I know I’ve gotten behind on more than a few reviews lately, but this one isn’t my fault! In fact, the turnaround time between when Mattycollector finally got him to my house and this review is actually pretty decent! Yes, Demo-Man was delayed, but he’s here now and it’s all good.
Demo-Man is an interesting guy. Originally, he was merely just one of a handful of unused concept drawings. An early mockup that Skeletor, Beast Man, and (I’m told) Megator would all draw inspiration from. The sketch made its travels around the internet while a copy sat around at Mattel collecting dust. When the folks at Mattel were planning 2011, the concept figures were given the green-light with the plan being to make them unique characters.
That last part is a decision I’m 100% behind. I’m with the crowd that desperately wants Ram Man sooner than later (and Mattel needs to face facts and get him done, I assure them we’ll all instantly switch over to bitching and whining about another character within five seconds of the Ram Man announcement), but I really want “new” in my MOTU. Vikor & Demo-Man are good for the line overall.
Sadly, we haven’t learned too much about Demo-Man. The decision was made early on by the powers that be to tie him more to Skeletor than Beast Man and we’re left with not knowing much more about him other than his affiliation with Skeletor, that whatever wounded leftover bit of Demo-Man was around was merged with Keldor after the acid attack. Like most fans, I assume that Vikor & Demo-Man make a pair, but other than statements made by Toy Guru, Demo-Man isn’t really linked to Vikor in the bio either.
The good thing is that, despite being a relatively blank slate, Demo-Man is a cool figure. The Four Horsemen sculpted him pretty faithfully to that original sketch and Mattel didn’t shy away from using new tooling to get him right including the head, forearms, bracers, hands, calves, and feet. Toss in the softer plastic two-piece tunic and two pieces of armor and you end up with a pretty unique looking figure (and that’s without mentioning the colors).
I really enjoyed the sculpt work on all the new pieces. The head is fantastic and delightfully creepy though the sculpt is trying hard to shine through some of the paint work. I particularly love the slightly oversized look to the hands and feet and, along with having room to hunch him over inside the tunic, the bigger appendages help give him off-putting look. While I’m on the subject of off-putting and the tunic, I can’t help but notice that the loincloth here is a wee bit on the tiny side. I get that a guy like Demo-Man might not care about his junk hanging out, but I think true evil knows the value of genital coverage.
On top of the basic figure and tunic, Demo got some extra sculpted bits of armor for his shoulders and right elbow. The figure gets a ton more detail here, including an extra tuft of fur sticking up. I like the tuft, but Demo-Man isn’t really a fuzzy guy (that part went to Beast Man), so it just kinda indicates that this guy has mad back hair. The other details, the dents, dings, and brandishing all look great though, so I’ll forgive that weird green bit.
While we’re talking about this guys’ look, I think I need to stop and take a moment to say he’s green. I know – you can see the pics, but even they may not make you understand. He’s Green. I know I’ve heard some folks take issue with the level of greenness, but not me. The look was achieved by molding the figure in a bright highlighter greenish yellow and then adding a darker, but still bright green overcoat. The effect is really nice and helps the figure to be one of the sharpest in the line (and most noticeable on the shelf).
Not all was well with the paint department though, there’s a lot of little paint areas throughout Demo-Man and that meant the opportunity for slop. I got a lot of close up shots in this review and you can see the various places where the paint missed, but the thing is the pictures are a lot bigger than the figure. On the figure itself, the only thing I wasn’t terribly happy with were the teeth and the attempts to imply shadowing on the face through yet a darker shade of green paint. I don’t mind the deeper paint in the furled brow so much, but what’s up with the line down his nose? I’m not always down for modifying my figs, but I’m sorely tempted to razor that particular bit of paint off and see if it improves the look of the figure. Continue to Page 2