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Monday, December 14, 2015
Action Figure Review: Dragstor from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Anyways, how does that lead us to Dragstor? He's a real mixed bag. He's got some problems, some oversights, some questionable decisions, and some really cool ideas all mixed together, kind of like the last six months of this line. Ready for a closer look at this motorized maniac? Then join me after the break...
Height: 7 1/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles w/ minor lateral rockers, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, mid-torso hinge, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball-jointed head.
Accessories: Crossbow and ripcord blade.
Non-Scalper Price: $28 dollars
* One thing that has been consistent with MOTUC figures for quite some time now is the quality of the articulation itself. These are some extremely durable and sturdy figures. The joints feel nice and tight and offer up a good range of motion. While Dragstor's mid-torso joint is blocked by his massive armor, that's really a necessity for keeping his design intact.
* Overall I'm pretty pleased with Dragstor's look. I like Dragstor's head as it reveals only his strangely reptilian eyes underneath a helmet and a breathing mask. While most of the Horde tends to lean towards the beastly and monstrous, Dragstor eschews an organic appearance in favor of a mechanical visage. His color scheme is pretty sweet and somehow even manages to pull off bright orange driving gloves.
* Here's Dragstor's backpack! It looks like a mac daddy drag racing engine and has a great silver color to it that brings out the detail. It's tough to see in this picture but there's also actually the sculpted hole where the ripcord would have went on the vintage figure. That's a cool detail as it looks like it could conceivably just be part of the engine design or Dragstor's armor.
* One of my favorite updates to the Horde figures in this line has been how most Horde members have received unique crossbows that relate to their unique talents and personalities. Dragstor's is really cool as it absolutely looks like engine parts from a dragster. I wonder what this crossbow fires? Exhaust fumes maybe? Or flames. Flames would be very, very cool.
* The crossbow can actually fit onto Dragstor's engine pack to make his engine look even more souped up. This doesn't look functional at all but it does look kind of cool. Concept images of the 200x Dragstor redesign featured more pipes similar to this so it's probable that this is paying homage to one of the characters we never saw updated in that line, even in Staction form.
*That cool crossbow I mentioned? The handle falls out of the socket very easily. Not sure why that is, but it happened. I've not had that problem with any of the other Horde crossbows before.
* So the handle for the crossbow I mentioned earlier? Here it is stuck in the top of the engine backpack. It's a real pain to get out of there and really requires either pliers or teeth; whatever is closest.
* So, how does Dragstor roll? Well, he doesn't I mean, you can lay him flat on the ground like this and he'll kind of look like he's rolling like the vintage figure but, without a functional wheel or the ability to look forward, he's really just going to be...spinning his wheels. Considering that so many figures replicated their action feature in some way and we've received a number of "deluxe figures, there really was no excuse to not make Dragstor actually roll.
*Personally I'm not too bothered by this but I do feel the need to mention a mistake on this figure: While the vintage Dragstor has a blue torso underneath his pipes and stuff, this figure's torso is black. I don't think it looks bad and it's not a distinguishing mark left off of the figure, but some folks hate it. I doubt this was a design decision on Mattel's part rather than just simple negligence, but it doesn't look bad. Your mileage may vary, however.
I've been a Masters of the Universe Classics reviewing machine! Check out all of these MOTUC reviews I've written:
Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (2008)
"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 Grayskull
Spirit of Hordak
Terror Claws Skeletor & Flying Fists He-Man
The Unnamed One