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General Rattlor Is Ready To Strike

The Snake Men gains their general, Rattlor as part of this month’s Club Eternia subscription, but while he looks amazing, the former Snake Man is marred by poor logistic concerns, like his two fellow October figures.
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Temple of Darkness Sorceress Is A Great Variant

Temple of Darkness Sorceress is Mattel’s Power Con/ New York Comic Con exclusive for 2012, and while she may be seen as a straight-up Sorceress repaint, there are a couple of changes that fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how much you love the original) improve on the first Sorceress.  She loses her bird form and perch, but she does come with an impressive new podium for King Grayskull’s Orb of Power. This alone moves the toy beyond a mere redeco and definitely merits a purchase. Please read on as to why.

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NYCC 2012: Mattypalooza Gives Lots Of He-Man, Not Much Else

The Mattypalooza panel from NYCC was riding off a few highs from Power Con featuring another New Adventures character, a female Horde member, another Snake Man, and the Ultimate Castle Grayskull announcement. It had big shoes to fill. Fans waited for a few new scant reveals in the panel, something not premiered at the Mattel booth.

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Mattel Does He-Man Justice In September -Part Three

Like the rest of the September offerings for Masters of the Universe Classics, there are pluses and minuses to be had with the Snake Men two-pack, but the good outweighs the bad, regardless of the toy’s sinister allegiances.

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Mattel Does He-Man Justice In September -Part Two

While the threat of paint scrapping off loomed over our collective heads, the Masters of the Universe September releases themselves came out fairly well, and while I do have to treat these guys with kid gloves, I can’t help but think they still look and pose amazingly. Mekaneck was outstanding, but Dragon Blaster Skeletor was no slouch, either.

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Mattel Does He-Man Justice In September -Part One

September’s Masters of the Universe Classics gave us three incredible releases. A one-month lineup that delivers Dragon Blaster Skeletor and a pair of cool Snake Men troop builders would be cool on its own, but the fact that Mattel also pushed up the release of Mekaneck really puts September over the top.

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It’s Tough To Care About Sir Laser Lot

Sir Laser-Lot is the lone August release for Masters of the Universe Classics line. Given how polarizing The Mighty Spector was, one can expect the same of SLL. He is the creation of DC Comics head honcho Geoff Johns, and much like Spector, SLL is the from the imagination of Geoff as a young child, rather than the collective intellect of the man he is today. This may help or hurt the character from a creative standpoint, but does it translate well into a toy in this particular line? Read on.

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May Stunk For Masters Of The Universe

May has come and gone, and among Mattycollector’s offering’s that month, the least anticipated one came off the one best-executed. Evil warrior Stinkor was pushed back to May to accompany New Adventures’ goon squad member Slush Head, Scott Neitlich’s original 30th Anniversary creation The Mighty Spector, and the Snake Mountain display stands. Each displayed both flashes of brilliance and bewildering design choices, but in this robust month of figures, it’s nice to see a bit of variety thrown our way.

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Bubbles Are Carried Off By A Swiftwind

Since He-Man has Battle Cat, it’s only natural for She-Ra to have her trusty steed Swift Wind. But unlike He-Man, she had a bigger obstacle than a lack of stirrups. Needing a new She-Ra to sit on her winged unicorn, we were given the quarterly variant Bubble Power She-Ra. Would she sit? Does Swift Wind give 6” fans a great articulated horse? One really has to look at these two as a matched set, and a set they need to be, because they are truly greater than the sum of their parts.

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Thoughts On Mattel’s Reveals At Power Con

Power Con had a menagerie of new characters. Unfortunately, not being there gives one a perspective not found with the in-crowd seeing each new discovery with rose-colored glasses. I do enjoy the Masters of the Universe line as a whole, but I have come to the realization that the toys will never come out the way the Four Horsemen had intended. While I do love what was revealed, I do have some initial misgivings on the reveals– I will say it is not love at first sight, but rather cautious optimism.

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Who Knew Spikor Would Be One MOTU’s Best?

Spikor is a very peripheral character for me. I never owned the original, nor was I even interested in the toy. This made his Classics figure a special surprise for me, given his blank slate status– beneath this spiny purple exterior is an interesting backstory, a unique specialty among the evil warriors, and just the right amount of accessories. Spikor is a toy that really stretched the $20 budget in exactly the right ways. He was not without flaws, however, but the issues he had went beyond this July’s MOTUC addition.
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The Stars Don’t Align in the Masters of the Universe

The Star Sisters arrived, and in my review, I will be taking a different approach than normal. I would point out the limitations and weigh the pros and cons, but these girls come with quite a few strikes already. These girls are She-Ra Princess of Power concept characters, and were released in January as a $66 box set. In a line where some folks finally warmed up to the idea of having noteworthy additions such as Frosta, Castaspella, and Glimmer in their collections, three Z-Listers in a costly set wearing garish colors not resembling their actual toy prototypes, with very little in the way of real accessories, moved to the front of the line.

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Lions, Snakes, and The Horde Oh My….Pt 3

The Griffin rounds out the June offerings in a big way. He is Battle Cat’s body, with a new head, tail, bird-like hind feet, saddle, and upper body piece that houses Swift Wind’s flying wings. With quite a bit of lead time in front of them, fans lobbied for his wings to not be completely one color, as seen on the original prototype.

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Lions, Snakes, and The Horde Oh My….Pt 2

With no definitive representation of Horde Prime’s appearance, the Four Horsemen were tasked with coming up with his new look, while using bucks, as previously done in the old line. Continue reading “Lions, Snakes, and The Horde Oh My….Pt 2” »

Lions, Snakes, and The Horde Oh My….Pt 1

For Masters of the Universe Classics, June has provided us with three first-time action figures for Snake Man-At-Arms, galactic overlord Horde Prime, and Beast-Man’s resilient griffin beasts. While the selection may be comprised of niche characters and variants with more reused tooling than we’d like, I personally enjoy the spirit of these characters and the winning final representation of the collaboration between the company and the consumer.  Continue reading “Lions, Snakes, and The Horde Oh My….Pt 1” »