted to make her a champion of the Titans of Greek Myth and took the name of “Troia”. She would marry her longtime boyfriend Terry Long, have a son and eventually divorce. She later looses her powers and becomes a member of the “Darkstars”, date a Green Lantern and break-up right after her ex-husband and son die in a car accident and retire from the hero scene for a while.

Her origin would be rebooted yet again, but this time she’s a “magical younger twin” of Diana and get back into the hero biz but this time she was mostly referred to as just Donna Troy. She did go by just “Troy” for a very brief time until DC rebooted their universe again late last year. So far no sign of Donna is anywhere in the new universe but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of her.

The many incarnations of Donna Troy (L-R) 1. Donna as Wonder Girl in original outfit, 2. Donna in her updated Wonder Girl outfit 3. "Troia" 4. "Darkstar" 5. Plain old Donna Troy briefly called "Troy"

*Whew!!* Makes my head spin just to think about it!

So that, in an extremely digested nutshell, is Donna’s backstory. If you thought that was confusing you should have tried keeping up with all of it as it was first published over the course of several years. It was frustrating to say the least.

But a lot less frustrating and a lot more fun is Tonner’s Donna Troy doll. I purchased her the day she went live on Tonnerdirect’s site because she was a total sight for sore eyes. Donna’s exposure in merchandising has been very sparse. A little doll from the 1970’s by Mego and a handful of action figures but that’s about it, so having her as a doll, and a Tonner on top of that, is very special.

Donna is 16″ tall (The first WW related doll to be in this scale since 2008, Yay!!!) and uses the brand-new heroic body which allows her to arch her back and bend forward at the bust for a variety of poses not possible with the regular 16″ Tyler body. The body also features sculpted shoulders, biceps, and triceps which gives the arms a sexy athletic look.

She had an original retail price of $149.99 and has the bloom skintone with a limited production run of 300 pieces. Oddly, that’s a small run considering the popularity of the character. She also has the “Magnolia” sculpt which was also used on Tonner’s Silver-Age Catwoman (the one in the purple dress) back in 2009.

What stood out the most when I first unpacked her was the thick mound of soft raven hair she has. Normally Tonner hair is crunchy and stiff, especially on the character figures, and you can’t flip it and swing it around like you can with Donna. It’s totally necessary in a lot of cases depending upon the character but it’s a nice change of pace to have here. The only thing about it is that in the comics Donna has always the part in her hair on the side, not the middle. A minor difference but acceptable since it’s so fun to play with.

A pair of metal star earrings are included which I opted not to insert.

She’s sporting her classic Wonder Girl red bodysuit adorned with screenprinted gold stars with metallic paint that match her belt.

Her belt is just like in the comcs. It’s hip-hugging faux gold leather with a snap in the back and a “W” buckle sewn to the front. The buckle isn’t functional, just ornamental.

The lasso’s placement is on the wrong hip. Instead it should be on the right, not the left like Wonder Woman’s. An honest mistake and easily fixable. The lasso itself is made from a cord that’s more suitable for an action figure or the 13″ Tonner WW. It’s too thin and not enough is looped around to make it look like a lasso. A preferrable choice would have been to use the same cord that was attached to the belt of the original DC Stars 16″ Wonder Woman release. For whatever reason it was approved by DC and the doll has since sold-out so at this point it’s crying over spilled milk.

The bracelets are made from the same silver pleather that’s used on the WW dolls and they look great. Just one problem. Donna Troy does wear silver bracelets, but she never did as Wonder Girl in the comic. Instead they should be either black or blue. Currently on the DC Nation Super BFF’s cartoon shorts that star Supergirl, Batgirl, and Donna she IS wearing silver bracelets as WG so maybe this was a heads to Tonner from DC.

Her boots may not look that impressive, but they’re a dead ringer for her footwear from the comics and kudos to Tonner for making a direct translation here by using faux leather instead of another material. As always they’re constructed just as great as all the other sets of boots from Tonner.

Despite a few inconsistencies between the doll and the comic she’s a lot of fun to own and I recommend her highly. This is one of the few brand-new Tonner’s that I’ve taken out of the box and wasn’t afraid to mess her up by playing with her. I’m totally in love with the new hero body and it’s hard to put it down once I pick it up. I can’t emphasize enough the amount of fun I’ve had with this particular doll, due mainly to the amount of free movement the outfit allows. I wish most of the hero doll’s outfits were made from the same material since it’s made a world of difference for me to not only enjoy owning a favorite Tonner character, but actually having fun playing with it!! 🙂

So there we have it, just one more post to go before we wrap up this look back. Next time we’ll look at what I think is the ultimate Wonder Woman doll, the 22″ version using the all-new updated American Model body. You won’t want to miss this one!



4 responses to “Wonder Woman Part 11: Donna Troy as Wonder Girl – by Jason Wright

  1. Great to read Jason ! Thanks!
    What do you think of this body compared to the athletic body 17″ ?
    Can you sit down the doll realistically ?
    She can touch her face with hands ?

    1. Thank you Laragwen!

      I think the new 16″ hero body is head and shoulders above the 17″ athletic body.

      1. She can sit like a lady
      2. She’s proportioned better (imo) and has definition in her arms that actually make her look athletic.
      3. She can bend forward and backward right under the bust, so she can arch her back for heavy lifting over her head.
      4. She’s not as “bulky”. I don’t like the 17″ mostly because of that. It looks great on the Lara Croft dolls and Elvira, but it makes everyone else look too thick and “big-boned”.

  2. she’s gorgeous…you ever want to ell her then email me.
    I have Supergirl, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Amazonian Warrior.

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