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 UniverseSkelegod
He-Man vs. Skeletor: 40th Anniversary
He-Man vs. Skeletor: 40th Anniversary