When I was a wee tot, I sorta hated Spikor. I could bore you with why, but the specifics aren’t really important. Suffice to say, this wasn’t a Masters of the Universe Classics figure I was really looking forward to; and that was before he debuted as basically a vintage rehash.
I don’t have a lot of memories of toy shopping when I was a kid. My parents accumulated presents for my birthday and Christmas throughout the year. The results were some of the most awesome Christmas mornings and birthdays a kid could have, but very few stories of being in a store getting a new toy. I remember some – the awesomeness of seeing black Spider-Man for the first time as a Secret Wars figure, foolishly turning down Metroplex for the Joe Swampmasher (or was it the Dogfighter? I don’t even remember, but duh… Metroplex? I must’ve been on crack), not wanting Spikor because he had a dumb trident hand, my Mom being annoyed that the capes came off on Super Powers Batman & Robin (I was always losing the accessories), or my parents & I searching high & low across the state for an Optimus Prime. And, after not finding him, letting me pick out whatever Transformers I wanted. I chose a blue corvette, Tracks.
I loved that Tracks. I loved his stickers off, his paint thin, and even his arm/door right off (and yes, I did lose his missile battery & missiles). To this day, Tracks is still one of my favorite Autobots, but unlike Ratchet, whom I loved because of the comics, or Hot Rod, whom I loved because of the cartoon, I loved Tracks because he was a great toy that will forever be associated with that awesome day. And as I got older and ended up a toy collector, that affinity for Tracks easily morphed into a Tracks collection. The pricey Milton Bradley red Tracks. The yellow Alternator. The blue Alternator. The Generations Tracks. And, of course, a Reissue so I can have an original in pristine condition. And… for me, I would ultimately realize that there was really no point to having all of those, but that’s a much longer story for a different day.
Anyway, so this is a Spikor review, right? Well, give me some credit, I did mention Spikor up there, if you’ll recall. I remember not wanting him. He was purple (which strangely didn’t keep me from getting Adam) and he had a trident for his left hand, which I have to admit I still think is out of place & lame. And are the spikes his armor or his skin? The head and chest tell two different tales… I couldn’t tell you which figure I came home with from Sears instead that day, but my dislike of Spikor carried over for awhile. I have never been once disappointed that we didn’t get him in MO2K. And, while I always knew he must have a Classics figure, I never really cared about it. When he showed up with his trident hand and cartoony face earlier this year, I felt vindicated in my disinterest. I had hoped that the Four Horsemen would do something to him to make him more worthwhile, but as the line slowly caves slavishly into nostalgia, it seems increasingly unlikely.
With Spikor coming via my subscription, I had intended for him to be one of my “grin & bear” it figures. It wasn’t all bad, I no longer really much care about the color purple anymore, and probably more importantly, if I’m going to have a toy, I may as well inspect it for unseen coolness instead of writing it off (that may apply more to me as a ‘professional’ toy reviewer then to the average collector, but getting out of our collecting comfort zone and seeing what’s out there is something we could all use a little practice at).
Classics Spikor is just about exactly what any one of us would’ve expected. He’s got the basic MOTUC buck, only sporting new forearms to get the bracers right. To round him out, there’s the new prickly armor and the new head sculpt. The head sculpt appears to be much more to my liking in person than what I saw at Toy Fair. I doubt it was tweaked, perhaps it’s just materials or bad lighting at the show, but Spikor’s head isn’t as goofy and Cl-awful as it first looked. And if you’re willing to take out some paint and remove those googly pupils, his menace factors grows exponentially! Continue to Page 2