It's been quite a bit since I last reviewed a new Masters of the Universe figure, hasn't it? There's been a lot of new and cool stuff released lately and while I'd love to review it all, to do so would be too overwhelming. Currently I'm focusing my reviewing efforts on figures of new characters or characters who haven't appeared in toy form that often. Today I'm checking out Hypno, one of the Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun crew. Hypno isn't just new to Masters of the Universe Origins but he's actually new to Sun-Man. Well, at least in figure form. In the 1980s he only existed as a prototype, so Mattel making him is probably a pretty big deal to the hardcore Sun-Man fans out there. Hypno is a Psychic Hypnotist with lots of powerful gear to supplement his mesmerizing voice. He's one of the good guys and adds some magical power to the Heroic Warriors. Ready to check Hypno out? Then join me after the break...
Height: 5 3/4ths inches
Articulation: Swivel/ hinge ankles, boot swivels, swivel/hinge knees, balljointed hips, swivel waist, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, and a double balljointed head.
Accessories: Armor, wand, helmet, falcon, and minicomic.
Non-Scalper Price: $18-$20 dollars
* The Sun-Man figures not only share the He-Man base body with most other Origins figures but they share boots and bracers a lot of the time, too. In fact, Hypno (left) shares a headsculpt with Bolt-Man. I'm not sure if this was really planned for the vintage line or not (I think Hypno looks different from Bolt-Man in the prototype image).
* Like most of the Sun-Man characters (and most of the early MOTU characters), Hypno uses the standard base body, sharing his trunks, bracers, and boots. Hypno's gear has an orange and yellow color scheme to it and his removable armor looks more like a wrapped garment of some sort. I'm not sure if it's supposed to mimic anything, but to me it looks like one long cloth strip wrapped around his torso to make a vest like garment.
* They're also modular. and can be easily separated to make your own lazy boy customs!
* Hypno's helmet of hypnosis feels to me like it has an Egyptian vibe about it. It's a sleek helmet with some wing-like designs on the side. When you pop it on his head he really does look pretty different from Bolt-Man, so it's a pretty key part of his look.
* Hypno also comes with a really cool silver Falcon companion that nicely fits on his arm. It's different from the falcons from MOTUC and DC Universe Classics, so maybe someday we'll see this Falcon repainted in the colors of Zoar and Screech for Origins? The vintage prototype image of Hypno also had this falcon, so Mattel definitely did their homework here.
* Hypno comes with the minicomic from this series, "Assassin's Aim!" It's a story of Hypno and Roboto trying to stop the Snake Men from assassinating Skeletor, who currently thinks he's their new ally and leader. It's not a full sized minicomic (it's only six pages) but it's we drawn and pretty fun. Plus, the eyes on hypnotized Skeletor and Mer-Man look absolutely bonkers.
* My only negative with Hypno, besides the fact that he looks a bit goofy, is that his helmet just doesn't want to stay on very well. It's far too loose and just can't get a good grip on his hair.
This is the first figure of Hypno I've reviewed. For more Masters of the Universe Origins reviews check out the following:
Seems a bit unfortunate having what appears to be an egyptian guy and a native american guy (two completely different parts of the world) using the same head sculpt in a toyline that was designed around diversity.ReplyDelete
I'd blu-tack that loose fitting helmet on or maybe even glue it on to try make the two figures look more different. Seems a fun figure overall but I do feel Mattel should have given him a unique head sculpt. How many human head sculpts have Mattel shared between different characters before? I mean ones that didn't come about from being a clone, robot double, debunked-bread-related-origin etc. The heads were usually the most unique thing about similar figures (Fisto and Clamp Champ looked like palette swaps of each other but they didn't just 'blackface' Fisto's head to make Clampy fortunately).
Yeah, I can't think of any other shared human headsculpts. There's Mer-Man/ Stinkor and Beast Man/ Moss Man, but that's it. It is weird but looking at some more picture, I believe it's completely accurate to the vintage prototype. Olmec was a much smaller company, obviously, so it makes sense that they would have had to do some mold sharing to keep things affordable.Delete
yeah but i feel as a modern Origins figure they could have tried a bit harder to do a more unique head sculpt for him. Olmec of 80s can be forgiven somewhat for not having a ton of money. Mattel? Not so much. It just feels weird to me, as I mentioned above, with it kinda against the diversity message the Sun-Man figures were brought into official MotU with figures making it seem Egyptians and Native Americans look identical other than slightly different shade of skintone. It is what it is I guess but still feels a bit of a mistake here. At least their mini-comic art draws their faces much more appropiately.Delete
To me it always looked like the promo image of Hypno had half of his face painted white, or a lighter color. Might just be the lighting though.ReplyDelete
I took a look at all of the prototype images I could find and I see what you mean, though I do believe it's the lighting in the picture. Perhaps the reflection on Hypno's face from the chrome Falcon.Delete