Action Figure Review: MOTUC Fang Man (Confirmed: Epic)
While the Masters of the Universe Classics line has been going since 2008, Mattel has only had the license to produce characters who existed solely in the Filmation cartoons since mid 2011. While only appearing in one episode, The Time Corridor, Fang Man's very distinctive and very classic look has made him a fan requested figure for years. In March 2013, Fang Man finally got his day and was sold as the monthly MOTUC subscription figure. He was not offered for sale on Mattycollector to no subscribers, however, making him possibly one of the most difficult figures in the line to obtain. While he may be difficult to find, he's well worth it: Fang Man is one of the greatest figures in this line so far. Find out why after the break
Like the majority of figures in the Masters of the Universe Classics line (MOTUC), Fang Man uses some shared parts and thus he is similar in size to all other regular figures. Because of the character's hunched over appearance in the Filmation cartoon, Mattel and the Four Horsemen have chosen to use an alternate neckpiece (a new feature in this line) and shaped torso armor to replicate the look. It works really well and ensures that while there's a consistency in the line, Fang Man looks rather unique. He still comes in closer to 7 inches in height rather than the 6 inch mark.
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The sculpt, a mix of new and old pieces, is excellent. He's very lizardlike: check out those creepy fingers and that excellent head sculpt. Translating the very basic looks of Filmation characters into the MOTUC style doesn't seem like an easy task. Sometimes it works well (see Shadow Weaver) and yet other times it fails (see Eternos Palace Randor). While perhaps a tad silly, I think Fang Man's head sculpt is truly a winner. It has so much character to it that unless you vehemently oppose the Filmation cartoon, you can't help but smile at the look of this guy. New elements like the excellently sculpted tunic and the new trunks with a little sculpted Fang Man on the belt really bring this figure together.
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The paint work is very neat and clean and the colors really "pop" on him (much better than randomly reversed bodyparts do, anyways). He's an exceptionally bright character with a nice color scheme. The blue skin with red, yellow, and orange details really makes the figure feel like it could have existed in the first few waves of the vintage line. Most significant, however, are Fang Man's yellow eyes. They really stand out against his blue skin and add to the overall reptilian look.
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