Apparently Stay Puft is so damned big that our SDCC orders won’t even begin shipping until the 9th. Which makes me wonder who we’ll get first, Marlena or Man-E-Faces? Oh well, at least we’ve got Clawful here to keep you MOTU fans happy. (There’s also that mysteriously aloof Weapons Rack, right Noisy?)
I was never really a big fan of Clawful as a kid. Looking back on it, I think part of my problem with him is the ambiguity of exactly what Clawful is. With his fleshy skin and shell armor, Clawful looks more like a guy cosplaying as a crustacean Mexican wrestler than an actual crab. And what’s with those bushy black eyebrows? Whether a crab monster or lucha libre, that’s just not right.
The original cartoon didn’t help much either since that version of Clawful had no large claw, wore different clothing, and had a head that looked more like a lizard or dragon. Very confusing indeed. It wasn’t until the 200X series that Clawful began to take on a definite crab-like appearance. If it wasn’t for the new cartoon, Clawful’s species issues might have remained a mystery forever.
Clawful’s design is heavily based on his original figure, although the 4H did take some liberties. Instead of the He-Man type buck they used the scaly body used for Whiplash. They also chose to go with the bumpy legs and forearm. This feature definitely gives the character a more consistent crab-like feel over the original toy. This body type also blends more seamlessly with his armor, making the shell appear to be part of his body rather than a fashion choice.
The most disappointing thing about this figure is his lack of a Classicized 200X head. The design of the vintage head is so different from the MO2K version that I expected them both to be included, like what they did for Whiplash. Unfortunately the figure debuted with only one head. This might not have been as big a deal for me, except for the fact that the MO2K Clawful never received a toy. An alternate head on this figure would have gone a long way in making up for that mistake.
Clawful’s most distinguishing feature, aside from the eyebrows, is the giant claw on his right arm. There may be no action features in the Classics line, but luckily for us a lot of the design choices tend to have a very action-feature-y feel to them. With the aid of an internal spring, this new hollow pincer clamps shut automatically with a very satisfying clacking noise.
One thing I was a little sad to discover is that his pincer wasn’t made to be compatible with Roboto/Trap Jaw. My hopes for a metallic robot claw to appear in a future Weapon’s Pak were dashed. Continue to page 2…