When the MOTU Classics line first began to pick up steam, Noisy and I started going through the more obscure MOTU characters to see who might get made. We ran across Procrustus early on, but didn’t have high hopes that this four armed giant would ever get made.
Now that his figure is in-hand, and mingling with the other characters on my shelf, I can definitely say that I’m glad Mattel proved us wrong.
Procrustus is just another great example of how the Four Horsemen can really bring a character to life. He only appeared in two pages of one mini-comic, yet the 4H took his basic design and added more detail than ever appeared on those pages. Most obvious of which are his rocky details.
The mini-comic gave an impression that Procrustus was made of stone, but there’s definitely no question when you look at the figure. His upper body is pebbled and fractured, while his clothing and hair look like cascading slabs. All these sculpted details look fantastic and really give the character a Harryhausen-esque feel that I definitely welcome in the MOTU-verse.
Procrustus has a very basic paint scheme, and I really found him a bit difficult to photograph. The figure itself is made up of a light tan plastic with a darker brown to accent his belt and bracers. The muscles of his legs and joints between rock pieces were also given a darker tan spray. But it’s the pale brown dry brushing that really gives him that living stone look. This is also the effect I had a hard time capturing in my pictures. But I can attest that the figure’s color really pops in person.
Although Procrustus shares his crotch, legs, and hands with Megator, his range of movement surpasses the first two giants. His head is on a ball joint, although it’s a bit limited by his hair. His shoulders, wrists, waist, and hips are all swivel joints, while his elbows and knees are hinges. The designers also gave each of Procrustus’ arms a swivel bicep, which the other two giants are sadly lacking. This one joint adds so much more movement and personality to the figure. It also allows him to do his holding-the-world-together pose, which is pretty essential. Continue to page 2…