Friday, August 30, 2019

Action Figure Review: Shadow Weaver from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   For years fans of Filmation's She-Ra: Princess of Power lamented the fact that there had never been any action figure released of Shadow Weaver, the evil Horde Sorceress who was a mainstay in the cartoon. In 2012 Mattel finally released a Shadow Weaver action figure in the Masters of the Universe classics line (she was the yearly subscription figure) but since then there hasn't been another Shadow Weaver released... until now! Thanks to both Super7 and Mattel, we're about to be hit with Shadow Weaver figures. Mattel released Shadow Weaver in their She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line as an SDCC 2019 exclusive (alongside She-Ra) while Super7 has Club Grayskull and vintage styled Shadow Weaver figures scheduled for release within the next few months. 2019 is apparently a very, very good year for Shadow Weaver! Super7's ReAction Shadow Weaver gives us a taste of what a vintage Shadow Weaver might looked like (although in a different scale and style). Let's check out Shadow Weaver after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: Swivel hips and swivel shoulders.

Accessories: Wand

Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
 The Positives:

* Shadow Weaver absolutely looks like a Filmation character come to life! Seriously, her design really captures the Filmation aesthetic perfectly, even with the Faux retro styling. The colors, the smoothness of the sculpt, and the overall design just ooze the coolness of her animated appearance. She stands out in the ReAction line in a great way and kind of reminds me of Prime Evil from Filmation's Ghostbusters.

 * Shadow Weaver's face is hidden within the hood of her robe, so all you can see are her glowing yellow eyes. The eyes are painted on, preserving the mystery and the animated aesthetic of the figure.

* In like how Shadow Weaver's sleeves look like they're drooping. Yeah, the arm spikes aren't something typically desired on modern figures but for something like this they look great. I love her eerie green hands, too!
 *    If you've ever picked up a retro figure like this, you know what to expect. Well, Shadow Weaver is a bit different as her head doesn't turn, so she only has 4 points of articulation instead of the more common 5. Her lower legs fit together nicely, preserving the look of a robe wearing figure. Some of the Funko era ReAction figures didn't handle robed legs well but Super7 has been very consistent in the quality of their ReAction lines over the past couple of years and has definitely perfected the style. 

To give her something to aid her in casting evil spells, Shadow Weaver comes with a magic wand. It's grey with a green tip and while it looks a bit short, it actually fits the figure nicely.

* The card art on most ReAction figures released by Super7 is beautiful and their Masters of the Universe line is no exception. Shadow Weaver features an awesome illustration from Jason Edmiston of the character with a Fright Zone background.  I like how the Evil Horde got their own unique backers. To preserve the card I actually made a slit in the top of the blister so I can slide the figure in and out. It work great and allows the figure to be displayed inside and outside of the card. I've got mine hanging on a metal pegboard similar to what you'd see in a retail store!
   Maybe it's because there is a real lack of Shadow Weaver merchandise out there or maybe it's because she's a fantastic looking figure that just oozes the charm of the Filmation aesthetic, but Shadow Weaver is a Great and a 1/2 figure. She's easily one of my favorite ReAction figures from the Masters of the Universe line! The colors are just excellent and really help her to pop off the shelf! While the core toy Horde get a lot of attention (Hordak, Grizzlor, Mantenna), most of the She-Ra specific Horde members like Catra, Dylamug, Scorpia, and Shadow Weaver don't. It's nice to see Shadow Weaver get the attention she deserves! Let's hope more of the Horde get ReAction figures, too!

This is the first Shadow Weaver figure I've reviewed on the site. For more Masters of the Universe ReAction figures check out the following:
Hordak (Grey)
Man-At-Arms (Movie)
Mer-Man (Carry Case Colors) 
Modulok A
Modulok B
Orko (Cartoon Colors)
Ram Man
Ram Man (Mini Comic)
Scare Glow
Skeletor (Los Amos)
Skeletor (Midnight)
Slime Pit He-Man
Teela (Shiva)
Trap Jaw (Cartoon Colors) 


  1. My favorite. I better purchase before she sells out.

    1. Definitely. There just aren't that many Shadow Weaver items out there compared with many of the other major villains.


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