Welcome to History of The Star Sisters - Part 3. (To read Parts 1 and 2, Click HERE and HERE.)
In this final installment of History of The Star Sisters, creator Jon Seisa returns to give his opinions on the produced MOTUC 3-Pack, reflect on his personal project from 1980 that was a partial influence when bringing The Star Sisters dolls to life and answer whether or not there was any packaging in the works at Mattel for Starla, Jewelstar and Tallstar. Although this will likely be the final interview with Jon concerning The Star Sisters, I am hopeful there will be more Star Sisters goodness to come at a later time.
Do you recall if The Star Sisters got far enough along in the process to have packaging ("proof cards", etc.) designed for them? If so, could you describe what it would have looked like?
I do not recollect any packaging designs for the Star Sisters; it may have been in the works, but I just don’t remember seeing it, or simply wasn't privy to it.
Did you have any specific inspirations in mind when conceiving The Star Sisters?
Well, in terms of personal inspiration that I drew from in creating the Star Sisters, as far as a sort of jumping board of reference, I think a bit of a personal creation and project did bleed through to help give the Star Sisters life and their inception. This came from an early endeavor I had mutually collaborated with two other Disney artists and writers (Names Removed) in 1980; this was a project of our own enterprise. I would later bring (Name Removed) onto the Star Sisters project to help hammer out some further back-story positioning for the Star Sisters product line. The conceptual project was a musical fantasy film concept entitled “Spectro the RainboWizard,” that we had conjured up and toyed with for our own personal creative expression.
We had created three characters called “The Little Hues” who were rainbow fairies (two shown below). They lived in the Magic Prism that powered Spectro’s Rainbow Making Machine, but the prism was stolen by the evil antagonist, a storm wizard, who imprisoned The Little Hues in crystals and scattered them throughout the land and cursed the land with perpetual storms. The protagonist, a boy, coaxes the dejected Spectro out of retirement to free The Little Hues from their crystal entombments in order to bring back the rainbow and the sun which ends the curse and ceaseless torrential storms. So in this regard you can see the influence of the Little Hues in the Star Sisters via the parallel situation and crisis of crystal entombment, though the overall scenarios are really quite different.
Have you seen the produced Star Sisters 3-Pack that Mattel/The Four Horsemen incorporated into the Masters of the Universe Classics line? If so, what do you think of them?
Yes, I have, and I really must say that I’m really quite pleased and impressed with them; they are wonderfully sculpted creations with great attention to details. They are different from the original Star Sisters targeting the girls’ toy market for a reason, and that has to do with the different toy play pattern that the boys’ toy market demands. In toy play patterns for girls, hair play is a major feature, and of course aesthetical prettiness and a feminine slant, softness. Though Jewel Star did not have hair, she had a high pretty factor of the jewel aspect and girls love jewelry. (Note to the Readers: Jewestar has hair in the 1987 Mattel Toys catalogs, although it's possible the in-house model did not.) The dolls were meant to empower girls with “Girl Power” but the feature of actual “fighting” is not high on the girl attribute chart as it is with boys and boy toy play, so with girls other elements are pursued like having dexterity, spinning, agility,casting spells, magic, and powers that make the adversary powerless. Girls rely more on imagination, while boys want to see tangible cause and effect results. For the boy market the MOTU Star Sisters had to be “masculinized” for boy toy play, so I understand their more muscular forms. And of course the hair play feature was substituted with sculpted hair to diminish the “doll” aspect and rev up the “action figure” aspect. I think they did a fantastic adaptation for their primary target market. Also, in terms of marketing and packing them out as a complete 3-pack set, instead of individually, was extremely savvy because as separate collectibles I believe enthusiasm would have waned rapidly resulting in lesser sales, while as a 3 pack it created more intensity and a “must-have” factor that would endure longer, promising higher sales.