Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Action Figure Review: Mekaneck from Masterverse: Masters of the Universe New Eternia by Mattel


   It's been a couple weeks since I last reviewed a Masters of the Universe action figure and since I failed to put anything up for Masters of the Universe Day this year (oops!), consider this look at the Masterverse: New Eternia Mekaneck a belated Masters of the Universe Day review. I love Mekaneck and I've always been obsessed with doodling him. For some reason in middle school and high school I just got pretty good at doodling Mekaneck. Well, at least his head and helmet. I'd often give him different bodies, but I'd usually stick with his classic and cool helmet. Why? I don't know. Mekaneck is one of the New Eternia themed figures, so he's somewhat of a classic Masterverse take on Mekaneck with some new accessories and features that help him stand out a bit more. Ready to sneak a peak at Mekaneck, the Heroic Human Periscope? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 3/8ths inches

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

Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands, armor, 5 neck extensions, 2 piece club/ telescope, and shield.

Non-Scalper Price: $22 dollars

The Positives:

* Overall, Mekaneck is pretty faithful to the vintage figure. He's got a red and blue color scheme, though his bodysuit looks more like a type of armor rather than just something tight that shows off his muscles, and it's metallic blue. It looks great, especially against that red and silver armor. It's not the same as the Masterverse Stinkor's armor, either; Mekaneck's is unique and has some very cool details. The only things different from the vintage figure are the colors being a bit more metallic (especially the green belt), the furry trunks being longer, and there is an armored bracer on his left forearm. 

* Mekaneck's helmet is really cool and has a very Jack Kirby vibe to it. It really reminds me of something you'd see in the Fourth World books. The lenses are nice and reflective, too, so Orius can check out barbarian women without being noticed. Clever guy, Mekaneck!

* Besides having cool armored leggings in metallic blue, Mekaneck's boots also get a metallic paint app around the wrapping. The boots are grey but they've got some silver wrapping which just adds a nice little touch. 

* Mekaneck has pinless articulation, plenty of useful joints, and he's sturdy enough to really mess around with. He's really a fun figure, especially when you start using his neck extensions (which I'll get to in a moment). Mattel continues to improve the articulation on this line and Mekaneck's movement feels quite smooth with most joints having an excellent range of motion. 

* The Masters of the Universe Classics Mekaneck was the first version of he character to really allow for some lengthy neck extensions but this version is even more complex. Mekaneck has five separate neck extensions that can be used to lengthen his neck. Keep it small or go all the way! Each piece has a barbell joint on top as well, so there's lots of room for additional movement. 

* Mekaneck comes with a pretty basic set of swappable hands: Fists and standard grips. You might need a bit of heat to swap these out the first time, but the pegs are very solid and thick. They should swap in and out jus fine after the first time. 

* Mekaneck comes with his trusty club that also functions as a telescope. Yes, that is another function of it, too. It's a periscope, or a spyglass. Early on in design, Mekaneck was known as Spy Man, so his weapon also functioned as a spy tool to help keep an eye on the enemies. 

* Guess what? The top of Mekaneck's club can pop off and you can use it for another neck extension for him or you can attach neck extensions to the club, making it longer. Kind of like a whip or something. It reminds me of the Man-At-Arms concept design where the top of his mace was supposed to pop out and become a ball on a chain styled weapon. 

* Check out this cool shield! I love the print on it. It's snaps on to Mekaneck's forearm like Battle Armor He-Man's shield did. 

* He can stow it on his back, too. It fits right into the hole on his back for easy carrying. or protection from a rear attack. 

Mekaneck turned out really well and is one of my favorite New Eternia figures in recent memory. Heck, I've liked most of the New Eternia figures, but I still consider him top tier. It would have been cool if he'd had a swappable helmet like the vintage Spy Man concept art, but the extra neck pieces and the way they can mesh with his club are incredibly cool. Mekaneck is a Great and a 1/2 figure and this might be the best figure of him to date. I've not been reviewing all of the Masterverse figures recently but I do have one more New Eternia figure lined up for sometime soon. 

   If you're a Mekaneck fan check out my reviews of the 200x Mekaneck, MOTU Origins Mekaneck and Ground Ripper, 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.


  1. This 'armor' bodysuit is being used on the Revolution Man-Of-War too. :)

    Weird thing about this figure and New Eternia Tri-Klops. They both have normal human hands yet Mekaneck's are slightly larger. Odd, but ok. But then Revolution He-Man has the larger right closed fist of Mekaneck but the smaller left closed fist of Tri-Klops. And it looks a bit silly small on He-Man, so I gave He-Man the left closed fist of Mekaneck when Meks ain't using it. :P

    1. OK, that will definitely work for Man-of-War. I'm excited for that one.

  2. Another cool addition to this extensive Masterverse line. Didn't realize how many there were. Once again, great time to be a MOTU collector.

    1. Mattel is definitely keeping the line going pretty strong. Despite what naysayers say, Mattel is still pretty invested in MOTU.


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