December was pretty interesting for MOTU fans. We here at IAT are still dealing with the Demo-Man fallout, since we haven’t even received notice that our payment has been processed. But things seem to be getting back on track with our shipment of Battleground Evil-Lyn.
I’ve been highly anticipating Battleground Evil-Lyn ever since her announcement. With her increased power level and interesting back story, Evil-Lyn was probably my favorite updated character from the 200X series. Plus, she never looked hotter than when she took her helmet off and we got to see her white pixie-styled hair.
If you’ve been collecting this line for a while, you know there’s not much difference in the body sculpt from the first Teela, yellow Evil-Lyn, and the Goddess. I don’t really mind the reuse of parts for her boots and bracers. But I really wish the 4H would have given her a more 200X inspired tunic. Replacing the frilly leaves and horned piping with her spiky skeleton motif dress would have made this figure perfect. I’m not sure if we’ll ever get another Evil-Lyn variant in the line, but if we do I hope it will be inspired by her younger appearance in the MYP cartoon. This way we’d get the correct dress and possibly a new younger looking head with longer hair.
Even though her body is the same, the new short haired head still looks damn near perfect on it. I love that the hair isn’t just short, but it’s also got a mussed up look to it. Maybe the short thorny locks are a bit windblown, or maybe she just doesn’t care how it looks. Either way it’s pretty cute, even if the rest of her head is giving off a murder-face expression. She also has some newly sculpted earrings, which is a nice touch.
Something else they added to the body is the opened spell casting hand that originally came with Catra. I was a bit concerned when I saw this on the prototype, because Catra’s hand was made out of a very gummy plastic. Toy Guru did a good job of listening to fan complaints though, and Evil-Lyn’s hand is made out of a much sturdier material. So kudos to TG for that.
The color choices for this figure are also what keeps me from hating on the clothing sculpt too much. They didn’t use an exact 200X color palette, but it’s close enough to make me happy. I actually like the added light purples and maroons on her tunic; they go a long way in helping the costume look a bit more unique. I also really like the light gray skin tone, which I think makes her look younger than the yellow Lyn.
Lyn’s original head is also included. I don’t know if it’s a byproduct of having a lighter skin color, or if her eyes truly do have a different application, but her face just seems more subtly menacing. Or course it doesn’t hurt that her helmet is a nice glossy black with a metallic looking skull and plumage on top. Kind of makes me wish she had more metallics on her costume.
I did have a couple of small QC issues when it came to the paint apps, but nothing out of the ordinary. Most of them could be overlooked or even fixed. Continue to page 2…