“I’m not here for pretty speeches. You have asked for help. I am here to give you that help, but first you must prove to me that this She-Ra is as evil as you say.” -Huntara. She-Ra: Princess of Power, “Huntara”
Huntara is one of those characters that no one would’ve guessed would get made a few years ago. Well, that’s not true, a few years ago was when the SDCC panel attendees voted to include her over Masque, but before that, a one-off character from She-Ra: Princess of Power would’ve been safe to bet against.
But there’s always been something memorable about Huntara. Her storyline itself was pretty average, she was a noble warrior duped into fighting our noble warrior by a common villain, blah blah blah, but she was notable for a couple reasons. Her look, which seems to be inspired by 80s icon Grace Jones, stood out from the rest of the cast. Most of the main cast were strong characters that retained the frillier aspects of the toy line. Huntara was drawn tough & arguably a little sexier than was probably acceptable at the time. That’s most obvious in her worm’s eye view crotch shot which was used several times throughout the episode. She was more 80s action star than 80s cartoon heroine.
What also set her apart was her “Bale Batman” voice expertly performed by Erika Scheimer. The nobility of her warrior race was conveyed through her gravelly dialogue. And, lastly, despite going up against She-Ra, she wasn’t embarrassed or summarily defeated. She-Ra did take down her lightsabers with a rope, but She-Ra basically fought her to a standstill and granted her mercy to prove Hordak was a liar and that she wasn’t Huntara’s enemy. The show was really setting her up for a larger or returning role later, but it never came to fruition before the show’s time ran out.
And now, thirty years later, that notable character finally got her due: an action figure. I rewatched the episode recently to get back in the groove for this review, but that still didn’t prepare me for how much I was going to like the figure once I finally opened it. Out of the package, the first pleasant surprise is again her unique look. The purple skin and gladiator costume adds a great new dimension to the POP shelf. Continue to Page 2…