I'm currently finishing up my reviews of the fourth series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures and today I'm checking out Stratos, the Winged Warrior of Avion! Stratos was one of the original eight figures released in the 1982 Masters of the Universe line and now, with his appearance in series 4, we have the original 8-back figures. That's a pretty cool little milestone for Origins! Stratos had a few vintage variants, the most common being whether he had red wings and a blue jetpack or blue wings and a red jetpack. For the series 4 figure Mattel went with the blue wings and red jetpack which is the same as the vintage Stratos figure I own. I've never been a huge Stratos fan and about the only time I've ever found him overly interesting was during the 200x era due to his characterization in the Mike Young Productions animated series. Still, I'm not passing him up, so here he is! Let's take flight with Stratos after the break...
Height: 6 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, calve swivels, swivel/hinge knees, ball jointed hips, waist swivel, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double ball jointed head.
Accessories: Wings, jetpack, and minicomic.
Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
* The MOTU Origins Stratos is on the left while the vintage Stratos is on the right. The designs are quite similar with the most noticeable difference being the brightness of the colors. The Origins figures overall are quite brighter as you can see from the picture. The wings on the Origins Stratos also only attach at the wrist rather than having a bicep band as well.
* Stratos looks like Stratos, so that's a plus. Despite not being the biggest Stratos fan I do like the look of the figure. The brighter colors look good on him and I'm glad he has the "hairy" body design all over (Zodac was missing the hairy torso). The red and blue paint highlights and accessories definitely add a nice splash of color to the figure and all of the expected details are present. I really like the look of the feathers on his shoulders straps. It's an interesting design choice that has always added a little bit more something to the figure. The early Mark Taylor designs for the character, dubbed "Wing Man" or "Bird Man," were much cooler than what we got, however.
If you're a Stratos fan then check out my review of MOTUC minicomic inspired Stratos, Trap Jaw, and Prince Adam, the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Stratos from series #2, the minifigure Stratos from the 200x Heroes Vs. Villains Gift Pack #1, the Mega Construx Stratos and the Mega Construx Heroes Stratos, the ReAction Stratos (Blue Wings), the deluxe Play Set from Colorforms, the Monogram International Stratos bag clip, the Club Grayskull Stratos, and Super7's Neo-vintage Stratos.
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