Saturday, August 26, 2023

Action Figure Review: Buzz-Off from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: New Eternia by Mattel


   Ready for a look at the Masterverse Masters of the Universe: New Eternia Buzz-Off? Like most of the Masterverse figures, this is both an updated version of the character and a pretty solid vintage accurate figure. I like Buzz-Off quite a bit. He's one of the few early vintage figures I never had as a kid, but he appeared in so much MOTU stuff that he just always seemed synonymous with MOTU to me. In the bio on the back, Buzz-Off is now hailed as the King of the Andreenids after he aided them in the wake of the Cataclysm (not quite sure what that is; sounds ominous!) which destroyed the Great Queen's Nest. He fights; he flies he's a Heroic Spy in the Sky! Let's check on Buzz-Off after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel smaller wings, swivel/ hinge larger wings, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged pincers, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: Axe, helmet, and harness.

Non-Scalper Price: $22-$23 dollars

The Positives:

* The head is kind of different on Buzz-Off, which I think is for the best.  I mean, he's still clearly Buzz-Off, but he doesn't look all smiley and friendly. He looks... kind of emotionless, with an armored face. There's... maybe a long mouth, there. Maybe. It looks kind of like a big robot jaw. The Adreenids are interesting because while they're Bee People, they also have bits of their bodies and such that look techno organic. Check out those eyes: They're almost robot-like, too. Very cool.

* Without his additional armor on, Buzz-Off matches the vintage figure quite nicely. There are some newer elements like his gold bracers and his kingly belt, but everything else is kind of what you remember. You, not me. I didn't have Buzz-Off as a kid. The arms and torso have lots of sculpted detail and there's even some nice shading on Buzz-Off's forearms. 

* Buzz-Off comes with a bronze harness that matches his belt and bracers. I can't find this as being from anywhere, so I'm assuming it's new for this figure. Buzz-Off never had armor, so it's kind of exciting that he finally has some. It's not the greatest thing ever, but there's nothing wrong with it. He does look cool a bit more armored up. 

* Like Clawful, Buzz-Off has pincer hands. Buzz-Off's hands match, however, and are hinged for pinching action. 

* His wings are translucent, articulated, and designed to look like... well, like circuitry, kind of. Again, there's a very techno organic pattern here that seems almost like it's designed rather than natural. Very curious!

* Buzz-Off has the same legs and feet as Clawful, just colred differently. His brown boots look like they have some black swirled in and there's some shading on his lower legs as well. 

* The New Eternia helmet is way cooler than any previous helmet. The eyes are massive and really have a cool, metallic blue coating on them. The helmet is also just really well designed with the shape of a war helmet. It's translucent, too!

* Buzz-Off's axe is a very dark blue with a metallic sheen. The handguard is placed on the side which makes it easier for him to hold. 

* Buzz-Off is a mixture of new and reused parts, but he has the same articulation as most other Masterverse figures which is a great thing. He's really nicely made and is just tons of fun to pose, especially with his pincers and those wings. he looks very dramatic!

   Buzz-Off gets an above average rating from me. A "B" rating, if you will. Get it? B? Bee? They're homonyms. Buzz-Off is really good, though, and he gets a Great and a 1/2 rating from me. Whether you like the armored up New Eternia aesthetic or just want a very retro inspired Buzz-Off, this figure delivers. Another weapon would have been very welcome, but it's tough to complain about everything great that we've got here.  

   If you're looking for more of Buzz-Off,  check out the following: The vintage Buzz-Off, the MOTU Origins Buzz-Off, the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Buzz-Off and series 1 Buzz-Off, the Funko POP! Buzz-Off, the MOTU Eternia Minis Buzz-Off and Horde Zombie Buzz-Off, the Mega Construx Buzz-Off from the Eternia Battleground set, Super7's neo-vintage Buzz-Off, and the 200x styled Buzz-Off head from the Heads of Eternia pack.

For more Masterverse reviews check out the following:
Sun-Man: Rulers of the Sun


  1. Buzz Off was always one of my favorites.

    1. Yeah, he just seems like such a likeable guy. I never had him and Ram-Man as a kid, but they always seemed to me to just be at the heart of what MOTU was about.


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