We’re a little behind with our reviews, so I’m giving Noisy a hand with the last MOTUC figure from February. In the MOTUC Canon, we learn that Count Marzo created the Shadow Beasts as his own personal army the first time he tried to capture the throne. But he was still no match for Keldor and Randor’s Super-Brother-Powers and was summarily defeated and turned into a dwarf, while his army was banished to live in the shadows of Mount Barathrum.
Back when I was a kid watching the old Filmation series, I had just assumed that Shadow Beasts were an indigenous species on Eternia. But now with the revelation that they were created by Marzo, the real question is why did Randor and Keldor banish these creatures instead of exterminating them? You can’t just introduce an entirely new and aggressive species into an ecosystem and expect everything to be okay.
We all know how these things turn out. Even if they were confined to a certain area, there are still going to be problems. You just know that the first big storm to blow in will knock out the power to the electric fences. Then Mo-Larr will use that opportunity to swipe a couple vials of Shadow Beast DNA from the freezer to sell to the highest bidder. The next thing you know he’s racing through the park on a Raod Ripper trying to make the last ferry, while Samuel L. Jackson is hanging dead and dismembered from some wires in the power bunker.
So now the Shadow Beasts are loose and breeding all over Mount Barathrum because Marzo used frog DNA. They also hate humans and are cheap labor, so any bad guy with a sack of Eternian pennies or a roasted Widget can hire his own personal army to help wage war or do some landscaping and construction projects around the house.
From a visual standpoint the Shadow Beast looks fantastic, if not a bit confusing. I was under the impression that the Filmation look was off limits. But this guy looks like he popped right out of the cartoon. Now, maybe Matty had reference to him on their style guides, but then why did they have to use the 200X picture for the bio? I’m not really complaining here, just wondering how much Matty can actually get away with.
Also, I’m really glad they used Gygor’s body for this figure. It gives him a great hulking presence and adds some much needed height variety to my shelves. It also makes him a much more menacing threat to He-Man than the smaller versions from the cartoon. Continue to Page 2…