I was really surprised when Mattel announced Netossa would be getting the first figure slot of 2013. It’s not because she doesn’t deserve it (because she totally does). I just expected to see some of the more central POP characters first. But one of my favorite things about this line is the love shown to the third, fourth, and even more obscure tiers.
I’ve been slowly making my way through both the original He-Man and She-Ra Filmation series. Even though I hadn’t made it to Netossa’s episodes yet, I decided to skip ahead so I could get more familiar with the character. I was happy to discover that her character is pretty damned cool.
One of the more interesting aspects to her character is that she is surrounded my teammates who have special abilities or magical powers, yet Netossa’s weapons are her wits and skill. Like a female Batman she’s honed her mastery of nets into an effective yet non-lethal weapon. We see her skill in her first appearance (When Whispering Woods Last Bloomed) when she captures a Horde Trooper by flicking a full sized net through the bars of her prison door’s window. Definitely a Batman move. It’s just really unfortunate that she didn’t show up more often in the show.
Like I said earlier, I love seeing lesser known characters that show up in this line. I have no expectations going in. This way I get to learn about the character while experiencing the toy for the first time. I really think the Four Horsemen did an excellent job with her sculpt. She has the expected MOTU female buck body, but it’s been decked out with an all new top, skirt, bracers and boot tops. Looking at pictures of the old figure and Filmation design, they seem to all be pretty accurate too. Also, the fanned feather design accents could easily be repurposed for Peekablue.
With as nice as her new clothes are, it’s the fantastic head sculpt that really sells this figure to me. Netossa easily jumps to the top of my list as one of the prettiest girl sculpt to come out of this line. The two fins are attached to the side of her head, so you get to keep that interesting look even with her cape off. Her hair sculpt also has a great flow to it even though it’s not blowing in the breeze like some of the other POP girls.
Netossa has a great paint job, and is a perfect example of why we need to keep those extra paint apps. Even though her outfit reuses a lot of the same colors, there are plenty of metallic highlights on the feather-like accents that really save the figure from being kind of bland. The dry brushing on her hair turned out really well, giving it a nice bit of depth.
There has been a bit of talk about the dark spot on the back of her cape. Personally, I don’t really care it’s there. The one on mine isn’t very dark, and her hair covers most of it anyway. The only thing that does bother me is that they paid for this particular paint app, and it doesn’t really accomplish anything to improve the figure. So it was kind of a waste of money. Continue to page 2…