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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Action Figure Review: Tung Lashor from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 7 inches tall
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, a swivel waist, abdomen hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Dragonfly crossbow, snake staff, alternate portrait with extended tongue, and a Horde arm band.
*The first thing that strikes me about this figure is the vibrant color scheme. I love the contrast between the bright and darker purples that make up Tung Lashor's skin and the bright orange belly. I also dig the glossy black hands; they just look like they belong on a slimy swamp creature like ol' Tung Lashor here. Believe me, this guy will stand out on your shelf in a good way.
*Tung Lashor features a few cool newly sculpted parts such as his long fingers, his clawed, lizard-like feet, and his wart covered tors, but the most impressive element are his heads. You can swap out his closed mouth head for one with the tongue hanging out to replicate his vintage action feature of a flicking tongue. The expressions are different on the two heads and the long tongue looks really cool and dynamic. I'm not sure why there is a set of teeth on Tung Lashor's tongue, but I kind of dig it. It's weird, but in a cool way.
* Tung Lashor comes with upgrades of the two very cool accessories that came with his vintage figure: A Snake Staff and a Dragonfly Crossbow. While we've seen the Snake Staff multiple times before with other figures, the Dragonfly Crossbow is a brand new accessory that just looks awesome. I love the metallic paint scheme of the crossbow. See, solid colored weapons can look OK just as long as they are given a metallic paint scheme.
*Other than lacking hinged ankles, Tung Lashor's articulation is fabulous. His torso really allows for some excellent shoulder movement . I wish every figure could almost fold their arms the way Tung Lashor can.
*As a neat little nod to the Filmation cartoon (where Tung Lashor was a member of the Horde), Tung Lashor has a removable Horde arm band similar to Rattlor and Hordak. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it's cool that someone at Mattel thought ahead to include this little extra.
*My only negative is that swapping the heads on Tung Lashor does not feel as natural as on most other figures. Maybe I just need to use a little hot water or something, but the heads are difficult to swap. Not sure what's different here than on every other figure in the line.
I've reviewed a ton of MOTUC figures here:
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Rokkon & Stonedar
Sky High with Jet Sled
Spirit of Hordak
The Unnamed One