Monday, April 15, 2024

Action Figure Review: Rokkon from Masters of the Universe Origins by Mattel


   I actually missed Rokkon when he went up for sale on Mattel Creations a couple months ago but I managed to grab one from Ebay for a pretty decent price (honestly not much more than the retail price with the Mattel shipping cost), so I jumped on it. I still have my vintage Comet Warriors from when I was a kid, as well as my Meterobs, and while they've never been my favorites I do have an affinity for them. I have to admit, though, that I feel like I always mix the names for Rokkon and Stonedar up. They just don't stick with me for some reason. Anyways, let's hop in and take a look at Rokkon, the "Young Heroic Battling Boulder." Join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 5 1/4ths inches

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

Accessories: Light blazer gun and minicomic. 

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

The Packaging:

*  Like quite a few other Mattel Creations exclusive figures, Rokkon's packaging has been designed so you can remove the figure from the package without damaging the blister or the backer card. The blister folds over the backer card, kind of like a Mythic Legions figure. The only irreversible think about taking him out of the package is removing the plastic fasteners that help hold him in the bubble for shipping. This is really a nice way to handle these figures.

* The MOTU Origis Rokkon is on the left while the 1986 vintage Masters of the Universe Rokkon is on the right. The Origins figure is largely quite faithful to the vintage figure with more articulation and sharper details. The colors are quite similar, though the vintage figure has somewhat bolder colors. The boulder parts are thinner on the new figure as they're separate (though non-removable) parts of the figure rather than everything being sculpted in one piece like the vintage. 

The Positives:

* Rokkon captures the look of the vintage figure: A technologically advanced meteor man wearing some sort of armor that looks like the surface of a comet. There's a lot of detail on Rokkon's outfit including tubes, armored bits, and various control panels. The vintage figures were sculpted so that the six parts of the figure were each one solid piece with the meteor surface being part of the sculpt. For Masters of the Universe Classics, the Comet Warriors had removable "armor" pieces that served as the exterior of the meteor. Here, the armor isn't removable but the limbs and head have separately sculpted limbs. It looks pretty good and fits the Origins aesthetic well. 

* Rokkon is supposed to be the younger of the Comet Warriors, though I think he looks a bit older in his MOTU Origins incarnation due to the more detailed face sculpt. More lines on the face just tends to add age, I guess. If you like the design of the vintage toy, I imagine you'll like this. Without the crest/ comet part behind his head he'd look a lot like one of the guys from Tron. It's gotta be the helmet design, right?

* The inside of the comet panels really have a lot of detail, too, with lots of wires and electrical pieces. I know they're there on the vintage figure but they just seem far more pronounced here and add a nice bit of detail to the figure. 

* While the comet armor panels do interfere a bit, overall Rokkon has the same articulation as your average MOTU origins figure, though he does have that extra neck hinge which allows his head to fold into his body. Heck, you can even swap his parts like other figures, too. That can make for some really crazy looking lazy boy customs if you want.

* Can Rokkon fold up into a comet? Of course! Just like the original. It's pretty simple, too: Just fold his head forward, and position his arms and legs straight ahead. The outside looks pretty cool. You'll have to tweak the panels a bit more since there are more moving parts, but it works for the most part.

* The Mattel Creations page calls this a ray gun but the vintage toy packaging called this a light blazer gun. It's an old fashioned space ray weapon that definitely looks like the accessory from a 1980s toy. It's a weird design, but it works. The dish on the front isn't vac-metallized like the vintage toy, though. 

* The ray gun can fit in either of Rokkon's hands or it can plug into the center of his torso. It can stay plugged in there even when he's in meteor mode, too. 

* A unique minicomic is also included, too. Some people seem to hate the art in this one as it's quite exaggerated, but I think it's a fun enough little extra.
The Negatives:

* My only complaint with Rokkon is that his hip joints and legs are visible in the back, definitely killing the comet illusion from this direction. This definitely should have been engineered better.

   While Rokkon doesn't transform perfectly when displayed from the back, overall I'm quite pleased with him. I know not everyone loves the Comet Warriors but I've always liked them and this is a pretty nice update for MOTU Origins. Personally, I just like that the sculpt is more three-dimensional and fleshed out than the vintage figures, which seemed a bit "flat." Factor in the reusable packaging and the minicomic and this is a pretty Great version of Rokkon. Can Stonedar be far behind? I doubt it.

Looking for more of Rokkon? Then check out my review of the Masters of the Universe Classics Rokkon and Stonedar- The Comic Warriors 2-pack.

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  1. Ha! Have never heard of this guy. Love that he transforms into a rock!

    1. Yes, the vintage line had Rokkon and Stonedar, and both transformed into rocks. There were also the Meteorbs, round, egg shaped meteorites that transformed into various creatures and even a robot. They were based on a Japanese line called Tamagoras, but were released in the US as Masters of the Universe companion figures.


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