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Monday, June 20, 2016
Action Figure Review: Beast Man (Blood-Red Henchman) from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 6 3/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ some lateral rocking, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a double ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Whip, two shoulder pads, and armor.
Non-Scalper Price: $45 dollars
* Beast Man was the second basic figure appearing in the line (not counting the King Grayskull SDCC exclusives) so by now this articulation model is showing it's age. It's still really fun and durable, though, and the joints are nice and tight. It's not as good as some of what's available on other action figures but it's better than most and will fit in nicely with the dozens upon dozens of MOTUC figures you probably already own.
* This guy still looks good, doesn't he? The Four Horsemen did such a great job on these figures and I think that the artistry displayed will truly stand the test of time. Like the 200x Masters of the Universe figures, while time has passed their articulation and construction by, they toys still look incredible. That's how I feel about MOTUC: I think they're always going to look pretty impressive.
* I love that Beast-Man's claw is painted! Even the vintage figure had this cool little claw detail on his left hand but it's cool to see it stand out here. I love it! I've always imagined it's some kind of primitive tool that Beast Man coats with various poisons before he fights.
* The gold medallion Beast Man wears is not only nicely painted bu there's a metallic red chain present, too! It's a cool little visual detail that's easy to miss. I wish that metallic red paint had been used in a few more places!
*If I'm going to be a bit critical about something on this figure, it's that he's red. Too red. I don't mind that he's red (that's kind of the point) but he has so much red on him that it gets a bit difficult to see the subtle variations present. As it stands, everything tends to blend together in person which is a bit disappointing as it makes the figure lose some of it's visual edge.
The only other Beast Man figure I've reviewed on here is from one of the Super 7 M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. packs from last year. I've released plenty of other Masters of the Universe Classics figures, though, including:
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (2008)
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Heads of Eternia
Laser Power He-Man & Laser Light Skeletor
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Mara of Primus
Ninja Warrior/ Ninjor
Rokkon & Stonedar
Rotar and Twistoid
Sky High with Jet Sled
Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hsss
Spirit of Grayskull
Spirit of Hordak
Terror Claws Skeletor & Flying Fists He-Man
The Unnamed One