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Vault Review: Octavia


Unfortunately this new head sculpt is also the cause of the figure’s biggest problem.  The hair was sculpted to lie behind, but they still didn’t allow for enough space.  So each tentacle, which is connected to the figure with a swivel/hinge, is mostly limited swiveling side to side instead of forward and back.  Her hair also affects the head’s articulation, keeping almost all of her poses in a downward gaze.  This is a disappointing outcome for a figure that should have been able to pull of some fantastic dynamic poses.


Aside from her tentacles, Octavia comes with five other accessories.  First are her four short swords with golden Horde symbols on the hilt.  (Oddly, even though they’re all the same mold, one of mine turned out rounded, like an old LEGO sword.)  They fit in her hands just like any other weapon, but the guard on each blade also allows for her tentacles to hold them.  It definitely looks cool when she’s standing there and brandishing all of her weapons, but this is another instance where dynamic posing would have added even more.

Her last accessory is a female-sized Horde styled crossbow.  This version of the bow is armed with a cute cuttlefish/Cthulhu creature.  I really like that each Horde member has their own unique adaptation of the standard weapon.


Octavia is a great looking figure that really stands out on the shelf due to her gender, color, and four giant tentacles.  It’s just really unfortunate that the head sculpt and tentacles interfere with each other so much, making what should have been a fantastic figure into just a good one.


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Vault Review: Octavia

  • He-Mullet

    While it’s hard to pose her in dynamic poses; it can be done.
    Part of me wished that the tentacles had gotten an additional PoA on them.

    • orionpax636

      That is a quality pose, good sir.

    • Vault

      Nice pose! A lot of her dynamic feel comes from just how the tentacles are shaped. They would be entirely bad ass if they just had one more joint in them.

  • Nice review, Vault. I like the head sculpt best of all, That and the accessories make up for the tentacles not being bendable. The only other problem is, I never heard of this chick up to now since, not having watched the cartoon, I know next to zero about She-Ra/Evil Horde lore. But the figure is okay.

    • Vault

      Thanks, Clutch!. I don’t really know much about her either. I was going to watch the two episodes she appeared in, but Netflix took She-Ra down. 🙁

  • TC

    I’m thinking She-Ra might not want to ask what that hand-held crossbow “accessory” is for. When a cartoon character has that many tentacles, it never ends well.

    *Not trying to get all pervy here, but i HAD to beat Dayraven to the punch.

  • I was wondering what that crossbow would do in universe as well. Maybe it shoots a debilitating ink of some kind?

    Good review. I do wish Mattel had figures out some way to make her hair softer since the head on mine wants to pop off whenever I move the tenacles. (darn, that was a weird sentence).

    • Vault

      Thanks! Noisy has that same problem with his figure. It’s really too bad. Her hair looks great, it just doesn’t function well.

  • J. Lee

    Great review and as always great pics. Good jokes and all around. Will be looking for her. I have some funny ideas with Deadpool and her. Deals with a story doing with him visiting (more like dropping in unexpectedly and case of mistaken identity. I need a Spector.)

    Wish I started this line earlier oh well catch up is fun.

    • Vault

      Thanks, J. Spector always makes things fun! Hopefully catching up won’t be too difficult.

  • orionpax636

    Once again, the Horsemen put together a truly pretty female face sculpt. She’s almost too pretty to give off that Horde-ish nastiness but that might be part of her overall evil game.

    • Vault

      I agree. She had better watch her back on the shelf, cause she’d definitely prettier than Catra.

  • Great review, excellent pics, and I dunno what sound that crossbow of hers is making (whether it’s a raspberry or a sucking sound), but I did indeed laugh out loud at it. And again: King Hssss-style bendable tentacles would’ve been cool.

    How are you finding her ankles? There’ve been a few postings of her having very loose ankles, and I was wondering if that was across the board, or just on the unfortunate examples that got distributed to reviewers.

    • Vault

      Thanks, Beedo! I was going for a raspberry sound, but I guess it could work either way.

      The ankles on mine were a little loose. She never fell over, but she did need more balancing while posing than normal.

  • J. Lee

    Am I the only one wishing we got Coop, Jamie, and Kiva along with Megas. Bringing up for the act how Jamie dug the green skin girls.

    • Brainlock

      there was a Megas XLR figure? When did I miss that?
      I came into that show late (mad at CN for starting their BLARING inserts during JLU!), but caught up pretty quickly and was disappointed to see it yanked so soon. :/

  • Polo23

    Octavia is the best looking evil female mainly with that giant forehead skull. Cool review as usual.

  • Brainlock

    Cool. Like Clutch, I had no idea who she was before, so she wasn’t a “must have”. after this review, I think I might track her down. It looks like the only complaint besides the hair is her (bandana/barrette/hair band?) not getting a full coat of paint, there.

    I had to LOL at the Webstor/Mosquitor pic, but now I have to ask: where’s MERMAN?

    Beedo – I do see a hint of Grace in that pic! Nice catch!

    • Vault

      Yeah, that hair band could use a bit more paint. But I’d rather have it a little under painted than her forehead be half red. 😛

      I just couldn’t think of the right joke for Merman. His head is just so goofy with that amazed look on his face, it’s hard for me to associate it with lewd jokes.