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Wonder Woman and the Star Riders was a promotional comic distributed in Kelloggs cereal for a line of toys and an animated series which were never produced, making it the only part of a planned but cancelled DC Comics and Mattel franchise which was actually completed and put into production. Of the five Star Riders Wonder Woman, Dolphine and Ice were new iterations of existing DC characters, while Star Lily and Solara were new creations for the stillborn franchise.

This fifteen page comic follows the Star Riders, led by the Amazon Princess Wonder Woman, as they track down the thief Purrsia who has stolen their magical Star Jewels. After they reclaim their jewels and capture the villainess they are distracted by a sudden violent storm outside their floating castle fortress and Purrsia escapes, re-stealing Solara's star jewel on her way out.

The unused toy designs were repurposed by Mattel for their Tenko and the Guardians of the Magic line. Years later the concept of a Mattel produced toy line accompanying a Merchandise-Driven show centered around Wonder Woman would resurface and come to fruition as DC Super Hero Girls.

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  • '80s Hair: Wonder Woman has enough hair for at least four women sticking out the top of her head. She has an enormous ponytail that doesn't even contain half of her giant curly hair.
  • Abled in the Adaptation: Dolphin started out mute (though it didn't last long) in the original comics.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Dolphine's name outside this series is generally Dolphin.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Wonder Woman and the Star Riders
  • Curtains Match the Window: Dolphine has teal blue hair and eyes.
  • Elemental Hair Colors: Dolphine is a water controller with blue hair, and Ice has ice powers and silvery white hair.
  • Expy: Star Lily appears to have been the inspiration for current Wonder Woman character Star Blossom.
  • Fertile Feet: Star Lily is shown with flowers sprouting around her feet on the cover and is known to have a variation of plant control, however she spends the entire comic working to regain her stolen magic gem alongside the other Star Riders and gets no chance to use said powers since the chase takes place in the air and the battle takes place over the ocean.
  • Flowers of Nature: Star Lily's ponytail is ringed in flowers. This reflects her more delicate way of portraying herself compared to the other Star Riders and her Green Thumb powers.
  • Frills of Justice: Wonder Woman wears a tutu-like skirt with a lacy underskirt, star print tights, and a cape, vambraces, boots and top in magenta. Dolphine's got blue and teal tights, a skirt made of lace with a sparkly cape skirt in back, a crown-like hair piece, and a scalloped edged neck covering that looks like a tight-fitting gugel that's had the actual hood removed. Ice is essentially a palate swap of Dolphine with a different skirt and the neck covering transformed into the top of a cape. Star Lily is wearing a gigantic flower made of lace on her back, flower accents and a multi-layered skirt.
  • Horse of a Different Color: Purrsia rides a giant flying purple panther.
  • Inescapable Net: Purrsia catches Dolphine in a net Dolphine can't escape without the aid of the other star riders despite having magic relating to water and being in the ocean.
  • Light 'em Up: Solara has the power of the sun, and uses light based attacks.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: This version of Wondy that took this concept and ran with it. She was dressed in more frills than normal and lead a group of girls in similar but different colored get-ups who rode winged horses and used magical crystals.
  • Magic Staff: This version of Ice uses a magic staff capped with an often glowing crystal.
  • Merchandise-Driven: Intended to be a promotional comic for an upcoming merchandise driven show, but the merchandise and show never made it past announcement and preliminary art and mock-ups.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Each of the Star Riders have a magical star shaped jewel that helps them keep the earth safe which the villain steals. The riders get them back, but the villain manages to steal one as she escapes and swears she'll steal the rest again one by one.
  • Mini Dress Of Power: Wondy wears a tutu-like skirt as do all the other Star Riders save Ice who wears a short white dress instead.
  • Pegasus: Dolphine rides a white winged horse with a light blue mane and tail named Cloudancer.
  • Pink Heroine: While all the Star Riders but Dolphine have a little pink in their outfits Wonder Woman is decked in almost all pink, with a magenta top, cape, boots and accents, light pink vambraces and belt and pink stars on her tights.
  • Power Crystal: Each of the Star Riders has a star jewel with magic properties that give the wearer additional control over an elemental power and help keep natural elements of the world in balance. All the gals have a spot for their jewels on their belts.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Wonder Woman, Amazon princess, switches out all the parts of her costume that are normally red for magenta, adds a matching cape and rides a matching winged unicorn whose wings, mane and tail are cotton candy pink.
  • Showgirl Skirt: Dolphine wears a short pretty much transparent lace skirt underneath a pleated blue skirt that covers essentially nothing in front but gets as low as her ankles in back.
  • Stellar Name:
    • The Star Rider with control over plant life is named Star Lily.
    • The Star Rider with "the power of the sun" is named Solara.
  • Super-Cute Superpowers: The tagline is "Sparkling Super Heroines!" and their powers include Light 'em Up powers that are tinted pink, creating shimmery bubbles, and making flowers bloom.
  • Water Is Womanly: Among the Star Riders, Dolphine is a water controller with long light blue hair and dressed in a feminine, dark blue costume.
  • Winged Unicorn: Wonder Woman rides a pink winged unicorn named Nightshine.
  • World of Pun: The Star Rider's only known villain Purrsia seems to be incapable of communicating in anything but puns and insults, or punny insults. The Star Riders themselves are also frequent users of puns, mainly cat puns directed at or when talking about Purrsia.