Anyways enough of awkardness, let's discuss the toy for this Toy Chest Tuesday! The Princess of Power toyline is no stranger to this blog, so I thought it would be fun to look at Sweet Bee, a real honey of a guide. Released in 1986 Sweet Bee was a part of the illustrious second series from the POP toy line. Mattel spared no expense with this figure because she came with quite a few cool features. Let's check out some pictures!
As you can see Sweet Bee came with a whole lot of pink. And bright yellow. I found nothing wrong with this as a child and in all reality thought the world would be a better place if most of us looked like a gaudy bee lady. The package displayed Starburst She-Ra and Crystal Swift Wind on the upper left corner. Sweet Bee also came with reversible wings, antennae headdress, skirt, shield, comb and a comic. The comic included was entitled A Born Champion. And she was!
Here is a bigger photo of Sweet Bee with even bigger hair. Somewhere Cher and Dolly Parton are dying for a wig like Bee's massive curls. She had a lot of hair that rivaled most of the hair metal bands of the time. Her eye shadow was also bright green, which is probably why some people are scared of her to this day. Most He-Man fans are absolutely terrified of her eventual inclusion into the Masters of the Universe Classics line. Poor Sweet Bee, where is the love?
The back of the card features quite a few things. There is the unique photo of Sweet Bee at the top with brief bio. Below are photos explaining all the greatness of her accessories. Of course no toy would be complete without a full line up of other items to buy. As a child I learned so much about capitalism from Mattel.
The drawing of Sweet Bee on the back was very nice. I really liked all the drawings for the POP gals on their cards. They were full of whimsy and the use of color was always lush. The bio also did a nice job of detailing exactly what Sweet Bee was all about.
"I guide She-Ra and our friends on many adventures. Often I buzz on ahead to find shortcuts. And when it's time to go, I lead us safely home. Even after dark, my glowing antennae and wings guide the way."
The bio makes it sound like she is a car. Anyways do not adjust your screens, her antennae and wings did glow. The three bottom pictures show exactly how awesome Sweet Bee is. Her wings have a pink side and a gold glittery side. The pink side glows in the dark when held in the light. Her fancy antennae piece also glows in the dark. Can I just say toys that glow in the dark are so much fun. MOTU and POP both had numerous characters and pieces that had glow in the dark parts. Love it!
This last photo shows all the other great toy options for the She-Ra fan. For details on those items head on over to Toy Chest Entrapta.
Sweet Bee of course is much more than just a honey of a guide. She-Ra fans will fondly remember her as being the foil between any notion of a would-be romance between Frosta and He-Man. Poor Frosta had to work it for He-Man to even notice her and we all know how that type of behavior turns out. The most powerful man in the universe does not like a pushy woman. Of course no one really cares who He-Man ends up with, we were all more interested in the claws coming out between Frosta and Sweet Bee. (Truth be told I was always rooting for Frosta. I'm a pushy broad too, what are ya gonna do?)
So that is about it for this week's Toy Chest. If you find yourself wanting to watch some good tv, check out the She-Ra cartoon episode Sweet Bee's Home. It is truly a classic that I have mentioned a few times already. Anyone who thinks that Sweet Bee is a crappy addition to the MOTU mythos needs their reality checked. Until next time!