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Vault Review: MOTU Classics
Dragon Blaster Skeletor

Skelly’s paint job is pretty plain.  They did give him a black loin cloth with purple belt, which is another nice callback to the vintage figure.  His head is probably the most detailed area with its heavy use of green with yellow highlights.  Another unfortunate issue that plagues this figure is his painted arms.  I have a couple of paint chips on my figure, and I’ll definitely be glad to see the molded arms return.

The Dragon has a bit more detail to his paint job than the main figure.  The body is also molded in black, but he has a thick layer of red that fades into purple along his spine.  His neon green collar and gleaming white teeth also do a good job of breaking up all those darker colors.  Painting his toe nails was also a nice touch.

Articulation on Skeletor is what you’d expect from a MOTU Classics figure.  I do think his head has a bit more range though.  It seems like he can look further up than the other Skeletor figures.  This actually makes sense since he has to lean forward a bit for the dragon to be facing other figures and not the sky.

The Dragon’s one point of articulation is his head.  It’s on the same kind of ball joint as any other MOTU figure and can be swapped out the same way also.  The Dragon can also be removed from the armor piece, but he can’t go far since he’s still attached by the chain.

Aside from his new armor, Skeletor comes with one accessory.  At first I thought this was the same power sword in purple that came with previous Skeletors.  But the paint job on this one is actually a bit different.  This sword has a lighter purple on the blade and is even a bit rough to the touch.  The hilt is also not painted black.  I think I actually like this sword better than the original, and will probably be using it for my main Skeletor’s weapon.

So yeah, the figure itself isn’t perfect.  I’m still iffy on the dragon’s head, and an effects piece would have made me really happy.  But Dragon Blaster Skeletor is an awesome figure based off of an insane premise.  Basically he’s the kind of figure that makes the MOTU toy line so fun to collect and play with, which is what keeps me invested in this line.


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62 comments to Vault Review: MOTU Classics
Dragon Blaster Skeletor

  • Shadow_Contact

    Great Review Vault! The DraegoMan, Curse you Butternut, and Final shot are Masterpieces.

  • Beedo Sookcool

    Great review, excellent pictures and comics!

    Looking forward to getting this guy, but in order to preserve limb continuity, I think I’ll swap the DB armour onto a spare “Original” Skeletor. Which should also solve the painted limbs problem. Might have to sculpt a new dragon head, though. Those teeth just look wrong.

    Where’d the name “Butternut” come from, by the way? (I mean, I’ve eaten the squash, but I suppose I mean why Butternut? Other than that it’s a damned funny word?) I always called Skeletor’s dragon “Spitt.” Not very inspired, but I think I was 11 when I got the original DB Skeletor.

    • Shadow_Contact

      Maybe they named him “Butternut” because his head appears to Squash-ed

    • Brainlock

      I’m guessing Noisy was hungry and making himself a sammich while writing the review, and they had butternut Bread in the house?

      • Beedo Sookcool

        Great. Now I’ve got it in my head that lesser Eternian rock dragons all have funny food names like Butternut, Fiddlefaddle, Couscous, and Fluffernutter.

        Thanks, guys.

    • Thanks Beedo!

      I thought it would be fun if he had a cute/silly name. Originally I thought about calling him Butterscotch, but I think Butternut is funnier.

      • Beedo Sookcool

        STRIDOR: Heroic Mechanical Warhorse

        Real Name: Butterscotch

        Queen Marlena’s favourite Eternian palomino from the stables of Eternos Palace was named Butterscotch because of his rich, glossy fawn coat. During an attack by Skeletor’s forces, the stables were set ablaze, and despite Snout Spout’s best efforts, were burnt to the ground. Most of the horses were able to bolt to freedom, but Butterscotch was trapped under a falling beam. Man-At-Arms, sick puppy that he is, decided to put Butterscotch’s brain into a strong new robot body. Renamed Stridor, this clattering cyborg now carries the Heroic warriors into battle . . . and always feels so cold.

  • great Job Vault!
    love dem pics

  • Good review, Vault. I’d stopped collecting before this version of Skelly came out in the 80’s so I hadn’t really noticed what a wacky concept Mattel went with. But it is MOTU and anything goes with this brand. That’s always been its main appeal.

    Still, between Dragon Blaster Skeletor and Black Mask, September might as well have been Dental Hygiene Month over at Mattel.

    • Thanks, Clutch!

      I definitely love how crazy MOTU gets.

      I didn’t realize it until you mentioned it, but there really were a lot of toothy figs this month.

  • Polo23

    Vault this has to be the funniest review i’ve seen of any figure that you have done. I wish “Butternut” had his old action feature. Excellent review by the way!!

  • da man

    Wow juts wow. The pic with Draego Man saying “That’s Racist” is brilliant. I literally spit out the coffee I was drinking. I have seen some people put the Draego head on the toy instead and it looks better…

  • J. Lee

    Love this review, laughed way too much. Dreago, the butternut name is priceless. Is that a monsterarts flame your using for lil butternut or another line effect.

    The paint chipping is the only thing bugging me but can live with it.

  • Bigbot

    This review is what I love about this site. I don’t care for DB Skeletor, but your review is at least making me consider that it wouldn’t be a bad figure to own based on the pure silliness of such an idea. Also, because I didn’t know about this variant until this year I always associate the DB with Daniel Bryan, so in my head I always think Daniel Bryan Skeletor before I get to Dragon Blaster.

    • Thanks, Bigbot!

      The radio station I listen to in the morning uses the abbreviation DB for when they call someone a douche bag. So I think of something entirely different when I see Skelly’s name shortened. 😛

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  • Logan

    Being younger, this was the Skeletor that I had growing up. It brought back some fun memories of my childhood. Liked the review. I totally enjoy the figure myself but that is 100% nostalgia.

  • Cade

    As I was reading the captions, I couldn’t help but here skeletor speaking in the Monarch’s voice from Venture Bros.

    • J. Lee

      I could see that voice working for him easily.

      • Beedo Sookcool

        Yeah, it’s similar enough to the Filmation and MYP Skeletor voices to work very nicely! Now I’ve got the image of Evil-Lyn sounding like an adenoidal Brooklyn cabbie and Beast Man going on about comic books in a creaky voice. With Tri-Klops played by Ray Romano. Thanks, guys.

    • Wow, I never realized it until you said it, but the Monarch and Skeletor do sound a lot alike. I didn’t think it was possible, but Venture Bros just got cooler.

      • You know as a huuuge Venture brothers fan (All I could think any time bane talked in DKR was Killinger) I never put this together either..someone is gonna have to get mcCulloch on the line for the next MOTU cartoon

    • TC

      Great call, man! Helper’s “voice” and mannerisms for Roboto. Hank and Dean as Adam and Orko. You really hit on something with this.

      • Beedo Sookcool

        Orko might be even funnier sounding like Doctor Orpheus or The Alchemist, though. };D Patrick Warburton as Man-At-Arms. Hordak Killinger. Grizzlor with Sgt. Hatred’s voice. Scaramantula as Count Marzo. And Extendar striding around the place, booming “IGNORE ME!!!”

        Dear Lord, what have we wrought?!

        • Cade

          Nah Patrick Warburton is he-man…hatred is man-at-arms…I like Killinger for Hordak, Trapjaw could be Underbeit (obviously), King Hiss is Phantom Limb…..this is too fun

          • Beedo Sookcool

            Action Johnny as Mosquitor. Jonas Venture Sr. as King Randor. Billy Quizboy as Snout-Spout. Otto Aquarius as Mer-Man. For the Days of Yore crowd, The Action Man as Space Ace, The Pirate Cap’n as Vykron, and Hunter Gathers or General Treister as Tank-Top (or they could also make good Men-At-Arms). Yeah, this IS too much fun.

            Oh, and Colonel Gentleman as Stratos . . . wait . . . .

  • wally2974

    Where did the dragon blast effect -piece come from? It goes so perfectly with him that it looks like it belongs with him!

  • So, other pics wanted as bonus content:

    Dragonblast armor on Faker

    Butternut separate from the armor

    You know, Skeletor really gets the short end of the stick here. Thunder Punch Skeletor would have been a much cooler thing, vintage-wise. As it is, the only foe on an equal footing would have been Snout Spout. You know, as in ‘squirt guns build into/onto a figure’ style.

    I have a kind of hard time with that dragon head. It’s funny, it’s very Filmation, it has a charm but it just doesn’t fit. And I just don’t understand the design, use of the chain. OK, so it binds the dragon to the armor, I dig that, it’s needful. But the segment that goes from the armor to the shackle around Skeletor’s wrist? It almost seems as if he’s unwilling bonded to the armor and the dragon.

    Man I bet Butternut just gnaws the HECK out of all the furniture at Snake Mountain. 🙂

    • dayraven

      nah… pretty hard to wreck the furniture when they don’t give you limbs. this little dragon is more like the torso guy in “freaks” when they turn on the robbers, and he’s got a knife between his teeth, but neither arms nor legs to actually constitute a threat.

      • Hey now, Butternut has arms and legs! They just don’t move, likely because it was a design choice by the 4H. Right? :devil:

        • dayraven

          well, yes, they’re sculpted there, but they’re not articulated… so he’s essentially an unmovable blob w/ a rotating head.

          the sad thing is, over on the doomkick review of this fig, i was chatting w/ those guys about potential other things that could have been done, on the cheap, to make this fig more desirable than just as a kitbash for a true vintage skeletor. simple things like packing in an additional alcala head, or doing two dragon heads one snickering and evil, one open chomper, or doing a translucent purple power sword, or a havoc staff w/ translucent purple head, could have made this made this fig more memorable. and of course, were they willing to dump more developmental cash on this fig, an articulated posable dragon would have been win all day long.

          • call me crazy, I would have liked to see him be able to squirt water. I mean, it’s not a dealbreaker of needing a new tool torso, it’s just the simple mechanics of a hollow body and putting in one of those 10 cent mini spray bottle heads that are probably made in the factory down the street.

            but if this had an actual action feature that would have REALLY tipped the applecart over, wouldn’t it have? 🙂

            I do like that Skeletor’s head has a bit of tilt so he can lean forward. I suspect someone snuck that past the gatekeepers.

            • dayraven

              steve, you’re forgetting logistics. that 10 cent mini sprayer next door would have to undergo mattel’s rigorous safety and standards inspection, the same grueling tedious grandiloquence that gave us such smash hits as the brittle marshmallow man, the spring loaded voltron, and the hover board w/ furniture gliders. and it would cost $500,000 to install those in every DBS. and also, it was a design choice by the horsemen, an expensive design choice that would have cost you an A list character later in the line: which would you rather have had, a water squirting dragon, or castle grayskull?

              see… logistics. 🙂

              • I admit the error of my thinking. How could I forget how delicate and on the bubble every single figure is? Why, one failure and TEH LEIN IS OVAH!

                yeesh, is this any way to run a toy company? 🙂

  • I can’t wait to get mine tomorrw. Yeah!

  • i never had battle dammage skeletor or terror claws skeletor as a kid, my only variant was dragon blaster skelly and he was one of my favorites! i was really looking forward to this one! pure nostalgia!

  • Lay Ze-Man

    Great review, but meh figure is a meh-sterpiece.

  • clark

    Initially this looked like a fun figure, but as is usually the case the production figures just didn’t quite look as cool as the prototype.

    Also, not to sound too picky, but I have not purchased any MOTUC figures since mattel started just making all of them out of black plastic and painting them. I know these are collector oriented, but I want them to have some sort of durability.
    Because of the black plastic issue I ended up passing on Sir Laser Lot (who I actually wanted), Mekaneck and the Snake Men.

    I hope they go back to casting figures in appropriate colors and then adding shading by next year, because I do want Jitsu and the Fighting Foe Men; but am willing to pass on them if they’re still doing the black plastic.

    • Jitsu being mostly black wouldn’t be hurt very much by being black plastic though

      • dayraven

        what? jitsu isn’t mostly black… ninjor is.

      • Brainlock

        Jitsu is karate-chopping Japanese Fisto. Ninjor is Black Pajama Party Ninja.

        (and anyone else hoping we get swappable hands for Jitsu? Eye keep I’ing which character is going to be sacrificed and called “Lefty”)

  • Sunny

    Great review! very funny. The black plastic issue unfortunetly will be what kills this line along with the DR issues. Hopefully Mattel gets it sorted and starts casting the figures in the correct coloured plastic again.

    Totally ridiculous!

    • Beedo Sookcool

      Word has it that the line will return to limbs moulded in the correct colour plastic in January. We’ll have to wait and see, though. Design choice, logistics, blah-de-blah-de-blah: who knows what excuses may crop up.

      Man, I’m cynical for a middle-aged guy who still buys toys.

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  • JediCreeper

    butternut is the name that’s sticking, I think…

  • Beedo Sookcool

    Just got this guy today, along with Mekaneck and the Snake Men. Man, am I disappointed! Apart from the weird dragon head and too-short chain, which other people have covered, I’ve gotta reiterate how horrible these painted black limbs are.

    Not only did he come out of the bubble with smudges and chips on his arms, legs, and joints, some of the light blue smudged off onto the armour. Will be calling MattyCollector later today and really letting them have it.

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