Picture of How to Convert Barbie into Wonder Woman!
Back in the day I played with Barbie and her politically correct friends. But, really, she can't lift a feather next to Wonder Woman, the six-foot-tall Amazon superheroine who is "beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury," according to her comics. Noticing that Barbie and Wonder Woman share the same figure (though Barbie could lift some weights), I thought, why not give Barbie an upgrade?

I now know that Mattel already has several Wonder Woman Barbie dolls. See [ 1999], 2005, and soon to come Oct. 2008. But who wants to pay for collector's items or wait until October? That doesn't feel right if you're a DIY-er, anyway. Besides, I see things I'd want to change in each of those boxed Wonder Women.

At any rate, this is a good chance to try some Barbie modification.
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Step 1: Here she comes... Miss Imitation Wonder Woman

Picture of Here she comes... Miss Imitation Wonder Woman
First up is to find the right doll. I already had some old Barbie dolls sitting in storage, so I checked those out first. Try to get as close to the image of Wonder Woman as you can (or want). Now, this can vary depending on the version of drawing you pick. I've provided a few images below. On a side note, here's a blog discussing her portrayal over time (more character than illustration, but still helpful).

In the end, I found several Barbies that could fit the bill, each with different strengths, so I decided to make the most of each contestant in the 2008 Imitation Wonder Woman Pageant.

Ballerina Barbie Pros: opposable limbs, blue eyes, "diamond" earrings. Cons: blond hair
Casual Dog-walker? Barbie Pros: narrower blue eyes. Cons: blond hair
School Teacher Barbie Pros: dark hair, red lips. Cons: brown eyes, molded with one bent arm and one straight arm, tan skin tone.
Could the acrylic dying work for a my little pony?
CoolKoon6 years ago
LOL Sorry for being a bit OT, but: As I've accidentally happened to stumble upon this Instructable this quote has caught my eyes: "beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, stronger than Hercules, and swifter than Mercury," And it dawned on me that even if a woman is smarter than Athena, swifter than Hermes and stronger than Hercules, she's got (and always will) have one weak point: her feelings. And they can't do anything about that :P
Number one, even though men and women do think differently, all men nor all women think alike....nor do they act appreciably alike.

Number two, saying someone can't do anything about their own thoughts and feelings is defeatist. Maybe YOU can't, but most thinking people can and do control both emotion and thoughts and speech. Take it from a guy who's been there and back a number of times
You seem to be missing my point. Having a weak point doesn't necessarily mean that one doesn't have control over it. It rather means that it's the weakest link. And yeah, I'm generalizing and that's politically not correct. And yeah, I admit that there are men who are NOT like that. There are also people who are crazy and have to (or should) be locked up in an asylum. Still, the majority is quite sane. So the majority doesn't have to include everyone........
And you are missing mine and everyone else's......


blanket statements (like all men, or all women) are wrong, wrong, wrong. Inaccurate, incorrect, mistaken, erroneous, off beam, wide of the mark, immoral, wicked, dishonest, sinful, iniquitous, criminal, unethical, amiss, not right, unsuitable, improper, inappropriate, irrational, and misguided.

If you are going to take a poll, make sure it is a good cross-section of people and not just red-necks (apologies to Nacho) and people that go to family reunions looking for a date....
Wouldn't "ALL blanket statements" be a blanket statement?
(Sorry, I just couldn't resist pointing that out)
You are even the one I posted is inaccurate to a point. They aren't all 100% wrong, but some or more parts of them are inaccurate. That isn't technically a blanket statement since it doesn't apply a "constraint" to all portions of the cross section.....we now return you to your regularly scheduled program :-)
Oh, I've done GENERALIZATION!!!! That's soooooo politically incorrect. And yeah, you're right, many men would never admit this, not even after a lot of torturing. But then it's the same with the women's feelings.....
So, you admit to being a dweeb as far is this subject is concerned? :-) Shucks most politicians aren't this narrow minded.
Why? Because I've made a generalization which applies to >95% of the men although very few of them admit it?
Do you know >95 % of all men? No? Then you're not qualified to speak for them.
no, because you made a generalization which applies to about 95% of the men you know that are just like you, even though few of them admit it. ;-)
It's impossible to control your thoughts. In order to control a thought, you have to think of it, once you've thought it you can't un-think it. Am I making sense? Example: Do not think of your tongue. Of the three things you mention, the only one you actually can control is speech.
You can control the thought, and even the initiation of it to some extent.

For instance: one of the interesting things about how we think it we can and do control it (if not, tell me who is controlling your thoughts, and send him to the shrink for counseling, you would get better ;-) . Control doesn't mean you must eliminate thought, just control the length, breadth, and direction. For instance: it is said that the difference between a teen-aged male and a mature sociologist, is their reaction to a pretty woman walking into the room; the teen things wow, and watches where she sits, the the sociologist turns and watches everyone else's reaction to her entrance ;-)

You don't control a horse or a car without observation and pre-thought, but you can correct mistakes and control them if you learn to steer them (who's driving YOUR bus, Dr. Dyer would ask ;-)
And I suppose all males are devoid of feelings, right?
Well.....let's just say that we have a penis. And we always will. This is and will remain our weak point..........forever. But don't you DARE to tell this to any (other) member of the opposite sex!!!!!!
Hopefully you are just making really bad jokes. However, if you are not, I find your insinuation that a male's only "weak point" is his anatomy (as if females had no similar issues) both a silly argument and an insulting one. A real man modestly admits that he has feelings and genuine weaknesses, instead of pretending to be impervious to anything but physical harm.
Physical harm? Who was talking about physical harm? You think that you can hurt a man through his manhood only by causing it some physical pain? Think again. Oh and yeah, my comment sounded kind of odd with a lack of smileys, yeah, I admit that. But it is up to you to decide my intentions. You have your very own free will, feel free to use it. Also when I've been talking about a man's penis, I was only talking about his weak point. I didn't even imply that a man doesn't have any feelings, emotions etc. (although some feminists/girls after a breakup/other crazy female species might think otherwise). I've only pointed out that a man's penis is his biggest weakness (physical as well as mental) just as much as a woman's feelings are for herself.
Well, if you are going to make a crude argument that a man's anatomy is his only weakness, then that implies that it is through physical harm.

Um...when you complain of me misinterpreting your words, and in the same breath tell me to take them however I wish, it gets confusing, to say the least.

And I think, with all due respect, that yours is a really really bad argument. Frankly, it's childish. This is also a really silly (not to mention awkward) conversation overall IMO, so I don't wish to carry it further - I just will hope there are males out there who don't reason this way.

Guys? Help me out?
you are so right...i dont even know what to say...0_o
Yeah, you can have any thoughts as long as they are the right ones :D

I've only made a comment about women's weak point. It's interesting that you've never questioned that one.
So, are you actually a misogynistic sociopath, as your postings would imply, or are you just doing this for effect? I'm curious as to your motivations.
You might have expected this ible to have been made (typically) by a male, but you'd be wrong there too....
This instructable? By a male? Why would I think that?
HAHA. That has to be sarcasm.
I couldn't make a little symbol showing someone sticking their little finger in their ear while their tongue hung I used that one ;-)
No, I mean surely CoolKoon is being sarcastic. :D
Well, if he is, that makes him look worse.... ;-)
Only because it's so ridiculous I literally did not know where to start.

I absolutely reject the claim that "women's weak point is their feelings". Where's your evidence for that one? (rhetorical question-there is none). It shows an utter lack of respect for women, not to mention awareness that we are in the 21st century now, not the 19th, and neanderthal behavior is frowned upon.

Also, do you not actually know any living, breathing, human women? Or have you just been reading a lot of Freud?

Making gender-based claims like this is silly. Individuals have their own strengths and weaknesses, and to be sure the sexes do also. For example, the average male tends to be physically stronger than the average female - that's a biological fact. It is absolutely correct to say that women and men have different (sometimes very different) emotional make-ups, reactions and responses. And therein lies the point - different is neither superior nor inferior; and to show emotion is not weakness. That is a very commonly made mistake in our culture, and it is an endlessly annoying one.
. Well said.
Thank you.
I'm ith you one hundred percent, LiRa.
his arguement is not only immature, but very tweenish ;-) sounds like someone has just entered the realm
nice way to handle a jerk
CoolKoon fwjs286 years ago
You think that I'm a jerk? And you base this opinion on a single cynical comment I've made about myself and all of my (male) peers? Oh yeah, you're soooo much different.......and better......
Actually, your jerkiness is demonstrated by the entire series of your comments in this discussion thread. It still isn't clear whether you're acting (creating these postings strictly to achieve emotional effects in your audience) or whether you're actually serious.
fwjs28 kelseymh6 years ago
ouch, thats gotta burn!
fwjs28 CoolKoon6 years ago
thank you..i am better (jk) just simmer down need to go crazy over a little joke...
No, actually our many weak points are (a) we have shorter lifespan than women (b) we have lower stamina than women (c) we have a lower threshold for pain than women (d) as infants we have a far higher mortality rate than girls (e) clearly some of us are far, far stupider than women.
Hermes wasn't mentioned. lol But your point still stands.
transplendent (author)  Grey_Wolfe6 years ago
Actually, Hermes was mentioned when CoolKoon posted. I messed up the quote! Sorry about that. =/
No problem, he quoted you, so I was wondering why that was in there. lol That explains it. So are you gonna fix it? haha
transplendent (author)  Grey_Wolfe6 years ago
I *had* messed up the quote when he posted. It's been fixed ever since.
Wow, am I lost. lol But now I'm on track. I hope you didn't find me rude. That wasn't my intent.
Btw, considering all the EVIL that is incarnate in Barbies, I find this an excellent way to exercise it. Nice Instructible. I don't remember if I've complimented, but I do like it.
transplendent (author)  Grey_Wolfe6 years ago
Thank you. I didn't think you were being rude, anyway. :)
Hmm, I wonder if this would go well with the Electrocuted Barbie ible :-)
fwjs286 years ago
BOOOBIES!....jk...that looks like a cool effect for cheap!
This is wonderful! I have been thinking about ways to do this the past few weeks! Even saw the perfect pair of boots to use!! Great Instructable, loved the humour and wit! I am going to try this one out! Thanks for sharing...
Sunny1246136 years ago
This is awesome I really think I should try this with one of my barbies
transplendent (author) 6 years ago
Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone!
uguy6 years ago
Well done, good job.
I think maybe we should hunt down a plus size Barbie! Do they even make those? The chicken legs are killing me! :P I do love the low-cost outfit though. :D
transplendent (author)  jessyratfink6 years ago
I couldn't find one online, but someone could correct me. The whole outfit was only a couple dollars for fabric. The paint pen cost about $6, though. Go figure. :)
But you could use the paint pen to make many outfits. Might only be like 20-30 cents per outfit. That's not too bad.
Get out of my brain! How did you know I was planning on modding a couple Barbie dolls for a project! This is very helpful, thank you so much!
DeimosOne6 years ago
This was so entertaining. I love that it was a fun process, rather than a headache ;> and great results, might I add.
omnibot6 years ago
Cool makeover.