One of the most highly anticipated toys for the last year or so is now in our household, the brand spanking new Masters of the Universe Classics She-Ra. I know what you’re thinking, isn’t She-Ra for girls?! Well sort of, but the She-Ra in question actually belongs to Babette, so stuff it. Still, if there was no Babette, I’d have this girl toy all for my own and I would be proud to own her because she rocks ten socks.
If you’re one of the few people reading this who doesn’t know who She-Ra is you deserve your nerd license revoked. She-Ra is He-Man’s cousin who, like He-Man, is a normal hot blond who can turn into a super powerful hot blond thanks to a magic sword. When He-Man ruled the toy aisles and was making big money for Mattel, they came up with the genius idea of spinning off He-Man into a girl toy. It worked and the funny thing about it is that a lot of boys ended up like She-Ra too, probably because she was pretty and kicked a lot of ass. Still, I don’t know of a single boy having She-Ra toys since they were so girly, but they certainly didn’t mind her appearances on the cartoon where He-Man and She-Ra would occasionally team up and knock some bad guy heads together.
I’m no toy reviewer, so if you want to see a well thought out and great review of the figure then I suggest heading on over to Poe Ghostal’s site where he does a fantastic job. I’m just here to note how cool She-Ra is as a toy. One of the greatest strengths of this figure is the variety of accessories she comes with. She’s got two heads so you can either have a look that resembles the original toy vetrsion or the cartoon version. As you can see, the Four Horsemen (She-Ra’s sculpters) did an excellent job of resembling the original while totally updating her style:
One of the odd things about the original She-Ra is that her tierra/mask was shown in a few different possisions. Again, this is emulated on the new She-Ra:
The fun thing to note is that in order to get the mask to turn, Mattel went ahead and put a hole in She-Ra’s head for the mask to fit into. This lead to bunch of whiny men-babies crying about not having a head option without a hole in the head. I really hate toy collectors sometimes. Don’t get me started on the fact that there was a multi-page debate on the He-Man.org forums on the color of her sword, because that just might make me vomit.
Other accessories included are her Power Sword, a shield, and a rather ingenious ax. You see, the original She-Ra figures came with brush to come their rooted hair. The ax takes the place of this comb in a rather neat way:
Overall, She-Ra is a fantastic figure with a few limitations. I can see more than a few girls wanting this figure if they are nosatlgia junkies, but I wonder how many will be hampered by the fact that she was only available on MattyCollector.com? The only way Babette knew about her is that I let her know about the release way ahead of time and I have a subscription.Mattel should really get these figures in real stores or at the very least Hot Topic or something.
As an added bonus, upon opening the package Babette was greeted with a powerful blast of what she likes to refer as “pool toy smell”. I happen to think the odor is rather great and it should be bottled. Babette herself is an addict.