I felt lucky about this year’s SanDiego Comicon exclusives. Usually I’m scrambling to get five or six, but this year I only wanted three: two of MOTU Classics Queen Marlena and a Monster High Deadfast Ghoulia. Not only were they both incredibly easy to get, but I spent a lot less.
Marlena is a perfect example of what’s so great about the MOTU Classics line. Even though her character’s an integral part of the MOTU mythos, she’s never received a figure in the previous lines. It’s not really surprising. I mean, what kid wants to buy a figure of He-Man’s mom? But now that we have a line that’s not focused on retail criteria, fan favorites like Marlena are given as equal an opportunity as the many variations of her son. Man, I love this line.
Something else I really love about this Marlena is that she’s actually two figures in one. Normally that just means she comes with a second head, and I’m fine with that. I have a lot of doubles on my shelves just because the second head they come with does a good enough job of making them look different. With Marlena they took it a bit farther and not only gave her two heads, but also two costumes.
Queen Marlena is almost a perfect representation of the Filmation series. Her dress piece is a soft but firm plastic that wraps around her body and connects in the back. Most of the sculpted detail is in the flow of the dress itself, but there is also her belt and chest seam to break it up a bit. Her head is a fantastic likeness, and unlike Randor her crown isn’t a separate piece. Something I never realized is just how strange Queen Marlena’s hair style is. It’s almost like a windswept pageboy look, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone wear their hair like this in real life.
Marlena’s other look is as Captain Glenn from her astronaut days. The Horsemen were able to do a great job of actually making this head look younger than the other. They also pulled her hair back into a little ponytail. This gives her a bit of the 200X Teela look, which I like and would love to see as an alternate head someday.
Captain Glenn’s astronaut tunic wraps around her body and connects in the back the same way as the dress piece. Its simple sculpt is really offset by the complexity of her helmet piece though. I’m a huge fan of the retro-futuristic look, and seeing figures in bubble helmets is always a plus in my book. The 4H did a great job making this piece complex enough to actually be a space helmet while still keeping a simplified look, like it may have been designed in the original toy line. Continue to page 2…