Welcome to my third Bee Week review! When started to plan this series of reviews earlier this summer, the first "bee" girl I thought of was Maya. She was originally presented in a German children's book from 1912 but really became the iconic character she is now when the animated series was created in 1975 (and was subsequently aired all over the globe for decades). These action figures are from her newest incarnation, the Studio 100 CGI animated series from 2012. Maya is an inquisitive and adventurous little bee struggling to reign in her curiosities in a rigid and protected hive. She sneaks out of the hive to explore, makes friends, and often get into trouble. It's a classic recipe for good children's storytelling a'la Curious George and Fraggle Rock. I never thought I would find actual action figures for Maya. Everything I've seen previously has been either plush or PVC. I hit the Jackpot with these guys though. Let's check them out in detail below!
We'll start with Maya herself. My Maya figure came packaged in a tube with Lara.
Maya the Bee
The Adventurous Little Star of the Show
Lara the Ladybug
One of Maya's many friends from the meadow. Lara is totally focused on her own beauty and talent.
The rest of the figures came in individual polybags
The School Mistress at Maya's Hive.
Beatrice the Butterfly
Another of Maya's meadow friends
The Monarch of the Hive (and Maya's secret exploring pal).
Here are an assortment of images of Maya and her Friends over the years.
Time for a Group Shot!