Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Action Figure Review: Plundor from Masters of the Universe Classics from Mattel
Ralphie in his pajamas? Then read on to learn more about Plundor, after the break....
Plundor stands right at 7 inches tall (7 3/4 inches if you count his left ear that stands up more) and, as is par for the course with MOTUC, reuses many parts from previous figures. He features the standard hairy body, arms, and legs, the Zodac boots, and gloves that appear to be reused from a few other characters (although they have hairy wrists, so maybe they're retooled a bit). While Plundor is a character that only appeared in the Filmation cartoon, I think that the style of his sculpt fits in well with the MOTUC aesthetic. The design of the character (giant pink rabbit with crazy yellow eyes) is pure Filmation, but the Four Horsemen definitely made sure that he'll fit in to your collection, as long as you're cool with giant, evil, pink bunnies. I most certainly am, so I'm all good here.
Nothing too unusual for articulation here: hinged ankles with limited lateral rocking, boot swivels, hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge hips, swivel waist, hinged abdomen, swivel/ hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, hinged elbows, swivel wrists, and a ball jointed head. Everything is solid and secure, which means I've went through this entire year without any major MOTUC quality control issue that I can think of. Excellent! Interestingly, due to the way his briefs are designed, Plundor has a wider range of hip articulation than most other figures. He can sit much easier than most other characters, meaning he looks great on the Grayskull throne. You know, if for some reason you want Plundor chilling out there.
Plundor's not quite just pink as there look to be some other colors mixed in there, too. He's almost got a bit of lavendar in there. There's a bit of a wash that adds some depth to the figure and really helps sell this guy. The details on the head like the buck teeth, nose, and yellow eyes look really good and bring out a lot of character in the sculpt. The armor and clothing are pretty plain with a mixture of light reds and reddish brown, although the metallic red highlights look good.
Appearing only in the pilot episode of the Filmation cartoon (The Diamond Ray of Disappearance) the axe seemed to be an early stand in for the Havoc Staff. Perhaps the Havoc Staff was considered to be too occult looking initially? Anyways, in the episode Skeletor can shoot energy beams from the magical orb on the top of the axe and a few times he even carries it like a staff. The axe included here looks to be a blend of the Filmation design with the blade shape of the toy axe that came with He-Man. It's a bit more detailed than the Filmation design, featuring some details on the blade such as metallic blue edges and some studs. The translucent orb unfortunately has some blue paint slop on it. The weapon's also really floppy. The plastic is soft and rubbery and droops, a feature not endearing for an ornate weapon.
Need a Plundor of your very own? Head on over to Big Bad Toy Store and pick one up today!
I've reviewed plenty of other MOTUC figures, including:
End of Wars Weapon Pak
Galactic Protector He-Man
Ram-Man Rokkon & Stonedar
Sky High with Jet Sled Snake Face
Spirit of Hordak
Strobo The Fighting Foe Men