Illumina even has the redemption factor. She was a very bad girl in the beginning.
Illumina is like...you know how some shows introduce a "new" character, and then do an episode and you see that the "new" character appeared in ALL the important scenes of the last year or two and caused or prevented things from happening? That's how I see Illumina. She's omni-present, but almost never seen.
30 years of nostalgia does that for one episode wonders. People like Kittrina's concept look, design and mannerisms, something that can get across in an episode versus a picture. Dammit, I can't believe I'm agreeing with Marzo!
It's true not a whole lot of people know who she is, but the same is true for Kittrina, for example (since her name came up). She was in one episode and needed help, but didn't trust He-Man. This isn't meant as an insult, but she's as important as that old woman who spread the rumour about "The Tingler" Blue started up a thread about. They got the same screen time and similar stories. Kittrina would just make a more compelling figure.
I think he's right here too. While Illumina has legitimate fans who have always wanted her, the polictics and "injustice" of Mattel not wanting to make her and hatred for Spector tends to make Illumina a cause, rather than a cool character.
The other part...wow! I think you're WAY far off there! I remember when that ad first appeared in the MVC comic and everyone was wondering who she was, talked about how awesome she looked, couldn't wait for issue 4 to find out, etc. The main speculation was that she was a badass warrior who would turn out to be Keldor's mother. We learned she isn't Keldor's mother, just the speculation. When it was learned she would not be featured in the comics, people were crushed.
Do a ginormous amount of people know who she is? No. The ones reading the comics sure did, and she was well received from the teaser image and people were EXCITED about her! This was all before any controversy or politics existed, CM.
Now, it's obvious SOME people just want her because Mattel's kind of being a bully about her, which makes them want her (I've seen 2-3 people post that). That's not the case for the majority though. They genuinely want her figure. I wanted a figure of her the first time I saw that image posted online! :lol:
If she was made into a figure, what would I say? I would be over the moon and probably send thank you letters to each of the 4H and Toyguru! :)
I also really want She-Zar and some other obscure characters. Nobody at Mattel has said ANYTHING about her. I don't even know if they can make her (I asked, but my question hasn't been answered yet). Why do I want her? She has an awesome story, looks wicked cool, has great powers and can transform into a fish! She's not really evil...just...wants to flood Eternia and make it her new home world for her people. :lol: She would make an excellent ally or even Queen for Mer-Man though. :)
EDIT: Also, the reason you're hearing so much about Illumina (and will continue to) is because Toyguru said she requires 5000 people to support her, so it's solely up to fans to educate and drum up support. Every other character just needs a regular support thread (even if they've very obscure). Not sure what makes Illumina so different. If Mattel would at least say that Illumina is in the road map release at some point (even if that's 2017), I think you would hear about her as much as any other character. Except from me, maybe. I've been asking questions to Mattel about Illumina since before it was the "in" thing to do. :shlol:
Anyway, I like what Shawn Thompson had to say on Facebook about Illumina: