Out of everything on the inside though, I think I’m happiest with the removable floor. It comes apart into small enough chunks that everything stores in the closed Castle, but it looks amazing when fully assembled. It opens up the Castle to being so much more than a giant clamshell! I don’t know if I’ll really be able to display it open, but it’s a great option for those who can.
Now, this is a Mattel product so there are a few “duh” points here and there. The hole in the floor for the flight stand is just silly. I didn’t snag a pic of it, but you can find one if you Google it. The Wind Raider is just too big to be in there. It looks weird and takes up pretty much all the space. The Sky Sled does fit too, but again, why? It feels like someone loved the idea and no one was brave enough to say, “dude, really?” That said, it’s cute – I don’t mind it, but Mattel should’ve included a plug or a cover for the rest of it. Happily, one creative collector has jumped in and made a great cover, I reviewed it a few weeks ago here.
The other two things I was less than pleased with though were cost issues. The dungeon sticker is still just that… a sticker. The 4H did sculpt a fantastic grate, but it just couldn’t be included. Admittedly, I’m not sure how it would work if you wanted to put a figure in there, but the sticker just… sticks out with nearly everything else sculpted. Luckily, more enterprising collectors have crafted a fantastic grate that does fit into the dungeon with a little effort. You can find out more here. It’s a great piece, I bought one before I moved last year and I regret I couldn’t find it for the shoot. (Plus, it’s not painted. I can’t paint to save my soul).
The other is the Grayskull Robot/Armor. I plugged the hole in the floor. I bought a replacement grate. That’s all good, but the Robot/Armor being a hollow shell requires a much bigger fix. I honestly wish Mattel had skipped it for now and released it as a sub figure instead. Looking at the one-piece shell, I just know it would make for a cool figure or even just a suit (where you could pop anyone’s head inside the helmet). I still am hopeful Mattel could find a way to replace it with a full figure someday, but that seems pretty low on the priorities. Possibly, rightly so.
Overall, though. The frickin’ Castle is here! I had a blast opening this thing. It’s obnoxiously big, but I’m glad I go it. The Four Horsemen and Mattel did a great job even with those few caveats I listed at the end. It just wasn’t a toy line until it got a playset. And even though I really don’t know where I can put it, it makes me kinda wonder if Mattel could do it again. Does Castle Grayskull sate our need for a MOTU playset? Or is there a chance this giant could sit at one end of my shelves with an admittedly, not-as-iconic-which-version-would-you-do purple counterpart across the way? Wait, did I just answer my own question? Even if we don’t get another playset, the Castle is what we needed. It should’ve been the crowning achievement in the line and I think it is that.
The gallery for the Castle is 36 pics. It’s one long parade of silliness. I hope you enjoy!
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