Sunday, January 24, 2021

Action Figure Review: Terror Claws Skeletor #39 from POP! Retro Toys by Funko


   It's time for another Skeletor POP! review! Didn't I just review one yesterday? Well, yeah, but this one is different, isn't it? Funko has done quite a few Skeletor variants since the original POP! Skeletor back in 2013 but this one is based on one of the actual vintage variants: Terror Claws Skeletor! Terror Claws Skeletor was a 1986 release and was sold on a deluxe card like his counterpart, Flying Fists He-Man. I love that Funko is giving us more vintage toy accurate POP! vinyls under the Retro Toys banner and I have high hopes that they will someday recreate the entire vintage Masters of the Universe line in POP! form. You know, if they can get a Teela out, that is. Can you believe that it's been over 7 years and they haven't released a Teela yet? That's crazy! Anyways, this review is about Terror Claws Skeletor, so let's cut to the chase and check him out...

The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $9-$11 dollars


* Terror Claws Skeletor #39 is on the left while the previously released Battle Armor Skeletor #563, who I never reviewed, is on the right. They have the same headsculpts (with fairly different paintjobs) although Terror Claws Skeletor gets a brand new body.

The Positives:

* Terror Claws Skeletor is posed in a fairly neutral stance with his massive claws just hanging on each side of his body. Like nearly every other POP! vinyl out there he has a swivel head so you can have him looking around a bit on your shelf

 * Funko did a good job capturing Skeletor's vintage Terror Claws look. Some folks refer to his half armor as a sports bra but here it definitely looks like it covers more of his torso than the vintage figure did. There's even the little skull in the middle of his armor and they got the color of his belt right (this version of Skelly has a red belt with black trunks).


* The paint job isn't as light as it looks in this picture (the yellow and green are truly brighter than my picture for some reason) but it's definitely different from most other Skeletor POP! vinyls. That seems to be accurate to what I've seen of he vintage toy, which I don't actually own.

 * The terror claws are quite well done. They're massive and look like they could cause some real damage in a fight! I will note that the vintage figure had a dragon skull weapon that could attach to his back as well but Funko left it off. I'm not sure what they would have done with it or how that would have worked, though, so I'm OK with it.


* Turn Skeletor around and it's kind of cool to see that he's actually sculpted holding the handles of the terror claws. They could have just sculpted them as giant gloves which Skelly has his hands in but they definitely went in the direction of paying tribute to the vintage toy and I respect that.

   Yes, Terror Claws Skeletor is yet another Skeletor in the POP! vinyl range but I'll be darned if he isn't one of my favorites. He's really cool with some excellent details! Honestly, I'm not sure Terror Claws Skeletor has ever looked this good! The Masters of the Universe Classics version was a bit of a disappointment but this one just shines. Speaking of shining, I think Target has an exclusive metallic version of Terror Claws Skeletor out so if you're inclined you might want to check for that one, too. This guy is a Great and a 1/2 POP! and one of the best releases in one has been a strong series of POP! MOTU releases lately.

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  1. oh fudge, saw this last week... holdin out 4 an Origins release ..??

    1. I'm sure we'll get one. They've used the MOTUC Terror Claws on a couple of the Masters of the WWE Universe figures and they fit just fine on the Origins body, so it would be a pretty easy figure to make.


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