The good thing is that with Mermista you can throw the legs out and affix her shiny, new mermaid tail in their place! Visually, the mermaid tail is great. The scales and fins are fantastic as is the subtle shading. I’m not thrilled with the glitter, but it looks great (as long as I don’t have to touch it). The only knock on the tail is the articulation. We have a hinge at the hips and then ball-joints at mid-tail/knee, and then a ball-joint at the fin. These work okay, though I would like to have a little more range at the hips. They have no backward movement at all and they can’t go fully forward to allow her to sit up straight. There is a stand included so she can hang out on your shelf standing, but I’d like to be able to set her down on the front of the shelf without her having to rest on her hair.
Paint & Articulation are pretty well standard for the line. The articulation is the usual complement for the 2.0 buck with the added highlight that the hair doesn’t really block the neck joint and then the aforementioned joints on the tail. The paintwork, while contributing to her cheaper look is well done and sharp throughout. I was a little surprised at just how pale she is, but that’s not a big deal. The highlight of the paint is easily the shading and glitter on the tail.
Mermista also included two accessories. We’ve got the standard She-Ra shield, the first time in green I believe. And then her shell/horn which calls back to the original figure. I’m happiest when Mattel can plop an offensive weapon in the mix for the ladies, they all should have something to fight with, but you can hit people with the horn. Or break their eardrums, or something.
Alright, after processing all that. I’ve probably been a little too hard on her. She’s not a standout figure like Castaspella, Flutterina, or Spinnerella, but maybe we’ve been spoiled by those releases. I still don’t like the decision to make the torso one-piece (I hope they don’t do that again), but the awesomeness of the tail more than makes up for it (glitter included). I am still bummed that my most wanted POP ladies didn’t get the Treadaway treatment, but Mermista is painted much better than Frosta and came out better in comparison. I’d still pull that hair down if I could, but overall, Mermista is a great addition to the shelf. If you just wanted a Mermista, this maybe isn’t what you wanted, but if you’re collecting POP she’s really going to spice up the shelf as part of the POP collection!
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