MOTUClassics.Com Review:
Preternia Disguise He-Man

He-Man also included another Power Sword. I’m not going to look a gift-accessory in the mouth as I’m glad Mattel found that budget was leftover after the key & gun and used it, but a different deco here would’ve been cool. Maybe a brown to match the tunic?

The last accessory was a pretty cool and unexpected one – a Bionatops blaster. Though we must face the sad truth that this will probably be as close as we ever get to a Classics Bionatops, it’s pretty cool in its own right. It’s faithful to the original although it has that nice 4H update to make it work better as a handheld weapon (the scope isn’t on a long pylon for example). I really appreciated that the butt of his rifle goes perfectly up against the figures shoulder. That doesn’t happen enough in the wide world of action figures. The only thing annoying about the rifle was caused by the packaging itself – it look so awesome slung behind his back in the bubble that I find myself wishing the 4H had included a way for it to attach to the figure.

Despite being fairly obscure in the ranks of MOTUdom, he’s got a decent sculpt and great accessories. He also fleshes out the Preternia crowd – while the mini-comic only showed him there for a short time, his bio hints at a longer stay, so he’ll hang out with them on my shelves (and he’ll do so probably without that tunic piece). Overall, Strangor here might not be the most exciting figure, but that’s probably a good thing for the subscription figures, right?

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27 thoughts on “MOTUClassics.Com Review:
Preternia Disguise He-Man

  1. Great review! I love He-Man beating Hordak over the head with the cosmic key!!!

    I didn’t get this guy as I refuse to subscribe, but he came out all right.

    1. I think that’s one of my favorite pics on the site!

      His after market price isn’t too bad. I think a lot of folks are simply picking him up that way and paying the “extra” to avoid the subscription drawbacks.

  2. This figure is pretty awful if you ask me. It’s one of the biggest misfires by the 4H yet and he allowed me to happily skip the subscription this year. The only thing I’m regretting is not getting a cosmic key, but Gwildor will hopefully solve that problem.

  3. The only thing that I was disappointed by was the lack of a sheath for the sword on his back. THEY SHOULD ALL HAVE A PLACE TO STOW WEAPONS! Its just stupid that he can’t at least put the sword back there. Just stupid.

    1. I can agree with that completely! I know I made a point of the gun slinging on the back, but even a spot for the power sword would’ve been nice.

  4. I think this figure would have been much better with a smooth torso to go with the abs they used. I would advocate soft goods, but they would probably have turned out poorly due to logistics or whatnot.

    How were the ankles on this figure? I see they’re not using the modified pieces introduced with Vikor.

    1. A new torso was really the way to go with the figure. He looks much better without the bulk – even with the sculpted muscle details.

  5. I used to be torn between selling/trading this figure and chopping him up for custom parts (seriously, I love my two pack Skeletor in every way but one, that damn bababushka they have wrapped around his skull) but your review has left me with a third and unexpected choice; keeping him! Your reviews always enhance or bring out the character in the plastic, and chracter is most of what motivates me to buy a figure. I’m wondering now, however, if the new hood sculpt will be used somewhere down the line for Skeletor, in which case (in all my glorious laziness) I’d prefer to wait things out before cutting up another toy. If they do use that hood on Skelly that would free me up to play with and enjoy “Strangor”

    Thanks for another awesome review!

    1. This hood is definitely great for that purpose. I’m not going to do any customs yet and just cross my fingers that the 4H get their shot at including him.

  6. on the one hand, i’m glad i didn’t subscribe, but MAN i wish i’d gotten this figure…

  7. Fun review, as always! I like the figure, the accessories are cool, and it’s a fun call-back to my youth, but his bulky “armour” and inability to ride any beasts or strike any really dramatic poses just further reinforces my dedication to “soft goods.”

    Perhaps if they keep re-issuing “Original” He-Man frequently enough and in large enough quantities so I can build up some custom fodder, I could one day customise a version of this character who can stand en garde and sit astride a Bionatops frill. But first, I gotta get going on Vikor’s fur cape and figure out how to make Scare Glow’s collar work….

    1. I hear ya, but I just don’t like cloth on my toys even though I know they’d solve most of the drawbacks. That said, if you’ve got pics of some of your cloth customizations, we’d love to see ’em!

      1. Thank ‘e, mate; I’d love to post ’em! Just ain’t had the time to get started on the MOTU Classics collection yet, apart from a Filmation Faker with a “removable computer core” I made a while back out of a badly-made, broken, first-issue He-Man. When I’ve got enough stuff worth posting, I’ll join up on the forums and start showing off. };D Thanks!

  8. Who’s the brunette he’s giving his sword to? Did I miss a female figure somewhere?

  9. Man am I glad I didn’t bother to try subscribing this year – Jedi He-Man is just…….wrong.

    The Key hitting Hordak pic is pretty cool though……

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