Monday, March 03, 2014

She-Ra - "Too Long At the Fair" Book

Just yesterday my wife was at a local grocery store, of sorts. Along with food they have an area with books for sale. She found this perfect/never used copy of She-Ra: Princess of Power "Too Long At the Fair". We're guessing somewhere these were sitting in a wherehouse for 20 years and someone unearthed them to sell here. Whatever the reason it's a very cool find. My daughters are big She-Ra fans so they were excited to get this book.

Overall the book is pretty enjoyable, as far as standards can be for a Golden Heroic Champions book based on a toyline and animated series. The bar tends to be low generally in this area. The artwork I like quite a bit because they characters seem to closely match their Filmation counterparts instead of the actual Mattel toyline that just didn't feel as defined as individual characters.

The story is about Adora asking Castaspella to come to the rebellion's festival that they have going on. Castaspella initially tells Adora she can't come because the festival date corresponds with a magical day in Mystacor where she must make sure she stays at the stroke of midnight to say some magic words and retrain her throne there. She warns that if she's not there her evil cousin, Allepsatsac, will have the opportunity to take over. She as you can guess is Castaspella's opposite. Backwards name, backwards morals, backwards outfit, the whole deal. Adora assures her she'll be back in time as the festival won't go so late. Castaspella agrees to show up, but Catra and Allepsatsac, were listening in. They hatch a plan to take over Mystacor. The plan hinges on Catra's henchmen going to the rebellion's festival and continuing to asking Castaspella to do more magic tricks, which sort to keeps Castaspella tied up for the whole evening and under a spell of performing. She-Ra figures out a way to snap her out of the spell and gets her back to Mystacor before all is lost.

Like I said, an enjoyable story, if not a bit corny. I'd rather they use standard characters from the She-Ra universe. I think Shadow Weaver would have been cooler to see here trying to take over rather than this identical/backwards cousin angle. Castaspella and Allepsatsac makes me think it's like a Patty Duke Show kind of thing... "cousins... identical cousins!"



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