Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Vertical and lateral hinged ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels/ hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: 2 swords, staff, two interchangeable heads, and a cape.
Original Retail Price: $24 dollars with a subscription to Club Eternia 2016.
* Despara has some really good articulation. While there's a bit more variety in articulation on the females in the MOTUC line (Adora is missing the thigh swivel but has the boot cut and true lateral ankle hinges) Adora has a mixture of the best there is. She can take deep stances and wield her weapons with the best of them.
* I love Adora's headsculpt here. MOTUC has been really great about keeping characters with a consistent look unless their is a specific reason not to (i.e. the vintage styled He-Man head), so this version of Adora looks like the previous Adora figure and the various She-Ra releases. I like the shorter hair and the dark makeup under her eyes. It definitely gives her a more serious, warrior-like vibe.
* Adora's head swaps easily so you can pop on her second helmeted head. To show off her allegiance to her dear old dad, Despara's sporting a slightly feminine Hordak mask. I love it and it really ups the creep factor on this figure. This really looks like someone a warrior might wear into battle to terrify their opponents. Great paint work here and everything.
* Despara is sporting the familiar Horde theme of red, black, and grey and she looks good in it. There are some cool black stripes on her upper arms and they're applied very neatly. I love this outfit as it manages to be pretty slick looking while still having a simplicity to it that's welcome. She looks evil, but not over the top "everyone look at me; I'm so bad!" evil.
* Despara dual wields some really cool swords. They have black hilts with red pommels and they nicely fit into the little slots on the back of her cape (also removable, by the way). I like these and they look great with Despara.
* In addition to her swords Despara comes with a large staff with some wicked looking blades on the end. It's not the most interesting staff in the world but it does make a cool extra for a loyal soldier of the Horde to carry around to show the peasants who's boss.
* What is Despara looking down at all the time? Yeah, there is something odd about the ball-joint that keeps Adora's head (both heads in the set, actually) pointed downward at an odd angle. Not sure why this is or if it's a widespread problem but it does kind of drive me crazy.
* I like the concept of Despara's removable cape but it is really clunky. The shoulder piece tends to move around quite a bit and seems to have even rubbed some paint off the bottom of Adora's chin.
The only other figure of Adora/ She-Ra/ Despara I've reviewed on here is Galactic Protector She-Ra. I'm pretty sure she was my favorite figure the year she was released. I've reviewed a number of other Masters of the Universe Classics figures too, including:
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (2008)
Beast Man (Blood Red Henchman)
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Granamyr (Green Power-Con exclusive)
Heads of Eternia
Laser Power He-Man & Laser Light Skeletor
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Mara of Primus
Ninja Warrior/ Ninjor
Rokkon & Stonedar
Rotar and Twistoid
Sky High with Jet Sled
Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hsss
Spirit of Grayskull
Spirit of Hordak
Terror Claws Skeletor & Flying Fists He-Man
The Unnamed One