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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Action Figure Review: Night Stalker from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 9 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel hips, ball jointed tail, swivel rear turret, two swiveling front turrets, and 5 neck/head balljoints.
Accessories: Armored helmet
Non-Scalper Price: $40 dollars
* While the vintage Night Stalker just stood around and looked cool, this guy is fully mobile. Not only does he have joints on each leg (ankle, knee, and hip) but they actually look to have metal centers to help improve their durability. While he can't rear up on two legs without support of some sort, Night Stalker is pretty well articulated and can definitely stand in a number of poses with at least one foot off the ground.
* One of the coolest new articulation features on Night Stalker is his neck. It's actually a segmented, armored neck with five separate balljoints. It looks great and it highly functional. Again, while the vintage Night Stalker toy was largely immobile, this guy is a fully articulated figure. This is a great design element!
* Night Stalker looks exactly like what you'd expect him to look like: An upsized and somewhat more detailed version of the vintage toy. The round black eyes and ears definitely make this head look like a regular organic horse but the metal bans running up and down his face betray that there's a lot more going on here.
* Night Stalker literally has a tail gun; you know, as in a turret mounted above his tail. I love this gun for some reason (I loved these on the vintage figure, too) and it looks great here. It rotates freely and even has a few metallic pant applications to add some further depth to the sculpt. While it would have been cool to see this moved onto a balljoint, I still love this feature.
* The exterior of Night Stalker is really nicely sculpted. He feels quite durable and looks like a formidable piece of equipment. I love the bronze color of his body and the various metallic paint application covering him. This is a really nice looking vehicle/ mount and it makes a great first impression.
* Night Stalker not only has a long, flowing purple tail, but it's also on a balljoint.
two were sold together in the 80s, ans I'm glad to sat that they look great together. Night Stalker doesn't have a real cockpit or seat for riders; it's more of hollowed out space for the figures to fit into in kind of a half crouch. It looks good from the outside, though, and that's what counts. Just a thought: Isn't interesting how Night Stalker's purple matches with Fisto's highlights and sword while Stridor wears the same orangish color as Jitsu?
* I love the idea of the two laser cannons on the front of Night Stalker but the execution here is lacking. They do swivel but they feel a bit cheap. I don't know; there's just something about them. Maybe it's that the plastic feels to soft and they tend to look bent. One of mine looks like it would constantly be shooting Night Stalker in the head, which is definitely not an effective offensive technique.
* I like the details on the view screen, but I really wish we had received some sculpted controls and details instead of this sticker. It's just a bit plain and kind of tacky for a figure like this.
If you're looking for more Masters of the Universe Classics reviews, check out the following:
Beast Man (Blood Red Henchman)
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Granamyr (Green Power-Con exclusive)
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