Now that Funko has placed the Masters of the Universe license under the POP! Retro Toys banner they've been going back and redoing some previously released characters in the style of the vintage toys rather than their Filmation looks. Today I'm checking out the Funko Shop exclusive Mer-Man #91 which is a variant of the standard release Mer-Man #88
that I reviewed back in early October. This guy is mostly a blue-green repaint of the previous Mer-Man with a new weapon. It's not a terrible variant as Mer-Man being depicted as blue has a long history in MOTU art and advertising, plus he has the spear from the 200x line to further spice things up. The last time I checked he was on sale for Black Friday as well, so you ca now pick him up for about $9 bucks instead of the usual exclusive price. Let's dive in and check out Mer-Man after the break...
Height: 4 inches
Articulation: Swivel head
Non-Scalper Price: $15 dollars
* The Funko Shop exclusive Mer-Man #91 is on the left while the standard Mer-Man #88 is on the right. The only differences are the skin colors and the right arm/ hand which holds the weapon. The exclusive Mer-Man gets the trident included with the 200x version of the character while the classic version gets the classic "corncob" sword.
* Mer-Man's standing in a bit of a battle ready pose that kind of looks
like the look of the vintage toys. You know, they were sculpted in a
semi-crouched battle pose, too. He's got a swivel head and he's holding
his spear out at the ready. This fishy fiend is ready to cause some
havoc for the Heroic Warriors and he looks good posed sideways, though with his swivel head he can look any way.
* Mer-Man looks excellent. I'm not as big of a fan of the blue Mer-Man as I am of the green Mer-Man but I do like the look of the figure and the overall colors. He's
got fins sculpted on his arms and he has very long, fishy fingers,
too. The armor looks great with lots of sculpted detail on the plate.
* The headsculpt is really different from the previous Filmation
inspired release and while I've never been the biggest fan of the
vintage Mer-Man head I think it looks awesome here. I think I like the
solid black eyes. They're way more fish-like and inhuman! Those teeth
are vicious looking as well, like on some crazy fish like a piranha.
* I still get a kick out of the fact that Funko sculpts the clasps for
the back of the armor just like the vintage toys had. Since they're
sculpted they're less fragile than the vintage toy armor, too!
* The trident is really cool and definitely helps to make this guy feel more unique from the previous release. It's a cool looking weapon that's very regal for the king of the sea of Rakash.
Mer-Man is pretty cool but not as good as the standard release. He also doesn't seem to be that popular, oddly enough, as he's still available on Funko Shop and is on sale for Black Friday. I like him, and I'd give him a Good and a 1/2 rating, though the standard is still the better choice. Which color Mer-Man do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below. There are still a couple more MOTU POP! vinyls in this mini review series and next up is Zodac...
If you're a fan of Mer-Man, the guy who made talking to fish
cool, then check out my reviews of the Masters of the Universe Origins Mer-Man
the M.U.S.C.L.E. standard Mer-Man
the Micro Collection Mer-Man
, the Panosh Place Mer-Man
, the MOTU
Colorforms Deluxe Play Set
, the Monogram Mer-Man
, the Geeki Tikis Mer-Man
, the Loyal Subjects' Mer-Man
Super7's neo-vintage Mer-Man
, the Vinyl Soda Mer-Man
, the Mega Construx Battle
Cat vs Roton
set, the POP! Mer-Man #88
, the MOTU Origins Lords of Power set Mer-Man
and the ReAction Mer-Man
(Carry Case Color)
For more POP! Retro Toys reviews check out the following:
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