This is going to be one of those reviews where my excitement level causes me to lose all credibility. That’s okay though because I love this figure. I didn’t expect to. I subscribed to Club Filmation out of the some strange mix of completism & duty to the site and its readers. I was hopeful that I’d want some of the six figures offered, but I felt like Batros would be in the bottom half for sure.
One of my favorite writers, Joe Posnanski, has a movie rating system called Movie Plus-Minus. It’s a genius idea that explains why two people can have differing opinions on the same thing (ghastly, I know). It takes Expectations into account. I apply this same Plus-Minus to toy collecting. Say you’re really excited about getting Octavia and expecting her to clock in at 4 out of 5. But she arrives and her pops off a lot, the tentacles don’t really work well, they’re cumbersome, she’s a little meh and clocks in at 2. Well, for you Octavia has a Plus-Minus of -2. She’s a bad figure. Doh.
But the Plus-Minus works the other way too. And, I don’t know how anyone else feels about Batros, I haven’t looked. But I don’t think I’ve seen a buzz for him equal to how much fun I had opening him up and reviewing him. Is Batros a great figure? I think so, but I also know that I had zero expectations for him. He may just be a 3-star figure, but that’s a +3 for me and he just seems a lot more fun than many of the recent MOTUCs that have passed through my way. So much so, that this review is going up before Vault even has his figure!
Now, my lack of early interest in Batros probably comes from the fact that I don’t remember his episode. I recently rewatched it, and that helped somewhat. He’s, like plenty of old cartoon characters, a poster child for squandered potential. He seems like he could be a credible threat, though he strangely thought that stealing all of Eternia’s books would get him instilled as Emperor. Still, the episode did a good job of making Batros look sharp against the main villain cast. He was, of course, dispatched by He-Man quickly and has never been seen again until this very figure nearly thirty years later.
When I opened him up, Batros just jumped out at me in a way few recent MOTUCs have. I’m not sure why exactly. He does have a great classic animation look. His color scheme is unique on my MOTUC shelf (you wouldn’t think so, but it is!). And, of course, he does evoke a little bit of a superhero aesthetic with parallels to Batman, Blue Falcon, etc. Somehow, he just ends up greater than the sum of his parts.
And that’s particularly true considering his construction. Batros is mostly the basic buck that we’re used to at this point, right down to the He-Man loincloth & Tri-Klops bracers, but the reuse of the Demo-Man hands adds a bit more monstrosity to his look. There are plenty of new pieces too – he has all new boots, new biceps with the wing attachments, new armor, a new cowl piece for his neck, and the standard unique head sculpt. Continue to Page 2…