Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Action Figure Review: Galactic Protector He-Man from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel (Confirmed: Epic)
He-Man comes in right at 7 inches, which means that he's perfectly in line with every other figure in MOTUC. I feel like I always say this, but it really is due to the fact that these figures use so many reused parts that they're kept in a scale where every figure is right around the same size. While the usage of the same body isn't a physical buck, the controlled size on the figures serves the same purpose of keeping these guys and girls congruent with one another. While he reuses the standard male thighs, torso, and shoulders, He-Man also reuses some parts from 2010's Bow: his forearms, hands, and boots. While some of the figures from the Filmation series have seemed to adopt some of the elements of the more simple cartoon designs, He-Man here doesn't look much like the Jetlag Productions art seen in The New Adventures of He-Man, but much more like a mixture of the vintage toy and the MOTUC style.
vintage toy's power harness, the Horsemen have really doctored it up, particularly by adding the familiar red cross from the original He-Man's armor. This really is a great visual element that connects the New Adventures incarnation of the character to his MOTU roots. There are lots of details on the harness, as well as a slot on the back to stow the power sword. The space armor, however, might be one of the most beautiful pieces of armor to have ever been released in MOTUC. It takes all of the details from the vintage figure's armor and amps them up while adding some new elements. I love how the armor looks to have a softer material component underneath the chest plate that is visible around the abdomen and the arms. Where the Eternian figures often have fur lining their armor, NA He-Man has a space-age fabric of some kind. Ingenious! Little details like the dial, the tubes on the chest, the sword sheathe, and the various bits and bobs of circuitry really help to cause this figure to reach new and uncharted places for the MOTUC line.
So the body sculpt and design is fantastic, but how about the heads? First, let's look at the standard helmet-less head, which features He-Man sporting long hair tied back in a ponytail. It's a different look for He-Man but it works. The long hair is tied back in a ponytail with a small gold clasp and flows down to the middle of his shoulder blades. Some fans have really complained that this head sculpt really doesn't look like the MOTUC He-Man, but I disagree. I think it looks a lot like him, just a bit thinner and world weary. In the MOTUC canon, by the time He-Man heads into outer space, tons of terrible stuff has happened on Eternia. He-Man has lost friends and family, and has been engaged in a campaign against Skeletor's armies. A gaunt and more severe visage seems appropriate for him to show the toll that his previous adventures has taken. The second portrait is the helmeted head. While the face looks identical, nearly every other feature is hidden underneath a rounded helmet. It's a very retro classic looking space helmet with lots of curves and smooth surfaces. There's a very cool detail on the back, though: a port of some kind. What's it for? Who knows, but it looks cool.
The paint work on this guy is by and large very neat and clean. I love the color scheme of blue and gold with red highlights, as it really stands out on the shelf and just looks so good together. Little details on the various pieces of armor and the belt stand out and stand up to some of the best action figure paint out there. He-Man's space armor really is an amazing piece of work.
I've reviewed most MOTUC figures from this year, including: Castaspella, Clamp Champ , Fang Man, Icer, Karatti, King He-Man, Octavia, Procrustus, Ram-Man, Snake Face , Spirit of Hordak, The Fighting Foe Men, Rokkon and Stonedar, and Shokoti. Galactic Protector He-Man has long since been sold out on Mattycollector.com, but you can still order him from Big Bad Toy Store by clicking here.