Octavia has my favorite design of all the Horde characters in She-Ra. I've mentioned in these reviews before that I have a penchant for characters with unnatural skin tones. Octavia definitely fits the bill in this case. I also have a great love for anthropomorphic characters and this hybrid fish/octopus design is amazing. I may love Octavia's design, but her presence in the cartoon was unfortunately marred by a horrendous voice. A lot of the She-Ra characters had crazy voices, but Octavia sounded like Catra gagging on phlegm with a mouthful of marbles. It was pretty ridiculous. Octavia only appeared in two episodes of the show but still managed to make quite an impression on me as a kid. An action figure of her wasn't even something I had thought possible. Between the initial restriction against Filmation characters and her blink-and-you-miss-her cartoon presence, I figured she was a pipe dream. This figure though, wow, this is definitely not one of those "well, I'm just glad we got her" appreciative reviews. She is truly stunning. Possibly the coolest and most dynamic girl in my MOTUC collection. Let's check her out below!
So I had my Octavia figure shipped to my office, and I happened to be chatting with a coworker when the package was delivered to my desk. Apparently I got noticeably giddy which prompted the question: "What's in the box?" "You don't understand how excited I am about this.. it's a toy of an Octopus woman." "You mean... like.. from The Little Mermaid?"
Octavia comes with a ton of accessories. Four detachable tentacles, four very horde-like swords, and a crossbow with a cool squid-like motif.
The tentacles are hard and not bendable. Each of them has elbow-like joint at its connection point and an anchor peg that acts as a swivel joint when it's attached to her back. The sculpts of the tentacles are all unique and create a variety of different posing options. Altering which tentacles are anchored in which hole also adds a ton of variation. They are all interchangeable and easily attached and reattached (although it is difficult to maneuver around her hair if you don't remove her head first).
She poses pretty well and her tentacles give you an added ability to counterbalance her. My only issue with this figure is that she has really loose ankle joints. I haven't tried tightening them with some applied heat, but I'm going to have to attempt something, because with those tentacles she's going to take down the whole Rebellion if (when) she topples.
Here are a few images of her from the cartoon.
My Octavia's skirt is a slightly different shade of yellow than her tunic. Not sure how common of an occurrence this is.
Time for a Group Shot!