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Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Action Figure Review: Bow from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power by Mattel
Height: 11 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, balljointed hips, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/ hinge wrists, and a balljointed head.
Accessories: Shirt, pants, 2 boots, armor, bracer, and bow.
Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
* I do like the look of these toys quite a bit as they're colorful, fun, and do seem like a nice mixture between the Netflix Show's designs and a more traditional She-Ra style. I'm totally not the key demographic for these, I know, but I think Mattel did a pretty nice job of capturing the characters's likeness. Bow's outfit is removable and his half shirt, shiny blue pants, and armored chest piece (still with a big ol' heart) are all removable. I doubt we'll see outfits for Bow but I'm sure there are kids who will dress him up in other outfits they have around. The body isn't "He-Man" ripped or anything but Bow does have a lean, muscular build.
* Bow's headsculpt isn't a perfect adaptation of the show's character design, but that seems to be part of the design aesthetic of this line. Imagine a blend between the show's art style and a traditional fashion doll. Bow's hair is rooted, rather than being sculpted, but it gives him a lot of character. It looks different than the show's character but that's not bad. My daughter seems pleased with him, so that seems to me to be a big plus in his favor.
DC Super Hero Girls dolls from a couple of years back, though they never had any males in the 12 inch line that I can recall. There isn't a lot of articulation but there's definitely more than I'm aware of on most doll lines. Bow's got swivel/hinge shoulders, knees, elbows, and wrists as well as balljointed hips and a fully balljointed head. Overall he seems to have enough articulation for a kid to have fun with while still not having so much as to be frustrating to play with. He feels quite durable, too.
* I like that Bow includes a bracer on his left wrist. I didn't even notice that Bow wears one on the show, though looking back I can see he totally does. It's a removable piece that just fits over his wrist, and it makes for a fun accessory and a useful object lesson for teaching archery safety.
* Like She-Ra, Bow's boots are easy to put on
and they're quite heavy. The boots kind of help keep the figure standing up straight, which is great for displaying him or just keeping him standing up.
* Bow's shiny blue pants are so tight that he can only spread his legs apart as far as you see in the picture. I really think a more elastic material would have been better since he can't really take any cool poses, look dynamic posed with his Bow, or ride Swift Wind.
* Bow's bow is just.... kind of lame, really. The sculpt of the bow is decent in places but it's all one color, the arrow isn't removable, and it really seems to small for him. It seems more like a Valentine's Day prop then the weapon of one of Etheria's guardians.
This is the first figure of Bow I've reviewed. For more figures from Mattel's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, check out the following:
Battle Armor She-Ra and Swift Wind