Geldor is one of those figures in the line that I didn’t really care about, but ended up really liking. I’d never read his mini-comic, and didn’t really have much to go on for characterization. It also didn’t help that I voted for Illumina in the fan choice poll, so I was a bit biased against him. But after getting the figure and reading the original mini-comic, Geldor’s character began to ingratiate himself to me.
It was the figure that got me interested in the character though (which seems to happen a lot with this line). Even though he’s based on the standard male buck with gloves, they added a few new bits to give him his own style. The new upper body armor, loincloth and boots really give off that barbarian-warlord vibe. But they could also easily be mixed into future figure designs (especially the boots and loincloth).
What really makes this figure shine is the new headsculpt. The unique look of the mustache-to-Mohawk pretty much gives him the most unique hairstyle on all my MOTU shelves. But it’s his crazy eyes and sadistic toothy smile that makes him stand out. A lot of MOTU figures have a very plain expression, but Geldor’s headsculpt shows him as the power-hungry bastard he truly is.
Geldor’s color is pretty basic, but still has a nice bit of detail. All the clothing is done in a similar red with highlights being done in a darker tone and glittery/metallic sheen. There’s also some nice dry brushing on his gray head-hair. One thing that did throw me a bit was that Geldor seems to just be tanned, similar to He-Man. I was under the impression from the mini-comic that he was black like Torgul, Maran, and Dakon. But I guess it’s a bit ambiguous since the coloring isn’t consistent throughout the story. Continue to page 2…