I’m at a place in my toy collection where I want “definitive” versions of things. I don’t need dozens of Hulk. I need one “the Hulk”. I’ve successfully pared down to just 19 Batmen on my shelves (hey, 19 isn’t that many considering…). These 6” lines I’ve been collecting are, in theory, supposed to be “it”. Masterpiece Transformers? The last TFs I’ll ever buy, right?
Except that’s just not how it works. If you like something, you buy multiple versions. I have Prototype Boba Fett in both 4” scale and the 12” Sideshow figure. Eight of those nineteen Batmen are Keaton Batman. I have a modest Dr. Fate collection. You buy stuff. It accumulates. That is the life of a collector.
With Classics, I’m on my third run of collecting MOTU (four if you count the Stactions separately). For the most part, the current Classics are all that’s on display. A handful of characters, favorites, have their vintage & MO2K versions hanging out with them. Faker, most notably. Vintage, MO2K, Classics, & Battle Armor are all chilling out. The parts are gathered for a fifth as I await the battle-damaged Faker head coming with NA Skelly. If there is ever a way to get the 4H Staction, I would try for it. Rio Blast, Snout Spout, and a few others are similarly represented.
When Mattel debuted Mini Masters, or MOTU Minis, I thought they were neat/cute but with my original intention in mind, I ignored them. Only for the latter part, about buying favorite characters, to come smack me in the head.
I skipped the SDCC 2pk last year and avoided those being incompatible with this year’s versions (the new ones are smaller). I also skipped the first two packs, which was difficult because He-Man & Skeletor were Battle Armored. Mer-Man & Moss Man were cool, but I was good. At $20 a pop for two Minis and a stylized Castle Grayskull piece, I was good.
Then, it turns out, the next two sets include Scareglow & Faker. Cha-Ching. I still didn’t really want to pay $20, but I didn’t think twice. I ordered during Early Access lickety-split and the stuff actually showed up the same week. Something must’ve been in the water over at Digital River (if you’ll recall Extendar arrived early enough that I reviewed him before he went on sale!). Continue to Page 2…