Masters of the Universe Revelation had some serious issues, but I dug the updated costume designs for most of the characters. It missed out on a chance to introduce many new cartoon characters, but easily my favorite was Andra. Black characters remained rare in MOTU so I welcomed the sight of a new one who was a featured player.
The third wave of the Masterverse Revelation series is just now hitting my area. I’ve seen them all, but Andra was my focus since I don’t have a bias from an excellent Masters of the Universe Classics line as a comparison.
Let’s see how Mattel knocked out this original Revelation character.
Packaging: I’m still a fan of the blue packaging. It really pops on the shelves even apart from other MOTU lines. The large window makes for an easy avenue to see the figure and accessories. I love that Mattel mixes up the portraits for the side and rear portions of the package.
Andra’s bio is another winner that shows how effective well-written bios can be for any line.
And it’s written in a way for people who missed the show don’t have everything spoiled.
Likeness: Mattel has really put in serious work with the Revelation line. Andra has a lot of elements in her outfit and doesn’t appear to have any reused parts from the other female figures Teela or Evil-Lyn. That’s a good sign for the line.
Her tunic is well detailed with unique sculpting on her chest pad and shoulder pads. The skirt piece has separate piping and lining. Her pants have texturing and the buckles and armored knee pads further show the commendable effort in getting Andra’s attire right. Her thigh high boots are also sculpted to convey a leather like appearance.
I really like the detailed work on her gauntlet as well as it looks intricate enough for her main weapon.
The one area where the line continues to struggle is the head sculpts for the human characters. Andra’s nose and lips are far too narrow and thin as well as her eyes sculpted too wide. Her hair did turn out nice however with a good amount of individual sculpting of her braids.
Paint: Andra has a nice mix of colors including grey, dark green, light green, red and beige.
Her gauntlet features two shades of red along with gold piping. The smaller detail work like the buckles and armor lining came out very clean.
Mattel even nailed Audra’s purple irises as well. For a mass market figure, Mattel did an impressive job on Andra’s paint job.
Scale: Revelation figures are on a 7″ scale, but it’s important to have some figures shorter and taller than each other.
That wasn’t a hallmark of the original MOTU line, which prioritized part reuse over anything else in the early days.
Andra scales up very well to He-Man. That’s not a situation where we want her taller than him.
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Articulation: Revelation figures feature 30 points of articulation easily making these the most poseable MOTU figures in my collection. Andra was a ranged fighter that kept her distance with her laser weapon, but she wasn’t afraid of getting in close during fights either.
The ankle joint isn’t strong enough for Andra to do running poses unassisted so I used stands and Photoshopped out another.
Masterverse Andra has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: Andra is one of the more stacked figures in the line from an accessory standpoint. Mattel including a head sculpt with her first appearance helmet as well as her cloak. That allows us to get all of Andra’s looks from Revelation and mix up some display options.
The helmet head isn’t a cheaply tossed in accessory either. It’s got a great amount of sculpted detail and very solid paintwork.
Her cloth cloak fits well without looking oversized. The benefit of a cloth cloak is it can wrap around her better for an air of mystery. And the Velcro collar piece allows you to wrap the cloak around Andra for various configurations.
So she’s not firing blanks, Mattel also included a laser blast that pegs into the gauntlet. That’s another nice inclusion.
Finally, she has two alternate sets of hands — clutching and wider spread.
Worth it? I found Andra for $20. That is a superb price given all of the unique sculpted elements and the two in one options. Even at $21.99, this isn’t a bad deal.
Rating: 9.8 out of 10
Andra was one of my favorite characters in Revelation and that holds true for her Masterverse figure as well. She’s a great example of a fun new character getting a first-class debut figure.