Princess of Power

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Princess of Power
Type Dolls/Action Figures
Inventor Mattel
Company Mattel
Country United States
Availability 1985–present

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.

The Toys[edit]

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)[edit]

Wave 1 / 1985
Name Logline Allegiance Type
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
Wave 2 / 1986
Name Log Line Allegiance Type
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
Wave 3 / 1987
Name Log Line Allegiance Type
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)[edit]

The following appear in toy catalogues but were never released.

Unreleased/Prototypes
Name Log Line Alliegiance Type
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)[edit]

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.[1] 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 short, skimpy white dress and a red cape, with a golden tiara on her head.[2]

Mattel Masters of the Universe 200X[edit]

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)[edit]

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).[3]

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.[4] Although they made their original toy appearances in Masters of the Universe, She-Ra villains Hordak, Leech, Mantenna and Grizzlor are also available.[5] 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.

List of POP toys in MOTU Classics
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 TBC The Great Rebellion Action Figure

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Collectors Choice[edit]

Classics-style She-Ra: Princess of Power characters will continue to be released in 2016, as part of the rebranded Collectors Choice toyline.

List of POP characters in He-Man and the MOTU Collectors Choice (2016)
Year of Release Name Log Line Allegiance Type
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

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