We are past the halfway point of Club Filmation. Entries two, three and four have joined action figure immortality in Shokoti, Batros, and Nepthu. Have the dark witch, the evil thief, and the wicked sun sorcerer held up the amazing quality of the other Masters of the Universe Classics releases?
Power-Con came and went with all of my childhood favorites contained in one building. While I was unable to attend this year, the Masters of the Universe Classics showings was among the finest I have ever seen. A new segment of the MOTU family was introduced, a long-awaited fan-favorite reared her evil head, and King Grayskull finally has his steed!
Castaspella is the August Masters of the Universe Classics Club Eternia entrant, and the second Princess of Power figure for 2013. It seems as though with every PoP release, there is some outcry or controversy over their execution. This time, however, no matter what fault one can find with her, it ultimately cannot detract from the fact that she is the best executed and strongest Princess of Power figure to date.
The Hasbro Marvel panel didn’t disappoint. We were introduced to a new strategic roll out in the presentation and branding of their products that fans will have to digest. Outside of the usual bits of information, they had an extensive Q&A session directly addressing a lot of fan concerns.
San Diego Comic Con’s Mattypalooza panel was a time of energy and excitement. We were promised 2014 subscriptions that would entice fence-sitters back into Masters of the Universe and DC Infinite Earths, and boy did they deliver.
One thing our June figure Octavia has over the other prior releases this year is the sheer amount of accessories she packs. She feels like a $25 figure (and even a $27 figure) for day of sale purchasers. I have always been a fan of action figures that come with a lot of accessories, including four swords four tentacles, and a crossbow. As a female figure of a Horde enemy that never saw a toy, as well as the fantastic design by the Four Horsemen, she is an action figure that should appeal to hardcore collectors and casual fans alike. The question is whether or not she is greater than the sum of her parts. The answer is yes and no.
For all intents and purposes, May was a very weak month, comparatively speaking, for MOTUC fans. We are given two of the weakest entries of the year in the expensive Fighting Foe Men set, and the mutant Karatti of the New Adventures of He-Man.