Brave-and-the-Bold-Style Target-Exclusive 7-Pack from Mattel 2013
Mattel is very very sneaky with their non-collector lines. Just this winter they released the Imaginext Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman without any advanced warning. This of course went against their trend of announcing figures 6-12 months before they ever hit the shelves. I wasn't sure if that ambush was a one-time thing or not, but I think they definitely just proved that it was not. Just a couple days ago I saw a quick news blurb about this figure over on Toyriffic and was honestly floored. Once again, a line that Mattel has sworn would never have any females suddenly adds a very cool heroine figure to the roster. I wasn't planning on getting this box set since it retails for $50 and I was only interested in one character, but the fact that all the other figures are in New52 decos and some are very possibly also exclusive to the set (Aquaman and Cyborg at least), they shouldn't be hard to unload. This new buck gives me so many high hopes for more 5" Brave and the Bold style ladies. But for now, let's check out the leader of the pack below.
The figure is beautiful. She has a half-comic/half-animated look to her that I love. I do wish, however, that the New52 Wonder Woman still had pants, because the design of this crotch piece definitely gives a granny panties vibe and with pants you would never notice.
There are two things to watch out for with this figure. 1.) The placement of the eyes. Four of the five sets at my Target had the eyes painted too high so that her eyebrows almost disappeared into her tiara (like on the box graphic). And 2.) a lot of the figures have scratches on their upper thighs. This "dent" is from the articulated joint swinging her leg up into her crotch piece. I guess they test the articulation pretty roughly in the factory :) I opted for a dented piece in order to get one with good eyes.
Her articulation is simple and fun. The joints are insanely tight and some actually squeak when you use them (neck and waist especially).
Mine has a little red dot on her cheek, too. I noticed little paint imperfections on almost all of them, but nothing too obvious.
Time for some Group and Comparison Shots!