An indulgence of great classic television by journalist and author Billie Rae Bates.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
Next up in Terrific TV Toys: Wonder Woman (8-inch) Mego
She thwarted evil with a magic spin; she was the unstoppable Wonder Woman!!!! (And that spin was from the Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman first, by the way, then the spin was brought into the comics.) Regardless, at the time the "Wonder Woman" TV series originally aired in the 1970s, there were a couple versions of a Wonder Woman doll / action figure that little girls everywhere and maybe even some little boys could enjoy. They were both made by Mego. One was 8 inches high and the first of a set of Mego's supergals in its well-known and well-regarded World's Greatest Super Heroes collection. She hit the store shelves just before Lynda Carter hit the TV airwaves, then continued to sell for a while, perhaps also inspired by the Wonder Woman of the popular "Super Friends" series of the time. Then she was eclipsed by the 12-inch, very detailed version which was more of an official companion to the TV series (complete with Diana Prince outfit -- it rocks, trust us), which you'll see in a future installment of the series.