He’s finally here! After years of waiting, gnashing of teeth, and seemingly endless internet complaints, Ram Man has finally arrived! Once it was made clear that Ram Man would be held off (as a 100% tool), his importance swelled far past what it should rightfully be. Does the figure live up to four years of hype?
Ram Man is a fairly important character to the MOTUverse. He’s got a ton of cartoon appearances under his belt and appears in most forms of the media, so it’s with that understanding that I see he’s not nearly as important as we’ve all made him out to be over the years. This just happens with a toyline, the most important unmade character becomes almost larger than life. For DC Classics, we had to wait through 15 waves to get JLA founder Martian Manhunter. For Ram Man, we had to wait a little over four years. It’s enough to drive a toy collector mad, right?
It’s really messes with my perceptions of a figure too. I mean, Ram Man is an impressive sculpt. He does feel like a little more love & care went into him than some of the recent releases… but, he’s also just another figure. He’s going to take his spot on the shelf, he’ll hang out with Stratos & Mekaneck, and, in a few months or less, the memories of the scandalously long wait will fade, and he’ll go back to being a nice part of the ensemble and not the emotional investment that we’ve foisted upon him.
(Speaking of, who’s the next figure we’re heaping that on, by the way? Two-Bad? Rio-Blast? Probably Two-Bad).
Ram Man will stand out in some ways forever though, he is an oversized figure. He’s basically the same height as the rest of the crew, but he’s got maybe twice the mass packed into the 7”. This is somewhat of a new thing for Ram Man, as he’s been depicted as much taller or shorter than the other Heroic Masters in the various media. This size seems to fits the figure just fine, so I’m happy with the choice.
Due to the increased width, Mattel bumped him up the larger carded packaging. He does fit into the standard packaging, and some MOC collectors might’ve preferred that, but there wouldn’t be much room left for the bubble. Plus, the larger package is probably also thought to assuage our feelings on his slightly higher price too.
More so than his size though, Ram Man will always get props for being a gorgeous figure. The all-new tool looks great and has a ton of detail. So much so, that he almost looks like he’s from a different, better toy line than some of the other basic figures. I think if you were legitimately a huge Ram Man fan, you’re probably drooling over this rendition. The rivets, the belt buckle, the details on the boots (including his skull “sigil” being carried over to the soles), etc. all combine to make a sharp-dressed figure.
The head sculpt is good too though I know some folks have issue with it. The 4H chose to follow the card art with Ram Man’s permanent squint. For some reason, I fear that his having regular, open eyes would’ve turned the figure into that weird cartoonesque look that plagues Queen Marlena, so I’m happy with the choice here. I think the figure’s face sculpt looks great with the squint. It fits the figure in my eyes. Continue to Page 2…