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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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Infinite Earths Brings Black Mask To Batman’s Rogues Gallery

DC Club Infinite Earths brought neo- Batvillain Black Mask to the Classics collection, delivering a fantastic new headsculpt by the Four Horsemen… and not much else we haven’t seen before.

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Return Of Marvel Legends Wave 3 Shows What Hasbro Does Best

When Hasbro brought Marvel Legends back to life earlier this year, no one knew just how huge a hit the relaunch would be.  With the first two waves reaching sell-out in record time, the Marvel team had to think fast to keep up supply to meet the demand… Enter Marvel Legends Wave Three, a series consisting almost entirely of cleverly repurposed parts with minimal new tooling, which still manages to cover some new corners of the 6″ Marvel Universe.

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Rocky Round Two Is Another Direct Hit

Rocky gets a second wave of awesome action figures, courtesy of NECA. This rounds delivers a new Rocky and his Soviet opponent Ivan Drago, both from Rocky IV, and the new toys really do justice to the much-loved (and frankly, pretty absurd) fourth movie.

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A Tale Of Two Spideys

The latest waves of Marvel Universe continue the long tradition of figure variants, specifically two weird and welcome new versions of Spider-Man.

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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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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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