Rattlor is one figure that I’m not entirely sure I remember having as a kid. He seems really familiar and yet unfamiliar. I know I had King Hiss and Tung Lashor and liked both of them a lot, but I probably just remember Rattlor from their packaging and minicomics. Well, I definitely have him now, but this time he’s bigger, has more articulation and a better paint job.
It’s good to finally be getting a core member of the Great Rebellion in MOTUC again. It’s been a while. So far there’s been 3 versions of She-Ra, Bow, a trio of one-episode-wonders, and a horse. Frosta has been my most anticipated She-Ra character and one of my most anticipated MOTU characters overall. Could be because she has a decent design with a color scheme that doesn’t make your eyes bleed, or that one amusing episode where she’s pawing all over He-Man while he looks pretty uncomfortable about it. Either way, I like the character and wanted a 7″ hunk of plastic that looks like her. So how did she turn out?
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Another character that has never had a toy representation before, Horde Prime was a Filmation creation that didn’t need to exist. Hordak was already the next bigger, badder thing after Skeletor. Yet almost immediately he went from being the Ruthless Leader of the Evil Horde to the subservient little brother of the leader of the Horde. Okay, but how is the figure?
The two previous subscription exclusive figures in MOTUC were variants of He-Man. 2010 was Wun-Dar, based on the obscure “Wonder Bread He-Man”, believed to be a mail-away figure. 2011 was Preternia Disguise He-Man, based on his appearance in one of the minicomics. Both were fine as a bonus, but they were nothing you’d be terribly unhappy about missing if you didn’t feel like getting the subscription. So when it was announced that 2012′s exclusive would be Shadow Weaver, Hordak’s second in command in the Filmation She-Ra cartoon, appearing in most episodes (as well as the opening credits) yet never receiving a figure before, fans were understandably upset. So it’s thanks to Shadow Weaver that I’m a subscriber for the first time this year, committed to a year’s worth of figures without knowing ahead of time what more than half of them would be. I am Mattel’s bitch.
The Star Sisters would have been the last figures released in the Princess of Power line. Finished figures were shown in a 1987 toy catalog, an issue of the She-Ra magazine featured the characters and included a poster, and they had a very brief appearance on one episode of the She-Ra cartoon series. However, the line ended and the Star Sisters were never produced. This was enough for them to gain a small fan following. Now MOTUC has a history of delivering obscure characters or designs that have never had a figure before, so it seems like a perfect fit. Let’s see how they turned out.
Last year when the regular MOTUC She-Ra was released, fans were concerned about how restrictive her skirt was. How would she fit on Swiftwind when he was released? We were told not to worry, she will be able to. Later, when Swiftwind was being worked on, we were told that while she will be able ride him, she can’t as well they wanted. So there would be a “She-Ra 2.0″ with improved articulation sold the same month as Swiftwind, whose new body parts would be reused in future female figures. This She-Ra 2.0 became Bubble Power She-Ra.