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I think PoP should have had a greater presence in MOTUC prior to 2014.
While I think there have been some ... errors in judgement along the way, including the release of the Star Sisters before so many more important and fan-demanded PoP characters, there's no reason that PoP couldn't and shouldn't have had a greater presence in MOTUC. In fact, IF PoP had been included on a more regular basis and IF Mattel had released some of the more creature-based designs such as Angella, Sweet-Bee, Mermista and Flutterina, then I think there would have been a wider and greater appreciation for PoP in MOTUC.
In general, Adora, Bow, She-Ra, Catra, BP She-Ra and Swift-wind all appeared to be widely well received. The issues with the Star Sisters, Frosta and Netossa are well known and with the exception of the Star Sisters were due to Mattel's handling and decisions in respect of those figures. Castaspella looks like she will also be near universally well received.
The fact that it will have taken until 2014 to complete the core trio of PoP with the release of Glimmer speaks volumes. I can only imagine the outcry if the release of Teela or Man-at-Arms had been delayed until 2014. Not only have there been issues with the production quality of some of the PoP figures, but the character choices have also been confounding given it is now late 2013 and there are still so many A-Listers which haven't even been confirmed for a release, including Queen Angella, Mermista and Madame Razz.