gold Star Wars figures being released for Rise of the Skywalker. Of course, when you have something where a gold variant legitimately makes sense, it can be kind of cool. Gold Statue He-Man is a metallic variant that is legitimately based on an episode of the Filmation cartoon series, The Shaping Staff, where He-Man is turned into a gold statue so that he can be replaced by Faker. It's a pretty scene specific variant, but you know what? I'll take it! Let's check out Gold Statue He-Man after the break...
Height: 5 1/2 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge hips, spring loaded swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Power sword, harness, 2-piece shield, and art card.
Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars
*On the left is Gold Statue He-Man while the standard Super7 He-Man figure is on the right. These are definitely the same figure, simply with different paint applications. If you have He-Man, or Robot He-Man, then you should know what to expect.
* Gold He-Man is...well, gold. Yup. If you've wanted a solid gold looking He-Man figure, this is it. Seriously, it actually looks pretty cool. The plastic does have a nice metallic sheen to it. I've heard some folks complain that he looks too yellow in pictures, but in hand I definitely think he looks very much like he's made of metal. Or like he's been painted gold by Auric Goldfinger.
* Super7 is going with a Filmation inspired look for these figures and He-Man thus has the appearance of his Filmation counterpart rather than the vintage toy counterpart. It's a pretty good look. I do like that Super7 painted the eyes and eyebrows, too. It gives the figure a bit more character, matches the cartoon cels, and just makes it a bit more interesting overall.
* Gold Statue He-Man moves just like the earlier figures in the line and feels more like a vintage figure. He still has the
swivel/hinge hips of this line rather than the elastic bands of the
vintage toys, but it works. If you liked the vintage toys you'll like
this I should think.
* He-Man comes with the same three weapons that the standard figure has: A standard Power Sword, a half Power Sword, and a shield. They're also gold, so you can use them with this figure or mix them up with some other 5.5 inch MOTU figures for customs.
* I really am quite fond of the art cards included with these figures.
They kind of mimic
the look of the minicomics in the vintage packaging but they're a simple
cardstock art print. On the front is a really cool image of Robot He-Man
from Emiliano Santalucia while the back features an image of the Filmation model of the character and some text.
* The shield is made from two different pieces, which wouldn't be a
problem in and of itself, but the fact that it comes off so easily is
pretty frustrating. Also, it just doesn't fit on He-Man's left hand
terribly well. The clasps are a bit too hard, so be careful.
* I wish Super7 would have given us some different art for this variant.
I know they're trying to get some more mileage out of molds, especially
now that Mattel is putting a hold on this line so that it doesn't
effect the sales of the Masters of the Universe Origins toys next year,
but c'mon! A little extra effort would have been nice!
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- Fabulous Secret Powers
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- The Harley Quinndex
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- Tosche Station
- A Tour of the DC Universe Podcast