Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Review of Wonder Woman 52 by Tonner

This is the newest Wonder Woman by the Tonner Doll Company, and she's amazing.  She came out in 2013, and uses one of my favorite Tonner sculpts of all time:  the Tyler 2.0 face sculpt.  I actually had a raven basic Tyler once years ago with this same face, and stupidly sold it one year when I'd decided I didn't want to collect 16" girls any more.  Ha!  Boy, was I fooling myself.  At the time, I was thinking 16" dolls were taking up too much room in my modest home, so I decided I'd only get 12" dolls from then on.  LOL.  That resolve didn't last long.  So I ended up regretting selling such a lovely doll, and feel very fortunate that I was finally able to acquire another raven-haired lady with this face sculpt. 

I got her in a trade with a very nice lady in Texas.  Thanks, Jaye!

Anyway, I wanted this doll not only for the face sculpt, but also because she represents one of my favorite heroines.  I was a huge Wonder Woman fan growing up.  I think Tonner did a really nice job with the costume.  WW's costume has changed over the years, and this is its newest incarnation.  The traditional star-spangled panties now only have a single large star on each hip, and her boots are now dark blue instead of red.

This doll uses the busty "heroic" body.  I wanted to go into detail about how this body differs from other Tonner doll bodies, but I realize I don't know enough about the different Tonner fashion doll bodies to make a concrete statement about it.  I find all the different bodies confusing.  There's the starlet body, the pin-up body, the curvaceous body (may or may not be the same as the pin-up body), the athletic body and the Tyler body.  One day I'll learn the differences between all these bodies.  One day!  *Shakes fist into the air.* 

In any case, I love the arms on this body!  Doll arms don't always have to look like skinny sticks.  You can actually see some muscle definition, there.  Love that.

I was surprised to discover the corset and panties are all one piece!  I wish the corset had been separate, but oh, well.  No big deal.  The whole outfit fastens in the back with snaps, with a hook at the top.  I think the detail on the corset is wonderful.  It looks like it's made from a leather-look vinyl fabric.  The silver parts of her costume are made from a similar type of fabric, and actually work quite nicely.  Sure, real metal accessories (or plastic that looked like metal) would have been great, but this is the next best thing.

I discovered this doll has high-heel feet, which means she'll probably fit into regular Tyler Wentworth shoes.  The boots are not high heeled, but probably should have been.  I unzipped them to peek at her feet, and saw that the inside of the boot had a high heel-shaped insert to accomodate her arched feet inside the flat boot shape.  I'm not sure I love this, because it makes the boots look a little clunky and unflattering when you view them from the side, but otherwise, the boots are nice.  I think they would have looked better with an arch and a bit of a heel.

Her tiara is on an elastic band that goes around her head.  Her choker has a single snap in back so it can be taken off easily.

The only thing I found awkward about Wonder Woman 52's costume was the lariat/lasso.  On mine, the whole lariat sticks up at a hilarious angle when I don't have her arm pressing down on it.  Ack!  Yup.  The thing defies gravity.  I'm guessing they aren't all like this.  I may have to sew it down, or something. 

Her hair is thick and wavy, as you can tell.  It looks shorter than the hair on some of the other Tonner Wonder Woman dolls the company has produced in the past.  I think it looks amazing. I didn't style the hair for these pictures, by the way.  This is how it looked right out of the box.

I love her facial expression, too: intelligent and thoughtful.   The face paint is nicely applied. 

I think she is definitely an "A," if not an "A+".


  1. I love the way they've painted her eyes - the hair looks great, and the outfit is nice, but those eyes are really stunning!

  2. I'm glad your happy with your 52WW. She's a beaut. (It's a shame too many collectors "resented" that RT changed Tyler's sculpt. The new sculpt is lovely.)

    The body thing IS very confusing and it upsets me every time a new one emerges.

    There is first the original Tyler body with jointed hips, shoulders, knees, and, I think, elbows.

    Then there is Tyler with the above plus drop shoulder and swivel waist.

    Then Tyler with improved elbows and bending wrist (bw).

    Then there was flat foot Tyler with separated big toe.

    Next, flat foot Tyler with jointed ankle. No separations.

    Tyler with en pointe feet and smaller bust.

    Tyler with convertible feet.

    Emme plus-sized body. Very bulky, large feet, and large hands.

    Marley little girl body scaled to fit Tyler's world.

    Emme plus-sized doll scaled to Tyler size doll; sleeker and able to wear Tyler shoes.

    Old Athletic Body (17 inch doll. I think this has been discontinued.)

    Antoinette body. (Tyler-scaled, but smaller bust, bigger hands, and better articulation.)

    Ellowyn body. (NOT Tyler-scaled but tween-aged doll same size as Tyler.)

    Pin Up body. (Tyler body with large breast and bigger hips.)

    New Athletic body (Pin Up body with biceps.)

    Starlet body (Tyler body with wider hips.)

    Now there's "Chic" body which is supposed to be Tyler-scale, but I don't know the differences.

    I collect Tonner dolls and I am SOOOOOOO confused!

  3. Its supposed to be a one piece. =)