Wow Action Girls! Pop Star Duo! (2002)
For some collectors (and especially customizers) of small scale GI Joes, Lanard’s Wow Action Girls! series is highly sought after. The line was a godsend for those looking for figures, accessories and vehicles that just hadn’t been replicated by Hasbro. Stylistically similar to the o-ring figures of the 80s and 90s, the toys were produced with an array of accouterments that would make even Barbie (had she been 4 inches tall) sit up and take notice.
The Wow Girls, as they are usually known, are a kitsch lover’s dream. There’s more sparkle and gaudy color than you could ever ask for. I daresay that these figures would look right at home among the current trends of custom resin art figures. Just look at the silver glitter splatter deco and the gold scooter for the gal on the left. It’s a thing a beauty. This set, titled Pop Star Duo! (Lanard really likes to add exclamation points to its product, if you hadn’t noticed) provides quite a few amazing 1/18 scale props. The guitar and mic stands would be perfect for a customizer looking to start their own version of Cold Slither. The aforementioned golden scooter would be a perfect fit for Big Brawler–his own version of the RAM cycle.
Today was my daughter’s third birthday party, and we gave her a pair of the Wow Girls sets that I’d found at the annual Lanard warehouse sale. The girls don’t pop up all that often, and we thought that she’s old enough to play with 3 & 3/4 inch scaled action figures, so now they belong to her. Her brother already has a sizeable collection of GI Joe and Star Wars figures, and now Jenni-Ri is on her way. She’s already one to appreciate the fabulous, and this WOW Action Girls! set certainly fits the bill. While she was opening other gifts, some of which caught her attention for a couple second before it was on to the next, the Wow Girls stopped her in her tracks for a bit. I don’t know if it was the glamour and glitter, but she seemed interested in her introduction to action figures. My job is done here–welcome to our world, Jenni!