MOTU Classics has gotta be one of the weirdest lines to collect right now. Let alone that it thrives online, on basically 1-2 figures a month for years now – a situation few toy lines could endure. I don’t even mean that. Even what we get is weird sometimes. Take this, at the very outset, I put out a call for “new” characters and Mattel has answered in the strangest ways.
There were some cool fan-created characters added in (albeit created nearly thirty years apart) and a fun dragon dude courtesy of the 4H. We got a figure of a guy that stewed in the brand manager’s imagination as a child and a rather mish-mashed figure from one of the line’s engineers. There was also the bad: Geoff Johns got to design a MOTUC figure for absolutely no bleepin’ reason. I’ve found some love for ol’ Laser Lot by placing him with the POP Crowd (he looks so much better over there, but what guy doesn’t when surrounded by pretty girls).
Anyway, if my ire is raised by a comic book writer getting to design his very own action figure and cram it into MOTUC where it doesn’t fit, then you’d think Mattel doing it again would get a similar response. Oh, but opinions are funny like that, aren’t they?
I will totally allow for anyone to think it’s because I am not a fan of Geoff Johns (maybe, in 50 years, he’ll be remembered as a prolific comic writer, who knows) and I do rather like Stan Lee. Maybe. But I tend to think it simply might be that the figure is better this time around, designed by the 4H for Stan Lee & the line rather than the writer himself. Also, the figure is a little Stan Lee and Stan’s personality and charisma just ooze off the little guy. Probably because the likeness is so dead on, but also because the man himself has so much to spare.
If that sounds like some fan service to Stan Lee, it is. He cracks me up interviews, I love his cameos. And comic wise? Well, Lee & Kirby or Lee & Ditko, or Lee & Everett – they created some amazing, enduring characters – and I’m a DC guy (I still say that even if I buy more Marvel books these days). I really got a kick out of the figure, even if I do find it a little awkward.
The first thing is there is some new arrangement between Mattel & Lee’s POW Entertainment. So far… they’ve made this figure and um, I guess Mattel was at Comikaze and I think Stan Lee was at the Mattel panel. That’s about it. I’m assuming stuff is in development that we’ll hear about later, but this figure popping out first is kinda weird. Think about this, if Mattel teamed up with Microsoft to make whatever, would the very first thing that we all jump to be, “we’ve got to get Bill Gates a MOTU Classics figure!” Probably not. (Bill-or? Gator? Never mind…). Continue to Page 2…