Today I'm continuing a tradition I've been doing for a few years now: Listing off my top 10 favorite (and my 5 least favorite) Masters of the Universe Classics figures of the past year. 2015 was a pretty big year for Masters of the Universe Classics as we not only saw the completion of the vintage toyline and every Princess of Power character but we also received the excellent Club 200x mini-sub, saw a glimpse of Snake Mountan, and learned that there is life for Masters of the Universe in the same scale for 2016. I've been doing this list for MOTUC for a few years now because it's one of the only toylines where I typically buy everything (or almost everything) and there's a ton of product released. Next year, however, has a smaller number of figures being released (or so it seems) and is going to have a number of figures based on the simpler style of the Filmaton cartoon, which I'm just not interested in (the style that is; I love Filmation and the characters), so there may not be enough stuff released to arrant an elaborate ranking. I keep up with these throughout the year with a spreadsheet and change things as my opinion changes and new figures are released. Ready to start the countdown of my top 10 and bottom 5? Then join me after the break...
The Top 10
#10. SssqueezeSssqueeze not only finished up the vintage Snakemen faction but he turned out to be one of those figures who really surprised me. I definitely wasn't looking forward to Mattel trying the bendable appendage thing again but it worked really well. Sssqueeze far exceeds the design of the vintage figure and ended up being an incredibly fun and colorful MOTUC figure. I love being surprised by a figure I wasn't really looking forward to!
Like Modulok, Multibot is a figure that comes in a number of pieces. He's a robot that can be assembled into a number of different crazy configurations or combined with Modulok to form MegaBeast. Multibot is an excellent example of how Mattel's engineering and quality control really improved in this line (at least for the first half of the year) to make some truly impressive and fun figures.
#8. Evil Seed
#3. Queen Grayskull
Another character from Club 200x on the list? Yup! That's how good this sub was! It's pretty crazy that while King Grayskull was the first figure in the line back at SDCC 2008, it took over 7 years for us to get his mate, Veena, AKA Queen Grayskull. She's a gorgeous figure who absolutely rocks. Great paint, lots of unique sculpting, some fantastic wings, and a cool staff.
Laser Power He-Man has my favorite headsculpt). He's just so incredibly detailed with really cool armor and some amazing paintwork. While it's a shame that the figure he's packaged with has yet to be completed, Snake Armor He-Man is absolute action figure perfection.
Negative #5. Laser Light Skeletor
Negative #4. Perfuma
I love Perfuma, but this figure did not do her justice. The head sculpt is wonky and the accessories are bizarre. Why give her a giant flower cannon that she can't even hold? This is probably my biggest disappointment of the year as I was really looking forward to Perfuma, but she just didn't make it through production unscathed.
Negative #3. Terror Claws Skeletor
Released in a two-pack alongside Flying Fists He-Man, Terror Claws Skeletor us just a boring figure that was translated from the vintage figure with little to no thought. His claws are boring and cheap feeling, his outfit is bland, and he's not even accurate to the vintage figure. Just dull.
Negative #2. Flying Fists He-Man
Flying Fists He-Man is MOTUC's version of Smash Blade He-Man. Enough said.
Negative #1. "Buzz Saw" Hordak
At the end of the day, "Buzz Saw" Hordak is what he is: A vintage based variant that really doesn't look much different than the original. In some ways, Mattel did put some effort into the figure (the fully opening chest was unexpected) but in others, this is a thoughtless repaint (missing the vintage figure's unique belt. Of course, there's also the still bitter sting of knowing this figure was originally intended to come with the upper snake torso of the 200x King Hsss figure which we now have to pay for. While I'm usually not a fan of Mattel including things outside of the subscription (I subscribe because I want everything, not because I want to play games trying to score chase exclusives and such) I do think "Buzz Saw" Hordak was one of the few figures who truly deserved to be outside of the sub. He's just not different enough to really warrant being a monthly or quarterly release. He's a downgrade in appearance from the first Hordak release and, other than his chest, fails to deliver anything new. This would have been the perfect place for a new Imp figure or a Filmation Hordak head extra. Instead, we get the MOTUC equivalent of Malibu Stacey with a new hat.
Oh, and the figure that gets my absolute #0, which means it's so bad that I actually skipped it.... Point Dread Teela!
Yeah, she's pretty horrible. Anyways, that wraps up my Masters of the Universe Classics 2015 run-down. You can check out my 2013 and 2014 rundowns here! Also, stay tuned for a few more top ten lists to wrap up 2015!