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Bow Review

Paintwork wasn’t really up to par on the Bow’s we received here. The leather parts of the quiver are sloppy on all of ’em. One came with a paint scrape on his chest symbol, another on his belt, and you should be able to see the specks of paint on Bow’s skin here and there on the figure in this review. The real killer though was Mattel’s still annoying policy of molding the heads in whatever color plastic is being used elsewhere on the figure. While I was exchanging the heads some of the paint chipped off of Bow’s lip – leaving a nice blue splotch of exposed plastic. Sucks.

Bow’s primary accessories are his bow and arrow. The bow is a wonderfully ornate piece and comes with no string attached – this allows Mattel to sell us the figure without having to glue the arrow to the bow. This is pretty cool and I need to grab some fishing line to string Bow’s… bow. The arrow fits in with the playing card themed arrows sculpted in the quiver. It’s appropriately a “heart” arrow to match his armor. Bow’s hands are a softer plastic and it’s much easier to get the accessories in and out.

The other accessory is Bow’s harp. It’s cool that he has it and it’s surely going to appeal to old school Bow fans, but I found myself wishing he came with a sword, dagger, or something that he could use in close quarters. Obviously, I’d prefer a unique blade, but he looks pretty good with Carnivus’ Sword of Saz.

Overall, Bow was one of the most impressive figures debuted at SDCC 2010 and the figure held up to that hype. He’s got a great sculpt with two heads you want to use even if you can’t. The extra details and ornate work make me sad for some of the figures that are stuck using only vintage standards. The new articulation is fun to play with. I do wish the armor was situated on him a little better and the paint issues definitely frustrated all of us here at IAT. Still, if you get a properly painted Bow, I think you’ll really enjoy the figure.

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22 comments to MOTUClassics.Com:
Bow Review

  • He-Mullet

    Well I’m planning on Giving Bow the Rack Sword… WHEN I GET HIM!! (waiting for him) Wish I had bought a second Bow…

  • dayraven

    i am really torn on his for most of the reasons you stated, but i take things more rashly… i don’t like that the armor sits weird and the quiver cord even weirder… they sit so strangely, i just take them off. my bow doesn’t hold his bow well, so i have to warm the hand and the scrunch it a bit… also, i’ve shot bow a lot in my youth, and to me, the wrists are useless, as he can’t hit anything resembling the way a bow is really drawn. part of that might be the floppy grip, but the arrow notch isn’t long enough for him to properly grip in the other hand) and he’s not posed for the three finger grip either). the new waist band thing sucks, it limits his RoM more than the furry loin cloth does! why are we bothering w/ ball hips if no one is going to get them exposed enough to take advantage of how they can pose? and then tiara head is just too gay… i didn’t say it, my wife did. she said, and i quote “the 70’s pornstache head is actually less gay than the tiara head… how’d they pull that off?” i don’t know.

    so what i got, in essence, was a single head, w/no armor, and a weapon he can’t hold… i got some nice custom fodder. that kind of infuriates me. needless to say, that’s my last PoP and i kind of feel like good riddance.

    BTW, i’d also point out that he lacks the vikor neck because he lacks the vikor torso. he’s built on the KG torso w/ the back chunk filled in. my guess is for armored or caped dudes, we’ll continue to see that buck.

    • The wrists help though, it would be impossible for him to get the arrow anywhere near the bow without them.

      Yep, he’s the old buck. Hopefully the new buck doesn’t get much use.

  • Logan

    I got bad paint on my Bow heads too. Carnivus’ sword looks great with him! I think “Kyle’s” little brother (most MOTU people have siblings, sometimes a twin!) may join the rebellion too now that I’ve seen your review 😀 Dang, now I have to swing a trade or troll eBay for an extra.

    I twisted the strap and tucked it under the quiver. It’s flexible enough that it stays there without popping out.

  • Logan

    Also, I actually laughed out loud (at work) at “First, I’ll defeat you and then I’ll draft my own bio!” I’m still rolling off that line! Hordak’s retort put me over the edge. Thanks for the great review! It’s no wonder this is my favorite toy site!

  • TSR

    Two things and forgive me for being nitpicky as I always love your reviews.

    1) Loincloth? Those are pants, man!
    2) Shouldn’t that be Adora in the last panel and not She-Ra?

    • They are pants, but the piece is still effectively the loin cloth piece. Easier way for me to describe it, I guess?

      I always remember (could be wrong) about him pining over both Adora & She-Ra at different times.

  • Sy Branch

    Another funny review. He still can’t get She-Ra in toy mode,lol!!

  • Battle Catman

    Back when DCUC Green Arrow was released, I read that the added joints in the wrists were pointless on an “archer” figure–when you draw a bow, both wrists should be straight as possible.

    • dayraven

      see, i’m not the only one who noticed.

      • That’s true, but the joints are from pointless. The articulation of a DCUC arm (and even more so on a MOTUC arm) leave the figure unable to get the pulling arm in the right position. The wrist joint accomodates the pose because the bicep swivel and single elbow can’t.

        If Bow & Green Arrow didn’t have the wrist articulation, their pulling hands wouldn’t be able to get into position.

  • Clay

    12 days? Dude, that’s nothing. My palace guards and goddess arrived last Monday – yep, that would be exactly 1 day before the next round went on sale; I spent valentine’s day playing with a small green plastic woman.

    I’ve always been more of a PoP fan than MOTU (despite my mother insisting that’s not the sort of toy little boys should want) so I’m pretty excited for Bow, though that oddly-sitting armour does make his chest look three feet further out than his chin, and that ‘archer’s wrist’ sounds like a dodgy euphemism…

    • I really hope you’re overseas! If the figures took that long, I don’t know how I’d keep the interest going. I suppose they show up at the same frequency just after the lengthy delays.

      My 12 days comment was just more to the fact that it should take 4 for the stuff to get here, so something was clearly up with this month.

      I tried to tack his armor down, but with little success. He’s still in the pose with the cord wrapped around his right arm. It at least keeps it down on one side.

      • Beedo Sookcool

        My record for MOTU Classics shipping is six weeks, and I only live in England, which is hardly a vast, trackless desert avoided by postal vehicles at all costs. Comprehensive and fun review, as always; makes me look forward even more to getting Bow, Shaodw Beast, and PD He-Man. Which may be near the end of March.

  • Dead Man Walking

    Hmmm. I’m quite surprised that another review has failed to mention that the arrow is FAR too short to work with the long bow Bow weilds. Even if you string the bow there is no way to get bow into a proper pullback with the arrow.

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