Wonder Woman's niece makes her New52 action figure debut in this new figure from DC Collectibles. Cassandra Sandsmark was never related to Wonder Woman until her (and Diana's) history was rewritten in the New52. Before that she was a young girl who found some artifacts that gave her superpowers. In the New52 she was introduced in a very similar way with a pair of powerful bracelets giving her powers. Soon, however, it was revealed that her father was a demigod of Zeus - now officially tying her to Diana. This action figure is pretty great. There is some really creative use of plastics that really makes her pop. Cassandra's torso and legs are cast in a translucent dark red plastic with layers of gold glitter embedded in it. These layers of glitter in the translucent plastic create a very cool effect when you move her around. Her skin is cast in the semi-translucent fleshtone plastic that we saw with the Brightest Day ladies and the Arkham City Catwoman. It looks decent, but somehow creates a blurry effect and makes her features look less defined. Overall though, she's a total catch. Let's check out Cassie Below!
The sculpt by Karen Palinko is gorgeous. I feel like we haven't seen much from her lately, so it was a welcome surprise to see her name on the side of the box.
I love how the glittery design of her costume is reminiscent of Donna Troy's starry costume.
Her lasso is made of a really flexible rubber. I could probably pull it around her legs so she could hold it, but I'm afraid it will rip. Right out of the box, the lasso doesn't want to lay naturally on her hips, but I think over time it will relax and drape nicely.
Wonder Girl's articulation is very good. She has a ball-jointed neck (somewhat hindered by her somewhat-flexible hair), Hinge and Swivel shoulders, Swivel biceps and forearms, Hinge knees, elbows, and ankles, Swivel boot cuts, and Hinge and Swivel hips. I suppose the lack of any torso articulation is due to the transparent plastic.
Speaking of that transparent plastic:
It's really hard to capture the cool effect the layered glitter gives.
Here are a few images of Cassie from the New 52 Teen Titans comics.
Time for some Group and Comparison pics!
Here she is with the DC Direct Wonder Girl from 2004.
And here she is with another recent DC Collectibles lady, the Crime Syndicate's Superwoman.