Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it’s the 30th Anniversary of Princess of Power this year; while She-Ra & her friends hit the airwaves in September of 1985, the toys debuted a year earlier in 1984. Now, I’m admittedly not as into POP as I am MOTU, but I love the shared universe and welcome the POP figures in Classics. And I figured we should celebrate, so I turned a few things pink, and then another, and another, and well, it’ll be a visual regular readers won’t soon forget!
I’ve got three POP reviews lined up this week (and hopefully we get to all three, my wife will be 38 weeks along on Wednesday! Time to freak out!). Looking at the three ladies, I thought I’d kick off with Madame Razz since she’s the most visually interesting of the three figures.
It’d be easy to just write Madame Razz off as the Orko of POP. There are a lot of similarities: the color scheme, the mixed-up magic, the comic relief. Heck, she’s one of “just three people” that knows Adora’s secret. And just saying that one is a Trollan and the other is a Twigget doesn’t mean a whole lot to the casual fan.
The two developed to be more different over the course of their shows and now Mattel’s MOTUC bios add layers to Razz to exemplify her importance the same as they did for Orko. That struck me particularly, Razz is the “Witch of the Whispering Woods” the safe haven for the Great Rebellion. She may not have been ready to go toe-to-toe with Shadow Weaver should the need arise, but I like appreciating the comic relief characters as more than just the comic relief.
Razz is a 100% tool for the line. There had been some talk that she could’ve been given a makeover to use existing parts, but Mattel thankfully ignored it. That would’ve been a terrible idea. There aren’t many non super-model She-Ra characters and I’d hate to lose one to such a dumb reason as mold re-use. No, Mattel and the 4H went the full mile and gave Madame Razz her due.
The new sculpt looks great. I think the only nitpick I have is the cape – it looks fine flared out like is, but I think I’d like it a little narrower, closer to the shoulders. But that’s it. The head sculpt looks sharp and the body is fantastic in its frumpy glory! Some details like the patches and stitching were lifted from the show while a little extra details like wrinkles and seams have been added to make the figure one step up from the simple Filmation design. She looks fantastic; like she cast a spell (Razzle Dazzle!) and popped right out of the show. Continue to Page 2…