Princess of Power
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Princess of Power (commonly abbreviated to POP; and sometimes informally referred to as She-Ra, after the lead heroine) is a toyline created by Mattel. Among others, it features the characters of She-Ra and Catra on planet Etheria. With its launch in 1985, the toyline spawned a variety of products, including three lines of fashion action figures. The Princess of Power logo and characters are currently used by Mattel as part of the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline.
In 1985, Mattel and Filmation decided to diversify the Masters of the Universe line beyond its traditional realm of "male action" in the hopes of bringing in a young female audience as well. To accompany the Filmation animated series, Mattel created a new line of toys aimed at girls - Princess of Power - with the feminine warrior-woman She-Ra as its main heroine. The toyline featured almost exclusively female characters, all of whom featured an emphasis on hair and clothing, with "real" hair and partially soft-goods costumes. Essentially, the line attempted to fuse the appeal of Masters of the Universe with Mattel's most long-standing success, Barbie. Like its predecessor Masters of the Universe, the POP toy line actually lasted longer than the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon series itself.
Mattel Princess of Power Vintage Toys (1985-1987)
|She-Ra||Princess Adora Becomes She-Ra, Most Powerful Woman in the Universe!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Bow||Special Friend Who Helps She-Ra!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Glimmer||The Guide Who Lights the Way!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Kowl||The Know-It Owl!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Angella||Angelic Winged Guide!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Frosta||Ice Empress of Etheria!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Castaspella||Enchantress Who Hypnotizes!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Double Trouble||Glamorous Double Agent!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Catra||Jealous Beauty!||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|Swift Wind||Beautiful Horse Spirit, Becomes Magical Flying Unicorn!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Arrow||True Blue Horse Flies BOW to Victory!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Enchanta||Beautiful Swan "Flies" She-Ra and her Friends on Amazing Adventures!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Storm||Flies CATRA to Exciting Adventures!||The Evil Horde||Creature|
|Crystal Castle||Shimmmering Castle of Fantasy and Fun for SHE-RA and her Friends!||The Great Rebellion||Playset|
|Starburst She-Ra||The Most Powerful Woman in the Universe!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Flutterina||Beautiful Lookout "Flies" with Fluttering Wings!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Mermista||Mist-i-fying Mermaid!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Peekablue||Watchful "Feathered" Friend!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Perfuma||Scent-sational Flower Maiden!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Sweet Bee||Honey of a Guide!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Scratchin' Sound Catra||Jealous Beauty!||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|Entrapta||Tricky Golden Beauty!||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|Crystal Swift Wind||Magnificent Crystal Unicorn "Flies" She-Ra to Adventure!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Crystal Moonbeam||Winged Stallion Protects Crystal Castle at Night!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Crystal Sun Dancer||Lovely Winged Protector of Crystal Castle by Day!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Sea Harp||Musical Sea Horse Carries She-Ra and her Friends to Adventure!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Butterflyer||Winged Collector's Case for She-Ra doll and her Friends!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Clawdeen||Glamorous Cat Carries Catra to Adventure!||The Evil Horde||Creature|
|Crystal Falls||Refreshing Water Wonderland for She-Ra and her Friends!||The Great Rebellion||Playset|
|Fantastic Fashions - Deep Blue Secret||Ocean Blue Outfit with a Secret Map of the Sea!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Fit to be Tied||Glamorous Gown with Life-Saving Scarf!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Flight of Fancy||Pretty Pantaloons Plus Magical Sword and Winged Shield!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Flower Power||Garden Party Gown with "Powerful" Surprise Flowers!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Hold on to Your Hat||Pretty Hat Becomes a Secret Shield||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Ready in Red||Furry Winter Outfit Hides a Powerful Suit of Armor!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Rise & Shine||Lacy Lounging Gown Hides a Sparkly Suit of Armor!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Veils of Mystery||Layers of Veils Hide a Secret Sword!||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Bubble Power She-Ra||The Most Powerful Woman in the Universe!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Loo-Kee||Hides & "Sees" All in Etheria!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Netossa||Captivating Beauty!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Spinnerella||Dizzying Defender||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Shower Power Catra||Jealous Beauty!||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|Royal Swift Wind||Mighty "Flying" Unicorn Carries She-Ra to Adventure!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Silver Storm||Silver Storm "Flies" Catra to Mischievous Adventures!||The Evil Horde||Creature|
|Fantastic Fashions - Blue Lightning||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Colorful Secret||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Frosty Fur||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Heart of Gold||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Hidden Gold||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Reflections in Red||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Secret Messenger||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
|Fantastic Fashions - Windy Jumper||The Great Rebellion||Accessories|
Mattel Princess of Power Unreleased Toys (1985-1987)
The following appear in toy catalogues but were never released.
|Starla||Bright & Beautiful Leader with Star Glitter Backpack||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Tallstar||Make Lovely Lookout "Grow"||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Jewelstar||Fold Hidden Beauty into "Jewel"||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|Glory Bird||Flying Friend and Protector, Make his Wings Flap!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|Bubble Carriage||The Great Rebellion||Vehicle|
Cartoon Series (1985-87)
The animated series She-Ra: Princess of Power was produced by Filmation and made its television debut in 1985.
Etheria is ruled by Hordak and the Evil Horde. Raised by Hordak, but actually the long-lost daughter of King Randor and Queen Marlena of Eternia, Princess Adora joins the Great Rebellion to fight against the oppressive Horde. Princess Adora possesses a magic sword, and when she holds it aloft with her right hand and says the magic words, "For the honor of Grayskull... I AM SHE-RA!!!" she is transformed into She-Ra, "The Most Powerful Woman in the Universe." She-Ra is a beautiful blonde woman dressed in a white dress and a red cape, with a golden tiara on her head.
Mattel Masters of the Universe 200X
Only one Princess of Power character was redone as an action figure for the new Masters of the Universe line in 2002-04: She-Ra, herself.
Released as an exclusive in 2004, this new She-Ra figure was made to appeal to fans of both the original and the new toylines, as well as fit in more closely with the other redesigned Masters characters. The new She-Ra still had the rooted, combable hair, but all of her clothing (except for her cape) was made out of molded plastic instead of cloth (unlike the original fashion action figure, who had both a cloth cape and skirt).
Mattel Masters of the Universe Classics (2008-2015)
This new line of collector-oriented figures features previously released characters with "classic" retro sculpting and levels of articulation unprecedented for Masters of the Universe toys, and exclusively available online from Mattel's website mattycollector.com. As with the 200X toyline they are once again sculpted by the Four Horsemen, but are predominantly based on the original 1980's line of figures. The line plans to eventually include characters from all aspects of the Masters of the Universe franchise, including She-Ra (Princess of Power).
The first Princess of Power figure was Princess Adora, as revealed at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, and was first made available in January 2010. Since then, Adora's alter-ego She-Ra has been released in the Classics line along with Princess of Power male lead Bow and chief villainess Catra. Although they made their original toy appearances in Masters of the Universe, She-Ra villains Hordak, Leech, Mantenna and Grizzlor are also available. New additions to the line from Princess of Power included Bubble Power She-Ra and her beloved steed Swift Wind, and many more characters were released during the following years.
|Year of Release||Name||Log Line||Allegiance||Type|
|2010||Adora||Leader in the Great Rebellion||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2010||She-Ra||Most Powerful Woman in the Universe||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2011||Bow||Special Friend Who Helps She-Ra||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2011||Map of Etheria (came with Preternia Disguise He-Man)||Beautiful Planet of Despondos||Poster|
|2011||Catra||Jealous Beauty||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2011||Supergirl vs. She-Ra||The Maid of Might/Most Powerful Woman in the Universe||Gift Set|
|2011||Bubble Power She-Ra||Most Powerful Woman in the Universe||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2011||Swiftwind (aka Swift Wind)||Beautiful Horse, Spirit, Becomes Magical Flying Unicorn!||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|2012||Star Sisters (Starla, Tallstar & Jewelstar) (with Glory Bird)||Bright and Beautiful Leader/Lovely Lookout/Hidden Beauty||The Great Rebellion||Gift Set|
|2012||Shadow Weaver||Mistress of Dark Magic||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2012||Horde Prime||Supreme Ruler of The Horde Empire||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2012||Frosta||Ice Empress of Etheria||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2013||Netossa||Captivating Beauty||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2013||Octavia||Wicked Tentacle-Swinging Warrior||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2013||Castaspella||Enchantress Who Hypnotizes||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2013||Horde Troopers||Evil Mechanical Enforcers of Hordak||The Evil Horde||Gift Set|
|2013||Kowl (included with End of Wars Weapons Pak)||The Know-It Owl||The Great Rebellion||Figure/Accessories|
|2013||Sea Hawk||Heroic Etherian Pirate||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Glimmer||The Guide Who Lights the Way!||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Map of The Horde Empire (came with Unnamed One)||Tyrannical Galactic Rulers||Poster|
|2014||Kowl (cartoon colours) & Loo-Kee||The Know-It Owl/Hides and Sees All in Etheria||The Great Rebellion||Action Figures|
|2014||Scorpia||Stinging Horde Enforcer||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2014||Double Mischief (aka Double Trouble)||Glamorous Double Agent||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Hordak (cartoon colours) (with Imp)||Evil Leader of the Horde Invasion||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2014||Imp as Treasure Chest||Evil Shapeshifting Spy||The Evil Horde||Accessory|
|2014||Flutterina||Beautiful "Flying" Lookout||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Madame Razz (with Broom)||Magical Witch of Whispering Woods||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Entrapta||Tricky Golden Beauty||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2014||Sweet Bee||Honey of a Guide||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Light Hope||Magical Protector of the Crystal Castle||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||She-Ra (Galactic Protector)||Galactic Protector||Galactic Guardians||Action Figure|
|2014||Arrow||True Blue Horse Flies Bow to Victory||The Great Rebellion||Creature|
|2014||Mermista||Mermaid Friend of She-Ra||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2014||Spinnerella||Dizzying Defender||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2015||Huntara||Courageous Silaxian Warrior||None||Action Figure|
|2015||Angella||Angelic Winged Guide||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2015||Peekablue||Watchful Feathered Friend||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2015||Perfuma||Scent-Sational Flower Maiden||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2016||Vultak||TBA||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2016||Despara||TBA||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
|2016||General Sunder||TBA||The Great Rebellion||Action Figure|
|2016||Horde Trooper||TBA||The Evil Horde||Action Figure|
Mattel Princess of Power 2016 Exclusive
In July 2016 Mattel will release a new 11 inch She-Ra doll. This exclusive has rooted hair, includes 3 fabric outfits (Filmation, Classic Toy, and Adora), 2 Swords of Protection, and comes with a mini-comic.
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