Sunday, January 17, 2021

MOTU Origins - SHE-RA!

Masters of the Universe Origins - Evil-Lyn (Princess of Power) - Mattel 2021

I think any collector who invested in the Power-Con exclusive She-Ra was cursing Mattel the day they showed the cross-sell art in a Power-Con video and confirmed a standard store release of the character, seemingly identical, was on the way. There is nothing more frustrating to me as a collector than investing in (often over-priced) exclusives only to discover that the only exclusive feature was the packaging, or even worse a measly sticker. I was ticked off personally, especially since I open all my toys. But thankfully the eventual store release featured a new head composed of. hard plastic and fully sculpted hair. If I knew this figure was coming last Spring, I probably would have skipped the Power-Con preorder, but in retrospect I'm glad to have them both. The Power-Con version looks more polished and of a higher quality overall, but they both have good attributes. Hopefully a whole Princess of Power line will follow (with an eventual Filmation She-Ra as well). Let's check out the Origins She-Ra below!

She-Ra comes with her red cloak, her tiara, her shield, and her sword. Note that on my version, her belt is glued on to the pelvis. This make her skirt impossible to remove without damaging it.

In the vintage toy lore, and in the original She-Ra storybooks, Adora only became She-Ra when she turned her tiara upside-down and looked through the metalwork like a domino mask. I always thought this was a silly transformation gimmick, but I think it's cool that the modern figures are designed to do this anyway.

This regular release of She-Ra comes with a mini-comic.

There is only one small image of She-Ra in the comic.

Here is an image of the vintage She-Ra toy. 
I got this from a photo aggregator site, but I believe it originated from

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is the Power-Con She-Ra with with the standard Origins release. Beyond the head and hair differences, there is also a slight difference with the yellow/gold of her boots, gauntlets, and accessories - the Power-Con version is slightly darker. Also the hologram portions of the Power-Con version seem to have a more gold hue that the silver look of the store version. But both of these differences could be unintentional production variations as they are very similar.

Here is She-Ra with the other Origins ladies so far: Teela and Evil-Lyn.


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