For well over a year now I have had no major quality control issues on any MOTUC figures. Mattel has really got that aspect of the line under control, meaning that Glimmer is another sturdy figure with solid articulation. She features: true rocker ankles, hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, a swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a true ball jointed head. I love that Glimmer has both the true rocker ankle hinges (like the Star Sisters and Teela) and a swivel waist. You can get her in some truly excellent poses with nothing to hinder her. While she has long hair, it's very well designed so that it doesn't significantly impede her head motion, either. She's really quite spectacular!
As long as you don't mind Glimmer's pastel color pallet (I don't know Lisa Frank, but I imagine this is what she looks like) than you'll be happy with the way she turned out. For the most part, she turned out really nicely with vibrant colors and neat paintwork. I love the almost pearlescent blue that's used for her tights; it has a great shiny look to it. Her face is well done (the eyes are great) and her bright pink hair has a nice light wash that brings out some of the detail and tones the color down a bit. There aren't a ton of fine details, but little elements like the diamonds on her boots, bracers, and belt are neat and clean. The only messy spots I've noticed are the gem on her chest and the metallic blue stripes on her shoulders. They're a bit rough. Oh, and like most of the other Princess of Power girls, Glimmer has painted nails. Hers are purple. Sassy!
Glimmer comes with two accessories: her magical staff and the Moonstone. The Moonstone is an accessory from the Filmation cartoon and is simply a clear plastic orb that can rest in Glimmer's open left hand.
The staff is a bit more detailed; it's based off of the accessory included with the vintage Glimmer figure and has a wonderful sculpt. The staff is sculpted to look like a flower with a stem. The leaves are very detailed and, of course, there is a yellow gem on the headpiece. It's not intended to be a real flower, though, so it's metallic purple to better match Glimmer's outfit. I'm a little disappointed that Glimmer did not include any glow in the dark accessory (glowing in the dark is kind of herthing) nor a shield like the rest of the POP gals. I know the vintage figure didn't come with one, but neither did the vintage Castaspella or Frosta.
I'm really glad to finally have Glimmer. She's not 100% perfect (the whole skirt thing is still weird and her accessories are a bit lacking) but she's definitely not a bad toy. Glimmer is the kind of action figure that I think won't appeal to just anyone, but will definitely appeal to Princess of Power fans and Masters of the Universe fans who know the character from either the vintage toyline or the cartoon. Overall, Glimmer gets a Good and a 1/2 from me. She's an exciting character and an important part of the story for fans who know her, but for your average joe just checking out the crazy designs MOTUC offers, I don't think she really stands out that much. Still, she does look darn fine when paired together with the (finally) growing ranks of the Great Rebellion!
If you need a Glimmer for your Great Rebellion, your only chance now is to head to retailers who have their own subs, as she is sold out on Mattycollector. Big Bad Toy Store still has Glimmer in stock, so pick her up today. Check out the rest of our MOTUC reviews, too!:
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Ram-Man Rokkon & Stonedar
Sky High with Jet Sled Snake Face
Spirit of Hordak
Strobo Strong-or/ Strongarm Two Bad