Another SDCC has come and gone, and with it we have another MOTU exclusive. With the rush to fill out the vintage roster before the line ends, the powers that be chose to plug the slot with Rokkon and Stonedar. I have some mixed feelings about this two pack. The last couples of SDCC exclusives have sounded great on paper, but were a little lacking in practice. I kind of feel like the Comet Warriors are continuing that trend.
Rokkon and Stonedar’s sculpts are pretty much lifted from the original line. There are some “Classics updates” that allow for the reuse of parts, like the arms and legs, but all of the newly sculpted bits seem to be heavily influenced by their vintage counterparts. There’s nothing really wrong with this, but I do find it disappointing when a character hasn’t been expanded upon at all for the last few decades.
Both figures’ chest plates are attached to their rocky back armor (Or is that their skin?), while their arms and legs are covered with more rock pieces that can clip on and off. I think I actually like the naked look most since it allows them to hang out on the shelf as unique humanoids, and you don’t have all that clunky limb armor taking up a bunch of space.
I do really like the head sculpt on both figures, but I think Stonedar is my favorite. Rokkon just looks like a normal dude with silver skin and a Tron helmet. On the other hand, Stonedar’s facial proportions are a bit off. His brow line is heavy, while his nose is small. His mouth is also jutting out a bit, almost like he’s doing a duck-faced selfie. All of these traits combine to make him feel much more alien than his counterpart.
Mattel did retain most of their action feature, allowing the figures to bend down and transform into comets. They need a little help though, so each figure comes with an extra stony shell piece that encompasses them from the front. I couldn’t quite get Rokkon to fully submerge, so there was always one piece of his body popping out a little bit. This is probably just my error in transforming though. Other than that, I have to say the effect works pretty well. Continue to page 2…