The paintwork on Vikor is superb. Last month, I had to give Mattel a QC spotlight because Buzz-Off was rather sloppy, so I’m happy to see Vikor be painted so well. The face looks great and the details on just about everything – from the tips of the horns to the clasps on the shackles – is painted particularly well.
I’ve already talked a bit about articulation here and there. The neck range is decent for a figure with clunky hair thanks to the longer cavity on the top of the neck. The new ankles work great and they’re nice and (extra) tight. All the other joints are there and work great. Vikor feels like a figure they put some extra work into to kick off the new year and it really shows in the paint and the articulation. If that hoop peg wasn’t in the neck, he’d get four stars from me on the articulation.
Vikor included three accessories: a sword, axe, and shield. The axe is my favorite; it’s on model to the artwork and includes grips near both the top and bottom of the axe. The paint work is similarly great with a nice silver finish and a little bit of rust (stained blood?) detail where the axe blades meet the handle.
The sword is similarly a nice piece. The hilt is similar to the axe which makes them look particularly nice when the sword is sheathed in the loop on the back of the loincloth while Vikor holds the axe. Vikor was sold to as a master of the battleaxe in addition to being a great warrior and having both these weapons really seals the deal. I wouldn’t mess with him if I was in the Valley of Gnarl.
The shield is probably my favorite of three accessories. The original art and the 4H sculpt both featured a mean looking protrusion that had to be toned down for safety concerns, but the shield is still great. All the weapons feature a ton of detail and, honestly, they put the He-Man gear somewhat to shame. He-Man’s weapons, beholden to the original toys, look like toy accessories. Vikor looks like he has miniature weapons.
Overall, Vikor kicked off 2011 with a bang. I’m a little concerned with the hoop peg in the neck over the long term, but that doesn’t interfere with my appreciation for this figure. He’s just too well done.
The sculpt is spot-on and the paint applied over that is fantastic. The articulation is tight and overall improved with the new ankles. And Vikor, even though he’s been placed deep in MOTU’s past, represents the future of the line to me. Expansion with “new” characters.
I look forward to MOTU growing beyond articulated, sometimes modernized versions of the vintage figures. I want Demo Man, the Horde Mummy, etc. And if they’re going to be as good as Vikor? That’s a win for all the collectors of this line.
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