While the paint work was mostly used to help differentiate between the releases, Mattel used the accessories to add some incentive for collectors to buy this version of Grayskull. He includes the standard He-Man shield from the first release, but the other accessories are all new or in different decos.
I’m going to get the one negative in the accessory section out of the way first. When Mattel announced that KG was being reissued, TG had this to say about it:
We did plus him up with an improved deco, some extra little surprises, and slightly different accessories including one all new accessory that is way cool.
Now, if Toy Guru thinks that a plastic blue marble is ‘way cool’, that’s fine. It’s not, but that’s fine. Way cool for me would have been the case for the Power Sword that was featured in his episode.
That’s not to say that the marble is without merit. I like the idea of it – I love prop accessories and this could’ve been a great one, but it did need a stand. In the pic above, I’m using a “Vanishing Ball” Magic Trick stand. It’s a cheap stand that you can probably find in a variety of places, but this particular one came from Target in a boxed set of tricks for $2.50.
King Grayskull also came packaged with two swords. The Power Sword has been done in a new deco, with the classic metal deco transitioning into He-Ro’s energy sword deco (and matching the Orb). This is the best of the new accessories even though it’s the same sword we’ve already gotten a few times over.
The other sword is compromised of the two half swords, this time both in grey. Well, that’s a bit of a misnomer since these two halves have a redesigned internal structure. When it’s not mangled by KG’s “dynamic” packaging, this new design works better at keeping the halves connected. The only downside is that it’s not compatible with the previous half swords.
Overall, I can’t state how happy I am to finally have King Grayskull in my collection. It’s been bugging me ever since I picked up the first three figures in January 2009. This figure seems to be an overall improvement over the original with the lessons Mattel has learned over the last two years being applied to this figure. The new cape deco is just okay and I can see why some collectors aren’t as pleased with it as the original. But the rest of the figure is great. I love the paint work on the head and the metallic paint on the belt and wristbands. The accessories are decent additions – the improved half swords are welcome, the transitioning Power Sword is novel, and I’ll even go so far as to give Mattel a “nice try” on the marble.
No matter the differences between this and the original, though, a hole in my collection is filled and I’m glad Mattel reissued him for those of us were a little late to get on the bandwagon.