Friday, April 5, 2019

Action Figure Review: Grizzlor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Super7

    Today I'm checking out another figure from Super7's He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line: Grizzlor! Interestingly, while the figure is in the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe/ Club Grayskull line Grizzlor didn't appear on He-Man; he appeared on She-Ra: Princess of Power. A member of the Evil Horde, Grizzlor was included in the vintage MOTU line, appeared in the NECA produced line of staction figures, and was remade in Masters of the Universe Classics. He's always been one of my favorites although I never felt the Filmation version lived up to the wild, savage character of the original figure. Still, it's cool to be assembling Filmation versions of the Evil Horde and so Grizzlor makes another nice addition to this growing series. Let's check out this animation inspired Grizzlor after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 7 3/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel hinge/ wrists, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Energy baton and shield

Non-Scalper Price: $35 dollars
 The Positives:

* I didn't include a comparison between the MOTUC Grizzlor and this Grizzlor as the differences between the two figures are easily noticeable. Grizzlor might be one of the best examples of the differences between the traditional Classics style and the Filmation aesthetic of Club Grayskull. That being said, I do really like this figure. The animated style might look unusual for a character that's supposed to be insanely hairy but it does match the cartoon really well. Grizzlor features a large, rubbery torso piece that gives him some substantial bulk.

* The headsculpt is excellent, possibly my favorite of this series (Mantenna is pretty good, too, though). I love the yellow eyes, the small, pointy fangs, and the tuft of brown fur around his head. He looks way more fearsome and competent than he ever appeared on the show.

* Like most of the figures in this series, the articulation is strong. Super7 add new joints to their figures such as the improved ankles and the swivel/hinged wrists. Grizzlor feels quite nice and and is as fun to play with as you would expect from a ferocious, fighting, furry figure! He doesn't have the chest hinge that most figures have but it's not a huge loss. I'm sure how it could have worked here, anyways.

* I love Grizzlor's hands/ paws/ claws. They look massive and ferocious with long, scary black nails.

* Grizzlor includes two accessories, the first of which is this really cool shield emblazoned with the Horde logo. Hordak was a master of branding and made sure to get his logo everywhere, turning it into one of the most recognizable brands across Etheria. The shield easily fits in Grizzlor's paws and is large enough to provide some solid defense.

* Grizzlor also comes packing an energy baton for dealing with pesky rebels. It's a simple piece with a few details that fits easily in one of Grizzlor's hands. He really does look pretty cool wielding both of these weapons. Very menacing.

 * Remember Hordak's branding efforts we talked about earlier? Grizzlor even has really cool boots that sport the Hordak logo. Legit.
   I really like Grizzlor, much more than I thought I would. He's fun, well accessorized, and nicely modeled after the cartoon depiction. I know Super7 is a smaller company than Mattel and that these figures are not made in extravagant number but I do wish these figures were $5 dollars cheaper or so. Still, if you want to continue your collection this is the only game in town. Grizzlor is a Good and a 1/2 figure and should please fans of the character and of this series. Another accessory or a Filmation artifact would have been welcome but I'm still content with what we got.

The only other Grizzlor figure I've reviewed on here thus far is the alternate 200X Grizzlor head from the Heads of Eternia pack.

For more He-Man and the Masters of the Universe figures, check out the following:
Prince Adam (Laughing)
Tung Lashor 

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