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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Entrapta Mattel, 2014
Day #1,022: October 3, 2014
Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Entrapta Action FigureEntrapta
Tricky Golden Beauty

Masters of the Universe Classics Action Figure
Item No.:
No. BHV68
Manufacturer: Mattel
Includes: Staff, shield
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $27.00
Availability: September 2014
Other: Club Etheria Continues

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Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Entrapta Action FigureI don't know a lot about Princess of Power beyond what I saw in old magazine ads and reruns on Ion a few years ago. Their proliferation in Masters of the Universe Classics give me neat 1980s-style lady figures of exceptional quality, but I don't have the emotional attachment to Entrapta that I do, say, Madame Razz or Kowl or even Sea Hawk. She looks like a lot of other recent figures, which makes her fun given that the original doll on which she was based hit in 1988. Giant, heavy, articulated whirls of hair extend from her head and effectively force her neck joint to a specific place. While I expected her to tip over or be too back heavy, she took to a flat surface immediately without toppling over. I don't have this kind of luck with toys, so huzzah and kudos to Mattel for doing a bang-up job engineering what I assumed would be a figure that would spend a lot of time on her back. (Because of her hair.)

She's very purple, very pink, and a little gold - so "golden beauty" is a strange selling point. Her staff, while cool, doesn't hinder (or help) her standing up just fine and the shield is a tight fit on her arm. When I first saw the figure it didn't click that she was a bad guy - the coloring looks fairly heroic and consistent with the other Great Rebellion figures, but you'll note that her torso has a little Horde symbol in there. It's very similar to the one on Cas.shtmlella down to the raised collar and lightning bolts, but a new belt helps set it apart. Its two-toned split personality and her big twin tails remind me of a mix of Harley Quinn and some sort of viking warrior, but she looks pretty good as is.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Entrapta Action FigureHer greaves also have lightning bolts, and she looks pretty fantastic in action figure form. The doll was a little less detailed, and the Four Horsemen gave this action figure a wonderful raised left eyebrow, a pretty but ultimately mean scowl, and bright white teeth. The eyeliner and eye lashes are all quite good, and as action figure ladies go the make-up is on the better side of things - if not one of the best I've seen in recent memory. I don't know if it's the Horsemen, or this scale, or Mattel just springing a few extra pennies to make everything look great, but they did something wonderful here. This line generally has great heads, and this is one of the better ones.

While the original doll had hair down to the floor, this one has twirling, twisting, and dynamic-looking strands of pink hair hanging off her head. Each one is held in place with pink ribbons, barely constrained and a few smaller strands seem to be trying to leap out to attack someone or some thing. As such, she looks far more lively than other figures in this line - it makes a big difference to have hair that could probably strangle you. It does not appear as if it was intended to grip anything, but I appreciate each tail being able to bend-and-swivel.

Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics Entrapta Action Figure

Depending on how generous you feel like being, she sports about 21 points of articulation and nice, stiff ankles and legs. She doesn't feel like she's going to plummet off a shelf, and I can't tell you how much that means to me as toys get larger, more detailed, and more expensive. I appreciate that the figure looks like a colorful update of a late 1980s doll, but rendered as an action figure in a collector line largely driven at adult men. I think she looks way better this way, and that face just says "I'm going to beat the snot out of you" while her outfit says "let's go local sports team." It's a bizarre, wonderful juxtaposition but that's 1980s toys in a nutshell. She's cute, she's evil, and she's a keeper - but I am a little nervous about the future of that gold paint, as really good, really rich metallic gold paint sometimes molts and melts in a greenish goop a decade down the road. Be careful and keep an eye on these, as they may need touch-ups two or three presidential elections down the road.

--Adam Pawlus

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