I want to review Castle Grayskull Man, but there’s another MOTUC review I’ve been putting off that I should probably do first. Regular readers may have noticed that I skipped a figure these past few months. It wasn’t really on purpose. I just kept finding things I’d rather spend time on…
Sir Laser Lot was part of 2012’s mini-sub featuring (mostly) all-new characters in the MOTU mythos. In years past I have championed, and still do, new characters being added to the ongoing story and there being figures of those characters too. I think that a line can’t be healthy without growth and new characters, so when the 30th sub was announced, I, in particular, was pretty excited.
With all the figures in hand, I still think it was worth my signing up, but I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t love all of the figures. The best way to sum up why is probably to talk about what I find compelling (and what I don’t). The six figures in the 30th Anniversary subscription were compelling to me in different ways. Photog got the easiest past for his history as the original “Create-A-Character” winner thirty years ago. The others had to rely on a mix of their design and their backstories.
Draego-Man, Castle Grayskull Man, and (Cy-Chop to a lesser extent) all appealed to me visually and creatively. Draego-Man looks kickass and his bio did a great job of explaining who he is. CGM looks kickass and his bio laid out the particulars while his creator, the amazing Daniel Benedict, made me fall in love by having him chuck the door of Castle Grayskull as a projectile. Cy-Chop took a little longer for me to warm up to, but he’s fun and again, his bio gives me a good idea of where to go with him. And yes, I’ve even accepted the Spector into the fold. I don’t mind the design and Scott has (somewhat inadvertently) given Jon Spector his own personality in my eyes. Regular readers have seen me get a kick of out having Spector around.
And then there’s Sir Laser Lot.
Laser Lot had the misfortune of receiving one of the bios that doesn’t really say much of anything about the character. Some of it was purposeful (his real name is “unknown”… so mysterious), but it was mostly because it told you about what happened to him instead of about him specifically. What makes Laser Lot cool? What sets him apart? The bio doesn’t really tell us. We know he wears gem-powered armor and that he’s an excellent hand-to-hand combatant that gets flung into the future, but that’s about it. Bios like that make work for characters like Bow that have plenty of media to explore should we care, but it wasn’t the right away to make us care about Laser Lot. It forced the figure to rely almost exclusively on the design and… Well, they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I’m the one writing the review.
I dont’ want to armchair quarterback the design, but he just needs something different. I like the idea that he’s a knight (he can pal around with Extendar) but there’s not much else here. I’d almost say he primarily suffers from not being able to include the action feature that the “original” would have presumably had: a light-up feature. Laser Lot presumably would’ve worked similar to Laser Power He-Man & Laser Light Skeletor (though his CAC design should predate those figures, right?). A battery pack would light up his weapons, his plume, and ideally the gem on his chest. The gem not being a clear-molded add-on piece, is downright criminal by the way. How can Mattel expect us to think the Gem of Tamadge is cool when they wouldn’t spring for it to be cool?
Anyway, I don’t know if it’s simply the design, the lack of action feature or what, but one thing I did do to improve SLL was to remove the cape. It did further offset the blue/red balance, but I think he’s a sharper figure without it. Continue to Page 2…