Wonder Woman and her Golden Armor

Diana (Gal Gadot), born and raised on the mythical all-female island of Themyscira, trained as a warrior from childhood. But she learns of the outside world after rescuing American fighter pilot Steve Trevor, who stumbled across Themyscira while escaping an enemy attack during World War I. As a result Diana decides to leave the isolation of Themyscira, confront Ares, God of War, and rescue the planet from the chaos of war. Fearlessly heading to the front lines with Steve, her valor in battle earns her the name Wonder Woman!

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Since her appearance in the 2016 film “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Gal Gadot’s portrayal of Wonder Woman has earned raves from fans around the world. Her solo debut in director Patty Jenkins 2017 “Wonder Woman” broke records for the most successful film by a female director, bringing in $821 million at the box office. Wonder Woman truly lives up to her name. And now fans in Japan eagerly await the October 9 release of “Wonder Woman 1984.” In celebration of this highly anticipated occasion, we are proud to reveal the new S.H.Figuarts Wonder Woman figure!

The famed portrayal of Wonder Woman in the films features an eagle crest against a red background accented by blue plate mail, designed to honor her aunt, General Antiope. But this figure takes a different approach, portraying the Amazonian warrior in a helm with an eagle motif and covered in gorgeously gleaming golden armor. Japanese fans might find it reminiscent of the Gold Cloths from the “Saint Seiya” series. It’s divine!

Known in the comics as her Golden or Golden Eagle Armor, it has appeared many times since its first appearance in the 1996 graphic novel “Kingdom Come.” Unlike the costumes of Batman and Superman, it is something she dons in anticipation of heading to the front lines of a major battle. With it she is armed with the legendary Sword of Hephaestus, capable of cutting even Superman’s flesh, and huge wings capable of slicing through the titanium of a fighter jet. In the films, Diana / Wonder Woman can’t fly but instead powerfully leaps; this suit could perhaps be said to serve another role of giving her the ability to take to the skies.

This figure includes support rods for displaying the wings extended, making it fit for putting on your home’s altar, but it’s also of course an S.H.Figuarts action figure, letting you capture trademark “wonder-poses,” like her classic crossed-wrist deflection move. And the included Lasso of Truth can be added into the mix for all sorts of dynamic possibilities.

The Lasso of Truth is designed to accent all sorts of fighting poses!

Gal Gadot is so cool in her golden armor! It’s every bit as cool as her classic red/white/blue look, and a perfect fit for her character.
Themyscira is an island paradise blessed with beautiful forests and waters. Diana was raised in the island’s sprawling cave system that serves as the Queen’s fortress-palace. It must be a beautiful place when bathed in the golden glow of sunset. The saferoom housing the fabled God Killer sword is finished in gold, too, and the leather armor Diana wore when training was a rich, almost golden hue. One could make the argument that gold is the very “image color” of Themyscira itself.

The Amazonians all wear a similar basic form of armor, as created by the fashion designer Lindy Hemming, and she has spoken extensively about how she styled each character’s unique look around it. General Antiope’s is styled in dark greys and blues. Antiope’s in a dark orange, Artemis’ in dark brown. And Diana’s mother, the Queen Hippolyta, is clad in gleaming gold.

Hippolyta’s breastpiece features a golden eagle motif, similar to the one Diana wears in her red chestplate when she leaves the island. The eagle is the family crest of Queen Hippolyta, as the Amazonians long trained eagles as hunting partners for when they set out on horseback. Actress Connie Nielsen, who portrays Hippolyta, has said that she sees the eagle as the living emblem of a woman who was living 2,500 years ago on her own terms. Diana’s Golden Armor is a symbol of her homeland, and gleams with the sense of duty she inherited from her mother. That’s what makes the timing of its appearance so perfect.

The Golden Armor’s abilities are immeasurable, but first and foremost it protects the already formidable Wonder Woman. In the first film, she displayed incredible powers such as scaling crumbling rock walls with her bare hands and quickly recovering from grievous injuries. She’s also equipped with her shield and her Lasso of Hestia, aka the Lasso of Truth, plus bulletproof gauntlets that she can slam together to create a shockwave powerful enough to knock down enemies like matchsticks.
And the scene of her trusting her powers to allow her to rush into No Man’s Land and rescue trapped villagers was a thrilling, tearjerker of a movie moment.

Graceful, pure, and without subterfuge, her heart is true and possessed of a voracious hunger for knowledge, embrace of change: a warrior who fights for love, peace, and equality. This is exactly what makes her so incredibly cool.

Optional parts can be swapped in or out to display wings open or furled.
(Note: a stand is included for supporting open-wing poses for long periods of time.)

Why does Wonder Woman don her Golden Armor? What powers does it have? Is she really in so much trouble that she needs them? Or is it needed for another battle that didn’t end with the defeat of Ares? Or is Themyscira in danger? We can only wait to find out. With all of her friends from World War I gone, Diana fights on by herself in 1984. What happened to her in those years before joining the Justice League? The Golden Armor is more than a suit of armor – it’s a symbol of all of our excitement to find out!

Text: Natsuko Nara (Editor, Eiga Hi-Ho)
Photo: Shizumeka

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