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Sweet Bee Review

So I’m a little behind on MOTU Classics reviews. The December figures are about to ship and my November figures are still in their brown mailer boxes (say it ain’t so, Tung Lasher) and I’m still trying to get through my October figure reviews. I swear it’s not you MOTU, it’s me.

I always say that one aspect of a line getting long in the tooth is that some collectors get tired of it. I’m not ready to be done with MOTU Classics – I’ll subscribe till I can’t – but my enthusiasm wanes when it comes to some figures. I don’t always know which ones it will be, but Sweet Bee turned out to definitely bee one.

I kinda feel like I should go hit up some other Sweet Bee reviews and try to find something about this figure that speaks to me. She’s not inherently any different than a lot of the other POP girls I love. The basic buck is here and serving dutifully. The unique parts to Sweet Bee are all well done too, which is namely the dress & the wings. There aren’t a ton of details from the Filmation/Style guide design, but it looks sharp overall. The wings are similar to Buzz-Off; translucent with unique designs molded on each side to create a cool effect.

That tops off with a great head sculpt too. She looks great with the other figures. She’s got the similar face structure like all the Treadaways do, but it manages to be unique enough. It’s just a clean look that captures the Filmation essence as well as any figure. The only sculptural detail I’m not fond of is how the hair interacts with the wings. Like Flutterina, she has long hair that travels further south than the where the wings connect, but Sweet Bee is handled differently. The hair still separates into three parts like Flutterina, but strangely, it comes back to a single point. This makes holes for the wings to plug into instead of channels and it limits the articulation of both. On my Bee, it also forces her chin to jut out more than I’d like.

Sitting here with her now, I’m looking at a good figure and just not sure what it is that’s not thrilling me like so many of the MOTUC figures have over the years. I really can’t lay anything at the feet of the sculpt, the hair is odd, but so much of the rest of right. Continue to Page 2…

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12 comments to MOTUClassics.Com
Sweet Bee Review

  • I think her face looks kind of squashed horizontally (though it may just be it looks that way due to the hair) — I think that’s my main gripe.

  • Great review, pics, etc. Same as always. };D

    Something about these female faces bugs me, and I think it’s because many of them are so prognathous. Sweetie, here, has a very Robert Zdar / The Tick / 1998 American Godzilla jawline. From the front, pretty face. From a side angle, a bit disturbing.

  • Dark Angel

    Yeah, she’s suffering from the flat-face syndrome that a lot of 4 Horsemen female sculpts have, and the hair is just a wreck from every angle – besides the back. it also looks like she has no forehead from the front. What’s worse, a fivehead, or a threehead? 😉

  • Mark

    I really dislike the 4 Horsemen female head sculpts. They are so bland and characterless. Which is a real shame compared to some of their other work.

  • He-Mullet

    I love the Butt gun!
    My issues with her are:
    She looks like an Underage Cosplayer instead of Sweet Bee (Glimmer is the only Rebellion Jailbait)
    Her hair limiting EVERYTHING!!

    Other than that, she just fills in a PoP Slot. (She’s a bit vanilla TBH) Her importance is due to her first appearance in the toon. Sweet Bee’s home, aka Frosta fails miserably at getting inside He-Man’s furry pants.

  • dayraven

    if anyone cared about the ask mattys anymore, and i had one, i’d spend the next 6 months asking them “why does mattel use that monolithic plastic for motuc hair when other companies have moved on to softer plastic grades that preserve neck articulation but still look good?”

    and yes,the wrong horseman sculpts the female faces. this is why they should have kept dahlberg on, or let djordje sculpt the females. a like mr treadaway for most things, but his chicks are spooky. not quite alex ross spooky but getting there. there is a stark and terrifying stepfordian visage on the lot of them and it keeps me awake at night.

  • Brainlock

    Going by the pictures, she looked good to me except for the head. Then I covered her antenna with my thumb and it improved about 60%. then I saw the back shot and it dropped 80%. It’s all in the hair, to me. I don’t have the same problem with the face the others have, it’s mostly the hair. I’m assuming the wings are two separate pieces to fit in those slots? The helmet does not help improve things.

    so yeah, basically, good body, but the head needs swapped out.

  • I’m fine with Sweet Bee — nothing really special about here. I like Entrapta a lot more (she’s actually my favorite from Club Etheria). The headsculpt is okay, but I agree with pretty much everything said before. To be honest, I’ve only displayed her w/ her helmet on since I unboxed her!

  • It looks more likely that her head is glued in at a little off angle – maybe having he show a bit more forehead will fix it? Maybe the appreciation comes when the line truly ends – always knowing that there’ll be a next or two next figures coming month and the feeling of ‘Ugh, where to put all these?’ is a daunting factor that overshadows the joy for the line.