The paintwork thankfully keeps up with the detail. I think the only paint issue I had was on the legs, the purple cybernetics aren’t painted completely to the edge, but that seems to be more an issue with mine than one overall. But all the little hoses and tubes are painted in silver or metallic blue and they look great. The colors really pop and again create a visual that makes me forget some of the errors Mattel made in production.
Articulation is mostly standard for the line. The bulky armor does mess up the ab crunch a bit, reduces the neck to mostly just swivel, and limits the ball-jointed shoulders. Everything else works pretty well though the cape does get in the way now and again. The wrist swivels are a little further back due to the reuse of Horde Prime’s arms with interchangeable hands. I am able to pop the left gauntlet off for use with other pieces, but the right arm is stuck together.
Skeletor had two accessories for himself his helmet and staff. Again, visually, these are fantastic; tons of detail and they look sharp. The removable nature of the helmet does make it a tad bulky as well. I’ve found myself often leaving it off because of that and because the skull sculpt is so great. The new staff is a nice update to the classic NA staff and again is packed with detail. It’s nice & sturdy too, though I can’t say the same for the gummy hands that have to hold it. It was a pain to get a good picture of Skelly holding it as it kept popping out before I could get the pic.
Finally, Skelly also included my most anticipated accessory all year, a battle damaged Faker head. I was so excited at the prospect that I bought another Faker and tracked down a second set of Battle Armor with a double-damaged plate so I could have a full BD version. I hope to add some damage to the limbs and come out with a sweet custom. But the head? It’s so-so. Maybe I wanted it too much, but Mattel really missed the boat with me by not making the head identical to the previous one. Again, I love the sculpt, but why change the hair back to orange now? Why skip painting the teeth white? Take those decisions and add in that I got a lazy eye on the figure’s “Good” side and I was pretty down about it. If I do decide to scuff up the whole figure, I’m going to have to go to work on the head as well.
Overall, well I feel like I should have more to say about what I didn’t like on the figure. It’s mostly just the bulky armor I suppose, but it’s a dumb problem to continually have. And it does drive me nuts when that belly button pops up! The sculpt is amazing though. I can’t say it enough. The Faker head could’ve been executed better, but the accessories are nicely done. The paintwork is sharp and most of the articulation works well when not blocked by the armor. Honestly, if this figure had just been engineered a little more smartly, this figure would be one of the home runs for the year.
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