Thursday, June 24, 2021

Disney/Pixar's Brave - MERIDA!

Pixar 7" Action Figure Series - Disney's Brave: Princess Merida - Mattel 2021

I rewatched Brave before this review because I hadn't seen it since 2012 and I only had fragmented memories. I remember her wild red hair (especially how well it was animated). I remember all the scenes being saturated in green like an Alfonso CuarĂ³n film. And did the mother transform into a bear or something? (or was that Brother Bear?) I definitely needed to give it another viewing. The movie holds up well. I actually enjoyed it more this time than the first go-round. Merida is a classic anti-princess. She rejects the formalities and privileges of her birthright and instead prefers adventure. Her real rebellion kicks off when she enters the contest of princes vying for her hand in marriage and defeats them all to become her own suitor, and this sets up the main conflict of the movie between traditional mother and rebellious daughter. And, yes, there is indeed a bear transformation. I always love a fiercely independent character - especially if she's an archer. So Merida was a must-have. Let's check her out below!

Merida comes with her iconic bow. The arrows in her sash/quiver are not removable.

Merida has a ball-jointed head, a swivel waist, swivel wrists and boots, and hinge-and-swivel shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. That's 14 points of articulation, 4 points more than Elastigirl and Violet have.

Her legs are well-articulated underneath her dress, but the length of the hem and stiffness of the rubber doesn't lend to many interesting poses.

Time for some Group and Comparison Pics!

Here is Merida with the Pixar line's Elastigirl and Violet from The Incredibles.

And here they all are with the Bo Peep Mattel figure from 2019. Some of these Toy Story 4 figures have been re-packaged into this Pixar line, but I personally feel the scale is way off.


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