Thursday, November 21, 2013
Action Figure Review: Sky High with Jet Sled from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Fighting Foe Men I discussed that the characters were originally used as the drivers in the painted box artwork of the Monogram model kids. We got the Roton driver, the Attak Trak driver, and the Talon Fighter driver, but strangely were missing the Wind Raider pilot which was the only vehicle we had in MOTUC at the time. Not only did Mattel rectify the problem of not giving us a Wind Raider pilot but they also managed to give us our second vehicle for the line, the Jet Sled. In the vintage line the Jet Sled was the front part of the Battle Ram Chariot vehicle and later appeared as the default air transportation for both heroes and villains in the Filmation animated series. Mattel opted to package together the Jet Sled and the Wind Raider pilot (now named Sky High) as an item available outside of the subscription. Ready for a look at both Sky High and the Jet Sled and some discussion regarding the way Mattel delivered them to collectors? Then join me after the break...
Utilizing a basic body with mostly shared parts, Sky-High is right around the 7 inch mark like pretty much every other MOTUC figure. He shares the gloves from Zodak, the legs and boots from Trap Jaw, and the crotch from Optikk. He'll fit in well with pretty much any MOTUC faction but looks awesome alongside the Fighting Foe Men, Galactic Protectors, or the Eternian Palace Guards. The Jet Sled is a solid vehicle (no assembly required) that measures about 9 inches long and 5 inches tall.
The Jet Sled is a beautiful sculpt, perhaps even more so than the Wind Raider. It's not as large as the previous vehicle but it is covered with lots of rich detail that just evokes the primitive feel of the early MOTU stuff. Besides random armor paneling and circuitry, I think you'll be impressed by the control pad, the cannons, and the relief on the side. The control really pops out at you as all of the dials, gauges, and switches are sculpted pieces and not just stickers and paint. The Jet Sled is a heavily armed little bugger as well, as it's got one massive cannon on the front (under the dragon sculpture) and four smaller guns underneath (two on each side). The Four Horsemen really did an excellent job on this vehicle as it's a mighty impressive piece.
I like Sky High's blue, black, and red color scheme, but there's definitely some sloppy paint work, particularly on the thigh pads, boots and legs, and edges of the helmet. The chest emblem looks really good, however, and the metallic blue bolts on the boots are a nice touch.
I like to imagine that it's made of an extremely light metal that's so light Sky High can use it to glide. Imagine him and a bunch of other pilots involved in a dogfight with Skeletor's forces, all on Jet Sleds. If Sky High's sled got damaged he could use his wings to glide onto the Jet Sled of an ally or glide onto an enemy Jet Sled and commandeer it.