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    Mattel She-Ra reboot dolls review.

    Just to get it out of the way, as I've mentioned before, I'm not exactly super happy the reboot is so different from the original. I'm just not weird about it like some online and don't make disliking it my reason for being.

    On to the dolls. They are reasonably priced and this is the first time She-Ra toys have been on the shelves since the late 80s. So, what the hell, I picked up a set. I do give Mattel's design team a lot of credit. They did make the dolls cuter than their animation counterparts. Make up, longer hair, etc. I'm guessing to be more appealing to the Disney Princess toy buying kids and for $14.99 you do get a really nice quality toy for your money. Full fabric outfits, lots of articulation and one accessory. They are not budget level.

    Now for some issues. As you can see She-Ra and Bow are WAY taller than every one else. They are crazy tall in comparison almost like they are from another line. The hair on my Catra wasn't the greatest. It was kind of thin, choppy and dry. Glimmer's hair was a mess in the package but did comb out nice. She also comes with this tiny translucent "glitter blast" accessory and you have no idea how she is supposed to actually hold it. She-Ra's elbow joints were stuck. I had to be really careful when trying to move them at first. Her tiara is also stapled into her head with plastic ties and once you remove them it fits very loosely. The handle on Bow's bow is really thin and he hold's it very loosely.

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    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    I forgot to mention, these are currently only available at Target. I think they will get a wider distribution starting in January.

    Battle Armor She-Ra and Swift Wind giftset $29.99. Now this set seems a little more budgety. Battle Armor She-Ra is the same mold as regular She-Ra. The only fabric piece is the tiny glitter skirt. The golden armor is a one sided clip on. Swift Wind is not articulated and I think he uses same horse mold from the Wonder Woman movie line. It's still a bit undersized. He doesn't come with a saddle and has a clear plastic clip stuck in his back to hold the doll in place. The wings are printed fabric over plastic tabs that clip into the body. The "wing flapping action" is from just shaking the toy which causes the fabric wings to "flap." Yeah, as an action feature, it's not all that.

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    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    Is it funny to point out Bow is wearing a midriff baring shirt in a toyline that's supposed to be desexualized?

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    Why is Bow's skin so dark? He's more tan than He-Man.
    Anyway...I think these look atrocious.

    I'll never figure out Mattel.
    They can make some of the most beautiful figures you've ever seen while simultaneously making the worst crap too.
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    I feel like I have to defend Mattel's design team here. Considering the designs they had to work with and the price point they met, they did a good job. They are nice quality toys. I do speculate Mattel as a company doesn't think these will be a massive success. They put a lot more resources into the new DC Superhero Girls line. Wider distribution, more characters and more products at a wider variety of price points.
    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    These two dolls are from the same design team. So the criticism really lies with Dreamworks designs not Mattel's team.

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    Mattel did their usual nice quality. The new designs are just not as nice looking as the original toys, Filmation or the absolutely wonderful 80s She-Ra art by Beverly Kirby.

    http://she-rawarriordoll.weebly.com/beverly-kirby.html
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    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolf View Post
    These two dolls are from the same design team. So the criticism really lies with Dreamworks designs not Mattel's team.

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    Mattel did their usual nice quality. The new designs are just not as nice looking as the original toys, Filmation or the absolutely wonderful 80s She-Ra art by Beverly Kirby.

    http://she-rawarriordoll.weebly.com/beverly-kirby.html
    Well, I have to agree with you Werewolf. That She-Ra on the right is STUNNING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enyawd72 View Post
    Well, I have to agree with you Werewolf. That She-Ra on the right is STUNNING.
    She displays really nicely with the Mondo He-Man.
    You are a bold and courageous person, afraid of nothing. High on a hill top near your home, there stands a dilapidated old mansion. Some say the place is haunted, but you don't believe in such myths. One dark and stormy night, a light appears in the topmost window in the tower of the old house. You decide to investigate... and you never return...

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    These figures look awful. I think the design for the show is really a shame. Total crap.

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    how tall are the shorter figures? I am looking at them for custom purposes.
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