As a recent convert to Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classics line, I have enough figures to chase down on eBay without letting this one go too, even though He-ro is a figure I’ve picked up for completion purposes only, since I knew nothing about the character. Once I checked his Wikipedia entry I understood why: he was a planned character that never came to be. Fun to see that Mattel is picking characters like this up and weaving them into their own mythos this bring them in to reality in plastic.
I really love the MOTUC packaging – dramatic and yet compact – easy to open but also contained if you want to keep the figures in the box. The only complaint I would have if I was a MOC collector would be that the packing is so small that it’s hard to get a great look at the figure inside.
As for the figure itself, to me it kind of looks like a roided up Ken broke in to He-Man’s wardrobe and dressed up. His slightly two-dimensional appearance isn’t helped by a lack of subtlety in his flesh tones, quite different from previous figures when seem to have had more light and shade. Let’s hope this is a one-off and not a new trend.
He-ro’s staff is quite groovy. I got the red stone, one of three options apparently. I like the way the prongs hang out, which is good, because I can’t get them to reattach and stand closed. Minor QC quibble. Like my Man-at-Arms, He-ro’s leg joints are on the loose side, making a slight challenge to stand.
I don’t think He-ro is going to go down as one of my favourites in this line, but I think the fact that Mattel made the figure is a nice nod towards the whole He-Man history, and I’m happy to have him.
Until next time!