Ready for another series of Masters of the Universe Origins figures? Well here it comes and this series contains three more vintage characters and one variant (Buzz-Off, The Sorceress, Jitsu, and a minicomic "naked" Stratos). Today I'm checking out Buzz-Off and, wow, does he look fantastic. I never owned the vintage Buzz-Off as a kid. In fact, I believe my first ever Buzz-Off figure was the Masters of the Universe Classics release. I still remember tracking the shipment and being overly thrilled to get home and check him out. The Origins version is definitely based on the original figure but that's not a bad thing at all. Let's check out this buzzworthy Andreenid warrior after the break...
Height: 5 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, calve swivels, swivel/hinge knees, balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, swivel wings, and a double balljointed head.
Accessories: 2 wings, axe, helmet, and minicomic.
Non-Scalper Price: $15-$18 dollars
* On the left is the Origins Buzz-Off while the vintage Buzz-Off is on the right. They look pretty similar, don't they? I really think this is one of the best Origins yet as it retains the excellent look of the vintage toy with some nice improvements such as functional claws, more pronounced antennae, and more articulation.
* Buzz-Off is a wacky, fun character with a great color scheme. I love his brown and yellow. It just stands out so well and manages to look bright and colorful without being overly bright. Not that that would matter or anything, as MOTU is wacky as all get out, but the brown nicely mutes the yellow. The colors are great and there is a lot of detail on his chest. This surely means we'll get Whiplash at some point, right? They shared a torso and legs so almost everything for Whiplash is present.
* The headsculpt is really good on this one. It's fairly similar to the vintage toy but less round and more insect-like to me. He also has longer antennae that look fantastic. Seriously, they really make a difference here. I love those metallic blue eyes, too.
* The new limbs and hands/ feet here are really cool. Not only does Buzz-Off have really cool claws but there is a groove in the back that allows for him to actually hold his weapon as well. Nice work all around here.
* They're also modular and can be easily separated to make your own lazy boy customs!
* Since Buzz-Off is the Heroic Spy in the Sky it only makes sense that Mattel included his really cool spy helmet. It fits over his antennae and stays on nice and tight.
* Buzz-Off also comes with his classic brown axe. thanks to the grooves in his claws, he can actually hold it convincingly this time, too.
* Each figure in the series also comes with a mini comic. Yes, an actual minicomic. Everybody gets the same comic but it's a cool way to familiarize kids picking up these figures with the characters. This is a simple story where Stratos and Buzz-Off go after Jitsu. Nothing too special but cool art and just the fact that it's included is a big perk.
If you're looking for more Buzz-Off items, check out the following: The M.U.S.C.L.E. green Buzz-Off and series 1 Buzz-Off, the Funko POP! Buzz-Off, the MOTU Eternia Minis Buzz-Off and Horde Zombie Buzz-Off, Super7's neo-vintage Buzz-Off, and the 200x styled Buzz-Off head from the Heads of Eternia pack.
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One of my earliest MOTU figures that I ever owned and therefore one of my all-time favorite MOTU characters! Love this updated figure!!ReplyDelete
The figures we had as kids, especially with MOTU, definitely seem to become our favorites. I don't know why I never had Buzz-Off. I'm a bit younger so I didn't get into MOTU probably until closer to 1986 or so, so maybe he just wasn't as easily available at that point?Delete
Nice update. I had the original when I was a kid. Not sure how they've made his helmet look even dorkier than before though. I often just played with my figure without that on. :PReplyDelete
Also the vintage toy's axe tends to be one of the MotU accessories that most turns up by itself in charity shops, car boot sales and such. Weird.
Yeah, the helmet is unusual. It's another one of those things where what should be a character's natural ability is seemingly augmented, like Webstor's grappling hook or Stratos' jetpack. That is really funny about the axe. I'm in a number of action figure accessory identification groups and it's interesting how some accessories appear over and over again in lots that people find.Delete