Thursday, April 9, 2020

Old School MOTU: Man-At-Arms #538 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko

    Since I just reviewed so many of the Masters of the Universe big guns in POP! vinyl form, let's check out another: Duncan, AKA the Man-At-Arms to the Eternian Royal Family. Man-At-Arms is about as A-list as you get in MOTU without being He-Man, Skeletor, or She-Ra. He's been in every incarnation of MOTU (except for The New Adventures of He-Man) and was fantastically played by Jon Cypher in the 1987 movie. Seriously, Cypher's Man-At-Arms was incredible! This Funko POP! version is based on the Filmation version, however, which is definitely the version of the character that all others are judged by. Man-At-Arms was a Funko Specialty Series release in September 2017, meaning he was sent out to comic shops, some e-tailers, and smaller retailers. Let's check out Man-At-Arms after the break...

 The Facts:

Height: 4 inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: None

Original Retail Price: Around $10 dollars

Year of Release: 2017


* Like the rest of the pre-2020 Funko POP! figures, Man-At-Arms has packaging similar to Masters of the Universe Classics with the Grayskull bricks on the bottom and an orange sky on the top. These boxes are extremely collector friendly so you can put your POP! back in whenever you want.

 The Positives:

* While most POP! vinyls have kind of a standard pose, Man-At-Arms is definitely in more of a battle pose than most. It actually looks like Funko may have been going for this pose from the intro to the cartoon series. With his symmetrical armor, wrist mounted laser, and mustache, this is a very Filmation inspired Man-At-Arms and he looks fantastic.

 * The portrait is great. Not only is Duncan sporting his cool armored battle helmet but he's also rocking the stache. Seriously, he looks fantastic. He actually looks a bit more intense than Man-At-Arms usually looked on the cartoon, though. Maybe Orko just did something to really cheese him off.

* Man-At-Arms is toting his mace around. Actually, he's got it pulled back a bit as if he's just itching to knock some Evil Warrior across the noggin with it.

* You know what's really cool about this figure? The presence of the laser cannon on his left forearm. Man-At-Arms used these in the Filmation series and Funko captured one in action quite well. I love this little detail!

   Man-At-Arms is another Great POP! vinyl in the Masters of the Universe collection. It's a good POP! figure with an interesting design and a really cool depiction of Man-At-Arms from the Filmation series. I also believe this is the first Man-At-Arms toy to depict his Filmation wrist mounted lasers (Super7's Club Filmation Man-At-Arms came out in early 2018, about 6 months after this one released). I'm really glad that Funko has more MOTU figures coming out soon but, I gotta ask, where the heck is Teela?

If you're a fan of Man-At-Arms, I've also checked out the Mega Construx Man-At-Arms, the minicomic Man-At-Arms from Castle Grayskull, and the toy Man-At-Arms from the Battle Bones set, the Dorbz Man-At-Arms, the ReAction Man-At-Arms (Movie) variant and blind boxed Man-At-Arms (Metallic), the Super7 Man-At-Arms and Crystal Man-At-Arms, and the M.U.S.C.L.E. figures from the #1 Masters of the Universe Set (Green) and the original He-Man, Teela, & Man-At-Arms set.

For more POP! Television, check out the following:
Buzz-Off #759 from Masters of the Universe
Crow #488 from Mystery Science Theater 3000
Elvira #375 from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
Ghost Charlie Brown #333 from Peanuts 
He-Man #17 from Masters of the Universe
He-Man (Slime Pit) #952 from Masters of the Universe 
Lucy Van Pelt #332 from Peanuts
Mr. Bean #592
Skeletor #19 from Masters of the Universe
Snoopy #330 from Peanuts 
Spikor #20 from Masters of the Universe
Stinkor #657 from Masters of the Universe
Tom Servo #489 from Mystery Science Theater 3000
Tri-Klops #951 from Masters of the Universe
Twisty from American Horror Story: Freak Show

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