Faceless One has a much more detailed paint application than I expected. The prototype pictures weren’t of the best quality when it came to the tiny details, so I was in for a nice surprise when I saw that he has tiny metallic rivets along certain seams of his armor. I also liked that his belt is a metallic purple that really stands out from the matte purple of his fabric parts. I’m also really happy that Mattel listened to the fans and painted the inside of his collar black instead of leaving it purple. The darkness does a great job of making his head look disembodied, giving the figure a much more creepy and menacing look.
The Faceless One’s articulation is the same as the majority of the MOTU figures, but I am going to have to pick on Mattel a bit. Like I said, I’m really happy his legs aren’t limited by his loin cloth, so kudos on that. But, we get the dreaded return of Marzo’s left hand. I actually like the hand itself. I’m glad they made one that could hold small items. My problem is with its articulation. Again, Toy Guru’s repeatedly said they will give swivel/hinge wrist articulation to the characters that it makes sense on. Well I don’t know how many of you have tried to display Marzo without his amulet, but it looks damned awkward. Now this uncomfortable looking pose is repeated with The Faceless One.
The Faceless One comes with two accessories: his Havoc Staff and the Ram Stone. I’m really glad we got another one of those mysterious Eternian artifacts with the Ram Stone. It makes the most sense for Faceless to come with it, but I’d like to see more of this with future characters. Sure everyone needs a weapon, but do they all need two weapons? Artifacts like the Ram Stone or the Reliquary bring more history and variety to the MOTU-verse than another sword or blaster.
It also makes sense that The Faceless One would also come with the Havoc Staff, since it was his originally. What I was really happy to see is that they gave it a new deco. The added translucent red on the ram’s skull really gives it a great glowing fiery look. It wasn’t ever a look I was expecting to get, but I’m really happy that we did. Now, if I could just get one in 200X colors.
Faceless One is a perfect example of what I love about MOTU Classics. He’s a 200X character that gets a damned good figure, when he probably wouldn’t have even gotten a toy in the 200X line. And even though I don’t really care about the character, his figure has this really terrific design and is fun to play around with. He also does a really good job of diversifying my MOTU shelf. Now, amongst all the brightly colored and fur thonged characters is this dark and mysterious figure.