While some fans have not been too happy with what Brand Manager Scott Neitlich has done with the storyline of Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC), I have really enjoyed the way that not only has nearly every element of MOTU been worked into one canon, but it has also expanded the overall storyline into the future. Beyond even the "New Adventures of He-Man" era, we now have our first figure that truly comes from a future era: King He-Man. King He-Man was the 2013 Club Eternia exclusive figure (available to subscribers only). When I first saw him at SDCC last year, I was immediately excited by the prospect of having a figure representing a much older and more mature He-Man who has finally taken his father's place as the King of Eternia. Is the figure any good? Find out after the break.....
Like nearly every other MOTUC figure, King He-Man largely features heavily reused parts. Other than the head, waist armor and his removable chest armor with attached cape, the figure is all reused parts. The body is the basic human MOTUC body with the boots that were used on He-Ro. While sometimes collectors get tired of reuse, all the parts reused here make sense as they're basic body parts and they give a visual consistency and size consistency to the line. Besides, with the cool new armor and accessories and a very well done head sculpt, it's not like you're going to be confusing him with other figures on your shelf.
|King He-Man fully armored|
The head sculpt has been the source of a great deal of discussion. Some fans don't think it looks like the MOTUC He-Man head sculpt. I find it hard to judge that considering that A.) This is a much older He-Man and B.) Most of his face is covered by his beard. He-Man looks like a regal ruler, wearing a crown not too disimilar to that of his father, King Randor. It's not overly ornate, but fits He-Man's personality. The hair is nicely sculpted and is reminescent of He-Man's iconic hairdo, but a bit less youthful. There is a scar over his left eye, a neat detail that hints at the long journey He-Man has taken to get to where he is now. Another point of contention with the head sculpt is that some fans think it looks like the left lip is drooping. It's been suggested that this was an error, but I can't help but wonder if it was an attempt at giving He-Man some type of expression. I don't think it's very noticeable at all and overall I'm really pleased with the head sculpt.
|King He-Man, ready to rumble!|
|Stop me if you've heard this one: King He-Man, a plant guy, and a Cosmic Enforcer walk into a tavern....|