Masters of the Universe Classics usually does a fantastic job of updating vintage figures with a more modernized look. I was particularly excited to see what Dragon Blaster Skeletor’s would look like. Unfortunately I think my expectations were too high.
I never had Dragon Blaster Skeletor as a kid, but I did have an awesome poster with him on it. You know the one. Thunder Punch He-Man and the Masters were on the left, facing off against Dragon Blaster Skeletor and his evil minions on the right. And spoiling the battle for everyone was the Horde coming down the middle. So even though I didn’t have the figure, I always thought he had an awesome look.
It wasn’t until years later that I realized just how crazy that figure truly was. The inspiration behind making new armor is simple enough. He-Man is getting new powers and Skeletor can’t afford to fall behind in this Eternian arms race. So what’s the best way to counter your enemy’s new thunder punching powers? Chain a dragon to your back and carry him around piggyback style!
I realize every character in the MOTU world is a bodybuilder, but even so it still can’t be easy lugging a dragon over your shoulders that’s at least half your size. Talk about an exhausting battle. There’s also the small issue of how do you control the dragon? I may be able to strap on a komodo dragon like a satchel, but I don’t think I’d be able to focus his attention from biting my face to fighting my enemies as I huffed and puffed my way around an Ultimate Battleground.
DB Skelly’s body sculpt is all reused pieces, but thanks to the recent addition of Kobra Khan we now have boot tops and forearms that are reminiscent of the vintage Skeletor’s design. This is a great touch to the figure and I really love that fans can cobble together their ultimate vision of Skeletor from the various different styles that have been released.
This Skelly does come with an all new pieces of armor, designed like the vintage figure’s and made of soft plastic so that it can easily be removed. Of course the best part about this new armor is the dragon hanging off his back. The Dragon Butternut is made of two pieces, his body and head. The sculpting on his body is top notch and makes me a bit sad that he can’t really move because he’d be a great creature figure to pose on the shelf.
Unfortunately I’m not as thrilled with the dragon head. He really has way too many teeth, which gives his entire head odd proportions. Also, Thunder Punch He-Man had a great surprise with the inclusion of an effects piece. I was really expecting DB Skelly to get the same treatment and include a spraying effects piece. So I was a bit disappointed to learn that not only was he not getting an effects piece, but that his mouth was molded closed. Continue to page 2…