The rest of Draego’s armor and is impressive just because it does such a great job of bringing all these pieces together. It’s not really made to be removable, which is fine. I am a bit disappointed that the crest on his chest wasn’t a separate piece though. It probably means we won’t be seeing this armor combination on anyone else in the near future.
Draego’s paint job is also really impressive. I know they had to cut some accessories to give him this level of paint detail, and I’m totally OK with it. Just seeing the subtle darker tone changes over his skin makes it worth it to me. But there are also the lighter purple highlights on his armored pieces, and even the metallic blue in the rocky looking textured bits gives him a very unique look.
Draego has the same basic articulation that we’re all used to in a standard MOTU Classics figure, but his new body parts also give him some added features. His tail is identical to Whiplash’s and only moves on a swivel. His wings are on swivel/hinges though, and they have a really great range of movement. I’m really glad they’re able to do more than just sit behind him looking cool. I also wanted to mention that Draego’s head is on a ball joint, like all the other figures, but somehow his seems to have a bit more range. You can get these really subtle tilts, and his up/down motion seems more extended.
Draego-Man comes with one accessory, his flaming sword. The sword has an interesting design to it, but the fire seems more like liquid lava than flames. I’m not sure if I like that so much. I know that Draego was originally supposed to come with more accessories, which we’ll be getting in other ways eventually, but I personally feel like he doesn’t need any. He is a huge dragon man that can breathe fire and that almost seems like enough for me. The only thing I really would change on this figure is dropping the accessory for an articulated mouth. It’d be cool to see him biting some of his enemies!
I’m really happy with Draego-Man. I couldn’t have asked for a better figure for the first original character in the Classics line. I’m also hoping that this trend continues past the 30th anniversary. This is a new chapter in MOTU history, and I really feel like original characters are fantastic way to grow and expand the brand.