This review was originally published on March 9th, 2012.
Even though I really wanted them, I never actually expected Mattel would get the Filmation characters added to MOTU Classics. But here we are. It’s 2012 and our Club Eternia exclusive is the first ever figure of Shadow Weaver, Filmation MOTU Classics style!
I’ve always felt like Shadow Weaver was one of the more menacing Horde members. Where the other creatures and abominations were in your face with their terror, Shadow Weaver was always hidden away behind a mysterious shroud. Was her face being hidden by shadows, or was there even anything there aside from two glowing eyes? Plus, I don’t even think she has legs anymore. The character definitely has a Lovecraftian vibe to her, which fits in quite nicely with the source material.
Shadow Weaver’s sculpt is pretty damned perfect. She’s a one hundred percent new sculpt, which is really nice considering our last two Club exclusive figures. (I expect equal dedication to next year’s figure, Matty!) Shadow Weaver’s cowl is actually a separate piece from the dark head inside. It has an interesting Arabian feel to it with the veil. The sculpted folds on the bottom do a great job lining up with her cape, and I really like how far back the hood tapers off.
I was a bit disappointed that the Four Horsemen didn’t sculpt more to her face. That would have been a cool little Easter egg, like Tri-Klops’ eyes.
The sculpting on the rest of her body is pretty nice. Shadow Weaver’s definitely got some sexy curves, even though she’s pretty much covered from head to toe. Her cape is made out of a super soft plasitic, like the DCUC Steppenwolf’s, and it does a great job of blending in with her sleeves. The bottom of her robe is also nicely sculpted. This piece doesn’t come flush to the ground and still gives her the illusion of floating, even when not on the stand.
Shadow Weaver has an incredibly simple paint job. All of her robes are made out of a dark maroon, with an even darker airbrushing to give the illusion of depth and shadow. Her hands are painted a sickly green color and tipped off with black nails. Her actual head is molded black and given bright yellow eyes. My figure almost turned out perfect, except for the slop coming off the Horde bat belt.
Since she has a new dress/robe piece, Weaver’s articulation has been changed up a bit. Her head is still on a ball joint. Shoulders are swivel/hinges. Biceps, wrists, and waist are all swivels. But her elbows and thigh/crotch piece are hinges. This is a pretty nice joint. It gives her the freedom to move forward, but still keeps the dress from looking chopped up. Continue to page 2…