I’m going all-in on MOTU this week as we try to catch up on my Classics reviews. I’ve been struggling to keep up and gosh darn if a new one doesn’t show up every month! I’m still on December and May’s figure is set to arrive any day now so it’s time to get a move on. Today, I’m going to take a quick look at the last figure from 2014, Mermista!
I should start out Mermista’s review by reiterating that I’m sometimes a bad fan. My biggest two wants when POP Classics kicked off within MOTUC were Frosta & Mermista. And… I’m not terribly fond of Frosta. It is just me and lofty expectations? Are these figures just not as cool as other POP ladies? Some of my favorite POP figures are ones that I didn’t really care much about before they got here. I know that Posnanski’s +/- system must be somewhat in play, but I also know that Frosta had actual problems. Does Mermista? I’ll walk through my nitpicks and see how she comes out on the other side.
In terms of sculpt, Mermista got all the new parts she needed. The boots and gauntlets are reuses, but the new head, new skirt, and new body are all nice, accurate pieces. The hair is sitting too high on my Mermista, but I do like the overall piece. It flows well and frames the face sculpt. The new torso is also sculpted for accuracy but I think this is where some of my dislike creeps in. It’s one piece, dress & torso. Now, on other figures, the two-piece solution has been used to save costs, but it had a nice unintended effect of providing the final figure layers. It looks sharp.
Mermista didn’t get that. On her, the dress looks painted on because… it is; the necklace too. This was surely cheaper for Mattel in the long run, but I think it really robs the figure of a finished look. And Mermista comes out looking cheaper than some of the other POP figures as a result. I’m not one to knock a toy for looking like a toy, but it is in this case, I find it detracts from the figure. I would’ve liked to see Mattel stick with the same approach they’ve done for nearly all the other female figures rather than switching up on this one. The one-piece torso also exaggerates how much bigger the skirt piece is – and yes, I’m still calling it a skirt. The ladies never getting their proper leotards will always be one of the chump things in the line. Continue to Page 2…