Monday, March 28, 2022

Minifigure Review: Skeletor from Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe by Mattel


   Since I just reviewed the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe based Eternia Minis figure on Friday let's kick off the work week with a look at Skeletor from the same series. I really like Skeletor's design and personality in the new show (which most folks are calling Netflix He-Man or CGI He-Man) and while some of the toys have been OK for him so far, I really don't feel like any of them have truly captured the greatness of the design yet. This one's the smallest one out there so should we really expect more from it? Let's find out after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 2 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel waist, swivel shoulders, and a balljointed head.

Accessories: Havoc staff
Non-Scalper Price: $5-$6 dollars

The Positives:
* The sculpt on this figure is really solid for such a small figure and the paintwork on Skelly's armor is pretty impressive with a mixture of black, dark purple, and metallic purple. It's as good of a sculpt (or maybe even more so) than most of the larger versions, too.

* I'll get to the skull in a second (because I have issues with it) but I do like the work on the hood. the skull is a separate, balljointed piece set under the hood. The hood looks great, though, particularly with the ragged edge.



* Skeletor's left hand is all evil looking and skeletal, showing off how it has been affected by Havoc magic. I love this detail on the character design for the show and I'm glad all of the toys so far have really highlighted this element.

 * These little guys still have four points of articulation which may not seem like a lot except you gotta consider they're only a little over 2 inches tall. That's not bad for this scale as so many minifigures are just static! They're very durable little figures and would probably fit in well with lines like Imaginext and the Hasbro Heroes figures, so if you have a little one who's into MOTU these could be some decent starter toys. They're fun to play with and have a lot of shelf presence!



* The Havoc Staff looks impressive from the front with some nice detail on both the skull and the shaft.

The Negatives:

* On every figure of this new Skeletor so far Mattel has neglected to do anything other than paint the eyes. With a bright, neon skull that means the detail in the face and especially around the mouth just gets washed out. A minor wash or something is just mandatory for the skull of this version of Skeletor.


* Why does Mattel keep giving us Havoc staffs that are hollow in the back with stuff based on the Netflix He-Man and the Masters of the Universe show? If the upcoming Masterverse Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has a hollow Havoc Staff I'm going to lash out irrationally. 

  Skeletor turned out OK. Not fantastic, but not terrible. I'd give him a solid Good. If Mattel could really work on improving the paint applications on all of the Skeletors based on this design, especially by adding just a little paint to his mouth to bring out the detail, things would be a lot better. Still, he does have a pretty cool outfit with a nice amount of detail for such a small figure. He's fun enough, I suppose, but I'll admit I enjoy the green version of this guy a bit more. He's just a cooler minifigure than this version. 



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


I have reviewed so many action figures of He-Man/ Prince Adam that he has his own review archive. Check out Fabulous Secret Powers for more He-Man reviews than anywhere else on the internet!

For more Masters of the Universe Eternia Minis check out the following:

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe: Revelation

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