Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Don't Make a 'Frozen' Joke (Oct. '12)
I told myself I wasn't going to make a "Frozen" joke in the title, so I didn't.
Hey, you wana check out the first member of the Great Rebellion, beyond Adora and She-Ra? And the Star Sisters? And Bow? Back in 2012? Sure you do!
Frosta was the first regular female member of the Great Rebellion to be released, at the time. I didn't count the Star Sisters, 'cause they were originally unreleased prototypes in the main line, and they're bascially Goddesses. Frosta was a regularly released toy in the old Princess of Power toyline, so she's the first of those to be produced in MotuC! It's cool, 'cause she was one of the figures I was most looking forward to.
At the time, I was looking forward to seeing some styling taken directly from the toys, but the Star Sisters pretty much killed that idea - so Frosta is mostly designed off of her Filmation cartoon look (with little bits of toy designs thrown in).
The major thing about that fact is her face: They tried for a cartoon look. If you look at the toon's face, you can see what they were going for. It...sorta half-way gets there. It looks superb from the side!
Seems to get all the details right. But head on, it's good, but not perfect. Some people were WAY up in arms about it, and I can see why. Me? I'm not that bothered by it, and less so as time went on. The overall product is good, for me, so I don't really mind.
Still, I feel it should be mentioned.
Functionality wise, she's perfect! All the joints work well, and the sculpting of her hair means she can look side to side with no problem! Plus, her hair was cast in translucent plastic and painted, so that's cool!
Alexx loves translucent things, so this is an immediate plus.
And speaking of translucent:
Frosta comes with a staff with a pinwheel on top (spokes in clear blue) and a blue translucent shield with silver and light blue highlights! LOVE that shield, lemme tell ya. This is the second in a long line of Great Rebellion shields, by the way. She-Ra comes with a gold one, and Frost with this clear blue one, and then it all dominoes on down to EVERYONE (just about) with a different colored shield to match them. I like it, because I sorta use the shield as a symbol of the Rebellion.
The staff is a different thing in the various stories surrounding Frosta, so lemme list:
- In the vintage toy, the staff is a whistle. You blow in it, it annoys your parents and spins the wheel!
- In the minicomics, I think she gets her ice powers from the staff.
- in the cartoon, Frosta is just Iceman. She shoots ice out of her hands at will and even makes those classic Iceman ice sleds to move around on. I'm not even sure if the staff shows up in the toon!
Personally, I like the idea that she's just good with ice magic, and the staff amplifies it and creates wind to stretch her powers out even further. She'll be able to ice without it, but she's far more devastating with it.
She holds the staff well, though it is thicker at the top, so if you have her holding it at the top for awhile, it'll stretch her hand a bit. Pretty much nothing, for most of you, but it's always worth noting (for my picky ass).
Now, since this is an ice-powered figure and nature has seen fit to dump her god-awful foot and a half of dandruff on us once again: I took some outside shots!
I feel like her face looks a lot better in the natural lighting, as well as my pictures! Look at that shit! UNF! That is some grade-A photographical prowess! Because my camera is nice! YES!
Finally, I decided that, since Frosta is all magical, she could feasibly use the blue fire effects that I have. Because COLD FIRE! That's why.
In the end, this isn't a spectacular figure; neither is it a bad one. Middle of the road, perhaps? I can't really recommend it to everyone, 'cause I think it has to mean something to ya. I think she could have been "buy at all costs" material with a slightly better face and some ice effects, but as she is, she just looks cool.
For me: I just always wanted female figures, when I was growing up. I didn't have a single female in the MotU line, and none from PoP, because I doubt anyone thought to get me those (and, being a standard boy of the 80's and 90's, I probably wouldn't have admitted wanting something from a "girl's" toyline, sad to say). Collecting the PoP characters in MotUC is very important to me, and Frosta was high on my list, so that's why she's a heavy hitter for me. Beyond my personal feeling, though: She's just average.
As a side note: She also happens to be the ONLY Princess of Power figure that my wife had, back in the day. Crazy how this works out!
So this one isn't worth hunting down with fervor, but I think she's important, story wise, and is a decent figure all around. The choice is yours!