One of the reasons I’ve been having trouble getting my review mojo on has been a shift in my feelings on MOTU Classics. We often mock toy companies for their need to refresh toy lines, change scales, mess with whatever we felt was working. But as collectors… our enthusiasm is either part of that cycle or perhaps we’ve just been conditioned to be that way. It just seems harder to be excited in year seven, than it was in two or three.
Now, MOTU Classics still has its excited fans to be sure – I know that I’m nowhere near tired of DCUC and its seven years are up. And I know MOTUC has fans that feel similarly about it. But I also know there are fans like me to – the comments sections of the MOTU articles have been less than pleasant around here. Maybe that’s where some of my reluctance has come from too, who knows. Baby Sam has me backed up on a half dozen MOTU reviews, so I’ll do a little catch up right now.
Eldor hails from the cancelled Powers of Grayskull line back in the late 80s. His inclusion in Classics has been a foregone conclusion since He-Ro debuted back in… 2009? Yeah, if you’d known about these PoG guys and had waited decades for them; well, you had to wait one more half-decade to get ‘em both. Doh.
Eldor essentially fills the Sorceress role in PoG. He’s your classic sword & sorcery… uh, sorcerer. And he definitely looks the part – big sleeves, hood, long white beard, twisty gandalfy staff, and a book of spells to boot. It’s almost a mystery that he’s not called Sorceror.
The long-awaited figure is finally here and I don’t know exactly how to sum it up. It’s well done, but flawed. It’s gorgeous, but clashing. It’s finally here! And yet… the itch isn’t quite scratched. It’s… I’m sure you get it.
We’ve got another Djordje sculpt here and like his previous work, it goes above and beyond! The sculptural detail is amazing and throughout. The head sculpt is amazing! The sculpted cloth areas look like the real deal: the seams, stitching, wear & tear. The Ram belt buckle and other magical items on the belt just add to the cool factor.
If only the whole line were like this it would be amazing-er. But therein lies the catch, the line isn’t really like this and that has attracted some criticism. Now, some feel it’s about the extra level of detail – I don’t know about that. The detail is commendable. I think it’s about faithfulness for some folks. If you’ve been waiting twenty years for Eldor – remember, there’s never been an Eldor figure – then you probably wanted the furry underpants, gray chest, better hood (I’ll get to that), etc.. I love these figures being as detailed as they can be, but I do feel some kinship with the Eldor fans that had something… not really better or worse, but different in mind. Continue to Page 2…