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Monday, October 19, 2015
Action Figure Review: Saurod from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 7 1/2 inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinged hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a barbell ball jointed head.
Accessories: Chest armor and laser pistol.
Non-Scalper Price: $26-$28 dollars
* Like nearly every other MOTUC figure released over the past year or two, Saurod feels very solid and durable. He has a good range of motion in most of his joints and there's nothing about the figure that feels fragile or breakable. These figures are absolutely made to be posed and played with!
* Saurod is one of the most impressive sculpts seen in this line. His head sculpt is easily of the quality that I expect to see from a company like NECA when they're doing their best work. The paint on the eyes is amazing! There was truly nothing held back here. There really is very little reuse as well; the only thing that seems reused is his torso. Of course, that's covered by the armor that has lots of little details and some great dents and dings in it. There really is some great texturing on the various pieces of armor to show off the wide variety of materials utilized.
* I love Saurod's pistol. It's a very cool, understated little weapon that I imagine packs a lot more punch than one might expect. Saurod has a leather holster on his right hip which the pistol can slip inside. It's a tight fit but it does look incredibly cool.
* Guess what? When you turn Saurod you get even more detail. His tail and the armor covering it is really cool as is the odd ponytail thing hanging down from his helmet. Saurod is really just a fun figure to stare at as their are many little details that are fun to discover.
*While Saurod's armor is incredibly detailed, I really wish that Mattel had given the figure a darker wash to help bring out the smaller details. It really would have taken things to the next level.
* Saurod is wearing a fairly complex and layered outfit. It's clear that he has on bronze armor but what might not stick out at first is that he is wearing some bluish green chain-mail armor over his green torso. It's a bit tough to tell the difference at first glance. Maybe differentiating these two colors a bit more would have been a good idea?
I've reviewed many other Masters of the Universe Classics figures, including:
"Buzz Saw" Hordak
End of Wars Weapon Pak
The Fighting Foe Men
Galactic Protector He-Man
Galactic Protector She-Ra
Heads of Eternia
Loo-Kee and Kowl
Mara of Primus
Ninja Warrior/ Ninjor
Rokkon & Stonedar
Rotar and Twistoid
Sky High with Jet Sled
Snake Armor He-Man and Battle Armor King Hsss
Spirit of Hordak
The Unnamed One