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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Action Figure Review: Nepthu from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Nepthu is articulated like most MOTUC figures: hinged ankles with very minor lateral rocking, swivel boots, hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, a swivel waist, a mid-torso hinge ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. I love the MOTUC articulation and it's all perfect here. Nice tight joints and excellent QC. Despite whether or not you like the figure, it's well assembled and fun to fiddle around with.
Nepthu's strength might be his accessory compliment. It's not great, but is interesting as he comes not with weapons bit with two story items. First is the Sun Scarab from "The Temple of the Sun." It's the magical artifact that grants Nepthu his powers and is a golden ankh with a scarap on top. Thanks to the County Marzo hand, Nepthu can hold the piece in a few nifty ways. Holding this thing up really does help make him a bit more exciting.
Secondly, Nepthu comes with a crystal version of the Sorceress' falcon form, Zoar. In "The Temple of the Sun" Nepthu turns Zoar to glass or something, so she's immobile and clear. Zoar looks like a crystal sculpture and is nice and clear. There's a little yellowness to the plastic, but the figure isn't at all brittle so that's a plus. The feet are designed to be perched on one of the bird stands that came with Evil Lyn and Teela, so you might want to track an extra down. Lastly, Netphu's neckpiece is removable. It's a simple blue Egyptian styled collar with metallic blue highlights that does add something to the figure and can probably be used by customizers to create other cool stuff.
Nepthu isn't a bad figure as other than the paint mistakes, there's nothing wrong with him. He's not a bad design, either, he's just plain. I think I'm going to give him an Eh and a 1/2. If you're a MOTUC completest, a Filmation diehard, or simply love the character, you've probably already ordered him. If not, he's definitely not a character that best exemplifies what MOTUC is capable of. October gave us a handful of exciting and unique characters: Mantenna, Lord Dactus, and the Horde Troopers. Has this amazing group killed some of the excitement we'd have for Nepthu if he'd been released on his own? I doubt it. He's just plain, although he does look better with the gold weapons from the End of Wars Weapons Pak.