Exclusive: This. Is. Themyscira! Wonder Woman goes Spartan in brand-new statue

Superheroes aren”t just confined to the pages of comic books these days. You can find them at your local cineplex, hanging out on your television, or taking over the YA section of your local bookstore. But sometimes you need something more…tangible. That”s where statues come in.

One of the most popular statue lines for DC Collectibles is “Wonder Woman: The Art of War.” Each item in the series is the brainchild of DC Comics” creator. Past iterations have been done by Jim Lee, Cliff Chiang, Adam Hughes, and more. Next summer, Amanda Conner (HARLEY QUINN, STARFIRE) will add her own spin to Princess Diana and HitFix Harpy has your first look at the Spartan-inspired figure.

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Made of Resin/Metal, the latest addition to the “Wonder Woman: The Art of War” series will come in a limited edition of 5200 statues, each individually numbered. Wonder Woman by Amanda Conner will be in stores June 2016 with a suggested retail price of $80 USD.

But what makes this statue stand out in the crowd? This is the first “Art of War” Wonder Woman to be created entirely by a female team. Conner teamed up with sculptor Karen Palinko to design a battle-worthy look. We spoke to both women via email about their collaboration.

HITFIX HARPY: There have been many variations on the “Wonder Woman: Art of War” statue. When you were asked to help create a new Diana, did you immediately think Spartan?
AMANDA CONNER: Spartan sort of did pop into my head rather quickly. It”s a part of Wonder Woman that I had never tackled before, and I wanted to give it a try. Wonder Woman is already a badass, and creating a Warrior of Sparta look for her adds a whole new level of badassedness. If that”s even a word.

How long did it take you to design the statue?
AMANDA: I honestly don”t remember. I think I was spinning so many plates at the time, I can”t really figure out a definitive time length.

How long did it take you to sculpt the statue?
KAREN PALINKO: A few weeks. It's hard to say exactly—a statue like this is a complex process with multiple stages of development.

Is that the lasso of truth wrapped around her spear?
AMANDA: No, the spear has a snake design on it. I left the Golden Lasso out of the design, because that would mean that she would be expecting to take a break from fighting to ask someone questions. The way Wonder Woman is portrayed here, she”s going into battle. She”s geared up to be taking no prisoners. 

What's your favorite part of the design?
KAREN: I like the power and energy of the design in the way Wonder Woman is stepping onto the base—as if she's half in our world, half in hers. I also loved the dynamic angles of the pose—for example the way her weapons and raised arms form a W when viewed from the front. The more you look at it, the more you discover.

AMANDA: I think my favorite part might be Wonder Woman”s attitude. She has a look like you”d have to be really crazy to take her on. That, and the way Karen Palinko, the sculptor, nailed it so beautifully. She totally knocked it out of the park!