Monday, April 12, 2021

Collectible Review: Skeletor from Geeki Tikis by Beeline Creative Inc.

   I told you I was going to wrap up the Masters of the Universe Geeki Tikis mugs, didn't I? Today I'm checking out Skeletor, the last of the six Tiki mugs from Beeline Creative Inc. Did I save the best for last? Not quite, as Mer-Man is still my favorite of the mugs, but Skeletor is pretty darn good. After reviewing six of these in a relatively short period of time I'm kind of running out of new stuff to say. Instead, I'll just take a minute and comment how interesting Masters of the Universe licensing has been over the past couple of years. For a property that was absolutely dominant for a brief few years in the 1980s MOTU really has felt like a niche property for most of the thirty-some years since the original line ended. Interestingly, though, it must have a pretty dedicated fan base or enough nostalgic goodwill to keep things going as more and more companies are putting stuff out. It's not a property like Star Wars, Pokemon, Marvel, or DC Comics that feels multi-generational now and is everywhere but it's definitely developed it's own respectable niche in pop culture. Someone's buying all of the MOTU stuff out there and it feels like we just keep getting more of it. Hey, MOTU Tiki Glasses! What a world, huh? Let's check out the Skeletor mug after the break...


The Facts:

Height: 7 1/8ths inches

Capacity: 21 fl oz.

Material: Ceramic

Non-Scalper Price: $20-$30 dollars

The Positives:

* Like the rest of the mugs in this series Skeletor is a ceramic mug that's designed to look like a wooden Tiki carving. He does have a painted face (more on that in a minute) but most of the mug is given a purple glaze that looks brilliant. It has a watery, slightly uneven color to it that really does look quite nice, bringing out detail even with just using one colorful. Would you call this a glaze? I don't usually review Tiki mugs or ceramic so I'm a bit out of my comfort zone here. I sure as heck review Skeletor stuff, though, and I can tell you this is the mug of a guy who is definitely, 100%, not nice!



* Skeletor is toting around his Havoc Staff! It's sculpted on the size and the detail work on it is pretty cool. I love the horns. The skull kind of looks like General Grievous, doesn't it? You know what? I'm completely OK with that.



* Skeletor's sculpt impresses me quite a bit, probably only second to Mer-Man. His design just looks really good in this format but the details on his armor and body is just fantastic. I love the way they rendered his feet, too. It's just super cool looking and captures the character so well.

* Oddly, I wasn't thrilled with the extra paint application on He-Man and I've kind of preferred the look of the mugs with no additional paint applications in the series like Mer-Man and Battle Cat. Skeletor's face is painted yellow and overall I really like it. I wish it looked a but more faded and worn but the paint itself is excellent and the way the faux wood texture is visible behind his skull is excellent. I'm definitely a fan of this.


* Spin him around and you can see the wood grain design on the back of the mug as well as the straps of his armor and the back of his hood.

   Skeletor is my second favorite of the Geeki Tikis and he's definitely getting a Great rating from me. Man, does he look swell or what? The design is exceptional and I'm just loving the purple and yellow colors used here. It's so much fun to get a Masters of the Universe item that looks so radically different than most of the other stuff in my collection. These guys stand out on the shelf nicely and make for a great set! I'm not sure that we'll see any more in the series but I'd definitely be down for a few others if Beeline Creative Inc. felt inclined to produce them. They're really cool pieces and the best drinking glasses in my collection.


I've reviewed so many toys of Skeletor/ Keldor that he has his own review archive. Check out Snake Mountain for all of my Skeletor reviews!

For more Geeki Tikis check out the following:

No comments:

Post a Comment

What'chu talkin' 'bout?