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Monday, May 16, 2016
Action Figure Review: Vultak from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Lateral hinged ankle rockers, vertical hinged ankles, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, hinged mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged wing bases, mid-wing swivel, and a ball jointed head.
Accessories: Crossbow, chest armor with attached wings, and collar with rope.
Non-Scalper Price: $24-$27 dollars
* As has been the case with MOTUC for quite a few years, these are some solid, sturdy action figures. Vultak reuses a number of parts from previous figures but that's OK as he is tons of fun to play with. All of his joints feel nice and sturdy and he has that chunky, durable quality that makes the figure feel definitively MOTUC. He'll fit in just fine with the rest of your collection!
* Check out these wings! They look awesome! I love how dark and creepy they are! The sculpt is shared with Angella and is very intricate (I think they might be based on the older DCUC Hawkman wings) and really works with the figure. They also have some useful articulation as the swivels at the top allow the wings to spread out so Vultak can take flight.
* While having a little bit of a Filmation style, Vultak manages to both blend in with the other MOTUC figures and to look really, really creepy. Seriously, this guy is odd looking. Imagine if Panthro from Thundercats became a Doctor Who villain: This is what you'd get. Those big red eyes, point ears, and massive chin just creep me out. I'm really digging this guy.
* I love Vultak's creepy bird feet. If these are a reused part I'm not recognizing them. They seem new and they manage to really fit the character while still having that classic MOTU vibe. The sculpted detail on them is quite excellent, although it is a bit odd that they have furry "boot tops" on them. What's the story there?
* One of the coolest things the Four Horsemen have done when crafting these figures is creating a unique crossbow for most members of the Horde. Vultak has his own unique crossbow that looks like it has wings and feathers. It's a great angry red color and looks pretty incredible.
* Vultak's second accessory is a leash. In the Filmation series he captured Kowl with this item in order to fill some sort of evil menagerie for the Horde (the Horde didn't always have the best plans, to be honest). The rope is kind of under-detailed but the collar is great. It has a metallic paint job and actually opens so you can have Vultak capture anyone you want!
* The only problem I have with this figure is that there are some errant metallic blue paint slop up and down his left arm. What happened here?
This is the first Vultak figure ever released! If you're interested in more Masters of the Universe Classics reviews, I've got you covered:
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
Laser Power He-Man & Laser Light Skeletor
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