Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Masters of the Universe Month 2021: Wind Raider with He-Man & Roton with Skeletor (Purple) M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe by Super7


   In 1984 the Evil Warriors received Roton, their first vehicle in the line. The Roton was a popular toy and appeared in lots of licensing art and other images so it tends to show up pretty often in Masters of the Universe. There's even a new version of the vehicle coming out for Masters of the Universe Origins in the future. Today as a tribute to the Roton I'm checking out the M.U.S.C.L.E. version from Super7 that was released as part of an SDCC 2017 exclusive set. Two years ago I reviewed the orange version of this set for Masters of the Universe Day 2020 and now I'm finally getting to check out the purple version. The vehicles are the same but the figures are actually different in this set (they're the series 3 Battle Armor He-Man and Skeletor figures). Ready to take a look at some smaller MOTU items? Then let's check out Roton and the Wind Raider after the break...

The Facts:

Height: Around 1 3/4ths inches

Includes: 2 minfigures, 2 mini-vehicles

Year of Release: 2017

Original Retail Price: $18 dollars

The Packaging:

* I still love the packaging design for this set. Not only does it have a very retro feel with the vintage styled packaging art and the massive window box but it is also completely collector friendly. Yes, you can completely open the box, remove the trays, remove the figures, and then put it all back easily. They look really good in the box and this is one of the few items in my collection I keep on display in the package.

* The packaging also has this cool little checklist on the back along with a M.U.S.C.L.E. styled He-Man and Skeletor! It's a neat throwback to the vintage M.U.S.C.L.E. packaging.

The Positives:

* This is a pretty faithful rendition of the Wind Raider. It's small, sure, but compared to most other minifigures it's actually pretty decently sized. There's a lot of nice detail on it as well, particularly on the wings and on the hood ornament that houses the wench cord. You can seven see the grappling hook hanging from the front.

* Battle Armor He-Man is here to pilot the Wind Raider. While the purple color of this set is more fitting for Skeletor and the Roton, the purple color does nicely show off the details. I love the third series figures as they had the best mix between a MOTU and a M.U.S.C.L.E. aesthetic. There's a lot of detail on He-Man's armor and his headsculpt looks pretty good for the size and scale.

* Skeletor looks perfect in purple. He's also from the third series and is decked out in his Battle Armor. His skull looks great, the armor is detailed, and he's carrying his half of the Power Sword. Or has Skeletor put both halves together?

* I'm never quite sure if I love the Land Shark or Roton more but they're definitely my two favorites of the vehicles for the Evil Warriors. This is a really cool minifigure mold of the Roton. While it doesn't have the cannons it does have lots of detail for the face and the techno bits on the sides. The purple plastic of this release just looks amazing as well. Seriously, it's very, very nice.

* Both figures fit in their respective vehicles quite nicely. There is a "bar" of sorts on the inside of the vehicles that their legs basically cling to, allowing them to stay in place. Both He-Man and Skeletor look fantastic in their vehicles. Heck, they look pretty cool in each other's vehicles, too!
   While we're getting lots of great vehicles now in Masters of the Universe Origins, back in 2017 that wasn't the case. There were some excellent vehicles in Masters of the Universe Classics but MOTU product wasn't coming out like it is now. This was a fun, novel set and the purple color and better He-Man and Skeletor figures give this one an edge over the Orange set released at the same time. This is a Great set that is really fun. I really wish Super7 had been able to keep the MOTU license for at least M.U.S.C.L.E. and ReAction figures as those lines felt like they could have had much longer lives than they did. 

He-Man/ Prince Adam is one of my favorite characters and I've reviewed so many toys based on him that he has his own review archive. Check out Fabulous Secret Powers for more He-Man toys!

If the Roton is your ride of choice also check out my reviews of the Mega Construx Battle Cat vs Roton set, the Eternia Minis Skeletor and Roton set, and the series 3 M.U.S.C.L.E. standard Roton and orange Roton!

I've reviewed so many toys based on Skeletor/ Keldor that I've given him his own review archive. Check out Snake Mountain for a plethora of Skeletor reviews!

   If the Wind Raider is your ride I've also reviewed the Origins Wind Raider, the M.U.S.C.L.E. Wind Raider from Series 3, pack E, and the orange Wind Raider with He-Man, the Hot Wheels Premium Wind Raider and He-Man and Wind Raider & Skeletor and Land Shark set, and the Mega Construx Wind Raider Attack set.

For more M.U.S.C.L.E. Masters of the Universe Check out the following:

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