We're into the new year and I've still got three or four Masters of the Universe Origins figures to review. Today I'm checking out a special two-pack of Mekaneck and the Ground Ripper. I'm honestly surprised that Mekaneck didn't come out earlier since he's such a memorable figure with a very basic design, especially in MOTU Origins where he doesn't retain his vintage action feature. Like the Masters of the Universe Classics version of Mekaneck, this one has a removable head and a neck extension piece that pops on. The Ground Ripper (which is the name Mattel now uses for the vintage Road Ripper) also doesn't have it's vintage ripcord action feature; it just rolls around. Why did Mattel pair these two together. I'm not aware of a vintage two pack or gift set with these two (there was a set with the Road Ripper and Battle Armor He-Man) but there was some cross-sell art with Mekaneck on the Road Ripper. Maybe that's the inspiration? They're also both 1984 releases for the Heroic Warriors. They're finally in MOTU Origins, so let's check out this set after the break...
* I always expected that Mekaneck would be a deluxe release with a functional extending neck but here Mattel took a page out of the Masters of the Universe Classics playbook and gave the figure a neck extension piece. It attaches onto the neck and the head pops on top. It's nicely detailed with lots of wires and circuitry, like the neck of the vintage toy, and it does allow Mek to retain all of his articulation.
If you're a Mekaneck fan check out my reviews of the 200x Mekaneck, the M.U.S.C.L.E. Mekaneck from series 3, Pack D, the NECA micro-bust of Mekaneck, the Mega Construx Mekaneck from the Battle Ram, and the ReAction Mekaneck.
If you're looking for more of the Road Ripper/ Ground Ripper I've also reviewed the Netflix series He-Man and Ground Ripper set and the Eternia Minis He-Man and Ground Ripper.