Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Minifigure Review: Packs A-F from M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7

   Like yesterday I'm going to combine all six of the series 3 Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. sets into one review. Rather than having to write six unique intros I get to write just one, so that saves me time. It also just feels right, particularly because two of the sets have shared figures. If you want to see all of Super7's Masters of the Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. offerings in one place then you are set! I really like this series. Super7 has gone back and forth on the style of these with series 1 having fairly realistic proportions, series 2 being far more stylized and overly cartoonish, and series 3 having a pretty solid grasp on the M.U.S.C.L.E. style. The roster keeps expanding and this time Super7 has given us some vehicles as well. Ready for a closer look at series 3? Then join me after the break...

 The Facts: Pack A

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars
 * Battle Armor Skeletor

We've has a few Skeletors in this line already but this one is sporting the classic Battle Armor and wielding his evil half of the Power Sword. Nice detail, especially on the chest armor and the face.
* Clawful

It's Clawful! When asked by Jonah Heston which monster he'd like to be friends with in the newest season of MST3K, Crow picked Clawful! Clawful is just that cool of a guy. This is a great figure, too, with a very pronounced claw and some great sculpting on his chest armor. How cool would it be to see this guy in red, right?
We'd watch TV in Clawful's trailer down by the shipping yard, and he'd teach me how to land a classy babe like his wife, Clawleen.

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 * Zodac

It's Zodac! He's cosmic! He has scaly arms! He's neutral! Zodac is a cool figure and I love his design and his pistol. Great work all around here, especially on his helmet. I really think series 3 of the MOTU M.U.S.C.L.E. figures has turned out to be the best thus far.
 The Facts: Pack B

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars
 * Roboto

Roboto looks great as the M.U.S.C.L.E. style really suits him well. He's wielding his claw hand and you can see all of the little gears and doodads sculpted onto his chest.
 * Two-Bad

Hey! It's two figures in one! You get both Tuvar and Badra in this set. Well, combined into one figure that is. The two-headed villain is pretty wide and has some mean, M.U.S.C.L.E. fists. Where's the shield, though? I've noticed that quite a few series 3 figures are missing their weapons and accessories. Bizarre!
 * Battle Armor He-Man

To go with Battle Armor Skeletor we also get Battle Armor He-Man. Wielding his might axe and some form fitting chest armor, He-Man is ready for hack and slash action. I really like the headsculpt on this one. Probably my favorite He-Man headsculpt in this series.
 The Facts: Pack C

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars
 * Faker

It's another He-Man! Wait, no, it's not! It's Faker! The evil robotic He-Man! Faker is wielding a fake power sword but he's decked out in Skeletor-ish armor. How cool would this figure be if it were cast in light blue?
 * Snake Mountain

I loved the little Castle Grayskull in series 2 and this little Snake Mountain is just as cool. It's an excellent replica of the original playset with the door on top, all of the creepy faces on the walls, and the giant snake sitting atop and ready to strike any unwelcome visitors.

* Turn it around and you can see the giant face as well as the wolf microphone.
 * Mossman

Mossman is one of my favorite Masters of the Universe characters so I'm really glad Super7 gave him a unique sculpt (as the original was just a repaint/ flocked version of Beast Man. He'd be better in green but this version looks appropriately mossy and furry. I wish he were scented though. 
 The Facts: Pack D

Height: 1 inch - 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 3 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars

 * Mekaneck

I do lament the fact that Mekaneck isn't wielding his traditional club but I love that his neck is extended. He's another great, classic character with those oversized M.U.S.C.L.E. fists and some excellent detail on his chest armor.
 * Prince Adam

It's another He-Man variant! This time it's the mild mannered Prince Adam, though, wearing his unusual outfit and wielding a sword.
 * Panthor

Like series 2's Battle Cat, series 3 includes a Panthor for Skeletor to ride. The Skeletor minifigure just fits right over the saddle for real cat riding action! I'd love a special three pack of Battle Armor Skeletor, Panthor, and Snake Mountain cast in purple.
 The Facts: Pack E

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 2 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars

 * Battle Armor He-Man

This set comes with the exact same Battle Armor He-Man figure as Pack B. I wish Super 7 had gone with a different mold but, as this scale, it's a bit tougher to complain about some reuse.

 * Wind Raider

The Wind Raider looks great! It's a fairly large minifigure sculpt and features some excellent detail such as the various features on the wings and the grappling hook on the front.

  * He-Man not only fits into the Wind Raider but he also stays in there pretty secure. The minifigures feet fit over a bar inside and it keeps the figure standing and secure, even when "whooshing" the Wind Raider around and upside down.
 The Facts: Pack F

Height: 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 2 figures

Non-Scalper Price: $6 dollars
 * Battle Armor Skeletor

Like with Pack E, in this pack you get a duplicate of Battle Armor Skeletor.
 * Roton

The Roton is one of my favorite MOTU vehicles and I absolutely love the size and detailing on this. It's excellent work by Super7!

 * Skeletor fits in here perfectly as well! How cool is it to have a miniature Roton!
  This is an excellent series of minifigures that fix some of the problems of the first two. Packs A, B, and C get Great and a 1/2, Pack D gets a Great, and Packs E and F also get Great and a 1/2 ratings. Super7 did a nice job on these and, considering that each pack costs $6, that's a real value. I'd love to see this line continue and bring in the later MOTU characters (Rio Blast, Scareglow), the Horde, some of the Princess of Power characters, and more vehicles. This is a cool series and it deserves to continue!

If you're looking for more reviews of some of these characters, particularly from Masters of the Universe Classics, I think I can help. Many of these characters were released in MOTUC before I ever started reviewing toy on this site, though, so keep that in mind:

Besides the various Series 2, Series 1, and the exclusive purple M.U.S.C.L.E. versions I've also reviewed the MOTUC Laser Light Skeletor and Terror Claws Skeletor.

He-Man, Besides the various Series 2 and Series 1 M.U.S.C.L.E.s, I've also reviewed the New Adventures inspired Galactic Protector He-Man, the future King He-Man, Laser Power He-Man and Flying Fists He-Man.

I've reviewed the MOTUC Two Bad as well. 

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