I think the Horde Trooper was my most anticipated army builder in the Classics line. The Palace Guards and Snake Men are cool, but there’s just something about the Horde bots that really calls out to me. That big bulky techno look is definitely a factor. But even though they can look intimidating, there’s this fantastic bumbling quality to them that makes for great hilarity and cannon fodder.
The Four Horsemen did an amazing job sculpting the Trooper. The main source of inspiration was the vintage toy, which I’m actually ok with. Usually I like a little updating and mixing of the various brands, but the vintage figure had a very detailed sculpt that stands out from his Filmation counterpart. The 4H did a fantastic job of adapting this to the Classics figure.
One of the reasons why this figure is so detailed is because he’s an entirely new sculpt! I’m always amazed by figures like Lord Dactys, who deceptively looks unique with just a few new parts. But it’s really figures like Ram Man or the Trooper here that give the 4H a wide berth to show off their talents.
One of the more interesting things about this figure’s sculpt is its size. While the Trooper isn’t much taller than the average male MOTU, the bulk of his armor gives him an impressive stocky build. This is mostly accomplished with his domed head, large chest armor, and oversized cod piece. When removed, you can see his torso is the size of a normal figure’s. This is great because his chest and abs are also completely new with a techno armored sculpt. I can’t wait to see this torso show up in the future, but I’m a bit sad we didn’t get it sooner. It would have made a perfect body for 200X/Snake-Man-At-Arms.
Even though his chest is normal sized, the Troopers arms and legs are larger than average. The various armored pieces and black tubes take up enough mass to look like they’re actually covering a body without giving off a fat or bloated impression. Even his Frankenstein-sized boots look like they could easily accommodate He-Man’s foot. Continue to page 2…