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Friday, May 8, 2020
Moss May: Moss Man (Un-Flocked Ears) from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 6 3/4 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ 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: Satchel, knife, club, and 2 interchangeable portraits.
Year of Release: 2010
Original Retail Price: $20 dollars
* While Moss Man is still based heavily on the Beast Man body, just like the original toy, he also has lots of newness to him that makes him really stand out. Besides having a new color scheme and way more flocking than the vintage figure had (which really makes the reused body unrecognizable) Moss Man also has a longer loincloth than most other figures. The longer loincloth first appeared on King Grayskull and was later used on Hordak and other characters who existed during the Preternia era. I like it and it works really well for Moss Man, as does the yellow and brown colors chosen for his belt, loincloth, and wrist cuffs. They really match the Eternian nature spirit vibe of the character.
the Faun from Pan's Labyrinth. There is a variant of this figure with flocked ears. Most collectors wanted the ears left unflocked after seeing images of the toy, so Mattel made a running change and offered up the early flocked ear versions only for folks purchasing Moss Man on the day of sale.
* The second head (which is what the figure comes with in the package) is the Beast Man head. While this isn't my preference for display, I do love the work on the mossy beard, the teeth, and the slightly shift glance. It does look fantastic.
* Of course, Moss Man also has a delightful evergreen scent! It's not as strong as it once was but it's still there. I remember opening this guy! My study smelled like a Christmas tree for months!
there was some concern that Moss Man's flocking wouldn't stick and that the figure would possibly require reduced articulation. That never happened, though, and Moss Man ended up with the same great articulation that the line was known for. While you want to be cautious not to overtax the joints and cause any issues with the flocking, I still find Moss Man to be a very fun and well articulated figure. Every MOTUC figure is just pure hand candy for sure.
* With MOTUC Mattel and the Four Horsemen often added cool little flourishes to the figures to update them. Besides having the alternate 200x head Moss Man also came with a very cool sling that fits over his shoulder. It appears to be made of vines and it has a sheathe and a small sack attached to it. What's in the sack? Various kinds of seeds, I presume!
* Here's the knife that rests inside of Moss Man's satchel. It's a really cool little piece that has a black blade (maybe it is made of obsidian?) with a wooden handle and leather bindings. It's very cool and seems like something Moss Man has probably cared with him for centuries.
vintage MOTU figure simply used a recolored club from the Castle Grayskull weapons rack but for MOTUC the Four Horsemen gave Moss Man a club with a wooden texture covered in vines. It also has a cool hook on the end so Moss Man can hang it from his satchel. There's some really cool detail here and it makes me wonder if the club serves as both a weapon and a magical staff of sorts.
* Many of the early MOTUC figures suffered from some loose joints and while Moss Man overall had very tight articulation, his ankles are a bit loose.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe line but, as it stands, this is the only Moss Man figure under the MOTUC banner of toys overall. Thank goodness he's absolutely Epic!
I'm excited to see Moss Man's role in the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation series, particularly because he's being voiced by the great Alan Oppenheimer! Hopefully more great Moss Man content awaits us!
Moss Man is one of my favorites and along with the vintage Moss Man I've also reviewed the M.U.S.C.L.E. Moss Man, Eternia Pine Deodorant, and the Mega Construx flocked Moss Man that came with the Battle Bones set and standard Moss Man.
For more figures from Masters of the Universe Classics check out the following:
Beast Man (Blood Red Henchman)
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
End of Wars Weapon Pak
Eternia Pine Deodorant
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Granamyr (Green Power-Con exclusive)
Heads of Eternia
Horde Zombie He-Man
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
Slamurai and Snake Troopers
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