Back in 1987, LA Mayor Tom Bradley decreed that April 28th as “Masters of the Universe” Day. Today, 26 years later some crazy toy bloggers are teaming up for a day of MOTU reviews. I want to do something special, so I figure it was time to finally reveal why there’s no He-Man review at IAT!
If there’s one e-mail that I can guarantee I’m going to get once a week, it’s the one asking why there’s no He-Man review here at IAT. I have reviewed He-Man before – in his Battle Armor, his Preternia Diguise, his TRU repaint, his Thun- I could go on. The point is that while I’ve reviewed plenty of He-Man figures over the years, I’ve never gone back and shined the spotlight on the original, at least not until today.
Having run IAT for nearly four years and gaining a lot of popularity due in part to MOTU reviews and the checklist at MOTUClassics.com, it’s kinda funny to think back to this figure. When Toy Guru & the 4H plopped the original “Classics” He-Man in the SDCC case back in 2007 – I wasn’t terribly impressed. I mean, the idea was cool, but Mattel had burnt their bridges with MO2K. That line was hard to collect, it died an early death, and so many of my favorite characters somehow managed to never get a figure. And there at least seemed to be a cacophony of folks complaining about MO2K all the time; it seemed like it wasn’t even okay to like MO2K some days. And, finally, when the stactions folded (I still want the cancelled Faker & Kobra Khan btw), I was done. Sort of a take your super-articulated He-Man and shove it kinda thing. I stuck by my guns too – I didn’t buy King Grayskull at the following SDCC either. Just a giant, out-of-scale Lobo (come to think of it, I need to review that too…)
When He-Man and Beast Man came to Mattycollector in late 2008, I hemmed & hawed a little during their six weeks of availability. They made it into my cart a few times, but I never pulled the trigger. When they were pulled from the site, I figured that made the final decision for me. When Skeletor was released in January, I did waver a bit… and then… strangely, I found that the sold out He-Man & Beast Man were still in my cart, available to order. In whatever dumb logic flows through the collector brain, it somehow worked out that it made sense to order these sold out figures. It was like a second chance that I shouldn’t waste. Or whatever. I can be weak when I want to be.
IAT was still a few months away at this point – I had no idea how important MOTU Classics was about to become when I placed that order. Looking back, four years and thousands of dollars later, it’s pretty crazy that it all hinged on Digital River’s inability to run their store right and let a sold out item be sold out. Then again, MOTU Classics is going to go down as a fabled toy line and I probably would’ve found my way into the line sooner or later because one thing is true. I love MOTU, the franchise, more than I get annoyed with some of the other fans, more than I get annoyed with Mattel. The line will end some day and I’m going to miss it when that happens.
But I did get off to a rocky start. Since I was reluctant to order He-Man, you can imagine my displeasure when I opened him to find the figure had two right legs. Ugh. I wasn’t keen on the red around the eyes and we ultimately found out he had reversed shoulders too, but none of that ever really mattered to me because mine never had a left leg. That’s a pretty powerful foul-up all things considered. I tried to get a replacement, but it never panned out.
When IAT started later that year and the MOTU reviews geared up, I did make an effort to go back and get the figures we had missed like Faker & Beast Man, but I just could never bring myself to review my double-legged He-Man. I took some pics once, but it’s hard to do much else than talk about his bum legs. Heck, just look at this review! Continue to Page 2…