This review was originally published on July 3rd, 2013.
Octavia is one of those figures that I didn’t know I wanted until after I got it. When she was first announced I was glad to see the Horde roster grow with a new female member, and she also filled in another Filmation slot. But for some reason I wasn’t overly impressed with the photos that made their way back from the various conventions.
I think it may have had something to do with her colors. As I found out during my own photo shoot, her Martian-like green skin and mustard colored tunic were a bit difficult to capture accurately in a picture. Ironically, these color combinations were the first things I liked about the figure when I got her out of the package. Aside from Buzz-Off and a few pieces of armor or accessories, there isn’t a lot of yellow on the MOTU shelf. Octavia’s color also has a hint of orange to it, making it even more distinct when combined with her green skin.
I was also really happy with the uniquely sculpted pieces of her figure. Her new Horde boots and tunic allow her to stand out from Adora and Catra (although I do wish Catra had these boots now…). But the clothing is still generic enough to be used again on other female Horde members.
Of course, what really makes her unique are the four large tentacles that plug into her back. While the pieces aren’t bendable, they do all have a unique sculpt. They could have used a bit more variety though. Three of them are in an outstretched pose, while one is kind of curved around like it’s holding or grasping at something.
I was also impressed with Octavia’s head sculpt. There’s just the slightest expression on her face that seems to change her personality depending on the angle. I love when figures have this. It allows for so much more emotion in a pose. Continue to page 2…