Note: The staff shown with Horde Prime in many of these pictures was originally cut from the figure as released on Mattycollector.com. It was later released with the Great Unrest weapons pack.
Horde Prime was released on Mattel's own Mattycollector website on June 15th, 2012 as a monthly figure. Originally intended to be the yearly subscription bonus figure, Horde Prime was bumped to allow Shadow Weaver to take the place of the yearly subscription bonus. If you're not familiar with the appearance of this character, it is because his visage was (mostly) created for this line. The leader of the Horde Empire, Horde Prime relates to Hordak in much the same way as the Emperor related to Darth Vader. Also like Darth Vader communicating with the Emperor, in the cartoon series She-Ra: Princess of Power Hordak communicates with Horde Prime, who appears as a giant being behind a cloud of smoke and shadow. All we can see of Horde Prime are his massive gauntlets and the vague outlines of a head (or helmet). Since Horde Prime (possibly Hordak's older brother) never had a concrete appearance in the cartoons, minicomics, or toyline, Mattel allowed the Four Horsemen to create their own design for Horde Prime. Since the design they came up with is pretty spooky, he's being introduced here for 31 Days of Toy Terror. Enjoy!
+ I love the color scheme. Black and red look quite good together and really have been the Horde's distinctive color scheme. The extra silver pieces just go ahead and knock the appearance out of the park.
+Horde Prime has some really unique parts that are excellently sculpted: His helmet looks quite menacing when on (and vaguely resembles the outline of Horde Prime seen in the She-Ra cartoon). His hands are also excellent and very unique.
+Horde Prime comes with not one, but two head sculpts. The first head sculpt is excellent: it vaguely resembles Hordak himself, but appears to be older with longer features, large batlike ears, and is red and dark grey. I love it! The second head is based off of Horde Prime's appearance in the UK Masters of the Universe comics and is a light grey skinned head sculpt with drooping "whiskers" and a orange helmet with antennae. It doesn't look great on the body, but it is a cool extra.
-Horde Prime has lots of little details that look like they should have been painted. In fact, early press shots of the figure had those details painted silver, but that didn't make it into the final figure. Those probably would have made a good figure into a great figure. Horde Prime's chest is also really dull. He needed something there to spice up the figure more.
-Horde Prime has "bat" ears on his boots that have a tendency to come out of the package warped. This can be fixed via various methods or seem to correct themselves in time, but it is a little annoying.