The New Adventures of He-Man is a strange corner of the MOTU Universe. On the surface it doesn’t do much to fit into the original series. But the blending seems to go a lot smoother with the Classics continuity, which is why I’m excited to see these characters in the line.
I really need to watch some more New Adventures episodes. About a year ago I watched the first few, which was just enough to get used to the new status quo, but not enough to get to know the new characters. So I don’t really know much about Flipshot’s personality. Aside from the fact that he’s a pilot and all pilots are cocky, right?
I was actually pretty surprised that Icarius picked as the second New Adventures figure to get the Classics treatment. I thought they would have gone with Hydron first, but then again I also thought we’d the NA He-Man and Skeletor before anyone else. I wonder if they picked Flipshot because he’s a pilot. Maybe this way Optikk can have an adversary.
One reason why I’m excited to see all of the New Adventures characters is because I want to see how the Horsemen interpret them. I already know what to expect with a remake of an original figure, but the NA and 200X characters always seem to have more of an artistic flare.
Icarius uses the standard MOTU “buck” as base body, but there are plenty of new pieces mixed in to make him feel new. His biceps and forearms are sculpted bands with bits of tech added in. His boots are entirely new and two rocket boosters on the inside. The tops of his boot are going to be reused for the upcoming Slush Head figure, but they still look perfectly fine and not at all out of place.
Icarius has a newly sculpted soft crotch piece that fits over the buck’s crotch. Not only does it have a new belt but it also has those sculpted bands like the arms, so I imagine we’ll be seeing it again sometime. I love my MOTU look, but it’s nice not seeing every character furry loin cloths.
Flipshot’s chest armor is also pretty interesting. It’s made of soft plastic and plugs into itself in the back. The front has been given sculpted tubes, vents, and a tech box like the original toy, but the Horsemen also added some new vent-like details around the bottom and sides. What surprised me the most about this piece is just how much the back resembles the original toy. Sculpted conduits run from the outer edges to the center, where the suit protrudes into a giant plug that’s meant for his jetpack.
Speaking of the jetpack, this thing is cool. The original Flipshot’s toy jetpack had very little real detail on it and looked like a like multiple flat gray surfaces stacked on top of each other. But the Classics jetpack has that Horsemen flare when it comes to sculpting technology. The design has been exaggerated so that the wings swoop further forward, while all the lines on the vehicle pull your eyes towards the back. The design is reminiscent of the various Goblin Gliders from the Spider-Man comics, although it also reminds me of the Jet Sled from the original MOTU line. Continue to page 2…