New in the AFi Archive – MOTUC Catra
May 15, 2011

Mattel’s next sale will be Monday May 16th and one of the figures available is the jealous beauty – Catra, the next figure in Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line.

Catra comes from She-ra’s "Princess of Power" universe and is part of Horak’s evil Horde.  That old sliver spider(?) looking chest logo that the vintage figure sported has been replaced by an awesome red Horde logo.  She comes loaded with accessories including her whip (with comb), sword, shield, cape and a classic and modern mask. 

As some other sites have mentioned the sword is made of very soft plastic and is easily warped in the package.   Mattel explained that it was because both  the sword and the whip are made on the same tool and thus had to use the same sort of plastic.  We either cold have gotten a stiff whip and sword or a soft whip and soft sword.  Mattel went with the latter.   I suspect it would be possible to fix it by heating the sword (either with a hair dryer or hot water) and then resetting/straightening it. You can see in our pictures there is some warping and some dents from the package.

She also has a soft hand for her left hand this was done as a safety issue so that it would still meet US toy safety requirements and not fail it’s testing due to it being too sharp thereby delaying the figure.

I know Pixel Dan said he had trouble removing her head to see if her cape came off was a problem on his figure, but I didn’t have have that issue.  There’s a cape-less picture in our coverage.   My Catra’s head popped off and on again without the bobble head issue.

This is the first of 2 Catra figures we are getting this calendar year.  We are also getting a Polly Pocket version as part of the 2011 Comic Con exclusives.

Catra has a great likeness and it’s a terrific female sculpt from the Four Horsemen.

You can see all of the pictures of Catra in the AFi archive.

You can order your own Catra Monday morning at

This sample was provided by Mattel.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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