Thursday, October 19, 2023

Action Figure Review: Whiplash from Masterverse/ Masters of the Universe: New Eternia by Mattel


   It's no secret that I love Masterverse and the Masters of the Universe: New Eternia figures are my favorites of all. Today I'm checking out Whiplash, one of the newest New Eternia releases. Like with most of the New Eternia figures, Whiplash works perfectly well as a new take on the character (inspired by vintage concept art) and a straight up classic version of the character. I've been hoping that we'd get a MOTU: Revelation version of Whiplash with his Motherboard outfit on but this guy is still a very welcome treat. In the information on the back of the box we learn that Whiplash is the leader of the Caligar, a species living in the Demon Zone. The cataclysmic event mentioned in some of the other bios opens a portal between Eternia and the Demon Zone, allowing the Caligar to invade Eternia.  Ready to check out Whiplash, the Tail-Thrashing Warrior? Then join me after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 7 1/2ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge ankles, boot swivels, double hinged knees, thigh swivels, balljointed hips, swivel tail base, bendy tail, swivel waist, balljointed mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, bicep swivels, double hinged elbows, swivel wrists, hinged pincers, and a barbell jointed head.

Accessories: Two bracers, spear, armor, helmet, belt, axe, torch, flame, and 4 swappable hands.

Non-Scalper Price: $33 dollars

The Positives:

* Without his armor, helmet, and battle belt on you've got a fantastic, straight up classic version of Whiplash. He's green, scaly, has some really nice paint applications on his body, and just looks like a bulking bruiser. He's a big guy who walks in a permanent hunched over manner with his tail sticking out, so he just feels long like an alligator. He's a really well done figure that should please folks who are more vintage purists as well as collectors who like to see new stuff. 

* Sometimes Whiplash looks kind of goofy, but not here. He looks quite tough and intimidating here without any kind of silly expression on his face. I love his squinting eyes and the fangs. He just has a bit of a sour expression on his face, which seems about right. 

* Whiplash's tail is really cool. It is bendable, so you can move it around quite a bit. It's not crazy flexible or anything, but definitely enough to get him in a good pose you like. His back and tail also are nice and ridges, looking like natural armor all down his back. 

* Here's a close-up of Whiplash's arm and leg so you can see the great texture, the paint effects, and the variety of little spiny protrusions on his body. 

* When you give Whiplash his armor he really takes on a different but very cool appearance. The armor does seem to be new for this take on Whiplash, though if it has its roots in some concept art or piece of media I'd love to know. It definitely makes him feel like a leader and a warlord with some bright colors and the Roman-inspired armor hanging from his belt. 

* The helmet does seem to be inspired by the larger horns he sported in the Colin Bailey concept artwork (back when Whiplash was called Lizard Man). It fits on really well and has a silhouette reminiscent of Megazord or a Shogun Warrior. 

* Whiplash has three toes in the front and one long toe or claw in the back, and you can see them through his nicely decorated boots. I love the mixture of blue and purple on these.

* Whiplash is big, bulky, and seems to be an all new figure. He moves pretty well, though he is designed to stand in a permanent crouch thanks to his knee hinges. Everything else has a pretty decent range of motion and he can interact with his accessories quite nicely. He can even hold his spear with two hands!

* If you're interested you can take off the bracers on Whiplash's forearms. I didn't realize they were even removable at first.

* Whiplash comes with a pair of hands for kicking butt and a pair of standard grip hands for taking names. 

* Whiplash's classic orange spear is included and it looks even sharper and more lethal than ever. It's more of a metallic orange and it looks pretty nice.

* This axe can be seen in some of the images of Whiplash from Colin Bailey's concept art for the character. It's a single bladed battle axe with a rounded blade and some nice decoration on the handle. Probably better for close quarters fighting than the spear. 

* Another cool piece inspired by the concept art is this torch. It's really neat and is a metal torch rather than just a hastily made wooden torch. Whiplash clearly spends a lot of time underground if he carries a crafted torch like this. Anyone got a plastic match?

* Thanks! Now the torch is lit! The flame is a separate piece, allowing you to pose Whiplash with or without his torch lit. It's honestly really a cool accessory and not something we've seen action figures come with very often. 

The Negatives:

* My only negative is the little bit of errant red paint on Whiplash's right shoulder. Where did that come from?

   I really like this version of Whiplash and I'm not sure I could thing of anything different I'd have liked to have seen here. Want a great classic Whiplash? Boom. You got it. Want this cool New Eternia design inspired by classic concept art? Bang. Delivered. Want lots of cool accessories? Whoomp. There it is. The New Eternia subset just keeps on keeping on and Whiplash is absolutely Epic. I love how that armor gives him such a different vibe overall! Mattel is just doing a fantastic job with this line!

If you're down with Whiplash check out my reviews of the 200x Whiplash, the MOTU Origins Whiplash, the MOTU Revelation Eternia Minis Whiplash and Metallic Whiplash, the POP! Whiplash #82, and the Super7 M.U.S.C.L.E. Whiplash minis from the #1 Masters of the Universe set (Green) and the flesh colored series 1 Whiplash


  1. Yeah, those bracers are removable as they're not part of his traditional look. :) A lot of people seem to not realise that. :)

    1. They're definitely stuck on there a bit. I had taken all of the pictures before I realized they were a separate piece.

    2. they are? mine fell right off when I was swapping his hands.

    3. Mine stuck a bit. I finally tugged on them at one point and realized they were separate.


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