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Vault Review: Star Sisters 3-Pack

Like Jewelstar, Tallstar’s design was based more on function than looks, but it was executed much better.  I don’t know why, but I really love those poofy shoulder designs.  I also think Terry and the Horsemen did a fantastic job of translating the original figure’s accordion joints into a ribbed armor look.

Starla has the simplest design to her costume, and also the most feminine.  She wears a simple corset and skirt combo with new bracers and boots.

The coloring on all three figures is very vibrant.  I know some fans were looking for more of a Filmation influence here, but I like how they turned out.  Especially Jewelstar’s oily translucent cape is a really cool effect, plus her whole body is speckled with a very fine glitter.

Sadly, my biggest quality control issues also come in the paint job.  There seems to be a few more paint rubs and black smudges on these three than I’ve seen in a while.  I’m also a bit disappointed with the eyes of Starla, which seem to be looking up.  Also the eyes of Jewelstar are a bit crooked.  The small smudges I can live with, but the eye thing really bugs me.

Each figure comes with a star staff made of different colored translucent plastic and glitter sprinkled inside.  Like on Jewelstar, it’s a neat effect and a nice little touch.

Tallstar comes with additional segments for her neck, arms, and legs to “grow” longer.  The designers did a fantastic job of creating a smooth system that snaps together and apart very easy.  The pieces even look pretty good when in use.  I just wish that they could have included just one more set of extensions.  As is, Tallstar is only about a head taller than her sisters.  One or two more sets of these would be great additions to our next Weapons Pak.

The three girls also come with a fourth figure, that of their Starla’s guardian hawk Glorybird.  I’m actually really glad Mattel included this bird figure, especially since it was slated to come with the original vintage toys before they were canceled.  They even sculpted him a new stand that’s reminiscent of the vintage one also.  I love this hawk sculpt and want it in as many colors as possible.  Glorybird makes fifth, but the Sorceress will be here soon.  (Now where’s my Sinestro Corps yellow!)

Glorybird isn’t just great because he’s colored in a radiant pink with a sparkly dry wash.  He’s great because of his golden harness that contains his magnificent star encrusted Mohawk hairdo.  This star-hawk gives him a 1970’s rock’n roll feel, à la Ziggy Stardust.  That’s right.  Glorybird is voiced by none other than David Bowie (at least in my mind).

I know some people give the Star Sisters a hard time, but I think they’re great additions to the MOTU Classics collection.  Not only are they characters who were passed over the first time around, but they also help to bring a much needed bolster to the female ranks of my He-Man shelves.

-Vault

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22 comments to MOTUClassics.Com
Vault Review: Star Sisters 3-Pack

  • James Meadows

    Viva la Star Sisters!

    Love the shots of them giving The Evil Horde a hard time! [^)

  • Shellhead

    WHEW. Glad I passed on these.

    Of them all, only Tallstar looks good to me. I might have to see if I can hunt her down loose somewhere.

  • polo23

    I’m not mad at all that I got 2 sets of these lades. There designs are excellent thanks to the FH. Cool review by the way Vault.

  • Battle Catman

    Of the three Sisters, Tallstar is my favorite. Because of her extension parts, she’s the only one with boot-top swivels, which (almost) make up for the BG Teela thighs. She’s got a very pretty face (“real world” pretty, like she’d be approachable at a party, not out of your league like Adora or BG Teela) and she looks great holding the magenta Zodak staff from the Weapons Pak. I could be biased, though; I got a thing for tall women.

    Jewelstar comes in second because of her translucent parts. I agree with you on how her headgear makes her face look weird. For the longest time, I had no idea she had a ponytail because when you look at her from head-on, her “crown” blocks the whole thing! Also in the paint department, the black outline on my Jewelstar’s right eye is applied a bit thick, making it look like someone sucker punched her.

    Starla doesn’t interest me much. She looks good, but a little bland compared to her sisters, the Queen of Rock Candy and the MVP of Eternia’s WNBA. Or it could be because she belongs to a friend of mine (he only wanted Starla, I only wanted Tallstar and I let Jewelstar tag along) and I’m trying not to grow attached to her so I don’t feel compelled to buy another 3-pack (for Starla, another Jewelstar head, and more Tallstar extensions).

    • Fire King Xi

      What do you mean, “out of your league”?

      • Battle Catman

        Like, Tallstar (and the other Sisters) would be the girls who are attractive but don’t let it go to their heads. Adora, Catra, Teela…they’re good-looking, but they don’t look “fun.” They’re all business, stern and maybe a little bitchy.

        I mean, look at how the Sisters are dressed. They’re cute girls, but they don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re like the girls at cons who go all-out with their cosplay.

        • dayraven

          you really need to use that speed dating service at next years NYCC homes… WOW. you realize all three of these girls are pretty much eddie murphy fans, if you get my reference.

  • Clay

    Very excited to add these to my collection – by my calculations, they’re about a week away from my doorstep (grumble international grumble).

    It’s funny, everyone seems to focus on Starla’s prettitude – well, everyone that doesn’t flat out hate the set that is – but for me she looks to be the most overtly butch of the bunch. Not that this is a bad thing to be.

    Fabulous pictures too – though is it just me, or does Leech look like he’s been knocked out by an unpleasant whiff?

    • Brainlock

      I’m SO glad I’m not the only one having trouble with this Matty offering! I originally went in for Panthor, but catching a video review a few days before made me jump on these MOTU as well. Then all hell broke loose.

      It took me almost a dozen tries to log-in to complete the order, despite having already logged in prior to the sale going live. It would not accept my password after that, until I tried another one which I knew did not work. NOW, my package is bouncing around St Louis County after being damaged! No clue why Fenton didn’t send it out here to Union instead of back to Hazelwood!

      Remember: this sale was on the 17th, so that’s FOUR DAYS before anything was done:
      Date Time Description Location
      1/30/2012 11:15 PM Enroute to Local USPS Facility Hazelwood, MO 63042
      1/30/2012 08:49 AM Missent FENTON, MO 63026
      1/30/2012 12:06 AM Enroute to Local USPS Facility Hazelwood, MO 63042
      1/29/2012 09:20 PM Enroute to Local USPS Facility Hazelwood, MO 63042
      1/29/2012 09:20 PM Visible Damage Hazelwood, MO 63042
      1/26/2012 01:56 PM Accepted by USPS Hazelwood, MO 63042
      1/26/2012 04:40 AM Transferring to USPS Hazelwood, MO 630422487
      1/25/2012 08:41 PM In transit EDWARDSVILLE, KS
      1/25/2012 03:17 PM In transit WAKEENEY, KS
      1/25/2012 08:27 AM In transit HENDERSON, CO
      1/24/2012 11:02 PM In transit WAMSUTTER, WY
      1/24/2012 05:31 PM In transit DELLE, UT
      1/24/2012 09:32 AM In transit MILL CITY, NV
      1/24/2012 03:40 AM In transit W SACRAMENTO, CA
      1/23/2012 08:59 PM In transit SPARKS, NV
      1/23/2012 07:42 PM In transit Sparks, NV 89441
      1/23/2012 05:13 PM In transit Sparks, NV 89441
      1/23/2012 05:13 PM Electronic Shipping Sent to USPS
      1/23/2012 10:41 AM Arrived at Shipping Facility Sparks, NV 89441
      1/21/2012 01:26 AM Electronic Shipping Info Received Ontario, CA 91761

      If I have this much trouble with the DC sub, then I’m canceling the damn thing and just buying on Ebay.

      • dayraven

        my wife recommended standing outside on your porch with a net and trying to snag it as it flies overhead, because surely, to go back and forth like that, they’re playing a game of keepaway over your very roof.

        • Brainlock

          they finally came today, and ironically, I had just gotten up and was rushing to hurry up and get the rent check outside before mailman came. Trying to find where I stashed the stamps when I heard the clank of my mailbox, and he was nowhere to be seen seconds later. Luckily, he picked it up when dropping off the box.

          It looks like the “damage” was it fell off a height and landed on the corner, then somebody had to make a finger hole to get at it. They apparently taped it back up and slapped a sticker on there, saying it was “received in this condition”. either Edwardsville didn’t notice/care, or it happened while being shipped across the state, and someone at Hazelwood did it.

          After all that, I’m Not very impressed with the set and may throw it up on ebay. there’s not much fodder and the pieces are too unique to do much else with.

  • dayraven

    i think “diaper” as a descriptive for those lower torso coverings is perfectly accurate. they just look terrible, and it looked terrible allllll the way back on adora. that HAS to go, it’s bad design, horsemen or no.

  • Bigbot

    I didn’t get the sub as I know I will not want all the figures released, but seeing a set like this confirmed why I should avoid a subscription.

  • Bowie is now the voice of my glorybird too!

  • manekochan

    Jewelstar is so odd looking. It’s the diaper that does it. Plus her face isn’t the best, either. She’s just kind of unappealing all the way around.
    Tallstar is interesting. The extra pieces kind of give her some more articulation and posing capabilities which is neat. She’s more fun to play with.
    Starla looks the best to me, though she does look kind of like a generic grown up Rainbow Brite character.

    • Brainlock

      YES! Someone else who picked up on the Rainbow Brite! LOL

      I remember catching the odd episode when my little sister watched this, but no clue on who these three are, so they’re just fodder to me. Expensive and very aggravating fodder. (see above)

  • Well, guess this is the part where I show what an idiot I am and lose any cred I’ve build up with the community.

    I think these look horrible.

    Not knowing the characters, never remember seeing them in She-Ra, maybe that gives me different eyes but as FIGURES go, they really suck. They look like better-painted knockoffs found in a Dollar Store.

    I’ll go even further. They look like female figures sculpted by someone who hates women. Whose idea of ‘female’ is a guy with a couple of melons grafted onto their chest.

    I feel nothing from these. I feel no passion, no joy, no excitement. Nothing radiates from those cold, unevenly painted eyes.

    Compare these to He-Man, or my fav Keldor. Those figures RADIATE personality.

    If I were ‘bying teh lien’ I’d feel some buyer’s remorse with these, and put them “well, at least my collection is complete to date” and to the back of the shelf.

    but, as I have no dog in this fight my opinion is just that, an opinion. Those who think these figures are great, I’m glad you enjoy them. 🙂

  • He-Mullet

    The one thing I don’t get is this: If they lost the boot cut Articulation, then Why in Celestia’s name are they using the Awful Battleground Teela Thighs!? I missed out on the set, now I don’t know if it was a blessing or a curse… (and I originally wanted the sisters…)

  • Tribsaint

    Sorry Vault,
    These are hand painted collector pieces this means there are no “paint problems” only unique variations that make every set different and thus more collectable, but due to Mattels new commitment to quality some Asian overseer will be breaking a China man’s …I mean China kid’s fingers tonite. Mattel would be able to better serve you if only the fans had bought more subscriptions and really supported the line. If you are still unconvinced let me ask you, “do you ever take a step back and just look at your MOTUC shelf?”

  • Beedo Sookcool

    Great review, as per usual! I’ll hold off final judgment until these are in-hand, but I’m casutiously optimistic to receive these figures to flesh out the collection with a bit of variety.

    Are they doing away with the boot-cut entirely, or was it just for this particular set as a money-saver?

    • Beedo Sookcool

      That should’ve been “cautiously optimistic.” My typing is crap, and I’m not even drunk. Anywho, now that I’ve got these ladies, I must say they turned out better than I’d thought. Only real complaints are that Jewelstar has a tiny divot taken out of her cuirass in a noticeable place, and Glory Bird was crammed roughly into the too-tight inlay so he needed a boiling bath and a cold soak to get him back into proper shape. On the whole, I’m pleasantly surprised with this set.

  • mad_mailman

    Solid review, i’m also gonna make my own opinion , that’s assuming they show up some time this decade. International mailing is wearing very thin! Canada is not across the atlantic!!!!!!

    RAM-MAN where are you???