Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Rubber band hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, hinged backpack, and a swivel neck.
Accessories: Power sword, shield, 2 ring caps, and a minicomic (not pictured).
Year of Release: 1985
* He-Man has the same headsculpt as the original figure (so far as I can tell). It's classic, so what's not to like, right? Interestingly, the head is attached to a post that goes all the way through his torso to the waist, thus it is designed to not turn when you spin his torso back, keeping him looking forward. Very cool!
Flying Fists He-Man would later use it, too) but I'm not sure that it really ever caught on as a recognizable "He-Man symbol" or anything. It sort of looks like a cross between an H and an M, doesn't it?
* Interestingly, this version of He-Man has some nice paint upgrades. His bracers are painted now (they're bright red) and his boots have white paint for the furry collars. It's definitely a nice touch for this deluxe release.
C.O.P.S. 'n' Crooks line.
* The figure originally came with two rings caps but refill packs of caps (called Thunder Punch Ammo) were sold by Larami, the company who famously sold the Super Soaker in the early 1990s before they were acquired by Hasbro. I've always preferred ring caps versus roll caps as they're so much easier to position correctly. These aren't originals but instead are the ones I found at a Family Dollar.
* Thunder Punch He-Man also comes with a new shield. It's completely different that the standard He-Man shield and features a vac-metallized surface, which means it's shiny! It also has a space for storing a ring of caps in the front. Many of the promotional materials and the packaging show He-Man storing his sword in the shield, too, but I don't think it really fits that well. Apparently there are two versions of the shield out there, gold and silver, so all you variant chasers got something else to look for!
* Remember that if you purchased this figure new you would also get a minicomic: "The Treachery of Modulok!"
* He-Man's chest and arms look...really strange, don't they? His torso is much larger than the regular figure (making him taller than the other figures, too) and his muscles look really strange. Again, when you put action features directly into figures you often have the figures look really odd, and that's what happens here. He-Man really looks kind of off. I mean, look how those arms are positioned. Always use the Power of Grayskull in moderation, kids!
Hey, some guys got it and some guys don't, and Thunder Punch He-Man has definitely got it. While I don't like him as much as Battle Armor He-Man (my favorite of the vintage He-Man variants), Thunder Punch He-Man is still a really cool figure loaded with play features. The cap firing Thunder Punch is inspired and the accessories are quite cool. Yeah, He-Man's torso looks a bit weird, but when you're playing with him and having him knock Modulok's block off it's less of an issue. He's a Great and a 1/2 MOTU figure and a really nice example of Mattel's willingness to add innovative and just plain crazy play features to the vintage line.
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