Vault Review: MOTU Classics
Slush Head

Personally, I don’t really care much about Slush’s ability to hold water in his helmet.  I would much more prefer to be able to move his head.  It’s not just for the subtle emotions you can invoke with the slightest twist, but the fact that he can’t eve turn his head from side to side.  This figure will always have to face straight ahead, and I don’t think I like that.

Slushy comes with a few accessories, two of which are mechanical tentacles with claws on the end.  These two pieces plug into his backpack and can swivel at both ends.  At first I was a bit disappointed that these tentacles weren’t bendy, but now I think it was the right decision to make them out of a sturdy plastic.  I don’t need them to be drooping to the ground in a couple of months.

Slush’s second accessory is a laser gun that can double as a techno ax.  I really love the design of this weapon, and his backpack.  They definitely give off a Kirby-esque vibe to me, and I can’t help thinking that’s what the original designers and 4 Horsemen had in mind.

It’d be hard for most figures to follow a spectacular specimen like Draego-Man, but I think that Slush Head did a fantastic job of holding his own.  The mix of various body parts from previous characters turned out well again, and adding the new pieces always seems to push the figure into their own unique look and feel.  I’m always happy to see New Adventures of He-Man in the Classics line, I just wish these characters would pop up a bit more often.  I definitely can’t wait to see who is next.


16 thoughts on “Vault Review: MOTU Classics
Slush Head

  1. I never got into the NA figures back in the day. I bought most of them on clearance and sold them off at a garage sale not long after. Lizorr and Spinwit were my favorites but there was no emotional attachment to the line as a whole. Slushy here had that watery head going for him but all you could do was turn it around. He was more like Water Globe Guy than anything else.

  2. I’m really surprised you didn’t include a photo with the helmet filled. No wonder you didn’t like the lack of head articulation!

    In my opinion, a water-filled helmet fundamentally changes the look of the figure for the better. I like the existing head sculpt, but it looks better and more bizarre when distorted by the liquid, as though it completely fills the helmet.

    Whereas I liked the head much more than you, I was very disappointed by the tentacles. On my figure, it’s nearly impossible to keep them in a raised position. There’s nothing locking them in place, so gravity causes the tentacles to droop to the ground. They’re also not particularly stable; just about anything will cause them to fall out of their pegs.

    1. I still haven’t seen a picture of him with the helmet filled with water. None of the reviews I’ve read have shown it. I don’t collect MotUC, but I do enjoy reading the reviews of them. This guy is pretty cool looking.

      1. Are most of us MOTUC collectors too fussy about the pristine condition of our figures that we won’t even fill Slushy’s helmet with water as intended? lol I’d like to see a picture of this, too.

    2. I had the same tentacle problem with mine, mate. Then I realised I had to push them further into the backpack. Problem solved!

  3. Adam, I had the same issue with the tentacles where they’d fall out at the slightest touch. It turns out they weren’t in all the way. I removed the armor and kinda twisted the tentacles into place, and now they’re in there solid as they should be.

  4. Believe it or not Slush Head is the 1st NA character I liked in that old corny cartoon but I never owned any of them until they were designed in Classics forum. Cool pics!!

  5. If you look in the customs forum at there’s some folks who have broken the helmet so he can turn his head. There are tabs in the front and back of the helmet that are glued to the inside of the armor. They can be broken and the head and dome are free to swivel. They will stay in the armor as long as it’s on the body. The other cool thing is that breaking the tabs does not breach the inside of the dome, so you can still put water in it. It makes you wonder why mattel didn’t design it that way in the first place. Lots of folks have done it, but I imagine you have to be pretty careful. I plan to try it when I get him. The lack of head rotation was the one thing keeping me from picking him up.

  6. I owned only three NA figures when I was young, and this was one of them (the others were Optikk and the He-Man that came packed with Slushhead). I think they did a great job of cobbling this guy together, all things considered. Although the lack of head articulation is a puzzler. If they can make a turning, water-filled head in the 1980s, it surely can’t be beyond the capacity of a toy company in The Third Millennium! Still, nice to see it can easily be fixed!

    Now, to see if my bendy Doctor Octopus tentacles can be put to use on this guy somehow . . . .

  7. At first I was a bit bothered with the lack of head articulation…but, hell, he wouldn’t be the same without water! He’s just as I loved him as a kid! 🙂

  8. Just got my figure this week, and unfortunately it confirms what I was afraid of – the tentacles are reversed. They are supposed to curve forwards over his shoulders, not backwards. Congratulations Mattel, that makes two figures in one month that you’ve engineered incorrectly. A new record for your designers!

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