Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Armor He-Man

As we are halfway through the subscription period for the new MattyCollector 200x mini subscription, it makes sense to focus strongly on a figure that fully represented the 200x era hero in the second season of the early 2000’s animated series.

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Back in the early 80s I was a huge Masters of the Universe fan. Like, really huge. Before I ever bought my first G.I. Joe figure, I had Skeletor, Beast Man, He-Man, and Stratos, and set them up in battle scenes on my dresser next to my bed. Many a night I lay in bed staring up at those awesome creatures as I drifted off to sleep.

My love affair with He-Man faded as those 4″ army men came into vogue and I realized that there was such a thing as articulation with action figures, and my G.I. Joe’s could actually DO a lot more than the defenders of Eternia. As such, my He-Man fascination dwindled while my G.I. Joe obsession only grew.

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I have recently become nearly infatuated with Masters of the Universe again, as they’ve become proficient at perfectly infusing the classic style with modern articulation. But there was one other time that I grew re-attached to Masters of the Universe as well, and that was in the early 2000’s. Those MYP 200x animated episodes re-ignited a spark in me, and in fact managed to flare that spark far brighter than the original Filmation series did. For every eye roll that Filmation series solicited from my 8 year old head, the new MYP series brought a wide smile to my face. It captured a lot of the classic fun, but made the world much larger and more engaging, as well as more serious.

So, I’ll admit, every time a 200x themed Masters of the Universe Classics figure emerged, my eyes twinkled, but I didn’t bite, mostly because I’ve never been a subscriber, and it always seemed impossible to get the figures I wanted to get. But when I saw the Snake Armor He-Man and King Hiss figures that made up the majority of Season 2 of that animated series, I decided I had to try.

I’m glad I did.

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Snake Armor He-Man is a perfect example of how well Mattel is doing with their Classics line. They’re able to pull from all these different styles (Mattel, Filmation, She-Ra, New Adventures, and MYP) and somehow infuse them all with similar design aesthetics, so they can all work within the same universe. Just looking at the design of the figure, with the boulder-sized shoulder pad, the chain metal arm and those crazy boots have so little in common with the more traditional look and feel of the 80’s stuff, but somehow Mattel is able to perfectly integrate it.

There is a wealth of newly tooled parts in this figure, perfectly accentuating the best and most outlandish parts of the animated design. His trademark spiked hair almost immediately draws you back in time ten years, and the crisp paint applications mirror the look of his armor excellently. From the leather straps replacing the “furry shorts” to the bulky, layered armor, this is a very different look from the He-Man that we’re all familiar with, but it manages to blend perfectly with the rest of the Classics collection.

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He doesn’t come with much in the way of accessories, with the trademark 200x power sword and the snake-grabbing claw that slides into the launcher on his right arm. It’s not much, but both accessories are pretty well done, and fit the figure quite well.

Until I recently re-watched all of the 200x series, I’d forgotten just how much He-Man wore this particular suit of armor in the second season, and now I’m glad I have him represented on my shelf. It’s a striking figure that manages to both stand apart and blend with the rest of the Classics line in a great way.

MattyCollector reveals final 200x Sub figure – Prahvas!

Damned if it’s not another great looking figure at that. With previous subscriptions, often you didn’t even get a chance to see the figures before signing up, so this new reveal strategy is a great change on Mattel’s part, and will hopefully help encourage folks to subscribe.

Prahvas is a fantastic looking new villain who faced off against the Sorceress during the Great Unrest and played a key role in the past conflicts of Eternia…who knows when he might rear his ugly head again?

Don’t miss this chance to subscribe and get this hulking monster on your MOTUC shelves, he’ll look awesome no matter what era you consider yours.

See the preview image below, and hit up MattyCollector to subscribe, you can only do it until March 23rd!

MOTUC-Pravhas

If you want to see the entire 200x subscription line up, take a peek at the gallery below:

Hot Toys 1:6 scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Black Widow

As we go screaming towards May 1st, Hot Toys is unloading their latest
amazing movie masterpiece figures at us, including this look at the
specifications for their next rendition of the Black Widow. She gets a
new hair style from her “on the run” look from Captain America: Winter
Soldier, and has some really nice light blue additions to her uniform.

The figure is very cool, but I’ll stick with my Winter Soldier version….though I wish that version came with the bad ass Widow’s Bite shock effects. And what’s up with those futuristic looking weapons that the Age of Ultron figure comes with? Loving those, too…

Check out the images and specifications below.

The 1/6th scale Black Widow Collectible Figure specially features:

– Authentic and detailed likeness of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron

– Newly painted head sculpt with movie-accurate facial expression and make-up

– Short curly brownish-red real fabric hair implantation

– Body with over 28 points of articulations

– Approximately 28 cm tall

– Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

– One (1) pair of fists

– One (1) pair of relaxed palms

– One (1) pair of palms for holding pistols

– One (1) pair of fists for holding batons

– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume :

– One-piece black colored jumpsuit with leather-like trims and blue highlights

– One (1) pair of red-colored wrist guards with Widow’s Bite bracelets

– One (1) black belt with Black Widow’s emblem

– One (1) gun holster on thigh

– One (1) pair of black colored platform boots with buckles

Weapons:

– Two (2) blasters

– Two (2) batons with real-like electric effect

– One (1) pistol

– One (1) dagger

Accessories:

– One (1) pair of real-like electric shock effect accessories

– One (1) pair of baton handles

– Specially-designed figure stand with Black Widow nameplate and the movie logo

Artists:

– Head Sculpted by Yulli

– Head Painted by JC. Hong

– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong

Release date: Q3 – Q4, 2015

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details can subject to change without further notice

© 2015 Marvel.
© 2015 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Preview for IDW G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Serpentor’s resurrection… Throwdown’s first mission… Revanche and
the Blue Ninjas. It all feels like it’s coming to a head, and you can
check out the latest installment at your local comic shop tomorrow.
Take a look at the preview of this latest issue below.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211

Larry Hama (w) • S L Gallant (a & c)

THE RETURN OF SERPENTOR! G.I. JOE’s plan to control an unknown force goes awry, and the former Cobra Emperor now commands a powerful weapon that even G.I. JOE might not be able to stop. The reign of SERPENTOR begins again in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #211!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

Bullet points:

  • SERPENTOR returns and neither G.I. JOE nor COBRA can stop him!
  • Variant Sketch Cover by Larry Hama!