Masters of the Universe Classics Oolar
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It's the origin of He-Man! No Prince Adam here, just a member of a savage barbarian tribe given mystical forcefield armor and a power sword to do battle against Skeletor. Mattel translates the character to plastic really nicely, managing to put together a great version of this more savage form of the most powerful man in the universe.
Great articulation, cool accessories, and an exciting mini comic is a great combination for a nice subscription exclusive figure.
In 1982, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe took over the lives of American children, mostly due to the Filmation cartoon, which introduced the world of Eternia to kids everywhere. I had become interested in He-Man before I saw the series, largely due to the amazing mini comics that appeared in each action figure package. Within the pages of those first few mini comics, there was no Prince Adam, there was just He-Man, a savage member of a barbarian tribe hand-chosen to wear the mantle of the most powerful man in the universe.
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Those first few mini comics made a lasting impression on my young mind, and that was the world that He-Man belonged to as he fought Beast Man and Skeletor on the dresser in my bedroom back then. Swords, axes, and lasers lived in the same fantasy world.
When I saw that Mattel was revisiting those savage days with the Oolar figure, I knew I had to have it. Of course, not having a subscription made that a challenge, but I just sucked it up and dropped some extra cash at BBTS and got it done. I’m glad I did.
Oolar is a very generic figure in the landscape of Masters of the Universe Classics. Where many Matty figures have elaborate suits of armor, intricate detailing, and extensive weaponry, Oolar is a very bare bones barbarian figure, no armor, just bare skin and two weapons.
I feel like the biggest draw here, though, would be the alternate head. Oolar comes with a head reminiscent of his appearance in the mini comics, but also comes with an alternate head calling back to the original He-Man figure back in ’82. It’s a huge difference compared to the normal MattyCollector head, with a lot more sculpting detail and great paint applications.
Articulation is the normal Matty buck with ball shoulders and hips, elbow joints, knee joints, and ankle joints, and the figure is remarkably poseable, considering there’s no bulky armor to get in the way. If I have any complaints from an aesthetic perspective, I would say the ankles are a bit chunky due to a lack of boots or other foot coverings, but that’s a pretty minor quibble.
He comes with a long, well designed spear, long, wooden, and crooked, with a rock spear tip, all painted amazingly well, looking like an actual wooden crafted spear. The sword is a much simpler sword than the elaborate Power Sword we’re all used to.
Oolar is a great figure. For folks who are married to the more savage side of He-Man, he fits perfectly into that world. It’s tough to say where he might belong in a MOTUC display with more current characters, but the figure itself is great, and I love that MattyCollector got him out there. Slowly the Savage side of He-Man is being well represented, from the white Sorceress to The Goddess, and even working Demo Man with Skeletor’s Alcala themed head sculpt. I hope we see more of this in the future, even though MOTUC’s time seems to be running out.
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