It’s the middle of December, this month’s Matty figures are due to arrive any day now and that gives me just enough time to wrap up November’s figures. I’ve already checked out Dragstor as well as the Terror Claws Skeletor and Flying Fists He-Man boxed set. So today, let’s have a look at the 200x Subscription’s Queen Grayskull!
Veena’s tagline is “Heroic Guardian of Power” and her bio on the back of the package is a tortured yarn designed to weave her into the Classics continuity. Of course, she’s basically just The Sorceress from the MYP He-Man series. There’s a fair amount of goodies in this package, so let’s get her opened up and check her out!
I’ll start off by saying how much I love this design for The Sorceress. She has a really exotic and almost Egyptian thing going on and I think it worked beautifully in the cartoon and looks quite striking on this figure. The gold armor pieces, which comprise her grieves , arm bracers, and hip pieces, are all painted with a sumptuous metallic gold and accented with some blue and red painted gems. Her top is white with sculpted piping painted to match the gold armor. This is just a great looking ensemble and no doubt required a whole bunch of new tooling right down to her bare feet.
The wings are on rotating hinges and peg right into the figure’s back. I like this so much better than the classic Sorceress figure’s which are attached to her arms. Granted, the styling of the two wings are very different. Veena’s are more angelic and they look magnificent without hindering the articulation. Each of the feathers are sculpted in and the gold fringe on the tops looks amazing. She’s also got a respectable wingspan that really tested the limits of my tiny little staging area.
I think the portrait here represents one of the best ladies this line has produced, and that’s saying a lot because there have been some excellent female portraits here. You have to get in pretty close before you can start to see a little uneven paint in her eyes. Her beautiful face is framed by her bird head helmet, which is painted in gold and cascades down the back of her neck. They even painted the interior of it blue to match her belt sash.
Speaking of sashes, you also get this blue piece, which can be passed behind her and placed into the crooks of each elbow. It’s very soft plastic, so you can fuss around with it to try to get the look you want. It’s a nice bonus, but I’m not sure I’ll display her with it.
Articulation is everything you’d expect from a MOTUC female figure. The arms have rotating hinges in the shoulders, hinged elbows, and swivels in the biceps and wrists. The legs are ball jointed at the hips, hinged at the knees and ankles, and have swivels at the tops of the thighs. There is no articulation in the torso, but you do get the aforementioned rotating hinges in the wings and a ball joint in the neck.
Veena’s other accessory is her staff, which features a gorgeous bird motif at the top, which almost looks like it could double as an axe. The design of this piece is beautiful and it uses the same rich gold finish as the figure’s armored pieces.
The 200x Sub has been one great figure after another, but with only one release left I don’t think it’s too premature for me to call it: Queen Grayskull is without a doubt my favorite figure to come out of this sub. She’s also currently vying with just a few other figures as my favorite Masters Classics figure of 2015. This lady just has it all: A great design, beautiful and original sculpting, and a drop-dead gorgeous paint job. This is undoubtedly one of those figures that I would have hunted down even if I wasn’t collecting MOTUC. She’s just so well done that I think she does just fine as a stand-alone display piece.