The problem with being a little too busy to keep up with toy news this year is that I’ve felt really disconnected to some of the toy lines I collect. Reviewing the figures typically brings everything back in a rush; I pick up a cool figure and it’s like an express train right back into something I really love. It’s been that way for a lot of the MOTU Classics reviews in particular. Lizard Man, Ninjor, & Oo-Lar have all been great examples of it.
But I’m just not feeling it with Queen Angella. Some of it is likely because my affinity for POP is a late development. My interest in POP is more about me going back as an adult fan to appreciate it instead of a straight nostalgia trip. That said, some of it is from the figure too.
I feel like I should be ecstatic. This character is probably one of the most prominent ones we’ll be getting this year (why it took so long is beyond me). She’s the leader of the Great Rebellion and kinda the matriarch of POP, She-Ra being the hero notwithstanding. And, if we forget about Spritina (the hot twigget we’re probably not getting), Angella finally completes the group shot that preceded each episode. POP collecting is slow business, y’all. I’m glad she’s finally here, but the figure just isn’t bowling me over.
Looking at the sculpt work, everything is solid there. The new boots, new skirt (it’s still a skirt piece, we’ll get to that), the shoulderpads, torso, and head sculpt are all well done. The wings, on loan from DCUCs Hawkgirl are some of my favorite pieces in both lines now. If I saw this figure in prototype grey, I’d probably be plenty excited.
The problems crop up once we get to the execution, the paint, and when I put her on display. We’ve long covered the skirt problems for the MOTU ladies. Nearly all of the MOTU/POP girls wear leotards in the various canon. The MOTUC hip articulation cannot handle leotards. It’s great that the thigh cut has been moved up under the furry underwear on the guys, but it just doesn’t work as well on the girls. Some figures, like Teela, just look like they’re wearing a skirt and its fine unless you’re a stickler and/or wanted waist articulation. The waist joint was added with She-Ra who wore a skirt proper and it worked great. After that though, the leotard-wearing girls started to end up with this bulky, soft plastic underwearesque piece that tried to emulate the leotard, but looked like a diaper. It wasn’t cool. Trimming it down didn’t work either as it revealed the “dreaded” articulation. On Angella, we have a new variant of this issue. The tip of this piece is now glued to the interior lower torso joint. It clearly wasn’t sculpted with that in mind since it just ups the bulk at the hips and creates weird contours along the thighs. It was a nice attempt, but it’s another bad fix in a line of bad fixed.
Then comes the paint. Most of the paint is great! The detail on the skirt is nice. The lower & upper legs match (low bar here, folks). The bodice piece of her outfit looks a little unpainted. I like the toy details being added here, but some paint could have been added there to flesh that detail out too. The shading on the wings is amazing. The paint on the face would be great too… if her eyes were just even… Damn. Continue to Page 2…