Thursday, November 12, 2020

Action Figure Review: Beast Man #1039 from POP! Television: Masters of the Universe by Funko


   Funko continues to roll out an impressive array of Masters of the Universe product in their POP! vinyls line and today I'm going to start making my way through their New York Comic Con 2020 offerings. Yeah, NYCC 2020 didn't happen in person but Funko still sold their exclusives all the same. I found the NYCC process to be much easier than the SDCC 2020 sale, which was a pain. The first figure I'm going to be checking out is the 10-inch Beast Man #1039. Funko has released two other 10-inch MOTU POP! vinyls this year (Skeletor and Disco Skeletor) and it would seem that they're mighty popular as we've gotten a third one with a fourth (Battle Armor He-Man) on the way. Beast Man was available directly through Funko and is also a shared exclusive with GameStop where he has been fairly easy to find from my experience. Ready for Beast Man? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 9 1/2 inches

Articulation: Swivel head

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $50 dollars


* The new 9.5 inch Beast Man #1039 is on the left while 2017's Beast Man #539 is on the right. Not only is there a size difference between the two figures but they're actually completely different sculpts as well. Beast Man #539 is based on the Filmation design of the character while this new figure looks to be based on the vintage MOTU toyline. It looks like Funko is going to start putting the MOTU releases in their POP! Retro Toys soon, but design wise they've been there for a couple years.

The Positives:


* The oversized POP! figures are really impressive. While they're only 9.5 inches tall, they feel so much larger due to how wide and chunky they are. They look fantastic on display and really have a lot of character. POP! vinyls aren't usually known for their sculpts but it's impressive how nice they look in this larger scale.


* Beast Man usually turns out pretty well and I really like this new version based on the vintage toy. His orange is more orange than the reddish orange of the Filmation character and there is more visible hair to give him a more animalistic look. Of course, he's also able to turn his head and he stands in place quite well with no fear of tipping over.

* The headsculpt on Beast Man is really good and features some of the details from the vintage toy like the odd dimples on his nose. The paintwork is pretty cool, too. I like the blue details and how they're more subtle than on the previous POP! Beast Man.

* Beast Man's carrying a whip. Beast Man always carries a whip, though, so what sets this one apart? Well, it does have the hand guard from the vintage toy and it actually looks like it's braided. Pretty cool detail work here.


* Beast Man's collar and medallion are recreated from the vintage toy and, just like that toy, the blue on the medallion is kind of haphazardly sprayed on. It doesn't quite make sense but it's accurate to how the vintage toy was done so it gets a pass here. In fact, it's probably a good thing.


* Flip Beast Man around and you can get a better look at his spiked shoulder pads and the back of his furry collar. There's even a small clasp here, just like the vintage toy.

The Negatives:

* My Beast Man has some really weird stains on the ridge that runs across his head. What's up with that? These were there right out of the box. I wonder how these got there?


* There's some slop on Beast Man's hands around his wrist cuffs. It's a simple quality control issue but it's still a bit frustrating.

   Beast Man has some weird quality control issues which are disappointing but he's also the victim of a pretty stiff price increase. Both 9.5 inch Skeletors were $35, which seemed fairly reasonable, but Beast Man was ramped up to $50 bucks. Wow! A $15 dollar increase between June and October? Even GameStop has this guy for $50 (though you might be able to take advantage of a sale or use rewards bucks if you're a Power Up member). Overall, I'm giving Beast Man a Good. If he hadn't had the paint issues I'd rate him higher but the QC and the elevated price really hurt him.

I've reviewed so many Beast Man toys that he now has his own review archive! Check out Beast Manor for more Beast Man reviews!

For more POP! Television reviews check out the following:
Blast-Attak #1017 from Masters of the Universe
Buzz-Off #759 from Masters of the Universe
Clawful #1018 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 #991 from Masters of the Universe
He-Man (Slime Pit) #952 from Masters of the Universe 
Lucy Van Pelt #332 from Peanuts
Man-At-Arms #538 from Masters of the Universe
Mosquitor #996 from Masters of the Universe
Moss Man #568 from Masters of the Universe
Mr. Bean #592
Prince Adam #992 from Masters of the Universe
Skeletor #19 from Masters of the Universe
Skeletor #998 from Masters of the Universe
Skeletor #998 (Disco) from Masters of the Universe
Snoopy #330 from Peanuts 
Sorceress #993 from Masters of the Universe
Spikor #20 from Masters of the Universe
Stinkor #657 from Masters of the Universe
Sy-Klone #995 from Masters of the Universe 
Tom Servo #489 from Mystery Science Theater 3000
Trap Jaw #487 from Masters of the Universe
Tri-Klops #951 from Masters of the Universe
Tung Lashor #994 from Masters of the Universe 
Twisty from American Horror Story: Freak Show
Webstor #997 from Masters of the Universe 
Webstor #997 (Metallic) from Masters of the Universe 


  1. I've seen the oversized Skeletor POP a couple times in the wild, was VERY tempted. ...

    1. They are really, really nice. I only have the three MOTU ones thus far but my daughter has the giant Eevee. She stores her bracelets and things on EEvee's ears!


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