I wasn’t a big fan of the Masters of the Universe movie when I was a kid. I couldn’t wait to see it, but it turned out to be so different from the cartoon that it really destroyed all my expectations and my enjoyment. It wasn’t till a couple years ago when I gave it a second chance, and I’m definitely glad I did.
Now that I’m more mature in my understanding of story dynamics, I can really appreciate the fact that Skeletor had pretty much won and enslaved Eternia. There was also the amazing performance by Frank Langella. Gone was bumbling cartoon character, this Skeletor was downright evil with his subtly menacing personality. Lastly, the movie introduced some interesting new characters like Skeletor’s storm troopers, Karg, Saurod, and Blade. As a kid I couldn’t stop wondering where Merman or Trap Jaw was. As an adult I love seeing new characters introduced, rejuvenating the stale lifeblood of an established franchise.
So ever since rediscovering this movie, I’ve been waiting its original characters to get the Classics treatment. The first one we get is Blade, the master swordsman who (despite his name) uses other weapons too.
The first thing about this figure that you notice is just how much work the Four Horsemen put into him. Sure there’s a little parts reuse with his torso, upper arms and lower legs, but everything else is all new! This really came as a surprise with his upper thighs and boots. I love the additional knives strapped to his legs, but the little zigzag pattern on his boots wasn’t necessary to enjoy the figure. It’s just a little design bonus that’s nice to have.
Aside from the head, his most impressive piece has to be the armor. All the little sculpted chainmail pieces look fantastic. The leather straps also do a good job of breaking up the pattern, keeping it from looking too busy. He also has some pretty impressive scaled bracers, with a small triple crossbow attached to his left wrist.
But the head is where most of the personality resides with MOTU figures, and Blade’s no different. In general he looks a bit disgusted with his snarled mouth, but this is also one of those heads you can get subtle emotions from different angles. An eye patch with a huge scar is always cool, and I love the double bladed bunny ears and chin spikes. Sure they look ridiculous, but he somehow pulls it off. Continue to page 2…