Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Adora Gets Her Due

When toy giant Mattel decided to relaunch their Masters of the Universe line, they targeted the "adult collectors"... meaning hopeless nerds who smell like cheese and desperation and also happened to be kids in the '80s when the original line was big.

To cut out the retail middle man, they sold each action figure exclusively on MattyCollector.com and hired the renowned Four Horsemen to sculpt the designs with a retro look but modern sensibilities. They also wrote each character's bios to marry elements from the original line, concept art, and each television series: Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, New Adventures of He-Man, and the 2002 remake.

With just one released per month and a limited run, each figure sold out within hours and proved to be a huge success. However, while most of the major players of the Masters of the Universe line were represented, fans salivated over the promise of spin-off characters.

They were surprised when the first Princess of Power action figure was revealed to be He-Man's twin sister and She-Ra's alter ego, Adora.

Although she was one of the most-requested characters that had never been made, Mattel ranted to the high hills that they didn't have the license to use designs or characters from the classic Filmation TV shows. That meant no Lizard Man, no Shadow Weaver, no Adora.

Since Princess Adora in her evil Horde uniform had appeared in Mattel's own mini-comics they packaged with the original toys, however, they jumped through that legal loophole and here we are today.

Although they're super poseable, come with whacks of accessories, and are sexy as hell (to me anyway), I was hesitant to jump on the new line. Each action figure carried a hefty pricetag and would most likely prove to be like crack-cocaine to me: one hit and I'm hooked.

That said, I figured I'd give it a whirl and since Adora here was never made (and I got a good deal to boot), I figured she'd be my gateway figure.

I gotta say, I'm kinda in lurv with her. She comes with She-Ra's Sword of Protection that, again, looks more like the cartoon than the original toyline's frilly/girly affair. Since she was stolen at birth and raised by the villainous Hordak, she wears his Force Captain uniform and brandishes a spiffy laser gun.

Her package even includes a bio that explains her deal. After being freed from the Horde by He-Man, she is given her sword that transforms her in to She-Ra, the most powerful woman in the universe (and who is also an avid fan of Jessica Simpson hair extensions).

Adora kept the clothes but switched allegiance, becoming a leader in the Great Rebellion to free Etheria from Horde invaders. In keeping with the bios' promise of slowly unveiling a greater story, Adora and the soon-to-be-released She-Ra's bios suggest that members of the Great Rebellion later went on to joining forces with the Masters of the Universe in some mega-battle against Skeletor or Hordak or whoever the baddie of the week is.

In short, me likey. A lot. And I think I'm going to go broke buying these from now on.

So, given my penchant for celebrating birthdays, Christmas, and general cries for help, if anyone wants to buy me some of these toys, cart yer arses over to eBay and hook a brother up!

"For the honour of Grayskull!"

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Emo before their time

It's time for another poll!

This one reaches deep into the pit of my dark and icky soul, like a lone crow picking at the shredded meat of my disdain for.... society... and... something.
I was never good at Gothic analogies.

This round asks who's more emo: Teen Titans' tortured and forlorn Raven or Beetlejuice's jailbait sidekick Lydia Deetz?

YOU decide!

Saturday, 1 May 2010

It's a Slap!

Gather 'round the warming glow of the computer screen, kids; it's time for a trip down memory lane with an underhanded moral at the end of the story shamelessly snuck in.

I first fell in love with Star Wars when I was just three or four years old (yes, I do have a wicked memory from back then). I was completely obsessed so my folks started buying me whacks of the vintage Kenner action figures shortly after, including those from the upcoming Return of the Jedi.

Since I had all these colorful new characters but no movie-based story to ground them in back stories, I had a few months of making my own adventures, dammit!

Now despite his questionable and cowardly military tactics, Admiral Ackbar has remained one of the most popular secondary characters from the films for his infamous and often lampooned "It's a trap!" line.
Also he was a giant fish dude in white threads. Rad.
When Ma first gave him to me, I fell in lurv. But, being four years old and remarkably stupid, I figured that since he was different, he was evil. So in the epic battles played out on the rec room carpet, poor Admiral Ackbar was one of Darth Vader's minions, usually taking pot shots at Han Solo.

It wasn't until I saw the movie that I realized that my fine fishy fiend wasn't just one of the good guys but the commander of the Rebel fleet.

How could I have been so racist?! Just because he had flipper hands and yellow eyes, it didn't mean that he was evil. If anything, it was the Empire who were douchebags, only hiring British white dudes.

So stand tall among your Rebel brethren at last, Admiral! I learned a valuable lesson that day many years ago and one I'll never forget.