This year for Masters of the Universe Month I'm paying tribute to the vintage 1984 series of Masters of the Universe action figures by looking at how those characters have been reinterpreted in toy form over the past 38 years. Today I'm getting the chance to look at two figures from 1984, Orko and Prince Adam, who were sold as a set in Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics line. Masters of the Universe Classics began in 2008 with a SDCC release (King Grayskull) and over the next twelve years became the most expansive Masters of the Universe toyline of all time. For SDCC 2010 Mattel released a very special figure: Orko, with Prince Adam as an "accessory." Seriously, the package just listed Orko on the name card while Prince Adam was tucked down behind the name card, largely hidden from view. The version actually released at San Diego Comic-Con was actually different than the standard release I'm looking at today. The true SDCC exclusive had Orko molded in translucent plastic that allowed him to "disappear" when exposed to heat. I never picked that version up as, at the time, I just wanted the classic looking Orko. This one was released throuhg MattyCollector.com. The 1984 MOTU line definitely benefitted from the popularity of the Filmation animated series "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" and saw the inclusion of Orko and Prince Adam due to their appearance on the show. They're still two of my favorites and considering my love for Masters of the Universe Classics, you know I'm probably just going to be heaping praise on this lovable duo. Let's check out Orko and Adam after the break...
The Facts: Prince Adam
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ lateral rocking, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a double ball-jointed head.
Accessories: 2 Portraits, Power Sword, and half Power Sword.
Year of Release: 2010
Original Retail Price: $25 dollars
* Orko looks incredible, doesn't he? While today there are multiple "Filmation accurate" Orko figures, back in 2010 we really only had the vintage figure and the 200x Orko. The colors, the size, and the sculpt really do capture Orko's appearance in the Filmation series perfectly. It's a clean, sculpt with just enough detail that he fits in with the rest of the MOTUC line perfectly.
* Orko's next accessory is.... Prince Adam? Haha. Yeah, Mattel did market Prince Adam as an accessory in this set. It was kind of funny, though I know there were some folks who collected carded figures that wanted a single packaged Prince Adam. I've always loved Prince Adam and this is a pretty nice version of the character. Like the vintage Prince Adam, this one is largely a reuse of the MOTUC He-Man with a new vest piece. The colors are excellent here. They're still bright and noticeable but they're subdued a bit to fit in with the MOTUC aesthetic as an update of the vintage toy. There are lots of cool little extras like the wash on his purple trunks and his silver bracers that enhance the detail of the costume, nicely upgrading the vintage design.
* Many of the early MOTUC figures suffered from some loose joints and while Prince Adam overall has very tight articulation, his left ankle is definitely a bit loose.
I've reviewed so many toys of Prince Adam/ He-Man that he has his own review archive. Check out Fabulous Secret Powers for more He-Man reviews than anywhere else on the web.
If you're an Orko fan I've also reviewed the MOTU Origins Orko, Super7's vintage styled Orko and Shadow Orko, Sideshow's exclusive Orko statue, the Masterverse Savage He-man who comes with Orko, the green Orko M.U.S.C.L.E. minifigure from the #1 Masters of the Universe set by Super7, The Loyal Subjects Orko, the Orko pin from the GameStop Funko Masters of the Universe box, the Orko POP! + Pez dispenser, the POP! Orko #566, the Dorbz Orko, the Pint Size Heroes Orko, the Geeki Tikis Orko mug, the Micro Collection Orko, the Monogram International Orko figural bag clip, the standard Orko ReAction figure, and the boxed ReAction Orko (Cartoon Colors).
For more reviews from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics check out the following:
The Orko figure is great.ReplyDelete
The packaging always amused me the way Adam is just laying down there almost hidden like Orko just killed him. :O
And just like that.... MOTU got really, really dark. Actually, that might have been a plot point from the modern DC comics series....ReplyDelete
Hm yeah they did make Orko super-evil so it could happen.Delete
I'm still a lil disturbed by one of those DC stories where it turned out Randor that we'd been following for many issues was King Hiss all along and Randor was dead and it was implied he'd been dead for a looong time. Yeah, DC MotU got pretty dark as you said. Still not sure if I was a fan of it. Like, I enjoyed some of it but then it just felt like it wasn't fun anymore. Revelation had some mature content and blood and such but it never went super depressing like DC, and I was even cheering in the final episode with certain events like Teela becoming Sorceress, Orko resurrected as a badass. I like to cheer for the heroes. :P
I re-read a good 3/4ths of the DC series earlier this year and I liked it better the second time around but, yeah, there are times when it was needlessly dark. The storyline of the heroes traveling through subternia with Randor was really cool, though, and that was a crazy twist. I wasn't a fan of some stuff like a random panel with Flutterina being impaled by a sword, though. Stuff like that just seemed needless and somewhat out of character for MOTU. It's the same way I felt about Fisto and Clamp Champ just getting killed unceremoniously in Revelation. Why?Delete