Adora includes three accessories. Her classic power sword, a belt w/ holster, and a pistol. First, my favorite thing – the holster for the gun and the slot for the sword let’s Adora carry all of her weapons. I love that.
The sword will likely be her more often displayed accessory. It’s a new sculpt, more accurate to her version of the sword. It fits in her hand and in her back snugly. The sword hits and misses. The two embedded jewels look sharp, but the sword is molded in one solid, somewhat dull gray. On its own, it might look okay, but in a line where the other power swords are two-tone (with appropriately colored metal highlights) this sword looks rather drab. The jewels help, but it’d be perfect if the blade were painted to match the other swords.
I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the belt on her or not. I do like it – it’s molded to fit over her hip and look natural, but I just don’t know if I want it. I like the look of the figure without it. The holster has a nice design to it with gold highlights. Sadly, the gold paint on the trim and the latch is spotty at best. It doesn’t look bad until you get up close though.
Finally, there’s the tiny pistol. It’s a great design and Adora can hold it perfectly – specifically in her left hand. If you look closely at the gun, you can see an indentation for her left thumb.* There’s a few gold paint apps to give it a feel similar to the one that came with Man-At-Arms.
* – Thanks to the 4H for pointing that out. I’d missed it initially!
This figure has pros and cons in the paint department. First, the head is back to being a well-painted piece. The concern that fans had over the product samples was either unwarranted or corrections were made. All the details are there and she’s close to capturing the original 4H look. The only thing missing – and I have to laugh, but it’s a POP figure so I’m going all-in – is the eye shadow. I think there is a hint of purple there, but not as much as the SDCC prototype had. It doesn’t look bad, but it could be just a tad better.
The rest of the figure has paint issues. The hands were molded white and painted in skin tone, but on mine the paint didn’t reach the wrists. The boots also molded in a white plastic and the paint isn’t consistent with bright and dark patches throughout. The lines between the red gauntlets and the white arms are sloppy as is the black on the belt. Other than the shoulder pads and the buckle, there aren’t many clean lines on the body. None are gross misapplications, but as we seem to have to do in every review, we remind ourselves this is a $20 figure and we expect better.
Despite some paint issues, Adora is yet another great figure. She does run a little tall like Teela, but I just pose her with a wide stance (most of the male figures have to be posed in a wide stance anyway) and she ends up being the height I think she should be. The paint lines are a disappointment but the sculpt is there to make up for it and the head is executed near perfectly. She should be welcome on any MOTU shelf regardless of how you feel about POP being part of the MOTUverse (it is, by the way. He-Man’s twin sister, hello?). If you missed out, hopefully Mattel will reissue her before the year’s end. Twenty-seven minutes is good her reputation, but bad for the fans.
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