This review was originally published on January 31st, 2012.
Because of the delays in December, we received our Demo-Man and Star Sisters a few days apart. So January felt like a typical month. It’s almost fitting that it should work out this way since all four characters are on the fringes of the MOTU spotlight.
I wasn’t really familiar with the Star Sisters before the introduction of the Classics line. But I’m one of those inclusive MOTU fans who believe that every character deserves their place in continuity. I love seeing obscure characters like Wun-Dar and Carnivus hob-knobbing shoulder to shoulder with He-Man’s and Skeletor’s comrades. So even though I was surprised at their announcement, I was totally ready to clear a space on the shelf for them.
I was also pretty glad that Mattel decided to release the Sisters as a 3-pack instead of singles. This way we get them over with and won’t have to beat the clock, hoping for a completed team before the line ends. The downside is that quality control problems become a bit more prevalent when you get into multi-packs, and the Star Sisters are no exception.
Even though the three sisters share a lot of the same female “buck”, there are plenty of sculpted differences to make them feel unique. The head sculpts are probably the most prevalent of these new pieces. If I had to pick the prettiest, I’d say it was Starla. She has a pleasant expression on her face that just seems to have a bit of personality.
Tallstar’s a close second though. I actually really love her hair. The 4H really do a fantastic job when it comes to long flowing locks. Jewelstar’s head sculpt is ok. I find her crown of pink gems interesting, but at the same time a bit disturbing in how it seperates her face from the rest of her head. I know what the look is meant to portray, but this may be one of those times where 2D art doesn’t transfer well into 3D sculpture.
These same problems creep into the design of Jewelstar’s costume also. I really like the fact that she was given translucent jewel-encrusted armor, and that they tried to make her costume angular in design. This seems to fall apart with the piece covering her lower torso though. That diaper piece only takes away from the design and would have looked much better if they would have given more of an angular armor-like design. Continue to page 2…