Vault Review:
MOTU Classics Blade


Blade’s paint job is half and half.  The areas that were given attention, like the chainmail, look great.  The shiny silver on black is always a great look.  Unfortunately some of the details were ignored for cost reasons.  One spot I would love to see a dark wash on is the skull insignia on his chest.  There’s a really nice sculpt on it, but that silver really masks the detail.


The second paint issue is part of his accessories.  Blade’s swords were molded in gray.  One was given some red on its hilt, but that’s it.  The shiny silver from his armor would have really made these two accessories pop.  Aside from that, both swords are decent but not too exciting.  One has a curved blade with a fancy hilt, while the other is more traditional.  The more traditional one has a handle that’s larger than normal, which is a bit frustrating when it comes to getting figures to hold it.

Blade’s third accessory is his energy whip.  I love that he actually came with this since it’s a pretty prominent scene in the movie.  The trans red of the whip looks great with the silver handle too.  Unfortunately the handle design has an awkward thumb guard that makes posing the whip correctly frustrating.  Going for movie accuracy is cool, but sometimes sacrificing it isn’t a bad thing.


Even with his accessory issues, I really do like this figure.  Unfortunately it really ignites my need for more movie inspired figures like Karg, the storm troopers, and a Langella Skeletor.  Hell, I’d even take a repaint of Man-At-Arms.  I guess Saurod and Gwildor will just have to do for now.


10 thoughts on “Vault Review:
MOTU Classics Blade

  1. The figure himself IS pretty sweet, but for me the dumbed-down Swords were quite the turn-off. I was in the middle of customizing them with paint and sharpies (two words: NO skills), when I realized I had an extra “End of Wars” Weapons Pak. My Blade is now brandishing Two MATCHING re-colored Sir Laser-Lot Swords. And I can now once again sleep at night. [^)

    I had Never before wondered about how Blade came to work for Skeletor prior to this Review. I wish I could still claim that… [^D

  2. I think Blade came out fantastic! He’s definitely on my list of top ten favorite MOTUC figures. I believe Blade is the only character in MOTU mythos to be sculpted based on a real human (actor, Anthony De Longis). I’m not counting Standor (“He’s not in *my* canon”). My only constructive criticisms are that I really wish we got double swords just like the original toy. The movie accurate sword is nice though. The missing paint on the swords is a shame. Its sort of like buying a brand new Corvette and then going to a junkyard to buy used tires.

  3. I wish we had matching swords for him… (fixed by buying through shapeways and painting the custom swords) There’s the Carnivus sword from WP#3 or the SLL Sword from WP#4

  4. I eBayed this guy since he was one of the last must have characters for me. I do like the movie and I never owned the vintage figure, so that helped a lot. The only downsides here all have to do with swords, paint, and lack of symmetry.

    I hope Mattel sent a comp fig to Anthony De Longis for those great promos he’s done getting fans to sub up.

  5. Sweet figure, great review, hilarious comics.

    Wish the armour could’ve been done a little better, his ear-blades weren’t quite so soft, and he had two movie-style swords. But I still love the figure.

    One thing I don’t understand is why his toy-style sword is curved. I had the original Blade figure (long since passed on to a friend of mine), and his swords were straight.

  6. Definately a highlight of the sub, year-to-date, for me. Wish I had bought an extra.

    That last comic is hilarious. What would the clinical term for that fetish be?

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