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Modulok Review (18 Pics!)

In addition to the eighteen ball & socket ports, Modulok also features four ball-jointed shoulders, four bicep swivels, four wrist swivels, ab crunch, a waist swivel, six ball-jointed hips, six thigh swivels, six ball-jointed knees, and six hinged ankles. Whew! You get all that? The ball-jointed knees were probably the nicest surprise. I loved that (Though I still secretly wish Mattel could’ve upped their game here and gone for all the joints to include the interchangeable system. It’d be fun to swap feet & hands too.).

The paintwork on Modulok was pretty sharp. I had no issues despite the massive number of paint apps. The only issue I had is the paint on the ball-joints. It gets everywhere! Seriously, I had to sweep out the photo booth and my desk after playing with him. I figure the amount of paint that’s going to flake off will eventually stop, but right now it’s pretty heavy.

Modulok includes one accessory that’s not himself: a rifle that splits into two pieces. Just to show how little attention I paid to the vintage Modulok, I didn’t know his two pistols could form a rifle (they’re packed individually in the tray) so Mantenna is making the same face I made on when I figure it out. Pretty cool. It’s a great piece, but again, a little soft for my tastes.

Overall, Modulok could have a few improvements, like the engineering on the hips being handled more carefully or the sculpt taking the need for that engineering into account, but the final product is particularly satisfactory. Maybe I’ve just gone too long without buying LEGOs (I won’t let myself, that stuff’s addictive!), but I love being able to build with my toys – and getting to have fun with a 6” figure like that is rare. I mean, I get to have fun with all my toys – we call those “reviews” – but there is something even more fun about part swapping. It brings me back to my misspent Xevoz “youth”. And the fact it’s a He-Man figure is all the sweeter. The only that’s going to make this better is Multi-Bot…

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43 comments to MOTUClassics.Com
Modulok Review (18 Pics!)

  • JediNate

    Ha! I love this review… I can only hope March gets here soon and my quarterly figures ship (yeah, I’m the guy who opted for this, because I was hoping to save money and make delivery day more like Chanukkah, I guess. Onell should do a neck-spitting piece… I’ve got a million extra heads roaming around and I’d love to make a Glyos Modulock…

    JediNate, formerly JediCreeper

  • Brainlock

    he looks like a lot of fun, reassembling into different forms. the awkward part of making two separate bodies does stand out.
    I still don’t regret passing on him, tho.

    and 5/18 – um…that’s a conversation I’ve had before. It was only because we thought he was shipping out to Iraq right away, not a year later! and that was 12 years ago!! and he still won’t let it go!!!
    (and it was just on the cheek AFTER he asked!)

  • Excellent review. It’s easy to tell how much fun you’re having with this guy. Can’t wait ’til mine arrive.

  • J. Lee

    I had the vintage and think still finding pieces. Modulok was a debate for me but with little pieces and possible later on as possible grabbed by pooch chew toys. (A cousin’s of mine new pup has turned many a wrestler into chew toys. ) so he’s out. Unless can figure what in Mattel’s product keeps her wanting them.

    I do have memories of this (or is it these) guy and do like the update. Maybe try to get him/them later. Great review and pics.

  • Trying to put this guy together using every piece was the first thing I did, too! That was really weird that the only extra piece was an extra rear end. I wish there was an extra plug for that to go somewhere….

  • Polo23

    I’m glad I brought multiple Modulok’s……this figure is awesome. I haven’t put this figure down yet. FH did an excellent job on the snap on parts. This may be 1 of the top 5 figures in Classics. Excellent pics & review.

  • dayraven

    in that opening on the history of swappable pieces on action figures, i honestly thought you were trying to give tek an aneurysm by not mentioning micronauts/microman… why do you hate him so? 😉

    i think he looks like a load of fun, though, like you, i wonder why he has two asses… cuz you can’t even alleviate that issue with multiple purchases, he’ll always have one more part than he has places to put it… on the plus side, with standardized balls for the whole fig, i suspect the 3rd partiers and 3d printers will have a ball creating new pieces to beef up dr nycoff. that could be a lot of fun!

  • Lay Ze-Man

    Great pics and review!!

    To be honest I didn’t even notice the hips thing because a “standard figure” configuration on Modulok is sacrilege IMO. 😀

    On the extra butt thing, there are no leg pegs, so I think it’s to give him a tail that looks better than a tail with two holes in it if you don’t want to use extra legs. Definitely wouldn’t be my first choice (as I say, extra legs are a must here) but I’m sure someone out there will use it.

    Definitely wanna see what 3P cats will do to augment this guy, and to see what custom characters we’ll see borrowing his parts.

  • Nice! I love Modulok! Wish I coulda nabbed an extra one at least. My only “complaint” is that I wish he came with an extra upper torso so each head could have it’s own unique figure. Otherwise this guy is a lot of fun. I never had the vintage figure until recently when a friend of mine hooked me up. I think I’ve spent hours playing and look forward to the same here as well.

    • The Ghost

      Same. I ummed and ahhed over getting a second, but it’s just way too pricey to buy a DOS one and add shipping just for that. Would have just been perfect to have a second torso but oh well.

      Such a fun figure. My 5yo and I had a blast on the weekend making all sorts of weird combos.

      As others have said, will be interested to see if anyone makes add ons for him.

    • I do wish they’d gone a bit above and beyond the vintage for sure. An extra torso or letting the limbs pop at the knees and elbows. This guy is fun, but he could be even more fun..

      And yeah, two… wallet cruncher.

  • jackstatic

    Great review!
    I am extremely glad that I bought a second Modulok. Can’t wait for the second to arrive I have been creating monsters left and right. He is awesome

  • Dark Angel

    Xevoz! You had to go and say that name. If there is one toy I would bring back if I had the chance…sigh.

    Anyway, Modulok. So glad you said something about the awful looking hips/pelvis. Thought I was crazy looking at the pics but not one review mentioning it. I see why it was necessary, but it could have been 1) at least symmetrical and 2) disguised a bit better with paint apps or something (especially if they went with Filmation paint apps). Oh well…

    • Horrible Man

      I remember people on RTM’s old toybuzz were really upset once Xevoz bit the dust. That was also the first time I remember an unreleased set of cancelled figures showing up at discount stores after so many fans had previously paid an arm and a leg for the unreleased ones on eBay.

    • I always wonder if it would’ve done better without that stupid game! I’d bring it back too!

      Yeah, the hips are atrocious. I wish the Mattel engineers that work stuff out would just show some effort or love or inspiration. They are “at work” it feels like.

  • mkultra

    I love these! They are so funny. I must say I look forward to the reviews here more than any other site.

  • Megatherium

    Your pics and the speech bubbles, I love em! Specially “are you holding your own butt?”

  • gnollah

    Most of MOTUC figs i take out of the package and right into the display they go, but this guy just sits there on my desk looking back at me. He is perfectly done by 4H and mattel! I didn’t get multiple troopers and feel okay about it but man, if I had another of him I could really get to work! First mantanna and now this with Scorpia on the way? The Horde have some beautiful figures in their ranks!

    • The Horde is finally filling out nicely, benefiting from the Filmation “license”. But yeah, Moddy just needs played with before he goes to do his standing.

  • Great review and side splitting pics! Well done!

    Altho I almost expected to see Man-At-Arms commenting on how the Horde was almost undefeatable, because they had a creature using ‘three butts’ tech. 🙂

  • Horrible Man

    LOL! Great review. Now we Horde lovers only need Dragstor to complete the original team and I would love a Horde Mummy (fully articulated and not a custom) at some point to finish out the Horde “monsters.”

  • Shellhead

    XEVOZ SHOUT OUT for the win!
    Looking forward to finally getting this guy.

  • Lsmopu!M

    did anyone notice that his pelvis piece look completly difrent from one that mattel show on conventions (prototype)?
    how it should look like:

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1016345_10201103638805665_482513431_n.jpg

    in my opinion once more final product look worse than how it was at the beginning.
    still, consider modulok as cool toy but it could be so much better :I