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this looks like a paradise :DDDI love visiting Toys R Us in the States, but I guess I would love it even more in Japan:)oh i would love a blythe doll :3super cute store!!!i miss my days as a kid in toys r us,not a care in the world! <3OMG so much cute stuff, I need it all! very cute post sara, this definitely was the sweetness I needed to brighten my boring work day =_=I thinks is funny you only lasted 2 months at TRU i try not to workin places I like to visit, i worked at JoAnn fabrics for like 6months I thought it would be awesome to be so close to sewing stuff but I hated it!! I hope to never do customer service again DXbtw, im super jealous of the toy selection there, those are toys i DREAM of!!I kinda started hiperventilating when I saw all the blythes... ;A; I bet they were cheaper than they're in other places...I'd also love to have a licca, everytime someone talks about them, I get more and more interested x3Anyways, I loved toys'r'us when I was little, I'd love to go to a japanese toys'r'us, I could die of cuteness overload!!Oh how I miss Japanese toy stores </3I never did have a Licca-chan doll. I had the old Jenny doll (Takara barbie I guess)Such cute stuff I wonder if we have the store here in Germany, too? Anyway, I'm sure the ones in Japan have much more cute stuff! :-))omg I would spend so much money there! I looove Licca and Sylvanian Families :DOhh!!i want the tamagotchi cookie maker*_______*!!!Oohhh! If only I could visit Japan, I would also stop in there...not just for my daughter...but for myself too! I'm interested in the bento boxes and stationary sets! 8)<33 RenaTheir toys are so cute! I could spend hours in there just looking at things O__Owow. i should have been a little kid in japan. would have had a much happier childhood with THOSE toys :) !TRA is like kid's heaven. and the japanese store, is heaven to me. sooo much adorableness in one store! :DHaahaa omggggggg! So much stuff I seriously don't need but totally would want!gosh I love the TRU in Ikebukuro! I always go there when I feel like decorating something sweet`ish, they just have the biggest variety of deco items in there!I went to the Toys R Us here in the spring. It was so disappointing! Most of the toys were so cheap. About Barbie and Licca; Barbie has always meant to represent an adult and Licca is supposed to be 11, right? I think that's what the little card that came with my daughter's doll said. Still I think her doll's clothes are a little much. She has a very short dress and high heels! This Licca is more childlike. I would like to try the animal shaped foods. Come to think of it, I did eat too many animal shaped sweet breads last time I was in Japan. Very bad for the skin.from KelliThat must be the best Toys R Us ever. I wish they carried the fake food, Licca, and all the cute stuff at the local Toys R Us! Now I know to take a look at Toys R Us when I go to Japan lol.omg my first job was at Toys R Us, haha!! XD I only lasted 2 weeks, so congrats to you!I had no idea the Sylvanian toys were Japanese~ I used to have so many of those when I was little.i loved Toys R Us over there. i bought a few Blythe dolls there...... and they also had the frying panda pan and cute things for the kitchen : )Omg, I had no idea there was Toys R Us in Japan! It looks really fun! Haha, I still like to browse Toys R Us too :Pwoah, Japan toys r us make the American version look like a joke...I seriously need to go to Japan someday and stock up on all those amazing fake sweets!the classic barbie with a bob is too cute for words! :) what a wonderful "wasteland"! :)oh what a nice and cute post. i want to go to the toys r us in tokyo too :) the pics are so cute.That's really cool. If I had a chance to visit a japanese Toys R US I'd definitely buy that fake food stuff haha.Thank god I don't live in Japan. I would buy all precure merchandise (yeah, i'm big fan xDDDD)My poor money T_TLooking at your photos I suddenly feel like a child because I want to buy all those things!! *—* I haven't been to a TRU for years, but the one in Japan seems so awesome..!I prefer Japan's store, basically for the food sets and Icca :pWell, I guess the japanese beauty standard is 'cute', while ours is more 'sexy'. I've noticed the My Little Ponies changing a lot over the years, too. They used to actually look like brightly colored ponies. Now they have strange bodies. =C But they're still cute~So, yes, you've probably noticed I also love toys and toy stores~ =DI cannot believe how easy it is to purchase blythes in japan! no online shopping or what, just go to toys r us! amazing!!oh wow *________* the little girl inside me can't help but feel super jealousy! the toys stores here are all dull and unimaginative compared to these pictures.Too cute!! I love fake sweets sets... I wish I could buy them here!That looks like fun! I think we never grow out of enjoying wandering around toy shops. I can understand your frustration about working in one though, it sounds way too stressful!if only the toyshops here was anything close to the cuteness of these! >w<Oh man when I was 12, I used to LOVE to go to Toys R Us, I guess I outgrew it, or maybe the selection just became not so interesting anymore.These are the kind of toys I wished I had back in my day!! Anything animal like and cute. I would be so all over the doll house with the cute little mice in it! XD and the dessert sets? dude. Forget easy bake oven!OMG I remember Sylvanian Families I haven't thought about thenm since the 90's I remembered I really wanted one but never got one... I had no idea they were still in production!!I didn't found it when iw as in Japan T_TI think I want a Licca doll now *.*food making sets are awesome... I need them all! :Ddie happy?!Hee hee...I'd love to visit this one day! XDomg toysrus in japan! that's a dream come true! im loving those Sylvanian Families .. i haven't heard of them before - but they look so cute.. this a must-visit when i go to Japan (one day...)nice find! i really love the toys. for me! hehe.... they look soooooooooooooooooo cute!Hehe~~ Totally worth it to raise your kids there just for the toys ♥....maybe ;) BLOG_CMT_createIframe('https://www.blogger.com/rpc_relay.html'); I'm Sara Mari, welcome to my blogLearn more...



Due to the notoriety the much-maligned 1987 live-action Masters of the Universe movie, it’s easy to forget it was actually the second Masters of the Universe film to be released to theaters. The first was The Secret of the Sword, an animated film that came out in March 1985 and introduced He-Man fans to his twin sister, She-Ra. The movie comprised the first five episodes of her series, She-Ra: Princess of Power.Mattel was and always will be the House that Barbie Built. While they’ve had successful boy brands–Major Matt Mason, MOTU and, most importantly, Hot Wheels–Barbie has always been the company’s most successful and iconic brand. With so much experience with the girls’ toys market, it’s not surprising they decided to take their (at the time) incredibly successful Masters of the Universe franchise and see if they could market it to girls, too. Thus was She-Ra born. (Legend has it she was originally going to be called the more mythologically resonant He-Ra, but the name was already being used by another toy company–just as well, because in retrospect She-Ra was a much more marketable name, and less subject to transvestite jokes and feminist criticism.)On a more personal note, while I had several of the Horde figures as a child, I’m afraid I have no nostalgia for She-Ra. I don’t remember watching the show; by 1985 I was all about Transformers. But I can certainly recognize the significance of the character and the show, which continued the story of the MOTU universe (and supposedly with much better writing).Looking back, Mattel and Filmation did something that no other toy company has even come close to trying to do with a boys’ brand: offered a girls’ version of the brand that was more than just a hollow marketing gimmick (actually, I can’t even think of any attempts to do this at all, hollow or not). While I didn’t continue to follow She-Ra myself, and I’m sure there were many boys who ignored it under the “girls are icky” principle, I’ve met enough male fans to be sure She-Ra was able to appeal to both genders (even if those boys could never bring themselves to get the toys, which were far more girlish than the show).Also, now that I’m not six years old anymore I can point out that, in retrospect, She-Ra was pretty hot.Packaging: Following common MOTUC practice, She-Ra is packaged with her vintage head attached, which is a shame for MOC collectors since the cartoon head is much more appealing. The packaging also caused my figure’s sword to warp a bit, though a quick heating via hair dryer can fix that.I’m thinking I may create a separate topic to discuss MOTUC bios, so I’ll save that for later. Feel free to discuss it below, however.Design & Sculpt: One thing to keep in mind with MOTUC is that, while the style is “classic” and arguably retro, in some cases we’re seeing these characters as proper figures for the first time. The original She-Ra figure had rooted hair, a cloth dress, and didn’t really look all that much like her cartoon counterpart; she was more doll than action figure. She received an update in the Millennium line, but obviously that was done in the Millennium aesthetic. And so it is with the MOTUC She-Ra that we finally receive a proper action figure of the Princess of Power in her most iconic look.I’ve officially run out of clever or unique ways to praise the sculpting skills of the Four Horsemen, so I’ll just say they done real good, especially on the heads, dress, and boots. I thought the forearms were re-uses from Adora, but if you look at their edges, nope, they’re new sculpts.I’ll discuss the “masked” head more in the Accessories section, but in terms of the head sculpt, both heads look great, and capture the look of the character.Plastic & Paint: After Evil-lyn‘s outfit, which allowed her a great range of motion, Mattel takes a step back with She-Ra. Her dress isn’t as rigid as Teela‘s, but it’s not as pliable as Evil-lyn’s, either. It once again renders the waist swivel fairly useless. I’m wondering if the color of the plastic used for the casting makes a difference in how much pliability can be offered; perhaps certain colors, like white, just can’t be made with the sort of plastic used on Evil-lyn. But that’s just me giving Mattel the benefit of the doubt again…Aside from that, the plastic used for the figure is standard for MOTUC. The heads are a bit glossy, but unless you’re looking at a macro photo like the ones to the right, you’re not going to notice it much.The paint applications, while minimal, are satisfactory-to-good. The work on the dress is nice and clean, with just a little unevenness around the tips of the “leaves.” The work on the faces is good, better than Evil-lyn I think, particularly in the eyes. She’s a far cry from the unfortunate facial paints of the Millenium figure, that’s for certain.Articulation: Check out the photo to the right (and two down) to see She-Ra’s articulation, which is standard for MOTUC. I had no problem with any loose joints.One thing I am bummed about, however, is the absence of the external rocker ankle joint, which was used for all previous MOTUC females. It’s a great joint that allows a broad range of motion while remaining tight, and it’s light years ahead of the internal joint, which is used on the male figures as well as She-Ra. To be fair, the range of side-to-side motion on my particular figure is actually pretty good, but I suspect that was simply the luck of the draw, as is often the case with these particular joints. I’m not sure why the external joint was abandoned–perhaps there was concern about fitting in on a thinner boot with a more prominent heel–but I hope it this is a rare exception rather than the new rule for MOTUC females.Accessories: As one of the most important characters in the MOTU world, you knew Mattel couldn’t skimp on the accessories for She-Ra. She comes with a brand-new shield, an axe, a sword, and the “mask” for the alternate head.The sword is a re-use of Adora’s, but this time it’s done in two-tone gold rather than solid silver. I have to admit that while I dislike the incongruity with the Power Sword, it does match She-Ra’s overall color scheme much better than the silver.The shield is based directly off that of the vintage figure. It’s notable that it attaches to her arm much better than He-Man’s does to his.The vintage She-Ra toy came with an odd mask. The figure was packaged with the “wings” of the mask surrounding her face, leaving two odd holes on top of her head. Those holes were meant to be eye-holes in the mask, which was actually supposed to be worn upside-down from the way it was packaged. The vintage mask, however, simply had a couple of clips to hold the mask in place. In what I’m guessing was an effort to prevent some big ugly clips from ruining the figure’s aesthetic look, Mattel and the Horsemen elected to make the mask plug into the forehead. This has really bothered some fans, presumably because it prevents them from having a bare-headed She-Ra, though I’m not entirely sure why you’d want that…anyway, this isn’t something that bothered me, but I thought it was worth mentioning.My favorite accessory by far is the axe. In fact, it might be one of my favorite MOTUC accessories, period. It’s a classic example of the Horsemen paying tribute to the vintage figure while updating it for today’s fans. You see, the vintage She-Ra came with a comb, so girls could neaten up her rooted hair. Such an accessory wouldn’t have made any sense for this figure’s plastic hair, so instead the Horsemen made it into a stylized axe. The axe adds a certain symmetry to He-Man, who comes with the same trio of accessories: an axe, a sword, and a shield. Well done, Horsemen!Quality Control: I’ll give Mattel credit for accepting the fans’ challenge/demand for swappable heads that are still ball jointed. But something went awry on She-Ra, and so the heads are very difficult to swap, particularly in getting the head onto the peg. The easiest solution is this: use a hair dryer to heat up the socket of the head before planting it on. Not that it matters that much to me–that vintage head is headed for the accessories bin permanently.The good news, it’s so damned tight there is no bobblehead effect whatsoever, at least not on my figure.Overall: I wasn’t that excited for Adora, and I was only a bit more excited for She-Ra. Now that I have the figure in my hands, however, I find her much more interesting and appealing. The axe alone largely redeems her for me–I know, it’s just an accessory, but I really like its look–and the sculpt is quite appealing. And after all, she’s She-Ra.Oh, and Dr. Mrs. Ghostal has asked me to point out that She-Ra is the rare female hero who’s actually wearing more clothes than the male hero.Great review, Poe! Your She-Ra's tiara is up pretty high, just like Michael Crawford's. http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_062110a.htm Here's a comparison…mine is a bit high, but his seems to actually be above the curve of the forehead. Yeah, Mike's is higher up. Before today, I didn't know that the tiara's could go that high. In a way, it looks more accurate to Filmation. She looks boxy and plastic-y/toy-ish to me. Definitely one of my least favorite MOTUC figures. It's funny how people only complained about the hole-in-head She-Ra simply because it was an option. If they made the second head with the mask permanently attached, no one would have mentioned, not once, the disappointment of not having a bare-headed She-Ra (though they would have complained about only have one "version" of the classic mask). I think it's a classic example of never being able to please everyone (or "anyone" if you're cynical). I luff She-Ra. I sent my cousin a picture of the figure, we used to play He-Man and She-Ra in her back yard as kids. She had the She-Ra cos-play set with the tiara, sword, and wrist gauntlets, and I had a round silver shield with pictures of Skeletor on it and one of those generic swords that you can buy at like every dollar or Halloween store, which was my power sword. Her brother's name is Adam, we used to say that it was because he was named after Prince Adam.Oh, the figure… I love her. While maybe not one of my favorites of the line, I think she came out great. Unfortunately, I'm glad to know the head issue isn't just mine. I immediately pulled off the retro head and tried to put the cartoon head on, and it was a bitch even just to get the head on. I was using almost full force to get it on, and I was afraid I was going to break it. I'm still not quite happy with how the head sits, so I might try the blow dryer trick. I was so afraid that I'd break the peg, so I didn't want to try too hard. I had quite the issue getting the other head on. I had to heat them up a bit and then put it on. Of course, now it is so tight I'm unsure how easily it'll come off. I'm glad to have She-Ra though for another female for the line and because how different she stands out on the shelf, unlike so many of the other figures which are too similar to one another. This is random, but check out some great high-res MOTU art from a link I found on Facebook! http://io9.com/5568386/and-now-the-rock-bottom-of… Awesome review again, Poe! Excellent photos as well! Really shows her tremendous sculpt! I think She-Ra is going to be one of my favorites from this line. Truly an excellent figure and I do have some nostalgic memories of Princess of Power because I had She-Ra and Bow and I watched the show on occasion (for the Horde). Yeah, I liked a girl toy and cartoon, so what? Wanna arm wrestle? LOLAnyways, I do have a quandry now because just like Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man I don't know which head to display She-Ra with. My first instinct with all of them is to go with the classic head over the cartoon head, but I'm not so sure. At least when a MOTUC fig comes with a 200X head I have no problem leaving it in the package and using the classic head! I go back and forth with the alternate heads. For the most part I've gone with the clean shaven MAA and kept the mustashioed MAA head in the bag-o-parts. I went back and forth a few times with Mer-Man, but I've gone with the updated head, and the cat head stays in the bag. When I got Moss Man, I went with the original Beastman head for a while, but once I went to the updated face, I haven't gone back. With Whiplash, I will probably stick with the classic head though.As far as She-Ra is concerned — the animated style head is on there, and it's staying on there for good! =) Though, I may try the hairdryer trick to get it on there so she doesn't look like she has giraffe neck… @MegaGearX: I just checked…it’s definitely not that high. His looks off, I think mine looks fine.We bought Poe's little sister the She-Ra figure, in hopes of a bonding moment. None such came…although the figure may be up among her Barbie's and Little People in the attic…probably without the weapons because Poe would have taken those. @Mumma Ghostal: I remember…you got her one of the horses, too, which I actually thought was rather cool. I believe it was Arrow.As for the bonding not happening, I've accepted and continue to accept the blame for that. Not sure I'll ever live it down… An axe and a comb in one… as an admirer of awesome hair and lover of axes, I don't know whether to be tickled pink or disgusted at this effemination of one of the manliest weapons ever created. @RageTreb: I think it's funny that the placement of that mask-thing is an issue at all xD I mean, really, just put it on however you think it looks good, people, and leave everyone else alone, haha. The second paragraph has an extra comma. Oooh, nice review. Why does the power sword bother you, Poe? @jumper11: Where? I'm not seeing it… @DrNightmare: but you can scalp and style at the same time. ha I was being funee! I'm appealing to your grammatical specificity- But I think prfkttear sees it! comma I didn't even think about how high the tiara was on me. LOLHere's the trifecta comparison with mine. It looks like mine and Poe's are at a normal height. I guess I need to look at some other pics at the Org and see how 'low' it can go. @NoisyDvL5: Man, I never even would have thought twice about this if it hadn't been brought to my attention. Now I've got to try not to let it bug me. Thanks a lot, MGX 😉 Poe, looks like your She-Ra has a wonky right eye. Is there QC problems with ALL She-Ra's? my buddy has 2 left hands on his. @pooda: I don't see it. Why are people trying to convince me something's wrong with my She-Ra? Next Lorenzo Lamas is going to come in and start telling her she's too fat… She-Ra needs to go sign up for a membership at Curves.If they're all cast from the same mould, how can there be any difference? Unless there is some slight variation in some of them. I haven't compared my She-Ra to the figures, but I'd wager that its an optical illusion. The angle of the camera, how its focused/zoomed, and lighting could make a difference. @Poe: *highfive* haha! I'll have to try the hair dryer method because I could not get the She-Ra head on for the life of me. That really pissed me off. 30 bucks and I can't get the head on easily! Base of Operations:Boston, MA, USAFavorite Toy Ever:Grimlock (G1)Poe Ghostal received his first toy, a Mighty Mouse figure, at age three. Thus began a lifelong interest (some might say obsession) with toys. A child of the 1980s, he grew up on Star Wars, He-Man & Transformers toys, as well as more obscure lines such as Power Lords, Robo Force, and Manglors.Poe has written about toys for IGN.com and ToyFare magazine. He was a founder of OAFE.net and has been a guest reviewer for Michael Crawford’s popular review site.





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