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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Old School MOTU: Butthead from He-Man by Mattel
Height: 5 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge knees, swivel/ hinge hips, swivel shoulders, hinged neck, and a swivel/hinge head.
Accessories: Mask and ax.
Year of Release: 1991
* I haven't reviewed that many of the earlier figures from this line yet but I have reviewed many of the mutants from later in the line and I'm always impressed by the sculpts. If the bodies were a little bulkier these guys would fit in with the vintage MOTU line and I think folks would really appreciate their designs. There is a lot of detail on Butthead and his green, brown, and silver outfit sports some really cool features. I love his armored shoulders, the funky space boots, and the detail on the harness like design on his jumpsuit. The paint is quite neat and clean, too.
* The Space Mutants have some fantastic face sculpts in this line and they kind of remind me of a mix of the classics MOTU style with the Playmates toys style of the early 1990s. If you didn't know any better, this guy looks like he could be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain too, right? He's got some crazy eyes and a very, very intense expression! Add some fiber to your diet, bro!
* Butthead has a skullcap sculpted on but he also has a removable mask that fits over his head. There are two tiny pins on the sides of his head which the mask plugs into. This is a very cool, kind of fantasy looking piece of armor, and it can actually move up and down too. I really like it!
* Butthead has a head butting action feature ("Get it?") but how it's implemented is a little unusual. The center of Butthead's torso pivots down, allowing his head to point out at different angles. It's actually kind of cool and lets you give him a more hulking, beastly appearance. The part of the back that bulls out also has some technical details on it prompting the question "Is Butthead is a cyborg of sorts?"
* Press down the red button and his neck springs forward. Crazy? Yes. Preposterous? Also yes. Fun? Yeah, I think so. His head is on a swivel/hinge joint, so you can move it around a good bit too. It's really quite fun!
* The back of the package calls Butthead's weapon a space spear/ battle blade/ mega blaster. Like most of the weapons in the He-Man line, it does indeed seem to be a combination of weapons with a ranged blaster, a serrated handle guard, a spear, and a scythe like blade. It's kind of cool, really.
* With his large head, his arms bent at a 90 degree angle, and his sort of unwieldy weapon there really isn't a lot that Butthead can do with the accessory. It's hard to get a good fighting pose out of him or to even have him convincingly hold the weapon.
* Butthead does have swivel/ hinge hips and knees but it's still hard to get him in any really good poses. Most of the later Space Mutants were created to stand in a bit of a crouched pose but it just doesn't work all that well for Butthead.
This is the only figure of Butthead ever made. For more He-Man reviews, check out the following: