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Vault Review:
MOTU Classics King He-Man

King He-Man comes with two accessories.  First is a royal scepter, much like the two that came with Randor and Marlena.  It’s a decent looking piece and it definitely matches his armor, but kind of boring and I just don’t really care about it.  So it’ll probably end up in my extra parts bin with the other two.

From completely boring to one of the coolest accessories in the entire line, King He-Man’s other item is a battle damaged electronic Power Sword.  “Battle Damaged” is really an understatement though.  This 200X inspired weapon looks like it’s fought every evil creature to hell and back, died, and then was resurrected à la Frankenstien’s Monster.  The sculpt is chipped, scratched, gouged, and broken.  Even the hilt seems to have been shattered and given a wooden replacement.  The paint job is equally as brutal with plenty of rust tarnishing the blade and guard.  I guess this is what happens when Man-At-Arms isn’t around to fix things.

As one last bonus item, King He-Man also comes with a mini-comic, The Secret Origin of Skeletor.  I don’t really want to get into any spoilers, just in case some of you haven’t read it yet.  But I will say that I enjoyed the story.  There were a couple of scenes that could have used some clarification, but in general it was fun and had fantastic art.  It’s also nice to see another mini-comic release in the Classics line.

While King He-Man doesn’t really live up to my expectations, I wouldn’t call him a bad figure either.  His look is very reminiscent of his predecessors, which is fine.  I was really hoping for something more original, and hopefully the 4H and Mattel designers will go big on the other characters from Fu-Ternia.


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27 comments to Vault Review:
MOTU Classics King He-Man

  • hail to the king baby

  • Shadow_Contact

    Like you Vault I’m more than excited to see some more of what has happened in the future of Eternia. It should not become the focus of the Line but maybe a figure or 2 next year would be nice. Your Review is spot on King he-Man should have included more new parts and the NA He-Man hands should have been rushed into production, He-Man should always come with that set of hands, and it should have started with King HM. I was with you about the Likeness being off but if King He-man is slashed all the way down his face then that would explain his weaker jaw line.

    Also… *Sigh* King He-Man isn’t the first character of the future, that title goes to “The Mighty Spector”

  • I have mixed feelings about Fu-Ternia. I’m not so sure I want to know about the fates of all these legendary characters, but I understand the need to expand the canon in lieu of a new TV cartoon, movie, or (until now) comic book series.

    King He-Man is still a nice figure, regardless. The head sculpt and damaged sword are spot on and serve as fabulous reminders of how the 4H have elevated Mattel’s venerable line to new heights of toy greatness.

  • clark

    I’m glad to know that a stick and electrical tape is good enough to fix He-man’s power sword.

    Thanks for the review! I think King He-man is a great idea for a figure, but the final result is a bit boring to me.

  • Wes GRogan

    I don’t think I will ever understand their need to use the abdomen piece with the navel when the figure is wearing armor. Painted, it just looks weird.

  • J. Lee

    I actually like the whole look. Just confused on why the King uses a beatup sword instead of having his Man at Arms construct something like his NA sword.

    A thought though doubt Mattel would do it. A set of stone statue versions of those that died to have for display in a Castle rememberance room. Dunno how that would go over but is a kinda honor idea.

    • THAt is a great idea, but it seems like the Castle is not big enough for that. I’d buy em in any case

    • Brainlock

      They still make the “stone spray paint” don’t they? why not grab a couple loose figures off ebay and make your own memorials with that?

  • Polo23

    Even though I’m a big fan of He-Man and all the variants that Mattel has produce of him thru the 30 years of MOTU this variant looks nothing like the He-Man we all know. The new NA He-Man looks better then this version of him. He got too much of a Randor look going on and his face is too skinny. Don’t get me wrong the dig the new armor & the damaged Power Sword but FH could’ve stuck with OG face instead. I have 3 of these figures and glad that I have them too. It’s nice to see He-Man finally become King of Eternia after all these years. Dare has to be next. Cool pics and review as always.

  • Great review, pics, and comics, as always!

    I think the king’s face, here, looks skinnier because it’s framed by long hair and covered with beard. I know my face looks a bit rounder once I’ve shaved my face-fuzz off for whatever reason I had to at the time.

  • dayraven

    you know, he seems to me like a perfect chance (but clearly, they’ve missed it) to have included the mecha-axe. it’s easy to explain away, he gives dare the sword of he, and sir laser lot, instead of building him a mecha-sword like duncan had, builds him a mechanical battle axe. longer reach to help the older king stay out harms reach, it makes sense. it would have been a new piece to help up his “new factor” and they could have recycled the grip from the staff they gave him. just sayin’

  • Brainlock

    Ok, is the head the only new piece, or are the chest armor and cape (hood?) new, too?

    I can see a bit of the “Excalibur” Arthur (Nigel Terry) in the face, as much as the 2002 influence.

    Also, anyone else think of the “Hulkster going wild” in that “shirtless” pic? :shudder:

  • wesitron

    Great review! On his loincloth, it’s actually different from He-ro’s. Similar in styling, and has the “H” pattern, but they are different sculpts. I was dead certain they were identical until I put them up next to each other. It might not affect your opinion, but I thought it was worth noting.

    Always a pleasure to read these reviews! Thanks for taking the time!

  • He-Mullet

    Hoo boy! Where do I start…
    I suppose I could start by drinking my milk, eating my vitamins and saying my prayers, brotha! He also looks a bit like Sam Elliott
    Cliche scar… Resisting urge to make Scarface jokes.
    Cape should have been red. What’s the deal with all the insignia. Surprised he doesn’t have a Pepsi Logo on him. It’s almost as if he has lost his own identity and he’s wearing tributes to others. That’s like me wearing Solid Snake’s Bandana, Terry Bogard’s jacket , Link’s tights, Cloud’s Pauldron, Sonic’s Shoes, Ryu’s (Street Fighter) gloves, Arthur’s underwear (from Ghost and Goblins) and Princess Peach’s crown

    Also, he’s a King… Aren’t there any blacksmiths in Eternia? Or was MacGyvor the only one available?

  • Shadow_Contact

    Guys might I bring up that the Techno Sword is broken and crappily put together, why not replace it? Because a man who was a mentor and probably more of a father than even Randor made it for him. Sentimentality makes us over look flaws

    • Excellent point, Shadow_Contact. Very true indeed.

    • He-Mullet

      Sentimentality is one thing, but a rusty sword that is falling apart, a practical weapon does not make.

    • Impaler

      Well, I’m guessing it’s because the regular power sword is either in the possession of Dare or otherwise unavailable to He-Man, but the mechanical power sword still retains its harmonic ability to draw upon the powers of grayskull despite it’s state of disrepair. He may be permanently He-Man now, but he can still draw upon the powers of grayskull to further enhance himself in times of need. Even in the original cartoon there was occasion that He-Man didn’t have enough strength until he continued to call upon the power of grayskull until he completed his task.

  • That gold tank top is hilarious and completely makes me want to see a MOTU wrestling match.

  • Cade

    I’m must be missing something, but that’s not He-Ro’s loincloth.

  • Fire King Xi

    Skeletor and Dare have a son together? I never knew MOTU was so progressive. I’m guessing that makes for awkward family reunions.

    I’m not a fan of the old broken rusty sword. I picked up Dr Wu’s Prime Sword off BBTS. That makes for one kingly sword. The blue matrix version really meshes well with King He-Man’s color pallet. The upcoming Skybreaker sword may work as well.

  • Mark

    I like the figure, although it would have been better with a removable crown. The damaged sword and scars add a lot of character to the figure.