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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Action Figure Review: Mermista from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 7 inches (with human legs), 9 1/4 inches with mermaid tail.
Articulation: Hinged ankles with limited lateral movement, hinged knees, swivel hips, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged neck peg, ball jointed head, swivel/hinge fin, swivel/hinge mid tail, hinged tail/waist.
Accessories: Swappable human legs, clear stand, shield, conch shell horn.
*I don't want to give Mattel any ideas or justify the crazy price on these figures but, considering the fact that Mermista comes with a swappable set of lower human legs in addition to her mermaid tale, I think she feels quite deluxe. The lower halves swap easily and stay on tightly.
* Let's talk about the headsculpt. I like it, but I can see why some fans don't: It definitely makes Mermista look a bit older than she appeared on the original toy or in the Filmation cartoon. Still, no reason she can't be a bit older than some of the other members of the Great Rebellion, right? The hair looks good and the paint work on the face is quite lovely. Her necklace and seashell corset also are impressive.
*The stand that Mermista comes with really doesn't work too well. I can sometimes get her up for a minute or so but she tends to fall down. It was a cool idea but that base is too small and the plastic just isn't heavy enough.
*Mermista comes with the same shield that almost all of the other POP ladies come with, which isn't bad in and of itself. What is bad, though, is that the shield was really, really bent in the package. It's oddly curved, as if it were put into the tray while the plastic was still warm. Not a deal breaker, but a QC issue nonetheless.
Check out my other MOTUC reviews here on Action Figure Barbecue!
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Rokkon & Stonedar
Sky High with Jet Sled
Spirit of Hordak
The Unnamed One