Vault Review:
MOTU Classics Mosquitor

Mosquitor’s is dark but still colorful.  The majority of his body is molded black with red, maroon, and silver highlights.  There’s also a bit of purple and gray thrown onto the groin piece.  All around these colors work really well for the figure.  The only parts of the paint job I don’t like are his eyes.  They’re set so far back on his head that you can’t even see his pupils from straight on.  They also have this weird inverted curve that makes him appear to be looking backwards.  This is one instance where Mattel could have improved on the vintage design instead of blindly copying it.

Articulation is what you’d expect.  He’s got a ball jointed head.  Shoulders and hips are swivel hinges, as are his two insect arms.  Biceps, wrists, waist, thighs, and calves have swivel joints.  Chest, elbows, and knees are hinges, while the ankles are hinges with a rocker joint.

Mosquitor only comes with one accessory, his little blaster.  It’s a cool looking little stinger gun that’s colored the same shades of purple as his belt.  I kind of wish they made that little stinger in his nose removable also, like he could shoot it at people.  Other than that, I’d say he’s pretty well armed.

I am a little leery about the amount of soft plastic they used on him though.  His hands are particularly worrying.  I probably won’t be moving them much because I can see them tearing over time.  Matty really needs to stop using soft plastics for body parts.  Other than that, Mosquitor is a fun looking figure and another welcome addition to the Horde troops.


14 thoughts on “Vault Review:
MOTU Classics Mosquitor

  1. Too much vintage and all that soft plastic. Those are my complaints about this figure. Love your pics, Mosquitor seems so lame.

  2. Never had him as a kid either, living in Florida the real ones were just as big as these toys. The soft plastic is scary, recall how had to pose Catra’s claw hand and that scared me with how soft it was so, know where going there. After having my Superman lose a hand I would keep these one way and that is it.

    Will look for her/him/it later at local toy show. The horde is a fun evil faction and Skeeter will be a nice addition to anyones ranks. Hoping for Troopers to show up later.

  3. The soft plastic for the body parts is annoying. Brand new Catra hand broke off when I twisted the wrist. It was sticking so I twisted a little harder and the soft plastic just broke. Very disappointing….we know it’s pretty much impossible to get anything out of Matty so far as customer support goes.

    Funny review. The eyes of Mosquitor set me off as well, and yes insect wings would have been great! Maybe BuzzOff’s wings in a translucent purple or crimson color.

    One of those times that I wish there were 3rd party’s that put out kits like with Transformers.

  4. I’ll take Mosquitor over Leech any day. The latter peg warmed for years after the vintage line folded, while sightings of Mosquitor at retail were few and far in between. (Think Super Powers Cyborg.)

    Great review and pics as always, Vault.

  5. 1 of the Evil Horde members I never understood nor had when I was kid. I always hated Mosquitos b/c they love bite me during the summertime. Cool review.

  6. Great review and pics, and extra-funny comics! I must also add my voice to the intense dislike of soft parts, and not too fond of the weird “backwards-facing” eyes, either.

    Just one minor biology quibble (I’m biologist, it’s reflex): Endoskeletons are what we vertebrates have. Arthropods have exoskeletons.

  7. not a fan, but as much kvetching going on about how much parts re-use Mattel does, yet this guy has PixelDan and a handful of others in his corner and gets pretty much an all new sculpt? Ram Man I can understand, but this guy?

    I could see his backpack(?) having all new pieces, but not almost all the rest of the body.

    easy pass for me, regardless.

    (and yeah, you can argue Scott getting his Killer Moth in DCUC early, but then the “SP Redux Plan” was realized immediately after, then the Johns arse-kissing in both lines.)

  8. Bah! Humans and Terminators have endo-skeletons, bugs have ECTO-skeletons… endo means inside, ecto means outside… ok… sorry

    another great review for a figure I’m almost completely indifferent towards… I didn’t have the original or the staction figure… he’s cool enough, but without the pumping blood, mostly silly

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