The Great Rebellion is really filling out nicely. Thank God the 2014 Club Eternia subscription went through, because this beautiful figure has revved up my anticipation of getting even more Princess of Power characters in MOTUC. Castaspella was a consistent friend and partner to She-Ra throughout the series. My favorite piece of her backstory is her troubled history with Shadow Weaver. They were once good friends while studying as apprentices under the same sorcerer. However, when Hordak arrived and tempted Shadow Weaver to the dark side with promises of great power, they became lifelong rivals. This figure is quite possibly the nicest POP sculpt to date (although I know I said the same thing when I reviewed Netossa). This will be a boring review because I have zero complaints or criticisms about her. Her colors are vibrant, her paint aps are spot-on, the sculpt is stunning, and the overall design is a perfect representation of her Filmation look. Let's check her out below!
Castaspella comes with three accessories: A hypnotizing spinning disk, a shield, and an energy blast.
The spinning hypnotism disk is a really cool throwback to the vintage 1984 figure where the toy instructions were to "Spin her Wheel" to cast a spell. The modern wheel has a waist clamp to attach behind her and it also can spin, but not freely. It's a really tight turn. However, if you set it down on the ground (like in the photo above) it acts as a spinning top.
Here is the original toy. The wheel is basically identical. But it's pretty much the only Mattel detail that was carried over into the MOTUC version, the rest was pure Filmation.
Her left hand is made of a really flexible rubber and can squeeze into the energy blast piece easily.
I also found that she can hold the energy blast piece as a staff. I actually like it better as a staff.
I thought the hypnotizing disk would look better if it were centered behind her head.
Luckily the waist clamp can easily grip her hair as well.
Here are an assortment of images of Castaspella.
Here is the original series bible/style guide drawing of Castaspella. Tell me she doesn't look exactly like Celine Dion.
And here is a young Castaspella and Shadow Weaver as sorcerer's apprentices.
Nothing like a good animation remix. Check out this guy's other videos. He has one for all my favorite characters.
Time for a Group Shot!
Here's a Great Rebellion so far (Excluding Swifty, Bow and the Star Sisters)
On a random side-note.. as much as I would love to see Mermista next from MOTUC, three blue-haired girls might seem like overkill if the line were suddenly to go belly-up. I'd rather see Peekablue or Flutterina next.