Saturday, October 17, 2020

Minifigure Review: First Appearance Trap Jaw from Masters of the Universe: Eternia Minis by Mattel


   I'm slowly but surely making my way through the Snake Mountain themed second series of Masters of the Universe: Eternia Minis and today I'm checking out another variant in the line: First Appearance Trap Jaw! In the earliest minicomics included with the vintage toys Trap Jaw was depicted with green skin. It was one of the oddities of the design process where teams seemed to work separately from each other but, over the years, the green skinned Trap Jaw has become quite popular among collectors. Mattel is always up for a repaint (which is always preferable to just repacking the same figure again) so First Appearance Trap Jaw gives them another use for the Trap Jaw mold from series one. Let's check out First Appearance Trap Jaw after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 2 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories: Claw attachment and 2 piece Castle Grayskull container

Non-Scalper Price: $5 dollars

ID Number: C

The Positives:

* It's Trap Jaw but this time he's green and silver! This is the same sculpt as the previous figure but with a new paint job. He really does look pretty awesome with a great sculpt, lots of detail (particularly on his arms), and even small, sculpted loops on his belt. It's not all accurate to the First Appearance Trap Jaw but it still looks pretty cool.


* Trap Jaw's robotic arm looks spot on and he comes with a claw. The claw is an odd choice as the laser blaster and the hook seem to be a bit more iconic, but it works and it is one of his vintage tools.


* While the series 1 standard Trap Jaw was weird and hunched over, this guy seems fine. I guess my series 1 figure was a fluke or something. This guy is quite articulated for a 2 inch figure and is pretty fun to play with. 

* 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 (Trap Jaw is "C"), so you don't have to buy these without knowing what you're getting. Second, the packaging is a very cool plastic Snake Mountain. It actually separates in half and you can connect them with other Snake Mountains to make a long chain of evil. It's a cool sculpt and some of the best blind packaging I've ever seen. The detail is insanely nice on this!



* Furthermore, the Snake Mountain container functions as a really cool display stand. There is a peg 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.

   While I don't like the color scheme of First Appearance Trap Jaw as much as the original Trap Jaw I do enjoy variants based on various character appearance sin MOTU history. First Appearance Trap Jaw also doesn't have the same weird lurch as the series 1 figure. He's a Great and a 1/2 minifigure and a fun addition to the line. Series 2 unfortunately doesn't have as many characters new to the MOTU Minis range of figures but it does have a few fun additions and this new version of Trappy is one of them.

Are you a fan of Snake Mountain? The check out my reviews of the Snake Mountain M.U.S.C.L.E. from series 3's Pack C and the plastic Snake Mountain cases from the series 2 Eternia Minis Faker, He-Man, and Beast Man.

If you're a fan of Trap Jaw/ Kronis, check out my reviews of the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Trap Jaw and the series 1 M.U.S.C.L.E. Trap Jaw, the Loyal Subjects Action Vinyls Trap Jaw (GID Edition), the 200x Mattel Trap Jaw, the MOTU Eternia Minis Trap Jaw, Super7's neo-vintage Trap Jaw, the ReAction Trap Jaw (Cartoon Colors), the MOTUC Trap Jaw, and the PowerCon 2017 set of minicomic Stratos, Trap Jaw, and Prince Adam, the Funko POP! Trap Jaw #487, the Vinyl SODA Trap Jaw, and the POP! + Pez standard Trap Jaw and Trap Jaw (Lavender Stem) dispenser.

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1 comment:

  1. I could see someone doing a custom paint job on that Snake Mountain. Articulation on any mini figure is always a plus.


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