POP Wave 1 – 1985

Princess of Power Wave 1 – 1985


Mattel was having massive success with their Masters of the Universe line, and a new spin-off series called Princess of Power was created. The Princess of Power line proved to be a major hit when it was released in 1985, and a new animated series would soon follow on March 22, 1985. The first wave gave us 9 figures, 3 horse companions, several fashion accessories and a vehicle. Mattel also produced the Crystal Castle playset, which was the headquarters for the Great Rebellion.

For more information about Mattel’s Princess of Power line from 1985, see bottom of the page for a complete summary.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Figures

The first wave of figures for the Princess of Power line contained 9 brand new figures, including most major characters in the POP world.

Angella

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Angella: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Wings, Pants, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Queen Angella was the Queen of Mizar and rightful Queen of Etheria. She is also the mother of Glimmer.

Bow

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Bow: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Armor, Cape, Headband, Quiver, Bow
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Bow was the only male figure released in this first wave of POP figures. He is a dedicated fighter for the Great Rebellion’s team.

Castaspella

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Castaspella: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Shield, Skirt, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Castaspella was a sorceress apprentice for the Great Rebellion team and the reigning Queen of Mystacor.

Catra

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Catra: Evil Horde
Accessories: Shield, Mask, Skirt, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: The lone villain in the 1st wave of the POP line, Catra, is a dedicated member of the Evil Horde and enemy of the Great Rebellion team.

Double Trouble

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Double Trouble: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Helmet, Cape, Skirt, Comb
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Double Trouble was one of only a handful of characters that appeared in both the MOTU and POP animated series.

Frosta

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Frosta: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Staff, Cape, Skirt, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Frosta is the Queen of Castle Chill (sounds like a relaxing place), and a valued ally to She-Ra and her team. Frosta controls ice and snow.

Glimmer

Market Value:
Carded $80 – $120
Loose $20 – $35

Glimmer: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Staff, Skirt, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Princess Glimmer is the daughter of Queen Angella and one of the leaders for the Great Rebellion. She is a skilled warrior and valued ally to She-Ra.

Kowl

Market Value:
Carded $150 – $200
Loose $50 – $70

Kowl: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: Kowl acted as the comic relief for the POP series, similar to what Orko was in the MOTU line. He is from an unknown race of owl-like creatures that assist the Great Rebellion.

She-Ra

Market Value:
Carded $150 – $200
Loose $40 – $60

She-Ra: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Cape, Skirt, Crown, Sword, Shield, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but getting tougher each year
Notes: The main character of the POP line and alter-ego of Princess Adora, She-Ra is the twin sister to Prince Adam (He-Man). She is the most powerful character in Etheria and fights against the forces of evil.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Accessories

No new accessories were released for Wave 1 of the POP line in 1985.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Creatures

Three horses were released for the first wave in 1985 so our main characters would have some cool rides.

Arrow

Market Value:
Boxed $100 – $150
Loose $45 – $65

Arrow: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Saddle, Brush, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Arrow is Bow’s horse and trusted steed. He is a Pegasus horse with detachable wings for when he wants to go incognito on the ground.

Storm

Market Value:
Boxed $100 – $150
Loose $45 – $65

Storm: Evil Horde
Accessories: Saddle, Brush, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Storm is Catra’s horse and trusted steed for the first wave, but for some reason went through a name change and was later called Silver Storm.

Swift Wind

Market Value:
Boxed $175 – $225
Loose $75 – $100

Swift Wind: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Saddle, Brush, Comb, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Swift Wind is the horse and trusted steed of She-Ra herself. Swifty’s alter-ego is Sprit, who changes into Swift Wind when Adora transforms to She-Ra, similar to the Cringer and Battle Cat switch.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Fantastic Fashions

Since the Princess of Power line was primarily catering to a young female demographic, it was only natural to have different outfits for the figures. Mattel created 8 different outfit accessories for Wave 1 in 1985.

Deep Blue Secret
  • Deep Blue Secret
  • Fit to be Tied
  • Flight of Mercy
  • Flower Power
  • Hold on to Your Hat
  • Ready in Red
  • Rise and Shine
  • Veils of Mystery

Market Value for Carded Outfits: $40 – $65 each
Market Value for Loose Outfits: $10 – $20 each

Scarcity Factor: Each outfit can still be found on the secondary market, but it does get tougher each year.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Playsets

After releasing some truly iconic playsets for the MOTU line, Mattel wasted no time in doing the same for Princess of Power with the Crystal Castle playset.

Crystal Castle

Market Value:
Boxed $450 – $550
Loose $175 – $225

Crystal Castle: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Crystal Doors, Pink Floors, Crystal Guard Rails, Crystal Windows, Chandelier, Flag Pole, Fur Rug, Fireplace, Elevator Throne, Weapons Rack, Dresser, Table, Stools, Treasure Chest, Gold Clips, Mini-Comic
Years Released: 1985
Scarcity Factor: Tough to find on the secondary market in its original packaging
Notes: The Crystal Castle was essentially Castle Grayskull of the Princess of Power line, and served as the headquarters of the Great Rebellion. Located on Skydancer Mountain, the Crystal Castle was the most magical place on all Etheria. It came with tons of great accessories and features, and proved to be lots of fun for collectors of this line. The Crystal Castle remains as on the more coveted pieces from this line, and can be tough to track down in its original packaging.

Princess of Power – Wave 1 (1985): Vehicles

Known for their unique vehicles in the MOTU line, Mattel wasted no time in doing the same for the Princess of Power line with Butterflyer.

Butterflyer

Market Value:
Boxed $125 – $175
Loose $35 – $60

Butterflyer: The Great Rebellion
Accessories: Storage Compartment, Wings
Years Released: 1985, 1986
Scarcity Factor: Can still be found, but it’s getting tougher each year
Notes: Similar to the Battle Bones set from MOTU, the Butterflyer is a carrying case/vehicle hybrid. It can carry 8 figures, along with a storage compartment for weapons and accessories. The wings could be folded together upwards to act a handle

Mattel was riding a massive wave of success with their Masters of the Universe line during its initial toy run, and was so successful that a new spin-off series called Princess of Power was created. For all intensive purposes, this was basically the same MOTU story line with all the main characters being female. Since Mattel had long mastered the female toy business with their ultra successful Barbie line, they knew what it took to market to that demographic, so why not a female action figure toy line? Why not indeed, as the Princess of Power line proved to be a major hit when it was released in 1985. The Princess of Power animated series by Filmation would be released on March 22, 1985 and ran for 93 episodes until it was finally cancelled on December 2, 1986. Like the MOTU, the animated series for Princess of Power acted as a 24 minute long commercial for toy sales. Surprisingly, there was no original comic books series to accompany the show.

The first wave of the POP line, gave us 9 brand new figures in 1985, including most of the central characters in the POP universe. The Great Rebellion team acted as the good guys and got the majority of figures from the first wave with Angella, Bow, Castaspella, Double Trouble, Frosta, Glimmer, Kowl and of course, the main woman herself, She-Ra. The Evil Horde only got one new character and that was Catra. Of course, many of the Evil Horde characters had already been produced in the MOTU line, so it wasn’t hard to get more bad guys to battle She-Ra and friends. Mattel also produced the Crystal Castle playset, which was a headquarters of sorts for the Great Rebellion team, as well as the Butterflyer vehicle. Three horse companions and several new fashion accessory sets were also made available for the first wave.

The packaging for the Princess of Power line featured the POP logo at the top of the card, just above a pink starburst that seemed to jump out at you, along with the name of the character above the bubble. A beautifully drawn portrait of She-Ra riding her steed, Swift Wind sat directly in the middle of the card, and was the same portrait on every wave 1 card, regardless of the character or allegiance. Overall, it was simple but attractive looking packaging that worked well for the POP line.

Wave 1 Card Back

Mini-Comic

Wave 1 Card Back