—Tania Missad, Mattel Consumer Insights Director
Created by the cooperation between Mattel, DC Comics, and LEGO, the DC Super Hero Girls franchise features an accompanying toy line based on the graphic novels, direct-to video movies, and web series. The first wave debuted in early 2016, bringing out 12" dolls and 6" action figures based off six out of the 7 main heroines (Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Supergirl, and Bumblebee; Katana was originally excluded, but resurfaced in her figure debut late 2016). Roleplay toys also debuted around the same time.
The toyline (and accompanying non-electronic products) feature the following:
- Built with LEGO: The LEGO Friends DC Super Hero Girls subline is this.
- Multiple Demographic Appeal: Despite its original and main marketing is towards girls, the creative team hopes the merchandise can broaden out towards other genders and age groups.
- Official Cosplay Gear:
- The Batgirl utility belt, along with all other upcoming roleplay toys, fall under this.
- Full-on costumes were also made for Halloween 2016.
- Reused Character Design: The first wave of 12-inch dolls feature near-identical facial, head, and body structures.
- Shown Their Work: Excluding the first wave of 12" dolls, Mattel's designers and sculpters have referenced basketball players, gymnasts and dancers to design more realistically toned body types for the 6" action figures and future dolls .