We’re trying to wrap up our November Matty reviews before the end of the year. Today I’m going to take a look at a figure I really didn’t think we’d get, but I’m glad he did: Eternos Palace King Randor. He’s a figure that may just replace the original Classics’ Randor on my shelves.
I was one of those kids that liked my figures to look accurate to the source material I was familiar with. Even though I never owned a King Randor from the original line, I always felt the figure looked wrong. The Filmation cartoon was my source for MOTU, and Randor didn’t wear armor.
My standards have loosened over time. Even though I still like getting figures with accurate looks, I definitely have no issues also getting cool looking figures. So I was happy with original Classics Randor and didn’t much else from the line. But Mattel’s miraculous acquisition of the Filmation rights allowed me the true Randor that I’d been waiting decades for.
Randor’s sculpt is incredibly simple, but still perfect. His overcoat with the poofy sleeves, maroon skirted tunic, and slipper-like elf shoes makes the figure look like he stepped right out of the cartoon. I especially like the soft plastic coat and could easily see an Eternian peasant wearing it. (Yes, I want a peasant army builder 2-pack!)
Palace Randor shares the same headsculpt as Battle Armor Randor, but the coloring is different. They used much lighter colors on Palace Randor, making his crown yellow-gold instead of metallic gold. His hair and beard are also a lighter shade of brown.
The yellow-gold coloring is repeated on his necklace, belt, and bracelets, giving the figure a nice contrast to the darker maroon of his tunic. At the same time, his deep blue overcoat and shoes are contrasted with his vibrant orange leggings. You’d think that last bit would clash, but I think it works really nice together and keeps the figure from looking like a sea of red. The coloring also adds the finishing touches to his Filmation sculpt. Continue to page2…