Probably one of the most unexpected figures in the Masters of the Universe Classics line has to be Horde Prime. Since he never had much of a tangible body in the Filmation series, it seemed unlikely. But the 4H and Matty found a way.
If you haven’t gotten this figure yet, and you don’t want to be spoiled as to what the alternate head looks like, then you should probably stop reading now.
I have mixed feelings when it comes to Hordak and the Horde. Hurricane Hordak was the only Hordak figure I had as a kid, and he was one of my favorite toys ever. He was always the ultimate big bad in my MOTU playing, usually only defeated by the combined powers of He-Man and Skeletor.
It wasn’t till many years later that I saw him on the Princess of Power cartoon and was a bit shocked as to his unintimidating and even goofy behavior. Instead of a threatening big bad, he was actually not much different than a middle manager for a galactic war machine. And to make matters worse, he wasn’t even that good at his job. I ignored POP for years after that first disappointing exposure.
But eventually I came back around, much older and with a more refined sense of storytelling. The usually funny benefits of a middle manager Hordak were clearer to me, and one of my absolute favorites is that he had supervisors in the form of Inspector Darkney and Horde Prime. (This line will never be complete for me if I don’t get an Inspector Darkney figure!) Hordak was now a big fish in a very small pond, and he could be “fired” on a whim from his supervisors. I liked this aspect, but unfortunately it doesn’t really mesh well with the badass Hordak of my childhood.
As for the Horde Prime figure, Matty did a great job on him. But I’m still a bit disappointed when it comes to certain aspects.
Sculpting isn’t one of them though. The Four Horsemen did a really great job of putting this figure together by using a nice mixture of a few old, but mostly new pieces. One of my favorite areas is his cyborg-like hands. Not only do they look creepy and menacing, but his right hand has four little spikes sticking out of the knuckles. Similar to the Borg on Star Trek, I’m pretty sure this is how Horde Prime infects people with the technorganic virus.
As for the rest of the figure, he’s got a new striped cowl piece. His new chest armor creates a gray backdrop for the symbol on his gigantic cape, which is a really great desing idea. His arms are Roboto’s, but they fixed the left hand joint and it’s now compatible with the various plug-in weapons. His loin cloth comes from the Faceless One, but it still has that great 200X Skeletor design to it. So I’m hoping we’ll see a Skeletor wearing it someday. Lastly, his shin armor is new and has bat wings sticking out of the sides.
Probably the most interesting area on this figure is his helmet and two heads. My preferred head on the figure is the secret Hordak-like noggin. Although Prime is supposed to be Hordak’s brother, he looks more like his Grandpa with those huge ears and beard-like face tendrils. I also really love his Space Pope helmet, but for the life of me I can’t stop seeing a giant mecha-koi head when I look at it! The circles on the side and his face opening really look like a fish’s face. Continue to page 2…