For me, Shokoti was the most interesting one-off villain that the Filmation series spawned. Not only was she a hot blue-skinned vampire queen, but her mysterious history and powers added an attention-grabbing touch of darkness (no pun intended) to the series. Shokoti definitely became one of my earliest exposures to horror.
As I grew older and my experiences of different writers expanded, I realized that those Filmation writers were crafting a kid-friendly version of the Lovecraftian mythos. There was the cultist Masque, the evil witch Shokoti who could never truly die in her own house, and the great sleeping beast who would fill the world with living darkness if she could wake him with a proper sacrifice. Pretty sinister stuff, even in a watered down form.
So I have to hand it to the Four Horsemen again, because Shokoti looks pretty damned perfect. As a whole, she’s a perfect adaptation of the Filmation cartoon and the Classics line. She’s got the standard female buck with Adora’s boots and Octavia’s gloves. Her costume has an entirely new bodice and skirt piece. The top is accurate but plain, while the lower piece has a belt and ornamental skull sculpted onto it.
One of my favorite parts of her costume is the cape/necklace piece. Before getting the figure I never noticed those little shoulder pads on her costume. Like her belt, those shoulder pads and the attached necklace adds a subtle yet unique touch to a mostly plain costume design.
But the real eye candy on this figure is Shokoti’s head sculpt. The 4H did a wonderful job of giving her a classically beautiful look. Of course it probably helps that her hair is framed by her horned headdress and a nicely molded poof of hair. I can’t help but wonder how the face would look with her mouth slightly opened and exposing her fangs. Continue to page 2…