Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Wrapping Up 2023: Spikor from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


  2023 was another pretty impressive year for Masters of the Universe Origins, a line that keeps going and going. More figures (including a special emphasis on completing and fleshing out the Snake Men), more vehicles, and a Snake Mountain playset. The core line now seems to be mostly heading online while the sublines like the Filmation inspired Cartoon Collecton and the TMNT/ MOTU mashup Turtles of Grayskull will be hitting mass retail, so there's plenty more Origins styled figures to come in 2024 (including Eternia!). Today I'm checking out the last of the 2023 figures I received: Spikor. I'm pretty sure I received Spikor for Christmas one year, maybe in 1987 or so, and while he was never one of my top favorites I have always liked the guy. Getting Spikor also now leaves us with only one vintage Evil Warrior left to complete the vintage lineup: Two-Bad! Or is that two Evil Warriors? Hard to say. Let's take a look at Spikor after the break and see if this guy is still as sharp as a tack in the year 2024. Join me after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 5 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, calve swivels, swivel/hinge knees, balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double balljointed head.

Accessories: Spiked cub, minicomic, and two swappable tridents. 

Non-Scalper Price: $18 dollars

The Positives:

* This is an excellent translation of the vintage Spikor figure in the newer Masters of the Universe Origins body style. Those different shades of purple with bits of red and turquoise still pop and Spikor still benefits from having the standard, classic MOTU body but with a spiked chest. The spikes look excellent and do appear to be kind of sharp, but really aren't. 

* Spikor has a great headsculpt that combines some porcine features with the look of an inflated pufferfish. His bright yellow eyes and fearsome fangs definitely make him look a bit more frightening. The colors are brighter on the Origins Spikor, as is typically the case, but that really makes the detail on his portrait stand out just a bit more.

* Spikor has spikes the whole way around. Just rotate his body and you can see his magical spiked armor. 

* Instead of a left hand, Spikor has a trident weapon of some sort. In some comics and cartoon it can fire energy beams or spikes, but on the vintage toy it really just looks like a trident. The trident swaps in and out, so rather than the sliding trident of the vintage toy, here you swap out for the longer trident. 

* And here it is! Pretty nifty! Just pop out the red wrist piece and swap it for the longer piece. At first I was hoping he'd actually have the sliding trident of the vintage toy, but now, realizing that would kill the arm articulation, I can see why Mattel went this route again (the MOTUC Spikor functioned similarly). 

* 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 or Masterverse figure. They're quite fun to play with and pretty durable, feeling more like a toy than a collectible. They're also modular and can be easily separated in many places to make your own lazy boy customs! 

* What does a guy covered in spikes with a spiky trident for a left hand need? How about more spikes? That's what Spikor has for a weapon: A spiked mace. It's bright orange and looks like it would really hurt if he thwapped you with it. 

* Spikor comes with a minicomic shared between the other figures in this series. It's a short one, but it's still cool that Mattel includes these. They have fantastic art!

   Spikor is an excellent Masters of the Universe Origins figure! He has some cool accessories, great colors, and he's very faithful to the vintage toy. At the end of 2023 we're left with only 12 vintage Masters of the Universe characters who still need to be made, which is impressive considering the line has already given us many other characters in the vintage style along with plenty of never before made characters. Spikor is one of the more well know figures from the vintage line and Mattel has updated him nicely. He gets a Great and a 1/2 from me.

If you're a fan of Spikor, AKA Kleffton, then check out my reviews of Super7's Filmation inspired Spikor, the Masterverse Spikor (MOTU: Revelations), the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Spikor, the Vinyl SODA Spikor, the POP! + PEZ Spikor dispenser, and the POP! Spikor #20.

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