When you’re a Club Eternia subscription holder, you generally want (or at least are willing to purchase) 100% of what Mattel put outs for Masters of the Universe Classics; to avoid having to go to the website month-to-month to order the latest items. To rest easy and let the products flow. Well, that was the idea anyway. I think I got five whole months last year where I didn’t have to go to Mattycollector, purchase something manually, and pay double shipping that month. (About 70% of 2013 items were included in the subscription).
I’m not bitter. In actuality, I would be happiest if the other 30% were included in the subscription too. No fretting over convention exclusives or fear of forgetting when one of the items goes on sale. No crazy dash for online “Chase” figures released randomly (who still thinks that’s a great idea?).
Anyway, I say all this as a collector who completely forgot that April 15th was my easiest chance to pick up Goat Man, Loo-Kee, & Kowl until the end of the year. Doh. I remembered about two hours later, but it was too late. They should be offered again in EA towards the end of the year, but I’m really bad at waiting. Luckily, friend, brilliant reader, and Fwoosh Contributor fireball13z snagged an extra Goat Man for those foolish like myself and hooked me up for this very review. Thank you!
When Goat Man was announced last year, I did partake in the collective “who?”. Goat Man has the humblest of beginnings, appearing in only one story: a Golden Super Adventure Book titled, Secrets of the Dragon’s Egg. He only appears on a handful of pages, gets tricked by a horse, and takes a sucker punch from Fisto. That’s pretty much it. That’s almost more embarrassing then his bio saying his real name is Klacky.
The issue is available online at He-Man.Org, though in the synopsis, the writer trashes Goat Man – and takes a cheap shot at Snout Spout – indicating happiness that Goat Man was not given a figure. Well, the jokes on you, nameless He-Man.Org contributor! Cause Goat Man has finally come into his own.
Goat Man features a decent chunk of new parts to get his signature look not only down, but thankfully updated with a little more detail. The forearms and thighs are new to get the bracers and bondage thigh gear represented appropriately. We’ve also got some swanky new armor and a new noggin. The only bad part here is the armor and it’s that same stupid Mattel mistake again: having the clasps on the sides. Mattel has stated they’re aware and working on this – but that simply going back to what they were doing 2-3 years ago is difficult. While I like the overall sculpting work on the armor fine – the leather texture and studs are a nice touch, it’s just hard to love with all that bulk.
The new noggin’ is probably one of the nicest parts of the figure. I wish his expression were a little more menacing – he just looks a tad bewildered. I think that would’ve helped to cover up the costume look the figure has. We know from the bio that Goat Man is truly part animal. He’s not a guy in a goat mask, but man the figure looks like it! Some red paint on the neck, or trying to blend the colors together a little more (As was done with Clawful, another guy-in-a-suit figure) would’ve helped the figure tremendously. I do like him, but I just am left wanting a little more after having had him out of the package for a few days. Continue to Page 2…