Saturday, July 25, 2020

Trap Jaw-ly: Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

   Trap Jaw-ly may be coming to a close soon but I'm still going to try to roll out a few more Trap Jaw reviews for you fine folks!  Today I'm returning to the greatest Masters of the Universe line of all time with a review of Trap Jaw from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics! I didn't start reviewing MOTUC figures until 2013 so I've been slowly filling in the gaps between 2008 and 2013. Trap Jaw was released in February 2010 as the standard monthly Club Eternia figure and his day of sale lasted 19 minutes which, up to that point, was the fastest sell out time for any MOTUC figure (he was released on the same day as Battle Cat and the Grayskull themed Battle Stands). Many of the early MOTUC figures came with multiple heads to give the figures different looks and Trap Jaw was no exception. One of the coolest things about this guy is that besides being a stellar homage to the vintage toy, he came with additional parts to turn him into Kronis, his pre-Trap Jaw self from the Icons of Evil comic from 2004. I think many MOTU fans would put the MOTUC Trap Jaw up there as one of the best figures ever released in the line, so let's take a look at this fan favorite after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 inches

Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rocking, boot swivels,  hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, a double ball-jointed head, and a hinged jaw.

Accessories:Two interchangeable heads, two interchangeable right arms, claw hand, hook hand, rifle hand, and a belt.

Year of Release: 2010

Original Retail Price: $20 dollars

* Just for fun here is a look at the MOTUC Trap Jaw (left) compared to the vintage Trap Jaw (right). Mattel and the Four Horsemen did an excellent job of updating this guy. The MOTUC version has brighter colors and more detail but overall he is a very faithful update.
The Positives:

* Trap Jaw is amazing. While he's based on one of the earlier MOTU figures, most of which reused many standardized parts, Trap Jaw feels quite unique tanks to multiple details like his robotic arm, the harnesses over his shoulders, and his bright, vivid color scheme. He looks fantastic and the blue, green, and purple really pop, don't they? This guy is just one of the standouts in the line and everything looks so neat and clean on him. I love the addition of the blue rivets all over his black harnesses and his robotic arm. It's really cool to see those little details added to the character's appearance.

* Trap Jaw looks fantastic. While he's based on the vintage toy, of course (Mattel did not yet have the rights to the Filmation designs and characters in 2010) there definitely is something very Filmation inspired about the sculpt. It has so much character, particularly thanks to his bright yellow eyes and his eyebrows. Of course, he's also sporting the loop on top of his head so he can zip line into battle. And yes, that's still a terribly dangerous thing to do!

* Trap Jaw's jaw is hinged so not only can you move it up and down to give him some great expressions but you can look behind it and see.... YUCK! What the heck is that? Is that just the random bits of blood and gore from his missing jaw? Has that mess not healed yet? Wow! That's pretty hardcore, don't you think?

* Trap Jaw's arm is fully articulated and covered with cool metallic blue details. The arm looks awesome and his extra hands swap out very easily. It's a great setup!

* Trap Jaw comes with all three of the swappable hands you would expect, now given some metallic blue rivets to help them stand out a bit more. First up is his claw. It's hinged so it can really open!

* Next up is his hook which is probably his most recognizable accessory. It looks sharp on the end, doesn't it? Trap Jaw has always had a bit of a "space pirate?" vibe so this piece goes nicely with him.

* Last up is this really cool laser rifle. Yeah, this one's my favorite and the improved detail and the blue highlights make me like it even more!

* Trap Jaw's articulation was pretty standard for the line at the time and, overall, it was pretty good. His cybernetic shoulder is a bit limited in motion due to the protrusions on it but otherwise everything else moves just like you'd expect. Mattel largely kept the same articulation scheme for these figures from 2008 through around 2016 and the figures were nearly always durable and fun to play with.

* Trap Jaw's boots and thigh armor looks fantastic! While these boots were reused in the line many times they originated with Trap Jaw and were always referred to as "Trap Jaw legs."

* Trap Jaw's belt is removable, though why you'd ever want to display him without a neon green belt with a skull and crossbones on it is beyond me. You can also hang the hands not in use from the loops on the sides.

* I mentioned at the beginning that Trap Jaw comes with two additional pieces to revert him back to his pre-Trap Jaw identity of Kronis, and here his is using them. If you remove his cybernetic arm (and his right shoulder harness, though I do think it arm looks a bit off without it) and head and put on the new parts you have your Kronis! I know I just went on a rant about never wanting to take off his belt but if you do he looks even more different from Trap Jaw. This was a pretty cool extra and definitely ensured that some folks bought two Trap Jaw figures to display one as Kronis.

* Kronis' portrait is pretty cool and definitely gives off a very different vibe than Trap Jaw's headsculpt does. The helmet doesn't have the eye hole and, of course, there is no metal jaw. In the newer canon Kronis is a Gar, like Keldor, so he's all blue and now we can see his regular face. I like it. He definitely looks like a pretty tough character.
The Negatives:

* Trap Jaw has some loose ankle joints. This was a fairly common defect in the early years of the MOTUC line a number of characters suffered from it. 

* There's actually some purple paint slop on my Kronis' face. Look around his nose and lip. That's not something you usually see on MOTUC figures, so it's a bit unusual to be sure.

   I didn't get into MOTUC until Moss Man was released in March of 2010, the month after Trap Jaw came out, so I ended up trading to get caught up on the line. I'm glad I did as MOTUC's popularity really took off in 2010. In 2008 the SDCC King Grayskull sold out in about 7 hours and in 2009 Man-At-Arms sold out in around 45 minutes. 2010 started with Adora selling out in 27 minutes, then Trap Jaw selling out in 19 minutes, and the Moss Man and Evil-Lyn selling out in around 6-8 minutes. Crazy! Trap Jaw is a popular figure and he surely was a character who drew people into MOTUC. He's so well done with lots of extras, including the pieces to make Kronis. There actually were even plans to give him a knife and a sword, but those didn't cost out and were included in the first Weapons Pak. Trap Jaw is an Epic MOTUC figure and definitely one of the standouts in the line. If you missed out on him be ready to pay out the nose as his price has continued to increase over the years. He's an amazing figure of a popular character who is still in high demand.

If you're a fan of Trap Jaw/ Kronis, check out my reviews of the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Trap Jaw and the series 1 M.U.S.C.L.E. Trap Jaw, the Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls Trap Jaw (GID Edition), the 200x Mattel Trap Jaw, Super7's neo-vintage Trap Jaw, the ReAction Trap Jaw (Cartoon Colors), the PowerCon 2017 MOTUC set of minicomic Stratos, Trap Jaw, and Prince Adam, and the POP! + Pez standard Trap Jaw and Trap Jaw (Lavender Stem) dispenser.

For more Masters of the Universe Classics reviews from Mattel check out the following:
Battle Lion
Beast Man
Beast Man (Blood Red Henchman)
Blast Attak
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
Camo Khan
Castle Grayskull
Clamp Champ
End of Wars Weapon Pak
Evil Seed
Eternia Pine Deodorant
Fang Man
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
General Sundar
Goat Man
Granamyr (Green Power-Con exclusive)
Heads of Eternia
He-Ro II
Horde Prime
Horde Troopers
Horde Zombie He-Man
Hover Robots
Intergalactic Skeletor
King Chooblah
King He-Man
Laser Power He-Man & Laser Light Skeletor
Lizard Man
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Lord Dactus
Lord Masque
Mara of Primus
Moss Man (Unflocked Ears)
Night Stalker
Ninja Warrior/ Ninjor
Queen Grayskull
Rokkon & Stonedar
Rotar and Twistoid
Sea Hawk
Sir Laser-Lot
Sky High with Jet Sled
Slamurai and Snake Troopers
Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hsss
Snake Face
Spirit of Grayskull
Spirit of Hordak
Stackable Stands
Strong-or/ Strongarm
Terror Claws Skeletor & Flying Fists He-Man
Tung Lashor
Two Bad
The Unnamed One 


  1. It’s fun to read these toy reviews for MOTUs. It’s amazing to me just how much MOTU toys wer put out in the last 10 years including the current lines you’re reviewing. Our Mattel MOTU Classics toy collection consists of all the New Adventures of HeMan and related toys. Those were super easy to collect and even today I can pick some up without “paying through the news” to kick to friends and kids. We loved all iterations of HeMan/SheRa. I know NAofHeMan or Anime HeMan wasn’t as popular as the other iterations but we loved it and 4Horsemen crushed the MOTUC updates of those toys. That’s a collection I can keep in one toy bin though its too bad we didn’t get any updated vehicles. Rich

    1. I'm always glad to hear that folks like these reviews of "older" MOTU toys. I'm going to keep them coming as the feedback has been very positive. Any ideas for an August theme?

  2. I’m working through your June reviews of NAofHeMan. Did you do MOTUC 2000x HeMans? I should have collected that line too. Probably too late now. Guess we’ll be getting a lot of new swag with the new Netflix show. I collected all the Mattel Netflix SheRa dolls I could get my hands on which was everything except for Shadow Weaver. Now I gotta go watch that show. Got the graphic novel but haven’t screened the series yet and I hear it’s AWESOME!

    1. I have reviewed a few of the 200x figures so far (they're in the archives under Masters of the Universe by Mattel (2002). I'm adding them in little by little. Many of the 200x figures can actually be found for pretty decent prices, so shop around. Sometimes you'll find a nice lot for a reasonable price. The graphic novel for the new She-Ra was pretty good. My 6 year old and I have read the books, too. We've watched the first two seasons of the new She-Ra. I enjoyed what I've seen and plan to finish it soon (I'm a notoriously slow TV watcher) although I'm not completely wowed by it. I can tell it's quite good, but I can also tell I'm not the target audience and it's more my overall love of the MOTU property that's getting me to watch it rather than a true interest in what I've seen so far. I go back and forth on it episode to episode.

  3. I’ll check out those 200x reviews. I would love to have a little girl to share some SheRa action with. My first pass on all things HeMan was 10 years ago with my 2 boys who are now teens. When they were around your daughter’s age we watched all of it: Filmation HeMan, New Adventures, 20002. Most of my joy came from watching their joy with those great shows. Couldn’t get them to watch original SheRa even with its Larry DiTillio and Michael J. Stracinski bonafides. Boys. I’m itching to watch the old SheRa show as well as the new one and will just have to do it on my tablet while hiding out in the basement. All of our pop culture enthusiasms and action figure displays are top shelf with diversity and girl/woman power: Wonder Woman/Cheetah, Batman/Cat Woman, Ms. Marvel, Tigra/Cheetara, HeMan/SheRa, BlackPanther/Shuri, SW Rey, even the Red Rangers sister the Red Ranger in P.R. Samurai. Haha. Keep up the great work! Rich

    1. Thanks Rich.

      BTW, would you be surprised to know my daughter's name is Adora? She's the best part of my collection!

  4. Wow. Thanks for sharing. That’s amazing. In that case the new Netflix SheRa animated series with Force Captain Adora goes to the very top of the list! Rich


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