This review was originally published on November 20th, 2012.
Thanksgiving is almost here, and while Noisy and I are waiting for our most recent Matty order (and hoping it gets here before the holiday) I thought I’d fit in one more MOTU Classic review before the break. It’s time for our look at Frosta.
Although Princess of Power is an established part of the MOTU mythos, I never really paid much attention to the cartoon or had any of the figures when I was younger. So I’m always interested to see what kind of take the Four Horsemen will have on these characters.
This new Frosta figure seems to be a mix of a couple different influences, but the heaviest is definitely the Filmation cartoon. This is the version of the character that always comes to my mind when I hear her name, so I’m personally pretty happy with this decision. But I’m also glad they added to the figure by throwing in bits of detail like the snowflake pattern on her belt and the armored ridges of her bracers.
One of the things I like most about the different POP figures is their facial features and expressions. Frosta has a very unique personality and could definitely give Catra a run on being… catty. That personality came with a very specific look, and I think the 4H did a really great job of capturing it in the sculpt. (The paint is an entirely different issue, which I’ll get to in a minute.)
Another aspect of this figure that I really like is her hair. The sculpt is long and straight and flows over the shoulders without hindering the head’s articulation. It’s also made out of a semi-transparent blue plastic with some light shades of white airbrushed on. The hair is darker than the Filmation cartoon’s portrayal, but I still think the effect looks really nice.
As for the paint on the rest of the figure, that’s kind of iffy. I think the various shades of blue turned out great, and I’m glad they made the gem in her corset more metallic than the rest of her costume. The whites on her outfit are another matter, mostly because they’re not white. Mattel has this habit of using off-white colors to make the figures look more realistic and less like toys. I understand the reasoning, but sometimes white just needs to be white and I think this is one of those cases. Continue to page 2…