I am always hopeful that a toy line can get to everyone that anybody wants. It pretty much never happens, of course… of course. When it comes to MOTUC, I’ve also been vigilant that the line be as inclusive as possible. Get the NA guys & gals in. Give MO2K some due. Toss in a new character or two. It’s all good.
As a subscriber, MOTU also made sure that it was finally time for me to put my money where my mouth is. It’s one thing to say a line should be inclusive, it’s another to have to buy everything to help ensure that it is. I’ve kept up (almost).
There have been challenges. It took me awhile to warm up to Laser Lot. I’m still not that in love with the Griffin – I think he’s the one MOTUC item so far that never made it to the display here. Well, that’s not true – since I still haven’t had the spare cash to get the Battle Ram yet. The biggest challenge, though, came last October. Arrow. Bow’s steed in She-Ra: Princess of Power. I know he’s on folk’s wishlists. I know that he’s kind of a big deal in POP circles. But I just wasn’t excited about his reveal, wasn’t looking forward to him, and really haven’t been concerned about opening him among the months-old pile of backed up MOTUC reviews. Still, I’m gonna do these guys in order. Arrow’s review brings me one step closer to Snake Armor He-Man!
Honestly though, I don’t think my general “Blah” over him is the toy’s fault. One reason is just due to space. I don’t have nearly as much room for these beasts anymore, but that’s a straw man argument because I know I’d make room for Stridor & Nightstalker. Another is his color – the MOTU guys have got to be accurate, sometimes at the cost of being cooler. The POP stuff though, strangely, goes for cartoon accuracy over toy accuracy. In Arrow’s case, if he were vintage toy-based, he’d be blue. I’m pretty sure that I’d like a blue horse quite a bit. That’s unique. But I also thought Swift Wind should be white – pink is cool, but his white form is iconic. Is the same true for Arrow? Isn’t this the better known look?
The third thing is that I think I get caught up in what Arrow represents. There are eight horses in the vintage POP line. And a sea horse. Everybody seems to have a ride. I’ll just say it – I, personally, don’t want all that. I want the folks that want it to have their shot, I do, but staring down the barrel of a stable-full of horse toys is daunting. They could have their own mini-sub. Truthfully, though, that’s probably not going to happen, I just don’t see all those repaints in our future. Even if the 4H would try & make them cool (they don’t quite do that for Arrow, we’ll get to that), even though a 4H Battle Swan would probably be something I’m into, I think Arrow might be the capstone on the POP horses. Even if he’s not, I still can’t lump that on the old boy’s back. He’s just one horse toy.
So, when opening him, I decided I needed to try and look at him objectively. As a not-the-horse-I-want, not-blue, not-part-of-a-larger-bunch-of-stuff-I-don’t-want thing, but as just this month’s figure. And in that regard, he’s really okay. Continue to Page 2…