Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Action Figure Review: Horde Troopers from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
MOTUC utilizes simple, clean paint apps and that's what you'll find here. Most of the body is either molded in the gray plastic of the armor or the black plastic of the underarmor with little details here and there. Elements such as the red and silver circuitry on the chest and rear, silver lines on the knee pads and ankle rivets, and the cool red half circles on gloves make for a very nicely presented figure.
While this set comes with two figures, they're both exactly the same except for the paint work. While one figure is your standard pristine Horde Trooper fresh from the Fright Zone, the second trooper has a little battle damage on him. He has some very convincing blaster scorches on the left side of his head, the right side of his neck protector, and the right rear side of his neck protector. This was a nice way not to force fans to buy two of the exact same figure (I'm the kind of person who that would drive crazy) while still keeping them neat and uniform for army builders. The only critique I could make with these guys is that the yellow visor looks a little rough around the black visor edges. Yellow's just a difficult color to work with when it comes to paint.
Since things are completely top notch for these guys, you might think the accessories would be the Achilles heel for this set, huh? Nope! They're excellent as well. The set comes with duplicates of each of the four accessories (one for each Horde Trooper) and includes: two crossbows, two staffs, two shields, and two stun wands. I'll start with the crossbow, as it's my least favorite accessory. I like the fact that Mattel has really carried on the Horde tradition of using personalized crossbows and definitely find the design of this crossbow very appealing, but I'm a bit baffled because it doesn't look like it's sculpted to fire anything. Rather than a crossbow bolt or something protruding from the end, the tip is rounded and looks similar to the trooper's head. Is it a projectile of some kind? I like the paint work (nice red and yellow details) but the weapon still falls a bit flat for me.
Unfortunately, not only did these guys sell out on Mattycollector in minutes but they also sold out at Big Bad Toy Store pretty quickly, too! Mattel really underproduced these guys it would seem. If you want to make sure you get first dibs on next year's MOTUC figures and don't have a sub, you'd better head to Big Bad Toy Store now and peruse their He-Man wares.
I've reviewed most MOTUC figures released this year, including:
End of Wars Weapon Pak
Galactic Protector He-Man
Rokkon & Stonedar
Spirit of Hordak
The Fighting Foe Men