31 Days of Toy Terror: Mantenna from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Mantenna features a ton of articulation since he includes two extra legs. He has: 4x full lateral ankle rockers, 4x ankle hinges, 4x boot swivels, 4x ball jointed knees, 4x swivel thighs, 4x ball jointed hips, a swivel waist, an ab hinge, ball jointed shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. All of the joints are nice and tight with no QC issues that I can detect. Notice that the rocker ankles are fully articulated- they're actually hinged and give Mantenna quite a bit of flexibility when standing on all four of his legs. This guy is incredibly impressive articulation wise.
Since Mantenna is an entirely new figure, the sculpting is all new. First, I'll mention the headsculpt as it's excellent. Mantenna is really terrifying. The individual teeth, the visible exoskeleton spine that extends down his back, the weird eye sockets and textured ears-it's all just amazing. Try removing the eyes- I think it makes Mantenna look even more terrifying! The body sculpt shows off all of Mantenna's weird armor (some of which may be organic) and also depicts the Horde emblem he wears emblazoned on his chest. The legs are covered with a bumpy texture and lots of fins (do ants have fins? that give Mantenna a unique look. Everything just ties together so well with this figure from the top of the head to the armored boots each individually emblazoned with the Horde logo. Exceptional work!
|Eyeless Mantenna is staring into your very soul!|
The paint scheme works well. Mantenna uses primary colors with black mixed in to give him a look that would initially seem rather toyish, but the reds and blues have been darkened (or in the case of the boots, given a metallic shine) to really complement the monstrous nature of the character. There are a few rough spots such as the yellow "belt" and some splatter on Mantenna's chest but otherwise, I'm quite pleased with how things turned out.
I'm considering Mantenna's extra eyeballs as accessories but since I've covered them above, I'll only mention his crossbow. It's a dark gray metallic crossbow, similar to the other Horde members. I love the sculpt although I'm a bit disappointed that there aren't any additional paint apps on the crossbow. Usually some of the little details like the switch on the back of the bow and the bolt itself are given a few details. I guess all of the details and extra legs on Mantenna took up the budget.
Interested in a Mantenna of your own? Big Bad Toy Store has him in stock now: you'd better go snag him!