Sunday, March 22, 2020

Toy Review: Imp Straw Buddy from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power by Sonic/ C3

 I've been slowly making my way through some of the She-Ra and the Princesses of Power toys that Sonic has been offering in their Wacky Pack kids meals and today I'm offering up another review: Imp! Technically this is an Imp Straw Buddy, which means that he's a little plastic figure designed to grip your straw while you're enjoying a cold beverage. I haven't watched all of the episodes of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power yet (my daughter and I have read all of the books, though) but while I do like it I have to admit I was disappointed by the lack of the fun, sidekick characters like Imp and Kowl. Imp is one of my favorite characters on the Filmation series and I've long used Imp as my avatar over at He-Man.org. The fact that he doesn't talk on the new show definitely disappointed me, as Filmation's Imp was so wonderfully evil! Still, part of me has to celebrate the fact that in 2020 I was able to go to a drive-in fast food restaurant and purchase a toy of Imp for $1. You can say what you want about 2020 so far, but that will always be a high spot for the year. Let's take a look at the Imp Straw Buddy after the break...



 The Facts:

Height: 2 1/4ths inches

Articulation: None

Accessories: None (Straw not included!)

Non-Scalper Price: $1 something
 The Positives:

* Imp is a simple sculpted plastic minifigure. The detail isn't bad and it definitely looks like the character from the show (who may be a failed Hordak clone!). On the show he's actually a bit creepy looking, kind of like a living statue come to life, and that's captured here a bit, too. I bet if you painted him you could probably get him to look like the vintage Imp, though, which would be pretty cool.



* Imp can hang onto a straw pretty well. He can't stand on his own but I'll bet most of you can still find some cool ways to display Imp in your collection. If Mattel had made a Hordak figure in their She-Ra and the Princesses of Power line, this Imp would probably fit in quite well scale-wise. They didn't though, and I doubt they ever will at this point with the show getting ready to air it's fifth and final season.
 The Negatives:


* I do wish we'd gotten a paint app or two on this guy. Hordak and She-Ra at least had a few paint hits, so why not Imp? Even giving just the eyes and maybe the body or wings a paint application would have been fantastic.
Imp is a Eh and a 1/2 little trinket. If you're a die-hard Imp fan than you're probably going to hunt this guy down like Cringer looking for a roast gooble, but the rest of you might be OK with skipping him. He's not terribly exciting unless you plan to paint him. Of course, I'm sure many MOTU collectors (like me) will pick this guy up solely because of how unusual it is. How crazy is it to get kids meal toys based on She-Ra and the Princesses of Power? It's just a fun novelty, although the Imp Straw Buddy could have been a bit better.




This is the first toy of Imp I've reviewed on the site. For more toys from Sonic's She-Ra Wacky Pack meal, check out the following:
Hordak
She-Ra


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