Seems like just a few days ago I was opening a gigantic box packed full of various MOTU and DC figures. But that was actually way back in June, and now that it’s almost August I thought I’d better catch up before that San Diego Comic-con package gets here.
Before I get into this review, I wanted to give my two cents on the whole MOTUC 2013 subscription. I know everyone has been throwing their opinions around on the subject, and I’m not the least offended if you don’t want to hear mine. So feel free to enjoy the pics and skip down a couple paragraphs to the review.
MOTU Classics started out with very meager aspirations, but it has grown into an amazingly extensive toy line. Various incarnations, styles, ideas, prototypes, and original creations were brought together to represent every corner of MOTU mythology in an amalgamated toy form. Although every fan has their own specific preferences, it seemed to me that the majority of the fanbase supported the line in order to keep the MOTU brand going. Even if that meant their favorite characters weren’t going to be immediately available to buy. Little did I realize, that after such a great MOTU showing at SDCC, my idealistic view would soon be shattered.
Obviously, I’m for the sub. This is one of my favorite toy lines, and I find myself playing with, posing, and taking pictures of these figures more than any other. Is it perfect? Not in the least. There is no perfect toy line, and there never will be. But MOTU Classics is special in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Even though I may not want or care about certain characters that are made, I know that someone else out there does love and want that figure. Why would I want to stand in the way of that? I’m glad to help them get that figure, because I know that person is also helping me get my favorite figures. We are all MOTU fans, and we’re all in this together.
One last thought before I get on with our regularly scheduled review. Toy Guru thinks that Masters of the Universe will be able to continue in some form, even if the Classics line ends. I’m not as optimistic. Mattel just got the Filmation rights, and the Classics line is at the peak of possibilities. This is what the fans wanted and if it ends this year, I don’t see how Mattel can see that as anything but a failure. MO2K was also considered a failure, and look how difficult it’s been trying to include the smallest 200X elements into Classics. So what will Mattel do when such an inclusive line as MOTU Classics fails?
Ok. So… on a more upbeat note, look at this huge ass Griffin! Smart reuse of parts is a foundation of the various MOTU toy lines, but I was still amazed by the griffin’s debut. First off, I never expected to get a MO2K specific beast. What was even more surprising was just how many parts were reused from previous beasts. Battle Cat makes up the majority of the body with his front legs, lower body, and back legs down to the ankles. The wings come from Swift Wind, but they don’t look out of place at all on this creature.
As for the new parts, the griffin has a double tipped tail, two bird-like back feet, an upper chest that the wings can clip into, a neck with more of a mane, and a new head. Although the bird feet and furry body have great textures, the head takes the cake with its impressive sculpt. The four eyes and feathers coming off his jowls definitely give him an alien look, but it’s his massive articulated beak that gives the figure an imposing weight. I love the cracked details and how wide his jaw opens. Continue to page 2…