It’s a good time for all the POP fans out there! In top of the exciting Club Etheria Sub Mattel also delivered a big time want of many POP fans in Glimmer here. As a casual POP fan those figures are never high on my wants list, but almost every time one arrives I end up really liking them. Let’s take a look at Glimmer.
According to the bio: With the power to light the way, Glimmer uses her abilities against the darkness with her staff and headdress which glow in the dark (except for they don’t). This brash, impulsive, ever-cheery, young lady is one of the deposed princesses of Etheria, a fact she never lets anyone forget. Her recklessness often causes problems, but she is a fun, young woman who can laugh through the direst of circumstances and pass on her good cheer to her comrades. She followed She-Ra along with several other members of the Great Rebellion to Eternia to join up with the renegade Masters of the Universe and continue the noble fight against The Evil Horde. After She-Ra left Eternia for the stars, Glimmer returned to Etheria taking her rightful place helping to rule over the Kingdom of Brightmoon.
So Glimmer is the latest in a short (compared to other factions in MOTUC) line of POP figures that look very pleasing visually. The color scheme here looks great, and the addition of metallic baby blue paint is an especially nice touch. Her staff is also nicely detailed to look like a flower, and it has a translucent gem embedded in it that looks great. Her hair (like a lot of female figures in the line) does restrict her head movement a bit, but it’s nothing terrible. The main issues I have with this figure are the lack of ankle swivels (which we saw on Castaspella too, and the ever present problem with the “casting” hand being gummy as usual. Neither of these problems take her down very much, but they are worth noting. Sine fans have taken issue with Glimmers crotch area (get your mind out of the gutter!) in that they feel like it could look a lot better. But Mattel insists a better solution is not possible despite the evidence (Capt. Glenn or almost any of the male figures). The way it looks isn’t really a big deal to me, but I can see where dedicated POP fans would be pissed by this. POP is (behind New Adventures) one of the most under represented faction in all of MOTUC, and a lot of people (rightly) point the finger at Toy Guru who really doesn’t seem to care about POP at all, and is far more interested in inserting his own dream characters into the line. The POP figures we have gotten have been mostly awesome so far though, and with a full POP Sub (can’t wait for Light Hope!) coming this year it is certainly a good time to be a POP fan.
QC on my figure is good mostly, but there is a bit of sloppy paint on some of the small details that snow up in the photos more than to the naked eye. In hand the figure looks good, and once you’ve been eagle eying figures for paint issues for a few years you start noticing nearly most toys have a paint issue here and there. Beyond the marginally sloppy paint all her joints work great.
Articulation on Glimmer is what you’d expect from a MOTUC female which means no ab crunch, and as mentioned before she also has no ankle articulation. Still though she is a fairly poseable figure in any case.
Overall I like a Glimmer, but for non POP fans she is hardly essential by any means, but for POP fans she helps fill out a very important hole in the roster.