WONDER WOMAN: 12" MEGO DOLL #1 - 1976
released by Mego Corp., item #73500/1
This is the first-issue 12.5" doll version of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. The skin was a natural tone, and it had rooted hair and eyelashes. The hair was kept in place by a thin clear cellophane band.
The red and yellow bodice of the costume was painted directly onto the body, but the panty/crotch area was also painted yellow. The doll wore a yellow tiara with red star; two small silver bracelets; blue panties (which snapped in back) with white stars; and a pair of red boots with pointed tops and heels.
The clear plastic accessory bag on the upper left of the box included a 15.5" stretchable gold cord "lasso" which was knotted together 2.25" from the ends. The bag also included a pair of black open-toed high-heel shoes, and a pair of black glasses.
Packed below the accessory bag was a "Yeoman First Class Diana Prince" outfit that consisted of a navy blue skirt attached to a sleeveless white top with navy blue dickey (one back snap at neck); a navy blue jacket with three brass "buttons" (and one snap below top button), gold insignia on right and left lapel, white eagle on left upper sleeve, and three red down-pointing chevrons on upper left sleeve below eagle; and a plastic doll stand with two ankle-gripping columns.
VARIATION ALERT: Some dolls were packed with a white stand, and some with a baby blue stand.
The doll was stamped on the upper part of the butt: © Mego Corp. 1975. Made in Hong Kong. The back of the head was stamped © DC Comics Inc. 1976. The box noted © 1976 DC Comics Inc.
Package measurements were 14" tall by 12" wide, with a 6" wide box to contain the figure and outfit. The box opened at top and bottom. The package flap included three comic-style pictures of Wonder Woman (by Dick Giordano), as well as a photo of Lynda Carter in her 1942 outfit, with hands on her hips. Oddly, she was only wearing one bracelet!
The package back features photos of the 12" doll assortment, with Wonder Woman and Diana Prince in prototype form (note the brown eyes instead of the doll's blue eyes, and the rounded bodice instead of pointed). Also pictured are the production versions of Nubia, Queen Hippolyte, and Steve Trevor.
Released 1976. Recommended for children over 3
NOTE: There is also a JC Penney catalog version that was sold without a Mego box. It came in a brown cardboard box,, but featured the exact same contents as the Mego box. See example below, as shown at the Mego Museum.
SEE ALSO: Canadian version, UK version, Latin American version, and String Puppet, all of which also used the same body as this doll.
pictures below scanned from eBay, the Mego Museum, and webmaster's collection.
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