I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I wasn’t very excited about the inclusion of New Adventures when MOTU Classics first started. Not that I had anything against them, I just had never seen the cartoon and didn’t care about them one way or the other. But as the line expanded, I really discovered that the concept and lesser known figures in the MOTU-verse turned out to be some of my favorite figures in the line.
So now we’ve made it to New Adventures He-man, and I have to say that he looks pretty good. The NA cartoon had that 80’s anime feel which made for interesting technological and alien/mutant designs, but tended to give the humans a very soft and non-imposing feel. Pretty much the exact opposite of Filmation. But the Classics line tends to give us the best of both worlds, and NA He-Man retains his bulging muscles while sporting the more interesting techno outfit from his space adventures.
We kinda figured this when he came out, but NA He-Man is based almost entirely on Bow. Body, boots, and bracers have all been reused. That’s not so bad though, because Adam comes with enough alternate parts to give the figure two looks. Like the original figure, he has his normal look with longer hair that’s in a ponytail and an armor bandolier strapped across one shoulder.
One thing that does bother me about this new head sculpt is its lack of symmetry. The right side of He-Man’s face has that strong rounded jaw, but the left jaw line seems to be indented a bit. This definitely gives the figure an odd look from certain angles. Issues like this have popped up from time to time in both the MOTU and DC lines. I’m not really sure if this is something that existed in the original sculpt, or if it happened somewhere along the process of being made. Either way, it doesn’t look good on the product and should really be fixed before the final stage.
Adam’s second look is based on the armored up version of the same vintage figure. There’s an entirely new helmeted head with an odd Matrix-like plug in the back, and a large armor piece that covers his upper torso. This new “battle armor” is extremely detailed with plenty of sculpted wires, panels, piping, and some sort of insulated tubes. There’s even an odd clock device for whatever reason. The bulkiness of this armor and helmet really gives off a heavy football player vibe, almost making the figure seem like an entirely new character. Continue to page 2…