While we wait for this month’s Matty box to arrive, I thought I’d go back and look at another Masters of the Universe Classics figure that we haven’t reviewed yet. So let’s take a look at King He-Man, our first real glimpse into the future of MOTU Classics.
This is the first true foray into what the future holds for our favorite characters (well, at least the ones that survived). That idea is super exciting to me because it opens up a whole new universe of possibilities. I want to know what Dare and Skeletor’s son are like. I want to see Empress Adora benevolently commanding the Horde Empire in its new goal of maintaining peace in the galaxy. And I definitely want to see how King Adam rules the utopian world of Fu-Ternia.
Unfortunately our first look at Adam’s fate isn’t as impressive as I had hoped. While last year’s Club Eternia exclusive was an entirely new figure, King He-Man comes across as a bit chincy with only one new body part, his head (which I’ll get into in a minute). Don’t get me wrong, I’m fine with using the standard male buck, especially when it comes to He-Man. But usually versions of He-Man either reuse his classic pieces or have all new parts, so I’m a bit disappointed in the recycling of He-Ro’s loincloth and boots.
King He-Man’s head is new though, and it definitely brings a lot of character to the figure. The long and graying hair and beard makes the figure look ages older than his original and New Adventures counterparts. His eyes look tired, and there’s a very visible scar running down the left side of his face. His mouth is also a bit droopy on the left side, which makes me think there may be a scar underneath all that facial hair also. King He-Man has definitely seen some $#!+. I do wish the head sculpt had a wider jaw though. King He-Man’s narrow face doesn’t quite match classic He-Man’s jawbone.
King He-Man also has new chest armor. The piece is very reminiscent of his predecessors’ look, and does help tie together the He-Ro parts with the overall style. I just really wish he had his own style instead of a mishmash of others. I do really like the cape though, especially the fur lined hood. Unfortunately Mattel glued the two pieces together, so he can’t be displayed with only one or the other.
King He-Man has a great paint job. There are a lot of bright red and metallic blue highlights on the various armor pieces, while the majority is a dark iron gray and shiny gold. One piece I found particularly interesting was his upper torso. Most figures with the metallic undershirts just have the whole torso painted, but KH actually has it painted like a tank top. I think I like this better. At the very least it adds a bit more detail to the figure. Continue to page 2…