" I have the power!!!"
The weekend before last I hit up a Target I don't get too very often and stumbled across a massive haul of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and some of the new Marvel Legends Super Villains. I found a full case of the MOTU Origins deluxe figures and was able to pick from the case the figures I wanted, so that was pretty exciting. I've been looking for the deluxe Battle Armor He-Man for quite a few months now so it was a pleasure to finally find him. Having him in hand, though, I'm quite mixed. He is a really fun figure with some great play gimmicks and a functional battle damage action feature. He's also riddled with the weird little QC errors and design issues that make this line so frustrating sometimes. Battle Armor He-Man is my favorite vintage variant and might even be my preferred He-Man in the vintage line. Let's take a look at the deluxe Battle Armor He-Man and see where the dents in his armor lie after the break...
* It's tough to criticize this design as it's just so iconic to me: I love the look of the silver battle armor over the classic He-Man outfit. He-Man's wrist cuffs and belt are a bit more subdued here than on the standard release and I think they tend to look better. I love the printed "H/M" logo on his armor, too, as it's a great translation of the original. The segmented bits of the armor and the shiny look of the plastic really sell the effect.
* Oh my gosh! Yes, yes, yes: The battle damage action feature actually works. Masters of the Universe Classics used swappable panels and that seemed to be what we'd end up with in Origins based on the figures from Masters of the WWE Universe but no, Mattel managed to actually include the real deal. This works just like the vintage and a gentle tap causes the armor to go from no dame to showcasing one dent, and then a second. It's simple but brilliant and really, really fun to play with.
* I think Mattel redid the vintage styled head as this looks way better to me than the vintage head from the SDCC 2019 2-pack. It's a pretty good likeness of the original He-Man figure with much better colors for the skin and the hair.
* Battle Armor He-Man comes with two interchangeable left hands. If you want a
figure closer to the vintage figure then you can use the open palmed
left hand. If you want BA He-Man to either be a lefty or to be able to
wield his sword and axe at the same time then use the grip. It's not a big
thing but it's a welcome feature that makes the figure just a bit more
* He-Man's axe looks pretty nice. It's the same mold we've seen on the standard He-Man figure but it's now molded in silver which just looks cooler than the blue-grey of the basic figure.