Friday, September 4, 2020

Minifigure Review: He-Man from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis by Mattel

   It's time to check out another figure from Mattel's first series of Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis and today we're checking out the main main himself: He-Man! This line is really a continuation of the 2014 Masters of the Universe Minis line that Mattel sold through but they're now sold individually packaged little plastic Castle Grayskulls. He-Man is actually a pretty desirable figure in this series as we never got the original He-Man in the 2014 line. He appeared as a SDCC 2013 exclusive with Skeletor, but those figures were a bit larger than the figures Mattel would eventually release. I checked out another Heroic Warrior, Buzz-Off, a couple days ago, so let's jump in and check out He-Man after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Power Sword and 2 piece Castle Grayskull container

Non-Scalper Price: $5 dollars

ID Number: A


* The new Eternia Minis He-Man is on the left, the original larger sized SDCC 2013 He-Man is in the middle, and the Battle Armor He-Man from the MOTU Minis line is on the right. The Eternia Minis He-Man is largely the same sculpt as the SDCC 2103 version but smaller. He also shares arms, legs, and a head with the Battle Armor He-man. His skin is more bronzed than the older and larger figure, too.
The Positives:

* I love the chunky, brawny look of this He-Man figure. He looks like a scaled down but super stylized Masters of the Universe Classics figure. Overall the paintwork is quite nice and the colors really pop. The classic He-Man looks fantastic in this style!

* The headsculpt is quite nicely done, too. While we've seen it before it's no surprise that Mattel is using it again. The over sized grimace (or is it a grin?) definitely feels like an exaggeration of the vintage toy's expression while the large, lantern jaw seems fitting for the most powerful man in the universe.

* He-Man includes his Power Sword with him and it's molded in a metallic silver color. This series only give each figure one weapon apiece, though the price is less than the MattyCollector figures from a few years back so it works for me. He can hold it securely in either hand.
 *  The Eternia Minis come blind packaged but it's actually not a bad thing at all. First, there is a very prominent code on the bottom of the package identifying the figure inside (He-Man is "A"), so you don't have to buy these without knowing what you're getting. Second, the packaging is a very cool plastic Castle Grayskull. It actually separates in half and you can connect them with other Grayskulls to make a long chain of castle faces. It's a cool sculpt and some of the best blind packaging I've ever seen.

* Furthermore, the Castle Grayskull container functions as a really cool display stand. There are two pegs on top that plug into the figure's feet. When you connect a row of these together you can have a long display stand for multiple figures.

The Negatives:

* While the straps of He-Man's power harness are painted neatly it seems like Mattel just straight up neglected to paint the sides or edges of the harness. That's kind of weird, right?

   It's nice to finally have a standard He-Man in scale with Mattel's other minis. It seems like Mattel has some big plans for this line with the second series already hitting and two more planned, so having He-Man is going to be a figure lots of folks probably want to pick up. He's a Great figure and a lot of fun. I really like the over-the-top muscular look of these little guys. They're really fun to play and they look great on display. Happy hunting in tracking this set down!

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