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Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Action Figure Review: "Buzz Saw" Hordak from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 7 1/4 inches tall
Articulation: Hinged ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, hinged chest flap, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a barbell ball jointed head.
Accessories: Crossbow, buzz saw, and removable cape/hood combo.
Non-Scalper Price: $26-$28 dollars
* Other than the newly sculpted torso, "Buzz Saw" Hordak is almost exactly the same as the previous releases. That's not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself as Hordak is still an awesome sculpt.He's one of the most fearsome looking MOTUC figures released in the line and still fits in just as well in 2015 as he did in 2009. If you don't own a Hordak yet and are wanting one, you won't be disappointed in the least. The Horde band on his left arm isn't removable like the previous releases (it's glued on) but that's not a deal breaker for me.
* As has been the case with MOTUC for quite a few years now, the articulation is awesome. It's plentiful, durable, and tight. While Hordak lacks the hinged abdomen that most other male figures have, it's not a huge loss considering he has the chest flap for the titular buzz saw to hide in.
Spirit of Hordak chase figure a few years back a chance to get this coveted accessory. It's a nice, solid piece and I still love how they Four Horsemen updated the Horde crossbows. They went from being some of the most useless vintage accessories to some of the cooler modern accessories.
*I just gotta address the issue I mentioned in the introduction: Hordak is quite similar to the original release. His paint work isn't as elaborate (while perhaps more accurate to the vintage figure it just isn't as interesting) nor is he entirely accurate to the vintage figure. You see, his belt isn't correct. The one visual difference that the vintage Buzz Saw Hordak over the vintage original Hordak was a belt with a diamond shape on it rather than rivets. The one difference and Mattel missed it.
* The included buzz saw is pretty wimpy. It actually looks less menacing to me than the vintage buzz saw. The teeth are better and I like how it can be held in Hordak's hands, but it still seems just a bit wimpy and undersized.
Malibu Stacey with a new hat.
I've reviewed tons of MOTUC figures, including:
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