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Swift Wind Review

While the overall sculpt was really impressive, the paint work on mine was less than stellar. The shading on the horse itself turned out really well, but we’ve got some slop on the wings, blue paint on the horse’s neck, pink slop on the left side of the mask, and the tip of the unicorn horn is already missing paint. I love that the colors are so vibrant and bright, but I wish they’d been applied a little more cleanly.

While, my opening might sound like I’m picking on Swift by calling him more vehicle than articulated figure, he does sport a decent amount of articulation. The tail & wings are all ball-jointed, each leg features three hinge joints (with a slight swivel, but I’m not sure if that’s intended). And the neck has upper (a hinge) and lower articulation (a large ball-joint). The legs are articulated enough (and have strong ratchet joints) to get some decent walking poses and a couple great “reared up” poses with some helpful balancing from the tail.

The ball joints on the wings and tail are super-versatile, but my left wing just doesn’t want to stay in and frequently requires reattachment. My favorites joint are on the neck though as the combination allows Swifty to be particularly expressive. I do have some trouble getting him balanced on all four legs, but that’s nothing new as I have a little trouble getting Battle Cat sorted out too.

Overall, despite my hesitance to review him, I’m really happy with my Swift Wind purchase. He’s another great piece in the line and, if I can find some room on that increasingly tight MOTU shelf, his bright colors and vibrant design will certainly make sure he stands out. While She-Ra 2.0 (Bubble Power) and quite a few of the figures can ride Swift Wind (the saddles features the same raised center as Battle Cat’s and Panthor’s saddle), I don’t think I’ll have him lugging around a figure on my shelf too often. He looks great on his own. I imagine that answers my question as to whether he’s a vehicle or a figure. He may not have the same versatility of Battle Cat (though you can make Swifty fly around the room), he is still his own character and that makes him a figure for sure. Heck, maybe he should’ve gotten a Great Rebellion sticker. If only the Great Rebellion had had a Heroic Fighting Graphic Designer to make one.

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Swift Wind Review

  • Brainlock

    What other MOTU steeds are there?
    I balked at this one before, but now hoping to snag him later to repaint for ML Black Knight, Valkyrie, or a possible Winged Victory custom, as you suggested, or even a steed for WW/Diana or Hex (custom Pegasus & Perseus/Belepheron?). If they don’t attempt to change up the tack for WV in the DCU line, then they’re throwing out a chunk of change for us completists. I’d imagine WV being the quarterly BAF following Shining Knight, if it did happen. (After Rita, of course!)

    Nice to see some veins instead of a flat body, tho. and is it me, or do the nostrils look a bit shallow? Lips look a bit off, too.
    (we had horses growing up, and parents boarded them when we were little, until one disgruntled psycho pyro b!tch…!!! RIP Smokey, ironically enough.)

  • He-Mullet

    While I understand that this is the Iconic Swift Wind to many, my beef is with Mattel. They told the Customers multiple times that THIS Swift Wind was NOT the one we were voting for… Stick to your damn promises Mattel! Team Pink Swifty!

    I think that the non-removable bridle screwed me out of buying a second Swifty to turn into Spirit

  • dayraven

    “The mask is surprisingly snug, owing to the great engineering put into this figure.”

    i see what you did there… you naughty little seditionist.

    you know, i’m goig out on a limb here, but i’ll say it… i don’t care for the mundane vehicles characters. just in general, i like the tehno-vehicles as a principal, but i did buy battle cat, and i’m largely disappointed in him. i don’t play w/ him, he’s a mess of joints, and he’s difficult to pose. (i know, i can’t believe i said that either). i essentially get one pose for him w/ he-man mounted, and then a few expressions, but expressions alone don’t make a pose. and for a play toy, the articulation isn’t tight enough to hold a pose for a paw swipe or anything(not that he has claws that might that look cool), his leg flips around at the ankle and it looks like it’s time to call in MAA for a battle cat brain transplant. so he’s very “eh” to me… it seems lots of motucers enjoyed BC and panthor, and more power to those guys… i just wasn’t one of them. for me, he felt like window dressing, and expensive window dressing at that. he’s definitely the most articulated display base i’ve ever bought, but that doesn’t make me feel good.

    i didn’t not buy panthor for the reasoning that i feel skellie needs stuff that’s just his… so no repeat cat. he waits and gets a spydor, or he’ll walk, thank you.

    and you couldn’t have lured me into swift wind with a stolen credit card and a gallon of jungle juice. i’m sorry, that horse just screams “bi-bi boys, the misadventures of curious georgie” to me. just can’t get interested.

  • ero

    I can’t get interested, either, and I still find myself questioning the inclusion of PoP in this line. It’s just … a distraction, and as evidenced by the Star Sisters 3-pack, I think it’s hurting the line.

    • dayraven

      god help you if a small but sassy portion of the she-ravers ever hear you say that. i just finished a lengthy and ultimately purposeless discussion on another chatroom about the overall poor execution of a doll line entering an action figure line (cuz let’s get real, despite years of derision, and lots of co-mingled nomenclature, dolls and action figures really are two different beasts)

      • ero

        Ha, ha, I know, I’m taking a risk. Luckily it’s for a good cause. 🙂

        • The Ghost

          I understand your viewpoint but you’re not getting what draws a lot of people to the POP stuff.

          Sure, there’s the whole “gay icon” thing, but I’m a heterosexual, 32 year old married father of soon-to-be 2, and for me, She-Ra was always an extension of the MOTU universe. As a kid, I was actually angry that the toy line was “dolls” and clearly aimed at girls. I had the bad guys from the She-Ra cartoon (ie. the Evil Horde) but never the good guys. Watching the show, it was never something I felt as a kid as being a show aimed at just girls.

          So, for me, and many others, it is something of a “lost faction” that we finally can integrate into our MOTU collection.

          It’s not about dolls being integrated into an action figure line (and yes, I do realise the original cartoons are basically serving as advertisements for the toys themselves) but moreso an encapturing of the characters that were part of my childhood and part of the MOTU universe that I haven’t had opportunity to really get before, in a respectiful and impressive (save quality control issues) manner.

  • TSR

    also, your last panel made me think of the Sealab episode about the robotic shark movie, Tinfins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoShDwTNbnM

    • manekochan

      “Let’s get this party started!”
      That and the evil clone episode were the only two episodes I really enjoyed of that show. It’s almost a pity that they were some of the first ones I saw. They set the bar so high…

  • Motorthing


    I am SO glad I’m out of this Line now. All it has to do is make it to my cherry-picked Ram-Man (that sounded a lot more normal in my head…) and then I never need concern myself until they finally break the last Taboo and go 3.75″ like Thunderkitties…..

  • Fire King Xi

    1. That was a lot of blathering.

    2. Bridles go on the horse’s head, not over the chest. Like so…
    The chest piece is simply a bit decoration or armor.

    3. Any pics of Swifty with Khaleesi, err..BattleGround Teela? Can she sit on the saddle well? No Horse for She-Ra in my universe. Once Swifty gets a new coat of paint (pink armor and rainbow wings do not sit well with me) Khaleesi, the barabrian queen, will be getting herself a new ride.

    • Blathering? And then a picture request? You need to work on your sugar/vinegar there. 😉

      Thanks for the tip on the horse gear, I’ll get that fixed. When I get home I’ll snap a pic with BG Teela and post it. I’m not sure how well her hip artic will work, but it could be good!

      • Fire King Xi

        That was supposed to be in a “sarcastic font”. I’m sure I’ll figure something out when ever I get ole Swifty. 🙂 😉

  • Battle Catman

    The last picture on the first page is my favorite because it addresses one of my chief complaints about Mattel. Look at She-Ra and Wonder Woman. If I didn’t know both those figures were sculpted by the same guys and released by the same company, I wouldn’t have believed you.

    At the same time, Miss Marvel’s legs look a little tubby compared to Lady Jaye’s. And Black Widow just looks great.

    Am I saying Hasbro makes better women than Mattel? Possibly. Their MOTUC women are some of my favorite female figures (BP She-Ra would be the damn near perfect if she had Teela’s rocker ankles), but GI Joe and Marvel Universe women are cheaper, easier to find, and easier to customize.

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  • manekochan

    I’m really surprised at how bright those wings are. I mean, dang. I think my moniter will explode. Also, the neck and head joints are very well hidden from most of the angles you chose in the photos. I honestly thought it was a solid piece until near the end of the article.

  • Beedo Sookcool

    A great review of a superbly-sculpted horse, with excellent photos. As expected, of course.

    Mine arrived with a huge smear of blue paint on the neck. Easily scraped off, I thought. Then I tried to assemble the wings. And broke one of the internal brackets in half on the first try. Two weeks later, and I’m still waiting for Matty Collector / Digital River to deal with my complaint after two calls. I hope the one I sent to my girlfriend (who loved MOTU and PoP when she was a kid) along with both versions of She-Ra doesn’t have similar problems! If and when I get a replacement for my broken Swifty, the broken one is probably going to get its empty sockets plugged and turned into a Spirit.

    I could possibly see an Arrow or a Crystal Swift Wind further down the line, but I’m not sure if I’d go for them. Still, love the “Stridor” foreshadowing of the last panel!

  • dayraven

    i’d love to see a horse-commparison review of some of the mounts that have come available for 1/12 scale in the last 20 years. mcf produced several, toy biz cranked out 2 (is that right?), and now we have shifty… swifty, i mean swifty… 😉

    • manekochan

      Both Vault and Noisy have the Headless Horseman box set(though one of them may have a broken hoof if I remember correctly) so maybe we can see that one with Swiftwind.

  • polo23

    What a B E A U T Y!! Best looking figure in the 2011 class & 2nd best to the Wind Raider! All 3 of my Horse legs are correct so I’m good. Can’t wait for Arrow & Storm to be designed. Excellent pics & review! 2012 can’t wait!!