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Thursday, October 10, 2019
The Scream of 31 Days of Toy Terror: Saurod from Masters of the Universe by Mattel
Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Rubber band hips, swivel tail, and swivel shoulders.
Accessories: Laser pistol, "The Cosmic Key" minicomic, and helmet top.
Original Retail Price: $4-5 dollars
Year of Release: 1987
* I've always liked Saurod. He's not one of my absolute favorites or anything, but he's a cool looking toy who was fairly mysterious. While Mattel released a MOTUC version of Saurod that was faithful to the film design from William Stout, the toy version isn't too far off for being a toy from the mid-late 1980s. I like his copper armor. I stands out in the MOTU line, as I can't really think of another character offhand who had this color scheme. There's quite a bit of detail in the sculpt and the metallic sheen on the armor is impressive.
* I really couldn't capture the best part of this figure on camera but Saurod actually shoots sparks out of his mouth. No, he doesn't do that in the film (he was supposed to spray venom or something at one point but like so many other things planned for the film, it never happened) but do you need an excuse for a figure to shoot sparks? 32 years later and my figure still shoots sparks like crazy! I love it! I love the smell, too. I can't explain why.
* I believe Saurod is supposed to be wearing chain-mail armor of some sort over his reptilian skin and, if you look closely, you can see how the sculptor attempted to capture the layered look of Saurod's armor.
* Saurod's pistol isn't one of the most expensive MOTU accessories but it's definitely not an easy find. Fortunately, I've had mine since childhood and it is still in lovely shape. It's a really cool pistol with lots of neat details. It fits easily in either of Saurod's hands and just makes him seem that much tougher of a dude!
*I don't own it anymore but Saurod did include a minicomic, "The Cosmic Key," which also came with Blade and Gwildor.
* Saurod has less articulation that most MOTU figures in the vintage line (he's missing the swivel waist and swivel head) but he does have a sleeker build, which helps him to standout among the typically more muscular barbarians. This is definitely more fitting based on his movie appearance. It also kind of makes him fit in with the Snake Men if you think they need another member.
* Saurod's tail always seemed a little awkwardly placed. I wish it curled back, so he could rest on it to help keep him standing.
If you're a Saurod fan, check out my review of the Masters of the Universe Classics Saurod as well.