I love getting the non-traditional characters in the MOTU Classics line. So June was actually a pretty exciting month for me. Not only were we able to pick up Teela in here non-canon DC Comics barbarian swimsuit look, but we also got an original 200X character with The Faceless One.
Character wise, I’m not a big fan of The Faceless One. He originally appeared in MYP cartoon, but always seemed more like a deus ex machina to me. They gave you hints of characterization by making him Evil-Lyn’s mysterious father, but he was never really developed fully. Instead, he became a way to introduce and explain away magical items like the Havoc Staff and Ram Stone, or even to find an excuse to get He-Man involved in a predominantly Evil-Lyn episode. It wasn’t until his appearance in the MVC comics that we even learned his back story.
But, aside from not really liking his character, I’m a fan of how The Faceless One looks. He’s got this fantastically imposing style to his costume that makes you take notice. With his mix of dark purples and blacks, when you first see him you can’t help but wonder if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. Then there’s the whole ram motif that surrounds him, which immediately makes you think only of Skeletor.
The Horsemen did a fantastic job with The Faceless One’s sculpt. Even though he’s based on Count Marzo’s body, the added armor really goes a long way in making him his own figure. I was really amazed to discover that his body armor/cape is actually three separate pieces. His chest armor, collar, and the back part of his cape are all one piece. His shoulder pads are separate and each are molded with the side of his cape. It’s a very simple construction that gives his design a look of complexity. Something else I didn’t expect was just how awesome his armor looks on the other MOTU characters. Even more odd is how Faceless seems to wear Marzo’s armor better than the Count himself.
The other piece that really sets his body apart from Marzo’s is his loin cloth. This is probably one of the most intricate loin cloths we’ve gotten in the Classics line and it definitely sets itself apart from the sea of furry underwear. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even though it’s one piece, it still hangs down in six separate sections so his articulation isn’t hindered at all. I’m assuming this is why the 4H didn’t go with the robe design from the 200X cartoon, but instead chose his MVC Comics look. I was a bit disappointed when he first debuted without the robe look, but I’ve gotten used to it. Plus, I like the nod to the comics.
I am a bit annoyed that the nod to the MVC comics didn’t continue though. Considering the limited amount of new tooling that was given to The Faceless One, there really is no reason that he didn’t come with his alternate faced head. Toy Guru is always saying we’ll get alternate heads if they make sense for the character. What makes more sense than including the human looking Nikolas’ head, especially since his bio talks about him before he was faceless. Ultimately, I’m not really sure why they didn’t include his human head, but decisions like this do very little in stopping the rumors that Mattel has something against the MVC comics. Continue to page 2…