Worse still, a case could be made about what the figure lacks. Some folks wanted a matching techno arm for the right side. I could see that being cool. The bigger missed opportunity, that Mattel even acknowledged, was a more Filmation inspired noggin. I would’ve loved to see that, both because it would look cool and because the more robotic face would tie-in nicely with the techno-organic virus running through the bios. With Mattel promising we’ll get that head somewhere – I’m cool with this one. This way, we’ll get that head somewhere down the road and we still get this standard head in that same bone white. It wasn’t on purpose, but this could end being the best of both worlds.
Even without those “missing” parts, I still enjoy the figure. I can’t explain it.
Finally, Hordak did get one great accessory, and some serious new tooling for the SDCC release: the much needed Imp! I’m not sure if the scale on Imp is spot-on, but he does look great, particularly as well painted as my Imp turned out. The mischievousness is there in the sculpt, which is probably most important. He’s got some articulation, neck and the arms, but that did cause the arms to look a little funky unless they’re up. He also stands well which is great because there’s really no way to pose him or on Hordak which is disappointing, but Imp is welcome and will look great with Kowl, Broom, and, if I can ever snag him, Loo-Kee!
And then there’s the other little Imp. Not included in the package or in the online Hordak I ordered is Imp as a Treasure Chest. This was given away bagged at SDCC (though some folks weren’t even able to get that). Personally, I hate giveaways like this as I almost never go to conventions. What I find sillier is that the expressed reason for making them – as a little extra gift for attendees – gets collector’s goats.
Yes, the folks attending the con get the benefit of attending the con, they don’t need a gift for getting there, but that’s not the point. Mattel isn’t in the habit of gifts, Mattel wants to sell out of the con allotment and that’s what the incentive is for, “buy this here and get this extra thing”. I get it. I still don’t like it. Imp as a Chest is cool. I like that he’s hinged and can open. He can hold the ram stone or something. I’m happy I was able to pick it up for as much as I spent on the Hordak figure itself, ahem. I still don’t like the extra incentives though, whether for the reason Mattel give or for the real reason they do it.
Overall, I really can’t explain what I like about the figure so much. On paper, he shouldn’t be a win. He’s a repaint with scarcely any new parts. I wanted a “fun, out there” exclusive and he’s not that. Even the claw arm which should be fun and work with kooky attachments from other figures, it doesn’t. He would look cooler with a robot head. We didn’t get that. He is blue though. He is definitely blue. I mainly picked him up for Imp. I paid too much to get Imp as a chest, and, somehow, the figure still came through as the coolest part. I can’t explain it.
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