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…