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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Minifigure Review: Skeletor, Beast Man, & Trap Jaw from M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. by Super 7
Height: 1 3/4 to 1 7/8ths inches
Non-Scalper Price: $6
*It's Skeletor, baby! The Evil Lord of Destruction! This guy looks really, really awesome and seems like a perfect match for M.U.S.C.L.E. His vintage armor looks great and does feature some very sharp, crisp detail for a figure of this size. I love his havoc staff, too. It's a bit large but it looks fearsome and works in this style. Let's all do our best Skeletor laughs together, shall we?
* Beast Man is another guy who fits right in with the M.U.S.C.L.E. aesthetic. He seems just a wee bit bulkier than the others, which I like. He looks vicious and all of the key elements of his vintage outfit are present. Heck, his spikes even look a bit more dangerous here than on the vintage figure. Wouldn't you love to see this guy released in orange plastic? He'd look awesome!
* Trap Jaw is outfitted with his blaster arm and actually looks a but friendly. It's just a ruse, however, as the cool skull & crossbones belt buckle and the giant metal jaw definitely give away his allegiance to the Evil Warriors. Something else interesting to point out is that he has the loop on his helmet so you can out a very thin string through there and allow him to slide down it towards the heroes. Exciting!
*The color on these is a bit off. Not a complete miss, but I wish they weren't as shiny as they are. Compare He-Man to some vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. figures and you'll notice the difference. Most lines crafting pink minifigures try to adhere to the established M.U.S.C.L.E. shade as closely as possible. Hopefully Super 7 will nail it the next time around.
* The shininess might be due to the fact that these figures are kind of rubbery. While the vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. figures were a little bit pliable, these guys can be bent very easily. They're even a bit more rubbery than Monster in My Pocket minis. I hope that in the future Super 7 finds a way to make the MOTU guys sturdier.
* One of the selling points of the vintage MOTU line (and even MOTUC) was that the figures were visibly chunkier and beefier than everything else on the market. It's odd, then, that Super 7 made the M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. figures a bit scrawnier than the standard M.U.S.C.L.E. guys. The proportions aren't the same nor is the size of their footprint. M.U.S.C.L.E.s tended to have large feet to keep them standing but these guys have small feet and tip over easily.
Besides reviewing the He-Man, Teela, & Man-At-Arms set yesterday, I've also reviewed the following MOTUC figures:
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Ninja Warrior/ Ninjor
Rokkon & Stonedar
Rotar and Twistoid
Sky High with Jet Sled
Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hsss
Spirit of Hordak
The Unnamed One