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    A Plea to Mattel - Please Fix Swift Wind/Spirit!

    Dear Mattel,

    I have read and understood that you're not planning on making any changes to the sculpts of the figures and vehicles shown at SDCC:

    3: All of the figures revealed at SDCC are final sculpts. By the time you are seeing them, we are past the point of making any actual sculpt changes!
    ...however, I would really like you to reconsider in the case of Swift Wind. You have gone to great lengths to make all of the figures in this MOTUC line include some kind of extra feature, and the fans have appreciated it. Whether it's an extra head sculpt for Bow, or even making all of Battle Cat's armor removable like the vintage figure, it's shown that you're willing to give your customers something extra for their money, considering the higher price point on these figures.

    Beautiful as Swift Wind is, many people have noticed that his "collar" piece does not come off. If your goal was to make a Swift Wind figure and then later sell a Spirit figure with a different sculpt, one can't help but wonder why the mask, wings and saddle were made to come off the figure. The collar is the only piece left that keeps this horse from looking...well, like a normal horse. Yes, removing the wings will leave two holes on either side of the figure, but I think we're willing to overlook that. Making this collar removable is the last touch the toy needs to be as "transformable" as his vintage counterpart. Plus, if you plan on releasing other horses down the line, chances are you'll be needing a collar-free sculpt anyway. Why not make the change now, and include a slip-on collar for Swift Wind?

    There has also been a LOT of talk about Swifty's "wind-blown" hair. I like the idea more than the execution. Something a little tamer perhaps would have yielded better results. Though it's clear you don't give the 4Horsemen critiques on their work, surely you must agree that it's hard to imagine this horse perched on someone's shelf looking like there's an invisible fan blowing air directly at his face and nowhere else. Plus, I doubt you'd want future horses (especially Arrow, who doesn't fly) looking like this. Why not take the time to tweak the hair now?

    Lastly, as you well know, Filmation Spirit comes with a "crown" of sorts that fits around his ears and forehead. You've already made this horse's mask removable - why not include the Spirit crown? Fans are ready and willing to buy a "Royal Swiftwind" in the style of the vintage figure, so you don't have to try and save Spirit for later just to get more use out of the mold. As it is, you can later make Arrow, Royal Swiftwind and possibly even Frosta's horse, should you so wish.

    Why not make Swift Wind perfect? Without knowing the time and cost it would take to make these changes, I can tell you that as someone who hasn't yet purchased a MOTUC figure, fixing him in this way would convince me to invest in this line. After seeing that you had the Filmation rights, I was really looking forward to making Swifty my first purchase. For 30 dollars plus shipping though, I'd like this figure to have that same kind of attention to detail that makes so many other fans so loyal and enthused about this line. As it stands, Swifty really doesn't come with any real bonuses. Being able to half-change him into Spirit isn't a special feature and just makes him seem half-finished, especially since you're likely going to end up changing or tweaking the sculpt in the future.

    Do so now instead. Fans like myself will certainly support your efforts to make this guy all he can be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyBoy View Post
    There has also been a LOT of talk about Swifty's "wind-blown" hair... I doubt you'd want future horses (especially Arrow, who doesn't fly) looking like this.
    Yeah. Arrow's mane should stand up much straighter


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    I thought Arrow was blue and had wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tzadkiel View Post
    I thought Arrow was blue and had wings.
    Arrow is Blue. Seeing as Mattel uses the sub-headers for all the characters in this line, going with Filmation Arrow wouldn't make sense...because his mentions his colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    Arrow is Blue. Seeing as Mattel uses the sub-headers for all the characters in this line, going with Filmation Arrow wouldn't make sense...because his mentions his colour.

    http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/...blue-horse.jpg
    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them ignore the play on words, keep the tagline, and put out Filmation Arrow.

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    Oh, I forgot to mention, I support this.

    It would be nice if Mattel could at least do the following:

    - make collar removable (ex. DON'T glue it on. )
    - include Spirit's crown
    - shoulder hole covers please
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    Quote Originally Posted by j-bird View Post
    I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them ignore the play on words, keep the tagline, and put out Filmation Arrow.
    Quite. EVERY SINGLE figure of She-Ra & co, including Swiftwind, has been based primarily or wholly on the cartoon. What makes you think that Arrow - whose Filmation version was considerably more distinct with his reins, French-braided mane and long stirrups - will be an exception? "True blue" doesn't actually refer to colour (although the pun in this case was obviously intended as a double-meaning), after all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkspecter View Post
    Arrow is Blue. Seeing as Mattel uses the sub-headers for all the characters in this line, going with Filmation Arrow wouldn't make sense...because his mentions his colour.
    Amen! I want a Vintage toy Arrow!

    ...though I wonder if that doesn't take away from Swifty, having Arrow and Storm as pegasi...? Still, I like the Vintage horses more than the Filmation versions.
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    I don't mind if Swift Wind doesn't transform into Spirit, as long as they eventually make a separate Spirit I'm definitely buying him.

    I'm just glad Swift Wind isn't based on the ****** vintage doll line, he looks great in Filmation colors
    When it comes to She-ra Princess of Power characters, FILMATION is the way to go!.

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    Having seen the sculpt at SDCC, I can tell you that the mane appears to be a separate piece. In other words, each horsey is likely to have it's on 'do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bamf1980 View Post
    Having seen the sculpt at SDCC, I can tell you that the mane appears to be a separate piece. In other words, each horsey is likely to have it's on 'do.
    Yup! and based on Panthors Head sculpt, and all of Megators new parts, I dont foresee the horses all being identical!

    Though I DO want them to all have wings like the Vintage versions, I would Love 'Storm' to have bat like wings, similar to the Thestrals in Harry potter!
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    I see no reason why they couldn't switch out some parts to make a better Spirit, Arrow, or the others.

    And for the record, fans want something extra included with each horse! Give us a twigget or something!
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    While more is always better, Swifty looked beyond perfect at SDCC

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    And yet this has already been answered, as all sculpts seen at SDCC are final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Of Ka View Post
    Yup! and based on Panthors Head sculpt, and all of Megators new parts, I dont foresee the horses all being identical!

    Though I DO want them to all have wings like the Vintage versions, I would Love 'Storm' to have bat like wings, similar to the Thestrals in Harry potter!
    oh yeah, like those gray bat winged horses that were in the she-ra episode.. ergh.. name escapes me .. but there were skeleton warriors riding them..

    that's what Storm should look like

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    Quote Originally Posted by starlioness View Post
    oh yeah, like those gray bat winged horses that were in the she-ra episode.. ergh.. name escapes me .. but there were skeleton warriors riding them..

    that's what Storm should look like
    Exactly! I understand if He/she wontt have em cos thats not the vintage style, but I remember Reading that Harry book (was it Phoenix??) and thinking thats what Storm could be.

    makes sense that a world with Herds of Pegasus's (any one know the plural?) could have a moe 'feral/dark magic breed as well.
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    I just want a customizer to design some plugs and sell them to fill in the wing holes. This is legal to do and does not infringe on any copyrights. If Mattel won't do it, the fans should. I still think there is more to swift wind than we have seen. Maybe another seeeeecret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Of Ka View Post
    Exactly! I understand if He/she wontt have em cos thats not the vintage style, but I remember Reading that Harry book (was it Phoenix??) and thinking thats what Storm could be. makes sense that a world with Herds of Pegasus's (any one know the plural?) could have a moe 'feral/dark magic breed as well.
    I think theyr'e called pegasi, have n
    o idea about S.W alicorn or unipeg? I wonder what gender storm is. I thought male but not sure now Wonder
    if we'll see clawdeen first since he'S in the toon

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