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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Action Figure Review: Heads of Eternia from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
*Early in the MOTUC line a few figures came with alternate heads based on their 200x inspired looks.
*At some point after Whiplash, we were told that Mattel management would no longer allow these as they viewed the 200x line as a failure.
*Fans championed for a pack of alternate heads but were told it was too morbid.
*Recently we've been seeing more figures based on the 200x series and were finally shown the Heads of Eternia pack at New York Toy Fair 2015.
*Former brand manager Scott "Toyguru" Neitlich opened a thread on He-Man.org where he explained that various teams at Mattel over the years weren't in favor of 200x elements.
So, here's a pack we never thought we'd get that we now have. Want to see what these heads look like? Then join me after the break...
Contents: 6 heads
Articulation: Roboto's jaw is hinged.
Non-Scalper Price: $26
Buzz-Off was the last figure of 2010 and came out shortly after the 200x heads embargo was announced (to the best of my knowledge). Buzz-Off was a figure that many fans felt had a head that was too friendly looking and had some somewhat comical looking fangs protruding from his mouth. The Buzz-Off figure came with his ax from the 200x toyline as well as the extra legs on his back. He was the first figure I really remember fans protesting that a 200x inspired head was a necessity for the character. I originally didn't think I'd permanently decide to swap the 200x head as I like the vintage helmet and goggles but, after looking at it, I'm keeping the 200x head on.
Clawful's headsculpt in MOTUC was the first (and perhaps only) headsculpt that I actively disliked. Rather than looking like a vicious crab creature, Clawful really does look like a Muppet. He has huge eyebrows and eyes that are so big you almost expect them to google around. The Clawful head was long demanded by fans.
Fortunately, I think it turned out beautifully. The changes from the vintage head to the 200x head are so simple but they work. Gone are the oversized eyes and furry black eyebrows. Instead we have a terrifying sea creature that can stalk its prey on land. The color isn't 100 percent perfect, but it nicely matches the darker red of Clawful's shell in person.
I like this redesign for Grizzlor but this is the one figure in this set whose original headsculpt I like more. Don't get me wrong, I always give my Grizzlor the weapons and tribal belt, but I love his original savage face as it is. The paint is really neat and clean on this, however, and he'd make a great army builder if you had a couple extra heads and Grizzlor bodies. The fur is soft and perfectly matches the previously released Grizzlor.
Robot's problems have long been documented: He was the first figure that anyone made a big deal about having reversed shoulders and many folks have experienced his chest cracking (mine still seems fine, knock on wood). I actually just bought a used 200x Roboto at a flea market last weekend and I have to admit that with the 200x head on the MOTUC body the figure really doesn't differ too much from his counterpart from the previous decade.
The Roboto headsculpt is nicely detailed, has a cool moving mouth, and some great circuitry underneath the jaw guard. I really like this one quite a bit.
Here's the head everyone wanted! Not only was Snout Spout's 200x head much, much cooler than his slightly dopey vintage head but the original MOTUC head tended to break. Snout Spout was given a bendable nose but the foam material on it tended to crack and breakdown. Oddly enough, mine's still fine, but I like this headsculpt so much better.
I've heard some folks complain that this doesn't suit the body, but I think it looks fine. It really is a beautiful sculpt (very, very similar to the awesome 200x NECA Staction) and features tons of cybernetic detail. Who doesn't love mechanical elephants? This is without a doubt the best head in the pack.
Last (and quite possibly least) is Sy-Klone. The vintage Sy-Klone was a figure that I somehow ended up having two of as a kid. When he was released in the 200x line he was given a cool red bladed weapon and a more samurai influenced vibe. The MOTUC version included the red blade but left off the samurai helmet due to the fact that the 200x line apparently slept with the wife of some Mattel executive or something. This set includes a 200x inspired helmet and it looks pretty cool.
Something about it reminds me of the Nova Corps (I think it's the ornamentation on the front) and I like that. It's much more advanced and features some cool detail. Other than his chest radar, Sy-Klone is a fairly bland figure in my book, so this helps to give him some oomph. The red blades on his helmet look great.
I've reviewed plenty of other 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