Last weekend I drove to Needless Toys & Collectibles in Lincolnton, NC where I found three of the four figures from the newest series of Mastervere action figures. This is a fantastic toy store that not only carries lots of great vintage toys (they had a G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Defiant in the box) but also stocks new product from smaller companies like Four Horsemen Studios, Mezco, the Nacelle Company, Super7, and Boss Fight Studios as well as product from Mattel, Habro, NECA, and McFarlane. Since they actually have accounts with these companies, their prices are really competitive. The newest series of Masterverse figure includes the Sorceress from MOTU: Revelation, Pig-Head from Sun-Man, Shadow Weaver from Princess of Power, and a New Eternia Man-E-Faces, which I'm checking out today. By the way, Shadow Weaver was the figure I didn't pick up yet, so I'm still on the hunt. Man-E-Faces is one of my favorites and is always such a fun figure, so I was really looking forward to him. Ready for a cool new take on Man-E-Faces? Then let's check him out after the break...
Height: 7 inches
Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, calf swivels, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a rotating head.
Accessories: 4 interchangeable hands, helmet, 6 faceplates, pistol, and carrying case.
Non-Scalper Price: $23- $25 dollars
* When you pull Man-E-Faces out of the package you're met with a very classic, vintage styled Man-E-Faces. I mean, there are definitely updates here such as better detailing, more colors, and some slight differences, but if you just want a classic styled Man-E-Faces in a larger scale, you've got it here. The back of the package describes Man-E-Faces as an adventurer and mentions an event when Castle Grayskull shatters New Eternia, connecting it with the shattering of Man-E-Faces mind. It seems to convey that this event curses Man-E-Faces, forcing him to take on the mind and memories of multiple different beings, each with their own agendas. The last line, "Little does he know, the combined memories of his many faces are the map for restoring Eternia to glory" is very mysterious and definitely makes Man-E-Faces an important part of this new mythos. I love it.
* His helmet is really cool and so is the classic Man-E-Faces head inside. It's really just a faceplate but it looks excellent. The helmet itself doesn't rotate; only the cylinder. Man-E-Faces can swap faces, but it's a bit different than usual. See the purple knob on top? You can't just spin it with your fingers. It's actually a feature and not a flaw, but I'll get to that in a moment.
* When you pop off the helmet (it's easy) you can rotate the head cylinder with your fingers if you wish. There's another way to rotate it, though, but I'm not there yet. The faceplate attach onto the three sides of his cylinder, so you can swap them up. Since six are included, you really get some fun options. Three of them are new to Man-E-Faces, too, so that's awesome.
* Next up is an amazing new take on Man-E-Faces' robot face. I love this, especially the red eye-ike visor. This just looks incredible. But wait.. there's more!
* The third face is the classic monster face for Man-E-Faces and while it's not as intricate or as detailed as the MOTUC sculpt, it still looks pretty solid.
* Now let's take a look at the three new faces! Yes, three new faces that we have never before seen with a Man-E-Face figure. The first is a really cool take on the standard Man-E-Face face that comes from Mark Tayor's concept work for the character, which was originally called Multi-Face. The coloring is slightly different than the concept art, but the design is the same. It's a cool, fresh take on the character despite being based on something even older than Man-E-Faces himself.
* The final face is a skull. Not Skeletor's skull, though maybe there's some inspiration there. The MOTUC Man-E-Faces did come with a separate head cylinder with a Skeletor face (as well as He-Man and Orko faces), so perhaps this is a take on that. It also kind of looks like the Vashta Nerada from Doctor Who as well.
* Here's a shot of Man-E-Faces from the back so you can admire the tubes and details and such. He definitely is a weird blend of man and technology, and this figure shows that off nicely.
* Perkaedo's boots and trunks are very true to the vintage figure with a nice, metallic blue sheen and some purple highlights. Classy!
* Other than not having a ball or barbell jointed head, Man-E-Faces is as well articulated as any other Mastervers release. He's tons of fun to play with, especially since you can match poses to his different faces, and the quality is excellent. These are some really fun action figures.
* Man-E-Faces has two pairs of swappable hands: A pair of standard grips and a pair of fist. They wap easily and give you a couple options for displaying him.
* A cool briefcase is included to tote around his extra faceplates. There's some circuitry sculpted onto the lid and a giant eye design as well. Why? Why not, I say.
* When you open up the case you can store any three of the faces inside. It's a very neat way to make sure you don't lose any of the faceplates and it just looks really cool.
* The case can easily plug into Man-E-Faces' back for quick and easy storage, too.
* Man-E-Faces comes with a slightly updated version of his classic reddish-orange pistol. It's a larger laser pistol with quite a bit of nice detail. Oh, and a special surprise....
* Remember how I said you can't turn the purple knob on top of Man-E-Faces' head? You actually use the barrel of the laser pistol like a socket wrench to turn the knob. It works really well and it's just a really fun little extra added to the figure. The the top shield or guards on the pistol also seems to serve as a prybar for removing the extra faces from the storage case if they're pushed down too tightly.
* If you're not using the storage case as a backpack you can store the laser pistol on there instead.
* My only complaint is that the case doesn't have a true hinge; just a bent plastic hinge. That means that over time the plastic will get stressed ad may eventually break. I hate when you have to stress plastic pieces like this.
For more of Man-E-Faces check out my reviews of the MOTU Origins Man-E-Faces, the Mega Construx Man-E-Faces, the Netflix Man-E-Faces, and the M.U.S.C.L.E. green Man-E-Faces from the Masters of the Universe Set #1 and the flesh colored M.U.S.C.L.E. Man-E-Faces.
For more Masterverse reviews check out the following:
Masters of the Universe
He-Man vs. Skeletor: 40th Anniversary
He-Man vs. Skeletor: 40th Anniversary
Masters of the Universe: New EterniaSkelegod
Battle Armor He-Man
Battle Armor He-Man
Damn, Masterverse wave 8 is a super strong wave (with 3 absolute killer figures in Man-e-faces, Sorceress and Pig Head) after a rather tepid wave 7.. Man-e-faces (Maskor, in its french version !) always was my favorite MOTU figure when I was a kid. I can still remember how it felt when that incredible wave 2 hit the toy stores.. That combo of 4 figures (Ram Man, Man-e-faces, Trap Jaw, Tri-Klops), it was just unbelievable. Masterverse wave 8 hits the same kind of super colourful, super creative vibe, I feel.ReplyDelete
Wave 7 tepid? Are you kidding? Bat-Lyn, Roboto, Stratos, Frosta and Two-Bad are all fantastic.Delete
Series 8 is really strong, but I thought series 7 was really strong, too. Honestly, Masterverse has really just been a very strong line overall for the last few months. I'm always excited for what's next with this line. It's very exciting, especially with the excellent mix of different areas of MOTU covered. My NA He-Man is on the way, too, so more coolness incoming!Delete
I only recenly noticed that NA He-Man figure has the exact same shield-attachable wrist armour as the NE Battle Armor He-Man. Wouldn't have thought of those two figures sharing clothing parts but there you go. My friend put his beardy BA head on the NA figure and it gives slight Ulysses 31 vibes with a beardy sci-fi hero with laser sword.Delete
Hey! That's pretty cool. My NA He-Man just arrived today. Hopefully I'll get to open him late tonight while watching The Mandalorian.Delete
Also just wanted to add this : if I were you, I wouldn't worry too much about the plastic hinge on the suitcase. When I was a kid, all the Big Jim suitcases had plastic hinges like that, and they never broke, to the best of my knowledge. The plastic kind of turned white at the hinge after a while, though.ReplyDelete
Heat from hairdryer can make stress marks on plastic disappear. I use it all the time.Delete
Yeah, I doubt that I'm going to be opening and closing it enough to cause it t break, but it's just a weird design issue to me. I had a few plastic parts like that as a kid that did eventually snap, though I'm trying to remember what they were off hand.Delete
Wow, Man-E-Faces is like Zartan but way cooler! At least for me it is. Sure, Zartan can disguise as the Hard Master or even Snake Eyes, and in the cartoon he even disguised twice as Cobra Commander, but Man-E-Faces looks like if he was a disguise master!ReplyDelete
Not gonna lie, sadly i don't have clues about Man-E-Faces nor his history/biography. Could antone give me a brief description of Man-E-Faces and his roles in combat?
Finally, the only thing i can say is that it's a great review for a great figure. I hope to see more MOTU figure reviews, maybe that way i can get more info about MOTU's lore and history!
Not sure if you're being sarcastic cos Man-E-Faces sure ain't fooling anybody if he's trying to disguise himself. It's clearly only his face that changes. :P He's usually portrayed as having multiple personalities. His monster side was easily controlled by Beast Man.Delete
I wasn't being sarcastic. As i told here tons of times, never liked MOTU much except the live-action film, so apart of He-Man and Skeletor i don't have many clues about the characters, so i have to make my own suppositions.Delete
Like many MOTU characters, Man-E-Faces has a few different backstories. He's an Eternian actor who has either been cursed with multiple personalities or who just has the ability to change his faces in order to play more parts. Sometimes his personality and power can change depending on the face (that was his portrayal in the 200x cartoon series).Delete
He has been used as a disguise expert before because of his acting abilities, though he wore an outfit to complete the disguise. There was also a plan to make him a shapeshifter for the planned "He-Ro, Son of He-Man" cartoon that never happened.
Wiki Grayskull and the Battle Ram Blog are excellent Masters of the Universe resources, are are the excellent multiple books from Dark Horse publishing.
Wow, nice character story! Well, at least you can use both this Man-E-Faces and Classified's Deluxe Zartan and make a competition to see who is the true master of disguise! Or at least who is the best to mimic people for videocall pranks, ha, ha!Delete
Prank calls just makes me think of them calling Moe from The Simpsons. :PDelete
Man-E-Faces owned Zoom during the Eternian pandemic lockdowns. He trolled everyone.Delete
He looks great. I am disappointed he can't turn his head like Classics and I think Origins can though. That limits his posability somewhat if he can't look even sideways. That is something that always bugs me (often on movie Batman figures cos of the movie costume designs usual insistence the cowl and the cape are all one smooth piece. Man I hated how Keaton had to turn his entire body even when I was a kid and I actually cheered when it was directly referenced in the Dark Knight and led to Bruce getting a cowl he could actually turn his neck in).ReplyDelete
I don't know if I like this one's design more than the Classics design though I definitely prefer the figure style and articulation over it as I do all Masterverse.
Also Perkaedo? Is that a creation of the dreaded Nietlich or did that exist before Classics? It's a horrible name and I don't like that I'm seeing a really nasty word in there too, both in it's US and UK spelling...
Yeah, having Bale's Batman improve the batsuit was a nice nod to the flaw of Keaton's costume.Delete
A turning head would have been nice and I'm sure they still could have made it easily removable. Not sure why they didn't
And, yeah, Perkaedo does come from the MOTUC bios. I actually kind of like it. I'll be honest; I've looked and I have no idea what word you're referring to in that name.
Remove the 'erk' part and it spells 'paedo' (UK spelling) or remove the a and it's 'pedo' (US spelling). Just sticks out to me likely cos I'm an abuse survivor and perhaps me being autistic and often enjoying wordplay and such means I just see these things.Delete
Oh one lil thing. I appreciate they made his human face's eyes white again cos for some reason they are black on the classics which made it look creepier than the monster face to me. :OReplyDelete
Carnivac : well, Bat-Lyn and Two Bad were cool indeed, but I found the other three a little boring.. especially Roboto and Frosta. But it's just a matter of taste. The previous wave (with Jitsu) was even more boring actually, I really don't like the Masterverse Jitsu, everything about it looks "off" to me (the face, the build, his big golden hand..).ReplyDelete
i finally have frosta and jitsu coming today so cheers for crapping on my excitement. :(Delete
Hey, those are both solid figures, so stay excited for them! Also, I think Stratos was amazing and I'm not a big Stratos fan. He turned out incredible.Delete
Another cool figure that was inspired by good old Man-e-faces : Power Lords Disguyzor.. I still have the figure with me after all these years (although my favorite Power Lords figure has to be Grippttogg the 4-armed brute..). Any Power Lords enthusiasts out there ? It would be so cool to get new figures of these characters.. Four Horsemen nearly did it apparently, or at least they were planning to do it, but it seems like the project was abandoned, eventually.ReplyDelete
That's cool. I know a little about Power Lords but not much. I wondered what happened with that line. It looks like they're going to use some of the influence from that line in their Cosmic Legions series.Delete
Oops, sorry about my (unfortunate) comments on Jitsu and Frosta, Carnivac.. Expressing one's appreciation or dislikes on social networks is always a little tricky, as one can always (unwittingly) hurt someone else's feelings in the process. However, I'm sure my curmudgeonly comments won't keep you from enjoying your new figures ! ;-)ReplyDelete
And hopefully (for us), wave 8 won't take forever to reach European shores. I'd really love it if my next Masterverse purchases were Man-E, Pig and Sorceress..
Feel free not to like any figures you want. Except for Moss Man and Teela. Anyone who badmouths Moss Man or Teela here gets a stern talking to from me.Delete
Well, i understand that Teela is a really cool character and if someone doesn't like her that person deserves to get jailed in the catacombs of Castle Grayskull.Delete
But, i must say that Moss Man is a curious case. The character design for me looks more like a green monkey (in fact it reminds me of a Kinder Surprise toy i have from years ago which was a green monkey with velvet skin and hair, maybe that is why i see it that way), but the concept of a guy made entirely of moss just to camouflage in the open fields and manage to surprise his enemies is incredibly funny but effective.
It's ok. They didn't come anyway. Looks like the mail is delayed again but I'm really looking forward to them. I think Masteverse Frosta looks nicer than the Classics (I really didn't like the way many of the female faces were too hard edged with overly prominent cheekbones in that line. Fine on Catra but the heroic women looked kinda gaunt). And I'm kinda fascinated by the New Eternia Jitsu being a good guy (which is why he doesn't look as menacing as the usual figures of him) and curious if New Eternia will be a villain as he was in the Filmation episode Fisto's Forest (which is poorly written, even the makers of that episode think so, but do show that Fisto is a bad guy and even working for Skeletor until he has an unconvincingly quick change of heart). :)Delete
Moss Man often looked like a green fuzzy ape due to being a green flocked Beast Man recolour. I like that Revelation Moss Man has his own shape and totally unique figure that shares zero parts with either Masterverse Beast Man figures. They leaned a bit more into Moss Man's 'Swamp Thing'-like qualities.Delete
Expecting a package and it not arriving is just a soul crushing feeling!Delete
I liked the Moss Man Masterverse figure, though the sculpt might be a bit "soft" but it definitely gave him a unique body and leaned into him being an Eternian nature spirit. My favorite Moss Man is probably the MOTUC version with the 200x inspired head, followed by Mythic Legions Bryophytus. He's a great "not" Moss Man. The upcoming Netflix CGI Moss Man with the owl companion looks pretty amazing too.
And I love Fisto, but an evil Warriors Fisto in new Eternia would be pretty cool.
Wow, I've just looked up Four Horsemen's Cosmic Legions series of figures, and these are amazing - right up my alley. I kind of hate how Four Horsemen's stuff is always kind of pricey and "limited" (read "already hard to find after only a couple of months"), but thanks for mentioning them, Barbecue17, I will definitely scour eBay and check what's available.. :-)ReplyDelete
They actually have quite a few stores that are direct retailers of their product. Stores like BBTS, yeah, but they have quite a few in Europe as well. You do have to typically preorder their merchandise or pick it up right away as they don't overproduce for mass retail like Hasbro, but they usually give very generous preorder windows.Delete