The hardest thing about reviewing Princess of Power figures is still my limited knowledge of the cartoon in which many of them appeared. I keep meaning to get around to watching it, but I have such limited time for the television – I can’t imagine having to binge watch a 100-episode cartoon series, no matter how much I want to. Maybe after I retire from IAT, I’ll have time for all those wonderful cartoons.
I feel that lack of knowledge really came into perspective on Flutterina here. I really didn’t know much about her whatsoever. Her Mattel bio, while seemingly interesting, focused more on her time during Toy Guru’s “modern” era where she meets & falls in love with Clamp Champ and made up something called the “Beautifly Council”. So I cheated a little and read up, and her Filmation origin is actually interesting (a slave girl who is hurt saving She-Ra and given new life by Light Hope as Flutterina). I’m not sure why the bio couldn’t use that, but hey, we got the “Beautifly Council”, likely next year’s Subscription Faction sticker sheet.
Much like Madame Razz, Flutterina proves that Mattel can take a 4H sculpt and nail it with “modern toy technology”. In other words, she ain’t no Rio Blast. A lot of the awesome details from the prototype are captured here. The figure’s got new boots, bracers, the dress, upper torso, and the head sculpt. The head sculpt is one my favorite – it’s still decidedly a 4H/Treadaway sculpt, but it retained a lot of their hand-painted style. It can’t look as good with production being what it is, but the curled mascara and basic paint make for a pretty figure.
Below that are some great sculpted details throughout the figure. Some of the elements look to be a hybrid of the figure & the cartoon with some originality thrown in and it all comes together really nicely. The real attraction here though is the wings, of course. Now some folks don’t like em, I know, but I think they’re awesome.
I love the simple layering technique to give the depth and clear paint lines. There’s definitely an inadvertent 70s game show throwback, but they look amazing all the same. Normally, I look for ways to get rid of the bulk on figures like these (the display is getting crowded), Octavia’s tentacles or Slushhead’s robot arms come to mind. But I can’t strip Flutterina of these wings. They’re just too darn cool. Continue to Page 2…