I’m always happy to see 200X influences in the MOTU Classics line. The majority of those seem to be alternate heads and accessories, but every now and then we get an entirely new character. Dactys has always been on my short list of figures I’d like to have, but I honestly never thought he’d show up ever since the big vintage push started. I’m definitely glad to be proven wrong.
Not only was I wrong, I’ll even take it further and say Dactys’ figure actually benefited from being pushed this far back in the lineup. Like every MOTU figure before him, he uses a certain amount of shared parts. Some of them are pretty common, like the torso or the bumpy forearms and legs. But others, like the wings and armored biceps are a bit rarer in the line, so you’ve already got these touches of distinctiveness accenting the figure.
But it’s all of Dactys’ unique parts, and how they’re used, that really makes this figure amazing. We’ll start with the most obvious, his head sculpt. I’ve always found this design interesting for a bat-like creature. The large ears, small red eyes, and upturned nose are definitely bat traits, but then you have the strange lipless and jagged mouth, mandible like tusks, and spiky goatee that gives him a very alien feel. This combination of realism and fantasy really reminds me of a D&D or Robert E. Howard style of universe.
Aside from the head, Dactys has brand new hands and feet. That may not sound like a lot, but it’s how they’re incorporated into the figure that makes him so exceptional on the shelf. Both sets have been sculpted larger than the average MOTU figure. The hands have four long serrated fingers, while the feet have massive talons that are widely spread.
The larger than average head, hands, and feet are connected to the main body with extended sculpting. Dactys’ head gets a longer neck. His hands have an additional segment of armor, creating an extended wrist. His feet are probably the most impressive because they’ve been attached to the ankle with another armor piece that slopes backwards, giving the figure chicken-like legs below the knee joint. All of these slight sculpting extensions push Dactys to nearly eight inches tall. Combine this height with the bulk of his armor and massive wings, this figure towers over your average Eternian. Continue to page 2…