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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Action Figure Review: Batros from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Shokoti and Eternos Palace King Randor come to mind) and in fact looks like he could easily have been based on a vintage figure from the first year or two of the original vintage line.
Batros comes with all of the standard joints you would expect to find on your average MOTUC figure: hinged ankles with some lateral "rocking" motion, swivel botts, hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, a swivel waist, a mid-torso hinge ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. I love the MOTUC articulation and it's all perfect here. Nice tight joints and excellent QC. While Batros' wings are molded onto his biceps and feature no articulation themselves, you can still get some excellent poses out of him whether he's flying or standing.
His accessories are pretty limited, too, as he doesn't even come with two accessories, unless you count his neckpiece and his harness (pieces never counted as accessories until Netossa earlier this year). The only accessory he does come with is reused: Spikor's mace. It's molded in black this time and features red spikes, so it actually looks pretty awesome and works great with the character, but I'm shocked that this is all we get. Maybe a stack of books (or one individual book)? Another Filmation artifact? I guess Mattel had to budget for the wings and extra armor pieces here.
Overall, I love Batros design and the way he was translated into MOTUC, but I can't help but shake my head at his lack of accessories and his glaring paint issues. If it weren't for the paint issues, I'd still easily be able to consider Batros a Great figure, but with those factored in he's more Good and a 1/2. I'm glad to have him as an eerie bat warrior never goes unappreciated, but I hope his paint problems are a one off issue and not the beginnings of something new for Mattel.
Confirmed: Good and a 1/2