This review was originally published on June 3rd, 2011.
You may have noticed we’re running a bit behind. After all, Catra did come out last month. The irony here is that this review isn’t late due to the horribly destructive tornado that hit our town, but because of a mix up with Digital River. Luckily, everything got sorted out and Catra arrived in time to kick off our first week back.
Speaking of the tornado, I just wanted to take a moment before getting into the review to thank all of our readers for their support while we were gone. Noisy’s done a great job summing up our feelings about this whole disaster and I really couldn’t say it any better. But it was truly amazing to see the amount of concern and well wishes that popped up among the different toy communities, and I just wanted to give you all my own personal Thank You.
Now, on to Catra!
I don’t recall ever seeing the She-Ra cartoon when I was young. Even though I wasn’t really into “girly cartoons” I still remember seeing ones like Jem or My Little Pony. So I’m pretty sure that our local TV stations never aired Princess of Power. Looking back on it, I’m actually glad they didn’t. It’s given me a chance to discover some of the surprisingly deep plots, unintentional hilarities, and truly interesting characters that I just wouldn’t have appreciated as a kid.
Probably the most remarkable thing I’ve discovered about Catra is that she wasn’t really a member of the Horde because she believed in their cause, but because it would gain her more power. Like an early version of the 200X Evil-Lyn, Catra was willing to betray Hordak in order to rise higher in the ranks. That’s a level of complexity that most MOTU characters just didn’t have back then.
The first thing that really jumps out at you when you see Catra is that she’s basically the Filmation version of the character. The Horsemen did a really great job of capturing the look of her style guide. Like the Adora figure, you’d swear Catra just popped right out of the cartoon. I’m really keen on the long flowing hair and super short mini skirt.
Although I do love the look of this figure, I’m curious to see if we’ll get another Catra based on her original action figure. With her ribbed corset, furry skirt, and metal gauntlets she definitely would have enough of a different look to justify a second figure.
Catra’s paint job is decent, if not a bit sloppy in certain areas. Her face seems to be the most affected spot with her lipstick not really conforming to the area of her lips and her eye liner being just a bit uneven around her right eye. Something else I found a bit odd on this figure was the heavy use of the darker flesh tones as highlights. Unlike previous figures, the color they used didn’t blend as well on Catra and gives her a bit of a spray-on tan look. It doesn’t ruin the figure, but it’s definitely noticeable.Continue to Page 2…