Saturday, February 22, 2020

Action Figure Review: Shadow Weaver from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Super7

    While Super7 never offered any of the female Horde villains like Catra or Scorpia in any of their toylines other than M.U.S.C.L.E./ Keshi Surprise, they sure did ensure that Shadow Weaver made it into each line. Shadow Weaver thrilled collectors of Masters of the Universe Classics back when she was revealed as the 2012 subscription exclusive figure and now Super7 is offering her up in the Filmation inspired Club Grayskull/ He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line. She's a character who I'm not sure looks different enough from her MOTUC figure to really warrant a figure in this line (the MOTUC as very Filmation inspired) but she's a popular character and she fits in with the Filmation styled Horde Super7 was trying to build, which will forever remain without Leech, Catra, and Scorpia). Let's take a look at the evil Horce wtich Shadow Weaver after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/4ths inches (without stand)

Articulation: Balljointed waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel wrists, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Two wands, magic blast effect, and a "floating" stand.

Non-Scalper Price: $35 dollars


*On the left is Super7's Shadow Weaver while Mattel's MOTUC Shadow Weaver is on the right. While they both look similar, they're both completely unique sculpts. The colors are different and the MOTUC figure has shading, which Super7's does not. The Super7 figure is also a bit shorter with a shorter stand, too.
 The Positives:

* I really like the look of the figure. She does look more animated than the MOTUC figure and has a much curvier figure, too. That's definitely a key element of the Filmation design and Super7 captures it here. Her cape is only attached to her back and not to her forearms like Mattel's, which I think is a better option.

 * The headsculpt is good. Not as good as Mattel's (which looks a lot creepier) bit it matches the Filmation style.

 * While there's no articulation below the waist (which makes since for the character) Super7 did put a lot of options for movement into the figure. Her arms are fully articulated as is her torso. She has both a balljointed waist and midtorso joint as well as a fantastic balljointed head. You should be able to get her into some fantastic spell casting poses!

 * I like her green hands and how her right hand is posed as if she is getting ready to send out a spell. It looks really fantastic!

 * The stand is removable and plugs right into the bottom of the figure. It's shorter than the MOTUC Shadow Weaver's stand which keeps her at eye level with the rest of the figures.

* Shadow Weaver comes with two wands, the first of which is her standard wand. It's quite simple (it actually looks plainer than the neo-vintage Shadow Weaver's wand) but it looks good. I really like the translucent green orb on top.

 * The second wand is the Wizard's Wand from the episode Bow's Magical Gift. It also has a translucent tip, this time making it appear like an actual flame.
 The Negatives:

* What the heck is this? It's apparently a magical spell effect, but guess what? Super7 forgot to put the hole in the end so that it can fit around Shadow Weaver's finger (Super7 has confirmed this). It's a cool idea that was just flubbed something awful.
   This animated version of Shadow Weaver may not be better than Mattel's MOTUC version overall but she's still a pretty nice rendition of he villain. I like the sculpt, the articulation, and the way she hovers, although her wands aren't as impressive as they could be, and the botched magical effect is definitely a disappointment. Still, this is a solid figure and with how expensive the MOTUC figure has become it's definitely a good option for collectors late to the MOTUC party. She's a Good and a 1/2 figure and definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for another Shadow Weaver.

 For more of the dastardly Shadow Weaver check out my review of the ReAction Shadow Weaver, the Slime Green M.U.S.C.L.E. Shadow Weaver, Super7's neo-vintage Shadow Weaver, and the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power She-Ra versus Shadow Weaver set.

For more figures from Super7's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line, check out the following:
Prince Adam
Prince Adam (Laughing)
Tung Lashor

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