All the new pieces are nice sculpts, true to the original, but with the right look for Classics. Mattel could’ve stopped there. Not to be negative, but they usually do. We would’ve been thankful they at least spent the money the new fist – though I do wish we could have gotten it without the crummy paintjob, but I digress.
We also got something a little extra with Thunder Punch He-Man too and, like any good collector, it makes me want more. The fist has snap-on energy attachment. I’m not going to say it’s the coolest thing in the world, but it is pretty damn cool. It’s dynamic. It’s visually appealing. It’s just fun.
It’s something that we definitely need to see more of in the line. How much cooler would Kobra Khan have been with a spitting venom attachment? How about a lightning attachment for the power sword? Energy cackles for pistols. Spell bursts for staffs or hands. A blast of energy for Hurricane Hordak’s “cannon arm”? I could go on all day.
I’m not saying every figure need these extra bits. I know this time Mattel had a rare opportunity in that they had a relative cheap figure and already had to cast something in a clearish plastic anyway. But damn! How much cooler could this line be if the budget allowed us to explore further in this direction? How much cooler would our displays be? How much more fun would the figures be?
Thunder Punch turned out to be a real highlight for me. It could just be that I wasn’t expecting much out of him. The great Joe Posnanski often promotes a “Plus-Minus” system when he rates movies. Basically, your expectations play into your reactions. Something highly anticipated that turns out mediocre can seem worse than something similarly mediocre, but had low expectations to meet. Is TP He-Man getting the benefit of my low expectations? I don’t know, but I am much happier with him than I thought I would be – though I will admit my newfound appreciation of him comes with the intense desire to find him a new head and make him into a unique character!
Anyway, TP He-Man’s fun and I need more of that in Classics, nostalgia is great, accuracy is crucial, quality control is king, but fun is important. Very important, cause these are still toys the last time I checked…
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