This has been a difficult Masters of the Universe Classics review for me, as the differences of opinion on Spector have been difficult to navigate. I enjoy the figure and I’m going to say so, but I’d also like the figure to be better and I’m going to say that too.
The problem in that scenario is there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good discussion when it comes to Mighty Spector. The divisions in the MOTU fanbase, in geekdom in general, often branch into hyperbole with each chasm seemingly larger than the last. Spector appears to have created a pretty big one and quickly at that. I haven’t participated in a lot of the Spector discussion because the general trend has to been to dismiss, which isn’t really my thing.
So let’s get this out of the way right in the front. Spector, as a character and as a figure, gets a lot more derision than he really deserves. For example, just the other today, I was interested in fan reaction to Sir Laser-Lot digital mini-comic. I read positives, I read negatives, stuff I agreed with, stuff I didn’t, but one thing that made me shake my head was the complaints about Spector in regards to this particular mini-comic. See, Spector’s not even in the mini-comic. His name was mentioned. That’s it. Whatever you may feel in regards to Scott Neitlich or Spector, it feels like we need to take a step back when the mere mention of his name is giving us pause.
My enjoyment of the figure withstanding, this isn’t going to be one long proselytizing article singing the praises of the Mighty Spector. Either you like him or you don’t. I’m not out to change that, but I do think we should be examining Spector as a figure and as he progresses as a character rather than give into dismissing him based on the inside knowledge of his creation. I love Scareglow even if he comes from a “silly filler” wave. If someone comes along and discovers that Snout Spout only ended up in the line because his creator had a hard-on fetish for elephants, we’ll… I’ll still love ol’ Hose Nose all the same.
What I’m saying is that the “why” of Spector was created doesn’t really matter. The fact that I’m okay with it or that any of you aren’t is going to get lost to the sands of time. Future generations, new MOTU fans, aren’t going to care. It will be the look of the character, his portrayal in any media that he’s fortunate enough to find himself in, that’s going to determine his value to the franchise. And, as such, his origin as Scott’s childhood CAC entry is just a footnote on what will or will not be a long history as a MOTU character. I don’t know how Extendar ended up the vintage line. I don’t care. I’m just ready for his Classics figure. I extend that same courtesy to Spector. If you can’t, I understand, but I would still encourage you to try.
Before I jump into Spector as a figure, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not sure how I feel about Spector, the character. Does he feel like a Mary Sue? Yes, but he hasn’t had the opportunity to show that he’s not. He’s got his own bio and a couple mentions in the other bios and the mini-comics. I see a lot of potential with him, but as a time traveler – he’s got a lot of potential for trouble too. It’ll be interesting to see what the folks at Mattel do with him and to see if the folks at Mattel remember he’s part of a large ensemble. While I lightly mocked it above, I do understand that the concerns over Spector getting a mention in that Laser-Lot digital comic. It’s mostly based on a fear that the powers that be won’t remember that Spector is but a small part of a larger mythos. Heck, we were reading a Sir Laser-Lot spotlight comic after all. I don’t know about you, but he’s pretty low on my list of characters I would want to read a comic about. Let alone be the character to kick things off.
With Spector’s background being something that ought to be set aside and his media presence still being minimal; we’re really just left with the figure itself. I like a lot of it. I dismiss the notion that it “doesn’t fit in”. Sallah over at MOTUCFigures did a great job of showcasing that the basic elements of the Spector design are complaint with 80s MOTU. Just as I dismissed the notion that Count Marzo didn’t fit in a couple years ago, I feel the same way now. The shared parts, the 4H sculpt, and the wide array of characters that MOTU has included over the years, gives Spector a MOTUC feel. Continue to Page 2