This review was originally published on January 22nd, 2010.
Club Eternia has begun. If you’re one of the folks that were aware the subscription was available last July and were crazy enough to agree to buy nine unknown figures – the last of which you wouldn’t even see for sixteen months – then you had a good time last Friday. If you weren’t, well I hope you were fast.
Adora was the first figure in the 2010 Club Eternia subscription and for subscribers things seemed to go relatively easy. She was shipped that day, before the weekend, and has been showing up across the country all this week. For the rest of the Adora-seekers, the figure went live at noon on the fifteenth and lasted until approximately noon-twenty-seven. Yep, twenty-seven minutes. Did Mattel set a number not much higher than the subscription for 2010? Did Mattel go light on Adora to reduce risk? Or is your friend secretly a MOTU fan, part of a large silent majority of POP-lovers that just won’t admit it for fear of rejection. Any could be true, but we’ll have to wait and see how Trap Jaw goes to know more. For now, we have Adora in-hand and up for review.
Adora was built using the standard female buck and that gives her an instant weakness, she’s a bobblehead. Her long blonde locks keep the head more stable than the Goddess, but it’s still annoying. More annoying is Mattel’s inability to fix this simple issue when other companies can offer female figures with interchangeable heads and good neck articulation. Despite that, the sculpt itself is excellent. Adora has a new head, and features all-new arms and boots. The new pieces will be great for the line – they’re plain for the most part and can be reused easily. The head sculpt does a great job of capturing the Filmation look and makes me really want to see the 4H take on the Sorceress.
Like Teela, a soft plastic tunic finishes off the figure and hides her unsightly leg articulation. It doesn’t block the hips or waist articulation much at all, an improvement over Teela and the Goddess. The skirt/diaper issue doesn’t exist when you have the figure in hand. I’m willing to bet that many fans didn’t realize it was a skirt and that the entire issue was overblown. The back of her tunic features a slot that snugly holds the power sword.
Articulation is the line standard except for the missing ab crunch and slightly restricted waist and hip joints. The neck is loose, but she can look side-to-side and down with her hair holding the head in place in some poses. The joints are tight and she can hold most any pose if balanced. Continue to Page 2…