Mattel famously relaunched its wildly popular Masters of the Universe series back in 2002, but distribution issues and the like crippled the line, this despite arguably the Most Improved Sculpts Ever:
Now Mattel is re-imagining the property yet again as MOTU Classics, and while the new figures feature amazing articulation (the one weak point of the otherwise flawless 2002 series), they will only be available online, at a rate of one figure each month, and each will retail for twenty dollars. Before shipping.
Plus, Mattel ain't foolin' when it calls these new figures "Classic"; they're sculpted by the Four Horsemen, and you'll be hard-pressed to criticize them on a quality level, but whereas the 2002 series offered loyal designs that were then exaggerated and embellished in such a way that even the most wildly implausible and ridiculous characters suddenly looked badass, these Classics figures are designed to look pretty much exactly like the vintage figures, just conservatively updated.
Bah, I say, and have said since Mattel shared its first sneak-peek photo.
Who would want to go back to the identical body sculpt silliness of the '80s? (I forgot to mention that: the Classics series is going to rely heavily on reuse of molds; once again, He-Man and Beast Man will be the same dude from the neck down.)
I for one will not be shillin' out twenty bucks a month to buy the same figure over and over again.
...but I will be buying He-Man himself.
Dig these images, from The Fwoosh:
Wow. I admit it, he's nice. He-Man was actually the weakest figure of the 2002 series; I actively disliked him. So this is easily the best figure of He-Man himself that we've ever received. Here's the proof:
I like how tall the Classics figures are, but it means you can't substitute Classics He-Man for the crappy 2002 version, which is a pity because I'd envisioned some cool collections consisting of Classics He-Man standing alongside the figures from the 2002 series.
I don't care at all for the Beast Man, Merman or Skeletor figures Mattel has revealed for their Classics lineup, which means He-Man's gonna be awfully lonely on my toy shelf. Even so, I think I'm going to get him; can you imagine how he'll look in the