So there I late last week, taking pictures of the Star Wars Black 6” Stormtrooper for today’s review, when I had a realization. Extendar had arrived on Friday. One of my most anticipated MOTU figures since… well, since the MO2K line didn’t even get to him. I opened him, played around with him, showed off his features to my politely interested wife. I didn’t want to rush his review. I wanted to enjoy the line finally getting to Extendar.
But that realization while I was taking endless Stormtrooper pictures? Extendar hadn’t gone on sale yet! I had him, very much technically, before he was released! Since IAT is not on par with the greatness and reach of sites like the Fwoosh, AFI, or Pixel Dan, this is a rare occurrence. I know it’s not that cool; something just likely brought on by the weekend delaying the sale and Digital River & DCL having imaginatively drank some magic elixir that got my figures to me quickly. But it’s awesome! And I couldn’t pass up the chance to post a review before the sale date, right? I could almost call this a “First Look”, but I’ll try not to get carried away!
Extendar was a mythical character to me as a kid. I knew of him, but never had him.* To me, back then & now, he was MOTU’s Knight who just happened to have a pretty awesome super power, he could cybernetically extend his limbs, as well as his neck & waist. He’s like Mekaneck on steroids. And in addition to looking cool and having a fun action figure, his back story only furthered my interest in the character.
* – Earlier this year, I found a vintage figure in great condition, shield included, and snagged him. Regretfully, I couldn’t find him in time for the review. I may have an “early look”, but Pixel Dan is still the master of “Comparison Time”!
In the licensing kit (& maybe some UK comics, I’m not sure), Doodon & his friend Theydon were Etherian athletes experimented on and brainwashed by Hordak. I’m not sure if he wanted to make them evil warriors or just change their awful names, maybe both. Ultimately, Extendar overcomes that brainwashing. Theydon had helped him when injured at the cost of winning a race and Extendar fought off the brainwashing to help his friend in return. Extendar broke free to fight alongside the heroic warriors, but tragically Theydon became the evil warrior, Dragstor. (Speaking of, when are we getting Dragstor again?)
As was long expected due to his lengthy absence from the Classics line, Extendar requires a lot of new tooling. Mattel was able to reuse the standard chest, the inner hip assembly, and the hands. That’s it. Everything else, even some internal bits to connect the upper & lower torsos had to be tooled from scratch to get the Tower of Power just right. And, boy did they; the visual on him is simply stunning, particularly if you’re one of the seemingly few Extendar fans (his late inclusion in the line and limited appearances in media make him more of a niche character, it’s a shame).
All the newly sculpted pieces appear to be spot on to the original, including the strange pattern on the back of the armor. The only thing that stands out to me is the thicker gold belt. This may be to accommodate the torso being removable, but it blends into the figure so well, that I could see it being an aesthetic choice too. The armor is still, by definition, bulky; but Mattel can get away with it here because the vintage Extendar was similarly bulky.
The six extension parts all work particularly well. I worry a little bit about the harder plastic on the torso piece, but it feels sturdy enough that it will hold up. The detail work on these pieces are true to the original, including the peace sign on his neck, but are thankfully sharper than their vintage counterparts. Extended, Extendar is convincingly tall and looks pretty good, but does reveal the one sculpted detail I’m not as hot on: the face. It’s not bad by any means, but I’m used to the older, wider head on the original and it’s been narrowed here. As a result, the angles on his face create an odd expression that I can’t quite place. Much like the armor hiding the bulkiness though, I can keep Extendar unextended on the shelf to spare myself from contemplating his emotional state. Continue to Page 2…