No, brilliant readers, you did not miss the review for the Great Unrest Weapons Pak. That poor set arrived right about the time my wife and I were moving and… I still haven’t exactly figured out where it ended up. I’m thinking I may just break down and buy a new one with my order later this month. Oops.
But, the newest Weapons Pak, End of Wars, arrived late last week and rather than lose it too, I figured I’d better get it open and reviewed quickly as the final review for MOTU Classics Week! (Well, technically, now that I think about it there is a Bonus Saturday Review coming tomorrow!)
This newest Weapons Pak is a mixture of awesome and aggravating. It should’ve been the most awesome. Clocking in at $20, it is the most expensive set of the four, but the price seemed worth it at the outset. The piece count is about the same, but as the Great Unrest set upgraded these packs with original (pre-tooled, but unreleased) weapons, the End of Wars set stepped things up another notch by including Kowl. Putting the little pack-in figures in a set like this is an inspired idea, particularly for Kowl, who could feasibly be done in multiple color schemes… hold on, let’s save Kowl for a little later.
As you can see, the set has some really fun colorway choices – more attachments for Trap-Jaw & Roboto are always welcome, I love the neon green He-Man weapons, the gold Palace Guard gear, a blue sword for the accessory-challenged Netossa, and even Laser Lot’s gear in standard (or powered down?) grey. Some previously unreleased pieces are included too like the much-needed Rattlor Armor and Strobo’s rifle. Actually, I think I just listed the entire contents of the Weapon’s Pak!
See, on paper, nothing here is a miss. I love all of it. I might even go as far as to say that these are some of the best choices yet with Kowl being the icing on the Weapons Pak. But things fell apart in execution. Mattel cheaped out on the paint. Big time.