If you’re a MOTUC Subscriber then you got a giant box last week and a giant hit to your wallet to match. Mattel released three MOTUC figures, plus the Horde Trooper two-pack, and then still wanted us to go hop on Mattycollector and order a Weapons Pak. Whew. With all that coming, in it was only naturally to kick off a MOTUC Theme week this week!
I have to laugh at myself, and by extension, some of my fellow collectors. I didn’t have a ton of interest in signing up for Club Filmation earlier this year. While I love MOTU as a property, I’m not on always up on the minutiae of the ol’ cartoon. I’ve quietly scoffed at most of the characters included… and then they get here.
I’ve said it a ton of times, but I think it’s absolutely ludicrous to make up your mind about certain toys from SDCC/NYTF/NYCC pics. Sometimes, it’s not. I don’t need those new Mini-Masters unless they do a couple of my favorite characters. I don’t need to get into DST’s Universal Monsters. But I’m already collecting MOTUC and when new MOTUC are revealed, I should know better to give the figs the benefit of the doubt.
But I don’t always remember that. I signed up for Club Filmation begrudgingly. To get them all? To find a diamond in the rough? To get Sea Hawk? To just blind spend money and annoy my wife? I don’t know for sure, but I did it. And I’ve been well rewarded; I have absolutely loved most of the figures. I didn’t get to review Icer, but he sorta co-starred in Batros’ review. That should say something. Shokoti, I still don’t care too much about, but I do like her. And then we get to Nepthu.
Nepthu, did need a little help as you’ll see in the pics, but Nepthu has come out a winner. I didn’t see it coming, but the Egyptian motif got me interested and spurred me to go back and check his episode. It was pretty interesting, Nepthu was really just a flash-in-the-pan Skeletor substitute. It was interesting at the potential dichotomy he would’ve had with He-Man, using the Scarab of the Sun to change from an old man into a powerful sorcerer. Anyway, I my favorite part was probably when he kept loudly pointing out he was the most powerful being in the universe and He-Man responded casually, “you don’t have to shout”. And I did feel sad for him in the end as I think the Sorceress might’ve lobotomized him. Ouch…
Anyway, so all that is pretense; this is a figure review after all. One reason that I am glad that Nepthu was picked was because MOTUC was obviously short some ancient Egyptian flare. I want to see a very unlikely MO2K Sorceress (or at least Veena) and I really, really, really have wanted to see the theoretical “Horde Mummy” in the line. The Horde Mummy is apparently never coming though – Mattel doesn’t know where the rights for him really lie, so they’ve moved on. While that’s a bummer, getting an Egypt-based guy in the line is still cool.
The base buck is there as you’d expect and Nepthu sees plenty of reuse in top of it. Marzo’s left hand. Bow’s boots. Tri-Klops wrists. The figure really only gets to claim five parts to itself, the loincloth, the biceps, the collar, and the head. The heavy re-use makes me wish we’d gotten a little more out of the accessories, but hold that thought for now. Continue to Page 2…