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Monday, August 17, 2009

Wondertwin Powers, Activate!

There really was no other title I could give to this post, seeing as since I opened the packaging of the latest DCUC SDCC Exclusive and the little light and sound show went off, it’s all we’ve heard around the house. I had to give the AFB-ettes a complete rundown on the Wondertwin mythos (including YouTube demonstrations) and now someone in our house is taking the “form of” something every five minutes or so. Joy.

To get the Gleek business out of the way first, I’m probably one of the only folks out there who really couldn’t care less about getting a plastic purple monkey. While I certainly have alot of Super Friends love as it was this show that led to my eventual interest / obsession with Superheroes, but that love doesn’t extend to Gleek, so I was more than happy to get mine from Mattycollector.com post SDCC.

Mattel’s SDCC Exclusives have come with some light or sound effects before, but they really outdid themselves this year. The set comes folded in half with the figures protected by a transparent plastic sleeve with the Wondertwins logo printed on it. When this is removed and the two sides are folded out and connected, you get the whole shebang complete with background sounds, voices and flashing lights. A very nice touch is that the figures can be removed from the display and reinserted if you want the show again. Great fun.

The figures themselves are excellent. Zan’s headsculpt is dead-on, a great representation of the character, while Jayna’s is slightly less so due to over-arched eyebrows, or funny eyes, or both, but at any rate it’s just off and these are still great fun. Glad to see they used the adult bucks for these and not the teen ones, which I’m not a big fan of. Paints apps are very solid on both figures.

One thing I’ve noticed about the adult female buck is that the upper arms are oddly thin. At the wrong angle they really look like sticks, which doesn’t matter so much for Jayna but is definitely out of place for characters that should be more muscled.

These toys are a great blast from the past and I’m glad to own them – but also glad I didn’t want that purple monkey too badly, as I would have been ePaying for this set for sure! Thanks Matty!

You can see more pics at Facebook, discuss this at the AFB Forum, and of course enter the August AFB Comment of the Month Contest  by commenting on this post.

Until next time!

11 comments:

Saranga said...

Those arms are a bit on the thin side. :/
Still, sound and light effects are good and matching figures are always a plus.

Westy said...

I loved Superfriends, and yet I can't see myself getting these guys. They do look pretty much spot on for the characters, but still...

demoncat said...

never liked the twins liked super friends but never the twins and their faces look evil. like they are plotting to take down one of the other super friends or turn them over to the lod

Freak Studios said...

Is the second review I've read, and in both the pics show that Jayna has the legs in two colors. Is that possible or just a trick from the camera.

I'm still not sure when I'll be getting mine... A friend of mine got it from the con... But since some boxes came with no Gleek I', starting to get nervous.

I’m eagerly waiting for the rest of your reviews.

Nessex said...

I wasn't a big enough fan of SuperFriends to be chasing this set - but i was still pretty bummed to hear that Gleek didn't make it into the actual packaged product. Gonna be a LOT of angry fan-boys out there. LOL

TOY GUY said...

Take the form of a BEAVER

Saranga said...

*snigger*

fishmilkshake said...

I like 'em! :)

DCcomicsfan said...

they're cute. just that

bmac10 said...

Man, I would have loved a Gleek, but I just couldn't justify paying those scalper prices for him. I was lucky enough to score a WT set on eBay, and they are definitely the purchase of the year for me. I can't put into words how amazing this set is!

ryanlb said...

You know what bugs me about this set? Not Gleek, couldn't give a damn about him.

It's the price. I don't need lights and sounds on my toy packages. Especially if it's going to jack up the price $15.

I don't particularly care for the Wonder Twins, but I do like their evil grins, so had they been the regular 2 pack price I would have ordered them on MattyCollector.com.

If I can pick them up loose somewhere for no more than $15 each, I will, but if not, I don't need a complete DCUC collection.

Just mostly complete.

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