I love crazy MOTU characters, and Strobo is definitely right up my alley. The guy inserted a mirror into his chest and is wearing an outfit that would make most superheroes blush. I can’t help thinking that he runs around Eternia, half naked and enforcing chaotic neutrality in his own weird way.
All the while acting out a strange MOTU/noir storyline as he searches for Zodac’s killer.
Strobo only appeared once in all of the old MOTU media outlets. According to his Wiki, it was a story called “The Dark Power of Skeletor” that ran in the Masters of the Universe Magazine. Skeletor uses the Dark Star meteor to cast an evil shadow over the land and control those within it. Lucky for He-Man, Strobo happened to be in the neighborhood and could use his light projecting powers to thwart Skeletor’s evil space rock.
Strobo was pretty blatantly designed to be easily produced as an action figure, so there isn’t a lot of new sculpting on him. Even so, the combination of Zodac’s head, Sy-Klone’s body, and Flipshot’s shorts is oddly functional. Like a lot of MOTU figures, this odd amalgamation gives the figure his own unique look that allows him to stand out a bit on the shelf.
But even with all those reused parts, Strobo still has a couple new pieces. First is the mirror in his chest, which replaces Sy-Klone’s lenticular radar sticker. The mirror doesn’t work very well unless an item is very close to it, but it still looks shiny and reflective which is what really matters.
Strobo also has a newly sculpted cape. This is just a plain cape that drapes straight down, and I really like its simplicity. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing it remolded in red or black for customizing options.
With so few new pieces, Strobo’s paint job does most of the heavy lifting to make him look distinctive. Red and blue always look good together. The silver from his helmet and belt also do a great job of adding contrast to the large amount of tanned skin he’s showing. I always thought it was a bit odd that he had a mirror implanted into his chest, but the design team colored the surrounding area in a metallic bronze. This gives a much more natural cybernetic implant look rather than a traumatic accident victim. Continue to page 2…