Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Action Figure Review: Strobo from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel
Mattycollector.com so hopefully more fans will have a chance to grab what is undeniably a very cool action figure that comes with a crucial extra: the unhelmeted head for the 200x version of Zodak. It's important that Strobo's a pretty cool action figure because by no stretch of the imagination is Strobo a well know character; his only appearance was in the story "The Dark Power of Skeletor" from an issue of Masters of the Universe Magazine. Of course, sometimes these lesser known characters turn out to be the most exciting figures in the line. How does Strobo fare? Read on and find out after the break....
He's a MOTUC figure, so you know the articulation is good. This has been a great year QC wise for MOTUC and that's continued here with nice, tight articulation. Strobo features: hinged ankles with lateral rocking, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, a swivel waist, a hinged abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a double pegged ball jointed head. Nothing surprising here, but no complaints either.
Strobo's body is mainly cast in his flesh tone which is a darker flesh tone. It looks good, adds some diversity to the MOTUC lineup, and goes well with his red, silver, and blue outfit. The helmet and belt are a nice metallic silver that really stand out. The red is vibrant on his helmet, gloves, and shorts, but there are actually three shades of blue here to liven things up even more. The cape is a standard blue while the boots are a darker blue and the cuffs on his gloves and boots are a metallic blue. It looks really nice and helps a simple repaint really feel like an all new character. Everything looks neat and clean for the most part although the separation between the gloves and cuffs is a bit messy. He's equal parts awesome and fabulous: you know that at Eternian raves, Strobo just takes center stage (too bad they didn't subtitle him "The Heroic Human Disco ball").
The second accessory, the Dark Star Energy Meteor, is a story specific item from the comic in which Strobo appeared. It's a piece of the Dark Star that Skeletor was trying to claim and which Strobo destroyed with his reflective powers. It's a cool translucent green meteor orb with some great sculpted detail. It's permanently mounted on a great pedestal and even if you don't know what this piece is, it'll still look amazing displayed inside your Castle Grayskull alongside other ancient Eternian artifacts like the Sword of the Ancients. Originally Strobo was going to come with a two handed laser rifle but it was scrapped due to costs. The rifle did end up arriving with the End of Wars weapons pack so you can still arm Strobo if you snag that set.
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