Sunday, May 7, 2017


Disney / Pixar: A Bug's Life - Basic Figures - Princess Atta - Mattel 1998

When I was a kid I was a major nature nerd. I grew up in the boonies until I was in 5th grade and didn't have a neighbor for miles. My parents had a small brood of kids and were predictably frugal so a lot of my toys were hand-me-downs and birthdays and Christmas were the only occasions for presents. But I was born a collector. The lack of retail stores and spending money wasn't going to stop my compulsions. So I scoured our mountain for different spiders and insects and stored them in ornate tackle boxes. As an adult, I've always been really tempted by insect-themed toys, but they don't usually blend in well with the spandex and capes crowd. I've still been buying them of course and I'm finally getting around to reviewing three of my favorites this week. A Bug's Life was Pixar's second film. Back in 1998 I was working in a video rental store and this movie was possibly the most popular movie during my 5 years working there. It appealed to every demographic and cemented Pixar's place as a powerhouse studio.

Princess Atta was the main female in the movie (voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but there were plenty of others that seemed deserving of action figures: The Queen, Dot, Gypsy, and Rosie in particular.

This figure is beautifully sculpted, but the plastic seems oddly fragile and the articulation is limited to shoulders, legs, head, abdomen, and wings.

Atta's leaf armor is really cool.

Time for some Comparison Pics!

Here she is with Princess Bala from the Antz line.


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