I never had a complete set of the original He-Man figures, and I have no idea whatever happened to the ones I did own. I was on the verge of being too old for the Filmation cartoon when it came out and only vaguely remember it. It was always more of a superhero kid than a barbarian and beasts kid, so while the Masters of the Universe Classics line had some draw for me when it started on Mattycollector.com, I wasn’t compelled to partake. I passed on He-Man and Skeletor easily, and even passed on old favourite Mer-Man. Chalk one up to my self-control – dodged a bullet by not starting another line, right?
Then came Man-at-Arms, a.k.a the reliable Duncan, and for some reason I bought the damned thing. Dang nostalgia factor. It was the dude with the interchangeable head with the handlebar moustache that finally dragged me in….
These figures are a great nod to the originals with some fun and subtle improvements. Fun packaging – also not a huge box if you wanted to keep these mint – with a bio on the back that shows how the character fits into the MOTUC universe, which obviously has its own canon.
First thing I did when opening up the package was swap the heads – classic Duncan thank you! The second thing I did was struggle with him for a moment to get him to stand properly – his legs are a bit on the loose side. That’s the only minus though – great colours, great sculpting, great accessories, and something I really like about this last one is that between hands and spaces on his back there’s room for all of this tools to be “on board”.
So, I’m officially in the MOTUC band. I’m not going to break the bank chasing past figures on ePay, but I will be picking up any re-issues and I’ve already signed up for my 2010 Club Eternia subscription – I can really do without the middle of the night wake-ups to grab the monthly figure.
Colour me a He-Man fan!!!