We’re a little behind on our MOTU reviews, so I thought I’d end this week with a look at the first figure in the 30th Anniversary sub-line: Draego-Man! This guy so impressive, he’s easily become one of my favorite figures in the line so far.
I’m really happy that Toy Guru was able to convince Mattel to do a special set of figures for the thirtieth anniversary of Masters of the Universe Classics. Not only does the history of MOTU deserve to be celebrated with fun figures like Tank Man Vykron, but it has opened the proverbial door for new characters to be introduced into the mythos. This is something I’ve been wanting since the inception of this new MOTU world.
Although Fearless Photog was the first figure in the 30th line, he’s really still a call back to the 1980’s MOTU lore. I really consider the Four Horsemen’s design to be the first original figure in the Classics line. But before I get into his sculpt, I wanted to touch on his bio a bit. Draego-Man’s got one of the more interesting histories we’ve seen so far.
He was created during Preternia time by the Great Black Wizard. (I’ve never heard of this Wizard before. You expert MOTU fans will have to let me know if he’s another original character.) Draego-Man was shunned by Granamyr and eventually took up with King Grayskull. He eventually became disgusted with humans after they made a truce to create the Three Towers, and left them to spend the rest of his life in solitude. (I’m curious if he had issue with the Towers themselves, or just the fact that humans were teaming with their enemies.) Centuries later he joins Skeletor’s army, seeing a chance to enslave both humans and dragons alike. (I really love how bitter Draego is, and how long he can hold a grudge! I can’t imagine he’ll be happy with Skeletor either though. So how long before he turns on him?)
When given mostly free reign to create an original figure, the 4H did what they do best. Draego’s sculpt is an inspiring mix of borrowed pieces and original sculpts. I’m not really sure what’s more impressive, the fact that they got pieces from Hordak, He-Ro, King Hiss, and Whiplash to work seamlessly together, or that the newly sculpted pieces take attention entirely away from those reused limbs. Either way, this is one amazing looking figure. I’m also impressed by how much bigger he looks too. His larger head and humongous wings give the illusion of greater stature, even though he’s really about the same size as a normal figure.
Draego’s head is probably the most impressive of newly sculpted pieces. He’s just got this perfect dragon head. It sounds silly, but I’m not really sure how else to phrase it. When I think of a fantasy world dragon, this head is pretty much what I picture in my mind. His wings are probably my second favorite part. Not only do they give him a huge and imposing stance, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be seeing them again if they ever get to make a Lord Dactys. Continue to page 2…