Galactic Protector She-Ra Review

The paintwork on my She-Ra was pretty good. There are a few areas where the intricate silver pattern gets a little sloppy, most notable on the skirt, but it’s nothing terrible in light of how much is painted well. Again, the paintwork is really helped by the colors being amazing. Everything blends well, including the two-tone cape. I do have one concern on the cape – Mattel put the hair in a plastic bag in the bubble to keep it from touching the cape. I am little concerned about long-term contact there if they were concerned about short-term contact, so we’ll see what happens back there.

Articulation is pretty standard here since She-Ra uses the standard female 2.0 buck. She-Ra features ball-joints at the neck (only minorly blocked by the hair surprisingly), shoulders, and hips; swivels at the biceps, waist, thighs, & boots; hinges at the elbows, knees, and ankles. The hips are a bit blocked by the skirt, but, like the hair, not as much as you’d think.

The other place that She-Ra really shines is in the accessories. The least of which is the inclusion of her Adora blaster and holster. The holster is in brown this time with an all silver pistol. It’s not my favorite, but it’s a nice not the space factor. I’ve actually taken to liking it a bit more if I spin it around to her right hip and have it sit a little higher. It’s that or perhaps just leaving it off. We’ll see.

The cool stuff though, is the Sword of Honor & shield. Like NA He-Man, her sword has been given a laser space makeover. What’s cool for She-Ra is that the NA design was able to be reused from He-Man while incorporating the embedded jewel aesthetic. It looks cool, maybe even better than the Power Sword. It’s also got a more 3-D blade, think x-shaped, that seems like it might hurt a little more than normal. Finally, there is the shield which calls on a more She-Ra aesthetic than He-Man’s plain Euclidean shield. It looks sweet! This is a shield I’d rather see in a few different colors, more so than the standard one.

Overall, Galactic Protector She-Ra was another great figure to help me ease back into MOTU collecting – well, opening, the subscription came regardless. The only problem with her is where exactly to put her. I mix the NA guys into their good and evil factions without regard to time & era. The duplicate characters like He-Man, Skelly, & She-Ra are more complicated. Truthfully, He-Man has been hanging out as a “different, unnamed character” with his football helmet and bulky armor all this time (though, I think that’ll have to change by year’s end if another character dares to reuse that armor). I just don’t know where to put her. I thought about giving her a different, custom head with repainted hair, but that helmet is just too darn cool. I don’t want to buy an extra to repaint her hair, so I’m going to need to suck it up and pull an NA shelf together I think. Least it’ll make sure Mara has an easy spot to go.

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Galactic Protector She-Ra Review

  1. One thing that was fun, but didn’t really have a place in the review, were some fun head swaps to see the costume as belonging to a more unique character:

    1. I clearly must have missed something (I’m not too up on the POP characters), but who the heck is that other figure?

  2. She looks good. Just generic enough to be “random fantasy space fighter”, but distinctive enough to still be recognizable as MOTU.
    (Keep this in mind for Boussh review!)

    and your bonus pics remind me to make a list of what I missed out on while waiting on my money. :/
    (checks direct deposit. again.)

  3. First: Excellent review for a very cool figure. While I like the PoPs in the line, the reduced details make them a bit boring overall. Not a problem with this one at all. Love it!

    Second: I’d argue for opening the figures how you feel to. If it startes being a chore, there is just no point. It’s a hobby after all and you should enjoy it. And the more fun you have, the more fun we have with the reviews – EVERYBODY WINS 🙂

    1. You’re definitely right on the reduced details. Some of the girls would benefit from more ornate sculpt work (which we know is possible!). Nate definitely didn’t spare the details on this design and it translated great.

      And I hear you on the opening order, but I want to get to all of them. I feel like if I pick & choose my way to catching up, I may just never get to figures like Arrow.

      1. If it makes you feel any better about Arrow, once you get him out of the package I think you’ll start liking him more. The colors really seem to “pop” (pun intended) and line him up with a few other POP figures he’ll look right at home!

  4. Awesome review! GP She-Ra was definitely my favorite MOTUC release of last year (With Eldor and Modulok closely behind). I’d recommend opening up all of your figures and just deciding which ones speak to you enough to review.

    But yeah, Arrow is really, really boring. I mean really.

  5. I really, really wanted this figure. But money was tight when it came out, and by the time I was able to grab it they had already arbitrarily taken it down because their “business” model makes no goddamn sense. So it’s at the top of the list of figs I hope to be able to go back and get at some point (along with Stan, Ninjor, Marzo, Snout Spout, etc…). Especially after this. I will say their stock photos didn’t do it much justice, looking at them before it came out I was more impressed with the concept rather than the actual execution, but seeing it here looks so much better, and makes it sting that much more (seriously, why in the hell would they bother making product only to turn around and sit on the inventory because they refuse to sell it after a few days?? God damn it Mattel!)

    I do have to disagree about one thing, though. I think NA He-Man is one of the best in the line, which is a real testament to how well they pulled that one off as the original was so terrible. Though I don’t use the football armor.

    I agree with forgetting about the order and just open them as you want. I just got Snake Armor He-Man yesterday and it is super cool, and I’m really looking forward to your Gwildor review (and, not gonna lie, the inevitable debate it will spawn).

    1. I’m not sure what I don’t like on NA He-Man as I’m not opposed to the design. I know the head sculpt isn’t my favorite. It just doesn’t do much for me (the bad thing is that I need a second one for a Faker custom, but like you I don’t like the secondary market prices!).

      Hopefully, as things seem to be changing for the better, pulling product back off the site after just a couple weeks could change to.

  6. Another terrific review of course. 🙂 I think this points out the whole problem with ‘speculating’ on new conceptual figures for the New Adventures line. For some reason I can’t help but think there should be some tubes and pipes involved, because that’s the mental impression that sticks with me, in the same way ‘furry loincloth’ is a key visual with MOTU. I know NA He-Man is smooth as a baby’s bottom but wouldn’t She-Ra have *some* callback to her ‘raised by the bad guys but became a good guy’ origin?

    I dunno.

  7. especially with the visor on, i kind of wish that something more like this helmet had been used on terra firma.

  8. “He-Man has been hanging out as a “different, unnamed character” with his football helmet and bulky armor all this time”

    …this is hilarious; it’s the same here, too. I have him at the back of King He-Man’s shelf like this. Possibly he’s Adam’s son? I imagine he could be a bigger disappointment than a young Adam was to Randor, and without He-powers of his own, the other masters can’t stand to be around him either.

    I haven’t given She-ra here any sad stories to live out, set to Mike + the Mechanics songs, but she’s a great figure! Definitely belongs in a prominent place on the shelf.

  9. I can do nothing but gush about this figure. One of my favorites in the line, and possibly shot up near the top of all time favorite toys in general. I just LOVE that friggin’ space Valkyrie look! Everything about her design is straight up my alley. That, added to the fact that NA He-Man was and is one of my favorites, makes this figure top-shelf, for me.

  10. She has been sitting on my shelf for month and I have been blissfully unaware the visor was removable.

  11. When can know I’ll be getting. Just didn’t have the money at the time 🙁 God I hope.local toy show goes to a place I can get to and not have to take a bus. (My usual quota I’d probably have to buy another seat. )

    A great review for a cool figure and yes funny comics. Yes I did LOL at a few and got funny looks from others.

  12. It seems like I’m the only one here who was not thrilled about this figure. She’s OK in my opinion and she looks nice with the other girls in my shelf, but I would easily prefer another figure to be released instead this one. I’m a Filmation fan, but I believe everyone deserves to have their favorites figures released.
    About Arrow, I do like and wished this figure for a long time and I still want the other horses (I know that won’t happen)…
    PS: I’ve missed those great reviews of yours…

  13. After reading this review, it sounds like collecting these figures is becoming a chore for you. Maybe it’s time to move on to something you can actually enjoy.

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