Monday, June 24, 2013
Action Figure Review: Octavia from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (Confirmed: Great)
check it out. I'll wait. Ok, back? Great! So Octavia appeared in two episodes of She-Ra: Princess of Power: season one's "Treasure of the First Ones" and season two's "She-Ra Makes a Promise." We're just starting to get a good deal of Filmation characters in the line (the Filmation subscription starts next month!) and Octavia is a nice addition to the Horde, although right now the Horde is still outnumbering the Great Rebellion. She's also a monstrous female character, which is quite a nice addition to the diverse array of archetypes present in the Masters of the Universe Classics line. Ready to check out Octavia, the "Wicked Tentacle-Swinging Warrior?" Then join me after the break....
Since Octavia is largely a new sculpt, it's a good thing that most of those pieces are great. I'll get my mini-rant out of the way and complain that I wish we had a few different female thighs and arms to use, similar to how the male figures have different pieces. Many, many MOTUC figures use generic, flat thigh pieces, and would be improved drastically by more detailed thighs. Octavia would be a truly Epic figure if she had some scales or something on her legs. OK, mini rant over. Looking at the new pieces, let's start with Octavia's head sculpt. It's really, really good. It's interesting how the 4 Horseman have managed to make Octavia simultaneously a monstrous warrior, and yet she still has a beauty to her face sculpt. Remove the fins on the side of her head, add some hair a little lower down on her forehead, and you could easily have the face of an Orion from Star Trek. The hair is well done, but due to the way it sits, it does hinder the articulation of the tentacles. The tentacles also have the tendency to push the head forward if not positioned correctly. The new torso is great--it perfectly matches Octavia's garb on the cartoon, and features a cool little Horde emblem, as do her unique boots. I will say that my Octavia's left calf has some really ugly mold lines on the front. The tentacles are quite nice, though. They have a scaly texture on them and four suckers on the end of each. Perhaps the most controversial element of Octavia's design is her loincloth. On the show it appears to be a unitard, similar to Adora's, but on the toy it functions as more of a skirt. It's not entirely Filmation accurate, but I actually prefer the toy. I imagine a unitard was done for the show to make Octavia easier to animate.
Overall, Octavia has a nice paint job as well. I like the "She-Hulk" green used for the body, and it's pretty consistent in color all over. The tentacles are a darker green, but that makes sense. There's no paint apps on the suckers, though. Her outfit has been nicely translated from the show: it fits in with MOTUC but still retains the same look. The Horde emblems on the figure's chest and boots have flat, red wings with metallic, red heads and "wing spines." The boots are black and glossy, but the paint work along the edges is a little rough. The face is perfect, however. Really great job there.
I believe the only MOTUC figures I haven't reviewed so far from 2013 are Netossa and Jitsu. I have them, but just wasn't doing many reviews at that point. Check out all these other reviews, though: Spirit of Hordak, Fang Man, Karatti, King He-Man, Procrustus, Ram-Man, Snake Face, and the The Fighting Foe Men. If you want to add Octavia to your collection and didn't order her through Mattycollector, you'd better hurry and snag her from Big Bad Toy Store. As of this writing, they still had her in stock.
Barbecue17 loves orange juice, Masters of the Universe Classics figures, and Drumsticks. And not necessarily in that order. He also loves to respond to comments on his Flickr account.