If ever there was a gay icon in 80s cartoons, it was Bow. I mean just look at this dude. He is absolutely fierce. I don’t want to make any assumptions here but I think that ol Bow here has taken a ride or two on the Battle Bone if you know what I’m say’n. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
It’s isn’t so much the shirtless-ness that gives him away as that’s pretty standard attire on the worlds of Eternia and Etheria. Nor is it the fabulous flowing red cape, Superman has one of those. Neither the fact that he went with a heart as his emblem nor that he plays the harp in his spare time are tell tale signs; Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins has made similar choices. It’s that mustache. That wonderful classic Hollywood style mustache which nowadays is only sported by club-faring leather-boys. It also didn’t help that Bow was the token male running around with a rebel force of females led by She-Ra. In the old 80s cartoon Bow rocked his stache proudly while shooting arrows at Hordak and the rest of the evil Horde. Oddly enough though the 80s action figure did not have his signature facial hair. Man-at-Arms suffered a similar oversight over in the He-Man line with his epic flavor saver being omitted. This kind of stuff drove me nuts. If he had a mustache in the cartoon he should have a god damn mustache on his action figure.
Well it only took about 25 years but finally Bow has received the action figure treatment he deserves with that sweet fanny duster above his upper lip. What’s truly great is that Bow actually comes with two heads so in case you’re one of those weirdos that prefers him clean shaven you still have that option. You also has the option to swap out the heart emblem with a regular circle in case you’re really insecure about displaying him on your shelf. Bow also comes with his bow and arrows, his cape and his harp. What more could you ask for? This figure is actually pretty great and a huge improvement over the original. Bow looks like a He-Man action figure now and not a She-Ra doll. The only complaint I might make is that his cape and attached chest plate ride up rather high on his shoulders making it appear that he has no neck. Mattel knocks another one out of the park with their MOTU Classics line. 8 out of 10.