Friday, March 15, 2019

MOTUC Filmation Style - SHE-RA!

MOTUC - Club Grayskull (Series 3) - She-Ra - Super7Store Exc - Super7 2019

I have been waiting for this toy for a long long time. When the Masters of the Universe Classics line first began in 2008-2009 and gave us Teela and Adora, I was immediately excited for a She-Ra. But when we finally got her (a speedy 6 months later), I was really disappointed. To me, this figure looked like the (beautiful) Adora sculpt with sloppy play-doh add-ons. It was the first figure in the entire line, male or female, that I thought was lackluster. And for such an iconic character I thought that was unacceptable. I wanted an instant apology figure. Well, it took nine years, but we finally got a true Filmation-style She-Ra and I'm in love with the figure. I actually ordered 4 of her because I was so nervous about QC problems, but they honestly all looked great. I know Super7 has had a variety of technical problems with this line, but in my eyes the figures just keep getting better and better. I'm excited for the Kittrina and Shadow Weaver and any other great figures coming after. Let's check out this long-awaited She-Ra below!

Some common complaints about this figure are the asymmetry of her eyes and the placement of her arms (both in the fact that they have trouble lying flat to her sides and that the shoulders seem attached to her torso too low). I've seen plenty of photos online showing these to be valid complaints, but like I said before I bought 4 of her and the eyes all look pretty good. The low shoulders do seem to be a design oversight, but luckily her hair mostly disguises it. Her arms did want to stick out at an awkward angle, but the boiling water trick unstuck the joints nicely.

She-Ra comes with her iconic sword in three different forms. I personally always thought her transforming sword was an annoying gimmick. Male characters rarely have to be dependent on this kind of thing - and I think that's because the world is so often uncomfortable with a woman throwing a punch or using her strength. (Did you know Yvonne Craig as Batgirl was only allowed to kick in her fight scenes?) Anyway, I can try to ignore the socio-political aspects of her accessories and just appreciate them for their sheer quirkiness. The other forms are shield and boomerang (surprisingly no lasso).

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is the new Filmation She-Ra with her Classics version. I honestly never really liked the original She-Ra(s). I thought the face was too generic and her hair looked too random. Note: this MOTUC She-Ra has an original release head and cape with the Bubble-Power She-Ra body (which had added details (on her boots, etc) and a flexible skirt for mounting Swiftwind.

And here are the three recent Super7 She-Ra figures: Vintage, Filmation, and Dreamworks.

And with two other Super7 Filmation-style characters: Teela and Sorceress.

And here she is with the MOTUC Glimmer. I read a few comments where fans specifically wanted to see this comparison. You should note however that Glimmer was one of the tallest females in all of the Mattel MOTUC line, so she's not exactly representative of the scale (and mine is also on a figure stand).


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