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.