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Entrapta Review

Looks like we made it! I guess I shouldn’t count my chickens – I’m just now sitting down to write the review, but as we’ve gotten knee deep in this whole ‘having a kid’ business, three reviews a week hasn’t happened as often as it should! Leave it to She-Ra Week to get the job done. Speaking of, who wants to keep the site pink?

Entrapta required a bit of research on my part. I’ve not seen any of the four Princess of Power episodes in which she appeared. There’s not a ton to read up on, but it’s interesting to find that her role in the cartoon revolved more around her inventor status than her magic her (think Inhumans Medusa). That’s not usually the case for a gimmicky MOTU character. Entrapta was originally just Catra’s sidekick when introduced in the second season, but there are some subtle clues that Hordak favored her. It’d be interesting to see that expanded on in any new fiction.

The other interesting tidbit when researching at Entrapta was how unique this figure is in terms of her look. It pulls from everything and still kinda does its own thing. Entrapta’s vintage figure reused Castaspella’s parts and featured a ton of gold vac-metal over most of her body. In the cartoon, those gold hues were exchanged for lavender. And it’s only in the style guide that we find her bifurcated skirt.

In the end, the style guide largely won out though the bodice was a more cartoonlike purple and elements of the figure, that shared torso with the vintage Castaspella are present as well. The cool thing about that on this figure is that the torso is not shared. The 4H added one detail that had been missing from all previous Entrapta’s – a Horde symbol. It’s a little off, featuring only the skull and not the batwings, but it helps distinguish her as a villain – particularly because her colors lend her to a heroic look. It also was a nice touch because it gave Entrapta another unique piece.

In terms of new pieces, Entrapta comes out pretty well. She has her unique two-piece dress, new upper legs for a new style of thigh high boot, and her noggin with its two oversized pigtails. The new clothing pieces are all well done and look sharp on the figure. She’s up there with Castaspella and Flutterina as one of my favorite POP Classics figures.

And a lot of that is due to how well executed her head sculpt and hair gimmick is done. She’s clearly a Treadaway sculpt, but with a great evil tinge to the sculpt. It’s also unpainted – I know the painted faces can look better sometimes, but I have too many with a flaw, scratch, or chip in the paint. The skintone plastic and painted on details works great here. It also helps that the painted hair on the head sculpt so closely matches the two pigtails. And those pigtails? They’re fantastically done. The sculpt is sharp, the ball-joints work great, and the figure is remarkably balanced despite having those two hunks of plastic hanging off the back of her head. Those ball-joints come in particularly handy. The hair and built-in curves give some great range of motion and a ton of ways to pose the figure. Continue to Page 2…

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35 comments to MOTUClassics.Com
Entrapta Review

  • Brainlock

    I think the mix of metallic and matte (Mattellic?) pastels bothers me more than the Punky Brewster-ish Medusa pigtails. Is there a chance she had a solid head of hair at some point? I’m thinking “RobotFighter Storm” meets the recent ML Medusa hair-dos. Is it too late for some Tangled crossover jokes?

    Otherwise the character looks good. and yeah, I assumed she was one of She-Ra’s crew until you pointed out the Horde head. (wait, what?)

    Parting shot make me think something that will get censored, if not me outright blocked. A guy named “Fisto” has obviously seen enough Hentai… LOL

  • Brett

    How was your left hand? Most have been crushed

  • Great review and pics, as always. One point of contention, though: pics over on The Dreaded Org show that the figure originally came with the two-toned skirt.

    http://www.he-man.org/collecting/toy.php?id=1163

    Still waiting on this one to arrive (probably another three to five weeks, but they seem to be improving lately). At some point, I’m going to see if I can replicate the original’s hair gimmick. Every attempt I’ve made over the last decade-and-a-half to track down vac-metalising services has failed, so when I get around to doing a Vintage Figure repaint, it’ll just have to be plain old gold paint.

  • Clay

    I’m so sorry, I hate that I’m this picky, but I can’t quite get past the “between you’re” error in the Mek pic…

    Beyond that, great review – the pics really show her off well. I also find the lack of crossbow particularly jarring, but am nonetheless very exited for the figure (she’s currently on a tour of Europe before she reaches me in England… I do not understand DR’s postal methods). POP’s always been my favourite part of the whole MOTU universe and I’m feeling so spoiled right now!

  • Sandman

    Great pictures as always, Noisy.

    Personally I’ll have to disagree with you on the vac-metal. The process is prone to flaking and with the softer plastic and lots of articulation joints that Entrapta has it would not last long, I think.

    It’s interesting to me that Entrapta finally got her Horde symbol, but it’s very minor. As you said she was the one villain who never really looked like a villain, with her toy definitely looking like a good guy (girl?) and even her cartoon version looking mostly like a Great rebellion member. The Classics version certainly helps with her “image problem” I think.

    Overall, cool figure!

  • Azereal

    The other accessory option would have been a purple version of Catra’s whip comb since the original figure came with purple shield and comb.

    Another good idea for a weapons pack perhaps?

  • Paul

    I have to say that I have no interest in POP figs at all, but your vibrant pictures and funny comics (as always) have really made me look forward to each of these reviews. Well done! Great theme week.

  • dayraven

    you know, i don’t mind the idea that pretty much everyone literally wears their political alignment on this sleeve (or in front of their decolletage as is the case here) in motu, but it does present a problem for the “spy” type characters. it has been my biggest hitch with the idea of king hiss as a “master of disguise.” i guess in entrapta’s case, she’s hoping the gentlemen of eternia won’t oggle her boobs long enough to notice… and if eternian men bear any resemblance to earth men, she is the wrongest woman in the history of poorly thought out decisions.

    now i just need funko to pick up the license for basilisk so i can pose her fighting mino nenki… that’d be a weird display.

  • Impaler

    Entrapta disappointed me as I was led to believe “Fully articulated hair” would have meant more than a ball joint at the roots and a single swivel at the tips, as for some reason I expected the hair to swivel at a few of the ribbons, so she could actually grip a figure with them. Probably one of the only times I allowed myself a higher expectation than Matty’s usual offerings. But seeing as her hold motif is hair, the catra comb/whip in gold would have been the best weapon for her. I was going to actually give her catra’s whip but the silver clashes with the whole gold motif too much. I suppose I could dig out one of She-Ra’s comb/axes for her.

    • Clay

      That’s a good point about the articulation – I felt the same way about tails on figs like Whiplash and Scorpia. And non-Mattel stuff, like those early Doctor Who figures with swivel shoulders and swivel necks…

      Toy companies bounce “fully articulated” around a lot, and they probably shouldn’t, since it implies “all the articulation it is possible to have”; at this point it’s become a meaningless expression, like “A-list character” or “I love you”.

  • J. Lee

    On my get list. Want to finish a faction. Another great review, pics and comicdom.

    On the pink well isn’t October Breast Cancer awerness month staying pink till Halloween is okay to me.

  • gnollah

    I went in to MOTUC vowing not to get the POP figures. But they seem to keep getting better. I subbed for Etheria and really have no complaints – even with Double Trouble’s chins (The fat suits with the other sub is a bigger issue for me right now) but these ladies are fantastic. So much better than I thought they’d be. This figure is unique, bright, and has a fun gimmick. Perfect for MOTU!

  • Ya know, for only having one giant fist, Fisto is without question a real two-fisted manly man! Go git ’em, Fisto! Show the Horde what’s what! 🙂

    But OK, nobody else is bringing it up. I freely admit I’m pretty dense lately. Picture atop page 2. Why is there a DEVO ‘power hat’ adorning the logo? I’m missing the joke, other than the obvious that there’s a DEVO hat on the logo.