Thursday, April 2, 2020

Old School MOTU: He-Man from Dorbz: Masters of the Universe by Funko

   It's time for another review of....He-Man! Ok, yeah, I review a heck of a lot of He-Man stuff, but hey, who cares, right? I'm going to be doing a mini review series on Funko's Masters of the Universe Dorbz line. I've reviewed another MOTU Dorbz figure before (Man-At-Arms) and I'm guessing most of you probably aren't unfamiliar with the line. Funko is always trying new stuff and Dorbz was an attempt to get another line going to supplement their successful POP! vinyls. Dorbz haven't been seen at retail for over a year (there haven't been any 2020 releases and all of the 2019 releases were Funko Shop exclusives) and most of the MOTU releases all came out in 2017 (She-Ra was a late 2016 exclusive for 12 Days of Funko while the metallic Black Hood Skeletor/ Disco Skeletor was a 2018 exclusive for Big Apple Collectibles), meaning that this line seems pretty much dead at this point. I'm still not sure why Funko released Dorbz rather than focusing on more characters in the POP! vinyls lines? I know they want to releases different product ranges, but Dorbz and POP! seem too similar, you know? Anyways, let's check out the Dorbz He-Man after the break to see yet another take on the most powerful man in the universe...

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Toy Review: Battle Armor He-Man from Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips from Monogram International

    Monogram's new series of Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips has two chase variant figures which are obscured on the back of the package (it just calls them Exclusive A and Exclusive B) but I'm going to tell you who those exclusives are: Battle Armor He-Man and Battle Armor Skeletor! I've always loved the Battle Armor variants in MOTU and I was really looking forward to these figures. I ended up ordering them individually as I never pulled them from the packs I ordered and, ultimately, this seemed like the less expensive option. Today I'm going to check out Battle Armor He-Man, who is definitely my favorite of the two. I've always loved this outfit and while I'm not sure if it was my first He-Man figure ( I really can't remember if I got the original He-Man or Battle Armor first)n I feel like I've had him about as long as I can remember. This guy captures the spirit of the original figure (although he is toting a shield with Battle Armor He-Man didn't include) and you can take him wherever you want now! Let's check out Battle Armor He-Man after the break...

Monday, March 30, 2020

Action Figure Review: Ruin from Fortnite: Legendary Series by Jazwares

    Ready for a review that's not Masters of the Universe related? Then let's check out Ruin from Jazwares' Fortnite: Legendary Series.  Ruin is an outfit from Fortnite that appeared in Season 8 and is part of the Ruination set. He's an armored warrior with lots of guns, so you would think that he would be a slam dunk in this line. I mean, every other figure in this series has been quite good, so why not a big armored warrior, right? Wrong. Folks, I gotta admit that Ruin is the first figure in this line that I just don't like. It's a real shame, too, because he has some of the coolest accessories in the line to date. Sigh. Let's see how Jazwares ruined Ruin after the break...

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Old School MOTU: Spikor #20 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

    Ready for another Masters of the Universe POP! review? Then let's check out Spikor! Spikor was released in 2013 alongside of He-Man, Skeletor, She-Ra, and Hordak as part of the first series of MOTU POP! vinyls, which is pretty interesting since Spikor is definitely not an A-list character. Heck, Spikor isn't even a B-list character. I'd put Spikor as a solid C-list Evil Warrior. Originally appearing in the fourth series of vintage figures released in 1985, Spikor has a couple of minicomic appearances and appeared in three episodes of the Filmation series. He's a recognizable figure or sure, but definitely one of the big names. Why exactly did Spikor make it into the first series of POP! vinyls, then? My guess is it is either because his Masters of the Universe Classics figure was released in 2012, so he was probably recent at the time Funko was selecting characters for the line, or it is because he was simply someone at Funko's favorite childhood figure. Let's take a look at Spikor after the break and see how sharp he really is...

Toy Review: He-Man from Vinyl SODA by Funko

    Funko has started another line! Can you believe it? Of course you can, as they're always trying to put out something new to be the next POP! vinyl: Dorbz, MyMojii, Mystery MinisReally Big Mystery Minis, VYNL, Rock Candy, Vinyl Idolz, Vinyl Vixens, 5 Star, and Hikari all come to mind. Now we have another series and this time it's Vinyl Soda. I actually really like the concept of these: They're solid, non-articulated 4-inch figures sold inside of faux soda pop cans. It actually makes for a really cool collectible and when you display the figure next to the soda can, it's even better. These just started showing up around the time of Toy Fair 2020 and quickly made their way out to collectors. There are 10,000 He-Man figures made, although only 8,400 of those are this standard He-Man. The other 1,600 are a chase variant Slime Pit He-Man figure. I don't have that variant yet (these are sold in blind packaging, so you'll have to either buy multiples and sell off the rest, hope to get lucky, or pay an inflated price. I do hate blind packaged chase exclusives, though I really like these figures. Let's check out the Vinyl Soda He-Man after the break...

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Old School MOTU: Skeletor #19 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

    Since they released He-Man you just know that Funko had to release Skeletor! In 2013 Skeletor was released alongside of He-Man in the POP! Television: Masters of the Universe range. The original 2013 releases consisted of He-Man, Skeletor, Hordak, She-Ra, and.... Spikor? Yup, Spikor got a figure as part of the first releases. That's kind of crazy, right? Anyways, Skeletor was released in two other chase variants (a Gemini Collectibles glow-in-the-dark variant, and a SDCC "Disco" variant, both limited to 480 pieces) but this is the basic version of Eternia's main malevolent menace. Let's check out Skeletor #19 after the break...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Toy Review: Faker from Masters of the Universe: Figural Bag Clips by Monogram International

    I love Faker! While he was designed to be a simple repaint of He-Man utilizing Skeletor's armor and a sticker, he definitely has evolved into his own... well, Faker really hasn't ever got a lot of attention in media, so who's to say what he is? He appeared in one episode of the Filmation series, never appeared in the MYP cartoon, and has had random parts in various comic books. Like so many Masters of the Universe characters, Faker is popular simply because of his cool aesthetic. While you might think he'd be a simple repaint of the He-Man bag clip, Faker does have Skeletor's armor, so it's definitely a different mold. There's something else unusual about this Faker clip: He's actually sporting the magenta armor and sword from the vintage cross sell art! That's a pretty cool detail that definitely makes Faker stand out even more here. Let's check out Faker after the break...