Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Action Figure Review: Modulok B from Masters of the Universe ReAction by Super7

   Today I'm checking out one of the two Modulok action figures from the most recent series of Masters of the Universe ReAction figures. While you probably think of the "evil beast of a thousand bodies" when you think of Modulok, the Filmation cartoons made the character much simpler by giving him a standard, symmetrical body and only one head. This figure is actually labeled as Modulok B; while this head is indeed one of the two included with the vintage toy, Modulok didn't actually "wear" it on the Filmation series (although he did pick it up one time and show it off." Still, this must have seemed like an easy chance to reuse the mold for Modulok, so Super7 went with it. I really think swappable heads would have been a cool feature here but that's not how things played out. Let's check out Modulok after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 3 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel hips, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars 

 The Positives:

* Modulok's body is definitely based off of the Filmation depiction of the character, although it's still fairly different from the waist down. Modulok is a colorful character, though, and definitely reminds me of the vintage Kenner Cantina crew from Star Wars. The paint work is clean, there is some decent sculpted detail, and he's a bright red monster. Just like eating Jack in the Box tacos and drinking mango seltzer water while watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, everything goes together amazingly well!

* The head sculpt is a little goofy, but that is fitting for both the Filmaton animation design and the vintage Kenner aesthetic Super7 is going for. The teeth are definitely kind of silly though I do love the eyes.

 *   If you've ever picked up a retro figure like this, you know what to expect: 5 points of articulation and all swivel joints. Modulok feels very well made and sturdy.  Super7 has been very consistent in the quality of their ReAction lines over the past couple of years and has definitely perfected the style. 

* The card art on most ReAction figures released by Super7 is beautiful and their Masters of the Universe line is no exception. Modulok features an awesome illustration from Jason Edmiston of the character with a new Fright Zone background.  I like how the Evil Horde got their own unique backers. To preserve the card I actually made a slit in the top of the blister so I can slide the figure in and out. It work great and allows the figure to be displayed inside and outside of the card. I've got mine hanging on a metal pegboard similar to what you'd see in a retail store!


 The Negatives:

* Since the Filmation character has four legs, I'm not sure why Super7 didn't attempt something similar to how they handled Mantenna. That would have definitely made Modulok feel more unique.
Modulok has never been one of my absolute favorites and while he's a decent figure, this design kind of robs the figure of everything that makes him unique. He's kind of generic feeling and sadly doesn't even come with an accessory. Why not include the black laser rifle from the vintage figure? The figure is well made but he's not fully accurate to the Filmation design nor is he accurate to the vintage toy. He kind of misses both targets. While fun, and a Good figure, Modulok B is definitely not one of the must haves from this series. Will Modulok A turn out better? I'll get to him at some point, but it might not be soon.

If you're a Modulok fan, check out my review of the MOTUC Modulok.

For more Masters of the Universe ReAction reviews check out the following:
Hordak (Grey)
Man-At-Arms (Movie)
Mer-Man (Carry Case Colors)
Orko (Cartoon Colors)
Ram Man
Ram Man (Mini Comic)
Scare Glow
Skeletor (Los Amos)
Skeletor (Midnight)
Slime Pit He-Man
Teela (Shiva)
Trap Jaw (Cartoon Colors) 

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