Welcome to part 5 in our continuing series of posts looking back on Tonner’s Wonder Woman dolls! So far we’ve covered Tonner’s very first attempt with the 19″ porcelain from 1999 in PART 1. In PART 2, 3 and wrapping up in PART 4 we examined Tonner’s first year of WW dolls under the DC Stars series.
The DC Stars line has become one of Tonner’s most popular series and Wonder Woman has been a prominent part of all that. In 2007 Tonner gave us WW in her classic crime fighting attire, her royal robes as princess of the amazons, secret identity outfit and finally in full battle armor ready to defend Paradise Island. An impressive offering and based on past offerings from other manufacturers who previously had the WW license, I assumed that this was the last that we’d see of WW in doll form for a while.
Boy was I wrong! 2008 would bring even more and at the beginning of the year Tonner started off with comic collectors in mind by offering the “Justice Protector” Wonder Woman as an exclusive doll available only through comic book stores and some online retailers. Yet again Tonner chose to offer a doll in an outfit never seen in the comics or other media, but this time it’s a total reimagining of the classic WW outfit. This is more of a fantasy outfit more than anything, and I always imagined she’d wear this walking down the runway in a charity event rather than fighting evil. I suspect that she’s friends with Tyler Wentworth and she had a hand in this!
The “Justice Protector” Wonder Woman was an exclusive offered only through Diamond Distributors, the major supplier of comic books and related merchandise to all comic book stores in the country. A lot of online toy stores also have a Diamond account so the doll wasn’t limited to just comic book stores. You had a choice of ordering from one of those if you didn’t have a local comic book store available.
She’s a limited edition of 300 pieces total and had a suggested retail of $172.00. She uses the same 16″ original Tyler “bendy-wrist” fashion body in the bloom skin tone and has the same sculpt as the previous releases. The nude doll itself is identical to the first 16″ release and has no distinguishing characteristics to identify her from the original. The face paint is the same and so is the hairset so if you’re buying her nude, buyer beware.
She came with no jewelry but with everything going on in this design it’s not necessary. She shares the same head piece as the “Amazonian Warrior”. It attaches to the top of the hair with the same two-pronged comb but despite it being painted in full color this time, I’m still not fond of it. I don’t display my doll with this and just as before, she’s wearing it solely for this review.
This outfit also shares the same bodysuit and molded breastplate as the “Amazonian Warrior” but this time red is the predominant color. The body suit is bright red faux leather with the same stitched panels as before and red pleather straps have been added. The breastplate has been painted in full color, although very colorful, I wish they had kept it gold. It looks great from a distance but up close the paint apps make me think of something that you’d find in a homemade craft project. You can take that as good or bad…just saying.
As we move down we see that she’s wearing a white faux leather belt that rests on the hips with gold stars that adorn it all the way round. It’s topped off with a floor length chiffon panel attached to the front and back with baby blue stars on a white field. In an interview at the time with Wizard Toyfare Magazine, Robert Tonner mentioned that the fabric for these panels were made especially for this doll. Her magic lasso of truth hangs at her side and is partially wrapped around her waist.
This Wonder Woman doesn’t have bullet-proof bracelets but instead she wears red faux leather slide-on cuffs trimmed in white with gold star accents.
Her boots, like all the other WW boots are a work of art. Thigh-high with a zipper in the back they’re trimmed in white with added protection in the toe.
Personal taste factors in heavily for this doll more than others because overall she’s great but not for everyone. She’s recommended for WW doll collectors who want to keep their collection complete but she’s not necessary to a WW collection since this isn’t a version of the outfit that hasn’t appeared in the comic book or anywhere else. So far at this point in time, an accurate rendition of WW hasn’t been offered except for the first DC Stars release and it looked as if Tonner was going to do their own thing with her. Not so much a bad thing, but us comic book geeks were beginning to crave dolls based directly from the source.
Next time we’ll see how Tonner creates yet another all-new design based on WW when we see the Women of Power: Diana of Themyscira!