It's time for another review from the third series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and today we're checking out Roboto. I was pretty excited for Roboto as while he's a very memorable figure from the vintage line he's one of those characters who usually only shows up once per toyline and doesn't often get made by licensees. In my review of Mer-Man last week I commented that Mer-Man (and the rest of series 3) were 2020 releases. As I thought about it, that's actually not quite true. MOTU Origins was exclusive to Walmart in 2020 and Walmart did get some of their allotments of series 3 without the "New for 2021" logo at the top while my order from BBTS and other releases have the "New for 2021" logo. So, yeah, this guy is technically a 2021 release but there is a 2020 release as well. As far as I know they're the same figure with a packaging variant. Anyways, just one of those things maybe worth recording for in the future if we're arguing what year these guys came out. So, Roboto huh? He's bright, he's robotic, and his Masters of the Universe Classics figure was problematic due cracks appearing in the translucent plastic of his torso and his reversed shoulders (one of the first known cases of the infamous reversed shoulders if I remember right). Did Mattel come back and knock this guy out of the park to make up for that past craziness? Eh, not really. This guy has some weird issues, too. Let's check him out after the break...
* The MOTU origins figures are built like the vintage toys but with more modern articulation. While their bulky frames make the articulation a bit clumsy, they do feel like an evolution of the vintage line. Imagine what you would get if you mixed a vintage figure with a MOTUC figure. They're quite fun to play with and pretty durable, feeling more like a toy than a collectible.
* They're also modular. Like the
Masters of the WWE universe figures, these can be easily separated to
make your own lazy boy customs! Roboto has no removable head, though, due to his action feature.