Then you get to the noggin. It’s there. It works. The spikes are a fun faux-hawk, the mask has a great death metal feel, he even has this fantastic, probably unintentional, dissatisfied (“like, really, dude?”) look on his face. I love the expressiveness of the sculpt. But it just doesn’t all gel. It ends up as a somewhat gummy-looking cartoon head on a figure that was otherwise translated well. I don’t know if it’s just the gloopy paint (particularly on the ears), or the necessary-rounding of the spikes, or what, but the head just doesn’t live up to the potential of the body. Or even other figures – look at Plundor or Fang Man as examples. Plundor didn’t get a smooth cartoon bunny head, he got fur. On Strong-Or, rivets were added throughout the body, why not a few smartly placed on the mask? It’s not bad, but I just feel meh about it. Moving on.
Strong Arm also wins me over for his color palette. I think that’s been the great thing about the Filmation line really. Figures like Icer or Batros bring these new color combos after dozens of figures. It’s really refreshing. Some of these Filmation guys just pop on the shelf. I love that. Strong Arm is a new featured member of that club too. He draws the eye with his (I’m hoping, nipples aside) orange jumpsuit, the blue armor, the blue metallic highlight. He’s as sharp as the points on his head aren’t!
The flipside of the color is the paint. Boy howdy, did I end up with a particularly sloppy Strong Arm. I’ve only ever returned a handful to Matty, typically I intend to fix the paint myself down the road, but Strong Arm… I prolly shoulda, There are a few stray marks in the orange plastic here and there on his legs, arm, and head. His head, by the way, is molded blue and painted over. It’s a shame because I think it’s a duller gray than the arm and that doesn’t help his head sculpt one bit, but scratches also show the blue underneath. Stinky. The worst area for me was the metallic blue spikes on the head though. That paint’s kinda splattered all over the back of his head. Doh.
In addition to the sweet extended arm, Strong Arm gets this awesome ray gun. One of the highlights of Club Filmation was the accessories, or artifacts, from the cartoon. I loved getting these in the second half of the year and this rifle is no exception. I had thought it was the Ray Gun used to teleport people to another dimension from Teela’s featured episode, but the internet tells me it’s just a shrink ray. Either way, it’s an awesome piece and looks great. I’ve handed it off to some other villains though as it looks best when held with two hands and well, Strong Arm isn’t good for that.
Overall, I guess I shouldn’t knock the head sculpt too much. I just wish it were as detailed as the body. The boots, loincloth, and armor look so great and it just clashes to my eye. Strong-Or is still a solid contender and a great ending piece to the Filmation Club though. I can’t believe it took nearly thirty years for a guy with such a great look to get a toy! The extra gun is a nice touch and the two arms were fun for the pics, but I think the base figure is the real sleeper here. This is a figure you could really come to appreciate over time, particularly if you get one actually painted well. It makes me feel like Strong Arm coulda been a contender if he’d just gotten more screen time to shine thirty years ago. Luckily, this figure is doing a good job of making up for lost time.
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