I’ve talked many times before about Joe Posnanski’s “Plus-Minus” System; how expectations play a role in how much you enjoy something. Something simple can be greatly enhanced by low expectations while something much desired can be sunk by great expectations. Filmation Hordak is the former.
I did not care when he was announced. Hordak isn’t very high on my favorites despite being an important character in the mythos. I want all his fans to get their due – regular, Hurricane, & Buzzsaw (though I don’t know what they’ll do to make that last one different). We got an extra in Spirit, but there were still those clamoring for Filmation. Again, I’m all for fans getting their due. I just wasn’t all that thrilled.
Then he got here. Maybe it’s just that he’s cool in blue. Maybe it’s the great head sculpt in stark white. Maybe it’s that most of the figure hails from early on in the line when the figures were nicer (I miss that smooth ab piece, the exposed belly figures drive me crazy). Honestly, I’m not really sure what it is. But I do know the figure pops. I went from not caring about him to possibly making him my main Hordak in under an hour.
It’s silly, I enjoy the figure. I can’t explain it.
It’s particularly silly considering how much of the figure is a repaint. He’s mostly the standard Hordak. To get details right, he swipes parts from He-Man, Trap Jaw, Hurricane Hordak, & Flipshot. His dual armbands? Even that is only the one specifically molded for the left arm added sloppily to the right. In his standard configuration with two normal arms, this guy ain’t got a piece of new tooling on him. Even his one held accessory is reused, simply the basic Hordak staff in Filmation grey.
Once you swap out his normal left arm for his techno-arm, you still have the mish mashed upper arm from various donors, leaving the only new piece the forearm, a cannon that serves as counter to the right forearm that came with Hurricane Hordak, and a claw hand that lets the cannon serve as part of a functioning arm. That’s it. To make matters worse, the left cannon arm that comes with Filmation Hordak isn’t made to be compatible with the right cannon arm that came with Hurricane Hordak. No shared attachments. No swapping pieces. That’s a big lost chance for fun.
And yet, I still enjoy the figure. I can’t explain it. Continue to Page 2…