One of the things about She-Ra that made everyone here at IAT rejoice was the paintwork. Normally, we have to look through all of them very carefully and then bargain with each other to see who takes the bad ones. Last month, Vault ended up with “air bubble” Optikk as his extra. In April, I took an Evil Lyn with a chunk of eye shadow missing because I needed her for a custom. This month there was still some warble here and there, but by and large everyone got to go home with nicely painted She-Ra’s. The face details were clean all around, and the lines on the chest emblem were sharp on each figure. The only area where we saw many problems was the front v on the belt, but nothing so bad that we docked the figure points.
She-Ra includes three accessories: a sword, a comb/ax, and a shield. We saw the shield at the G1988 show as one of the teaser pieces. The shield is a great update of the original. It follows the classic design (including its small size), but has much better detailing and the jeweled center is finally a “jewel”! The shield will fit on either arm, but it’s designed for the left arm primarily. An interesting thing to note, on the back of her package, she’s holding the shield at her side in a classic pose. It’s not the most stable configuration, but the figure can be posed this way too for a little more variety.
As accurate to the old toy as the shield is, the sword goes in another direction and, color aside, is a closer match for the classic artwork. Collectors have received this sword before, with Adora, in the accurate silver color. She-Ra’s sword is done in gold, to match the classic toy despite the design change. It’s a nice two-tone color which better matches the line than the monochrome silver sword that came with Adora. Catch all those matches? I think I’ll keep She-Ra with the gold sword because it looks good with the overall aesthetic, but the desire to give her the proper silver sword is pretty strong.
Finally, we get the combination comb/axe accessory. I find it more cute than necessary, but the 4H did their usual best in making it a nice blend of homage and interesting. The comb part is reminiscent of the shape of the original, right down to the design on the handle while the bladed side makes it much more deadly this time around. And, thankfully, it’s not pink (Weapons Pak, anyone?). Since She-Ra has molded hair for the first time, the comb side won’t be getting much use though.
Overall, She-Ra is one of the better figures this year. With two heads, three accessories, and several new pieces, I think she’s a better value than some of the figures we’ve gotten. Or maybe I’m just happy to not get another Teela dress. The only real issue I had with her is the head functionality which Mattel has been having problems with since day one with Teela. I like the look of the figure, but I have to wonder how long it’s going to take Mattel to get the heads right on the female figures.
Still, I’m glad to get She-Ra into the group. She’s an important part of the royal family and with her bio adding some future history about her further adventures fighting along side the Masters on Eternia, she’s become a more important part of the mythos overall. As long as the heads finally get on par, I’m ready to see the rest of the POP characters in MOTU Classics.